Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day in Denmark - 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.

Elders Madsen and Ogden


That will be so great to hear about Braden!  I am way excited to get the email.  I thought for sure I would be​ getting a video of Hannah’s homecoming, but hey, it’s good to hear that all is well with everyone and that she had a great homecoming.

That’s crazy! I did not know that Maren was willing to sing in front of the ward like that, but that sounds way good. It's good practice for her.  I have had to sing five or six times in front of a ward on my mission. You have to do that kind of stuff all the time, even if you're tone deaf like me. Haha! I have heard that Danish missionaries never leave Denmark, they always just want to come back. It's the best mission on earth! No joke, all 104 of us are in agreement, haha! I am so happy to stay in Slagelse.

Well, this week was so great. We had a good time.  Elder Wright is way funny and we get along great!  We had a ton of stuff to do this week, so that was good.  We were really busy. Somehow, more and more people found out that we are coming back to Denmark and they are way excited to meet the woman who had to put up with me for 18 years! We will be pretty busy in Sagelse when we come here. I guess that’s what happens when you're are blessed to live in an area for 7+ months, haha!  That's where I will be...a little over 7 months when it’s all said in done here in Slagelse!

Well, we had a fun time with some pictures we took with me and Elder Wright.  I hope you all like them. We were aiming for hipster pics, haha! It was way fun.

We actually had another one of our friends get reactivated this week. It was great.  We are hoping to get him a calling and get him to the temple soon, but we will see. Good stuff!

We had a rough start of the week though. We found out that Gø** was talking to Bishop and was looking forward to talking about the Book of Mormon a little more. But there was some confusion, and when we showed up to his house he was not even willing to really talk to us.  He said we can't talk to him anymore and that he can’t believe in the Book of Mormon and/or Joseph Smith, so we respected his wishes and told him if he needs anything that we are always willing and ready to help. It was a little sad, but it's okay. We found a couple of potential friends to teach, so that was good. That’s just how it is some time. He will come around no doubt.

We then had some fun things go down while teaching the law of chastity to To** and Ri**.  We taught them that they need to move out. It was funny because To** just acted like they don’t have an intimate relationship. We asked them both if they would be willing to live the law of chastity, and he said, "Well yeah, of course." So we asked what their plan was and they replied that they are not teenagers anymore, and they don’t need to be intimate and won't be.... so, they plan on moving out and getting everything settled and ready to separate, and then when they can get married, they will. It was a very good experience.

Well, Valentine’s Day is usually full of love and tender feeling towards one other. We had a great day doing service for some of our friends. We helped someone move and then helped someone else with his house, and it was great because his wife was there and they stayed the whole week together. It was great because by the end, they were in church together and had a great weekend.  He said he is ready to get things going on the house so they can sell it and he can move back in with his family.  It was a tender moment for us after all this time of getting him to stop seeing his mistress to now being with his wife for a week and getting all back to normal. Now they are in the process of making the steps necessary to get the family back!! It's so good!!

The Lord's love and mercy are all around us. In my opinion, the best calling anyone can accept in the church is that of missionary! Big or small, from our 8 year old freshly baptized members to our senior couples, the title of missionary is something we all commonly share as members of the church. It is a gift to share the Gospel. Some of us physically wear a name tag on our chest daily, and others on their hearts. Either way, it does not matter. We all have the opportunity to share the gospel at any time. Our mission call as members of the church is as great as the calling of a "full time" missionary." The only difference is that we (full time missionaries) have been set apart to give it our all for a time, and it is our only focus. Personally, I think it's easier for us because we only have one focus, and that’s missionary work. Others have work, family, school, and missionary work. We understand. We are ready when you are. Every member a missionary! The work can only go forth in a combined effort!  It’s the Lords work, not ours!

Love you all! Have a great week! Work hard and preach the gospel at all times. If needed, use words!

Med Kærlig Hilsen,

Ældste Madsen

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