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Yahoo!

Okay, imagine this situation:
You have to train a new missionary, ie one that has zero idea what a mission really means and what it entails. One who still ask for permission to go to the bathroom. This training you do in a new city, in an area that has been closed for several months regarding missionary work. If you leave the apartment there is a 50-50 chance that you will find your apartment again, plus you are a district manager in this area you do not know. But it is really cool. It is a whole new experience. And my companion Elder Menis is a stud. The most stereotypical Italian you can imagine. I feel like I?m serving  with Super Mario. Fantastic!!

We have seen so many miracles already. Maybe because we really need them. The first day we arrived we read in "area book" about what has been done here before. There we found a lady, Diletta, who is from Italy! The day after Elder Menis called her and they had an incredible conversation on the phone in Italian. He was all fired up after the conversation because she said she will come to church on Sunday! She was taught before by Sister Larcher also from Italy. Now we have another Italian who can continue the teaching! ^^ Menis do not speak a lot English and not Greek just yet, so it is some signs and a lot body language. :p He knows the most general English, so it will work fine.

Since we do not have packed schedules with appointments and events now in the beginning, we have spent a lot of time getting to know new people through talking to them on the street, and the traditional method ie knocking on doors. I?m trying to set a high example towards Elder Menis so that he can learn that hard work is the standard.
While we were out and approached people on the street, we started a conversation with a woman who sat on a bench. I asked her if she spoke Greek (in Greek), when I saw that she did not understand some things that I said, I asked where she was from. She said Norway !! What? From Bergen! She has not lived in Norway for a number of years, so her Norwegian was not much better than mine. We had a good tone from the start and a really good conversation for about 45 minutes. We talked about our country, but mostly about religion. She was really geared up when I said that we believe that God has called a prophet in our days. She thought it gave a lot of sense, since she mentioned that God has been so quiet lately. It was incredibly difficult to teach in Norwegian. I had to take some time-outs for translating words and expressions that just came to me in Greek or English. Many times I had to content myself with words that did not come further than the English. Eventually we had to continue so I got her number and we agreed to meet again. Think about it! A Norwegian investigator! When you are talking with everyone, then God put the right people on our path.

(Book of Mormon, our keystone of our religion)

Previously we stopped a couple from England who also lives here. After talking with them for a while it turned out that they are both members! He was previously quorum president and she was former Relief Society president. Ph! They are not active at the time, but live here in Larnaca. We talked a lot with them. Really nice people and really funny. We invited them to come to church since we are new in the branch, and said it would have been so good to see some familiar faces. We gave them our number, so we'll see.

We do have some wonderful members here in Larnaca! Παναγιώτης and Γεωργία as an example. They invited us over for dinner on Saturday, which was lovely, and lunch the following day. On Sunday evening we set up a booth to contact people who wanted to learn more about Christ. Παναγιώτης and Γεωργία was there also! They were baptized 2 years ago and is a great help for missionary work here in Larnaca. It really makes a difference when Cypriots see that it is actually Cypriot members in the church here too.

Ah, I cannot wait to get better acquainted with Larnaca and with the people who live here! Much potential and a lot that need to be done.

I end with a quote that I've adopted in my life, and if you keep this in mind, you can face all with a smile:
"The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem." Captain Jack Sparrow himself.

Chao! <3

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Jahallo! 

Okey, forestill deg denne situasjoen:

Du har skal trene en helt ny misjonr, det vil si en som har null peiling p hva en misjon egentlig betyr og hva det innebrer. En som fortsatt spr om tilatelse for g p do. Denne treningen skal du gjre i en helt ny by, i et omrde som har vrt nedlagt flere mneder angende misjonrarbeid. Om du forlater leiligheten er det 50-50 sjanse at du finner leiligheten din igjen, pluss du skal vre distriktslederen i dette omrdet du ikke kjenner. Men det er ddskult. En helt ny opplevelse. Og kompanjongen min eldste Menis er kanon. Den mest steriotypiske Italieneren du kan tenke deg. Jeg fler at jeg tjener sammen med Super Mario. Fantastisk. 

