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Monday, March 28, 2016

The Miracle of Easter

What a fantastic week!! :D Probably the greatest one in all of history! I'll give you all a quick run down of just how great it truly was-

On Monday, we took an ''essentials'' pday and enjoyed our time by teaching and finding new people to teach :) On the train ride towards Copenhagen, Sister Sorensen showed her amazing missionary skills and contacted a women who later accepted a Book of Mormon :) We were both so happy for this young woman- I know that as she puts in the effort to really learn from what she reads, she will find such great happiness awaiting her as she learns of God's love and strength that is available to everyone :) After a meeting in Copenhagen, we jumped off the train in Roskilde and switched companionships as I conducted my first 'exchange/splits' as a Sister Training Leader. I spent the rest of the evening with Sister Haag (a sister who came in with Sis Sorensen), as Sisters Williams and Sorensen headed back to Slagelse for the night :)

 Tuesday was a great day with Sister Haag in Roskilde :) It felt so good to be back in that city! I look forward to coming back this summer! Sister Haag is doing so well on her mission so far- the language is coming along well, and she is a phenomenal teacher! We were able to teach my good old friend Thomas, who I haven't seen since the beginning of January when I was last in Roskilde! It was great to see him again, and to teach him more about Christ and the importance of using the tools that God has given us to get to know Him and His Son. Prayer and Scripture Study are such beautiful methods we have to recognize and understand our Beloved Father in Heaven and His Son, our Brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through prayer and study of the scriptures, we also come to recognize the divinity within ourselves, and become more confident and steadfast in our faith. As the Holy Spirit testifies to us as we diligently seek to hear and understand His voice, we will feel the power of confirmation of the things that we learn :) After all, we believe in God because we have recieved the confirming voice of the Spirit in our hearts <3 I know that God lives and loves us, and that He answers us with quiet but firm reassurances of the truth of His love and His help.
Also on Tuesday, all the way in Slagelse (about an hour trainride away from where I was in Roskilde), Sisters Sorensen and Williams were doing a great work in this cute little city :) Among the great miracles they wrought, they were able to be with our dear friend Marianne as she was interviewed to be baptized on Saturday (March 26). When one is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they much go through an interview process, where after they have learned the doctrine, repented, and recieved a testimony for themselves of the truthfulness of God and the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they are asked simple questions regarding their faith. After passing the interview, we know that they truly have a desire to follow the Savior Jesus Christ, and are thus cleared for baptism and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
After that short explanation, I am excited to announce that Marianne passed her baptismal interview :) We now had to work on preparing the baptism for the coming Saturday and confirmation on Sunday!
But it would not be easy! All of the new sisters in the mission, including sisters Haag and Sorensen, had now been in the country for 30 days!! New missionaries always come to the mission headquarters for a training at this point in their mission, after they have expereinced and adapted to the first month of life :) So every single sister in the mission (because every sister is either being trained or is training) headed down to Copenhagen for a great 3 days of training.

Wednesday rolled along, and the entire day was filled with being trained and taught by our Mission President and each other :)
This was on the last night of all the training- we're all just hygge-ing and having it great!
during the training, this shot was taken of me and Sister Naylor (hey, shout out to our friends in common, Emily and Graham Allan!!)
When Thursday came around, we were all so spritually uplifted and ready for more missionary work, but the training wasn't done yet!!

We all got to go to the Denmark Copenhagen Temple!! :) 
It was such a beautiful opportunity to enter into the House of the Lord and enjoy the sweet spirit that can only be found there! I felt the Spirit enter into my heart stronger than ever, and I feel so strengthened and ready to finish out this last week of my mission with all my heart, might, mind and strength! I know that the Temple is a holy place, and I definitely felt God's pressence as we opened our hearts and minds to His instruction and love :)

I also got to see this guy again-

It's great having a cousin in the mission :) Thanks for makinng life great, Elder Ericksen :)

We got home Thursday night, and we were able to visit with Marianne and set up the baptism we had been trying to plan for at a distance all week long.

On Friday, we utilized our pday hours from our ''essentials'' pday, and held a Vest Sjælland (West Zealand) District Birthday Party down in Nykøbing Falster (the Soelbergs reading this will recognize that as where Grandpa and Grandma Soelberg served while they were here on their mission back in the 90s :) ) It was really great!! Of all 6 missionaries in the district, one missionary of each companionship has a birthday in the next 7 days!! Elder Matthew Light will be 21 on the 30th, Elder Joseph Gudmundson will be 20 on the 31st, and I will be 21 on the 4th! Since we're all going to be so old, we partied as hard as missionaries can with ping pong, board games, cherades, and good food :) haha, it was great!!
After the quick festivities, we headed back to Slagelse and finished planning and preparing for Marianne's baptism :)

