Sunday, March 16, 2014

November, December 2013 & January, February 2014

All right, I have been a huge procrastinator. It has been over 4 months since I last wrote something on our blog. I'll hit on some of the highlights that have happened and then I'll try to be better to keep things updated.
Elder Holyoak had been wanting to fix our family dinner for a while and finally found a day that would work for all of us. He brought his companion Elder Walch with him and they fixed us a wonderful dinner. What a treat!
We welcomed 11 missionaries to the mission, Elders Pitcher, Zenger,Wright, Lawless, Gifford, Enniss, Clawson, Syverson, DeMordaunt, Horrocks and Sister Henderson . Oh how we love  to have missionaries join us here. Along with missionaries arriving to the mission we also had to say goodbye to some missionaries that have completed their mission. We sent Elders Simpson, Mortensen and Larsen off to return to their families after serving the Lord for 2 years.  They returned with honor.
For Thanksgiving we celebrated with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner for all the missionaries for each zone. The missionaries love playing in their traditional turkey bowl and then attend their zone training. Each zone was fed both physically and spiritually.
On Thanksgiving day we had a Thanksgiving dinner at the mission home with a few families from our ward that are either Americans or have lived in America at one time. Leisel and James McCormick brought their boss, that is not a member of the church, and he wanted to experience an American Thankgivings dinner. We enjoyed the company and the food.
Deaparting Elders, Mortensen, Larsen & Simpson 
11 new missionaries and their companions
Zone Activity
Zone talent show

3 of our red headed missionaries

We stared our December out by having our Mission leadership council. We hold it at the mission home and then after the meeting we have a lunch together. Its wonderful to see these young missionaries hold leadership position and have such a special spirit about them. 
On fast Sunday we held our monthly fireside at the mission home. It is always so wonderful to have new members, less active members and non-members along with missionaries meet with us every fast Sunday.
This month we were honored to hear from a choir of missionaries. They sounded wonderful!
We held our quarterly zone conference for each zone. What a spiritual feast they were! After attending an all day conference you get all fired up. We had a nice Danish Christmas dinner fixed for all the missionaries.
After a month in the field the new missionaries attended a specialized training. Its fun to see the MTC group back together and sharing experiences with one another.
A week before Christmas we had 9 Elders joined us; Elders Willardson, Howland, Hafen, Wilsher, Burton, Brindley, Christensen, Kinch and May. And 4 wonderful missionaries returned home; Elders Holyoak, Petersen, Swensen and Christensen. What a wonderful present for both us here, to get a group of wonderful missionaries, and for and families of the missionaries that returned home.
We had the wonderful opportunity to have a house full for Christmas. On the 17th Jens and Hilary flew in to Copenhagen to get their marriage license. I can't express how happy we were for them to come to Denmark to get married. Jens parents, Jene and Connie, his brother, Jared and sister, Judith came a few days early and celebrated Christmas with us. Josh and Jaela, Jared and Dallas flew in on the 26th for the big day. Jens and Hilary were sealed for time and all eternity in the Copenhagen Denmark Temple on Devember 28th. What a special day that was for all of us especially for Shawn to be able to witness his daughter getting married.
We celebrated New Years Eve as a family here at the mission home, there were fireworks everywhere we looked. We had a great time and enjoyed being together. We hated to see Josh, Jaela, Jared, Dallas, Hilary and Jens leaves us. 
Mission leadership council
Christmas fireside at the mission home
Sjælland zone conference
Jylland zone conference

Jylland zone activity
New Missionary special training

Arrival of 9 Elders and their companions
Departing Elders Holyoak, Petersen, Swensen, and Christensen
Jens & Hilary's wedding

We hated to see Josh, Jaela, Jared, Dallas, Hilary and Jens leaves us here in Denmark and return to the states on the 1st. The mission home was pretty quiet after everyone left.
In January for our leadership training we brought the Assistants, Zone leaders, Sister trainer leaders, and the District leaders all together for the meeting and then afterwards we all attended the temple. What a wonderful day! It was great to see the temple full of missionaries.
Mission leadership council
Sjælland zone training

In February we sent 2 great missionaries, Elder Hammond and Elder Berry, back to their home and families. They will be missed!
For leadership training this month we had all the leadership come to the mission home on Thursday night and spend the night at the mission home. It was wonderful to have a house full of missionaries.
Shawn and I attended a couple of the zone training and a couple of district meetings. It is nice to be with the missionaries to feel of their spirit and see the growth as they teach one another.

