Kære Alle Sammen,
This week was great! We taught two new
investigators for the first time on Friday, Cl and Fl. Cl is an American
who married a Dane and has been here for a while. She's very Christian.
Just to give you an idea, when Søster Ronstrom and I stopped her on the
street, we felt bad because she had headphones in. Guilt soon turned to
glee, because she was listening to a podcast prayer hour, and thought
it fitting that she was stopped by two missionaries just then. She's
curious about our church and likes to keep up with what's going on in
the world, but from the sorts of questions she asked, it seems like
below the surface she's also looking for something more. She's Catholic,
but open-minded (yes, it can happen!). At the end of the lesson she and I had a rapid-fire Q&A session.
"Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer."
"Through the atonement of Christ, conditional only upon a broken heart and a contrite spirit."
"Nope, it's between the person and God, unless further restitution needs
to be made, then the leader of the local church offers advice."
"Grace or works?"
And so on. It was like a doctrinal tennis match. Maybe not the best way
to teach, but a really fun exercise. It's also made me realize that
although I have the 13 Articles of Faith memorized in Danish, it might
help to re-learn them in English. We teach a surprising amount of
English-speaking investigators. It's a bit embarrassing to not even know
it in your own language.
Fl is a miracle. The missionaries talked with him before I came, but
he's been hard to contact. When he finally did answer the phone, he and
Søster Olsson had a half hour discussion. He was so excited to meet
with us. He's deeply Christian as well and truly loves his Bible, more
than just about anyone I've ever met. He's about 40-45 and teaches
computers and mathematics here in Copenhagen. He was raised Danske Folke
Kirke, but knows that's not right. He's confused as to why there are so
many different Christian churches, all teaching about different
versions of Christ and none fulling living up to what the Lord taught in
the Bible. Can you say "golden"? He'd read all the way through Second
Nephi since he received the Book of Mormon about three months ago, but
didn't understand what the Book of Mormon even was. He thought it
borrowed heavily from the Bible to teach about Christ, but was probably
true in the way it taught it all. When he learned that it was additional
scripture, his eyes just lit up. He said that he can really feel the
testimonies we have, and we seem to just have this peace and security
about what we know. He wants that too. He loved Moroni 10:3-5, and broke
it down with us phrase by phrase after reading. He says he knows that's
the only way to get an answer, though it's not something he's ever
really tried. He already prays the way we try to teach investigators,
and said we had given him a lot to pray and think about, and that he
wants to meet us again. I left that appointment on cloud nine.
In other news, Søster Guesne has mastered the "flirt to convert"
tactic. The guy, Ax, actually stopped her on the street near the church
and was happy to have us show him around the chapel. The only problem?
We're pretty sure he's a drug dealer. Weirdly enough though, when he
borrowed our phone to call his "dog" (his yes-man, basically) to say he
was going to be late because he was visiting a church, we already had
the number in our phone! He was a former potential investigator we
stopped on the street and took a Book of Mormon, and we haven't been
able to contact since. Ax said he'd come to church if Søster Guesne
called on Sunday morning to remind him. He never showed up. We're not
sure whether or not to be happy or sad. Every soul is precious to God.
However, some really ought to be taught by Elders.
We haven't heard from Ni in a while. We asked him to play the piano
at the baptism of one of the Elders' investigators, but his parents
wouldn't allow him. We're no longer counting him as a progressing
investigator, and moving his record out just about broke my heart.
Please pray for him.
The Lord works in mysterious ways. Ap and Em haven't spoken to us in
about 3 weeks, ever since they had an argument during a lesson and the
whole thing exploded. They haven't returned any of our calls either, so
we figured it was best to give them some space and let them call when
they wanted. We were visiting a referral we'd gotten from a Senior
Couple a while ago. It was almost too soft of a referral to follow,
which is why we hadn't really tried. All we knew was that she worked in a
second hand shop here and pointed out the Senior Couple's name tags. We
felt we ought to try though, so we went on Tuesday. Lo and behold, as we
were wandering around the shop and wondering how to strike up a
conversation about the gospel with the man at the register, Ap called.
She wanted us to visit when we could. What's more, the shop was literally right around the corner from their apartment, which is not an
area we go to very often. Because someone asked about a name tag, two
good Senior Missionaries talked with everyone they could, referred all
they knew over to us, and we followed the prompting to go, no matter how
fruitless it seemed at the time, we were in a position to be tools in
the Lord's hands. It wasn't at all what we were expecting, but the Lord
knew the situation. "Coincidences are when God simply chooses to remain
A quote from "Lectures on Faith", which I would highly recommend to everyone:
here understand, that the sacred writers say that all ... things were
done by faith. It was by faith that the worlds were framed. God spake,
chaos heard, and the worlds came into order by reason fo the faith there
was in Him. So with man also, he spake by faith in the name of God, and
the sun stood still, the moon obeyed, mountains removed, prisons fell,
lions' mouths were closed, the human heart lost its enmity, fire its
violence, armies their power, the sword its terror, and death its
dominion, and all this by reason of the faith which was in him. Faith,
then, is the first great governing principle which has power, dominion,
and authority over all things. By it they exist, by it they are upheld,
by it they are changed, or by it they remain, agreeable to the will of
God. Without it there is no power."
Jeg elsker jer!
Dad - Præsident
Andersen knows Kristian Kjeldsen! He's in my stake. I'll talk to the
missionaries out in his area and see what I can do! I remember you
mentioning you'd be teaching a BoM class soon. I wish I were there to
sit in on it! Maybe you'll teach another one while I'm back. At the rate
I'm going, that'll just have to be in the next decade. I need to step
it up. It's not my fault that BYU offers so many interesting classes!
If ... no, when you get any epiphanies from your extra study and
teaching, please feel free to pass them on to someone else trying to
teach about the Book of Mormon. Or, as we affectionately call it, Mormons
Mom - Thank you so much for the fun package! I opened it, but am
saving all of the wrapped things until my birthday. I love all of the
office stuff, and the pens were much needed. And so fun! I think I'm set
on journals for the next four transfers though, at least. They're so
cute! You have good taste. And my companions and I had a great time
launching the frogs across the table. It was great to see you too on
Mothers Day. I'm glad everyone seems to be doing well. Thanks! I don't
mind wearing a skirt, and I have a great mission wardrobe thanks to my
wonderful mission stylist ;) and who knew a 30 kroner (about 6 dollars)
scarf would be so wonderful? If you want any specific color, let me
know. They'd be great souvenirs to bring back. I love my name tag too. I
promise, I'll be sobbing when they make me take it off. Katie is growing
up WAY too fast. She's already far more grown up than I remember, and
she's still got a year to grow before I get home! I wish I were there to
celebrate surviving your first year of being a principal - and it was a
pretty crazy year. But everything seems to be going really well with
the school now, so that's a major accomplishment. I owe you a
celebratory lunch or something. How's next June sound?
Supreme Mugwump - I got your letter, but I really need to reply to
my grandparents. I'll write back to you when I get more stamps.