Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WEEK 50; July 6, 2015: Apartment Inspection, FHE sets the tone in the home, Gratitude! and a quote from Grandma Dixon

Danish Word of the Week: Fugtighed (fook-tee-hill) HUMIDITY

We got some real summer weather this week, and none of us were prepared. It got so hot and humid out of nowhere-we've been sleeping with all of the windows open and no blankets all week. That was a big change from the 2 layers of pajamas and thick socks I've gotten used to. :)

Splits with Sister O'Bryant were so fun (new Mission President’s wife)! She is so excited to be on a mission and wants to come out teaching with us all the time. She even said she would come out knocking with us! She's really caught the fire for learning Danish as well. President O'Bryant is also great. This last week has been insane for them but they are just taking it all in stride happy to be here. We're so excited to work with them. President is going to come around to all of the missionary apartments in the mission next week to do personal interviews. This is going to be the cleanest the apartments will ever be. :)

On splits with Sister O'Bryant we taught a new convert family how to hold a family home evening! It was such a great appointment and there was a warm, fun spirit in the room. It built my testimony of how sacred the home can be. We have to work to create that environment, but when we make the effort, the spirit just rushes in and fills it up. It's a real, tangible feeling! It's amazing! 

I love this new ward I'm in! You probably got the pictures of me and Søster Ripa with the bishop's daughters-they just jumped up and started doing our hair during dinner. It was so sweet. But more than that, the members of this ward have such strong testimonies! Two scary things happened in the ward this week-one father found out that he has a tumor in his brain, and another father had a pretty serious stroke. This last Sunday was testimony meeting, and members of both families stood up and expressed how grateful they are that we have the spirit to comfort us, that we can pray to God, that God gives us our families and the ability to love others, and that the gospel gives us perspective when tragedy strikes. I thought it was so amazing that the main topic of this fast Sunday-especially in light of recent events-was gratitude. These people are such incredible examples!  

I just wanted to say thank you for all of the prayers - I've really felt them this week. I hope you all can also feel how much I love you and pray for you! I'm so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and that we can talk to him. It's like an anchor that fastens us to heaven. There was a Danish lady we talked to in the MTC who said that her little brother couldn't understand why prayer was so important. He said he didn't need it-that he could work out his own problems. And then she said, For me, I feel that my life absolutely depends on prayer. If we're going through a problem, why would we ever want to miss out on advice from someone who knows absolutely everything?

I love you all so much and I pray for you every day! Remember that no matter what happens, Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for us will be realized. As Grandma Dixon says, mind your manners and say your prayers and good things will happen. :) Have a great week!

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