Elder Teagan J. Pitcher ... Serving in the Copenhagen Denmark Mission
Elder Pitcher
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phillipians 4:13)

Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014

This week has been a really good one, I'll be sure to send you pictures of 'C's baptism.  It was a real fun one. 

The Elder baptizing him forgot to practice with him one time before he did it, so when he went down he didn't plug his nose, and he just kind of fell back. Luckily that Elder was able to make sure he got all the way down before he pulled him out wheezing and coughing as he was. 

We had another 5 investigators in church on Sunday, and invited 'J' to be baptized on a specific date in July.  She is working on figuring out her schedule, but it's looking like we may be having another baptism coming up here soon!  She has been living the Word of Wisdom, and coming along great with all of the lessons. 

I just found out today that I'll be getting a new companion named Elder Hafen.  First time I'll have had a companion younger than myself in the mission.  He's a good missionary from what it sounds like, and I'm very excited to be working with him in the coming months.  I've heard awesome things about him :)

I'm glad to hear that you guys are still running around busy trying to take care of everyone and each other, it's something I will always admire you for.  I hope the summer brings a lot of exciting new opportunities for you guys, and want you to know that I am really happy with my mission.  I don't feel like I have regrets.  Every day is just fun, and I like fun a lot ;) look for pictures!

Love you both!
Ældste Pitcher

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014

I need to buy new white shirts, and slacks here pretty soon.  Also could you send me some more of the good deodorant?  Just in a future package if possible, the Danish stuff isn't great.  Don't remember if you know what it looks like, it's just the orange cap right guard gel antiperspirant.  I think it says 72 hour protection on it as well.

NOTE:  We attended our nephew’s mission farewell this Sunday and President Eyring lives in his Ward and was presiding in the meeting.  Mindy was talking to President Eyring after and she mentioned that Teagan was serving in Denmark.  He asked her to tell Teagan that he loves him and that Denmark is a wonderful mission. 

That is so cool about Elder Eyring!  It's even more awesome because I have seemed to be reading a lot of his talks lately in Danish ;)  I love hearing that I'm loved. 

This week I took a nap on a box while Elder Ogden was fixing his bike, ate some (assumed) tainted horse meat :P  met with my Ward mission leader and decided that you and Dad have Danish twins.  ‘W’ and ‘A’ really do look like you guys, it's weird.  I'll have to get a picture with them next time. 

We got a LOT of pretty pictures in the wheat/raps fields surrounding Skive, and had a nice little day trip to Lemvig.  What a different little town that was, only two people were even home in the 1 1/2 hours we were there. 

Sunday we had an investigator caravan driving to Skive for church.  We had 5 investigators this week in church!  We got a shout out from the zone leaders and the assistants, and are so happy to finally see some of the fruit of our labors really come forth.  ‘C’ is happily on his way to get baptized this week.  It's crazy to hear about the progression from the long haired, alcohol loving ‘C’ that Elder Syversen and Gines met in the beginning to the clean cut, happy ‘C’ that is ready to make lasting commitments with the Lord this week. 

Sunday was very emotional.  Elder Ogden gave a wonderful talk about coming to Christ, and made almost all of our investigators cry.  In our guest class they all told us they had felt of the spirit confirming to them that it was true what Elder Ogden was talking about. 

It really touched one man in particular named ‘R’ who had lost his son just this last week.  He said he felt like his son was with him in the meeting.  It was really beautiful, and great to see that we were actually making a difference in these people's lives. 

We also invited ‘J’ to live the word of wisdom this week and she said she would!  She's well on her way. 

‘C’'s daughter is also really interested (‘H’) and she has been asking us a lot about what it means to be a member in the Church, and more about our beliefs.  We challenged her to read and pray and she has also been taking the lessons from us, so that is going really well.  She'll be coming with us to the baptism on Saturday. 

After leaving that appointment a man poked his head out of his window and told us he had LDS family members in Hawaii and invited us up.  That turned into another lesson with him (‘S’) about the church, a baptismal invite, and his information so that we could talk with him more another time about the Book of Mormon we gave him.  He's a free mason, and really excited to hear more about us as he's studied many religions. 

Other big news, my old companions in Frederiksberg are meeting with ‘K’ Again!!!  They say that he wants to give the church another shot.  That was just a great way for me to end off the week.  It's been an awesome one! 

I'm missing you guys like crazy but know that I wouldn't rather be anywhere else. 

Ældste Pitcher

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12, 2014

NOTE: We got to Skype with Elder Pitcher on Mother's Day.  He sounds great and looks great!  Since we'd already spoken to him we got a bunch of new photos, but no email this week.  That's okay ... here are a couple of his photos and the rest can be viewed under the 'Mission Photos' in the drop down menu to the left.

What happens when you haven't run in a while and then go on a run.

The beautiful fjord near Skive

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014

NOTE:  We told Teagan about the exhibit of religious art at the BYU Art Museum - most of the paintings were on loan from Denmark.  

I got to see all of those paintings right before they left for Utah!  That's a nice little connection.  All of those Carl Bloch paintings were in the Frederiksberg Slot which is actually in Elder Ogden's old area.  It's very beautiful there.  Elder Ogden has a copy of this picture up in our apartment, it is his favorite. 

The English class continues to go really well. We actually will be teaching a second English class here in Viborg!  That's something that we are excited about as well. 

Elder Ogden and I get along so great!  We have been so busy this week, I hardly had time to keep up with my journal, so my thoughts may be a little bit more scattered this week sorry! 

Basically it's been one of, if not the most successful week of my mission.  We had appointment after appointment where the spirit was so strong.  I even cried in an appointment for the first time with ‘P’ because I told him I loved him and wanted him to start wanting to make a change in his life.  It's just hard for him because after having his wife and children leave him he doesn't feel like change is a good thing anymore. 

People here are just content with being content, and it's very sad to see. 

That is one thing that I have seen that I want to make a change in myself.  I am tired of being content with things the way that they are.  There is always things that are going to change, and I need to be ready to roll with them.  I think this is the biggest lesson that I have learned on my mission so far. 

I'm loving this area, I'm loving my new companion.  He's already one of my best buds on the mission, and we teach really well together.  I feel like our investigators can feed off of the relationship that we have and it helps them receive what we are trying to explain. 

I am loving my mission.  I have come to know my Savior more over these last 6 1/2 months than I have the entire time I've had growing up. 

I'll be Skyping from an investigators house around 4pm on Sunday my time... (around 7 in the morning your time) if that is ok.  The packages haven't come yet, but I should have them after Zone Conference this Thursday.

I should probably also mention that one of our investigators is still holding strong to his baptismal date.  I forgot to mention that.  He already had it before I got here, but I know ‘C’ really well from church, and we're really looking forward to his baptism on the 24th of this month.  He even asked me to give my testimony at the meeting.  I love that old guy ;)  First baptism!  so excited. Elder Syversen actually will be baptizing him, and Elder Ogden will confirm him :) 

Love you both!

Elder Pitcher