Wednesday, January 12, 2011

News from the New Year with Elder Simonsen - 2011

On January 1, 2011
Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen began the new year as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

There are 16 missionary training centers for the Church.  Elder Simonsen is in the largest MTC in the world.  It is in Provo, Utah- home of Brigham Young University, at the base of a magnificent mountain called Mount Timpanogos.

Elder Simonsen is living and learning, with about 2,000 other missionaries, in what I call this "Sacred University."  Nine months ago, JJ sent his "papers" (application for his mission) in- while living in Odense, Denmark.  He received his call to serve on
July, 2010.  He was to serve the Spanish speaking people in Utah (mission call changed from St George to the Utah Ogden Mission)
Then he worked and waited for his visa, his travel plans, and finally his welcome into the MTC.  For nine weeks he will learn the Spanish Language, how to get up at 6:00 in the morning, how to live with 30 minutes of computer time each week (to write to his parents), how to study and pray like he has never prayed before.  And then- how to "Preach the Gospel" of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen.  This is quite a life changing experience.

I found a blog written by the parents of another Elder who lives in the MTC at this time.  This Elder recorded his daily schedule.  This is a good description of  what Elder Simonsen probably does- almost every day, as well. 

A DAY IN THE LIFE                                          December 2010    -----Recorded by Elder Daryl Chadwick (going to the Santiago Mission), living in the MTC at the same time as our Elder Simonsen.

Elder Chadwick sent his sister his schedule.
She said it was okay to share it here.
It kind of gives you an idea of what he is doing in the MTC

6:15 a.m.  Wake up, kneel, pray, shower, get dressed
6:55          Walk out in cold to class
7:00          Arrive and pray, study the Book of Mormon
7:45          Walk in the cold to breakfast
                 Get weird looking eggs
                 Sit down, pray, eat
8:07          Stand up, grab tray, put away in cool moving room
8:09          Walk in the cold to class
8:13          Arrive and pray
8:15          Pray, personal study
9:00          pray, companionship study
10:00        pray, language study
11:01       Walk to residence hall
11:05        Get dressed in gym clothes, look in mirror, flex, smile, wink, put on
                 name tag, leave to walk outside in the cold to gym.
11:10        group prayer, break, basketball, volleyball, 4 square
12:00 p.m.Walk back to residence hall half way, wait for mail. Pray mom sent a
                 dear elder, walk the rest of the way to residence hall
12:10        Read letters (if any), shower, get ready
12:30        walk to lunch in the cold
12:35        get better looking food, sit down, pray, eat
1:15          in class, settle in and ready to learn
5:30          Walk to dinner in the cold
6:15 Class-Tuesday's choir and devotional
9:30           back to resident hall to study/chill
10:00         In room, really studying
10:30         Pray, Lights out, in bed

Count how many times I pray. Did you think to pray?
Learning now to pray before everything, during everything, after everything.
Do your best,
God will take care of the rest.
That is a cool quote. Anyway, got to go do laundry. P-days are awesome but we still work 3/4 of the day.
Elder Chadwick
Posted by Tina at 8:26 PM  

Thank you, Elder Chadwick for all of your prayers, hard work and sense of humor.  Hope it warms up for you.

During his busy life as a missionary, JJ has found time to send us some of his first pictures of this experience from his new home at the MTC.  He has not sent any comments with this litte camera chip- but when he does, I will give a more accurate acount of these fine pictures.  Until then I will try to remember what it was like to live in the MTC and record what I think he is taking a picture of.  The names of the Elders in his district will have to come later.

Thank you for giving us a peek into your life as "Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen, who finally got his official "Elder Simonsen" missionary name tag.  I think he even wears it in his sleep (just kidding).  I know that these green and red dots have great significance for a new Elder on his first day of the MTC.  But I have no idea what they are for.  If any of you, who have been given a "dotted" name tag at the MTC have a clue why- please comment at the end of this post and I will tell the world why new missionaries wear red and green dots on their first day.  This, by the way, is our first glimpse at Elder Simonsen's new name tag.  There are two names on this tag... his and the name of Jesus Christ.  For the rest of his two year mission, he will be carrying with him the name- "Jesus Christ."  This is a sacred responsibility.