But this is where the greatest miracle of my life began. This entire week, though it was wonderful and spiritually uplifting, I was stressed behind the scenes as I was trying to figure out how the baptism would work! Marianne is a larger worman, and has many health issues, some of them causing her to be confined to a wheel-chair and unable to walk on her own. When friday night rolled along, we were still trying to figure out how she was even going to get to the church building, let alone in the water, which required walking down a narrow staircase into the font. There was no logical way that this baptism was going to work!
When we were leaving our apartment to visit her friday evening, I put on my coat only to realize that my nametag was missing- that was super frustrating! I had made this far into my mission without losing a nametag, and here we were, the 2nd to last week, and this one could be anywhere from Slagelse to Nykøbing! I was super frustrated, but offered up a silent prayer in my heart that we would be able to finish planning for this wonderful baptism for an fantastic woman of faith.
I searched around the apartment, but I couldn't find the nametag anywhere- I decided to let it go, stuck on another nametag on and headed out the door. Just as I was unlocking my bike and puting on my helmet, I felt something slip past my wrist and into my hand- I looked down to see my nametag! The one I had lost! Sitting there in my hand!! And in the very instant, the scriptures Mormon 9:19 and Alma 37:40 shot into my mind. God is a god of miracles, and those miracles are wrought by the power of God, day by day. The voice in my head whispered strongly to my soul- 'I am a god of Miracles- don't be stressed or worried. Everything will work out.'' I couldn't believe what had just happened before my eyes, but my soul was calmed and quieted, and we biked to our appointment with a fire of confidence burning in my heart.
When we arrived, everything worked out smoothly and we found a ride for Marianne to come to the church :)
Saturday brought a feeling of nervousness but excitement as we helped Marianne get ready for her baptism. We arrived to help pick her up, and she was so excited and happy :) We wheeled her out to a car, and she was on her way.
We went to the church and finished printing out the programs and making sure the font was filling. The Elders had been figuring out the best way to get her into the water, but nothing would work. They couldn't carry her down because of the narrowness and steepness of the staircase, and we were all stressing. But the peace spoken to my heart the day before was still resting on my soul- I knew that it would all work out.
As it turns out, Marianne and the elders were blessed with strength and security as we accomplished the impossible. Marianne, an old woman who physically cannot walk, WALKED DOWN THE STAIRS with the assistance of 4 missionaries dressed in white. She was baptized by the power and authority of God, and she then walked back up the stairs, and was confirmed the next day :)

Sister Morgan Soelberg, Marianne L, and Sister Hayley Sorensen :) What a great day!!

This was such a great miracle to me! I know without a doubt that God's angels were around us, helping the events play out the way they needed to. The faith and hope of everyone around us was strengthened as we witnessed this miracle in our lives.

I wish I could express all the feelings of my heart right now, but I just cannot convey my heart through this computer!! 
I know with all my heart that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He provides the way for us to find true hapiness and accomplishment in this life, and prepares the way for us to continue along the path of happiness through the eternities :) As we do our best to follow Christ in our lives, miracleswill happen! And God will always let us know that He is there for us!

I have cherished this time I have had to be a full-time missionary of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I feel at a loss of words to think that this is my last time emailing everyone as a missionary. I can't imagine my life without my name badge on, but I feel such an exhilerating rush to know that this is only the beginning! The skills and knowledge I have gained about the world, about myself, and about God have forever changed my life!
I know that God lives! I know that Jesus Christ came to the earth to provide the way for us to come back to Him! And I know that God is a god of miracles, and that we can be those miracles for others, just as they can be for us :) The people I have met and the friends I have made will always be engraved on my heart, right next to the name of my Savior :)

I know that Christ truly came and performed the Atonement for all mankind. I know that as we follow him, we can truly find new life :)

I am excited to talk to you all, and to actually see you all again shortly :) Know that God loves you, and is always reaching out, all the day long :) Please accept Him and His help. Please accept the love and help of others. I have learned that as we are in the service of our fellow men, we truly are in the service of our God (Mosiah 2:17). I have felt His strength and love in my life, and I am forever grateful for this opportunity I have had to serve Him. I have come to know Him, just as I have come to know myself.
I used to think I knew who I was and what I could do for my God. But now, I truly know who God needs me to be, and what I can do to for Him and His children.

I express my love and gratitude to God, in the name of His Beloved and Blessed Son, Jesus Christ, amen.

-Søster Morgan Brooke Soelberg

Monday, March 21, 2016


Happy Easter Week everyone :) <3 This has truly got to be one of the most amazing weeks in all of history- in fact, I'm gonna just go there and say that it IS the most amazing weeks in history. Just think about the events of this week just 2000 years ago. The Son of God accomplished the Atonement, a gift promised from the beginning of time, and opened the gates of life for all mankind. Christ's life was spent teaching us and showing us the way to live- then his suffering, death, and resurrection made it possible to truly Live a life of peace and hapiness among the termoils of this mortal world, and to Live forever in the next, side by side with God and our beloved families :)
As we follow Christ and accept His sacrifice, we can truly Live a life of joy and peace. Not the peace that the world can give, but the Peace that only Christ can give :)

I hope you all take a time to ponder over the events of this week, and also apply them to your lives :) Christ gives us new life, and as we let Him guide us, He will lead us to the best possible life we can lead :)

