Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Denmark on Wednesday!

This week we had branch conference. It was really exciting. The Stake President said that this will most likely be the last branch conference ever for Kristianstad. it is expected that within the next couple months that our branch will become a ward. It is going to be so exciting! I just hope that I will still be here when that happens! Next transfers are not for another month and a half, so we will see!

I get to go and visit the temple this Wednesday. We are going to go to the Copenhagen temple. I am super excited and looking forward to being in the temple again, it has been so long! I really miss the temple! Plus I will get to see a little bit of Denmark! It is going to be really fun.

We got a little snow last week, it was actually snowing really hard! In Hässleholm (part of our area) there was about 3 inches! It was incredible! Anyways, I am looking forward to real snow, but this wet slush stuff is no good and not so fun. But, we can handle it! Supposedly the weather here is not normal either, the whole world's weather is going crazy... what does that mean? One more sign checked off the list!

I cannot believe how fast time goes... especially when you keep busy! this past week was actually really slow, but that was because Eldser Swenson was pretty sick and we did not work as much. That was really hard. I just want to go out there and work like crazy!!! I love being a missionary.

This last week we had a zone conference and I got to have an interview with the President. It was really fun, I really feel his love, and it made me want to do even better! He also asked how well I could speak French because he has been teaching a lot of French investigators and needs someone to help out... so I started to review my French and read "Preach My Gospel" en francais! (I know there is an accent on the c but I don't know how to type that right now...) I will keep you updated on how that goes!

I am doing great, avoiding the sicknesses for the most part, and waiting for Elder Swenson to get feeling better. I love being his companion, and already I am seeing a lot that I need to change to be a better senior companion, and to make sure that our time is used in the best way possible. It is really hard, and I really really hate port codes (apartments where you have to be "buzzed" in) ... they make it so hard to go tracting!!!! I really do love the Swedish people and everything, though they are often very very stubborn and close-minded.

It is hard to help someone who thinks that they are doing great. The life here is so easy, so simple. You pay about 55% of your income in taxes, but you get paid a lot of it back in so many different ways. you don't really even have to work! It is sad, but good, but not at all... Some ways it is better, help the poor, feed the hungry, take care of those who are disabled, but there needs to be a line, and other ways to do it. Older people are forgotten by their children, they are taken care of by the government so it is okay, but not! I love the people I love helping them, but it really hurts when they just close their eyes, close their ears, and continue through life.

I do feel like a part of the people, I guess I even look the part. I am missing the language, my accent is American, but this is my family! I belong, as you said. And now I am here to help. I know that through the spirit I can touch their hearts, but they have to have the desire to even try.

I know that this is the true church, I know that it is the light that will guide us through the darkness of the world, leading us as the rod of iron back to Christ our Savior and Redeemer. I love the gospel. It is simple and powerful. As a rock cut off the mountain, it is not complex, but it will not fail, and it will never again stop. I know that my Savior lives, I love Him and know that He is here to help me when I need Him.

All in all, I love being a missionary. I love this work.

Have a great week everyone and I love you all!
Äldste Maxwell

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