Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WEEK 42 & 42; May 10-11, 2015: Mother's Day Skype ... on television? Amanda is a football superstar! D&C 121 teaches Communication 101

Hey family! The skype name I'll be using is happyindenmark, email address: Same one we used at Christmas. We're logging on over here at 4 pm, so 8am your time. 

Kind of a funny situation-last week when the mission leader asked if the missionaries could have a place to skype, this really old couple ( their 90s) said we could come over. We were a little nervous and were even more nervous when the husband said that we could probably skype on his television., Paul, no we can't! But, old Danish people get offended really easily, and our Bishop is scared of Paul, so he said that he would figure it out and that we just need to go over to this old couple's house so that they don't get mad. ...thanks Bishop. So-that's where we'll be skyping from, keep your fingers crossed that everything works out and that they have internet. If not, the bishop did say that we could come over to his house as a back up plan.  Hopefully this doesn't become a huge fiasco. I'm excited to see you all! Happy mother's day!

WEEK 42, May 11, 2015
Danish Word of the Week: Nitning (You can sound this one out!) RIVETING. Used in a sentence, 'Did you see that sky today? Talk about blue.' 'Yes Kronk, riveting.'

It was so great talking to all of you yesterday! You all look great.

Sister Perkins and I have a goal this week to speak Danish 24/7 all week long. We always speak Danish outside the apartment, but now we're taking it up a notch and speaking it inside too! Danish is a tough language, and since basically all of the missionaries are Americans who ALSO don't know the language, we really have to work constantly to get good at it. 

Highlights of this last week: That mini-MTC activity we did with the youth was a huge success. It was so much fun! They were all having fun and laughing, but it was also a good spiritual experience there at the end. Their young mens and young womens leaders are both return missionaries, so we had them stand up at the end and talk about how their missions have influenced the rest of their lives. It really made an impact! 

We also went to Copenhagen for Leadership Council. It was a really spiritual meeting, plus it's always just great to be in the mission home and to eat Sister Sederholm's food! I love leadership weekend. We also played American football for exercise with the Elders, and I caught a touchdown pass. I didn't do anything helpful for the rest of the game, but I had that one moment of glory. It was nice.  

We're getting ready for zone trainings this week! Søster Perkins and I are doing a training on how to be simple and bold when teaching. President always talks about how we need to be bold, but not overbearing. The difference between those two is the love that we show for the person we're talking to. 

Being a Sister Training Leader has taught me a lot about having good communication. Sometimes missionaries get their feelings hurt by other missionaries, and they don't want to bring it up because they're afraid of causing contention. But it's so important that we say what we mean, and that we say it with love. Especially if someone has done something that hurts us. Just say it! Talk about it! We waste so much time sitting and quietly hurting because we're afraid, but nothing is ever going to get solved if we don't open our mouths. I always go back to the scripture in D&C 121-

41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, 
only by persuasion, by longsuffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned 
42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, 
and withoutguile4Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; 
and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, 
lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; 44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than 
the cords of death.

That was my little soapbox. Never be afraid to stand up for yourself, and never forget the part about showing an increase of love. I love you all so much! I'm so proud of the great things you're doing and the wonderful people you are! Have a great week!

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