Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark Mission

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 54 - Mini Mission

Hello! Another crazy week.

So because we are the STL's (Sister Training Leaders) in Copenhagen, it seems like we always have a ton of extra little 'duties'.  Monday we went on more splits with a sister who was waiting for her new companion to arrive from the MTC. Then, some other sisters needed a little help, so they also came over, so we had 5 sisters in our tiny apartment Monday night! But I am not complaining, ha-ha it was a fun 'sleepover' !

Tuesday we were in the office when all the new missionaries arrived. A whole bunch of Elders and one Sister. It reminded me of the day I arrived, and they took us to the mission office to sign papers, go out and contact people and try some pastries and Smørrbrød. It was a crazy overwhelming day, but so exciting. I cannot believe that was a year ago, and now I am an “old” missionary.
Later in the week we had MLC. We enjoyed Søster O'Bryant’s wonderful cooking, played some basketball, ate more food, and had an amazing training on how we can teach about Christ, and be like Christ. That’s what Zone Conference this transfer will be on, so we got a little sneak peek and assignments for what we will teach. MLC is great, because it is a reunion.  We can see the missionaries who serve on the other side of the country we haven’t  seen in a while.

When we got home from MLC Friday night, we realized that there was a 'Mini Mission' thing in the morning that we were supposed to help with, but we had never heard back from the guy that was in charge. So, after calling him a few times and no answer, we just threw together the whole thing. Just a little bit stressful.....
Mini Mission is an activity the Stake puts on for the youth, to let them experience what missionary life is like. In years past each youth would go on splits with a set of missionaries, and would actually stay the night and go out and teach and contact with them. Because of new church rules, we were not allowed to do that anymore, but just do a 'one day' thing instead. So we did a one day training on what missionary life is like, and how to be a missionary, and then took the youth out contacting.
Saturday morning, (still no word from the guy in charge,) we had a few youth from the Stake show up including three that traveled all the way from Bornholm to come! Luckily the Young Men’s  President showed up, and told us the guy in charge could not make it.  ;/ So that was a little frustrating that we had no communication, but luckily we planned the whole thing anyways, so it ended up working out.
We taught the youth about our everyday missionary life, and how they can prepare now, had some lunch then taught them how to answer some hard questions, and practiced teaching the Restoration! Then, we took them out on the streets by the temple in Copenhagen and contacted people.
The 14 year old girl I was with was so inspiring. She just LOVED it. The first maybe 10 people we talked to just gave us quick 'NO' yet, she kept expressing how happy she was trying to share the message, because she knew it was true. She bore Powerful Heart felt testimony, and truly inspired me to be a better missionary. Also, she was a Dane, so it was fun to hear how she said things, and it was nice she could understand everything the people on the street said. We ended up giving three Books of Mormon away, and learning a lot from each other. All in all the whole activity turned out really well! And I am so thankful for all the missionaries in Copenhagen that came and helped out.
Sunday, Besweri came to church and got confirmed! And all the missionaries had to speak. All I can say is this mission is REALLY teaching me how to wing it, because I didn’t have to time to prepare, and I just went up there with a Book of Mormon in my hand! (Plus it was Danish, so that adds a Little stress...) but I did fine! We all spoke so I only had 5 min, so it really was not that bad.

One of the best parts of the week though, was Sunday school class. We had a lesson on the sacrament and a less active member asked a really good question that I have also wondered about.
We know that the sacrament is tied to repentance and cleansing us from sin. BUT, we also know that when we commit a more serious sin we are not supposed to take the sacrament. In 3 Nephi 18 is also talks about how we should not take it unworthily. But yet, when we take it aren't we recommitting ourselves to God, and asking for forgiveness? This was something I was always a little confused about, then a member shared her thoughts and it all makes sense!

The act of taking the sacrament itself doesn’t not cleanse you from sin, neither the physical act of getting baptized. But it is repentance. We a required to repent of our sins before we get baptized, and we are supposed to repent before we take the sacrament also. Then when we are clean and worthy, we partake of the bread to sort of say ' thank you, I am using your Atonement. I am not perfect, but I promise I will try again this week'. So it is more of a symbolic thing we do to remember Christ after we repent.
Maybe you all already knew this, but it definitely stuck out to me this week. I am truly so grateful for Christ, and after focusing on him at MLC and in Sunday school, I really just love Him so much more and am grateful for the love he showed me through his Atonement. I know he lives, and that this is truly His gospel.
Love you all :)

Sister Jones

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 53 - Besweri's Baptism

Hello! Another crazy week.

