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25/07-17

Da er det offisielt! Det blir radiografi studie i Drammen om tre uker!

Forrige uke var vi i dyreparken her i Athen! Det regnet om morgenen, med det ble fint vr da vi kom frem. Det var jo bare bra for oss, siden det var ikke mange andre som mtte opp. Det beste var delfin showet. Det er helt utrolig hvordan mennesker og delfiner kan kommunisere med hverandre. De gjorde hopp, skrukork, front-flip, back-flip, alene, synkron, lagde lyder, kom opp p land, vinket, hermet og selvflgelig sprutet de vann p oss. 



 

Forrige uke mtte vi opp med en fyr som vi fant gjennom Facebook. Han nsket komme se hvordan kirken vr er, s vi gav han en kirke tour. Han er fra Kina og har en imponerende historie. Han forklarte hvordan religion fungerer i Kina og at man ikke har srlig religionsfrihet. Han valgte bli Kristen, og mtte derfor holde lav profil slik at han ikke ble tatt. Han flte at det ble for farlig bo i Kina da en av vennene hans ble oppdaget som Kristen av politiet. Han rmte derfor og reiste til Athen. Han fant ut etterp at politiet ogs hadde oppdaget at han var av Kristen tro, og hadde ransaket leiligheten hans like etter han forlot landet. Han er interessert i lre mer av det vi tror p og hva som gjr oss s forskjellig fra alle andre kirker. 

 

Denne uken mtte vi det nye medlemmet som valgt kutte med kirken pga Jehovas vitne broren ikke ville ha kontakt med ham s lenge han var medlem av vr kirke. Han sluttet svare telefonen nr vi ringer, s vi bare mtte opp p dra hans. Han var hjemme og slapp oss inn. Ingenting har forandret seg, men vi var glade for f snakke med ham i det minste. Vi har enda ikke mistet hpet. 

 

Forrige sone konferanse utfordret President Heder oss til lese hele Mormons Bok innen 12 uker. Med utfordringen rdet han oss ogs til markere skriftene p flgene mte: En farge med et hvert navn og referanse til Kristus. En annen med alle Kristi egenskaper og velsignelser. En annen med Hans doktrine, lre og Hans rolle som vr Frelser. Og til slutt en farge med alt som Kristi ord direkte, eller hvor profetene siterer Herren. Det har vrt helt fantastisk. Jeg gav meg selv 6 uker i det fullfre Mormons Bok, siden jeg snart reiser hjem og ikke hadde 12 uker. Jeg har lrt s mye. Det var frste gangen jeg leste Mormon Bok p egenhnd p Norsk her p misjonen. Jeg har lest hele boken p Engelsk fra perm til perm 4 ganger p misjonen min, en gang p Gresk og n en gang p Norsk.

 

Dette kan misforsts, men jeg velger si dette allikevel. Jeg hadde nok ikke vrt srlig religis hadde det ikke vrt for Mormons Bok. Jeg hadde ikke en gang vrt Kristen. Jeg tror jeg hadde vrt ganske likegyldig. Jeg sitter og tenker p ord som er verdig beskrivelse Mormons Bok, men hverken Norsk, Engelsk eller Gresk strekker til her. Den boken har forandret livet mitt. Den brer vitnesbyrd om at Jesus er Kristus, vr Frelser og Forlser. Det er kun en mte finne det ut, og det er finne det ut for en selv. Det kan starte som ndelig trst, et mirakel, en invitasjon eller s enkelt som nysgjerrighet. Dersom man nsker finne ut om den er av Gud, eller om en nsker finne ut om den ikke er av Gud for den slags skyld. Alt gir mening, og den kan forklare alt. Ah! Noen ganger skulle jeg bare nske at jeg kunne laste ned p en minnepinne alt det jeg har funnet ut personlig og delt med alle rundt meg. Heldigvis fungerer det ikke slikt. Det er kun for dem som er klar til implementere det de allerede vet. Kun DA fr man mer og mer informasjon, kunnskap og opplysning.  

 

Meg og Eldste Gore bestemte oss for at han leder mtet i Hellas, og jeg i Kypros, siden det var min siste sone konferanse p Kypros. Hele mtet gikk veldig bra. Alle som hadde en del i programmet gjorde en fantastisk jobb med formidle budskapet p en god mte. Det var mye som ble lrt. Til slutt sto jeg foran alle, alene og ledet oss i si misjons skriftstedet p Gresk. Alle nesten ropte ut skriftstedet med stor kraft. Det fltes ut som det varte i flere minutter. Masse tanker kom og gikk. Jeg tenkte p mange erfaringer jeg hadde p Kypros, spesielt de gode. Og s for frste gang inns jeg hvor mye jeg kommer til savne det. Depresjon og angst er ikke helt de rette ordene, men kanskje litt panikk. Det var en miks av flelser. 

