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Monday, February 29, 2016

week 69

It has been an interesting week. We got some good work done even though most of our appointments fell through.

We helped a part member family put on a new metal roof this week. We helped him tear off the old one last week, and then we helped him nail in the new one. We are not totally done, only got half of it done, but it is ready for the rain that is coming later this week. Putting on a new roof is something I didn't expect to do on my mission but it is fun anyway. I don't know when we will help him get the other half done. I smashed my thumb a couple of times with the hammer, but luckily it was only hard enough to hurt but nothing more.

We had a lesson with a someone who requested a Bible, and she is willing to listen to us. We are not able to visit her this coming week, but we are hoping that we will be able to visit her early the following week. She accepted the doctrines that we were teaching. She seems really willing to learn more about the gospel. We couldn't teach her the first time we meet her, but we did give her a Book of Mormon. She was reading it already before we were able to sit down with her and talk about the restoration.

President Anderson sat in on our companion study on Wednesday. I don't know what he intended to do, but it really turned into him training us a little bit instead of a companion study. I am not sure why he wanted to come, but he told us was interesting. He wants the whole mission to better use the email that we have as a companion to keep in touch with people that we are teaching and with the ward members.

Everyone, wish my companion, Elder Crowther, a happy birthday. It is going to be his birthday this coming Sunday, March 6.

Elder Bjerregaard

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week 68

This was my first week in Cambridge and I am loving it. I don't know why, but I instantly loved this area and want to work has hard as I can so I can help the work of the Lord to progress. From what I can tell I have two main cities in my area, Cambridge and Easton. So far, we have spent most of our time in Cambridge and we are meeting with a lot of success.

The members are really friendly here and want the work to progress. They are more then willing to come out with us to teaching appointments and help the people we are teaching learn more about the gospel. I feel as the Philadelphia Temple gets closer to being completed, and the open house dates get closer, they will take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity to invite their friends to come and see the temple.

My new companion is Elder Crowther. He is from Utah and has been out less than a year. I don't remember which but he has been in Cambridge for a transfer or two.

I am personally looking forward to Easter. I feel like this year, the church will put out a really good video that will help many people to come unto Christ and partake of His Atonement and become dedicated followers of Christ. I really love Easter time because it helps me remember what Christ did for me and how I can follow Him in a more perfect way that will bring me closer to Him.

Elder Bjerregaard

Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 67

It has been a cold couple of days. From what I could tell, a polar cold front came through bringing a lot of wind. In the early morning or after the sun went down, the windchill was below zero, and when the sun was help it didn't want to give us its warmth like it normally does on a clear day. It’s probably going to be the coldest weekend of this winter, but we have to wait and see.

It turns out that I am only going to spend one transfer (six weeks) in Woodstown. Saturday night we got the call telling me that I am being transferred and got a call this morning saying that I am going to be transferred to Cambridge, Maryland. If you don't include that little bit of New York, I am going to be serving in every state that the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission covers. The only I haven’t been to is the little piece in New York and that is a Sister area. It’s probably going to stay a sister area because the Priesthood Restoration Site is in that area. I don't know why I move around so much. The average amount of time for missionaries in one area in this mission is three to four transfers, but I am averaging about two. I like to think that I have people throughout the mission that I need to personally touch. They live all over the mission, so I need to be moved often so I can get to all of them.

We had a less active member come to church yesterday. I stopped by a couple of weeks ago and just talked to him on his doorstep for a few minutes. Then I just forgot about it. It must have been the push he needed because he said that he is planning on coming next week and stay for the whole three hour block. Who knows, he might have been the one person that I needed to touch here. Now that he has decided to come back to church, I am now needed somewhere else.

Elder Bjerregaard 

Monday, February 8, 2016

week 66

It seems like it just started, but it is already the last week if the transfer. Time flies so fast as a missionary that if you blank, you might miss something important. It seems just like yesterday that I finished my training, but it been over a year since my trainer got transferred and I was paired with my second companion, Elder Bierman. Time really does fly quickly as you lose yourself in the work of the Lord.

We got some snow last Thursday night into Friday Morning. It wasn't much and it was mostly gone by midafternoon. Snow doesn't seem to last long here in South Jersey, and it is just the way I like it. To me it seems like it is colder when there's snow on the ground. It seems like it is slowly heating up, but it won't be until the end of February or March until it will be really nice outside. I have noticed a strange thing since being on my mission. When it starts to get cold in the fall you think it is really cold but when it starts warming up again in the spring, the same temperature you called cold in the fall becomes really nice in the spring.

The zone leaders asked Elder Lewis and I to do a ten to fifteen minute training on accountability for zone training this past Thursday. In case I haven't mentioned zone training before, once a month (normally the first Thursday but sometimes the second depending on when transfers happen) the whole zone comes together for a three hour training on what the zone leaders and President Anderson think we need to be trained on. Elder Lewis and I focused on the following up part of accountability and being proactively accountable. We discussed that we will all be held accountable in the end, and that the followers of Christ will be "anxiously engaged" and "do many things of their own free will and bring to pass much righteousness" or else they would be "a slothful and not a wise servant“. In the end, we committed them to be proactively accountable.

Elder Bjerregaard

ward building

Wilmington from New Jersey

Field that does a great job at summing up my area

Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 65

I can't believe that January is already over. It seems like we just welcomed in the New Year and the first month is already over and we are into February.

It has been warm this past week. Every day it seems that the highs have been above freezing, so the snow we got the week before is melting quickly. Last night the forecast said that it was not going to get below freezing. When I looked out a window this morning, almost all the snow that was not piled is melted. The piled snow might be gone by the end of the week. I am surprised how quickly the snow is melting based on how slowly it melted when I was in Reading. So far, it seems like it will be a milder winter then last year. We will have to see what February and March brings. Last year it seemed like they were the coldest months.

We had an interesting lesson with someone that missionaries have been trying to meet with for months. They were having trouble because before the end of November there were sister missionaries here. They could not meet with him because there was never a woman there, and he didn't like setting up appointments. When we were inviting him the read the Book of Mormon and to pray to know that the Church is true, he got offended because he said that we couldn't say one church was true and another wasn't. To me that just testifies that we are to find and teach the people who will receive us and our message. The message is that the church that Jesus Christ set up on the earth was lost, but it is now restored to the Earth.

Mom here—Michael Tomlin, from his last area that he mentioned in his blog, was baptized January 31st.

Elder Bjerregaard