Monday, March 7, 2011

Din Danske Missionær 03-07-2011

Min kærlig, fantastisk, vidunderlig, utrolig venner og familie!

Det er so utrolig at snakke med i idag. Det har været en meget interessant uge, men jeg er taknemlig. Vores liv her på jorden er en stor eventyr.Vi aldrig ved hvad skal skete i vores liv. Når man er også på mission, det er mere skøre end normalt liv nogen gange. Jeg tror det er fordi som missionær vi arbejde så meget med menneske. Der er mange interessant folk her, lol! Det er også sjovt fordi jeg er med menneske fra en anden land. så jeg lære meget om deres kultur og livsstil. Så det er altid sjovt! Men jeg vil meget gerne snakke med dig på engelsk fordi i kan forstår mig, ikke? Det håber jeg i faktisk.

Good day to all of you! I hope your having a wonderful week and preparing yourselvs for the wonderful spring we have thats just about here. I am so excited for the warmer weather! You have no idea how wonderful it has been the last 3 days. All the snow in Århus is gone! Its melted and out of my life! lol! The sun as been out and finally the sun is up passed 5! Yesterday we had the sun up to 6:15! Its a miracle! The last few months we have had the sun go down around 3 or 4! So its a nice change of pace having the sun remain up a little longer. Its also been nice because as we walk around the streets we see so many happy danish people! They are just literally leaping for joy seeing the sun! Everyone is outside. I have seen more people on the street then I honestly thought was possible! There out with their kids, dogs, all smiling and playing and enjoying the sunny, warmer weather! Its still a little chilly and we do need a jacket, but its a huge difference from the last few weeks! I cant wait until its finally all warmed up! The work of the Lord will get a huge boost! :)

To begin we had again an exciting p-day... WE DID NOTHING! lol! We were so tired that we went out, emailed, walked around the city for a little bit, then came home and slept! lol! We just took it easy. We also had a few board games in the apartment, like battleship- So that was fun. Lets just say I dominated Æ.Pfeil. He never knew what hit him. Hardy: 1 Pfeil 0.

So Tuesday was a good day, but a little rushed. We got permission from the Danish Council here in Århus to put a A-skilt sign outside on the sidewalk for advertising purposes. So we spent some of the morning designing what we want on the a-skilt. I must say, we came up with some pretty good looking posters. We were happy with them, and so was our mission leader. So we sent them into the printer and got them on Friday. The look great printed, and they were printed in a waterproof style paper and Ink. It cost a little more, but at least we know they will last. I added a picture of my posters in my "chuch tour album" on my facebook. Check out the link...

Speaking of Pictures, I also added more pictures to my normal missionary album! take a look!

Then on wednesday we also had our tour night and it was a HUGE success! We taught 4 lessons all with members! Then to top it all off we gave 4 Book of Mormons out! Oh yea! We had a really great, huge, and wonderful sccessful night! It began with us setting up, then right at 4 we had a member named Eva bring a friend. Well this friend was really old and had no interest in the church what so ever. She was quite rude and said she didnt understand American Danish... whatever... Eva felt bad, but I told her, "At least you gave her a chance to learn." She smiled and laughed and took her friend home. Then around 5, Nicole showed up just to say hi. It was good to see her, and good to see her come on her own to church things. She came early to go to Institute. So that was good to see her motivate herself and do things on her own in the church. Then we had all the youngwomen come for a church tour. Now this is about 12 young women, from 12 to 18.

