Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark Mission

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Week 6 - I'm in Denmark!!!

 I’ll start from the beginning...


The last few days at the MTC were weird.  It was so sad saying goodbye to everyone, all my friends who were not going to Denmark, and my teachers! They were all so awesome!
Our Zone

Hard to leave our teachers

Goodbye MTC, I have loved you!


Sunday night we stayed up until 12:00 a.m. packing, then we got up at 3:00 am to leave.  We left the MTC at 4:00 a.m. and rode the train from Provo to the SLC airport. Then we got all 7000 lbs. of our baggage checked in.  Once we got through security I got to call home and that was the best.  So glad I could call you mom before you got on your flight to NYC!
Ready for the adventure to begin!


just messing around as we leave

We didn’t have much time in Atlanta, but I did eat at Panda Express.  My last meal in the USA, and honestly it was kind of gross! Ha-ha. The flight to Paris.... yes I said Paris ;) wasn’t too bad! We got dinner, and I slept most of the way. Once we got there I was SO pumped to go buy a croissant or a key chain or t-shirt or something, but once we got through security, and made it to our gate, they were already boarding the plane to Copenhagen!  So, I was super sad :( but I WILL be back!
On this plane,luckily got a window seat, so I got to watch the sunrise as we flew out of France.  It was pretty cloudy so I didn’t see much. The plane ride was completely in French and Danish, so that was really weird!
Then we made it to Copenhagen! It is super green and pretty here. No mountains though ;( the Mission President and his wife, and the AP's came and met us at the airport, and then took us to the mission office.

We made it to Denmark!
Showing some Danish spirit
We got to eat some real Danish food! Smørrbrød, brød, pastries and juice! It was actually really good. Then we got paired up with a missionary who has been here for a few months, and they took us out to practice contacting! It was actually kind of fun! But I really didn’t know what was going on either.
Breakfast casserole

They really feed us well here!

Dinner at the mission home
After our contacting, we went back to the mission home and we got to have a really good traditional Danish dinner.  (not sure on the spelling of these) We had frikkadeller, red cabbage, kartoffler, and a whole bunch of other Danish things. So yummy! And then of course we stayed up and played ping pong for a while to help us with the jet lag ;)

Girls ruled the ping pong tournament
The next day we went to the church, and got to meet our trainers! My trainer is Søster Macdonald. She is THE BOMB! I love her. She is from California and is Polynesian. She was born in Samoa. She has only been here for 3 months, and now she gets to train me!
Off in the mission van to Copenhagen for a day of training and meeting their trainers!
President and Sister O'Bryant and my new companion/trainer Sister Macdonald

The new group of Sisters, ready to serve the Lord!

What?!  They have Dominos pizza here!
We had lunch at the church, and then we were off! I’m assigned to the area Søborg . It’s a suburb of Copenhagen.  The town is so cute!
My favorite things about Denmark so far: the cute old buildings, all the flowers everywhere, (hanging from peoples windows, in gardens, and for sale on the streets! it’s legit like from a movie) and of course the weinerbrød (pastries)!!! They are really so good. So good. Actually all the bread (brød) here is so good. 
I'm a happy girl!

Our apartment is super cute! And I’d say pretty nice for a missionary apartment.  Except, the bathroom is one little room. The shower is right next to the toilet, it’s small.  The shower has about 5 minutes of hot water so we have to turn on the water, then turn it off to lather, then turn on to rinse, then off to do conditioner.  But I can deal with it.  At least we have a nice view out of our living room window!

Everyone bikes here, and walks places. I bought a bike and it was so hard the first day. My legs killed but I’m getting used to it. By the end of this I'll have solid legs of steel. You see someone wheeling a baby carriage, ( like one you would see in a 1920's films) like 10 times a day, it’s SO stinking cute!

Everyone speaks Danish, but they also speak English. We approach people and talk to them in Danish, and then they realize we are Americans, and then they talk to us in English and we say, "no talk to us in Danish so we can learn". 
So excited to be here!  Let the work begin!
Some people I can kind of understand... and some people I’m like WOAH you talk fast! The people here, well some of them cut their words and they speak fast and choppy, so that makes it really difficult to understand what they are saying. But I’d say I’m doing pretty well for a new missionary. 

