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Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 56

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I know that it is a few days late, but want to say it anyway. It is wonderful that we have a day set apart where we can be thankful for all the blessings we have received and for all Heavenly Father does for us. Here is a short list of some things I am thankful for:

1. Being born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2. Having a loving family who cares for and supports me
3. Being born in the United States where I have the freedom to worship Heavenly Father by the desires of my heart
4. Being able to be on a mission where I can share with people the joyful news that the church that Christ set up is once again on the Earth

It is truly amazing see what Heavenly Father has done in my life when I take the time to count my blessings. For those who feel like Heavenly Father is not in your lives, take the time to see all the good your life has and all the loved ones around you. For those who see Heavenly Father's hand in your lives, look around and see how you can bless the lives of the people around you so you can feel the love that He has for all of His children.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 55

First, transfer news. Elder Riley and I are going to stay in Linwood for the holiday season. This is going to be the first time that I will not be directly affected by transfers since April. To be honest, I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about it for the holiday season that is coming up.

The most exciting thing that happened to us this week is that an F-16 from the New Jersey Air National Guard landed right in front of us as we were driving by the Atlantic City airport. Other than that, it seemed like a really slow week.

As I write this letter Elder Thomas is a couple miles in the air, or back home to his family, I don't know which. Mom here – Elder Thomas was Michael’s trainer when he entered the field and was with him for his first three months.

We have a few people that we are going to be seeing on Thanksgiving, it should be fun.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 54

The biggest and saddest news of this week is that Elder Riley lost his iPad. He set it on top of the car, something he never does, so he could have his hands free. Then he forgot about it, and we drove off. We have tried everything that we could think of to find it, and we had no luck. It is at the point where our mission president told him to remotely erase it. We don't know when he will get another iPad, but we are hoping that it will be soon.

My heart goes out to the people that are affected by the terrorist attacks in France. I am not sure what happened because, as a missionary, I don't watch or listen to the news. I find it sad that we live in a world where people to do such an act on innocent people. From the time of the attack on 9/11 at the twin towers in New York City (my earliest memories) there has been an ongoing war on terror. Sadly, I consider it then norm because I don’t know anything different. Mom here ~ this was something that we had not thought about that Michael’s generation would consider war on terror as being the norm.

Elder Riley and I also have been feeling under the weather this week, but we are starting to feel better. We are thinking that we got the cold that our mini missionary had a week ago.

I did not think that Audrey and Tyler were going to come home so close together. I wonder what they are thinking about as the end of their mission is in sight. Both of them are in their last areas (as long as they do not get emergency transferred for some reason). I feel like it was just yesterday that Audrey left for the MTC in Mexico and not long before that Tyler left for his mission.

Monday, November 9, 2015

week 53

The first week of November has come and gone. It is hard to believe that I have started to go through the same calendar days again as a missionary. It just amazing how time passes when you don't pay attention to the time passing.

This week we had a “mini missionary”, a person over 16, who stayed with us and did what we did from Thursday morning to Sunday afternoon. He was awesome. I personally believe that if he were older he would be ready to enter the MTC.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 52 The year mark came and went

Last week on October 29, I officially completed 366 days of my mission. So far it been a wonderful experience, and I am looking forward to finishing my remaining 52 weeks stronger then I started. I have come a long way from I when first arrived in Reading on November 12, 2014. At that time, I was shy and not very confident in my teaching ability. Now I am confident in my teaching and know if the people who harken to my voice and do what I ask them to do, will know what I am teaching them is true.

As a missionary, I have up weeks, and I have down weeks. Last week was one of my down weeks. We taught fewer lessons then we normally do, and we didn't find anyone new who wanted to investigate the church. Things will get better though, it has too.

On Halloween, we needed to get in our apartment at six o'clock. I am not sure the reasons, but I am guessing that it has something to do about our safety and nobody would take us seriously during that time anyway.

Here is a little tidbit of information. They didn’t “put” new missionaries in the South Philly/Center City area that we opened. They closed the area and it back to the South Philly English Elders again. So, on my mission I both opened and closed the same area.

Joseph Smith's reconstructed home at the Priesthood Restoration Site

The headstone of the son of Joseph Smith

Susquehanna River near the Priesthood Restoration Site

Elder Bjerregaard