Vi har sett s mange mirakler allerede. Kanskje fordi vi virkelig trenger dem. Frste dagen vi kom leste vi i "omrde boken" om hva som har blitt gjort her tidligere.  Der fant vi en dame, Diletta, som er fra Italia! Dagen etter rigte eldste Menis henne og de hadde en utrolig samtale p telefonen p Italiensk. Han var helt i hundre etter telefonsamtalen fordi hun sa at hun kommer til komme i kirken p sndag! Hun ble undervist av sstermisjonrene fr p Italiensk ettersom sster Larcher ogs er fra Italia. N har vi en annen italiener som kan fortsette undervisningen! ^^ Menis snakker ikke s bra engelsk, og ikke gresk helt enn, s det blir en del tegn og kroppsprk :p Han kan det mest generelle p engelsk, s det gr helt fint. 

Siden vi ikke har stappfulle planer med avtaler og arrangementer har vi brukt mye tid p bli kjent med nye folk via snakke med dem p gaten, og den tradisjonelle metoden det vil si banke p drer. Jeg prver sette et hyt eksempel slik at eldste Menis lrer at hardt arbeid er standaren. 

Mens vi var ute og kontaktet folk p gaten startet vi en samtale med ei dame som satt p en benk. Jeg spurte henne om hun snakket gresk (p gresk), da jeg s at hun ikke skjnte noen ting spurte jeg hvor hun er fra. Hun svarte Norge!! What? Fra Bergen! Hun har ikke bodd i Norge m en del r, s norsken hennes var ikke stort bedre enn min. Vi hadde en god tone fra frste stund og en virkelig god samtale p omkring 45 minutter. Litt om fedrelandet vrt, men mest om religion. Hun ble virkelig giret nr jeg sa at vi tror p at Gud har kalt en profet i vre dager. Hun syntes det gav mye mening, siden hun nevnte at Gud har vrt s stille i det siste. Det var utrolig vanskelig undervise p norsk. Jeg mtte ta en del time-outs for oversette ord og utrykk som kun kom til meg p gresk eller engelsk. Mange ganger mtte jeg nye meg med ord som ikke kom lengre enn til engelsk. Til slutt mtte vi videre s jeg fikk nummeret hennes slik at vi kan avtale en annen tidspunkt for diskutere. Tenk p det! Norsk undersker! Nr man snakker med alle s setter Gud de rette folkene i vr vei. 

Tidligere stoppet vi et par fra England som ogs bor her. Litt inne i samtalen viste det seg at de er medlemmer! Han var tidligere korumspresident, og hun var tidligere hjelpeforeningspresidentinne. Ph! De er ikke aktive lengre, men bor her i Larnaka. Vi snakket en del med dem, kjempe koselige og morsomme. Vi inviterte dem til komme til kirken siden vi er nye i grenen, s det hadde vrt godt se noen kjente ansikter. Vi gav dem nummeret vrt, s vi fr se. 

Vi har noen fantastiske medlemmer her i Larnaka! Παναγιώτης og Γεωργία for eksempel. De inviterte oss over til middag p Lrdag, som var nydelig, og lunch dagen etter. P sndag kveld satte vi opp en stand for kontakte folk som ville lre mer om Kristus. Παναγιώτης og Γεωργία var ogs med! De ble dpt for 2 r siden og er en stor hjelp for misjonrarbeidet her i Larnaka. Det utgjr en s stor forskjell nr kypriotene ser at det faktisk er kypriotiske medlemmer in kirken ogs. 

Ah, jeg gleder meg til bli bedre kjent med Larnaka og med menneskene som bor her! Mye potensiale og masse som m gjrs. 

Eg avslutte me et quote som eg har adoptert te mitt livsmotto, og hvis man huske p dette s kan man ta alt med et smil:

"The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem." - Selveste Captain Jack Sparrow :*

Chao! <3

 

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    Hallais alle snokere! (English translation below the Norwegian :-) )

    Hovedeventene denne uken var.... Dp! Patricia ble dpt! Jeg blir flyttet til Larnaka, hvor jeg blir distrikts leder! Og jeg skal trene en helt ny misjonr, fra Italia, eldste Menis ^^ Og jeg har tatt p meg rollen som Captain Hellas. (fordi Captain Greece hrres iche s veldig bra ud :-))​

    ​S mye som har skjedd denne uken. Jeg fr ta det kronologisk. 

    Vi hadde et distriktsmte i Limassol hvor vi hadde en utveksling med sonelederene. Meg selv og eldste Fagg var i Paphos sammen. For en maskin. Jeg har mye lre av ham. Han hadde dpsintervjuet med Patricia, siden man kan ikke gjre intervjuet med egne underskere som distriktsleder. Det er alltid kult bli mer kjent med andre misjonrer, fordi alle er s forskjellige. Og alle har utrolig forskjellige egenskaper, noen ganger stikk motsetninger, som de utnytter i misjonsarbeidet. 