Departing Elders Hammond & Berry
Mission leadership council
West Sjælland zone training

Århus zone training
North Sjælland zone training

Friday, December 6, 2013

October 2013

Oops! I thought I posted this a couple of weeks ago. Just found it saved as a draft.

Ok, I'm being a slacker. It's already the middle of November and I haven't posted anything for October. I need to remember to do these updates sooner, as I get older my mind seems to not remember as much. Ok here it goes for a quick update.
On October 1st 15 missionaries, that had been been reassigned while waiting for their visas, arrived to the mission. We were so excited to get them here in Denmark. Now that leaves only 1 elder that is waiting for his visa. 
Mission leadership council was held on the 4th. We have always held this at the mission home but this month we had it at the church. An Iceland elder usually joins us via Skype, this month he flew to Copenhagen and joined us in person. There are 11 elders and 4 sisters that attend this meeting every month. 
What a wonderful opportunity we had on the 5 & 6 to watch general conference with lots of missionaries. It's always so great to hear from our prophet and apostles and feel of their spirit. It made it even better that we were surrounded by missionaries. 
3 senior couples and 2 senior sisters arrived to the mission on the 11th. Elder and Sister Madsen, Elder and Sister Middlemas, Sister Swena and Sister Hamblin will all be serving here in Denmark  and the Freeman's will be serving in Iceland.  We just love our senior missionaries. 
Jarom and Heather had their fall break for school so we all went to Iceland with Shawn on the 12th-16th. We attended zone training, a farewell dinner, church and Heather had the wonderful opportunity to get her patriarchal blessing while we were there. We said goodbye to Elder and Sister Paulsen, they returned back to Utah on the 17th. The saints were truly blessed by having the Paulsens serve in Iceland.
A specialized training was held for the missionaries that have been in the land for a month and their companions was held on the 24th. They are all great missionaries. 
We love serving along side of such wonderful missionaries. What an example they are to us.

New missionaries and their companions

Iceland missionaries

Thursday, October 17, 2013

September 2013

September has come and gone, the weather is starting to become colder. Where did the summer go?
On September 3-5 the 3 zones In Denmark held their trainings  It's always nice to attend these meetings and a feel of the spirit that is there. 
On the 4th, President Sederholm set apart a missionary from Iceland, Elder Gudnason, that is on his way to England to the MTC for 2 weeks and will return to Denmark to serve his mission with us. President also had the opportunity that day to release a missionary that is returning from his mission in Poland. He is from Iceland and the 2 Elders just happened to be cousins. They were able to see each other before going their separate ways. 
President and I attended a mission presidents seminar in Versailles, France, on the 10-13. We had the opportunity to hear from Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elder Richard J. Maynes and all three members of our Area Presidency. What a wonderful few days we had there. Our meetings were held in the hotel room where the treaty of Versailles was drafted. The hotel is right next to the palace, which was beautiful and we were able to take a tour of it and go the the hall of mirrors where the treat was signed ending the First World War.  We also were able to see the Eiffel Tower. I guess you could say by the time those few days were over our tanks were over flowing.
Zone conferences were held in Denmark on the 17th-19th. In Denmark. The missionaries always enjoy seeing one another at meetings where we can all learn together.
We were expecting 18 missionaries to arrive on the 24th, we received 4. Yes, we are still waiting on visas. I'm sure the missionaries are as disappointed as we are. The 4 that came were; Elder Guthnason, Elder MacBeth, Elder Hooper and Elder Zalewski. We are excited to have them here in the mission with us.
On the 27th President and the assistants, Elder Whitlock and Elder Elsbury, travel to Iceland for the zone conference there. 
When we left for our mission we knew there was a possibility that 3 of our children would get married. What we didn't expect is that they would all 3 get married within a year. Yes, we are going to have another wedding, Hilary got engaged to Jens Jespersen on the 28th. They have not picked a date yet more details will come later. We are all excited! I just love seeing our family grow:)
Jarom and Heather are doing well, they love school or should I say love being with their friends at school. Jarom is enjoying playing soccer even though is team does not have the best record, he is also swimming.
Elder Sederholm is doing very well. He just got transferred back to Tacoma where he will be serving as an assistant to the president. He loves his mission, he was very sad to leave Chehalis but happy to serve where ever he is needed.
What a wonderful September we had here in Denmark. We are looking forward to many more great months to come.