This is what Elder Simonsen calls home.  He and his new companions had just arrived with their luggage on the first day.  This will be their room.

Because of these familiar Christmas stockings, and the ties hanging on the door, I assume that this is our Elder's corner.

This stocking was given to him by seminary students in Odense, Denmark..and the tiny Santa in the window plays and drums at least five Christmas Carols.  It was the first Christmas gift that we let him open before he entered the MTC.  I'm sure that every Elder has a need for such a pratical gift.  Most of our family has one of these little Santa's.  I gave it to him in memory of his homeland because it is pretty well documented that Santa comes from Greenland.. and most of JJ's gifts were from Santa.
When Elder Simonsen entered the MTC he was given a new companion...Elder Monson.  They were both given name tags, an important weekly planning book, and I think that the other little manual is a "Gospel Essentials" manual- in Spanish.  There will be more teaching and learning materials to come.

Meet Elder Monson, and our Elder.. companions learning how to teach the Gospel together...Hope they are enjoying the intensive, focused learning that takes place all day at the center.

It looks to me, like this is the other side of his room.  I am glad he doesn't sleep under that leaky ceiling above this new Elder's bed.

This is how you keep 2,000 missionary's white shirts, and washable ties, clean and ready to look like Mormon Missionaries.

The Church spares no expense at providing an inspired, beautiful landscape on the terraces, and walk ways inside the MTC.  Elder Simonsen loves the out of doors.  The Christmas lights, a stable, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, surrounded by snow-- invited every Elder and Sister to remember our Savior. Elder Simonsen saved these beautiful photos as a reminder of  his memorable first Christmas as a missionary and second Christmas as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 


News from the New Year with Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen... January, 2011

"Thank you for all the Christmas gifts, and I thank you on behalf of my companion.  We had a very nice Christmas fireside with Elder Russell M. Nelson-- and other firesides are amazing!  I love it."

--Elder Simonsen and Monson under the Christmas lights.

-- Elder Simonsen knows Danish, English, Greenlandic, and some German and now he is becoming a master of the Spanish Language..What an experience.

--This is a Danish classroom that I'm sure Elder Simonsen was happy to visit.  Denmark is where he has been living and going to school.  When he first arrived here in America, he said that his tongue was getting tired as he spoke to us all day in perfect          English.    When he speaks Danish or Greenlandic his tongue has a nice rest down in the bottom of his mouth.  I think that they teach over 50 languages at the MTC.  Greenland is in the Danish Mission but there are no missionaries there at this time.  I hope, that with the arrival of this dear Greenlandic Elder, the door will open for the Gospel to be preached to the  very religious people of Greenland.  They are weekly church goers.  I hope that Greenlandic will be one of the next languages to be taught at this center.

Elder Simonsen: 
"We had so much fun at New Years, too.  Our district leader got a bottle of sparkling cider and we brought candy from our room, which we had so much of.  We had candy and cake with our teacher (brother) Castilla.."


"And we counted down from ten seconds, from nine and yelled Happy New Year!  We were the only ones that were "partying" on our floor.  Our teachers wanted to say "good bye," because they have been transfered to new classes.  We now have new teachers.

It's great to be here.
"We just had a General Authority from the First Quorum of the seventy.. Elder David S. Baxter from Scotland and his British wife.  They are both converts.  It was an amazing fireside about how to answer questions about the church, about being Christian, and the trinity and more...  I love these firesides.  Our MTC presidency is being released next week.  They are very good people. 
We love them."

"I love the Gospel.  I love my district and Zone.  There are great people here constantly, and fine, valiant, young men and women chosen and called to be here."

