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 :)