Well, January has been put behind us, hopefully our New Year's Resolutions are not! :) But we're in February!! Shortest month of the year, but it's a leap year aka an extra day to serve the Lord! January was a good month though, it was pretty busy, but that's always a great thing!
This week went by SO fast. So many things happened and we had tons of appointments to bounce around from. Last Monday was quite interesting. I was back in high school! That was extremely weird. I kinda felt that high school energy and was kinda reminscing high school all over again. It was actually pretty weird, but I enjoyed it. We were there to teach a religion class about our church! So that was pretty fun. It was kinda a different situation because it came down to a question & answer session, and you know kids.. It was funny! But it went really well. We taught alongside a priest in the ward, so it was nice to have a Dane's assistance.
We actually struggled this week when it came to finding. Not too many people were thrilled to talk, so it made it kinda difficult, but we came over that hump later in the week. But we met with Henning, our investigator with a baptismal date, and it's still moving forward with him. He has a few roadblocks standing in the way, so we're hoping that he's able to jump over those soon so that he can be baptized. But he's doing really well. We had a few first lessons this week, and those went all well and they're now positive investigators, but we only have two progressing investigators as of now, who are Yonas and Henning. But there will be many many more to come! At the end of this week, (Saturday & Sunday), we set a little more focus on finding, and we came down with 9 potentials within those two days, where several of them have appointments, so that's a really good thing, but that just means we have a busy week! :) That's also a fabulous thing. I think I'll share an experience we had with one of those contacts.
On Saturday morning, we were out contacting around the center of town, and we came up to this guy, so we contacted him and asked him how religion has played a role in his life. He replied that it hasn't played any role in his life, so we asked him if he was ever religious, and he said no. So we testified how our faith and religion has helped us and we know it can help others, like him and he responded that it's hard for him to believe because his mom died a little while ago, so he's not interested to talk. He started walking away and we stopped him again and asked him, how much would it mean for you to see her again, after this life. He didn't respond. So we testified how we believe in eternal families and that we know he can see his mother again. We told him, "We know you're not interested, but just so you do know, that's what we know to be true." He responded, "I guess I'll think about it." In the end, we got his number, and that was only because testifying touches the hearts of others! When you all have the opportunity to testify of something, do it, because it will change someone's life, even if you think they don't care.
Anyways, I read a good scripture this week in 1 Corinthians 15. It talks about the plan of salvation within the chapter, but I really like the last verse, 58. It says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." It's a good reminder that we should always be bound to good works and that we should be not moved. If we are always striving to follow the work of the Lord, nothing we do will be wasted. God has promised us this, and I have of course seen and learned it as I've been here in Denmark! :)
I love you all, sorry it was a long letter, but thanks for reading it! :) I miss you all, and hope you all have a great month of February!
Ældste Taylor Howes
That's the view from our apartment and some good ole red skies!