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10/10-2016

Kjre snokere (norsk frst siden det var flere Nordmenn enn engelsk snakkende forrige uke:)

Denne uken har vrt fantastisk. Kanskje mest fordi den avsluttet s perfekt. Jeg har en overraskelse. Det blir en dp denne uken! Det er ikke en overraskelse som jeg har spart p eller noe, det var like mye overraskelse for meg :p To nye underskere kom i kirken for frste gang og fikk hre deler av general konferansen, som var knall. Pluss vi fant et kjleskap. 

Som nevnt, en herlig uke. Som en distriktsleder ringer man rundt til alle andre innenfor distriktet og mottar nummerne for den gjeldene uken, hrer hvordan det str til med dem og hvordan arbeidet gr. Vi er ikke de eneste som har en dp den kommende uken. 2 andre dp denne helgen i Limassol og enda mer neste uken igjen! S misjonen gr fremover. Ah, det gjr s godt.

Jeg tror jeg bare skriver av det jeg skrev i dagboken min:

Yes! For en fantastisk dag! Gjett hva, Patricia sa ja til bli dpt! ^^

Okey, jeg fr spole litt tilbake. Vi hadde en leksjon med henne 16 September som ikke gikk s bra. Vi var litt pushy, men jeg flte nden s sterkt og sa det jeg flte jeg mtte si. Mot slutten sa hun "det er nok, jeg fler meg litt ukomfortabel, jeg tror det er best vi slutter her." Jeg var knust. Jeg har tenkt om og om igjen hva jeg kunne gjort annerledes den kvelden. 

Etter det har vi ikke hatt s mye kontakt med henne. Hun har kom fremdeles til kirken hver sndag som hun har gjort for en stund. Men vi hadde ingen diskusjoner med henne mer.

I gr spiste vi middag hos Wonnacotts med Patricia, hvor vi delte en ndelig tanke. Etter at vi dro spurte Patricia om vi ikke kunne samles neste dag og ha en lekse sammen. Vi var der i dag og snakket om evangeliet og litt annet. Til slutt leste vi sammen Mosiah 18 som president Wonnacott ba oss om gjre. Vi var livredde for ta opp dp igjen etter forrige leksjons erfaring. Vi leste et vers hver til det ble Patricias tur til lese vers 10. 

Hun leste det, men hun endret det p slutten da hun leste det hyt: 

"n sier jeg dere at hvis dette er deres hjertes nske, hva har dere s imot bli dpt i Herrens navn for bekrefte for ham at dere har inngtt en pakt med ham om at dere er villige til tjene ham og holde hans bud, s han kan utse sin nd over dere i enda rikere grad, fr havet blir for kaldt?

Hun la press p "fr havet blir for kaldt". Det tok litt tid fr jeg helt fattet hva hun mente. Etterp sa hun at hun nsker bli dpt, kanskje til og med neste uke allerede. Jeg var helt i sjokk. Jeg forstod ingenting, men med en gang hun begynte p vers 10 flte jeg nden s sterkt tilstede... Jeg fler den enda? 

ja, kjleskapet. Vi fant et kjleskap p veien der det sto p en lapp at det virker og at de nsker kvitte seg med det. Det stod bare ta det. Vi ringte et medlem som sliter konomisk som vi visste trengte et kjleskap, hans virket nesten ikke i det hele tatt. S noen plukket oss opp med kjleskapet. S n har han et kjleskap som virker. Sm mirakler. Det er liksom ikke s ofte at man ser et fungerende kjleskap i veien nr man trenger et. 

Vi hadde en utveksling denne uken, og jeg var sammen med eldste Vigliotti. Siden han kom til min leilighet fikk han kjenne p madrassene som vi har her. Hele leiligheten er ganske bra, jeg trives godt, men madrassene vi har er rene sementblokker. Heldigvis liker jeg hard madrass. Eldste Vigliotti derimot hadde store vansker den natten. Vi la oss til normal tid, 22.30, og jeg sluknet etter 8 1/2 sekunder, Vigliotti derimot, ikke fullt s raskt. Han prvde alle salgs mulige vinkler og posisjoner. Med en pute, med to puter med dyne, uten dyne, p gulvet med sofaputer osv. Etter 4 1/2 timer uten noe svn skrudde han p A/C-en. Jeg vknet svidt og s at han stresset rundt s jeg spurte. 

L- Είσαι καλά;  (Er du ok?)

V- Ναι.. δυσκολεύομαι να κοιμηθώ όμως. (ja, bare sliter med sove)

L- Θέλεις ζέστη σοκολάτα; (har du lyst p kakao?)

V- Όχι, ευχαριστώ (Nei takk)

Han fikk omsider litt svn. Jeg husker ikke samtalen vi hadde, s nr han fortalte meg om morgenen holdt han p tisse p seg av latter. At jeg spurte han om han hadde lyst p kakao som en lsning p hans svnproblem. 