I love you all!!!! <3

-Søster MB Soelberg

we were lumberjacks this week in the danish forests :) good memories!!!! Now go outside and enjoy the beutiful nature all around you- springtime is the perfect reminder of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior <3

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Parable of Knitting

Hello Friends and Family!! I hope you have all had a great week!! This weeks email will be a little short- so please forgive me :)
I just wanted to let you all know how wonderful this week has been!! We had a wonderful evening last monday with the YSA at FHE- I taught everyone how to knit and crochet! haha, it was pretty entertaining seeing people try it out for the first time in their lives! Sister Sorensen came up with the perfect lesson that can be learned from it - in my paraphrasing of her words, she said ''I didn't believe Sister Soelberg one bit! I didn't believe that I could actually make something out of a string of yarn and two needles. I didn't even believe that the knotted mess in my hands could start to look like a project! But with time, and a few redos, the mess slowly turned into something beautiful!'' Sister Sorensen went on to explain that it can be compared to the grand scheme of life- sometimes, we don't believe The Master Teacher and His plan for us- it just doesn't seem to make sense! But with patience and practice, and maybe a few times of starting over, the things the Lord teaches us and asks us to do start to make sense, and what seemed to be a knotted and confusing mess becomes a beautiful work of art :)
Sometimes our lives can come to be a little confusing- we don't understand all of the twists and turns and pulls that the Lord inspires us and instructs us to take- but as we continue along the path of descipleship and follow the whisper of the Holy Spirit, the confusion will melt away, and we will begin to see the Master Plan. God has a larger and more eternal perspective, and we should always trust His hand in our lives :) We should also develop our ability to discern His will in our lives by striving to follow and understand the promptings of the Spirit. As we trust ourselves, and our Father in Heaven, things will always work out :)
This week, Sister Sorensen and I enjoyed the beautiful adventures of Missionary Work- from friends accepting the invitation to be baptized, preparing and attending a baptism, doing a lot of service, working with lots of members and attending meetings and conferences and appointments in Copenhagen, we've seen a wide range of people and places! But it's been a great week, and we look forward to the coming days ahead :) I hope you have all had a wonderful past few days!! I love you all!! <3

Med kærlig hilsen,
Søster M B Soelberg

nothing like cleaning outside and inside a restaurant in the cold of March!

we had a lovely Zone Conference! It was a weird thing knowing that this will be my last one!

Monday, February 29, 2016

It's a Girl!

Dear Friends and Family!!!! It has finally happened- my mission posterity will continue on through the generations of missionaries that arrive here in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission- may I introduce to all of you my ''daughter,'' Søster Hayley Sorensen!! >>

​She is such a fantastic missionary, and we have had an absolute blast together so far :) She hails from the magical and far-away land of Delta, Utah, and she is so prepared to be a missionary! I find it a bit amusing that my own trainer was named Sister Sorensen, and now I get the opportunity to train the next Sister Sorensen :) It's pretty great ;)

We've had a great week here in the mission!! My first week as Sister Training Leader (STL) went down without a hiccup! We had our Mission Leadership Meeting this week, so Sister Sorensen got a chance to go and chill with 2 of the sisters from her Group that just came in- the three of them had 24 hours to themselves, and did a wonderful job getting around their area and teaching people on the street, in busses, and at a lesson :) And may I just add that their Danish is all really great! They have a wonderful mission ahead of them!

This week has been full of get-to-know-yous and saying goodbye--- We said goodbye to Sister Keller as she headed up to Birkerød after only 1 transfer here in Slagelse, and she's doing really well :) I've had a chance to chat with her on the phone for a Little bit :) She's a wonderful missionary <3
I got Sister Øgaard as a companion for half the week while we both waited to recieve our new missionaries

and we had a great time enjoying Danish pastries and train-rides!! Sister Øgaard has been in Denmark for 12 weeks and is now training a new missionary! She'll do wonderfully well :) Such a strong Sister!
And finally, we learned that Sister Sorensen was coming to Slagelse with me :)
which is really aweome :) She's going to love it!
We've already had some great miracles happening at the beginning of this new transfer- Sister Sorensen contacted a woman on the street, and we are now building a great relationship with her. We'll be visiting her a friend of hers this week, and we're really excited for that! What a great way to start of a new companionship!

I would just like to say that I absolutely LOVE this Ward that we are in- the members are just fantastic and so willing and ready to help with the missionary Work that is going on in Denmark- they have welcomed Sister Sorensen in with open arms, and are finding ways to bring more people in awareness of the message we have to share with people :) In fact, tonight I will be teaching the YSA in the Ward and their friends how to knit ( I never thought that would be a Means of missionary Work in denmark! but værsgo!)
(we used this Picture as an ''advertisement'' for the activity tonight!)
you never know what talents and skills will aid in helping people build friendships and relationships! We all have those awkward Little Things that can be used for something!! Now I just need to figure out how to explain knitting techniques in Danish!!
Our Ward has also started a Drawing and Painting class open to the public, and it's been going very well!! There is a woman who comes, and who can feel the love and Spirit that is in the Church :) She is Warming up to the idea of actually coming to a Gudstjeneste at some point :)
Sister Sorensen and I are also holding a Family History class this coming Thursday, and we are expecting a good turnout :) the previous one we did went very well :)

Haha, I really have no idea what to even say in this email......I mean, other than the fact that it's been a great week and that I'm absolutely loving training Sister Sorensen! :) Life is really going well, and I'm excited for all that this next week (and this next transfer) will bring :) Life goes on, and new things need to be experienced <3 So here's to learning new things!

