Monday, December 8, 2014

He is the Gift - Elder Kolby Madsen

Written by Elder Kolby Madsen, serving in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaking Danish.

The joys of driving around Sjælland!

We had a great week and Ma** is progressing nicely. Things are going well. You will be getting more pictures next week, with her and her daughters in white. It will be way good.

This week has been great. We have finalized everything for Ma**’s baptism. She wants to have Elder Ogden baptize her and she asked that I give her the gift of the Holy Ghost. That should be great!  I am not going to lie, blessings in Danish are still way interesting.  It's like half the time I know what I am to say, but then afterward I really don’t know where I pulled the grammar or the words from.  It's crazy. But I guess that just goes to show that we really aren’t the ones giving the blessing. We say the words and the Lord gives the blessing.

Well, we are really looking forward to the 14th this Saturday. It's going to be a great day. Ma** is the greatest. We had a way good time with her this week. Her little daughters are the best. I can’t wait for you all to get the pictures of what they look like. Just so great! Super prepared! The Lord knows His sheep.

We actually had this way great zone training, and I am not just saying that because I gave it. It was about Christmas, and it was way fun. We have this new initiative that we got from the church. It's great and I'm so excited about this. All 88,000+ missionaries who are out in the field right now are using this to proselyte. It's great! I am sure you have heard of it. #HeIsTheGift. It's great to share it on Facebook, Twitter, you name it! We should be flooding the world with this!

Anyway we also had some really good Danish Jule, and it's my favorite in Denmark.  Their Christmas food is by far the best. It's so great! We also got to see the movie Frozen. It was so good!  I love that movie. I wish I could watch it again. I really liked it. It was funny to see how our minds think after being on a mission for a time and then watching a movie like this. After every song we all could think of about ten ways to apply it to missionary work and how we could apply it in coming closer to Christ. Way nerdy, but fun.

Anyway it was a great week, and we have been everywhere and back again. The church gave out cards for the #HeIsTheGift thing, and because we don’t have an English speaking mission and/or "popular mission language," we did not get any cards in our mission. President took the same one in English, translated it to Danish, and made 15,000 cards so that we missionaries can give them out for the month of December!

So we had the liberty of driving around for 5 hours on Saturday to give the cards out to people.  It was fun, but a little lame because we could not be working. But it had to be done, and the whole mission is going to explode even more than it has. I am excited about that!

Everything is going well.  Have a great week and remember that Christ is the Gift of Christmas. He is the reason we celebrate, even though it’s not His really his birthday! It’s a great time of year because the majority of the world comes together to celebrate Him in some way. Remember Him at this time. Remember the things He has done for you, how has the Lord effected your life, and how His life has effected yours. Tell people about your feelings and experiences with Christ and, above all, the purifying power of His atonement and its reality! #ShareTheGift

Love you,

Med Kærlig Hilen

Ældste Madsen

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Come Unto Christ  (December 15, 2014)