However one of the young women is 18 and invited some of her older friends along. We we gave them a tour, and it was a good tour. I teased the young women... a lot. haha. I tried to be funny and entertaining, but also point out important gospel principles. Elder Pfeil and my goal is to teach the gospel, but teach it in a normal way. Who says believeing in God has to be weird? The young women got a crack out of me... haha. They were just laughing in their girly laugh and it was just a good experience. I will be honest I didnt think I was that funny of a guy, but in Danish I must be hysterical, as I got lots of laughs, and most of all THEY had a good experience, and the spirit was VERY VERY Strong. When we entered the chapel during the tour, things got immidately quiet, and you could without doubt feel something special. I noticed one of the guests that came, became very focused on what I was saying, I could tell she was trying to figure out, what she was feeling. Then at the end of the tour we took them to the Book of Mormon room and the girls just love it! We would show them the picture and explained each story. I dont know if you have noticed some of the pictures, but some of the guys in the book of Mormon pictures are way buff and huge. I told the girls, I read the book of Mormon so I can be like him one day... They just laughed, and again had a great experience. Then at the very end of the Book of Mormon room, Elder Pfeil and I bore strong testimony, and explained how the Book of Mormon has changed our lives. We invited the guests to take a Book of Mormon and read it and pray about it. Well to our surprise they took the Book of Mormon as well as some phamplets!

Then was we were saying goodbye to the young women this random lady comes up to us and says, What is all this? I not realising what was happening, asked are you a member? "me, no. I just came to institue with my friend and I saw all this!" Well we ended up teaching a lesson about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. She just loved it! She was like, "These pictures describe events in the book of Mormon?" Amazing.... Well she took a Book of Mormon, and was way positive. We will stay in contact with her, and see if we can get her taking the discussions. Well at the end of the day, we taught 4 lessons, 4 book of Mormons gone, and a very successful evening! Elder Pfeil and I went up feeling AWESOME! We rewarded ourselves with Pizza and a Diet Coke... Life does not get any better! :)

So after an amazing tour night, we went to bed filled with the spirit! Then to my surprise I woke up with a cold, ok a really bad cold, so probably more of a flu. I guess its the Lords way of keeping me humble... maybe? haha. Or I simply have just been working my tail off, I havent been taking care of myself. So I got sick and well I still am. However I had stuff planned, and couldnt stop the work to rest. So On thursday we left to go on splits in Herning. I am the district leader and Hernings in my district. So we went down there and had a good day. The 2 elders in Herning were 2 people in my MTC group, so it was great hanging out with them. However I was way sick, but I think I put on a pretty good act, as they didnt seem to realize I was sick. I also met a young women in their area that has a baptismal date. She is doing way good, and It will be great to interview her for baptism. I am loving that the mission is baptizing more and more young people! Its terrific!

Then on Friday we met with Naja and Ulu with a member. It was an ok appointment, and I kind of struggled. I was still feeling way sick so it took all I could to stay focused and help her out. Shes still struggling with the Book of Mormon, and coming to church. She didnt come to church again with week... so were trying to find out the real issue. We also met with Nicole that evening to again give her new convert lessons. Shes again doign well, I am a proud missionary, seeing my once investigator still continue moving forward. Its been really rewarding seeing her grow in the church. The other Girl I baptized, Christina, is doing well also. Its just I dont see her! haha. But she writes me occassionaly, and shes doing well! :)

The on saturday and Sunday we had Stake Conference. It was a really good conference. We had our mission president speak, as well as many members I know from other places I have served. We also had our tour stuff set up, and the entire stake was just a talking about it! They were very impressed and couldnt believe missoinaries could do something so great! :) Other wards want to steal it and use it in their builinds... I told them its only for Århus right now.. They smiled, knowing transfers are coming... haha. President Andersen also came up to me and seemed very proud of me and Pfeil. I always get kind of quiet around president and nervous, so I just said thanks... lol. Hes a great mission president! :)

Well everyone, thanks for all your love and support! I sure love you all! Life is good, and I hope you take the time to enjoy it! Sure love you all!

Din Danske Missionær,
Med Kærlig Hilsen,
Ældste Skyler Hardy

Din Danske Missionær 02-21-2011

Godmorgen kære familie og venner!

