|2013 Christmas in July Card with Elders Elsbury, Whitlock and Wawro|
Glædelig Jul i Juli!! [Translation: Merry Christmas in July] We were happy enough to celebrate Christmas in July once again here in the Danish Copenhagen Mission! Do you remember the pictures from last year? If not, I'll send it again! Ældste Whitlock, Ældste Elsbury, and I decided to start this holiday called Jul i Juli, and despite the sinister plots of Ældste Lindstrom, we prevailed in celebrating that great national holiday we started! And you know what? This year everybody remembered our picture because it got sent throughout the mission, and this year missionaries from all different places in Denmark have been celebrating Jul i Juli! There has been music in the air, Christmas trees and decorations set up in the apartments, and great pictures taken. Who knew that everybody would remember that random event from last year? Pretty awesome.
First things first. That is awesome that you saw Ældste Huffaker this week! He told me recently that he works at Brick Oven. We still email each other quite often, I miss that guy. I hope he is doing well!
Random Question: Hey mom, I would really like to make so Mexican beans. Do you have a good recipe that I could get? And any other recipes I would definitely love to get as well!
Now, a little about the work:
We met with ******* a couple times this week. She is really doing great. She came to church again! Unfortunately, she told us that she is going to be moving to Birkerød around the end of this week, so we won't be able to continue teaching her. We've been helping her with the move, though, and the ward has really been rallying up to help her as she prepares to leave this next week. She will be missed, but I'm sure the missionaries in Birkerød will do a great job fellowshipping her.
I also had the opportunity to go out on splits with Ældste Wright in Ballerup [Elder Wright is from Elder Wawro’s home stake in Orem, Utah]. I'll begin by saying that Ældste Wright is a very impressive missionary. You can see his desire to do his best and he is very diligent in almost every aspect of the work. Besides it being fun because we come from the same Stake and High School, I was able to learn a lot from him. I really look forward to continue working with him in the future and to learn from his example!
Me and Elder Wright wearing one Giant Suitcoat!!
The missionaries in Ballerup live in a house! There are four missionaries there: Ældste Jewkes (Yes, the very same), Ældste Wilsher (From England), Ældste Eisert (From my MTC Group), and Ældste Wright. It's a way nice area and, again, tons of fun.
While on splits, Ældste Wright and I went knocking and were able to find somebody who seems pretty positive. She is from Africa but speaks Danish. Of course, she has a strong belief in God and Christ, but she didn't really feel like she needed to hear anything more from us. Luckily, we were able to introduce the Book of Mormon with her and that instantly changed her attitude. So she invited us to come back another day and talk more about the chapter we gave her to read.
We had a HUGE service project with some of the other missionaries out in the middle of nowhere. Ældste Wright and I had to bike way out in the country to get to it. I didn't even know they had country on Sjælland! But it was so worth it. We had to remove all the leaves from this large lawn, dig up all the rocks, and flatten the land again. It was extremely hot and hard work, but it was so much fun. The best part was seeing how grateful this man was. He wants to move to the States so he can be with his family that has already moved over there, but he needs to be here until he can sell the house which he is renovating. He has been doing everything himself, until we got there. You could see he was touched, and that made it all worth it.
Afterwards, Ældste Wright and I went to visit some people who ended up not being able to meet, but some kids came up to us and started asking us a lot of questions! Kids always love talking to us for some reason, it's great! They were way excited to hear we were from America and thought we were way cool. The best part, though, was that one of their older brothers was watching them kind of from afar and because we made such a good impression on them we were able to give him a Book of Mormon! I really hope that's turns out to help them.
Here's a funny story:
Here in Denmark it gets really humid, right? So when it gets relatively hot it feels like you're going to die. They also don't have air conditioning here so it can get pretty bad sometimes. Well, we were in church yesterday and everybody looked like they were going to die. So it got to 88 degrees Fahrenheit and everyone looked like they were going to die. Well, at the end of the Sacrament Meeting the 1st Councilor announced that they would be cancelling Sunday School because it was too hot! Good thing we don’t live in Africa or South America!
Yeah, that's everything that I can think of that was exciting. I love you all and can't wait to hear from you next week!