"I got really emotional when Elder Lowell L. Snow was here.  He works at the Missionary Department as a director at the church Headquarters.  He told us the unfortunate tragedies he recently found out.  He got emails about a young woman getting killed with her mom in a car accident.  She was supposed to report here at the MTC, a week later.  And a young man being murdered down in Brazil right before his report date.  They don't know who the murder is. 
How great a blessing it is to be here for us,...for me !"

Note:  Only a few weeks before Elder Simonsen was to come to the United States- he was welding on the job with his good friend and boss at a large warehous in Denmark.  His boss went to get some supplies after using a large piece of equipment- I think it was a  hydraulic lift.  It was a cold night and some of the piping had partially frozen allowing gas to escape.  After some time, JJ smelled the gas.  He was welding with an open flame, near the frozen gas line.  He had noticed some discomfort in breathing.  Thankfully, he was able to turn off the gas and escape into the open air for some fresh air.  It is wise to be very careful about your safety- especially when you are preparing to serve a mission for the Lord.  This is a very real concern.  We are grateful for Elder Simonsen's safe arrival here and for the comfort he has felt as he mourns the loss of his little Grandma- who died only days before he entered the MTC.

--An invitation on the walls of the MTC to "Heal the starving spirits of this (dangerous) world."

Elder Simonsen continues:  "At another devotional, an Elder asked

 ' How many of you know somebody who should've been
here with you?' 

...and tears just started rolling down my cheeks thinking of (our dear friends from Denmark) who should be here.  It is still hard sometimes to think of them.  Every now and again, I would think of them because of a hymn we sing, or a talk, or just randomly."

--These are some sister  missionaries, hard at work in Elder Simonsen's district.  Two other sister missionaries taught the gospel to him for the first time almost two years ago in Svendborg, Denmark. He is so grateful for them.   He has a great love and concern for the women in the Young Single adult center in Odense- who were preparing with him, to go on a mission.. and decided not to go.  He has a great love and respect for women.

The Tiny Note Section:

With every letter from Elder Simonsen, we
are privileged to receive teeny-tiny notes that spill out of each envelope from the MTC..notes with very small messages.  If you take the time to read them (even with a magnifying glass), you will discover some profound wisdom.  Here is the first edition of our Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen Tiny Note Section.  I am looking forward to this treasure hunt every time I open a letter from this wise, unusual Elder.  He must use a teeny-tiny pen for this effort.  When you write to him, you may include a tiny message that he can put in his collection of tiny notes and quotes.

Welcome to the Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen's Tiny Note Section:

1.  A Christmas message:  "You might know the song 'Little
Drummer boy'.  In that song he sings 'Come, come they said to
give gifts to the king, but I didn't have a gift worthy of a king,         so I played my drum, played my best for Him.' 

I don't have a gift to give a king, all I have is my time and my
talents!  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."  --Elder Simonsen

2.  "Study the atonement and your desires to share the Gospel will
increase."                                            --notes from Elder Simonsen

3.   For almost a month we did not hear from Elder Simonsen after
we dropped him off for our final goodbyes at the MTC. 
We were anxious to hear and record his first impressions
of life as a new missionary.We wondered if he was
alright during the Christmas season away from his
family in Greenland.  On the bottom of the envelope
of his first letter to us - he wrote:
"I was lost, now I am found, was once blind, now I see."

4.  " Thank you so much for all that you have given me. You are 
angels from heaven to give me strength and comfort away
from home.  I mss you."                                      --Elder Simonsen

  Note:  Thank you for all of the prayers and support that you
   have given to this Elder.  As busy and full as a missionary's
   life can be, especially at the MTC, no one can replace the
   love and concern of the family and friends that they have left
   behind.  Hope you all have discovered "" a fine
   way to write to JJ.  He will get a hand delivered hard copy of
   your e-mail within 24 hours after you write to him on the
   internet.  This service is free until he enters the mission field
   and then you only pay for the price of a write the
   email, click  and they do the rest.  Elder Simonsen only has
   30 minutes a week on the computer to write to his parents.
   So hand delivered mail is the best way to say "hello" to this
   well deserving Elder.---sist w

