Monday, June 17, 2013

Letter From Katherine (06/17/2013)

Hej fra Danmark!
Hello Family!
I am in here in Denmark, can you believe it, I cant figure out how to get the question mark to work on this keyboard.
Anyways, I was so happy to hear Christina's happy news. It made my day.
It's been kind of a crazy week. I didn't sleep very well on the flight from Texas to London, and I was super bummed that I couldn't get the calling card to work. I tried what you said to do Dad, and it still wouldn't work. It was something with the pay phones in London. But I will get to skype from a Members house in December, so that will be fun.
I actually sat by a man on the flight from London to Copenhagen who is an inactive member. He is from London and he said that it was sister missionaries that taught him. He said something happened that shook his faith and now he is agnostic, but if he had to choose between which churches were true it would be the LDS church. It was an interesting conversation, and kind of sad. He told me to just be myself, and don't be pushy with people. He also said to hand out a lot of  copies of the Liahona magazine because it has touching stories in it. He was very kind and said that he thought it was very interesting that his seat was next to a missionaries seat. I hope he figures everything out.
When we landed in Copenhagen the assistants and President and Sister Sederholm were there to pick us up. It was very exciting! We went straight to the mission home and unloaded our luggage. Dinner was prepared for us by some members in the ward. It was delicious. I can understand why sister missionaries gain weight here in Denmark. After Dinner I can't remember what happened. Im getting the days mixed up. The next day is when we went to see Christus statue. Holy Cow. It was amazing. Above the statue it says this is my beloved son, here him. and below it says come to me. It was so cool. You have to see it someday. After going to see the Christus statue we went to the mission office and had some training, and we were able to contact on the street! it was very exciting. Then I had my interview with President Sederholm, It went really well, I really like him and his wife. They have two children living with them in the mission home.  K, I really can't remember what order we did everything. I wrote it down in my journal so it's all good. We went and saw a castle and it was super mega fedt! I will send pictures. We also had our first kabobs. They were delicious. One of my teachers in the MTC was obsessed with kabobs. I really enjoyed my time in the mission home, It was so fun. We also had a testimony meeting, and president sederholms testimony was so powerful. One of the nights Sister Sederholm told us the  story of how they were called, and was very neat. The spirit was so strong, and it testified to me that they have been called of God.
My companion is Sister Nuttal from Shelly Idaho. She is 24. She is very kind.  Funny story. We were riding our bikes yesterday, oh yeah, we ride bikes all the time. One of the members in the ward is letting me borrow one. Anyways, we were riding our bikes yesterday and she rides soooooo fast! Holy Cow! I have had to tell her to slow down, because I haven't been doing this for 8 months like she has. So at one point she got way far ahead of me and then I lost her. Yeah, she was no where to be seen. So there I was, In Denmark, with no companion, no phone, and I didn't know the address to our apartment. So the first thing I did was pray. I immediately felt calm about the whole situation. The spirit guided me step by step the things which I should do. At first I just stopped and waited a while for her. I thought she would realize I wasn't behind her, but she never came back. So then I was like should I go look for her or try and find my way back to the apartment. I decided to try and find the apartment. Before I knew it, I found the apartment! Luckily I had the keys so i went in and prayed some more. Finally I found a phone number in the apartment and I went outside asking strangers if I could borrow their phones. It took like 4 tries before I found someone who would let me make a quick phone call. The phone number was the sister training leaders number and I asked her to call sister Nuttal to tell her I was back at the apartment. So yeah, finally sister Nuttal shows up and she was just in tears. I felt so bad. But all is well. I should have kept up with her
So i'm serving in Odensa. It is a city on the island of fyn. It's beautiful and so fun! I do not know my way around very well, and neither does sister Nuttal. she has only been here for 3 weeks. So we're trying to figure that all out.

