Monday, March 24, 2014

Tillykke Med Fødselsdagen, Ældste Mogensen!

Ældste Jewkes, Ældste Mogensen, and I celebrating our March birthdays together!
Happy birthday to my wonderful companion, Ældste Mogensen! He turned the big 20 as well this last Saturday! They grow up so fast. :,)

Again, things seem hectic back at home. Best of luck with your student elections Nathan! And congrats on being asked to Spring Fling with Anna Nielsen. She's a great girl. Great Family!

I'm emailing a little bit later today because the Svenborg Elders came up here to Odense to play some frisbee and visit some stores. Way fun!

So, funny story...two families here in Odense talked about their family member who teaches folk dance at BYU. Turns out she was my teacher and she came from Odense! Crazy!! She is the Family History consultant's daughter and the Bishop's wife's sister, so they both love me because I did folk dance. ;)

Beginning on Monday after our preparation day we had an eating appointment with the Ward Family History Consultant. We all were very excited to meet with her because we have been really trying to start using family history more in our teaching and finding. The appointment went great and she's going to get us started with some training so we can start to show people ourselves how to use ourselves during our open house hours.

We found a new investigator this week. He was a media referral we received from the office. We talked to him once before and we made a return appointment. He also asked if we could bring another Book of Mormon for his friend. The lesson itself went well, but he never really seemed to get excited about the Things we were talking about. It seems like he is more interested in learning about the religion itself but not really to convert to it. We introduced him the Book of Mormon and invited him to read out of it and pray. Hopefully he does!

We had a lot of service this week. We went with the Sisters out to visit a previous investigator. We went because she told the Sisters her Lock needed to be fixed and so the Sisters invited us to come with. While the Sisters were teaching we worked on the Lock, and they gave a great lesson...a lot better than us fixing the Lock. She didn't have the right tools to replace the old one with the new one so we ended up just breaking the old Lock and were not able to replace the new one...we felt pretty dumb. Luckily she was cool about it! We'll try to fix it in the future.

We also helped a member move one of his friends. It was a pretty easy move and we did it really fast and efficient so they were super thankful. It was us and the Svenborg Elders so we moved all of their really heavy furniture, no problem. The member also said that he's going to invite them to come to his house to eat and have a lesson with the missionaries!

We met with our investigator with the baptismal date two times this week and they both went really well! The first time we talked about following the Prophet and he was really excited to hear about President Monson. He also really enjoyed the talk we gave him to read. The second time we just read through 2 Nephi 31 and talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Great appointment. We've moved his baptismal date to the 3rd of May to give him more time to prepare and to come to church. But, he did come to church this week! He absolutely loved the talks. It was actually a Little rough to get him up because they just took out the front steps and ramp to the church so we had to carry him and his wheelchair up the back steps into the church. But he got in and out and is excited to come again!

We had splits with Ældste Jewkes and Ældste DeMourdant in Svendborg and that was way fun. Unfortunately, all of their appointments cancelled on them so we basically just contacted and knocked doors the entire day. We had the goal to empty our pockets, though, and we did it! We passed out a ton of copies of the Book of Mormon and Ældset Jewkes and I alone gave out over 40 pass along cards, almost all of them talking about Family History. So it was a good.

We also had an extra Sacrament Service Down in Svendborg on Sunday after ours in Odense. It was so cool. It was in this little rented out house with chairs set up and there were only around 12 people total there. It was way spiritual though, and one of Svendborg's previous investigators randomly showed up! That was a way cool experience.

That's my week! I also received the Easter package today so I look forward to opening it! Thank you for everything you do! I love you all!

-Ældste Wawro