Thursday, August 29, 2013

hej familie! (Letter From Katherine - 8/29/2013)

Hello Family,

Im glad you got the letter I sent you. It didn't take as long as I thought it would, so that's good. It has been kind of a weird week. Im having a hard time remembering what even happened. Right now we don't really have any progressing investigators so it has been a little rough. I think I will just start with what happened yesterday and work my way backwords. Yesterday, one of the members brought some of her friends to church, so that was neat but non of them live in Odense. A young woman from Ghana moved into the ward and it was perfect becasue we had an appointment with noble our investigator who is also from Africa and we needed somone to teach with us. she was more than willing to come with us and she is awesome! Unfortunately we "dropped" Noble. It seems like we have been dropping a lot of people lately. Anyways, her name is Ruby and she will be in Denmark 2 years for school. She came on her own and has only been here for four days.

Saturday Sister Hall and I found someones phone in the middle of the street so we called the contacts in it to try and return it to the owner. We got a hold of someone and while we were waiting to meet up with them these drunk guys came up to us. It was actually kind of scarry. There's a lot of drunk people here in Denmark.

I don't know i'm trying to think of what has happened. Sister Hall and I went on exchanges in Horrsens, and that was fun. I slept on the floor and sister hall was on the couch and in the middle of the night she jumped off the couch onto the matt I was sleeping on and said, there's rats! I was like what?? and she said that there were giant rats. I said are you serious, and she said oh wait no, i was just dreaming and then she got back up on the couch and went back to sleep. It was really funny, but afterwards I was a little nervous that there were rats in the apartment.

I'm sorry that this e-mail is so short, but there isn't much to say. It was just kind of a weird week.
I love you all!

Love Katherine

Hej Min Familie!‏ (Letter from Katherine - 8/19/2013)

Another week has gone by already. I can't believe it, the weeks go by so fast! Some days can be pretty slow, but the weeks always seem to fly. Yesterday I saw Dane and his wife at church! that was a lot of fun. He said he will be back next Summer. He also asked me if I eat danishes everyday. I was like, "what is that supposed to mean?!" haha he said that that's not what he meant, but what'er.
So Sister Hall and I had an interesting week. We haven't been able to schedule very many appointments with our investigators so we spent a lot of time contacting. A lot a lot a lot of time contacting. One of the days we were out walking a long the street and I was thinking we shouldn't be on this side, I was about to say something to Sister hall when she said the exact same thing to me. We went on the other side of the street and almost immediately we met a young man from Norway. He was very kind and interested, but he doesn't have a phone that works in Denmark yet. He got our information and we are praying that he will call.
Remember Inus? I'm pretty sure I told you about him last week. Well Sister Hall and I also met him contacting and he came to CUV( young single adults). Before he came he texted us and asked if it was okay if he brought his partner. Sister Hall and I were like well maybe partner just means friend. Well we were wrong. Inus is Gay. His partner was not able to come to CUV but I think Inus had a really good time. It was actually quite a neat experience. There was a really good turn out to CUV and while we were eating he asked everyone to introduce themselves. After that he openly told everyone that he was gay and then he asked what the church's stance was on homosexual relationships. It was like the young single adults just surrounded him and helped answer the questions, and they continued to answer the other questions he had about the church. Sister Hall and I just kind of sat back and watched how well they explained things to him. It was awesome! He wants to meet with us again. 
Crazy story. Before I tell you I need to explain who some of these people are.
Noble- he is an investigator, African American, extremely hard to schedule appointments with because he says he's a free man.
Ike- Another investigator who is also African American. He had a month long job that was crazy so we haven't been able to meet with him for a while.
Jolly- He is a member of the church and is in the first ward. He is also African American and we have been wanting him to come teach Noble and Ike with us but we haven't been able to schedule appointments with them. Neither of us have met him before.
Okay so here's the story. We invitied Noble to come play soccer last Saturday and he came and had a great time. This past Saturday he asked if Sister Hall and I would like to come to a picnic that his church was putting on for the young people. We thought it sounded like fun, and it would also be a good place to meet people. So he gave us a list of busses that we should take. We went to the trainstation to catch the bus we needed and it turned out that it was the wrong one. So stayed on the bust until it took us back to the trainstation. Then we got on the right bus and it took us to the park right by our apartment. hahaha The park that the picnic was at was the park right by us! We got a kick out of that. As soon as we got off the bus we laughed and laughed. So we head over to where the picnic is, and Noble comes and greets us. The preacher guy from the church was talking a little bit and I was just kind of looking around and guess who else was at the picnic. Ike!!! So we talked to him a little bit and then soon after this other man came up to me and said, "Hey, do you remember me? we met in Svendborg" sure enough, Sister Nuttall and I had contacted him in Svendborg. Haha so Noble, Ike, and this other guy were all at the picnic! It came time to play soccer and guess who comes up to us. Jolly! Turns out he's friends with all of them!!!!!!! CRAZY! So they all said they want to meet with us, and Jolly said he would be more than happy to come teach with us. It was crazy.
Hopefully that story made sense. Things have been going well here. We had a dinner appointment with a Woman named Kristine and her two children. She hasn't been to church in over 15 years but when Sister Nuttall and I went and visited her she said we could come back for dinner on the 14th of August. So Sister Hall and I went and had a wonderful time. She said she wants us to come back and teach her children about Joseph Smith. We weren't expecting that! Her daughter is 12 and her son is 13. We were able to teach them how to pray and it was a very neat experience. I am really looking forward to going back.
It's just crazy how up and down the week was. Although we were contacting a ton, we were able to see so many miracles. I love it. 
Thank you for everything! I love hearing from you! I love you all so much! 
Love Katherine 