I hope you all have a fantastic week! I love you all <3

we found some pants in our Apartment and took some ''mermaid'' shots- we're supposed to be in swimming poses!! :) this is going to be a great companionship ;)

-Søster Morgan Brooke Soelberg

Monday, February 22, 2016

Transfer 12/12 Begins!

Well everyone, this is it! Today marks the Beginning of the End! Transfers happened this morning, and Sister Keller is on her way to Birkerød after only 6 weeks in Slagelse- it was a short time, but it was the best :) She's such a wonderful missionary, and we had many wonderful experiences together!
This past weekend, we went all the way to Fredericia (such a beautiful place! There's nothing quite like your first Ward as a missionary!!) for the baptism of Sister Keller's dear dear friend Mathias! :) It was definitely the most wonderful baptism I have ever been to :) The Spirit was so strong, and we could all feel the Lords love radiating all around us! In just 18 weeks, Mathias changed his life from being an athiest to believing in God's love!! And what an amazing transformation he had :) It was so great to finally meet him after 6 weeks of Sister Keller talking about him every day ;) haha, it was magical :) Sister Keller has Pictures, so I'll get those sent next week :)
It was great to see that old Ward in Fredericia <3 :) I also saw Nunna and Knud Andersen (Grandma and Grandpa's mission pres and wife) again, so if someone in the fam can pass it along, they send their love and warm wishes to Grandma Neoma :) <3 I meant to get a picture with them again, but they were fireballs all over the place!! We'll get one yet!
Yesterday, we also had the wonderful opportunity to put on a Fireside, with the theme ''Mød Mormonerne,'' or ''Meet the Mormons'' in English :) 4 of the members here in the Ward presented their lives, like the individuals did in the film, and it was a wonderful evening! I am blown away by the talents and different life experiences of everyone all around us! We all have a story to tell, and we can bless others by only opening our mouths and sharing with them what we have learned and experienced!!
Thanks for all that you send me in your emails!! It's been great to hear from all of you!! I love you all so much!
I don't have a Whole lot of time this week- it's been a crazy day! In fact, it's going to be a crazy transfer! I will be training a new missionary ( I don't know who she is yet, we'll find out on wednesday!!!), and I have also been called to serve as the Sister Training Leader in our Zone! Soooooo, it's going to be a busy next few weeks!! But I'm thankful for this opportunity to work even harder, in an unexpected way! :) The Lord always knows what's best for us in our lives, and as we accept His will and work our hårdest, He will magnify our efforts far beyond our ability! :)

I hope you all have a great week!!!!
Søster Morgan B Sølberg

Monday, February 15, 2016

Spread Love and Good Cheer

Hi Beautiful Humans :) I hope you have all had a fantastic week! I sure have :)

As I was thinking about what to write home about, I thought strongly impressed to write about time. Haha, that's kind of ironinc as a rather ''old'' missionary, seeing that all the missionaries and members around me are counting down the days and weeks for me already!! Haha, but as weird as it seems that my time as a missionary is ticking away, it feels so totally natural :) Missionary life is a time for us to truly devote ourselves to the Service of the Lord, and as challenging as it is, it prepares os for an even greater challenge- life! The skills I have learned as a missionary aren't only helping me in this sphere of existance, but they will continue to help me as the rest of my post-mission life falls into place :) And let me just say- I am absolutely and 100 % positively excited for everything that is coming in my life :) I'm excited for the blessings that come from being around family and friends, from communicating with anyone, anytime, and for meeting new people and developing new skills and talents :) I'm even excited for all of the challenges and heartache that will come with all of the new fronteirs, because I know that I have grown and developed from other hard situations before! We cannot expect to be happy without expecting to be unhappy- the trick is turining every situation into a learning experience :) While being on my mission, I have been able to revisit previous experiences in my life and come to terms with hard situations, enabling me to change difficult memories into great and joyous lessons learned :) and I hope and pray to continue to be able to do so.