I bore my testimony in church this past Sunday, and it was short and I only said a few things like, "I’m new and I don’t really understand or speak Danish" and a few other things and afterward I had like 15 people come up to me and say, "you speak good Danish",  so that made me feel a little better. But it’s nice I can rely on my companion! She can understand most everything.

We have only had one lesson since we’ve been here. It was also in English, and it’s for a girl named Tara who it’s planning on getting baptized. We had a few more lessons scheduled but they all fell through.  That’s probably one of the toughest things. When you try and visit people and they aren’t home, or people cancel on you.  But then we just go out and find more people!

The Ward I’m in is the biggest and strongest ward in Denmark! So that’s really nice. Also, all the pamphlets (like the restoration pamphlet, plan of salvation, word of wisdom, all those) the ones that are in Danish are pictures of people from my ward! OH AND GET THIS..... 

Thomas Kofod is in my ward.  He is the guy who plays Jesus in all the Church movies, and the Testaments.  And yes, he does look like Jesus.  He has a beautiful voice. He sang at the music concert they had on Sunday night.

Today we are going to meet up with other Elders in our ward.   They are going to go with us to the store, or mall or something and hopefully buy a few things that we need.  Then we will go to Bishop’s house for dinner!
Dinner and singing at Bishops house


I've met so many nice people in the ward who have offered to help me and my companion with Danish! So I’m excited for that! 
But overall I love it in Denmark. I’m working on learning the language, but I have faith it will come when the Lord wants it to! I’m already amazed at how much I know.  We are just a 5 minute  bike ride to the church so that’s really nice. I’m a Dane! I keep thinking of our ancestors here. 
Bye love you all! :)
Søster Jones 


Friday, September 16, 2016

Week 5 - Goodbye MTC! Hello Paris...uhhh I mean Denmark :)


I HAVE A LAYOVER IN PARIS!!!

Seriously, I screamed when we got our flight plans. The first thing I saw was Paris and I was like, “yes God loves me!” :)

Even though we only have an hour there before our next flight takes off and everyone says that’s an awful airport because its dirty and confusing and the people are mean, but still I’m so grateful! 
My trip in pictures...ha-ha
I’m a little nervous about traveling, because it’s kind of rushed and I’m dreading hauling around all my luggage, and I’m going to places I’ve never been so it’s exciting but scary!

This past week we had Russell M. Ballard come speak, and Quinton Cook! THAT’S THREE APOSTLES IN A ROW! That’s not heard of in the MTC, you’re lucky if you see two back to back. It was really cool, and I sat pretty close when it was Cook.
We said bye to our teacher Bro. Jewkes last night (he gets married this Saturday so he won’t teach us again before we leave) he was awesome! His faces make me die of laughter. 



Being in class isn't all work

Oh! I also ran into Josie Fielding. She was in our hallway and I asked if she was related to Annie and Bob, and she was like yeah! So that’s was funny. She’s going to the Philippines. 


I have managed to not get sick while I’ve been here..... So that’s REALLY good, hopefully I didn’t speak too soon.
Salsa fridge over the AC with church hymn books for insulation!  Aren't we smart?

 I forgot if I already told you about the salsa fridge.... we needed to keep our salsa cold, so we put in on top of the air conditioner in the class, and built a fridge of books around it, and it’s our salsa fridge, (except our teacher knocked over a book and saw the salsa and was like " is that a salsa shrine?" ha-ha
I also bought a cute little notebook and I’ve been passing it around to everyone in our Zone so they can write me notes and leave their email to we can keep in touch! It’s called a transfer journal.
I got a package from Rachel Hilliard, a bunch a snacks for the plane! woot woot! It was some food. I haven’t finished it, but I will be able to. I’m saving some stuff like the beef jerky and almonds to take with me on the plane when I get there so I don’t get hangry. And I saved some chips and salsa for our last Kutzut Friday night (that’s party in Finnish)




Tips for long planes rides and traveling to Europe? Italy was so long ago I don’t remember what I wish I had... what will I do on the plane ride without music or movies!