Hej (Letter From Katherine - 8/12/2013)

Hello Family!

Well to start things off, my new bike is kind of a peice of work. haha Either that or Sister Nuttall just wanted me to die when she was putting it together. haha Sister Hall actually has the same bike as me and she has been having the same problems, so I think it's just the bike. I guess that's what you get for only paying 999 KR. We are going to try and have Elder Ivie (senior missionary) take a look at them.

Funny story about Elder Ivie- So our bathroom has had a leak for quite a while and we have been trying to get a hold of the landlord, but we could never get a hold of him. Well when Sister Hall got here the sink wouldn't drain and then the toilet broke. So we called elder Ivie and he came to take a look at it and it was pretty funny. He was having the hardest time with the toilet. We could hear him mumbling under his breath and then he yelled.....JUNK!!! haha then we got the giggles way bad, and it was one of those situations where you shouldn't be laughing, but you just cannot stop. Sister hall and I went outside to take the garbage out and we could still hear him yelling haha. I'm laughing way hard right now as I am writing this. IT was so funny, but you might just have to know Elder Ivie to think it was funny. We asked him if there was anything we could do to help and he said, "yeah, get me a dynamite so I can blow this toilet up!" haha

So after Elder Ivie kind of destroyed the toilet a member from the ward came to take a look at it. He was like what the heck did Elder Ivie do to this toilet. He was able to put it back together, but he couldn't get it to flush. So we have a pot in the bothroom that we fill with water and pour down the toilet bowl when we need to flush. Life is so hard. haha just kidding, maintenance was supposed to come today, but so far they havent showed. surprise surpise. Anyways, while the members was trying to fix the toilet he unclogged the sink. You should have seen all the hair that came out of it. It was like 20 years build up of sister missionary hair. It was DISGUSTING! no joke.
Our apartment has been pretty cluttered lately so saturday Sister Hall and I weren't able to go to soccer because we had to clean. How the other sisters got out of cleaning i'm not sure. I'm pretty sure the apartment has never had a good deep clean. Missionaries just don't have time for that. Sister Hall and I were only able to really clean the bathroom. Believe it or not I'm learning the importance of taking care of things/doing dishes/ cleaning etc.

So Sister Hall is here. So far I am really enjoying her. She is really great at talking to everyone which is what I wanted to be better at. So that has been a blessing. Our first day contacting together this young man came up to us because he works for unicef and the first thing sister hall said is you can talk to us if you'll listen to what we have to say. haha So long story short, we're meeting with him on tuesday. His name is Inus. I really hope things go well with him! Sunday we were out inviting people to church and we talked to this man for like 20 minutes. At the end of our conversation we asked if he lived in Odense and he said yes, in fact I live here with my husband. It took us off gaurd, but he was extremely nice and the conversation probably helped his view on mormons. At least I hope so.

So I'm pretty sure that in my first week with Sister Hall I have contacted more people than I did in my 6 weeks. It is a really neat thing talking to random people on the street and bearing testimony to them that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them and has a plan for them. I love it! 

Things are going well here. Danish is still really hard. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary at this time and help the Lord in hastening his work. Oh how I love the gospel.

Thank you for all of your love and support!