Guess what. there are 8 missionaries here in Odensa. That's unheard of. there are two sets of missionaries in the two wards. a sister companionship, and an elder companionship. When sister Nuttal and I were walking one day we actually ran into the elders. It was so cool! The Lord is hastening his work! I am in the 2nd ward, but sunday I went to both sacrament meetings and had to bear my testimony in danish. Kind of scarry, but it went well. I loved church here, but it was really hard to stay awake because I could barely understand what they were saying.
Cool story. So Friday we met with one of our investigators. her name is Aisha and she is muslim. We talked about a lot of things, and at the end I asked If when she found the things we were talking about to be true If she would be baptized! I was so nervous to ask her, especially in Danish, but it was a really cool experience.
Another funny story. So our apartment has four sisters in it. Sister Briscoe has lived in Denmark before, so her danish is pretty good. Well before Sister Ripplinger and I got here Sister Briscoe and Sister Nuttal were companions. One time when they were in a government building renewing sister Nuttals visa Sister Briscoe started talking to this family who spoke very little danish. She scheduled an apointment with them to come and talk about the gospel though. So sister Nuttal and I went to go see them. So we get there and it turns out that they thought we worked for the government and could help them get their visas faster or something. Yeah they weren't interested at all in the gospel and it was a really funny/ awkward situation.
Oh yeah! I almost forgot to tell you. we had to take the train to get from copenhagen to odensa. There were 11 missionaries on the train and we all had a ton of luggage. It was the most stressful thing of my life. But It was also way cool because I was able to talk to some people about what I'm doing as a missionary. I gave two of them copies of the Liahona, just like that guy said.
Im sorry my email is so scattered. So much has happened! I love it here. It's so hard, but I love it. I'm looking forward to the day that I can understand Danish. Have fun in Yosemite!
Love Katherine

Monday, June 10, 2013

Letter From Katherine (06/07/2013)


Well. Guess what? I'm going to Denmark on Monday 6/10/2013 :) all of the danish sisters serving in Missouri have their visas except one. More details to come. Have a good day. I love you!

Love Katherine

Note:  Just got off the phone w/ Katherine from Dallas - She sounds great - happy and excited - and loved her short experience in St. Louis.

She is on her way via Dallas Fort Worth, London, then Copenhagen.  She will arrive in Copenhagen tomorrow late afternoon Tuesday 6/11.

Letter From Katherine (06/03/2013)

Hi family :) 

There was a tornado, and I survived it. We were actually at a members house for dinner and the sirens came on so we stayed there for quite a while. I didn't actually see the tornado, but apparently it was pretty darn close. The weather here is crazy! One minute it's pouring rain, and the next it's nice and sunny. The lightning during the tornado was awesome! It lit up across the whole sky. It was pretty neat. 

You know, i'm actually starting to like Missouri. haha I have gotten to know the members, and investigators a lot better and it has helped a ton. 

So real quick, guess what?! My companion from the MTC, Sister Bishop, is in Denmark! apparently someone from Missouri will be joining her and her companion very soon. I haven't heard anything about it so i'm guessing it's not me, but if she has her visa mine will probably be here in the next little while. Honestly I don't feel like i'm quite finished here in Missouri, but I will be so excited when I get my visa! She went to New York sometime in January. So we will see what happens!

So funny story. Okay so my trainer became pretty frustrated with me earlier this week. I think she felt like I was overstepping her position as trainer, or something like that. I just kept bringing up that I didn't think it was good that our dinner appointments were super long. Anyways one day all of the sudden she was like, you know what so you're going to be trainer for the day. haha at first I was like how can she do this to me?! but then, I was like okay then let's get to work! we ended up visiting a bunch of members and it went really well. All is well:) and I got to be trainer for a day haha

Sunday was awesome. I loved hearing the testimonies of the ward members. I taught the gospel principles class and that was fun. Everyone here either says I look danish, or I remind them of someone. It's kind of weird. This one guy actually said I reminded him of this other girl in the ward because I smile all the time! what? Me smiling all the time?! how's that for the Murray scowl:) 

I'm enjoying our investigators, but they like to talk so much. Holy cow. One of our investigators named Jenny is soooo ready to be baptized, but her husband won't let her. It's pretty sad. We will continue to meet with her and teach her. Daphney is getting baptized on the 15 of June. Right now her biggest concern is her son Jordan. She really wants him to have interest in the church, but so far he is not interested at all. Our next lesson with Daphney we are going to have some of the youth from the ward there to meet Jordan and hopefully spark an interest within him. Joel and Annie are awesome, but they didn't read any of the Book of Mormon! Hvad for nogle! they said that they would read before we meet with them again. 

Overall this week was a lot better than last week. Want to hear a story? Well we were tracting and this young mother opened the door and she was not very friendly. A few minutes after she opened the door her dog ran out and then she was mad and really annoyed with us. We asked if we could help her catch her dog and she rolled her eyes and said you will never be able to do that. So i said a prayer and within like 10 seconds I totally caught the dog. She didn't want to listen to what we had to say about the gospel, but we ended on a good note...kind of. We did a lot of tracting and found a lot of potential investigators. It's so interesting. When teenagers open the door they are so willing to listen to us and ask questions, but a lot of older people won't even give us the time of day. I actually am starting to really enjoy tracting. We run into the craziest people, and often times the people who you would least expect are the ones who want to hear more. 

Thanks for all your prayers. I have felt them and they have been a huge strength for me. I couldn't be doing this without the support from all of you. I love you so much and hope you all have a great week!
Jeg elsker jer!

Love Katherine