I Hope They Call Me On a Monkey

First! First! First! Our friend and buddy Nikolaj is getting baptized on March 5th!!! He was the biggest miracle. We are taking no credit for any of his progress. He’s God’s baptism; we just get to participate. Honestly I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to teach him. He has so much light in his eyes. I love that man. He is the perfekt example of utilizing the Atonement.

Sister Bevan tells me I talk in my sleep in Danish. This is a breakthrough moment ladies and gentlemen! We landed on the moon!!! I now feel successful in my life.

We finished up our big visiting members project this week! We got to a lot of people. We went on a few adventures, one of them out to Fanø, the Island right by Esbjerg. We met with 2 really cute old ladies. The first one was a previous investigator and told us that just 2 days earlier she had the thought that we were going to come. She also told us the same 5 Things 10 different times. The next old lady gave us some Risengrød, or rice pudding and could barely hear us. I love old people. I swear only old people live on Fanø.

Yesterday, President and Sister O’Bryant came to our ward to follow up on how the visiting the members thing went, and the meeting was SO successful!!! We’ve made so much progress with this ward. I love them. I want to keep doing the best I can for them.

On Friday we had a worldwide missionary broadcast that we went to Aarhus to see. It was very enlightening and so very helpful. I also had to endure two of my previous comps’ farewell testimonies and also Elder Lester’s. That was hard. I hate handshakes. And Sister Bevan gave her first testimony in Danish! Woo! That’s my girl!

Speaking of that girl, we’re getting along a lot better. We talk about a lot of things a lot – like so many productive comp inventories. We’re trying to figure out how things are going to work. She’s motivated me to be a better person and missionary. I realized I was slacking on a lot of things. I’ll keep you posted.

Saturday morning, right as we were about to start personal study, the zone leaders texted and challenged the zone to go out and shovel snow! It took a bit to get a hold of a few snow shovels, but then we, along with the elders and 2 members, went and shoveled the entire church parking lot! It was a workout. I’m still sore. But that thing is clear! Let’s go! We’re not going to mention that it rained later and melted all the snow anyway, but we still feel productive and successful!

Hey, it’s been a great week. This area is pulling itself out of the gutter. Have a great week everyone!

MKH,
Søster Fergie

p.s. The title of this entry comes from a picture a child in my ward primary sent me from Utah. He colored the face of a missionary brown, drew big ears and scribbled out the word “mission” so the caption said “I hope they call me on a monkey”. I died.

Quotes:
*Æ Allred brushing snow off a bench outside the church*
Me: “Do you think anyone will even sit on it?”
Æ Allred: “Well… they will now!”

Me: “What if we asked someone who didn’t have a car for a ride, and they said sure then came and gave us piggyback rides? That would be awesome.”

Snow

The Family Photo. My baby Sister Bevan, me, my mom Sister Noorda, and my sister Sister Ogaard. Guess who still has never had a comp taller than her...

The Family Photo. My baby Sister Bevan, me, my mom Sister Noorda, and my sister Sister Ogaard. Guess who still has never had a comp taller than her…

So much joy on this boy's face.

So much joy on this boy’s face.

​Projekt: Shovel the church parking lot

​Projekt: Shovel the church parking lot

Crutch for Jesus

(This was actually 2 weeks ago. I accidentally sent it to the wrong thing instead of to all of you. Whoops.)

I have like no time.

OKay! WHAT a crazy incredible week. And I have no time. Right now I’m in Copenhagen, chilling with Sister Lyman because….. I’M TRAINING!!! Our daughters come in tomorrow and we take them back to our areas on Wednesday. It’s been a crazy day, but first, stories from the past week. SO many things happened to make this a wonderful week. Sister Van Orden’s last week.

We went on splits in Odense! Super fun. I love Sister Landvatter. She is one of the most selfless, Christlike people I know. Such a good time spending time with her.

We had our district activity on Wednesday where we made mac n cheese in the church and watched a bunch of Mormon Messages and then went ice skating again!

While we were ice skating Sister Van Orden glided over a bumpy patch on the ice and stuck her toe pick in, but fell and sprained her ankle. Luckily the Sønderborg elders were there and could give us a ride to the hospital. They took an x-ray and found out it was only sprained and not broken, but she couldn’t walk.

So, let me just say that there are angels in this mission. Namely Elder Reber and Elder McDougall who were incredibly kind enough to lend us their car for the weekend. Otherwise we would have just had to sit inside all weekend. I GOT TO DRIVE A CAR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A YEAR!!!!! I miss driving so much, but I think I like driving in Utah better than Denmark. It’s better structured. We got so much done because of that car. AND the first day we had the car it snowed! No coincidence. God loves us. Also, the night she sprained her ankle, we asked our ward mission leader, Lasse, if he could find us some crutches and we woke up the next day at 6:30 to a text that had been sent at 1:00 am saying that the crutches were right outside our door. Best mission leader in the world! I respect that man so much. He’s incredible!

So it’s been a crazy weekend. We’ve had a car and got to drop by SO many people because of it. I never realized how much time biking takes and how far away people live. Why don’t we have a car all the time?!

