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Monday, September 14, 2015

Odense Week Two!

Another week completed in Odense!! And WOW has it been busy!! Working it 2 wards has been a blast, but it seems like it's not going to be that way for very long :( An explanation takes a little bit of a story:

The Sister Training Leaders (Sisters Mann and Mandla) came by this week on exchanges, and it was a blast!!!
But as we were all talking together and seeing how we could work even better in the areas, We all came to the conclusion that one tripanionship working two sepereate areas and trying to have a steady increase of work was just not physically possible. We're still working out the details, but we're probably going to be switching to just one area and closing the other until some new sisters come into the mission (and there should be 2 coming in at the end of this Transfer). So we're going to try to see how to make this all work out. But for this week, we're only counted in one of the districts, and one of the wards. But we'll see if that changes by the end of the week!

In other news, it's been a grand ol' time here in Odense! There are statues all over the city (like every other town and village in Denmark!), but here in Odense, most of the ones I see all tie back to a story by Hans Christian Andersen, which is AWESOME! I absolutely ador Odense, it's so great! The people are helpful and friendly, and the members are all so sweet! 

Some happy things from the week:

We had a baptism this past Saturday in the 2nd ward! A man the Elders down in Svendborg have been teaching was baptized and confirmed :) He's moving up to Århus this week, but we'll all see him this coming Sunday because we're having Stake Conference in Århus! I'm looking forward to seeing all the lovely people I worked with on Jylland at the beginning of my mission again :)

Sister Ackerman and I were blessed to give talks this past weekend - Sis Ackerman spoke at Ronni's baptism, and I got to speak the following day at church in the 2nd ward! This was only my second time holding a talk in Sacrament meeting here in Denmark, but it went so much better than the first time, which was while I was still in Vejle! It really is amazing how much the Lord blesses us and qualifies us to be able to do the work He has asked us to do! As we focus on Him and try our hardest to follow the guidance that He gives us, either personally or through our leaders, we will be able to do anything He asks! And that is amazing :)

I felt very blessed to be in Church yesterday (as always, but a little more than usual ;) ). After I spoke, a member named Eric played a piece on the piano. He played a really beautiful arrangment of the Primary hymn, ''Jeg er Guds Kære Barn,'' or as you would know it ''I am a Child of God.'' It was fantastic, and I couldn't help thinking about and feeling the love that our Dear Father in Heaven has for each and every one of us :) He knows us personally and individually by name. I know with all my heart that this is true!

The Lord guides us to places we need to be and people we need to meet. Sometimes we cannot notice the bigger picture, or even understand how the small, little things play into the future. But what we do now affects us, and affects generations! I think back to the decision that Great-great Grandpa and Grandma William Karl and Dagmar Soelberg made to join the Church and move from Denmark all the way to the United States! That act has impacted so many lives, including mine! And it's all been part of God's large plan. Their decision to leave Denmark eventually led to my opportunity to Return and serve the Danish people- and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity!

Never give up doing hard things, and always rely on the Lord! He will help you in all things as we accept his hand!

I love you all, and I'm always surprised at how quickly the time flies by as I try to tell you about all of the things I am learning! We'll all just have to talk for a long time in person when the time comes :) 

Have a great week!

-Søster MBS

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