The Hall of Mirrors
Versailles Palace

Eiffel Tower

Our new missionaries and their companions
Jens and Hilary
Elder Sederholm and Elder Clifford

Friday, September 6, 2013

August 2013

August has already come and gone in a flash just like the last few months. On August 2nd we held a mission leadership council at the mission home. It nice to have all the leaders together to discuss the mission and enjoy a lunch once a month.
On the 4th we had an open house at the mission home for less active members, new members and investigators. I think we had the biggest group in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the message and of course the time to visit.
Elder and Sister Hicks arrived on the 6th after a long wait for their visas. They are going to be member leader support missionaries in the Randers area. We are very excited to have them here with us. They are very excited to serve.
On the 7th Sister Vige arrived from the MTC in England. She is from Norway so she didn't go to Provo for language training and was only in the MTC for 2 weeks. And then on the 13th we received 9 new missionaries, Sister Packard, Elder Madsen, Elder Call, Elder Parry, Elder Taylor, Elder Holbrook, Elder Warner, Elder Tuckett and Elder Talbot. 18 were scheduled to arrive but only half received their visas.
August 14th was a big day for Jarom and Heather, they started school. Jarom started his last and final year of high school and Heather is a sophomore. I've decided that I'm not happy with all my kids growing up. I would go on strike but I don't think that will help. 
And then to top that off, 12 missionaries, Sister Guesne, Sister Christensen, Elder Hansen, Elder Sorensen, Elder Broschinsky, Elder Wooden, Elder McDonnell, Elder Arts, Elder Singleton, Elder Dunshee, Elder Wright and Elder Richards, departed for their homes on the 15th. We are getting new missionaries all the time that I consider family and after 18-24 months they leave me and go back to their real families. It makes me sad but I'm happy for them.
I had the opportunity to fly into Salt Lake with a couple of missionaries returning home. What fun it was to see them reunite with their family and friends after being away for 2 years. 
I even had a warm welcome back to the states by Hilary and her boyfriend, Jens. 
Jared and Dallas were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mt. Timpanogos temple on the 16th. What a beautiful wedding. The room was filled with family and friends. That evening, at the wedding dinner, Shawn, Jarom and Heather were able to Skype in to give some fatherly advice and visit with family. We all had a wonderful time.
On the 17th Jared and Dallas had a reception in Provo at Dallas's aunts home. The decorations were beautiful and the food was delicious. I think a good time was had by all that attended. I even had some return missionaries from Denmark drop by for a visit, Elder (Brian) Bailey, Elder (Garrett) Jones, Sister (Kendra) Arbon, Sister (Sydnee) Taylor, Elder (Jens) Jespersen, Elder and Sister Nielson. What a treat!
I also attended an open house in Tulsa and one in Arkansas. It's always fun to see friends that you have not seen in a while and spend time with family. 
A senior couple conference was held here in Denmark on the 21st. Shawn was able to be with some of the great couples that are serving here.  And then on the 23rd he made him monthly trip to Iceland. 
Shawn had a special treat on the 26th. One of his companions, Marc Traasdahl, from his mission 30 years ago stopped by for a visit. Marc had picked up his son in Norway after completing his mission and stopped in Denmark to visit his old mission. They had a nice visit.
Jarom and Heather, along with the youth from our ward here in Denmark, have been working really hard to raise money this summer and had the opportunity to go to England. They attended the temple and saw a few sight in London. They left on Friday the 30th and returned on the 1st of September. What an opportunity they had!
Elder (Jacob) Sederholm is doing great. He is serving right now in Chehalis, Washington. He is a Zone/District leader and is serving with 2 companions. He loves missionary work, he said he cant believe he is saying this but" he loves knocking on doors." Got to love it!
What a wonderful, busy, crazy month. We are looking forward to many more!

Arrival of Elder and Sister Hicks

Arrival of Sister Vige

Arrival of 9 missionaries

Departure of 12 missionaries

Dallas and Jared at Mt. Timpanogos Temple

Returned Missionaries that served in Denmark

Marc Traasdahl's Family
President Weaver and Elder Sederholm