5.  "Gym is amazing.  It is a blessing from God to relieve stress!"
                                                                         --Elder Simonsen

6.  "When it's time, return home from your mission, but do not
leave the mission field."                            --Elder David Bednar
"Missionaries forever !         signed:  Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen

7.   "My faith hath made me whole."    --Elder Simonsen

8.   "I'm a little bit sick and have to rest a lot.  I have some
medicine and I'm getting better."             -- Elder Simonsen

9.    (a longer note)  " A couple of days ago, one of the elders in the district had to leave, to get checked out by the doctor.  Right before he left, I got the feeling that I sould give him the address to the website.  I told him that he sould give it to some nurse.  And he did find somebody who needed it, a receptionist at the doctor's office.  She had a husband who's been a member for four years and she  knows about the Book of Mormon.  She didn't want one, but the elder gave her my website and blog address !.  They looked at it, and we hope that she'll find enough  faith to come unto Christ.  So it is important!  That blog and that website  Thank you for doing this, it will help!  I love you and miss you!  Have a great weekend!"
                                         --Elder Simonsen

Note: Two days ago I wrote an e-mail to a mormon missionary blog that posts addresses for those who keep missionary blogs for elders and sisters all over the world.  About a year ago they discovered our blog in Denmark and named us "blog of the month."  Yesterday, this blog site wrote to me and said that I would be pleased about what they had written about Elder Simonsen's new missionary blog.   Elder Simonsen, you now have joined the "blog of the month."  Your testimony and thoughts will be read by many people who are looking for the truth.  They will hear your voice.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

Here is a copy of the post about our
We love you too, JJ.  sist w
(to enlarge these next few pages, click twice on a picture)

10.  Here are a few more tiny notes from our Elder: 
"Ps. "Yes, I'm considered the best looking in my building, not
 kidding !  And our district is renowned for being examples,
 and always good looking, representing the Lord." --Elder JJ
You look great in this name tag, Elder but don't take it so
seriously.  you have always represented the Lord. -sist w

11.  PPs.  "Please don't send any more chips or too much candy.
we are having trouble staying in shape and treating our
body as a temple!  ha haa, unless it's ryebread and
liverpate' or liverpostej!"              --hungry Elder Simonsen

             final note: 
   Dear Elder, 
   I appreciate your desire to stay
   fit during the two years that you have committed to this
   effort.  It is a fine thing.  From now on, liver postej and a
   bit of dried seal with whale blubber oil-.  This, for me, is
   a great way to loose weight. 

   It may take several days to read this post..but it is a 
   record from an Elder who loves his work and in the
   next two years he will have many stories to tell and many
   people to meet.

   Thank you, Elder Simonsen for coming to America.  
   We love hearing from you.  You are the voice of this
   blog.  It is a pleasure to continue this amazing story.
   Hope to hear from you soon.  much love, sist w       

Next time you write, let us know who these mystery Elders are.  We need  to get acquainted with the best looking, most mature, and hardest working district in the MTC.  Love your humilty.  Keep smiling, love sist w 

Just got a 30 second email from Elder Simonsen and thought you all would like to hear his news..

" We are now Zone leaders and we have a lot of responsibilities! and we don't have much time to do anything much  out of our time, so you have to bear with me..!    --Elder Simonsen

Congratulations, Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen.  I loved that 30 second email.  You have been well prepared for this new assignment. Good to hear from you.  Your zone is truly blessed.  Have a fine, peaceful, not too rushed day.  love, sist w  (remember to "take time to be holy.." that song)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