Last p day we went to a 'Deer Park' where the deer come up to you and eat carrots out of your hand. But sadly the deer at this deer park were not as cool as the one I have been to in Esbjerg. They just ran away from us! 

So, we had 2 giant unused bags of carrots. Because the deer were not very nice, we just hung out in the forest, played some games and ate our packed lunch. It turned out fun anyways! We used the left over carrots in about everything we ate the next week. Carrots in our eggs, our lunch, and baked carrot fries for dinner... we even make carrot cake and brought it to district meeting!
That night we had an appointment with a positive investigator who has a baptismal date. Before we could even start with a prayer, his 'Girlfriend/ friend who takes care of him (because he has health problems)' Said she had something to say.... She then goes off for an Entire HOUR on why she doesn’t understand what we are doing, says we our brainwashing our investigator, says she doesn’t understand “why”  we need to be saved and “what” we need to be saved from.  She was getting heated. We kindly offered to leave if she didn’t want us there, and our member present came in and saved us, and tried explaining everything to this lady. It was hard, because we could explain to her why she needs to be “saved” and how it is only through Jesus Christ that is possible, but she wouldn’t really listen. 

She would find one way or another to attack everything we said. For example, Søster Jex said 'Like she said, we .....etc.' then this lady FREAKED out that Søster Jex said 'SHE' instead of the member’s name, Ruth. So obviously she was tried trying to find ways to argue with us, but it was kind of crazy. In the end we gave her a pamphlet and told her we would love to try and explain things to her, so we made an appointment for the next Monday (tonight). Sooooo not going to lie I am a little terrified. I don’t like Danish people yelling at me! Especially because I don't know how to respond! Ha-ha they did not teach you how to fight arguments in the MTC. LOL

We also had a 3rd lesson with an investigator from Greece. We had invited him last time to read in the Book of Mormon and begin to pray. He found some anti Mormon stuff and refused to read the book. He does not believe in God, and doesn’t see how God can help him. We testified SO hard about how we have come to know God is there, and how he has helped us in our life, and how we know this through the Book of Mormon. I don’t think I had ever been bolder with someone before! I knew the spirit was there and both Søster Jex and I just testified our hearts out. He gave the Book of Mormon back to us, but agreed to try praying. That was really hard to see. We were handing him the Evidence of God he was looking for, but he would not take it. I was sad walking away from the lesson because I knew there was nothing else I could do, but that it all came down to him and his agency ;(
But, on the bright side, the majority of our week was spent helping Besweri prepare for baptism! Besweri is a friend of a recent convert. He has been taught by the sisters since May. We met with him twice before Saturday and went over a few things, and he was excited!
Friday night we tried making a coconut lime cake (That is what Besweri requested). It turned out pretty good. We got to the church at 8:30 am Saturday morning and set everything up, and finished preparing our talks and musical number. I had a really bad sore throat Friday, and I was scared I was not going to be able to sing or talk on Saturday, but the Lord came through because when  I woke up Saturday my throat did not hurt at all!!!! So I successfully gave a talk on the Holy Ghost, and we both sang” I need thee every hour”. Everything turned out so well, and everyone liked the cake!
After Besweri came up out of the water, he threw up his hands for joy! He looked really happy :) 

 Pretty much the rest of Saturday we spent cleaning. We had to clean up from the baptism, but also clean the church. For some reason the sisters were in charge of cleaning the church building that day. But it worked out fine! So yes, that is a picture of me mopping the men’s bathroom. 