    Jeg fikk ogs en telefon om morgenen under utvekslingen fra Athen. President Heder ringte for fortelle at neste uke skal jeg trene en ny misjonr! ^^ yes! det blir gy! hahha, gleder meg faktisk utrolig mye. ah... jeg husker s mange forskjellige morsomme stunder da jeg var i min frste fase i Athen. Mye morsomt kan komme ut nr man prver alt man har snakke et sprk man ikke har kan enda. 

    P fredag hadde vi sone konferanse. Jeg hadde en presentasjon p 25min. Men jeg bommet litt p planleggingen. P frste rad satt assistentene, og plutselig gav de meg et tegn p at n hadde jeg bare 7 minutter igjen. Jeg tror jeg kun hadde gtt gjennom 10% av det jeg hadde planlagt hahha. S jeg bare gikk gjennom det viktigste, og det gikk ganske greit. 

    Morgenen etter hadde vi et opplringsmte for de som skal trene de nye misjonrene med president Heder og assistentene. Etter det hadde vi 2 dp i Limassol. Ray og Emma. To stykker fra Kina som har blitt undervist en liten stund og var veldig giret p bli dpt. 

    Oooooog p Sndag ble Patricia dpt! 30 r som undersker avsluttet med gledestrer. Det var utrolig. Litt komisk og. Vi kjrte alle sammen ned til den stranden som hun hadde plukket ut p forhnd. Hun bobblet over av glede, klarte ikke holde seg og mtte klemme oss misjonrer. Problemet var at det var mer sj enn forventet. Og stedet som vi gikk ut i var som en stor stein som sluttet ganske brtt i et undervanns stup. Vi prvde g s nr stupet som mulig for f rett dybde. Et annet problem var at det var noen dype hull. S vi bobbet alle sammen litt opp og ned mens vi sloss om balansen mot blgene. Men plutselig stilnet det nok, alle hadde godt fotfeste og dpen ble utfrt uten noen problemer. Vi var alle s lykkelige, det bare sprudlet over. 

    Det blir trist dra fra Paphos. Alle underskerene som vi et veldig godt forhold med, medlemmene, Wonnacottene og alt det de har gjort for oss. Med leksjoner og ikke minst mltider ^^ Men eldste Gore kommer fra Athen for a ta over arbeidet her i Kato Paphos, ogs som en trener. Han er fra samme MTC gruppe som meg, og jeg har ingen bekymringer for at han tar over arbeidet her, han er et beast. 

    Denne uken fr jeg reiser til Larnaka stopper vi innom Limassol slik at jeg kan holde et dpsintervju med en annen som nsker bli dpt. Arbeidet her gr virkelig fremover og fremtiden ser lys ut! =)

    Hpe alle har hatt ein liga goe uga! s fr eg avslutta med nokk et quote:

    "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light" - Albus Dumbledore

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    Hallo to you followers!

    Main events this week .... Baptism! Patricia was baptized! I will be moving to Larnaca, where I become District Leader! And I will train a new missionary from Italy, Elder Menis ^^ And I've taken on the role as Captain Greece.

    So much have happened this week. Let me take it chronologically.

    We had a district meeting in Limassol where we had an exchange with zone leaders. Myself and Elder Fagg was in Paphos together. What a machine. I have much to learn from him. He had the baptism interview with Patricia, since I cannot do the interview with our investigators as district leader. It's always cool to be more familiar with other missionaries, because they are all so different. And they all have remarkably different skills and personalities, which they utilize in mission work.

    I also received a phone call in the morning during the exchange from Athens. President Heder called to tell that next week I will train a new missionary! ^^ Yes! it will be fun! hahha, I really look forward to that. ah ... I remember so many different funny moments when I was in my first area in Athens. Much fun can happen when you try everything to speak a language you do not master yet.

    On Friday we had zone conference. I had a 25 min presentation. But I missed a bit in the planning of the presentation. In the front row sat the assistants, and suddenly they gave me a sign that now I had only 7 minutes left. I think I just had gone through 10% of what I had planned to go through hahha. So I just went through the most important, but I think it did go pretty smoothly.

    The morning after we had a training meeting for those who will train the new missionaries with President Heder and the assistants. After that we had two baptisms in Limassol. Ray and Emma. Two people from China who have been taught a little while and was very eager to be baptized.

