Happy Conference and Happy Easter to all of you! I cant believe its that time of year already. I seriously wonder where the time goes. Its amazing to me how quick time seems to flyby. This week was a happy week for me in Ballerup. Things just seem good right now, and I can see great potential in so many people! I am so excited I was able to stay in Ballerup for another 2 months! I am hoping a Baptism is in the midst.
To Begin, I wanted to share an interesting experience. We have a member in the Ballerup ward who's name is Cecilia. Shes less active in the church and actually disappeared for a while. Me and Æ. Christensen found her by accident while we were out contacting. Shes a black women from Cameroon and she LOVES the missionaries. Love doesn't even express how much she loves the missionaries. She just thinks were angels walking. She is a way religious person and knows the Church is true. Her calling before she became less active was to take care of the missionaries, and something in primary. Unfortunately shes a little Prejudice and just hates the Danish People. We found out that's why she doesn't go to church. Shes also having money problems and is struggling to find work. so she has a lot on her plate.
One day we got a call from her and she wanted to know if we were hungry. Me and my companion looked at each other like, oh no, she wants to feed us. She called us 3 hours before we had a eating appointment with a member. So we said yes, as we need help Cecilia in any way we can. She tells us her address and off we go to her house. We arrive and I was truly humbled. She was living in a 1 room apartment with very little furniture. She was living very modest. She sits us down at this tiny table and starts bringing out the food. Bowl after Bowl, pan after pan. We had literally a 5 course meal. Food like Chicken, and salad, and bread, and all kinds of rice and potatoes. So TONS of food. I almost felt guilty eating it, as she has very little money and yet here she is feeding us missionaries. She told us its a JOY and a Passion for her to service the Army of the Lord. It was by far some of the best food I have ever eaten in Denmark. Shes a fabulous chef. It also tasted better has she made it out of love. Cheesy saying I know, but I think that's why I enjoyed it. We thanked her and started to leave, when she pulled out 2 shopping bags full of fruit! Completely full. "Here, you need your strength, your busy men". So not only did she feed us that day, she gave us enough fruit to last us the rest of the week! What a humbling experience for me...
It was amazing to see what she was willing to sacrifice to make sure the missionaries were happy and strong. Shes knows how important and critical the message we are sharing is. IT was just amazing to see someone who has so little, give so much. Its hard to explain, but it truly was a humbling for me.
SO this week we have GENERAL CONFERENCE!!! Yea! I am way excited! It will be great to hear our prophet and all he has to say to us. However because of General Conference I have been extremely busy this week. We are trying to visit all the less active members in our ward and let me know about General Conference. We are also trying to get a lot of our investigators to come, so they can learn more about our church. Me and Æ.Lefevre have been running around crazily to get this done. Its unfortunate how many less actives we have in Ballerup.
So I think I mentioned Peter in a previous letter. He is the man we have a Baptismal date with. Hes Danish, and about 45 years old. I am happy to report he is still on track for his baptism on April 9th! Hes working really, really hard to get over his alochol addiction and I believe he will make it! Hes a good guy and he has a testimony. So I will keep you updated on him.
Then Kenny my other baptismal date is doing great. He have managed to stay in contact with him almost every other day and he enjoys talking to us. His wife is out of town (Lene) who is a less active, so its been nice as we have been able to really focus on Kenny. Hes coming along. Hes already following most of the commandments and we now its just getting him to develop a strong testimony. And unfortunately its something he has to do, not something I can do for him. :)
So my spiritual message for the week goes with my story about Cecilia. As you watch conference and learn about the restored Gospel, be humble. When you go to church and learn from other peers, be humble. When a peer or friend or family member corrects you or says something to you, be humble. When you have humility you are more open to learn, to listen and in short change yourself to be better. Its something, believe it or not, I kind of struggle with. Sometimes when my companion corrects me, I am quick to get offended or angry at him. Whats the point? All he was trying to do was make me better... However if I was more humble I would have taken that comment from him and applied it, thus helping me be a better person. I know its a little preachy but our goal in this life is to better ourselves and like I said last week, to be happy. I believe another key to happiness is Humility.
I sure love you all! Thank you for all your love and support and most of all thank you for the time you take to read my letter. I know I say it a lot (In fact, I believe I say it in every letter), but it means a lot that I can share my experiences with you. I hope you all have a fantastic Conference and Easter Weekend. Say Hi to the Easter bunny for me, as I think he might be skipping me this year! haha.