Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark Mission

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 32 - Dead Fish and Splits

Hi! Had a pretty good week.

Tuesday and Wednesday we had splits with the sister training leaders in Copenhagen. I was with Sister Bagley.
After we knocked on some doors we took a break by this pretty lake to evaluate... and I spotted a dead fish, so of course I made Sister Bagley pick it up!

We got two new investigators this week! They were people we contacted on the street the week before, but we called and made appointments with them for next week, so now they count as new investigators!  We really needed that too, because we are lacking people to teach. 

Other than that not a lot of stuff happened this week. The other day while I was sitting on the floor of our apartment trying to get motivated to exercise, I saw a random yellow piece of paper with this poem on it! I really liked it and thought I’d share :)

It All Depends on Whose Hands It’s In

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends on whose hands it’s in…

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth $19 million.
It depends on whose hands it’s in…

A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Pete Sampras’ hands is a Wimbledon Championship.
It depends on whose hands it’s in…

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends on whose hands it’s in…

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy.
A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends on whose hands it’s in…

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s hands will feed thousands.
It depends on whose hands they’re in…

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.
Nails in Christ Jesus’ hands will produce salvation for the entire world.
It depends on whose hands they’re in…

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in.
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God’s Hands.
Because, it depends on whose hands they’re in.
I loved this! Especially as a missionary. I really can't do any effective work here in Denmark all by myself. BUT if I put myself in the Lord’s hands, he will use me to work miracles. I have already seen it happen. 

This is my favorite pastry
Have a great week!

Love,  Soster Jones

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 31 - Our weakness can become our strength

Hi! Another normal week.....

This week we had a first lesson with a girl we met on the street a few weeks back. We haven’t had a first lesson with a new investigator for a while so that was nice! We invited her to pray about the Book of Mormon, and she says if she finds out it is true she will be baptized!

Wednesday we had Zone training. We have 2 new Elders fresh from the MTC in our Zone. I was talking to one of them, and he said that Brother Wright one of the teachers at the MTC, told them about some Sisters who made a 'cooler' out of the air conditioner in the classroom to keep their salsa cold.... THAT WAS ME!  The legend of the salsa fridge lives on! Ha-ha-ha

Saturday we played soccer in the rain.  It was fun! I am actually getting better! After that we did some service at a member’s house. He had a giant pile of scrap metal and we helped move it into a big container. We worked for about 2 hours and barley made a dent.  By the end of it, we were all exhausted! Luckily they fed us lunch just beforehand :) I was happy to help and do service, but 2 hours of soccer then 2 hours of service right after is not smart! We woke up Sunday morning just absolutely beat.
Hauling away the scrap metal

Jones, Jeppson, Acosta and Thurman in the background with the wheelbarrow

Sunday we had dinner at a member’s house. (Fun fact.... their daughter is on a mission right now in Italy, and I met her while I was at the MTC! I never thought that “fast forward 6 months”  I would be eating dinner at her parents’ house! )

We talked about how right now it is like we are in a dark room. We cannot see anything, even ourselves. At the other end of the room there is a candle, and that is Christ. As we walk towards the candle things begin to be brighter, including ourselves. We begin to see ourselves and all of our weaknesses and flaws. 

Then we talked a lot about of weaknesses, and how really, they are a gift from God. They allow us to BECOME something. 

 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.  -Ether 12:27

One day we will all stand before God and be judged for the person we have become.  We can begin to see our weaknesses here on earth, and work on them, or we can wait tell we come face to face with God.  Wouldn't you rather have your weaknesses shown to you while you are here, so you have time to work on them and become better? 

Even though when we begin to walk towards Christ it is hard because we see how imperfect we are, in the end it is so much better. 

I feel like I have seen so many of my weaknesses on my mission. I have realized how impatient or unloving I can be.  How imperfect I really am. But I am so grateful that I see these things, because I know that through that, I am becoming more like Christ. And I guess I have realized too, if you are close to God or ' moving close to the candle', you will be able to see more and more of what you need to change. I am grateful that the Lord loves me enough to cut me down, and let me grow into something better! 

I hope you all have a great week!


Soster Jones

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 30 - Miracle Plan

Had a pretty normal week! Not a ton of lessons, but we did a lot of finding.  Søster Acosta and I made a “Miracle plan” of how we are going to get the work rolling here in Roskilde. One thing we included was obedience.
I read a scripture in D&C 82:10 that says:
'I the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say;  but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise'.
So, we are going to test the Lord and see what blessings come out of our obedience! Here's some pictures from the week!
Søster Acosta and I decided to take a break from knocking doors and swing!

There is a store here called Normal. It’s where you can by American products

Cool chairs in the city center of Roskilde that say Roskilde!

Downtown Roskilde
Some guy was selling some book about yoga and these healthy chocolate balls, we tried to give him a book a Mormon, but he didn’t want it. So I bought the chocolate balls from him! They were yummy :)
Just sitting on the ground because there was nobody to talk to.....
Have a great week!


Søster Jones

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 29 - Møns Klint

This week was pretty good! For P day on Monday Søster Acosta and I went to an old castle called Lederberg Slot. Not many people know about it I don’t think, it was deserted! We must be insiders ;) 

For district meeting this week, we had our district activity, and took a trip to Møns Klint. Møns Klint is a little island at the bottom of Denmark. It was BEAUTIFUL! The pictures don't do it justice. We hiked down to the bottom, set up our blankets, and had our district meeting on the beach. 

 It was an awesome lesson. It started with a little activity that I got to be a part of. 

Our Zone leaders Æ Eriksen and Reed first told a few of us that we needed to put two little rocks in our shoes, then go walk around the beach for a few min. (But they were super nice and gave us some ice breakers to suck on because they said it might hurt!). So, I put the rocks in my shoes and started to walk, and it hurt REALLY BAD! Then we came back and they asked us what we thought about as we walked on the beach, and of course I told them how bad my feet hurt walking on rocks.... But some other smart missionaries answered that they thought about the delicious Ice Breaker they were sucking on! Apparently that lesson was meant for me! 

We talked about being positive! When we are positive and choose to enjoy every day instead of focusing on the bad, we really are so much better off.

And really, if we are not positive and happy as missionaries then it is almost impossible to have faith, and therefore impossible to be an effective missionary! Anyways, it was just a really awesome lesson, and totally inspired me to enjoy every single day! 

After our meeting, we had a little picnic lunch and looked out over the cliffs, and then went on a nature walk and got some awesome pictures! I definitely did not feel like I was in Denmark... it was a change from the castles and busy streets of Copenhagen that I am used to. 

We continued to have an awesome week, and found another potential investigator! Søster Acosta really felt like we needed to go knock the doors in apartment 25 one day, so we did and we found a girl who was given a Book of Mormon years before, and is willing to learn a little more! Wahoo!
Saturday we had soccer. We have been planning to have a big soccer day with our ward and investigators for a long time. We want to make it a thing, where every Saturday morning the ward and anyone they or we invite, and can come and play! We had enough people show up this week to play, and I made a bunch of cookies and it was awesome!  I think by the end of my mission I might be able to ACTUALLY play soccer.... I will get a lot of practice in! 
We got transfer calls Saturday morning. We expected Søster Acosta to leave, and (because we were told we had to give the car back too...) turns out we get to keep the car one more transfer and both me and Søs Acosta will stay. Now we will be able to finish all the work we started. 
Looking forward to another great week!
Søster Jones