My comp lived in Paris for a year so hopefully she will help us get around.

Next time I write I will be in Denmark!  Talk to you soon!

Love,
Soster Jones
My mailbox




Ready to head to Denmark!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 4 - Attack of the bats!


Hi Everyone,
 A funny thing happened.  We have been having bat problems in our residence hall... so after I was emailing you last week, the MTC president announced that all the sisters from the 3rd and 4th floors of 17M had to relocate to a new building by that night.   We were on the fourth floor! So I had to pack up all my stuff, take it all the way across campus (Luckily I got some elders to help me out) and we all moved in to another building that some elders had previously been in. I didn’t realize how nice we had it in 17 M until we had to leave! So our new rooms aren’t as nice, but luckily we only have 12 ish days left.
This is how we feel about bats

Time to unload everything....again!
OH MY GOSH! I can’t believe I "skal til Denmark" (go to Denmark) so soon! It’s crazy. I’m so excited and really scared too. I feel like I know the language pretty well, but I know when I get there that will change ha-ha. 
Excited to go serve in Denmark!
This week we had some really awesome speakers. On Sunday night we had Chad Lewis come. He played in the NFL for the Eagles. He and his wife gave us such good advice, and had the coolest stories!

Then on Tuesday we had Elder D. Todd Cristofferson from the Quorum of the 12 Apostles speak! T He spoke on repentance, and how our purpose is to teach others that we can make it back to Christ because we have repentance, and how it’s such an amazing thing. This was also broadcast to all the other MTC's around the world so that was cool! I sang in the choir that night so maybe someone I know in another MTC right now saw me :)


Sometimes we get a little silly...
We didn’t get to host this week:( (Hosting entails greeting the new missionaries that come in on Wednesday and helping them with their luggage, books, room assignments etc.) I don’t think we will get to either.  They have to ask your district to do it, and because my district only has 4 girls they probably just look over us because we are so small, and they focus on asking the bigger districts. Plus the Swedish group who came in after us got to host yesterday, so we probably won’t get to :( oh well! 
Ok, so those hilarious pictures of my teacher and grumpy cat.... well one day when our teacher left we put them all over the class room! And we wrote some funny phrases on them, kind of like inside jokes from our class that were pretty hilarious.  He finally came back in our room and barely cracks a smile, then continues with class!  We were like " oh no! He didn’t think it was funny! Did we hurt his feelings?"

Then we left to go do TALL (computer language program) and when we came back they were all taken down, so we were sad. But at the end of class he told us the thought they were super fun, but he didn’t want to get in trouble for having them up because we shouldn’t have any distracting decorations... ha-ha. But he took them home to show his finance' and she thought they were funny so it’s all good:) Oh and he doesn’t know this but there is one picture still hidden in the room that he probably won’t find until the next group comes in ;D  hopefully he isn’t reading this blog lol.

We did TRC (teaching recent converts) yesterday too. We got to skype real people from Denmark! That was so cool. We taught them a lesson, and just chatted with them for a while. I was surprised at how much I understood! Crazy! But I still have a TON to learn. But it was a really cool experience. 

Sometimes the room is a little cold.  Just preparing us for Denmark!
 A few days ago, I was walking behind this group of elders and I kind of recognized a few words they said because it was in Indonesian, so I repeated them and they were like " whoa she speaks our language!" So I said " how are you" to them  because that’s the only thing I remember in Indonesian. I told him to tell Sister Stevens (my roommate from college that is a missionary in Indonesia right now) hi for me, and got him excited with some of Tyler’s horror stories from Indonesia:)  

Thank you to the Mueller's who brought me packages from my mom and sent me cookies!  Also, thanks to Grandpa Jones who sent me chips and salsa!  Mmmmm

I think we will travel with the other girl so 5 of us will be flying to Denmark in a week.   And the Fins in our zone should leave around the same day and it would be SO fun if we all could fly out of Salt Lake together, but idk we will see.   If I had to leave today could I do it?   Idk?  But I don't feel ready!  I need 2 more weeks! I can piece together sentences but my grammar is ALL wrong ha-ha.... but I have 100% faith that if I just keep trying, the language is going to come, because the Lord needs it to come so I can teach His people!