That night we had to go on Emergency splits with some sisters, because one of the sisters got a 19 page love letter and was proposed to by one of their investigators..... SOOOO that was a problem and she needed to leave. I went to sport ‘s night instead of her, and got to see David! He is doing really well. He has decided to move back to Romania, and happened to be moving that Tuesday. So it was really lucky I got to come and say goodbye. He wants to go on a mission, and is planning to start his mission papers when he receives the Melchizedek priesthood in January. They only have a few branches in Romania, and the closest one is over an hour from where he is from. That will be tough, but he has grown so much since the day we met him and I know he will stay strong in he Church. He told me once, 'All the other churches are like big parties, but this church is like Harvard!
Sunday was another crazy day. We waited and waited and waited and Besweri did not show up to church. We were so worried! We later found out he got a new job and had to work that night and didn’t get home until Sunday morning at 6 am, and couldn’t make it to church. So, that was unfortunate. We will have him confirmed next Sunday. Ahhhhh so much stress but all we could do was laugh about it. I just feel bad because I know he wants to come to church but he is working all the time, and always gets called in at random times.
We got transfer calls this week too (right before the baptism). Søster Jex and I will both be staying in Rødovre! Thank goodness too! I was not ready to take over this area.
Over all- another crazy week but it was awesome!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Week 52 - One year out!

Well, I officially have just 6 months left here in Denmark. Although I miss you all at home, I want to stay here forever! I Love Denmark, serving, sharing the gospel and missionary life!
Last P day we went into Copenhagen and went to this cool “street food” place! Lots of cool looking food from all around the World in a little warehouse across the Canal in Copenhagen. Søster Jex and I split some Moroccan food that looked good. We also got some ice cream and went to the top of Vore Frelsers Kirke. You could see all of Copenhagen, and see to Sweden.
We needed to buy some candy in bulk, so we went to a bazaar this week! I am not sure if they have those in America but they are just like foreign shops with lots of imported foods and things. Tyler would really like it! It probably has some of his crazy Indonesian food. Those stores are fun but are always in sketchy parts of town, so we have to be careful.
Thursday we had district meeting, and it was our district leaders’ birthday. We had originally wanted to go out for district dinner and go to an Asian buffet, but that didn’t work out. So, instead we made an Asian buffet for him and surprised him when he came to district meeting! Søster Jex and I made homemade egg rolls and it all turned out really good!
Back at Zone conference we watched a video of some BYU students WHO went out to different cities around the world and asked people to read pages of the Book of Mormon and share their thoughts. It was a way cool video, and on Saturday here in Copenhagen we recreated it!
We set up two tables on different parts of the big main shopping area downtown and tried it out! We just went around asking people if they would read a page form the Book of Mormon and highlight what they liked and then share their thoughts. We had a decent amount of people participate and gave out some Books of Mormon and got a bunch of people WHO wanted to know more! It was really fun. 

Also a miracle. It was scheduled to rain the exact time we planned to do it... so we all prayed SO much that the Lord would hold the rain back! And of course, when we started we had a little bit of sunshine, and not a single drop the whole 2 hours we were out! Then, right as we packed up, it started raining. I know he held the rain back just for us :)

Sunday was also a good day, because I got to see 'Elder Canny' at church!!! (He is from Norway and served his mission in our Ward). There was a girl from Norway and a guy from Denmark that got married this weekend so he was in town for a wedding. Our mutual friend Gismo made sure he came to our ward that day so I could say hi :) It was such a surprise when he walked in because I knew he looked very familiar, but it took a few minutes for it to click! He spoke some Norwegian to me, and I understood it too! It is similar to Danish. That was fun!
Sunday we also decorated president’s office because it is his birthday on Monday. We made a banner with favorite memories from a whole bunch of us missionaries, and put lots of flags and balloons all around.

Missionary work in our area is good. We are planning a baptism for Besweri this Saturday. We have lots and lots of appointments with people and honestly are a little overwhelmed! There is just not enough time in the day to do everything. I feel so blessed that the Lord has given us so many people to teach in our area. We had gotten a lot of new investigators that have burned us and not showed up, but we also have a few that are really progressing, so everything works out.

I am so excited to finish strong these last 6 months! I am pretty insufficient, but I have definitely learned that as long as I try my best, the Lord will help me with the rest.

Søster Jones

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Week 51 - Crazy busy week!

