Friday, December 29, 2017

Mission Leadership Council December 2017

Mission Leadership Council was simplified by meeting in a centralized place, Odense, at the church.  The subject was "How to effectively set goals for the Year, 2018".  We also celebrated acheiving our baptism goal this year with "Big" homemade cookies.  It is wonderful to watch these leaders receive inspiration for the mission.  The Lord continues to guide this mission through His disciples.  Councils are to receive revelation, according to Elder Ballard.  That statement is absolutely true.  We love working along-side these missionaries.  They are faithful and dedicated to serving the people of Denmark and Iceland.

 The lunch was chosen by the missionaries..."Peach Pit"?  But where are the peaches???

Elder Hunt's birthday today.  We sang to him at lunch, with enthusiasm !

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Iceland Christmas Zone Conference Dec. 2017

This year we have had a goal to bring 60 souls unto Christ through baptism.  Iceland has been working miracles as they have taught the gospel to many investigators.  This week we will have a total of 61 baptisms of which Iceland had four.  With Four companionships, this was a wonderful achievement.  Christmas Zone Conference began Wednesday evening  as they all sang in Selfoss for members and investigators. Thursday the 21st., training took place from 9-1.  Training was focused on D&C 4.  They studied how the Lord uses the commitment, testify and blessing cycle multiple times in the short section with the focus on repentance and baptism.  After that, a slide show of about 20 pictures per elder sent by their families was shown with Christmas music.  Presents were handed out from their families.  Some of the elders opened them then and others waited for Christmas day.  Again they went Caroling to members, investigators and downtown Reykjavik. 
That evening, they came back to the church for a late dinner and watched a Disney movie. These Christmases in the mission will be some of their favorite memories.  There is so much joy as we focus on the Savior and His message to His children.  On Christmas eve and Christmas day the missionaries spent some time at various homes of members and some less active saints.  They each were able to Skype their families and enjoyed the holiday. These missionaries are motivated to begin  the new year with confidence in the forthcoming promised miracles.
We love these Iceland missionaries, young and senior.  They work hard to bring the message of Salvation to those who stand in darkness.  They deserve more than we can give but the Lord is in doubt.  The Icelandic people are so blessed to have such disciples among them.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Det Danske Banner December 2017

Departures and arrivals December 2017

Since President and I returned home from traveling to upper Denmark just two hours ago, we had to do things a little differently.  We met for the departure fireside in his office.  President has had a dialogue going for two months to prepare them for their return to America.  This is the final well as their final testimonies.  It is truly bitter sweet. It is difficult to see our most experienced  leave, but we have been blessed by their service and wish them well.

Dinner at a great Mexican restaurant.

President wanted to make breakfast for them himself.  Eggs and french toast.

Our son came to visit also.

Sister Petersen

Sister Jones

Sister Jex

Elder Stephens

The airport was sooo busy...but they made it.

They each receive a hug or handshake

...and right around the corner, we were blessed with four new missionaries<3<3<3<3

Sisters Calame, Whittier, Sliwowski and Critchfield.  We will have all the normal pictures in front of the Christus in the next post.  They will go to a close area due to remaining here for Christmas Zone
Conference.  They will meet their actual trainers next week.  For now they will be oriented at the office and have a traditional danish lunch.

This mission is never short on hugs...appropriately;)

In two days, these sisters will take part in Christmas Zone Conference.  They will meet half the missionaries before going to their areas.  They are about to receive one of the greatest blessings of their lives.  A mission is a remarkable challenge with even more blessings.  We love the Denmark Copenhagen Mission.