Det er bare so dejlig til at snakke med i alle sammen gennem email. Det er helt utrolig at jeg faktisk kan sende en email hele vejen from Danmark til USA på en måde af få sekunder! Vi bo i et vidunderligt tid! Jeg er så taknemlig for teknologi fordi det giver mig mulighed for at snakke med i! Jeg håber i alle sammen har haft en dejlig uge. Det var en svært uge for mig og Ældste Pfeil men, så den er det bare. Det desværre skete til missionær. Men jeg tror jeg skal forklare min uge til dig på engelsk, ikke på dansk. Jeg tror det er fordi ikke så mange af i kan forstår hvad jeg siger. Jeg faktisk at ikke tror at jeg forstår dansk,det er bare en mirakel synes jeg.

Good morning everyone! I hope your having a great day and that this email finds you well and happy. So I hope things are going well for me in Denmark. Its been a crazy last week and were just glad that the new week is finally here.

Well we began the week with a nice p-day. We took it easy and relaxed. We mentally and physically prepared for the week. I will be honest i knew it was going to be a hard week. We were told were going to get more snow and that temperatures are going to drop here in Århus. So I was not excited about that.

Then on Wednesday we met with our investigator Naja. She is the one that has a baptismal date for February 26th. We met with her and shes doing well. We discussed a lot of things like the Book of Mormon and the trinity. We seemed to have a great appointment and she told me she learned a lot. We also found out her daughter Ulu, would also like to be baptized. So that was exciting. We left the appointment and she seemed ready for her baptism. well we had an appointment for Friday, but she cancelled. But she told us she would see us at church on Sunday. Well she didn't show up, which was very disappointing, as that means we have to push her baptismal date to another day. We are not sure what happened, but we will find out this week. :)

We also had our church tour on Wednesday. Nobody came, but were keeping the faith as it takes time for the word to get out. We also had the church tour on Saturday, but the ward was having an activity, so we didn't get to really set up or anything. So the Bishop just said that if anybody shows up, they will invite them to the party, lol. So we sort of cancelled that tour night. However we look forward to a great week of tours this week! :)

We also spent some of our time this week creating a Manuel you could say for our tour project. The Mission president asked that we put together a report that explains the project, so we also worked on that. Its hard as we have the idea in our head, and trying to write it on paper, can be heard. Expressing ones self on paper is not always easy. So that took some time, and were still not completely finished... We have too much to do! :)

We also this week met with Nicole, my new convert. She is doing well, and we had a great lesson with her. She just has a lot on her plate, as a lot of us do, with life. Shes managing it well and I couldnt be more proud of the changes she is making in her life. The gospel really can change people and motivate people to be great, to make them be what our Heavenly Father wants and has created us to be! :) It was a good afternoon, and its been fun to continue teaching someone I baptized after baptism. That doesn't get to happen too much generally.

I don't have a spiritual message for today. But just know that our Heavenly father loves us all and is with us every step of the way in our lives. :) I know it may sound weird, or crazy, but I really know someones with me, leading me and guiding me. I know he feels what I feel and understands perfectly each and every situation I run into. I cant explain to you how much I feel is help in my life right now. This last week as been a week where I really noticed and utilized his help. Things came to my mouth I didn't even think I knew, confidence and motivation popped up in times i was very low. The power and help of God is very real. I sometimes think we don't realize how real and involved our Heavenly Father really is. I know its real. I know its not something I made up or something somebody told me. Hes real, hes there and He loves us all.

I wish all of you a great week! May you find success in all that you do this week! I love you!

Din Danske Missionær,
Med Kærlig Hilsen,
Ældste Skyler Hardy

Din Danske Missionær 02-14-2011

Kære familie og venner som betyder alt for mig!

Jeg håber at i alle samme har haft en dejlig uge fuldt med mange helt utroligt ting! Min uge var meget interessant men det var godt nok synes jeg. En uge som en missionær er altid en spænende ting. Man aldrig ved hvad kan skete som en af herrens tjener. Der er fordi herren vil gerne har også alle samme udvikle sig og være beder. Det kan man ikke gør hvis man er ikke udfordret. Liv er svært nogen gang men jeg er så taknemlig for den liv som jeg har. Jeg tror vores himmelsk fader har gjort en fantastisk job. Hvor taknemlig jeg er for ham og hans søns evangelium. Men nu skal jeg snakke om mig uge og det skal jeg siger på engelsk, slevfolgie.

