Disaster has struck in the Ballerup area. Thousands of people scamper around, wishing, waiting for it to be over. The chills of the winter air make the experience all the worse as they wait and wait. The look to the right, to the left and notice a caution marker at the side of the road. They look, they read, they KNOW. They run away, hoping they can make it safely to their destination!
Hows that for a introduction! I bet you have no idea what I am talking about. I have now officially been in Ballerup for 1 week! Its amazing how much a person can learn in 1 week, and let me tell you its been quite an experience and I am excited to tell you all about it.
So to begin, the one thing I have learned a lot about Ballerup is the public transportation. It never arrives on time, or it arrives too early etc. We as missionaries use the public transportation as we don't have a car. This is tragic, but we do what we can do. My introduction is about the public transportation. We always miss our bus or our train. They never come at the time they say there supposed to come on the train schedule (Caution Marker from intro). This makes life a little difficult as we seem to always be either right on time, to an appointment or a few minutes late. Its bad because we will be at the station waiting, waiting, and waiting, then we figure out the bus already came. Anyways, that's my public transportation drama this week. You just got to love it.
I have only been in Ballerup for 1 week and I have already given a talk. I know crazy! The bishop called me on Saturday and asked me to give a talk in church. He said 5 - 10 mintues. I wasent too happy about it as he only gave me 1 day to prepare. However I said yes and worked all day saturday on my talk. I had Elder Christensen with his great danish help me out. Sunday finally arrived and I gave my talk. I was way nervous and pronounces a few words wrong, but I think I did pretty good. They told me I speak really clear and that I dont have too bad of an accent. I appreciated those comments, and was just glad it was over with.
One thing about Ballerup that's completely different then in Randers is the amount of appointments I have had this week. We have had at least 1 appointment each day. Tomorrow we actually have 6 appointments. Its insane! we have been completely busy here. I am not used to it. Ive met a ton of amazing people and all of them really enjoy our visits. Elder Christensen has done a great job at creating good relationships with them.
We have this investigator named Ann-Mai. She is a Danish girl and actually studies religion in school. At first I was a little worried about it, because shes probably only meeting with us to just learn more about our church. However she told Elder Christensen that shes studying religion in school because it interests her and shes looking for the best religion to believe in. Ann-mai has a sincere heart and is willing to listen, which is awesome! I wasn't there the last time she was taught, but my companion was, and they showed her the Joseph Smith movie. She loved it! She thought the movie was so powerful. The movie brought tears to her eyes. After hearing all that I was way excited to teach her. We decided to teach her the 2nd lesson which is the Plan of salvation! She just ate this up! She loved it! She loved how including it was. She just loved how our beliefs include everyone, Mormon or not. It was a good lesson and the spirit was present. She set aside her "mind" and was feeling what we were teaching, not studying it. She loved the lesson and wants us to come back! I am excited to see what the future brings with her.
Another experience I had, We were out knocking on doors in an area about 15 minutes away from Ballerup. Just so you know, I haven't gone knocking on doors yet. Usually we are just contacting on the street, so this was a new experience for me. As of now, I don't like it! haha. I really struggled with it. Over time I will get used to it but as of now I do not like it! I contact on the street any day over knocking.
Anyways, we knocked on this door and a young guy Muslim opened up. We told him who we were and what our message was. He said, "you want to talk, lets talk". How he said it, made it sound like fighting words, and they were. We ended up having a 45 minute talk about their religion and ours. Whats funny is they did all the talking. We just listened and were VERY respectful. They got a little aggressive (not physical) but were talking loud and in a mean tone to us. I wanted to die. This was a situation I didn't want to be in. They stated all these "facts" about their religion and how it just has to be true. We asked them if they have prayed to see if it is true. They say, we don't have too, the facts themselves prove it. Oh boy, I thought. Then they said, you think about what we said. Your preaching false doctrine.
That lit my fire! I couldn't handle them dissing my church! I turned to them an bore my testimony. I said, "I cannot deny what I know (stole that line from Joseph smith, haha). I have prayed to my Heavenly Father and he has answered me. That shut them right up. They didn't know what to say to me. I thought to myself, "Now you go and think about what I said!". Anyways, we said we had to go.I wanted to get out of there as quickly has possible. However, I think they will think twice before they say anything negative about the LDS church.
Then we had another appointment with an amazing lady named Vivi. She is an older women and her husband was actually a member. She is very familiar with the church. Before I came to Ballerup Elder Christensen taught her once. Its funny because he was heading home and he actually boarded the wrong bus. This wrong bus took him to Vivis house. He decided to visit her since he was so close. He knocked on her door and she opened up in tears. She said, "your a gift from my dead husband, to come see me". My companion was like wow! Apparently her kids promised to visit her that day. She spent days preparing for it. Then her kids texted her and said they cant come. That broke her heart. It broke her heart because they weren't coming and because they sent a text instead of a quick phone call. So the missionaries came in her time of need and helped her out.
Then on Monday he called her to schedule an appointment with her and he called one again in her time of need. Her computer broke and she didn't know what to do. My companion told her, well I just got a new companion that knows a lot about computers. In short we got the appointment made and visited her yesterday. We came in and she had a table full of every danish candy/dessert you can imagine. We had a great lesson with her and the spirit was present. Then we went and fixed her computer. Her Internet was broken too be honest I wasn't entirely sure what to do.The computer was WAY OLD and I am not too familiar with the old stuff. I decided to say a quick prayer and asked for help to help me know what to do. Sure enough, after I messed around with the computer and did a few things, it started working. I said a quick prayer in my heart thanking my heavenly father for helping, because to be honest I didn't know what I did :). She appoinment went VERY well and she loves me now! haha. It will be GREAT to see what that future will bring with her.
Thats my spiritual thought for the day. God will always answer our prayers. I know he did yesterday with that stupid computer. He wont always answer when we want him to or how we want him too, but I know he will answer. It amazes me every day when he does answer my prayers- Even when i make mistakes and do stupid things, he still answers. It goes to show you he loves us all and wants to help.
Those were the highlights of my week. Thanks again for taking the time to read my emails, I sure appreciate it. I hope you have a great week!