    And?. on Sunday Patricia was baptized! 30 years researching ended with tears of joy. It was incredible. Some comic during the baptism. We drove all together down to the beach that she had picked out beforehand. She bubbled over with joy, unable to keep up and had to hug the missionaries. The problem was that there were more waves than expected. And the place that we went down to there were a big rock that ended quite abruptly in an underwater cliff. We tried to go as close to the cliff as possible to get the right depth. Another problem was that there was some deep holes. So we bubbled all a bit up and down while we fought to gain balance against the waves. But suddenly it was quiet enough, everyone had a good foothold and baptism was performed without any problems. We were all so happy, it just bubbled over.

    It will be sad to leave Paphos. All the good investigators that we have, the very good relationship we have with the members, The Wonnacotts and all that they have done for us. With lessons and especially meals ^^ But Elder Gore will come from Athens to take over the work here in Kato Paphos, also as a trainer. He is from the same MTC group as me, and I have no worries that he will take over the work here, he's a beast.

     

    This week before traveling to Larnaca, we visited Limassol so that I could do a baptismal interview with another that wants to be baptized. So the work here really goes forward and the future looks bright! =)

    Hope everyone has had a nice week! I conclude with another quote:

    "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light" - Albus Dumbledore

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    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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    Hello! Now we have started October you guys. The time flies and me have a lot to do. In not too long we will be celebrating Christmas!

    Ahh, I miss the time when my biggest concern was to not get soap in my eyes when I took a shower. It was easier times then :). Maybe it was not as rewarding as now, but easy. I thought about this today because I got some soap in my eyes this morning. hahha, must be the first time in some years that this happen to me.

    As a district leader you have many exchanges with the other missionaries in the same district. So last week I was in Limassol with Elder Dagry (previous companion) and we had a service project for Kalista, a less active member that is from Sri-Lanka. Of course, food was given us afterwards as a reward. I was not that hungry so I took a medium portion on my plate. Kalista took my plate for serving chicken so she said. "No brother, you need more" so she kept on loading my plate until I almost could not see the others around the table. I managed just to complete the mountain when she gave me a new mountain of food. But everything went miraculously down.

    Poor Dagry, he is a Frenchman, not entirely accustomed to spicy food. He took one bite before he understood that this is going to be a spicy meal. You should have seen his face! Felt like Chernobyl inside his mouth, and he tried to hide it as good as he could. He tried so hard, sweating, with teary eyes and Kalista continually filled up his plate, Eat brother, eat! hahha, one does not easily forget such moments.

    We hit on Meg this week and had a great conversation with her on her door step. At one point she began to cry. She is a very spiritual person. She explained about the various challenges she had, problems and how much she works and uses so much energy. Then in the middle of all this she paused and said. But dont worry, I?m still fat. Hahha. She's incredibly busy at the moment. But about a month or two she will have plenty of time, including the time to sit down to learn about the gospel. J

    At the hospice this week there was a project that was going on. They taught people to make lace. So now I have tried that too.

    Oh, this week we had a surprise. A car passed by us, stopped and rolled down the window. The car had red signs, so I was convinced it was tourists in a car that was lost. The guy who rolled down the window, pointing at us and said, LDS? He was very excited when he found out that there is an LDS church here in Paphos, with even missionaries. We had a long conversation about the size of the church in Cyprus. He asked lots of questions about it were only branches or if there were wards etc. So clearly I took him and his family to be members since they knew the church at such a level. Suddenly he said, Oh, btw, we are not members or anything, but the family of my wife are Mormons. Must admit I was a bit confused. They asked for our number so that they could invite us for dinner one day. They moved here last week, so I'm looking forward to finding out more of their story.

    We've also had lots of good discussions with our investigators these two weeks. Next Sunday we will see general conference Saturday sessions and next Sunday we will see the Sunday sessions. Many of the investigators who have never gone to church before really want to see how general conference works out, so that will be very good.

    We did see a bit of general conference yesterday. Some members invited us over so we got to see a little. It is absolutely stunning. I must admit, it was not my favorite use of time when I was home. It has turned now at least. It's an incredible blessing we can hear a Prophet of God with his 12 apostles speak to us. One can really feel that what they say, they say with authority. I have a strong testimony that what they say is the Lord's revealed word to us. We have so much to learn from them if we are aware of what they have to say to us.

    I?m ending with a quote that is not from the prophet, but is still good ;) Enjoy your week
    "What we do in life echoes in eternity"
    - The Gladiator

     

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    Halloisen! N e me inne i oktober folkens, ti flyr og me har mye jrr p. E jo rett fr me treffe p jul! 