News from Elder Simonsen- Christmas in the MTC 2010

Posted on January 5, 2011

Finally, news from Elder Simonsen.  Welcome to the first letter from his new home- the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. He entered the MTC on December 14, 2010 and is learning the Spanish Language and how to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who is willing to listen.  By February 15, 2011,  he will be ready to enter his assigned mission- the Utah Ogden Mission. It is so good to hear from you, Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen.
                       Christmas Eve Day in the MTC- December 24, 2010

                        -Elder Simonsen during our days with him in Utah before he entered the MTC

Journal Notes from Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen:
When I woke up this morning, knowing its Christmas back home, it was a weird feeling at first, but I got over it pretty quickly.  Then I thought to myself that I should make it the best Christmas I ever had- like the fireside speakers said: “make it a Christmas that you’ll never forget!”
And in many ways it did turn out unforgettable.  It started out pretty normal – went to class, tried to learn some Spanish before we went out to practice teaching.  We were all tired and couldn’t focus and it was Christmas.

Our practice went really well.  It is amazing how fast you learn your language just by memorizing words and some of the missionaries had a couple of years of Spanish in High School- which helps out a little.  We know how to pray a simple prayer and bear testimony and have the opening conversation.  We got really going when we ask, with a sincere heart
“La Iglesia es verdadera” = The Church is true.

I am so happy to be here.  I love it.  I love the people.  I love the way they go out of their way just to say “Hello”, or “Hola”.. or hold the door open. They open the door for you.  And I like the way they told us to treat the sisters with the utmost respect.. Open the door for them.  They have to leave the room first, before you can leave and stuff like that..Things that I want my future wife to accept.  Some sisters think that is inconvenient, but we like to do it.  In fact some of us love to do it.  That’s how the ladies should be treated..Any ways.

(picture of the sea man JJ Simonsen with Elder Francis from Denmark Mission)- 
Next post we will meet Elder Monson, JJ's first MTC companionship- the sea man musician from Greenland and math professor concert pianist from Berkley, California- what a dynamic combination 

 My companion is great... a man of few words, just like me.
We are in the most mature district in our floor, or maybe even in our building.  They are out there screaming, playing games and what not and we are in here enjoying our sanctuary that is our room, which we’ve started to call “Home.”  My companion is great.. a man of few words, just like me.  He was studying at Berkley, (UC Berkley) to become a math professor.  I just enjoy the moments of silence we have, taking time to be holy..just pondering and listening to the Holy Ghost.  Speaking of the Holy Ghost- while we were practicing teaching, we felt the spirit so strong teaching the first lesson, the eight principles.
God is our Heavenly Father.  He loves us.  He wants to communicate with us. (We want to communicate with Him).  God blesses families.  God reveals his gospel in every dispensation, Christ’s ministry, the great apostasy, the restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon. 
Pray to know the truth, and if you study, then the Holy Ghost will tell you which or what to use and say.  It’s amazing !
Well, after that we went to one of the chapels (in the MTC) and Elder Monson (my companion), practiced playing the piano while I was studying “Our Search for Happiness”- the book that the Sister missionaries Roberts and Burton gave me with their comments and testimonies in it.  Elder Monson is classically trained at piano and he loves “Chopin,” (which is great inspiring music to study to, by the way).. and he really can sing.  He sings bass, in the choir and we decided as a whole district to be in the choir, a very nice beautiful, huge choir.


Well anyways, we just got back from our Christmas devotional with our presidency- great talks and great activities.  Afterwards we watched “Mr. Kruger’s Christmas” with candied popcorn for everybody.  Now it was a great Christmas movie with the Mormon Tabernacle choir and stuff- very sweet message.     But we are looking so much, forward to tomorrow.  We can’t wait! wohoow

Merry Christmas! I love you.  By the way, this might be the longest entry.  I have to take time to write in my other journal too..And that is why it is written in crow’s feet…(Jotted down and fast)

                   Christmas Day at the MTC- December 25, 2010

We woke up at 6:00, took warm showers, got ready and went to breakfast before we opened our presents.  We weren’t really hungry but we ate anyway because we might regret it after.  Both me and my companion got so much candy that we can eat in a year! 