But in regards to the topic- TIME!! It's a tricky little thing! And what's crazy about it is that it's soooooo human! Time is fleeting and very stubborn, and doesn't listen to us at all! But as we learn to use our time wisely, we have the potential to do great and marvelous things :) I have most definitely learned that on the mission! I mean, just look at was is possible with the time span of the past 16 months! In almost a year and a half, I have met thousands of individuals who have changed my life for the better, and I have developed skills that will always be integrated into almost every facet of life! Incredible! If only the same learning process I have had here had been applied to my pre-mission life! Who would I even be, and what would I be able to do?
This life is truly a time for men to prepare to meet God (See  Alma 34:32 )! So what can we do today?
In my own family, we're pretty technologically handy, so I was thinking mainly about my brother and sisters as I organized my thoughts, but I hope that others can get something from this :)
We live in a blessed time- a time where we know that the Lord is hastening His work and preparing many people to truly receive the gospel into their lives :) We have the unique ability in this time we live in to send messages (that once took days and even weeks or months to reach their destinations) in only seconds. We should be using this blessed technology to spread Love and Good Cheer! We should also use it to do meaningful activities, and beware the dangers of allowing the technology to suck away our attention and time. Being a missionary who has not had the aid of technology  (aside from Sister Samsung and the life-saving public computers), I have realized just how much time I wasted with technology before my mission- and boy am I grateful for the chance to start over! I now have just a deeper respect and appreciation for what we can do with the innovations we are blessed with in this century- and it's mind boggling to think about what is soon to come!

We can also learn so much from the technology that we have! We have unlimited resources and information at our fingertips- we can learn/develop a new skill, talent, or hobby! haha, I wouldn't recommend deciding to learn how to crochet and create an entire quilt when you only have 1 month before flying overseas to a new country (haha, whoops- but hey, it turned out great!!), but the possibilities are limitless :)

But technology aside (literally!! Put the phone down!!), we should also be more aware of the people around us and what we can do with them :) Go outside! Talk to people! Make a new friend! We all have a part to play in helping others to learn of Gods love for them, and all of His children. Your sphere of influence is unique and blessed to know you! So just open your eyes and do something different! Success never comes from doing nothing! Success comes from trying :)
I have found that my favorite days as a missionary have been the ones when I have made somebody's day better :) Whether I made them laugh or gave them a smile and a wave, when I see other people smile, my heart leaps with joy :) And I know that that joy comes from the little acts of service we can do for others, no matter our means or our circumstances!

So I encourage all of you to shake up your lives and to do something different this week! Reach out to a friend that comes to your mind- reach out, serve, and listen to them :) Use your time wisely, and always be anxiously engaged in a good cause!

I love you all, and I hope that you have a great week!!! <3 Thanks for all of the well wishes :) you're all dolls!!

-Med Kærlig Hilsen,
Søster Morgan B Soelberg

my lovely friends :) Hahaha, Ældste Reimscheussel ( I never know how to spell his name), and Sisters Lyman and Keller

Monday, February 8, 2016

Unexpected Events

I don't have a lot of time today, so I'll just give a quick overview of the mainly entertaining but unexpected events of this past week-

¤ Last Pday was pretty exciting in and of itself- after the excitement of partying it up with the Elders and a member named Jonas (Jonas is teaching us the excitement of creating RPG characters in a world and game that he created. Oh the things you learn on a mission! hahaha), Sister Keller and I headed into Copenhagen again for a meeting, and somehow on the way back, we got onto the wrong train - how many times has this happened now? I've lost track. It was in the right direction, but the train didn't stop in Slagesle before going onto another island (from Sjælland to Fyn), so we had to jump off the train in Odense and hitch another ride back to Slagelse! haha, it was really exciting! But the train adventures didn't stop there last week!

¤  I had the first of my Departing Missionary Meetings/Interviews (this one was for the missionaries with 8 weeks left) Thursday morning in Copenhagen, so we headed down to the Big City again. The day was really wonderful: we (the 3 missionaries leaving next transfer) talked with President O'Bryant and discussed Goal setting, we met the new missionaries that have come into the mission (they had their One-Month meeting the same day), and we even got to go to the Copenhagen Temple :) It was a wonderful day! I learned so much!

¤ On the way back home from Copenhagen, I was pick-pocketed!! Goodbye to all of my photo identification and money! But don't worry, almost everything has been figured out, and hopefully nothing too bad comes out of what was stolen. I was able to call home in time to get my personal card cancelled, but the theif ran off with a good chunk of mission money. But strangely enough, the second I realized my wallet had been stolen, a thought popped into my head saying, ''don't worry, someone else must have needed the money.'' I've been blessed and have been taken care of, and I have enough funds to keep going, so don't be worried :)

¤ We had wonderful contacting experiences on the trains/busses :) Public transportation really is such a wonderful thing!

¤ I was truly humbled by two of my favorite people here in Slagesle. There are two women I have frequent contact with who are restrained to wheelchairs- one being a member, and the other woman a friend investigating the church :) On two occasions this week, both of the women showed Christlike love for others around them, despite their personal hardships. In one of their prayers, they prayed that all others who were ill and down-trodden would be lifted and healed- my eyes were so teary as I  considered her own condition and faith. Another bore testimony of the joyful life she has lived, and that she feels undeservedly blessed, though she has been confined to a wheelchair her entire life because of polio and the struggles that have been in her life because of that! I feel so blessed to get to know these strong women and feel of thier love and testimonies!

