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Monday, February 2, 2015

You Raise me Up *

I had a great experience this week here in Vejle! The other day, I was not feeling very well at all, and my body was sore and just didn't want to do anything. But I knew that I could push myself without hurting myself, so Søster Sørensen and I went out and did what we had planned to do anyway! Even though my mind was a little grumpy because I was achy, I thought to myself that I would make this night worth it!
We headed out and the first person we visited wasn't able to meet with us at that time, and at the door, we couldn't find a day in the coming week that would work for both parties. So we decided to  go through our schedules and contact each other again in a few days. I was a little disappointed, and decided to myself that I would work even harder with the next person. We went on our way and contacted another person who wasn't able to meet at the time, but we did make another appoinment for next week. That was a little better, but I knew that I could work even harder and have a great spiritual experience!
We rounded the corner and decided to knock on the doors in a neighborhood we hadn't hit before. The first 10ish doors weren't positive at all, and there was always something  going on inside that prevented us from coming in or even chatting at the door. But finally we came to a door. Søster Sørensen started out the contact talking about families, and the great Peace and joy we experience from the knowledge that we can live with our families for eternity, even after death. The Young man at the door wasn't interested in talking about religion, but he explained to us his own ideas. He was very intellectual, and we could tell that he had already put a lot of thought into how religion plays in his own life. We all discussed our feelings and ideas and we felt the Spirit as we bore testimony to him. But the experience really took off when we began talking about our potential and our purpose here on earth. The Young man was firm in his opinion that we are all just here because that was the natural order of the process of the earth. When we explained to him that God created the earth for us to learn and grow and experience Things to become more like Him, he jokingly asked why it was important to know that. He expressed his concern that if we all have the potential to be a god, why was our God so special. That's where the night became absolutely amazing. I explained to him that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and that He wants us to have the best experiences we can that help us become more like Him. Just like our Earthly Fathers love us and want what's best for us, our Heavenly Father wants the same, and knows exactly how we can succeed.
Søster Sørensen and I saw the Wheels turning in this Young man's head as he felt the Spirit work in him as he listened to me bear simple testimony, and all of a sudden, he was asking us questions from his soul, asking us what his potential was and why, especially, was he himself here on the earth. We testified to him that we can all find out for ourselves through prayer and scripture study, and we invited him to visit Mormon.org and contact us with any questions. He was very positive about the website, and we are excited to follow up with him in a couple weeks.
As we walked away from this experience, Søster Sørensen turned to me and told me that right when I bore that simple testimony to him, she was feeling the same need to do it. She also told me that as far as she could tell, my Danish was perfect. As I was speaking, I felt that it wasn't my own knowledge of the language, and the Word order was scaring me as it didn't feel like the same grammar structure as the English I'm used to. But the Words fell out of my mouth as naturally as English, and I know that it was the Spirit helping me.
 I am so thankful for the Spirit, and thankful for this opportunity to witness the Spirit work so quickly in someone's life. This Young man's demeanor took a total 180 degree turn, and he opened up to our message in the Space of 10 minutes, standing out in the Cold outside his door.
I know that this Church is True, and that Christ's Gospel was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I have no doubt in my mind that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, and that it contains the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel. I love being a missionary, and I love expressing this great message to the people in Den Danske Mission. I have felt the love of the Savior better than I ever have, and I look forward to this entire year of 2015 being on a mission :) There is so much to do, and in so little time!!

Have a spectacular week!!

-Søster Sølberg

*Funny story. Many of you will recognize ''You Raise Me Up'' as a song sang by the glorious Josh Groban. So Søster Sørensen and I have decided that though the message of the song is absolutely wonderful and uplifting, because it is not MoTab or EFY or Classical, we will not listen to it. But, sadly, I can't figure out how to take music off my iPod without deleting them all! So long story short, it's still on my iPod. Well, here we are, making chocolate lava cakes for ourselves, and Drømmekage for the wedding today, and washig dishes all at the same time. Suddenly, Søster Sørensen heard Josh belting his blessed pipes and ran around the Apartment trying to find the iPod to skip the song! I hadn't heard it, but once she did, she told me all about it and now I can't get the song out of my head. And there you have the inspiration for our email today :) hahaha

​Our darling Japanese investigator gave us Pocky!! We loved it! We may or may not have gotten a Picture with one up Søster Sørensen's nose....... ;)

​We took the 2 hour journey to Copenhagen this week! Søster Sørensen had to take her language test that is required to stay in Denmark. Mine won't come up for another 2 months, but it was nice to be in a city where the trains run every 5 minutes! Sjæland definitley has a different feel to in than Jylland!!

​We find out about Transfers on Friday this week, but we pretty certain this is our last week as a companionship :( So naturally, I had to bust out some stalker Photos of my beautiful companion with her natural face!! Vi ses Søster!

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