Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark Mission

Friday, April 28, 2017

Week 36 - The Baird is Back

This week was great and flew by! It is so fun to be back with Sister Baird. Now all of a sudden we are back, and we both can speak Danish and know how to be a missionary.

 I am back to biking and it has been great! The weather is pretty nice, except for the random day the temperature dropped and snowed... luckily we were inside :) 
Our first day out working we packed a lunch and ate it outside of the beautiful Dom Kirke! That night we also 'dedicated our area' ( which means we just kind of talked about goals for this transfer and asked for Gods help in our work :), By the fjord at sunset, and it was really pretty!

Here is our little miracle story for the week. So, it starts off on Tuesday. We had prayed about where we should go knock doors, and we felt like we should go to this one particular street.  An appointment with a less active member ended up taking all our time that day, so we didn't end up knocking doors on that street. Then, a few days later we had finished knocking a different street and were on our way home. It was a nice sunny day, and we felt like maybe instead of going home to eat dinner just yet, we should go talk to people in the park. So, we did just that! Then, I saw this guy walking his dog and I decided I needed to talk to him. I awkwardly tried to start walking faster so we could cross paths. He ended up being willing to talk! We asked him what he thought the purpose of life was, and then we chatted for a while. He said he was interested in learning more, and gave us his number and address! Turns out, the street he lives on, IS THE EXACT STREET WE WERE GOING TO KNOCK A FEW DAYS EARLIER BUT COULDN'T!!?  Crazy.... the Lord definitely led us to him! #Secondchances

 So that was way cool. It is not super often that you find a Danish person who is willing to learn about God. They are pretty happy people who are content with their lives. I have thought a lot about that, and I feel like I came to a conclusion! 
Danish people really put their families’ first. They really put a lot of focus on family time and love.  This is pretty much everything the church tells us, in regards to families! I think because they are being obedient, God is blessing them! Maybe they don't realize that is comes from God... so then I guess that is where my job comes in :)  

In Mosiah 2:41, in The Book of Mormon it says, 

And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.  For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.  O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it. 

 But really, the Lord is bound to bless us when we obey him. He has commanded us to love and be kind to one another, and to put our families first, and love them and spend time with them. When we do these things, we are blessed and happy! 
Now, the catch is helping the Danes recognize these things come from God, and that is they accept and follow his gospel, they can enjoy the blessings of families for eternity. 

Love, Sister Jones

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 35 - Happy Easter and Transfers

We had a pretty good week! 

They take Easter here very seriously, and the holiday starts Thursday, and goes until Monday! Lots of people left on vacation this week, so we were not able to do much teaching. 

Thursday we had a district activity in Slagelse, and we went to a cute park with a lake and had a camp fire, made burgers, and hung out! That was fun. We probably totally looked like Americans grilling burgers and throwing footballs and blasting our music. (EFY music... lol) 

Saturday was pretty fun, we got transfer calls! So this is how transfers work here. You receive a call Saturday morning from the AP's (Assistant to the President). If you get a call around 7ish form the President instead, that means you are getting called to serve in a leadership position or train a new missionary! So, I was way nervous all morning! We got a call from the AP's around 9, and found out Sister Acosta will be transferring to Jylland, and I would be getting.... wait for it.... Søster Baird!!!!!! My MTC comp! So I was WAY pumped. 
We spent most of Saturday packing.
Saturday was also Æ Jeppson’s birthday, and 2 days before Æ Thurman died! (Ends his mission) So, Søster Acosta and I decided to be super nice and surprise them with cake! 
We had to give the Elders a ride to an eating appointment that night, and we told them they needed to meet us a t the church a little early because we needed them to be our “member present”  for a lesson with a man. Then they showed up to a SURPRISE!  We made them carrot cake and threw together some little presents! We call Æ Jeppson cookie monster, so we made him cake in the shape of a cookie, and Æ Thurman gulerod (carrot in Danish) so his cake was in the shape of a carrot! 

 Sunday was good, but didn't really feel like Easter. I wore my super cute Easter dress. Thanks mom! :)
I will miss Sister Acosta! She taught me how to love the people we worked with, and keep the faith! She also taught me some cool Spanish words :) ha-ha, but I am WAY stoked to work with Sister Baird! It will be a great week!  
Saying goodbye at the train station
We got up early this morning, and dropped Sister Acosta off at the KBH train station, and then hung out in the mission office with a whole bunch of other missionaries while we waited for our companion to show up at 12. Then I picked up Sister Baird at the station, and we took a train and a bus to Roskilde :) We had to give the car back ;( But, I am excited to be on the bike again!
Looking forward to a great week!

Søster Jones

Friday, April 14, 2017

Week 34 - Prayer Log


This week we had Zone Conference. Sister Acosta and I drove, and ended up being late! :0 That was super embarrassing, especially because I had to share thought from the white handbook. I decided to talk about time and how it’s important as a missionary. Luckily we made it just seconds before I had to go up and talk! Hopefully nobody noticed... :) After Conference, we all ate pizza, and had interviews with President! We were there the whole day. 
Friday was kind of cool. We didn't have any appointments and that morning I really felt like we should go to the Gågade.  That’s the walking street with all the shops on it. So we did, and we ended up meeting some cool people, and running into some of our investigators! We were able to talk to one and follow up from our last appointment. It wasn't anything huge, but just kind of cool to see how everything just fell into place that morning. 

This week I started making a prayer log. Every night when I say my prayers, I write down things I pray for, and what I ask for help with. The next day I go back and re read what I prayed for, and think back through my day and see how the Lord answered my prayers! It is actually very cool. There are always little things that happen throughout our day, that we don't really pay attention to, and they are usually God answering our prayers. It has been really fun to see how the Lord is aware of everything I am praying for. Give it a try and see the Lords hand in your life. :)
It is warming up, and we are loving it! This week for p day we went down to Copenhagen for document appointments and passport stuff for Sister Acosta, so we made a couple of sightseeing stops and ate a Danish Pølser! (Aka ... fancy hot dog).

We were supposed to go to the top of this super cool tower and look out over Copenhagen, but it was really windy, so it was closed for the day. 

Søster Jones

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Week 33 - "Missionary Super Bowl" aka Conference

Hi! I had a good week.

The week started off with a nice little miracle. We scheduled a lesson with a guy we met on the street. The day before he called and canceled. This is actually pretty typical, so it wasn’t a huge surprise. As missionaries we get let down a lot....  ;( ;( BUT, the next day he randomly called us, and asked to meet! So we had a really great lesson with him that day about the Plan of Salvation :)

The rest of the week was pretty normal. 
On Saturday, we played soccer that morning, and we had a lot of youth from the ward that showed up, so that was great! As we were walking back to our car, I realized our car was gone. For a split second I had a panic attack and I thought that someone stole our car! Then the Elders looked a little suspicious.... and got in their car and said 'hope you find your car!' and drove off....

APRIL FOOLS! They hid our car, and we had to go find it.... luckily it wasn't too far. Now we are plotting on how we can get them back!
That night we had dinner at a member’s house. They are kind of American/ Danes, so they gave us and cute little Easter egg hunt! It was super fun.

Then we all drove to another members’ house and watched the Saturday morning session of conference. 
Sunday, we went to the stake center in Søborg and watched the Saturday afternoon session and Sunday morning session. In between sessions Søster O’Byrant made us chili :) That was fun to hang out  with a bunch of missionaries and watch conference. It really is like the missionary super bowl; we are all passing around snacks, and talking about the speakers and making bets who will speak next ha-ha. 
It was a great end to a missionary week!
Søster Jones