¤ Sister Keller completely wiped out in the church hallway as we were hurrying to beat the Elders to the computers. Wet weather and walking-worn down boots do not provide for safe travel while in a hurry! It made all of our days!

¤ Learning a second language has completely destroyed my ability to organize my thoughts properly in either language! haha, I guess that just means I have a lot of work to do, yet! One of my favorite jibberish sentences that came out of my mouth this week was ,''She makes me so laugh!'' The message of the phrase can only be interpreted that I was happy, and thus, my brain was completely blown, inhibiting my ability to properly communicate.

I hope that you can all have a continued good week (again, the danish phraseology is taking over). I love you all so much, and I look forward to hearing from you all again next week :) <3

-Sister Morgan Soelberg

I found another cat! haha, and this one likes to sit on people's shoulders! Seriously the most friendly cat I have ever hilst på!!
And as you can see, Denmark has made my hair a bit curly!! Strange, right?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Miracles x 100!

Wowee has this week been full of excitement, or what??
Let me just recap a few of the events that happened:

¤ We took an exciting trip down to Copenhagen for a doctors appointment that actually ended up never happening! So really, we just lost a day of being in our area! In the midst of the frustration that was that day, we  ate some great food and ended up in the shot of a tv show being recorded! I also lost my planner in the Copenhagen Library (I have no idea how I will ever get that back), 2 busses refused to admit us entry (busy city life, you know, it's crazy), we were cat-called by punks at the Central Station, and we dropped one of my gloves in the road, which then got ran over by a bus..... It was after all of this that we were informed that the appointment we were supposed to go to was cancelled and that we just needed to travel the hour long train ride back to Slagelse after getting practically nothing done. I truly and legitimately turned to Sister Keller and said, ''I am 100% DONE with today!'' and then my mind turned to the day a few weeks ago with Sister Perkins when absolutely NOTHING was working out, until the very end. I took a deep breath, said a prayer in my heart, and prepared myself for the miracles that were sure to come.
We bought some hot chocolate, and as we hopped back onto the train to travel back to Slagelse, we situated ourselves facing the direction of the door we had just come through. The Zone leaders then called us, so I was busy talking on the phone when all of a sudden, a man that I contacted and taught for a little while an entire year ago in Fredericia (my baby district area!!) came onto the train from the door we had just entered. I freaked out and called out to him, asking if he remembered me, and he sat down in our booth, really excited to talk! It was a great moment, being able to catch up with him and his life- and it was very strange telling him that all of the missionaries he knew from a year ago (except for me) were home now! Trippy! Of course, the conversation merged it's way into the Gospel, and Sister Keller and I both experienced the greatest and beloved feeling of testifying to this man. I felt that this gave me another chance as a more experienced missionary to help this man understand the importance of the gospel!
In the end, he still wasn't interested in learning more, or really even trying to find out for himself, but there were people in the same train car who we caught watching/listening to us. One never knows, the environments we're in could be filled with people who learn something from your example and testimony :) We both felt the Spirit burning within us, and the closest explanation I can give that comes close to that feeling would be going into The Avatar State! haha, so just imagine that the next time you're testifying!! Imagine that, and own it!

¤ We met with our dear friend Sandor, and I experienced once again one of the sweetest moments a missionary can have- We were testifying to Sandor of the existance of God, and it was incredible! We have come to discover that Sandor and I havevery similar personalities and manner of thinking, as well as a lot of the same interests (so I'm pretty much a 28 year old Hungarian man), so the way I was explaining the doctrine really hit home with him. There was a moment when I finished saying something, and Sandor just paused, took a breath, and we could just see the wheels in his head turning as he understood what had just been said. He then looked me in the eye and said, ''Wow! I guess I had never thought about it that way before- thank you!'' My heart just leaped with joy inside of me as I realized that I had just played a part in helping this beloved son of God learn more about the reality and truthfullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! 
I felt the Spirit as I taught Sandor from my heart and my own life experience, and I recognize that it was the Spirit that carried the message to his heart, and not me. How incredible is it that God can work through our own lives to impact the lives of others? I am eternally grateful for that tender experience!

Haha, and here to break the moment, a drunk man (who has harrassed us before) came up to Sister Keller and I in the middle of this lesson with Sandor (we were on a bench outside) and started bashing us and getting up in our faces- but Sister Keller and I stayed calm and tried giving the man a Book of Mormon (which he didn't take! Come on!). It must have been pretty amusing to watch, thinking about it- two girls in skirts, ages 19 and 20, totally owning the situation and winning against an angry drunk man. Sandor doesn't speak Danish, so he didn't understand what the man was saying, but he could understand the body language- he was on the edge of his seat the entire time, just in case anything bad happened, but he actually enjoyed watching us take the verbal blows and shut down the negativity in the air by testifying. Wow, it was just such a fun thing to experience!!! I can't even describe the situation clearly enough to help you picture it perfectly!

But all in all, in was a great experience, and Sandor actually expressed that he was glad he could see us in that situation- he said it spoke volumes of how we act under negative pressure, and I get the feeling that we must have passed some kind of mental test that Sandor placed us under, if that makes any sense!