    Ahh, jeg savner litt den tiden da min strste bekymring om dagene var ikke f spe i yene i dusjen. Det var lettere tider det. Kanskje ikke s givende men enkelt. Jeg kom p det i dag nettopp fordi jeg fikk spe i yene i dusjen. hahha, som m vre frste gangen p en del r. 

    Som en distrikts leder har man mange utvekslinger med de andre misjonrene i det samme distriktet. S forrige uke var jeg i Limassol med eldste Dagry (forrige kompanjong), og vi hadde et tjenesteprosjekt for Kalista, mindre aktivt medlem fra Sri-Lanka. Selvflgelig ble det mat etterp. Jeg var ikke srlig sulten s jeg tok en medium porsjon p tallerkenen min. Kalista tok tallerkenen min for servere kylling s sa hun. "No brother, you need more" s hun fylte p tallerkenen min til jeg nesten ikke kunne se de andre rundt bordet. Jeg klarte akkurat fullfre fjellet da hun gav meg et nytt fjell av mat. Men alt gikk mirakulst ned. 

    Dagry stakkars, han er jo franskmann, ikke helt vant til sterk mat. Han tok n bit fr han forstod at dette kommer til bli et tft mltid. Du skulle sett ansiktet hans! Rene Tsjernobyl inne i munnen hans som han prvde skjule. Han prvde s hardt, svettende, med trevte yne og Kalista som kontinuerlig fylte p tallerkenen hans, Eat brother, eat! hahha, man glemmer ikke slike yeblikk. 

    Vi traff p Meg denne uken og hadde en god samtale med henne i dren hennes. P et punkt begynte hun grte, veldig ndelig person. Hun forklarte om de ulike utfordringene hun hadde, problemer og hvor mye hun jobber og bruker mye energi. S pauset hun og sa. But dont worry, Im still fat. Hahha. Hun har det utrolig travelt i n. Men om en mned eller to kommer hun til ha masse tid, blant annet tid til sitte ned lre om evangeliet. J

    P hospicet denne uken var det et prosjekt som foregikk. De lrte folk lage blonder. (jeg tror det heter blonder p norsk.. Lacing) S n har jeg prvd det og. 

    ja, denne uken traff vi p en overraskelse. En bil passerte oss, stoppet opp og rullet ned vinduet. Bilen hadde rde skilter, s jeg var overbevist om at det var turister i en leiebil som har kjrt seg bort. Fyren som rullet ned vinduet myste p oss og sa, LDS? Han ble veldig begeistret da han fant ut at det er en LDS kirke her i Paphos, med misjonrer til og med. Vi hadde en lang samtale om strrelsen p kirken p Kypros. Han stilte masse sprsml om det kun var grener eller om det fantes menigheter ogs osv. S klart jeg tok han og familien hans for vre medlemmer nr de kjenner til kirken p slik et niv. Plutselig sa han, ja, btw, vi er ikke medlemmer eller noe, men familien til kona mi er mormonere. M innrmme at jeg var litt forvirret. De spurte etter nummeret vrt slik at de kan invitere oss p middag en dag. De flyttet visst her forrige uke, s jeg gleder meg til finne ut mer av historien deres. 

    Vi har ogs hatt masse gode diskusjoner med underskerne vre disse to ukene. Neste sndag skal vi se generalkonferansen lrdags-sesjonene og den neste sndagen igjen skal vi se sndags-sesjonene. Mange av underskerne som aldri har kommet til kirken fr har veldig lyst til se hvordan generalkonferansen funker, s det blir veldig bra. 

    Vi fikk se litt av generalkonferansen til n. Noen medlemmer som innviterte oss over slik at vi fikk sett litt. Det er helt fantastisk. Jeg m innrmme, det var ikke favoritt bruken min av tid da jeg var hjemme. Det har snudd n i hvert fall. Det er en utrolig stor velsignelse vi har som kan hre en Guds Profet med hans 12 Apostler snakke til oss. Man kan virkelig fle at det de sier, sier de med autoritet. Jeg har et sterkt vitnesbyrd om at det de sier er Herrens penbarte ord til oss. Vi har s mye lre fra dem om vi er oppmerksomme p hva de har si til oss.

    Slutter med et quote som ikke er fra profeten, men an e goe aligavel ;) Ha ein knall uga

    "What we do in life echoes in eternity "

    - Gladiator

     

  • Elder_Lundegrd

    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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