Love, Soster Jones

Friday, September 2, 2016

Week 3 - Halfway done with the MTC!


Week 3 - September 1, 2016

Hello! I swear I was just emailing yesterday.... the days and weeks go by so fast!  It’s crazy. I’m going to be out of here before I know it!
Last P-day we had a picnic
The pic of my teacher and grumpy cat is hilarious... I made a whole bunch of copies and I’m going to post them up all over our classroom.  Our teacher is really fun.
Translated = For the cats
Ok cool story. So our teacher Bro Jeweks is a total goof. Right now he is playing our investigator David. So we were going to go teach David and we were a little late and so he wrote on the white board of the class room, right above where he was teaching, " Undervise ham" Which means teach him, with a whole bunch of arrows  pointing to him..... So when we walked in we kind laughed and it was kind of hard to focus because he was being goofy. We were trying to teach him, and he didn’t really understand anything we were saying or why he needs to get baptized by someone who had God’s preastedommemyndighed  ( priesthood authority).

We were getting really frustrated, and finally I was just really bold and said,” ok David ( except this was in Danish :0 ) who knows ALL truth? God. So if you have a question, we can sit here and try to explain an answer to you as much as you want, but the only way you will know for yourself 100% that what we say is true, is if you pray to God and ask him.”

 And then I testified of prayer and receiving answers and it was so cool because both me and my comp could feel the spirit just flood into the room. We started off goofy, BUT the second I started to testify that God answers our prayers, the mood in the room changed, and we all felt it. I can’t wait to have more experiences like that in the real mission field!
We had Elder Maynes come speak for our devotional this week and he was great! He talked about how it’s important to keep pushing when it’s hard. You never know when then next person you decide to talk to, will accept the gospel and let it change their life.   We also had some other guy come and speak, I forgot his name, he is in charge of missionary stuff and he helped write Preach My Gospel.  He talked about The District 3! And guess where it was filmed? Tempe Arizona! I’m not sure when it comes out but I thought that was super cool. It focuses on teaching with technology. And He brought two sisters from that mission and they talked to us too.


Twinners


We got a new teacher Sister Mann, and she is the cutest! We absolutely love her. It’s really nice to have a girl teacher, that way if we cry in class she totally understands and doesn’t get weirded out ha-ha. She also has been telling us a lot about the pastries in Denmark and how they are sooooo good! And exactly what to say when we walk in to a bakery ha-ha. " Ma jeg bede om, en af dem der"  ha-ha and point to the best looking pastry ;)

Ok another cool thing, me and my comp have talked a lot about salvation vs. exaltation, and how the worth of EVERY soul is SO great in the Lord’s eyes. If God just wanted people baptized because it’s a necessary ordinance, there are a lot more efficient ways to get that done, than sending 18 and 19 years olds to countries where they don’t even speak the language. BUT He wants all of us to, not to just return to live with him, but to become like him, and have exaltation. That’s why He send us, because we learn and grow and become more like Christ by serving missions. I thought that was such a cool thought!

SO this week we had a thing called TRC. I forget what that stands for, but pretty much return missionary’s come in and we teach them a lesson, or just share with them a thought from the scriptures. This was fun, but they spoke Danish so fast and it was really hard to understand them! I have a long way to go!

We got 4 new elders in our zone last Wednesday! Technically they are called to the Denmark Copenhagen mission, but they got called speaking Icelandic! So they will only serve in Iceland. They are here for 9 weeks.

OH! And I was in the book store about an hour ago and was talking to the sister in front of me, and she asked where I was going and I said Denmark, and she goes , ME TOO!  But wait? you’re not in my group? Turns out because she already knows the language she is on some fast track thing and is only there for three weeks. SO she’s in a different zone and district, but she will fly out with us!
Lots of cute skirts at the MTC bookstore
Well that was pretty much my week!
Thank you Sister Hancock for the cinnamon rolls!  They were delicious :)



Love getting packages!

I scored with the "Dear Elder" letters today!


Love you! Thanks for the mail and everything! It’s been great!
Soster Jones