¤Another exciting part of this week was exploring some castle ruins (and taking hipster pics) with the Elders here in Slagelse -->

​It was a pretty exciting Pday activity!! There's no better place than Europe! 

I hope you all have a great week :) I'm excited to hear about all of your own adventures and experiences!! Good luck with everything coming up this week!! 

Med kærlig hilsen,
Soelberg Morgan Søster

Monday, January 25, 2016

Answers to Prayers

It's amazing just how much God knows us personally!
I remember just a few years ago, I began to understand the true meaning of that beautiful truth. I wondered how on Earth can God know each and every one of us perfectly, and love us so completely?? There are just so many people! And we do so many different things, and have so many different interests and loves and joys and goals and plans and fears and struggles and pains, and yet God can take each of us and guide us smoothly and perfectly in a way that seamlessly affects the world around us. How?! I just couldn't comprehend it. But I believed it. I believed it because I felt that it was true, with the peaceful and sweet feeling of understanding and love that the Spirit speaks to my heart and my mind.

I have thought a lot about this concept in the past few weeks. We work with a young man here in Slagelse named Sandor. He has been through a lot in his life, and doesn't know if there even is a god, let alone the Loving God that we as missionaries teach and testify about! Well, Sandor has asked us questions about how he can come to feel such a love for and from God- the love that he can see in our eyes and our hearts every time he meets with us. So naturally, my mind has been a little more inclined towards this topic as I've tried to know how to perfectly help Sandor- and if I can't help him perfectly, I can still work as hard as I can and allow the Spirit to truly teach him of the Truth.

Last P-day, we ended the day with the Young Adults with a ''Family Home Evening'' activity, and right there, in that night, I recieved an answer to prayer :) The Elders Bradshaw and Dickson shared the spiritual thought, which they pulled from the 3rd Book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon :) In this chapter (ch. 13) Christ has appeared to the Nephites, the people living on the American Continents after His ressurrection. Christ gives the Sermon on the Mount to the people there as well, and in verses 25-34 (found also in Matthew 6), tells the disciples,

''Remember the words which I have spoken. For behold, ye are they whom I have chosen to minister unto this people. Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, even so will he clothe you, if ye are not of little faith. Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.''
As we read these verses, I felt the Spirit speak so sweetly to my sjæl, and I knew that it was a message I needed directly from the Lord. The scriptures we have before us are for our benefit and learning, and we can recieve direct answers to prayer through them :) The many prophets that have written their testimonies and experiences have done so with our benefit in mind- and there have been countless men and women in the history of the world who have put down their lives just so that we as a whole world can have the Holy Scriptures available for everyone and anyone at any time! So please, read the scriptures, and use them for what they are meant for- to strengthen your faith and the faith of those around you!

This week, we as missionaries around the World had the opportunity to watch a special Missionary Broadcast :) We didn't get to see it live here in Denmark, but we did see it the day after it was broadcast- we can recieve so many personal answers for our own lives and the lives of those we have a responsibility for as we listen to and apply the messages and divine guidance we receive from our inspired leaders! I don't know about the rest of you, but I am STOKED for General Conference in just a few short weeks!! (even though it will actually be my last weekend as a Full-time Missionary...) I challenge all of you to prepare yourselves for the great Spiritual experience that it is to listen to the Prophet and Apostles and other leaders that we are blessed with here in this dispensation :) <3

Another part of this week that helped me to learn a great deal of my eternal and divine potential was the tender experience of partaking of the Sacrament. For such a simple ordinance, it has such a huge impact on our lives. There was something about my experience yesterday at church that just made the Spirit touch my heart so deeply and intensely as I partook of the Sacrament. I can't explain what I experienced, but I know how I felt and I cannot deny the love and peace that rushed through me as I turned myself once again to the Savior. I am forever grateful for the opportunity we have every week to renew the blessed covenant of baptism- to promise again to always remember and follow Christ, and to do all that we can to be even better in the coming week!

As I have learned and grown in the past few years, I have come to learn that our Father in Heaven is all knowing and ever able to direct us, because He is our Father :) We lived with our Heavenly Parents before we came to this earth, and They raised our young spirits as long and as lovingly as they could before we were ready to take the next step in our eternal progression by coming here to Earth and experience Mortal Life :) As our Parents, They knew our mannerisms and the way we think through things and make choices, making it possible for our Heavenly Father to understand how events in the world will play out, all based on our own choices. God doesn't force things to happen His way, but He knows and understands how things will all work out. Because they will all work out :) We don't need to worry about the future or the past, because God's plan of Happiness encompasses us completely from Eternity to Eternity :)

It is my prayer that all of you I have this weekly contact with will always reflect on the Wonderful Message of the Gospel, and apply it to your lives every day :) Consider the Lillies, and consider your own blessed and important existence!! 