Holy cow. Yesterday I officially only have 6 months left because my release date as of now is Feb 6!!!
I can NOT believe I have only 6 months left. This mission thing has gone by sooooo fast. And everyone says the last 6 months go by the fastest. I believe it too. This transfer has blown by. It’s already week 5! We have so much going on every day. Like this last week was complete chaos!

Monday, we went into Copenhagen and were on splits with Sister Wilkerson while we waited for her new comp to come. (Some of the pictures from last week) 

Tuesday we took a train to Slagelse in the morning and did their district meeting. It was fun! Sister Jex and I taught about how we need to use the Book of Mormon more as we are teaching and finding. We started off with a role play.... We had a random person come up and we started telling them about the 'Flødeflakker', and how great it is and how much it has changed our lives. (And we were holding a box of Nyquil so they were a bit confused). We tried telling them how great it was, then asked if we could come to their house and tell them more... and they all said no. ha-ha, THEN we opened up the box and let them try it! Well, inside the box was a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie! (Don’t worry; we were not passing out Nyquil to all the missionaries.) So, once they tasted it, and experienced it, then they were more likely to want more!
Kind of cheesy, but it helped us get our point across :) We need to let people EXPERIANCE the Book of Mormon, and feel the spirit as they read it. Then we talked more about how 'The Book of Mormon along with the spirit is the most powerful tool in conversion'. -PMG.
Then we, of course, brought cookies for everyone :) And rode the train home, and the Holbæk Sisters came home with us for splits. WE had splits with them Tuesday to Wednesday and that was great! We got a few investigators and had the opportunity to invite a lot of people to hear about Christ, even though a lot said "no".

Thursday we went into Copenhagen to get Søster Lanham because her companion was in the 'My Plan meeting' (A one day meeting for the missionaries who are going home the following transfer).
It was fun to bring her back to my new area and do work with her again! We knocked some doors, and some lady let us is! We taught her about the Restoration. Then we went back to Copenhagen and picked up another Sister who didn’t have a companion and just contacted around the church for a while.
THEN, both of these sisters got their normal companions back, we did some stuff in the office, and then had to go to our district meeting! Right before our district meeting a giant monsoon came rolling through! Luckily we were in a pizza place getting some dinner, but the Elders were biking to meet us and then showed up COMPLETLY SOAKED!  By the time district meeting started, half of us were soaking wet, and the other half were just absolutely exhausted because it has been such a crazy day with so many different missionary meetings and splits and things happening.

Friday morning we went to Søborg and did another district meeting in Maglegårds alle. Then we ate lunch at the same kebab place I used to eat at after district meeting when I was in training in Søborg :) fun to go back! THEN, we had to bike really fast to the temple, because one of Sister Jex's new converts, Mathias was coming to do baptisms for the first time! So we all got to be with him. It was a really special experience. He said he really felt the spirits of the people he was doing work for 'hos' him (hos is like with, but a lot more personal).
After the temple we went on splits with the Roskilde sisters, because they also came to be with Mathias.
I was with Sister Wilkerson (Sister Baird trained when I left Roskilde :) and by the end of the long day, we decided we needed a chocolate triangle. It weighed probably a few pounds... and was filled with vanilla crème and marzipan. Also, it was huge. And we ate the whole thing.

Saturday- STILL on splits. Probably the coolest thing that happened that day was meeting this random lady on the street. We start talking and we are showing her the Book of Mormon and then all of a sudden we see her take off her glasses and she is wiping away tears. She starts explaining how she is going through some crazy things in her life, and was looking for a faith to help her and she found what she was looking for! She said she was so happy to meet us and we made her day!
But yet she would not take a Book of Mormon or a card or give us her number or anything? I was very confused. She said she didn’t dare take something. She seemed absolutely normal, but things were not adding up so I wonder if there might have been some anxiety or something we didn’t know about. It was sad.  We have no way to teach her or help her progress, but I believe the Lord definitely sent us to talk to her because it made a very big impact on her!
Sunday was also a CRAZY day. No splits, but ALL of the people we invited to come to church all decided to come on the same day! (Ha-ha no one came last week). So, we had 4 investigators all in church 3 of which it was their very first time. This was crazy because,

1. Sister Jex and I always need to stay together, but when the lobby is downstairs and the chapel is upstairs...
2. There were a TON of visitors because of a cruise ship so there was Literally NO seats left. There was probably like 200 people.