After breakfast, we went home and opened our presents... Great presents by Belva and Carl, or I mean “Santa”...
A picture of Grandma and me at Christmas time- last Christmas,
A picture of me and Sister Roberts and Burton at my baptism, and a picture of Qaqortoq by night and many more things that are useful but those were the most important to me.

After a while with our gifts, we went to the talent show.  We were a little bit late, but we found seats on the floor and we watched on the screen, many, many talented missionaries- like the memorable ones with the Russians...” You Missionary Now” (a Lady Gaga bad romance tune).  It was hilarious!  A very talented Sister sang some great songs too.  It was three hours long, almost and it was great the whole time.

After that we went to lunch but there were 2,000 missionaries all at once who wanted lunch…and a huge line went out of the cafeteria, so we went home for a while and tried to tackle some of our chocolate candies.  (For dinner) We had turkey slices, stuffing, gravy and cheesecake for dessert, grabbed a sack dinner because no one would want to work during dinner at Christmas.  Then we went outside of the gym to wait in line, (for the devotional) fourty five minutes before and we barely had seats. 

The speaker is Elder Russell M. Nelson, an apostle of Jesus Christ and story telling, Sister Peterson, who started a story of “Arbeban” and his search for a king, but didn’t find the king, until thirty three years later, and he had given all of his gifts of precious gems away.   

When the Apostle of Jesus Christ, Russell M. Nelson, walked in and everybody stood up, I could feel the Holy Ghost in my heart testifying this is an apostle.  Elder Russell M. Nelson, born September 9, 1924, is a world renowned surgeon, and research professor of surgery.  Sister Wendy Nelson is a Professor of family and marriage therapy.

Sister Nelson talked about how “one size fits all.” .. how the Holy Ghost will tailor our message so  that it meets the needs of our investigators, and if you have a sincere heart and a wish to know what your investigator needs, the Lord will answer. 

We live in a world where we are looking for signs, signs that will tell of His second coming.  Also, on the road of life, there are going to be signs but even though the signs are there, there will always be people who choose to ignore what the sign tells them.  Missions are about obedience.  Every tongue, every kindred has different signs, but we have the opportunity to preach with clarity, and that’s why we practice.  Our time table is the Lord’s time table as long as we know that and have patience, we will succeed.  And as we remember to look unto Him every day, “Him” who said “follow me”…we will not get lost.

Elder Nelson talked about how much he loved us.  And shared his testimony about our calling and this is the Lord’s work.  Even in just three months- eight new countries were dedicated to preach the Gospel.  Since September 1: Croatia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Angola, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and more nations are opening fulfilling ancient prophesies in the scriptures.

He urged us to not miss any time to send letters.  He told the story about his grandkids and kids who were on missions, and every time they would get letters, the whole family would come together and read the letters.  They read about their difficulties in the language, wrote about the people and the culture that prepared and got the next generation of missionaries excited, and the letters contained their testimonies that strengthened their own.

Our goal as missionaries, is to spread information.  He told us to look for bright young people. People don’t know the truth.  They don’t know where to find it.  Learn to tell your story and testimony clearly.  Sometimes you just have a very short time to get people interested, to get people to think and to get them to want to know more.  So tell your story clearly.  You’ll get a lot of question.  He told a story about when he was asked if Mormons believed in the Bible.  He said, “of course we do !  Our members wrote it !” 

He shared the way they tell the nativity story in their families.  Find it in the pamphlet “Wise men and women still adore him.” He finished with his testimony- that Jesus is the Christ and this is His work.

Elder Nelson came again to our evening devotional where we had the “Christmas Carol” enacted  by two very good story tellers.  He told us that he stayed because he loved us so much.  He told about Charles Dickens, a little bit and that in 1832 Dickens boarded a ship to interview some 800 pioneer Mormons from Europe, mostly from England.  The boat was on its way to the USA and Dickens wrote or commented about these pioneers as “The pick and flower of England.”  Six years later he wrote “The Christmas Carol.”

