Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Focus on What Matters"


Not that I'm counting down or anything...But I'm excited to say that I have been here for just about a month now! I've got my 1 month training on Friday this week and I get to go to the Copenhagen temple! I'm stoked for that. Time has just been flying by!

This week, not too much happened. The weather was fantastic and we had so many tourists out. It was beautiful out! I'm glad to see that it's finally warming up!

We took advantage of the weather and did a bit of contacting. We got 3 new potentials so we will plan on working with them soon! We did splits with the Zone Leaders this week, so I got to go to Ordrup for a day. That's a pretty area too! I've got stories for that day....So anyways, we had a District meeting with the District down there, and after, we all go get food. So we went to a place called Den Sort Gryde or something, and it translates to the Black Pan. So I got a hamburger and fries and a drink. It was expensive and had no idea why. So it comes off the grill and I've got a burger the size of my plate. Easily 4,000 calories. So yeah of course I ate that up. Next, I had about the amount of fries that you would get from Five Guys, and of course I eat that up. A ton of calories. So yeah I stretched my stomach to the max because I was planning on heading back to HIllerød an hour later. But nope! My companion and the other Zone Leader weren't ready to change back. So an hour later, we ate AGAIN at a dinner appointment with the Bishops family of that ward. I was worried for my life and thought I would explode. I just crammed as much down as I could because I didn't want to be rude. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Anyway, aside from that.

On Friday, our ward held a concert of everyone sharing their talents and stuff. We got 8 less actives there and 2 investigators. So it was a success! It was actually a good little concert. All the Danish children have music class so they're all talented with the Piano and Cello and stuff.

On Sunday, we had church of course, and we invited 2 investigators that tagged along with us. After church, we set up another appointment with one of them, Deepak, and it was on his request. So that was fantastic! Then later that night, we met with the other, Jason, the Vietnamese guy I may have talked about last week. We committed him to baptism for the 11th of July! So we're super stoked for him, and that's the first baptismal date this area has had for a couple years, so hopefully the ward will be a bit more satisfied. They have generally had terrible missionaries come through, so it's understandable!

So that was just a little bit in a nutshell! I got a quick little message I'll share. In Denmark, people have a hard time knowing what happiness is. They focus a lot on their money and their possessions. It's hard for us to break that for some people, but I've seen a couple of our investigators progress when they shift their minds a little bit. We should try to focus more on things that actually matter, and that will last forever, like our families, friends, and God. Because God gives us our families and friends so that we can have happiness. Try to strengthen our relationships with these gifts, most importantly God. I can tell you right now that a mission isn't even all that fun, but it's the happiest I've been in my life because I have seen people grow their faiths and be happier. I have even myself tried focusing on the relationship I have with God, and I've seen myself be happier just from something so simple that we hear from everyone everyday. But it just requires action. So that's my challenge to everyone! :) I promise you'll see a difference!!

Anyways! I love you all! Hav det godt!

Ældste Taylor Howes

PS. Sorry for no pics this week..... ):

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