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Monday, August 31, 2015

Week 43

First the news that most of you probably want the most. I am being transferred from Sewell, NJ. I was only here for six weeks and that is uncommon for most areas. Normally you stay for 12-24 weeks. I am glad that I had the chance to serve here, but I am looking forward to my fourth area. It’s hard to believe that I am going to my fourth though.

We didn't really drive this week because we didn't have the miles to do so, but we did see miracles though. We’ve been having trouble with finding people that are interested. However, last week we found seven individuals or families that expressed some interest. We had a lesson with one of them and two lessons with another and both seem interested in learning more.

The person who we had two lessons with is named Steve. When we first knocked on his door, he said that he was not interested because he and the other people in the house were already saved. We asked him what it meant to be saved. Then we asked if we are saved, then why did Christ need to be baptized? He gave us an answer that was doctrinally sound. We told him that we agreed and showed him where it is in the Book of Mormon. He later agreed to have us come back to talk more. When we went back Saturday, he was expecting us. We got to know more about his religious background and asked him some questions. He thought about them and then he gave us answers. Most, if not all of them, were also doctrinally sound, so we testified that he was right and then we expounded on his answers. We followed that pattern, and we taught most of the Plan of Salvation. We could really feel the Spirit in the lesson.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 42

This coming week is the last week of this transfer. I want to know why it seems like each transfer is shorter than the last. At this rate, I will just have to blink for a transfer to go by when I get to the end of my mission. The mission is a wonderful thing, but it is going by too fast. I have been out for almost ten months now, so I am getting pretty close to being half way through.

I have good news and some bad news. The bad news is that an investigator that we thought was golden seems to have lost his interest with meeting with us. The good news is that a less-active came to church for the first time in a long time. We are going to have a lesson later today (Monday), and we are going to see if we can continue getting him to come to church.

I don't remember what I was studying that led me to this verse in the Book of Mormon, but I really like it. In Mosiah 2:41, King Benjamin was addressing his people and at the end of the chapter he says, "I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; ...” He simply said that when we keep the commandments, we are blessed and we are happy. A lot of people today view the commandments as restrictions. When we understand that they are given by a loving Heavenly Father who wants the best for us, we will realize that the commandments are guideposts to a happy and abundant life.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 41

It has been an interesting week. We got into contact with a person who we been trying to meet with for a couple of weeks. A person who we were working with dropped us after we set an appointment with him earlier in the day.

I went on exchanges with Elder McArthur on Wednesday which was really fun. We had two lessons that day and I thought they went over pretty well. One lesson was with a person who has a major decision that he has to make. The other was with a son of a member who passed away earlier in the year.

One thing that I was studying this week is "How do we take upon ourselves the name of Christ?" and by extension "What does it mean to take upon ourselves the name of Christ?" We take the name of Christ when we get baptized. As we continue keeping the covenant, or promise, that we made at baptism, we will be blessed with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. When we stand before Christ at the final judgment, we will see that we have become like our Savior and qualify to spend the rest of eternity with Him and our Heavenly Father.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week 40

So I have good news, and I have bad news. Bad news, my hand swelled to a balloon, the good news is that it is back to normal. We don't know what happen, but we think that something bit me. I probably had a mild allergic reaction that was thankfully kept to the hand, so I didn't have to go to a doctor.

Elder Bjerregaard's "balloon hand"

 I participated in my first reactivation this past week. Elder Harl started to work with the sister last transfer (June 9th – July 21st ), and she seems to be in it for the long haul. She wants to go the temple, so we are now working with her on that goal.

So far I really like Pitman, then again everybody likes Pitman, so says the Pitman water tower. I think I have been blessed so far because I have liked all my areas even though they are different from one another. I hope this trend keeps going because it would be bad if I get to an area that I don't like.

Elder Bjerregaard


Monday, August 3, 2015

Week 39

This was the first week I attended the YSA, young single adult branch. They were not there a week ago Sunday because of a trip they went on. It is a very small branch right now and not many people come. Sunday was fast and testimony meeting because it was the first Sunday of the month. For the most part, it was dead silent so it was a really good time to ponder. What came to mind was a line from "How Firm a Foundation": "Fear not, I am with thee". We as humans are naturally afraid of some things. When we are doing the Lord's will and His work, we shouldn't fear because we are doing what is asked of us.

We are working mostly with less-active members of the church right now. It is fun because most of them still know that the church is true and we are just helping them come back into the fold. We are helping the Good Shepherd bring the lost sheep back into the fold.

I like the area and the people. There have only been two or three days that we have not had a meal appointment in the last week and half since I have been here. In my experience, this has been unusual so far.