Elder Nelson then started to talk about Christmas and the nativity, about how the different names (of the Savior) and meanings are connected.  For example, “Emmanuel” means “God is with us”- which is the prophesied name of Jesus Christ.  (He described) where the words of diety are-
“-El” or “-jah”, “-iar”…in God’s name, Elohim and the Son, Jehovah.  If you put them together (you have) “Elijah” meaning father and son put together.  Elohim and Jehovah are the same angels who came to give Joseph Smith, Jr the power of sealing families. (Put the names) together- (it forms the name) “Elijah.” Amazing.

You see, no matter what you are faced with in life, just know this- (Luke 1:38) “All is possible with God.” Elder Nelson talked about their family nativity play where one of his grandkids played the one holding the star.  He came up to his grandpa and said, “Grandpa, I have the most important job.  I lead people to Christ !”  We are the most important people.  We are the stars that lead people unto Christ.  We lead people and help them find Jesus. 

Joseph Smith said:  “The fundamental principle of our religion is the testimony of our apostles about Jesus Christ.”  (Teachings of Joseph Smith- pg 49, pg 121)  Elder Nelson concluded with his testimony and said that we are instruments in the hands of the Lord and that he loves us.  He expressed his gratitude and invited us to feast upon the words- His words.

I, Jens Jacob, know this church is true.  That Russell M Nelson is an apostle of Christ.  That he is called of God.  I know if we come unto Christ, we will be lifted, (and) that He will carry our burdens.  I know if we ask in faith, we will receive !  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Thank you for your wisdom, Elder Simonsen.  and Happy New Year to the most mature district in the MTC.  Take good care of this Elder.  He has been preparing for a long time for this mission.
We are so happy to hear from you.  Have a great week. I think January is an important month for you.. when you walked down that deserted street in Svendorg, Denmark (in 2009) and met two sisters with a message and a book.  Thank you  for listening to them.   We love and appreciate you, Elder-  Sist W

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lessons Learned: The Greenlandic Testimony of Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen- 2010

Posted on January 1, 2011- Happy New Year !

 ---Elder Simonsen from Qaqortoq, Greenland with his little sister, Melissa, his "auntie", his sister-Teresa -- nephew and his best friends sweet baby...

             Elder Jens Jacob Simonsen- Native Greenlander

Having this Greenlander as a neighbor for over a year and a half, we have learned to love his beautiful country and people.  We have heard JJ speak to his family in the soft, purring sounds of his native tongue.. full of long words and many q's.  Here is the testimony of Elder Simonsen, written for his dear friends and family- who may wonder why he is here in America for the next two years of his amazing life


Danmarkiliarpunga ilinniarniarlunga Skibsofficeritut imal. umiarsuarmi naalakkatut. nalunnginnakku ilinniagaq qaffasissoq imal. naalakkatut naammasserusullugu, taamaasillunga Danmarkimut nuuppunga takorloortarakku ullut ilaanni nunannut iluaqutaajumaarlunga aqutsisutut.

Kollegiani igaffinnguartalimmi immikkullu uffarfittalimmi najugaqaraluarpunga. Naliginnaasumi qallunaat ilinniarfittut avatangiisianni, imerneq ataatsimoornerlu nalinngaalluinnarfianni, qallunaat isuma pigiliutiinnagaat atorlugu, tassaasoq Kalaallit imerajuttuusut, kisiannili qaammatit arfinillit qaangiumata paasilerlugu siunertaqarnanga inoorujuuinnarluni iluaqutaanngitsoq.

