Scarfless

Hello from week 3! It’s a double hump day because I’m halfway through the MTC and it’s Wednesday. So time here is really weird. It goes by so fast and so slow at the same time. Every night I’m like, “Holy cow I was just sitting here on my bed last night!”… I mean, duh, but… K, I’ll just stop talking haha. TIME IS FUNKY.

K, so funny story. The other night we were kneeling down after class about to pray and I let a rather large fart slip. It was so bad! Everyone was dying, especially Bror Williamson. I think we were laughing more at him than anything else because his face when he’s laughing so hard gets screwed up into kind of a feline snarl and just sticks there because he can’t breathe. Once he caught his breath again he blurts out, “In the 20 months that I’ve worked here I have NEVER heard a sister fart. I didn’t even know you guys did that!” We were dying. SO funny! No dignity left, but what an ice breaker!

(I’m so sorry about Lucy’s lack of culture. I’m not going to claim any fault in that. I think I’ll blame this one on her Aunt Rachel.)

The Dutchies left on Monday. 😦 It was pretty sad. We love them. We get 4 new Dutchie elders today though! One of them is from Norway.

Another funny story. So we’re sitting in branch leadership counsel in Sunday and someone reads something on the bulletin that we’re not supposed to wear hats or scarves indoors. Everyone looks immediately at me and my big poofy scarf and so I slowly take it off, and I kind of threw it on the ground like “FINE! I won’t wear it!” Everyone laughs, and throughout the meeting Brother Hartman (the one who went to Denmark and is our bud) kept making comments like “Sister Orr, how do you deal with your companion’s anger issues?” and “Elder Gudmundson, try not to mention anything too loud about a S-C-A-R-F around Sister Ferguson” The meanie. He keeps calling me Scarfless too. Haha. New nickname, right next to Seaweed 😉  (Sisters actually are allowed to wear scarves; it’s just the elders wearing their winter scarves inside. So it was a misunderstanding.)

Sundays are interesting. It messes with your mind because we are kind of at church every day, so Sunday doesn’t seem that different, but I love them because we don’t have to stress about anything; we can just focus on the Spirit. In the morning I have branch leadership meeting, then all the sisters get to go watch Music and the Spoken Word! It’s my FAVORITE part of the day because I’ve missed music so much! And the video clips just of nature and God’s creations make me feel so good! Then we have Relief Society as a whole mission. Sacrament is later in the afternoon around 3. Every week everyone in our whole zone has to prepare a talk in our mission language and they select two during sacrament to speak. It’s kind of nerve-racking because no one knows if they’re going to speak or not. After Sacrament our zone walks up to the temple! I love this time! We always get a lot of good pictures. Then we have choir (We didn’t go to choir this week.) and a fireside. The fireside this week was just to introduce the new MTC presidency. Then we can watch one of a selection of videos. We watched another Elder Bednar talk called “Becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary” It was really good!

What else…

Oh! Our lessons with our “investigators” are going well! The language is getting way easier; I don’t take as many notes into the lessons as I used to.

I think one of the blessings and tools we as missionaries have is to be able to be the windows of God’s love. Like I can feel a portion of His love for our “investigators” and I always try to show them that love. I hope that makes sense.

Tuesday night (last night) Elder Ballard came to speak to us! It was really good – all about how to be the kind of missionaries we’re supposed to be.

So, my favorite chapter in the entire Book of Mormon is Alma 26 and I seriously have heard someone quote it every single day I’ve been here. God is real, everyone, and I know He loves ME because that chapter is a tender mercy just for me (If you don’t know what a tender mercy is, go read the last few verses in 1 Nephi 1.)

Jeg ved at Jesus Kristus er det Søn af Gud. Jeg ved Han elsker os, Han elsker alle os, og Han elsker DIG. Jeg ved at kirken er sand og at vi har en sand profet på jorden idag. Dette profet er Thomas S. Monson. Jeg har en STOR vidnesbyrd på Forsoningen. Det har hjælpe mig alle dag af min liv. Jeg er så taknemlig til blive i MTC nu, og jeg er så klar til undervise Guds evangelium til menneskerne på Danmark.

Have an incredible week!

Søster Ferguson

Quotes this week:

Ældste: “We spoke with one voice, and that was Sister Orr’s voice”

Sister Landvatter trying to ask Sister Williams when her birthday was: “When’s your birth? What’s your day?”

My district :) They're kind of the best.

My district 🙂 They’re kind of the best.

Still collecting sunsets!

Still collecting sunsets!

Us with the Dutchie sisters

Us with the Dutchie sisters

Elder Le Duc gave this to Sister Landvatter who gave it to me. It says "Sister Landvatter! This banana is dedicated in honor of Sister F. It is required of you as steward of this banana to make sure it is always found on her pillow" Don't even know, but it made me laugh.  Sister Dunn: "It looks like the Virgin Mary..."

Elder Le Duc gave this to Sister Landvatter who gave it to me. It says “Sister Landvatter! This banana is dedicated in honor of Sister F. It is required of you as steward of this banana to make sure it is always found on her pillow” Don’t even know, but it made me laugh. Sister Dunn: “It looks like the Virgin Mary…”

Ældste Gudmundson and Elder Le Duc

Ældste Gudmundson and Elder Le Duc

Hej! Hvordan har du det?