Today, we drove to Fredericia to take the car back  😦   and then hopped on a train to Copenhagen! I have been so very excited. I’ve missed, not just Copenhagen, but Sjælland so much. We got here and got to chill with Sister Floyd, Sister Sorensen, Sister Lyman, and Elder Porter and gang. It was so much fun! Then the not-so-fun part came when I had to say goodbye to my companion. Sister Van Orden has become one of my very best friends. Our time together has been a blast and I’m going to miss her so much. But I’ve got a brand new adventure coming soon 🙂

I’m sorry this wasn’t very long (The quote section will make up for it. We had a great week.). I love you all! Have a great week! I’m so excited to train!

MKH,
Søster Fergie

Quotes:
“Winning is the Christlike thing to do”

“I know the chess is true!!”

Søs Landvatter: “The stress of being under stress!”

“I love how elders talk about girls and we beatbox.”

Søs Van Orden: “I was looking at all the movie posters and I was just like ‘satan. satan! SATAN! SATAN!”

Æ Weese: “To this bison, God is probably a bison.”

“If it was acceptable in the kingdom of heaven, I’d marry my snowboard”

Me: “What is this? An IT band? An ACL? I don’t know, I never took astronomy”

Æ Gerber: “My name’s Gerber. Like the baby food, like the knives, like the toilet…”

So Elder Gerber accidentally sat on our donuts.
JoDee: “You gotta at least sit on a donut once in a while. It’s human nature.”

“I’m gonna try and eat this donut. Anyone have a bike pump?”

Steve the snowman: “I cough snowflakes”

Kirsten Søe: “Du må godt oversæt hvis jeg snakke for hurtigt til James Bond pige” (“You can translate if I’m talking too fast for James Bond girl.” – what she had been calling me all evening)

(I overheard this wrong)
Æ Gerber: “How’s your family Bernard?”
Bernard: “They’re very swag, thank you”

Splits with Sister Landvatter

Splits with Sister Landvatter

This district tho...

This district tho…

Elder Jensen's face explains it all.

Elder Jensen’s face explains it all.

Guess who got to drive a CAR???!!!!!

Guess who got to drive a CAR???!!!!!

It’s a Girl!

For the first time since she began her mission, Lucy didn’t send a blog post last week. She was in Copenhagen to meet and pick up her newbie missionary. All I got was, “I don’t have a ton of time. We’re in Copenhagen and running late. I just said goodbye to Sister Van Orden and Sister Sorensen. I’ll see Sister Floyd tomorrow with her parents!!! It was hard.”

Man, this has been a long but so very short week. Weird how time goes. I am officially a mother. It’s really weird. My new baby’s name is Sister Bevan and she’s from Lehi, Utah. She’s a little quiet, but super ready to just go out and start teaching every single person in Denmark.

Ok, so on Tuesday a got to spend the day with Sister Lyman and it was SO wonderful! I wish I could’ve been companions with Sister Lyman. We’re almost the same person, we get along so well. That companionship would have been stellar, but we got one day together, so we made the most of it. We got to do some family history with a less active! It was AMAZING because we helped her find her grandmother and great-grandmother in the Danish archives! I’ve never been able to successfully find someone before! We were so excited, then we changed her Family search account so she can take them to the temple! I want to just be a family history missionary because I wish I could do it all day long. It’s so satisfying.

Then we went to this Chinese restaurant to give the people who worked there some fliers for a Chinese fireside, but sadly they weren’t interested. We did get some good Chinese food. I got some pictures of Sister Lyman trying and almost failing at eating with chopsticks. Those chopsticks weren’t that good either. They were super slippery. I think the thing I enjoyed the most about that day was just being able to talk to her about anything and everything. We shared a lot of insights about things we’d been thinking about recently. Those conversations better be locked in some gold vault in heaven because they were fantastic! I love talking with someone who thinks like me because my mind becomes completely open.

The next day we drove to Copenhagen from Birkerød (Sister Lyman’s area) and met our new missionaries! It was super weird and long and crazy and fast and everything! Pretty soon we were on a train headed back home to Esbjerg. I think I talked to more people on that train ride than I have in a while and we got a referral for Fredericia! She was from Russia and I heard her speaking Russian to her little girl so I asked and we got in a good conversation. We gave her a Danish Book of Mormon, but we told her our friends would bring her one in Russian! That awesome moment when I can recognize Russian when I hear it randomly on the train!

Training is an interesting thing. It’s so very hard because you’re pretty much taking over an area, but also leading all the conversations and all the contacts. Poor Sister Bevan desperately wants to contribute but she can’t. I’ve been trying to remember my first few weeks and how I coped, just so I can try and sympathize with her. It’s so weird to think about a time when I didn’t speak Danish. Our personalities are a little different. She’s very mathematical minded and I’m more laid back, but we’re figuring out how we can compromise and work together in better unity as a companionship. I’m also having to humble myself a lot because my way isn’t always the right way or the best way. Lots of learning going on on both ends.