I love each and every one of you SO much :) and I hope that you all have a splendid week full of understanding and peace and success in all that you set out to do <3

Jeg elsker jer så højt, og jeg håber at I kan føle den kærlighed der kommer fra Gud hver dag! Ha' det godt, og vi snakkes næste uge! <3

Med kærlig hilsen,
Søster Soelberg

​​Us four missionaries in Slagelse (Elder Bradley Dickson, Sister Andrea Keller, me, and Elder Jed Bradshaw) have all started our own band- and this is the first look at our first album cover ;) hahaha, complete with a selfie-stick!!

​Sister Keller and I enjoyed a cute little snowy path on the way home the other night :) Denmark is just so darling!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Miracles All Over!

Hej Friends and Family!!! I hope you have all had a wonderful week! 
Life has been very busy here in Slagelse! I've only been here for a little under a month, but I honestly feel like I've been here for a year :) The people are all so kind, and so wonderful!
I'm sorry that I never sent out a letter last week! Miracles have been happening all over, and there just isn't enough time to write them all down! But I would like to encourage you all again to focus on writing in your journals! They really are quite the source of inspiration and de-stressing! So be sure to use them! 

But in any case, I would highly recommend recording down your personal and everyday miracles :) I've got a few in my head that I would like to share with you- ones that inspire and encourage me to always follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit-

About 2 weeks ago, Sister Perkins and I were having a day full of failed plans and frustration! We had a set appointment later on in the day, and we were constantly exploring new ideas and rearranging plans, but nothing we were doing was seeming to work. I distinctly remember biking up a cold, icy hill and saying a prayer of frustration in my heart, asking God why nothing was working out as planned, and why we weren't having any success that day. This though process caught me off-guard in the very moment, because as missionaries, plans rarely end up going according to plan! I pushed aside these feelings of negativity, and Sister Perkins and I both felt that we should bike into the central square of the city and try and contact some previous investigators that lived in the area. I said another - more positive- prayer in my heart, asking the Lord to help us to be able to make a difference in someone's life that day.
So Sister Perkins and I hopped back onto our bikes and made our way down and up another hill (in denmark, you always end up biking uphill, no matter where you're going)- we were passing an apartment complex when all of a sudden, I felt my shoelace get caught on my bike pedal and pulled over as quickly as I could. Funny enough, I had just tightened and tucked in the laces on my boots before we started biking again, but somehow, when I wasn't looking, the lace popped back out and got stuck in the joints of my pedal, making it impossible to bike further. I hopped off and attempted to release the catch as gracefully and quickly as I could when we heard an excited gasp and someone running over to us while saying, ''Sisters!! Yes, Sisters!!'' We turned around to see a less-active woman, Christiane, scurrying over the ice to us. She had just been praying that someone would be able to help her out- she was trying to move some chunky boxes from her apartment over to a friends house, but only had her one bike- but now she had 3 :) We helped her out, and ended up being a direct answer to prayer in that moment. I said another prayer in my heart, this time one of thanksgiving and humility. The rest of the day continued just as before, but this time, both Sister Perkins and I felt positive and happy and ready to do anything.

The second miracle happened this past week, with the exact same woman! Funny how that happens!
In the mean time, Transfers have happened, and I am now companions with Sister Andrea Keller :) You'll get a picture in a bit!
We had an hour left of the day, and Sister Keller and I decided to stop by an investigator just to introduce them to each other- but on the way there, we passed by the same Christiane's apartment, and I felt that we needed to stop and go say Hi to her- she also hadn't met Sister Keller yet, so we would have a good excuse for stopping by un-announced.
So we knock on the door, and it turns out that Christiane had found herself in another stressful situation again, not really knowing what to do and hoping that someone would be able to come by and help her- but she didn't know who to call! So Ta-da!! The Missionaries just happen to stop by :) We were able to help her out and get to know her a little bit more, and we had such a great time being able to be with her again.
The next day, we stopped by the investigator we had been on the way to before seeing Christiane, and it turns out that they know each other! And we didn't even know! But it turns out that Christiane had already told our mutual friend, Marie, about us coming by and being an answer to prayer! Marie really liked and appreciated that :)

I hope I'm able to convey all the happy feelings correctly without leaving out too many details- I just feel so blessed to have been able to help the people around me in ways that I didn't expect, and all thanks to feeling and acting upon the small promptings that come into our hearts and our minds. Sometimes we don't understand all the things that happen in our lives, but as we react positively to all of the small and instinctual impressions we receive, we can find ourselves in situations where we are able to help others in ways and times that we don't expect!

I hope that you are also all aware of the influence you have on the lives of others- especially me :) there are many of you who have had a strong impact on my life without you even knowing it! So thanks for all the love and good cheer that you spread- and keep going! You never know how far your warm heart can reach!

I hope you all have a great week! I'll try to have a better email for you all next week!

med stor kærlighed-
<3 Søster MBSoelberg

The Elders (Curtis and Dickson) surprised us with a snowman two weeks ago! But we caught them in the act!

​Sister Keller!! She just finished getting Trained, and I'm excited to feel her contagious missionary spirit!! She's great!