Love Katherine 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nina and Lucia were døbt!‏ (Letter From Katherine - 8/4/2013)

Hello Family!
Well to start things off... Yesterday Nina and Lucia were baptized and confirmed. It was wonderful. Everything ran pretty smoothly. Except for leading up to the baptism it was pretty hectic. Satin really does try his hardest to mess things up. On Wednesday we saw lan Le and she was telling us that a boy in the ward who lucia had been playing with told her some crazy things about the church, so lucia went home crying. Lucia's dad was extremely upset about it and he didn't want her getting baptized. So that was kind of scary, but he did let her get baptized, but he was not there. sad huh? He doesn't support Nina or Lucia in joining the church at all. But they were both set on doing it anyways. Then yesterday before church we get a phone call from the member who was confirming them saying he couldn't do it anymore. Our Bishop was more than willing to do it though so everything went well. It was a special day, and I am so grateful I was able to be a part of it. The baptism and confirmation was after church. Nina got up in testimony meeting twice to bear her testimony. It was awesome. The second time she got up she said I just have so much more to say, and she even said hallelujah. It may sound super funny, but it was so sweet and sincere.

Guess what?! I bought a new war horse! aka a new cykle. aka a new bike. haha She's a real beaut. It was a fantastic deal that I couldn't pass up! With the money I saved from that purchase I can buy a new watch. Oh yeah, I broke my watch playing soccer. I will find a cheap one here... anyways, back to the bikes! i'm pretty sure the one that I was borrowing wasn't doing so hot. earlier in the we we biked out to tommerup and it took 50 minutes because it was so windy, and as soon as we got there my tire popped. It popped right in front of my mission leaders house though so that was funny. of course he wasn't home. So the Ivies (senior missionaries) came to the rescue. We got the tire repaired. And then saturday we were going to bike out to hojby and that's like a 40 minute bike ride and on our way there I had a strong feeling that I should get a new bike. It may have been the holy ghost or it may have been because I saw an advertisement for a really good sale at Bilka. Either way, I thought it would be a good idea for me to get my own bike so that way if anything happens to the one I was borrowing I won't be responsible for it. So now sister Ripplinger is using it haha. her bike was stolen earlier this week. haha appearently odense is the number one place in Danmark for bikes to be stolen. She didn't lock hers though, so that's why it was stolen.

This week Sister Nuttall was sick. She slept for like 3 days. She was just having really bad pains in her stomach and she went to the emergency room to see if it was apendicitis which it wasn't so then she just slept the pain off, and boy did she sleep. Luckily the other sisters were really good about going on splits with me so i wasn't trapped in the apartment all day. I'm not going to lie though, it was really frustrating with her being sick. I felt really disobedient staying in the apartment, even though there was nothing else I could do. I did not like it! But with my migraines i know what it's like being sick so i tried to be patient. She's doing good now. She's actually leaving me! she is being transferred to Copenhagen and I am getting a new companion.... it's sister Hall. She was in the MTC with me. She will be coming tomorrow. . She's a hoot. It's going to be rough, but it will be good. I can tell you right now that there is a lot that I will learn from her. I actually had a feeling that we would be companions so i was pretty prepared when president called and said it would be Sister Hall. Oh yeah! we both can barely speak danish, so that will be interesting haha.

Saturday I played fodball! It was soooooo fun! saturdays the missionaries get together with members, investigators, and just basically anyone who wants to play. i'm not very good at all, especially since all the danes are pro. and i'm not even joking when I say pro. a bunch of the members have played professional soccer. It was still way fun though.  


So yeah. It has been an interesting week with Sister nuttall being sick and all, but Nina and Lucia's baptism was wonderful. I am so happy for them. Im kind of sad about transfers because I love my district so much! Missions are just full of goodbyes and it's really really hard. Things are going well though, and i'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve.


I love you all so much! Thanks for all your love and support!
Love Katherine

Hej!‏ (Letter From Katherine - 7/29/2013)

Hej Family,
The library is closed for 3 weeks so you won't be hearing from me for a while.....

Just kidding! well the library really will be closed for 3 weeks, but I can email at the church, so all is well:)