Anyway! Sorry it’s not very long! Y’all are great! Ha’ en god uge!
Jeg vil så meget gerne skriver hele mit brev på dansk, men jeg tror I vil hade mig alle sammen.
Vi snakkes vid’! (That says something like, “I would love to write my whole letter in Danish, but you would all probably hate me.” Thank you, Google Translate)

MKH,
Søster Fergie

Quote:
Æ McDougall: “I have the worst memory in the World”
Me: “I know! I’ve known you for almost a year, been in your district twice, and you still can’t spell my name right!”
Æ McD: “Ya I can. It’s F-U-R-G-Y”
Me: “…yep. you got it right. Good job”

Splits with Sister Lyman

Splits with Sister Lyman

Thou shalt not have any other gods before me.

Thou shalt not have any other gods before me.

I'd like you all to meet Sister Bevan, my child :)

I’d like you all to meet Sister Bevan, my child 🙂

I see skies of Blue... #DanishSunsetsTho

I see skies of Blue… #DanishSunsetsTho

The Frozen Chosen

GODT NYT ÅR!!! It has been a great year. My first full year away from home. First full year spent in a different country. First full year of my mission… wait. What? YEAR MARK BABY!

We had a great week!

Wednesday we had the entire zone in Esbjerg to do a giant blitz splits! 24 missionaries in Esbjerg! They didn’t know what hit them. We spent the morning walking around contacting, then on our lunch break a bunch of us went ice skating!! It was so much fun! Then we split up. We had 2 cars, 4 bikes, and 2 contacting groups. I was in a car (taking advantage of the situation). It was so coordinated and SO successful! We had 25 new potentials by the end of the day! Miracles. We all had so much fun too! This is how missionary work should be.

For New Years we were with a member. It was pretty great. We had julemad again! (Never gets old) And we watched a movie about John the Revelator while he was on the island of Patmos receiving the revelations for the Book of Revelation. It was interesting because I’d read the Book of Revelation before, but to Sister Van Orden, who hadn’t, it was the weirdest movie ever. There also was a cheesy fake love story. I need to watch more movies with Sister Van Orden when I get home. It was a party. So funny. We had to be home by 11, so we had the member drive us home and then we made snickerdoodles, Elder Hawkes style! It was so fun. Great activity. Thanks pal.

Now I have to tell you about fireworks in Denmark. They are like nothing you’ve ever experienced. They start the Monday before and escalate throughout the week until it’s like one big grand finale all night long on the 31st/1st. It was incredible! We live on the ground floor so we went up the stairs to the top landing and opened the window! It was the best view. I almost cried, I was so happy. Just thinking about the past year and about the future year. It’s funny, because I’ll be on my mission for exactly half of this year and home for the other half, I made 2 lists of goals I want to accomplish. It’s crazy how fast time flies. I only have 6 months left. I was with Sister Floyd when she hit her year mark and now she’s leaving in a few days.

The day after, we spent all day inside, blasting our music, deep cleaning. It was wonderful. I love cleaning. We have a giant pile of genbrug stuff right by our front door that hopefully we’re taking care of today. The genbrug was closed the past couple days, so we’ll probably take a few trips. I wish we had a wagon. Or a car. Or a pack-horse. Bikes just aren’t the best for transporting stuff unfortunately. But our apt is nice and squeaky clean. I also got a package from my home ward! Super nice! And Jensen family, I’m grateful for the thought, even though the jar of cookie mix broke on the way over here. We dug out all the chocolate chips because those things are golden. You can’t buy them in Denmark. THANK YOU! I thought Christmas was over, but what do you know? And all those letters from the primary kids!! SO CUTE. I love my life.

So those who are condemned to serve in Esbjerg through the winter are dubbed “The Frozen Chosen”. I didn’t really take it seriously, but let me tell you, I’m repenting. January brought with it crazy winds coming in from Russia that are SO cold. It kills to bike because your gears are frozen and your legs are exhausted from biking against the wind. And your extremities are frozen, even though you’ve got the thickest gloves and socks and boots on. Kills. But, we move forward. It still hasn’t snowed yet. Knocking on wood. I don’t know how much worse the snow will make biking.

Anyway, that was my week. Sister Van Orden goes home in 7 days. It’s kind of crazy. I lvoe her so much. She’s my babe.

Have a great week and a great new year!

Søster Fergie

Quotes:
Søs VO: “Whatcha gonna do, make me eat a beet?”

“Nephi. Large in stature and in chin”

“I’m not gonna need a dyne to look like a marshmallow if you keep feeding me this crap”

Æ Weese: “Once upon a yonder year…”

Æ Jensen: “That is a fly onesie!”

Me: “I wasn’t sure if he was gonna be welcome backed”

SVO: “Sister Noorda warned me that both of us were gonna forget everything all the time.”
Me: “That’s why I wrote ‘Text Lasse’ on all of those days.”
SVO: “Oh no! We forgot to text Lasse!”

Haven't been ice skating in so long.

Haven’t been ice skating in so long.

​Blitz Splits activitet!

Blitz Splits activitet!

New Years Eve cookies sponsored by Hr. Caleb Hawkes

New Years Eve cookies sponsored by Hr. Caleb Hawkes

​YEAR MARK!!!

​YEAR MARK!!!