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February 3, 2014

Most Danes are super closed up and private when it comes to religion. That was one of the very first things I learned when I used to google Denmark in my down time (was that really 10 months ago?? crazy...) Now I can tell you first hand that its true... Google didn't even lie. But one day Sister Hale and I met this sweet little Danish lady when we were on our way to an appointment. She was so open, and talked with us about God and Jesus Christ for a few minutes right there on the street!! We made an appointment with her, and when we taught her about the Restoration she absolutely loved it! We went back for a second appointment and taught her about the Plan of Salvation, and she absolutely loved that too! So we invited her to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized.... And she said YES. She wants to be baptized on the first day of March.
Wowwwwww! What a missionary dream come true! 
So this week I got a taste of what it might be like to serve a mission in South America.... ohhh it tastes so so sweet!

But usually things don't go that smoothly.... not in missionary work, and not in life. Sometimes (and by sometimes i mean most of the time. And by most of the time i mean like 97% of the time) life seems to go the exact opposite of how we planned and hoped and dreamed. Sometimes we miss the train. Sometimes people shut the door in our face. Sometimes plans fall through and sometimes people let us down....

C.S. Lewis was a very wise and wonderful man with some very inspiring words:

"Imagine yourself as a house that God comes in to rebuild. 
At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof. You knew those jobs needed to be done, and so you are not surprised. 
But soon, He starts knocking you about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to?
He is building a different house than you had planned. Throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers and making courtyards.
You thought you were going to be a little cottage,
But He is building a palace."

Remember that God has a plan for you. It might not always be easier. But its always better.

This morning I said goodbye to my rockin comp Sister Hale.... she's off to Jylland and leaving me here in Copenhagen with just a map and hopefully enough recollection to not get my new companion lost in this big city! Transfers are the worst :( I hate saying goodbyes. 
But I'm excited to get to know my new cute comp Sister Hadley! She was in the MTC the same time I was and we even flew in to Denmark together. So thats fun! 
We need to go get her all unpacked and then buy some groceries so we don't starve this week....

(no I'm not exclaiming the name of a fantastic HP character...
Fred = PEACE in Danish)
Sister Rog
 I'm going to miss knocking on doors and singing to strangers with this sky fox missionary! JEG ELSKER DIG SØSTER HALE!!!
 These elders really like to drive us crazy by destroying our pictures with duck faces and peace signs....
 Sweet Sister Swena is from St George! We're going to be best friends back in the 435.

And the Hansens are from StG toooooo! Oh I love them.
One of the best things about serving in Copenhagen is getting to know all of the incredible senior missionaries that work in the office :)

 This is a waffle on a stick. simply the most delicious thing i've ever tasted.