Whoever said that you just have to make it until Sunday must have been going English-speaking because I have no idea what they’re talking about. Learning a language is difficult. I was looking at where I was 2 weeks ago compared to now and it makes me feel better, but still. Slowly but surely. Someone said that in the MTC learning the language isn’t your top priority, it’s learning the doctrine. I actually realized how much I don’t know about the gospel when I came here, so that part is good to keep in mind.

This week, actually yesterday, I sang in the choir for a devotional by Elder Nelson! So cool! We sang Joseph Smith’s First Prayer and I think I learned more about the first vision than I ever have before! Det var utrolig!

We’re getting along fairly well with the new Swedes/Nordes, not as well as with the old ones, but we’re all in this together so we try to be friends.

We got new roommates last Wednesday as well! They’re both going to the Philippines Cebu mission learning Cebuano, so we’re a very multicultural room 🙂

One of our branch presidency, Brother Hartman, went to Denmark so we’re his favorites 🙂 He’s a psychologist, so he and I are also kindred spirits.

P-days are my favorite. I misheard someone call it payday today and I thought “Ya that sounds pretty correct!” It feels like a payday. Søster Landvatter said that she thinks it should be called J-day, for jeans. I LOVE MY JEANS! We get to wear jeans on P-days and during our service projects twice a week. Milking the jeeeeeans 😉

Mine kommerater er fantastisk!

Oh! Our investigator Matthias turned into our teacher Bror Williamson! SO bizarre. He, Bror Whitlock, and Søster Taylor are all role-playing investigators now. So we teach about two undersøger per day. Bror Williamson looks and speaks SO danish, but when he speaks English its SO Utahn haha.

ummm what else….

idk. Jeg elsker i så meget!

Søster Ferguson

 

Funnies for the week:

Søster L- What the poop, the church is true.
Søster W- I kick the ones I love
Funny Story- So my companions and I asked Søster Williams if she would sit in for our investigator so we could practice. Søster Orr hands her my english BOM thinking it’s in Danish and says, “It’s okay if you can’t read it.” So Søster Williams looks and goes “IS THIS THE GIFT OF TONGUES!!! I CAN READ THIS!!” We were laughing so hard!
I found Maddy! er, Sister Hannah!

I found Maddy! er, Sister Hannah!

Søster Landvatter is pretty much the most adorable person on this earth!

Søster Landvatter is pretty much the most adorable person on this earth!

Søster Williams

Søster Williams

Syster Harkness - one of the new Swedish sisters. I love her!

Syster Harkness – one of the new Swedish sisters. I love her!

The lone Ældste

The lone Ældste

Our Cebu roommates

Our Cebu roommates

The Dutchie zusters, Zuster Harris and Zuster Romney

The Dutchie zusters, Zuster Harris and Zuster Romney

Our 3 fantastisk lærer (teachers)! They're pretty much the best!

Our 3 fantastisk lærer (teachers)! They’re pretty much the best!

Welcome to the MTC!

Dang, that was the longest week 😛 but oh my gosh I have so much to tell you!

I have 2 kommerater, Søster Orr (from the Sacramento trip) and Søster Landvatter! We have another companionship, Søster Williams (Milly) and Søster Schulzke, we also have one ældste, Elder Gudmundson. He is a solo elder, his companions are in the dutch district (right next door), so he is kind of having a hard time – not being able to practice his Danish with his companions. He’s gold though. He’s like the big bror of the group, also our district leader (surprise surprise 😉

(Søster Orr and Søster Williams flew to Sacramento with Lucy for their visas, so she was already friends with them before the MTC.) 

Danish is so amazing, but SO hard. We’ve taught our investigator, Matthias, about 4 times and it’s terrifying and frustrating at the same time because we want to tell him so many things but we don’t know how yet. It’s awkward to be looking up words and terms in our dictionaries in the middle of our lesson. But he told us he felt the spirit last time!

My zone is incredible! We have all the Scandanavian missions except Finland, so Sweden. Norway. Denmark, and the Netherlands/Belgium (yes, like in the Best 2 Years). All the Swedes and Nords left on Monday and it was so sad because even though we didn’t know them for very long, they were like family. We get newbie Swedes, Nords, and one Dutchie today though! So excited!

(She’s only been there a week, and already they’re not the newbies anymore.)  🙂

I got assigned to be the online coordinator. I just let the newbies know how to get on and email the branch president, get on the online language course, and other stuff.

So on Sunday I got up and bore my testimony in Danish! I love being able to pray and bear my testimony. Also, it was fast Sunday, so we had mission conference, study time, and sacrament meeting. Then our whole zone walked up to the temple and took pictures, then we had a fireside, then we watched this INCREDIBLE talk by Elder Bednar called “Character of Christ that totally humbled me, and we as a district set a bunch of goals to learn the language not for ourselves, but for Matthias and for the people of Denmark.

My Danish teachers are Søster Taylor (She is absolutely adorable) and Bror Whitlock. I love them.

So things are going pretty good! I love this place and I feel like I’ve been here FOREVIGT (forever). 5 weeks to go!

Jeg elsker dig! Dig en fantastisk!

Vi ses!

❤ Søster Lucy

Our zone in front of the temple (I'm not actually going to Sweden ;) haha)  (Can you please send me my Danish flag?)

Our zone in front of the temple (I’m not actually going to Sweden 😉 haha) (Can you please send me my Danish flag?)

Mine kommerater

Mine kommerater

Mine District

Mine District

Breakfast with some of the Swedish elders

Breakfast with some of the Swedish elders

Ældste Gudmundson

Ældste Gudmundson

Walking to the temple on sunday

Walking to the temple on sunday

The Map

The Map