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Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 38--New Area

I am now serving in Sewell, NJ. I am currently covering the ward in Sewell and the Pitman YSA (Young Single Adult). It is going to be interesting to be in a YSA branch. My new companion is Elder Harl and he is from San Jose, CA. One of his stress relievers is cooking, so he cooks for the both of us a lot.

So far, I think this ward is awesome. The bishop is a freemasonry (fraternity of stonemasons), and he gave us tickets to a chicken barbecue they had last Saturday. Everyone in the ward is really friendly, and we are working really closely with the leaders of the ward. I feel like there could be great promise here, and we just have to put in the effort to achieve it.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, July 20, 2015

Week 37

Last week was my last full week in Wilmington. It does not seem like it, but it has been 12 weeks since I arrived and I am already leaving. I have met a lot of good people and I am sad to leave them behind so soon, but I will go where the Lord wants me to go.

I didn’t go on exchange last week. It has been weird not being with the district leader because I am used to going on a ton of exchanges during a transfer. So far, Elder Foster has been my only companion that was not been a district leader while I am with him. He is going to be the district leader next transfer though.

One thing I learned this past week is about the gathering of Israel. It is both a physical gathering of the Israelites to their homeland by the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as a spiritual gathering of them onto Christ. I always thought that it was just a physical gathering.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 36

It was a slower week then normal. We had a good number of lessons lined up, but most of them fell through. It is weeks like these that I need to remember to rely on the Savior the most.

We did find a new person this week, Walt. A couple of weeks ago, we were tracting in a tougher neighborhood when we passed a groupie love of people on the other side of the street. We were not having much luck, so we decided to try to talk to them. Most of them were trying to make a joke about what we were doing, but Walt recognized that we were missionaries and knew what we were doing shouldn't be taken lightly. He seems like he wants to know more, and we are going to see him this coming Tuesday.

I was studying about the natural man this morning. Something that I took from it is that the natural man will view things from God as foolishness. Also to learn then be able to teach about spiritual things, we need to have the Spirit with us. To understand spiritual things, we also need to have the Spirit with us. We might be able to learn what God wants for us without the Spirit. However, we need to have the Spirit for the spiritual things to be able to enter into our hearts in order to bring about a change in us. Only the Spirit will only bring knowledge and change unto the heart.

Elder Bjerregaard

Wilmington Zone taken June 23, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Week 35

Happy (late) 4th of July.

This week was a slower week for us. It seemed like no matter what we did, we didn't see any fruit from our labors. If anyone told you that missionary work is easy, it is not. Most of last week consented of knocking on doors to find out no one lives there or they are not interested.

We did meet an interesting person though. We were on exchanges with the zone leaders and I stayed in my area. An appointment fell through, so we were knocking on some doors in the neighborhood. We were trying to find a new investigator while we waited for the next appointment that we were going to have in an hour. We passed a group of people on the other side of the street. We passed them because we wanted to finish knocking on doors on our side of the street. We weren’t having any success, so Elder Isseetell suggested that we go talk to the people we just passed. Only one was interested, Walt. Walt had briefly talked to missionaries before, but he never saw them again. He thinks they were afraid of him because of the way he looks. We have an appointment with him this coming Tuesday. Definitely a sign that hard works pays off in the end.

As part of a spiritual message that we shared this past week, I shared an analogy of a tree. The tree represents our testimony. We can watch a sapling all day every day for twenty years. We are not able to tell much difference in it from one day to the next, but we if compare a picture when it was first planted to a picture twenty years later, we will be able to see a big difference. So it is with our testimony. We often don't see any difference on a day by day basis, but that does not mean that it is not changing. It is continually changing (and hopefully growing). To help it grow, we need to pray and study the scriptures daily. We probably won’t see a big difference short term, but it is slowly making us better people from the inside out.

Elder Bjerregaard