3. All of investigators were showing up and different times and one got lost so we had to get up awkwardly after the sacrament, leave our other investigators, and go outside and try to find him! Then we come back and there were no seats, so Sister Jex ends up going and sitting on the stand!
4. Also, tourists coming and taking up all the testimony time to share stories about their Danish ancestors who had multiple wives..... ha-ha

5. I was stressing because it was so loud and I wanted them to feel the spirit!
6. One of our investigators told me he was really nervous and then he spilled the sacrament water on his lap!!

We always want a perfect church experience for our investigators but it never seems to happen. But, they all said they really enjoyed it and want to come back :)
The work is crazy, but the Lord provides a way. Probably the busiest craziest week of my mission! But it ended great because our investigator Besweri passed his baptismal interview Sunday after church and will be baptized soon!

Missionary work can be exhausting
Have a great week!   Søster Jones

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Week 50 - Double Splits

This week was Crazy!!
Monday was pioneer day. That night we celebrated by making butter and pie. The pie.... well it didn’t turn out like a pie. But we made butter and got to celebrate our Danish ancestors :)
Tuesday we had a lesson with a new investigator Jens. He is an Old Danish man, and he was very accepting of our message! We came back 2 days later for another lesson and he now has a baptismal date! Yay!

That night we traveled to Amager (the little island right off of Copenhagen) for splits. We had a great next day working hard in their area!

Søster Funk is new to the land, so she had not yet tasted Kebab. So, we had to get her 'Kebaptized'.  So we had kebabs that night for dinner!
Kebab. ..not Danish at ALL. It's mostly immigrants who open these shops. It's pita bread with a bunch of lamb meat and some lettuce and fresh veggies and if you're lucky and then crème fraiche sauce, which is like a sour cream ranch stuff. It is typical European street food. Tastes super good, but not healthy at all! Ha-ha

 I was with Søster Dietch and we learned a lot together. The people over here were a lot more closed minded (and maybe a tad bit rude) than in my own area. So, we got a lot of rejection, but that meant we learned a lot! The last guy we talked to was a young man from Germany. We talked for 45 min on the street. We taught him about the restoration and plan of salvation and answered a bunch of his questions and literally testified our hearts out that we knew it was true. He was nice, but did not accept an invitation to learn more. Although we were sad, we walked away feeling like we fulfilled our purpose. Agency is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be frustrating. But as long as I am inviting people to come unto Christ, then I am fulfilling my purpose.

Thursday we had a really good district meeting. My notes looked a little like this:

·         Humility - desire - willingness/ repentance - baptism - Holy Ghost- Endure to the end (faith hope charity).

Really, you cannot start this whole process until you become humble. So, if you are looking to come closer to Christ, humility is a good place to start!  Also, way cool. The definition of endure to the end?  Look at 2 Nephi 32 and the last verse. Endure to the end means to have faith hope and charity! I guess it makes sense. Continue throughout your life with faith in Christ, and a hope that all will work out with a love of Christ in your heart and to all others!

The Gospel is really so simple the more you learn about it!

Thursday night to Friday we also had splits with the Søsters in Søborg! It was fun to talk to them because I served in that area, so I get to hear about the ward, and who they are teaching and stuff. Søster Landeen and I Celebrated our long finding day with a good old' classic Danish pastry. YUM!
Don't you wish you could take a bite of this?
Saturday we had a few lessons and spent the day planning and calling the new people we have met.

Sunday we had a great day at church! We expected 4 of our new friends to come, but sadly no one ended up coming.

Today for p day there was a mini transfer, so a few missionaries got moved around.  We got to have Søster Wilkerson with us while she waited for her new companion to come.

We went into Copenhagen, saw the Christus statue, went into a way cool old pretty church, and ate some Danish Smørrbrød! (One is fish on rye bread, the other is pork with red cabbage and pickles, both super traditional Danish food!)

Then we met up with some other missionaries at the beach and got ice cream, but it was so fun I forgot to take pics ;)

Really good week! Splits are super fun, but I have no time to write in my journal ha-ha.
Søster Jones