Hey everyone! I hope you have all had a great week filled with good stuff and events! So right now I am sitting in the warm church building, with a pastry and some chocolate milk emailing home! I just love p-days. However, I say warm church building as we have snow right now in Århus. Yes, I know SNOW! I thought it was over too, but I guess the lord has other plans in regards to the weather here.haha. Either way, I am not too thrilled for the snow. I think I ordered summer? I hate the late deliveries. haha. So my week was good. To be honest it was just one of those normal weeks one has as a missionary. Nothing bad or really good happened. It was just one of those hard working weeks where nothing much happens, but nothing bad really happens either. I call it a filler week, and that's kind of what I had. :)

So we start the week with yet another p-day. We didn't do much that day, again! lol. Elder Pfeil and I have just been super, super tired. We did go out and take some pictures and kind of enjoy the sites. I am trying to enjoy every minute of Århus as my time here is coming soon to a close. I am almost 100% certain that I will leave this city by next transfers. I have been in Århus for now 6 months, and by next transfers that will make it 8 months. :) We took it easy and prepared ourselves for another week. You have no idea how critical and vital a p-day is for a missionary. :)

Then on Tuesday and Wednesday we had quite a few appointments set up, but all of them cancelled on us. Its been a long time since I have had that many cancellations. It was crazy, and disappointing. :( So i don't have much to say about most of the week unfortunately.

We then on Wednesday evening had our tours again. This is the first night of the real tours to investigators and friends, and it was a big success. We had many of the members show up and see it because it was on a Wednesday and everyone is in the church for mutual. Everyone, and I mean everyone was impressed. Then to top it all off we had 2 potential investigators come and and got a tour from Elder Pfeil and I. It was a great experience and they seemed to enjoy the tour. I could feel the spirit and I think the 2 people realized there is something really special about our church. So we will see if they become future investigators.

Then on Friday we had a specialized training here in Århus. It was a great training and President Andersen did a great job. I really love what he has to say. His input and they way he teaches is very much my style. I learned a lot. President Andersen also got to see our tour project and he was blown away. He got very quiet and was just in awwww the whole time as we gave him a look around. He was very proud and said its going to be an amazing tool to use to bring more unto Christ. So it was very nice to get our presidents stamp of approval. I think president was a little worried that it was going to be something completely different. So i think he was glad to see it how it was.

Then to top it all off the spokesperson for the church in Denmark is actually in the ward. I had no idea and he came and saw the tour project. Well he was very impressed and is getting pictures and an article written in the Liahona about it. He and our mission leader are also going to take it to the newspapers and other news affiliates to get the word out. Then our spokesperson went to the Head library in Århus, and asked if it could be possible to set up some displays about this book inside. They said yes, and now hes working out all the logistics and things to get it all done legally. So were going to have a huge display in the busiest library in Jutland, be in the newspaper and Liahona! I mean the work is moving forward! its amazing! Whats most amazing about all this is the members are doing it all, not me. All these things were there idea. So the missionary work fire is starting to light and I am so glad. Now its just getting the rest of the members to get involved... and that's another story. They will come given time. :)

So I was thinking about my spiritual message for the week and decided to again mention the importance of being a good example. I realized how doing something little really can make a huge impact on people. I realized that my idea of a simple tour, could really spark the imagination and desire of the members to share the gospel. It brings me joy to see that my companions and I's good example of missionary work is starting to rub off on those around us.Now I am not perfect but I realized that doing something really simple can really spark something. Then as you spark that one person, there example can spark anothers and before you know it, were all learning from each other. So I hope you follow our savior, Jesus Christs example. He inspired and still inspires million's upon millions of people. Let us be like him and inspire those just as Christ did.

I wish you all the very best week! Thanks again for all your love and support. I don't know where I would be without it. :)

Din Danske Missionær,
Med Kærlig Hilsen,
Ældste Skyler Hardy