Denne uken hadde vi en leksjon med Ανδρέας og Κοραλία. Sster Wonnacott var ogs tilstede. Hun lrer gresk og prver bruke det sammen med Κοραλία. Plutselig sier sster Wonnacott i leksjonen "Διάβολο!" (Som betyr Djevelen) Jeg s rart p henne, det samme gjorde Κοραλία. S sa hun Det betyr jeg leser, ikke sant? Jeg mtte le, klarte ikke holde meg. Her prver jeg forkynne evangeliet mens sster Wonnacott tilkaller djevelen, haha xD 

Jeg leste gjennom det jeg nettopp skrev for denne uken. Frste tanken jeg fikk var at ingen som leser dette kommer til forst gleden som jeg har opplevd. Det er rett og slett umulig beskrive det med ord. Jeg hper alle har en fantastisk uke! S fr vi se hva neste uke bringer. 

 

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Dear sneakers (I did Norwegian first this time since I had more Norwegians that read the blog then English last week :)

This week has been amazing. Perhaps mostly because it ended so perfectly. I have a surprise. We will have a baptism this week! It's not a surprise that I have hidden and not shared with you or something, it was a surprise to me as well J. Two of our new investigators came to church for the first time and heard parts of the general conference, which was really cool. Plus, we found a refrigerator.

As mentioned, a really wonderful week. As a district leader I call around to everyone within the district and receives stats for the current week and to hear how they are doing and how the work is. And we are not the only ones who are having a baptism the next week. 2 other baptisms this weekend in Limassol and even more next week! We really are seeing that the work is progressing. Ah, it feels so good!!

I think I?ll just tell you what I wrote in my journal:

Yes! What a fantastic day! Guess what, Patricia agreed to be baptized! ^^
Okey, I will rewind a little. We had a lesson with her 16th September that did not go so well. We were a bit pushy. However, I felt the spirit so strong and said what I felt I had to say. Towards the end she said "that's enough, I feel a little uncomfortable, I think it's best we stop here." I was crushed. I've been thinking over and over what I could have done differently that night.
After that we did not have much contact with her. She still came to church every Sunday as she has done for a while. But we stopped having teaching discussions with her.

Yesterday we ate dinner at Wonnacotts together with Patricia, where we shared a spiritual thought. After that Patricia asked if we could gather the next day and have a lesson together. We were there today and talked about the gospel and some small talk.

Finally, we read together Mosiah 18 as president Wonnacott asked us to do. We were really afraid to talk about baptism again after the experience at last lesson. We read one verse each until it was Patricia's turn to read verse 10.
She read it, but she changed it at the end when she read it out loud:
" Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you, before the sea gets too cold?
She put pressure on "before the sea gets too cold." It took some time before I fully realized what she meant. Afterwards she said she wanted to be baptized, maybe even next week already. I was completely in shock. I did not understand a thing, but once she started to read verse 10 I felt the Spirit so strongly... I actually feel it still ...

Ah.. the refrigerator. We found a refrigerator on the road where it stood on a note that it works and that they wanted to get rid of it. It said "just take it". We called up a member that we knew is struggling a bit financially and we knew that he needed a refrigerator, since the one he got is almost not working at all. Someone picked us up with the fridge. So now he has a fridge that works fine. Small miracles. It's sort of not that often one find a functioning refrigerator on your way when you need one.

We had exchange this week, this time I was with Elder Vigliotti. Since he came to our apartment he got to try out the mattresses that we have here. The whole apartment is pretty good, I really like the apartment, but the mattresses we have is pure cement blocks. Fortunately, I like hard mattress. Elder Vigliotti however had a HARD night. We did go to bed at normal time, 22.30, and I past out after 8 1/2 seconds, Vigliotti, however, not quite that fast. He tried every possible angles and positions. With a pillow, with two pillows, with the duvet without the duvet, on the floor with sofa pillows etc. After 4 1/2 hours without any sleep he started the A / C. I woke barely and saw that he rushed around so I asked:

L- Είσαι καλά; (Are you okay?)
V- Ναι .. δυσκολεύομαι να κοιμηθώ όμως. (Yes, just struggling to sleep)
L- Θέλεις ζέστη σοκολάτα; (do you want some hot chocolate?)
V- Όχι, ευχαριστώ (no thanks)

He eventually got some sleep. I do not remember the conversation we had, so when he told me the morning he almost cracked up in laughter. I asked him if he would like some hot chocolate as a solution to his solve his sleeping problem.

This week we had a lesson with Ανδρέας and Κοραλία. Sister Wonnacott were also there. She is learning Greek and is trying to use it with Κοραλία. Suddenly Sister Wonnacott said in the middle of the lesson "Διάβολο!" (Which means devil) I looked at her, as did Κοραλία. Then she said, "It means I'm reading, dos it not?" I had to laugh, could not keep quiet. Here I?m trying to preach the gospel while sister Wonnacott summons the devil, haha ​​xD

I read through what I have written above how this week have been. My first thought I was that no one who reads this will understand the joy that I have experienced. It is simply impossible to describe it with words. I hope everyone will have a wonderful week! So we'll see what next week brings.






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