Ningiumma ilitsersuunnikuummatigut qatanngutigiilluta unnuit tamaasa qinunissamut, angajoqqaattalu paasisimallugu tamanna ajunngitsutut, taamaalluta qinuneq inuunitta ilagilersimavaa. Nikallunganimma nalaani qanoq pinerpoq sapiissusermik tunisikkama imminut oqarfigisinnaanngorlunga allanngortariaqarlunga, ujartuinerlu aallartillugu inuunima imakitsortaai immerniarlugit. Ningiup ilinniutigisimasaa eqqaallugu  Biibilimik ujaasilerpunga, umiartortut Biibilianik

ujaasigaluarlunga nassaannginnama qinoriarlunga innaannarpunga.

Ullualuit qaangiummata, ineeqqanniikatallunga kisimiikatallunga, kalaalersatuakatallunga, aalajangerpunga pisuttuarniarlunga. Oqortunik atiseriarlunga, taarlunimi qiianarmat sialualaarlunilu, matukkut anivunga nalullugu sumut ingerlaniarnerlunga. Aalangerama aqqusernit naliginnaasut aqqutiginiarnagit, qummut qaqqajunnap tungaanut aallarpunga. Qaqigakku takulerpara illoqarfik kusanaqisoq ikititersimasoq, uummatikkut kissaaminermik misigalunga qiianarnera puiguumigaluarpara.

Ingerlaqqikkama paasilerpara aqqusinermiillunga kisima, biileqarani iinoqanngitsoq.

Sivitsulaarmat malugilerpara niviarsissat marluk aqqusernup akiata tungaani tunginnut ingerlasut, oqorsarsimaqisut, qanilleriarmata malugaara aalajangertut ikaarniarlutit tunginnut, unitsimmannga aperaanga Guutimut qanoq issutsiga pillugu...

Oqarfigaakka unnuit tamaasa qinusarlunga ningiuma ilitsersuussineratuut, Naalagaq qinnuiginiarlugu ullormut tunissutaanut, pissangaammerlutik oqarfigaannga ajoqersuisuullutik Jesus Kristusip Oqaluffia Ulluni Kingullerni Illernartuliusunit oqarlutillu USA-meerlutik. Evangeliu Utertitaq pillugu oqaluutereerluta aalajangerpugut naapeqqinniarluta. Avissaannginnitsinni atuakkamik tuniniarlunga oqarput...

Oqarfigaakka "qujanarsuaq!" atuakkamimmi tusinngisaannarama inuutillunga, oqaluttuuppakka Biibilimik ujaasinera pillugu, niviarsissallu aappaata qiviarpaanga atuagaq tikkuarlugu oqarluni " Aajuna akissutissat!"

Nalunngilara inngileqartoq tamaani nunami, annaassiartortunik! Ældster Niviarsissallu niaqurutersi qaamaqisoq malugaarailukkut! Nalunaajaatigilara utaqqisaallunga, nalunaajaatiga oqaaserpassuarni tusaanissaanut utaqqisumik , nalunaajaatigilara qinuneq iluaqutaasoq tamanut, ilukkut ilumoorluta aperigutta sumiluunniik tunisissasugut. Nalunngilara Mormonip Atuaqaa ilumoortuusoq uummatiga tamakkerlugu, inuuninni qiimasunnersuarmik tunimmanga, Nalunngilara Biibilip oqariartuutaa ilumoortoq, tassami immitsinnut asaneq ilinniarniartigu! Pilliutikka amerlaqaat kisianni tunissutit pisakka amerlanerujussuupput! Nalunaajaatigilara anersaajussuseq inuunitsinni pigigutsigu, aalajangiisarnigut eqqarsaatitsinniinngippata kisialli misigissutsigut atorlugit aalajangiisarutta paasissagipput inuunermi pisuussutsit amerlaqisut, paasissagipput Inuk Guutimit pinngortoq, uaguunnaangitsugulli !

Manna nittartagaq Ajoqersuisunut tunniuppara ilaqutaasunullu, nukissassaatitut sapiissusermullu Naalakkamut kiffartuussinerminnut, Asavakka assorujussuaq! Jesus Kristusip aqqani. Amen