 
 

Resten av helgen lp/syklet vi rundt for ta farvel med alle. Det var utrolig kjekt se gamle kjente igjen. Men det var utrolig trist etterp da jeg hadde tatt farvel med alle. Jeg og Emad velsignet nadverden sammen den sndagen. Det var hans frste gang. Det var en god avslutting.

 

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Then it's official! There will be a radiography study in Drammen in three weeks!

Last week we were in the zoo here in Athens! It was raining in the morning, it was nice weather when we arrived. It was only good for us since there were not many others who met up. The best part was the dolphin show. It's amazing how people and dolphins can communicate with each other. They made jumps, scooters, front flip, back flip, alone, synchronous, made sounds, landed, waved, hermetically and of course they splashed water on us.

Last week we met with a guy we found through Facebook. He wanted to see how our church is, so we gave him a church tour. He is from China and has an impressive history. He explained how religion works in China and that there is no religious freedom there. He chose to be Christian, and therefore had to keep a low profile to avoid being arrested. He felt it was too dangerous to live in China when one of his friends was discovered as a Christian by the police. So he escaped and traveled to Athens. He found out that the police also discovered that he was of Christian faith and had searched his apartment just after leaving the country. He is interested in learning more of what we believe in and what makes us so different from all other churches.

This week we met the new member who chose to leave the church because of his Jehovah's Witness brother did not want to have contact with him for as long as he was a member of our church. He stopped answering the phone when we called, so we just met up at his door. He was at home and let us in. Nothing has changed really, but we were happy to get talk to him at least. We have not yet lost all hope.

At previous Zone Conference President Heder challenged us to read the entire Book of Mormon within 12 weeks. With the challenge, he also advised us to mark the scriptures as follows: A color with each name and reference to Christ. Another with all Christ's qualities and blessings. Another with His doctrine, teachings and His role as our Savior. And finally, a color with everything as the word of Christ directly, or where the prophets cite the Lord. It has been amazing. I gave myself 6 weeks to complete the Book of Mormon, since I soon leave home and do not have 12 weeks. I have learned so much. It was the first time I read the Book of Mormon on my own in Norwegian here on the mission. I have read the entire book in English 4 times on my mission, once in Greek and now once in Norwegian.

This may be misunderstood, but I choose to say this anyway. I probably would not have been particularly religious if it was not for the Book of Mormon. I would not have been even Christian. I think I had been quite indifferent. I am thinking of words that are worthy of description of the Book of Mormon, but neither Norwegian, English nor Greek can describe what I feel. That book has changed my life. It bear witness that Jesus is Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. The only a way to figure it out, is to find it out for yourself. It can start as spiritual thirst, a miracle, an invitation or as simple being curiosity. If you want to find out if it is of God or even if you want to find out if it is not of God for that sake. Everything makes sense and it can explain everything. Ah! Sometimes I just wish I could download on a memory stick all I've found out personally and shared with everyone around me. Fortunately, it does not work like that. It is only for those who are ready to implement what they already know. Only then you get more and more information, knowledge and information.

Me and Elder Gore decided that he is in charge of the meeting in Greece and me in Cyprus since it was my last zone conference in Cyprus. The whole meeting went very well. Everyone who had a part in the program did a wonderful job of communicating the message in a good way. There was much that was educated. Finally, I stood in front of all, alone and led us all in say the mission scripture in Greek. Everyone almost shouted out the scripture with great power. It felt like it lasted for several minutes. Lots of thoughts came and passed. I thought of many experiences I had in Cyprus, especially the good ones. And for the first time I realized how much I'm going to miss it. Depression and anxiety are not quite the right words, but perhaps I felt a little panic. There was a whole mix of feelings.

The rest of the weekend we ran / cycled around to take goodbye to everyone. It was incredibly nice to see old acquaintances again. But it was very sad afterwards when I had taken said goodbye to everyone. Me and Emad blessed the sacrament together that Sunday. It was his first time. That was a good end of the weekend.






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    Jeg heter Jrgen Lundegrd er 19 r og er kalt til tjene en LDS misjon i Hellas. S her kommer jeg til skrive og poste bilder fra min misjon i Hellas Athen Misjon Sept. 2015 - Sept. 2017. Send meg gjerne en e-mail. S lover jeg svare ilpet av ei uke :) jlundegard@myldsmail.net

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