I had another great week here in Odense. Last Monday Sister Nuttall and I went to Jytte's house and she cooked for us and then taught us how to make this danish dessert/breakfast. It was delicious! but she made us eat way to much of it. I felt so sick afterwards. It was a lot of fun though! After that we went to clean the baptisimal font. We turned the water on and it was nice and brown. We let the water run for a whie and it cleared up so we're hoping we don't have any problems with it this sunday, which is Nina and Lucia's baptism!!!!
I am so excited for both Nina and Lucia. It has been a wonderful experience helping them understand the gospel. Nina is so ready. We were able to teach them 3 times this week. All three times we went to Lan Le's house, and if you remember Lan Le is the one that makes soooooooooo much food. and of course she fed us all three times. So much food. I might have to buy a new skirt with a really loose waste band sometime soon... yeah...
We had splits this week and I had a really good time. The sister training leaders stayed in our apartment for two nights so we had 6 sisters all together! It was a bit crowded, but it was a good time! Sister Guinea is from Scotland and I spent the day with her one friday. She is hilarious and she taught me a lot. Transfers are coming up pretty soon and i'm curious to know what is going to happen. My guess is I will stay here in Odense and sister Nuttall will be transfered. 
Tuesday we had a lesson with Helle. She is the lady that we met knocking on doors. I was so excited to meet with her. Monday night when we were planning our day we were trying to decide if we should have a member come with us to our lesson with Helle. At first we were thinking that we wouldn't have a member go with us because it would be our first lesson with her, but for some reason we just really felt like we needed to have a member there. So we got a member to come with us. At one point in the lesson Helle got up to look for her Book of mormon and the member explained to us that helle has some sort of short term memory loss. She kept repeating random things when we were trying to teach her, but I don't know if we would have caught on to that without the member there. it was kind of really sad because Helle would say things like most danes are very closed about religion, but I feel like i should be open with you and your message, but then she would start talking about something really random. We will continue to try working with her, but for the mean time she will be out of town.
Yesterday was a great day in church, except there is no air conditioning in the church building so it gets super hot, and then I get super sleepy. We had 4 non members in the guest class though! One of the elder's investigators brought his dad, Nina was there, and our Ward mission leader brought one of his coworkers! She was interested in learning more so we are hoping to meet with her this week! After church we visited members and got two referrels which is huge! The members are so awesome.
So yeah things are going well. This week we are really going to focus on finding people. We are always told to talk to EVERYONE, and I have been kind of struggling with that. It's hard because I can barely speak danish. I know that as I try to do my best the lord will take care of the rest. Did you like that little rhyme? haha
So yeah,
Thanks for all your love and support! I love you all!
Love Katherine

Hej! (Letter From Katherine - 7/22/2013)

Hej everyone!
It was a pretty uneventful week. Everyone is gone on vacation. EVERYONE! The people here take like month long vacations so it has been hard scheduling appointments, and when we stop by to visit people they aren't home. The streets are pretty quiet too which is kind of weird. We tried doing some contacting on the gågåde, (streets with all the shops, kind of like the gateway) but that wasn't very succesful. We also did a lot of bonking doors and for the most part pretty much no one was interested. On Thursday we had plannined to visit a ton of less actives and members, but seriously no one is home. We were a Little bit frustrated but we began knocking doors. WE finished one row and we could have been done because it was time for dinner, but we decided to do the NeXT row. We found a lady named Helle. We talked to her for a Little bit on her porch but then she invitied us in! That usually never happens! We noticed that she had a Family history chart so we were able to talk to her about the church's Family history resources. She told us that she felt a Peace while talking to us so we explained to her that it was the holy ghost. We are meeting with her on Tuesday. Im really excited about her.

So there is this one lady that we've been trying to Schedule an appointment with for quite some time. She has met with missionaries before, but didn't continue because it was too hard to say goodbye to them. Everytime we ask to Schedule an appointment she says let me check my Schedule and i'll get back to you, but then she never does. it's happened like 3 times. So finally i decided to ask her if she likes cinnamon rolls. She said, "yeah, but i'm not good at baking" and we told her we were going to make some and we asked if she would like some. haha so ofcourse she said yeah we can bring them by any time. haha I was like are you kidding me. Sister Nuttall and I thought it was pretty funny. By the way, I make some pretty good cinnamon rolls:)

We ride bikes everywhere. It's exhausting. Seriously I am sooooooo tired! All the other missionaries have bus passes, but for some reason we decided not to get them. We have been fine without them but the busses are good Places to meet people so I'm kind of torn as to what I should do. Im going to wait till transfers to see what's going on.


I don't really know what else to say. Things are going well. I'm happy and laughing lots. I have  really enjoyed having four sisters in the Apartment.

 It has been pretty hot. So that also makes riding a bike hard.
Now im just rambling. haha
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Love Katherine

Hej!‏ (Letter From Katherine - 07/15/2013)

Hello my dear family!
Things are going well here in Odense. Last Tuesday we had dinner with our Bishop and his family. They are such an awesome family! After dinner with them we went to this music fireside thing. One of the ladies in our ward has family visiting her. They are from Utah and they are incredible musicians, kind of like the 5 browns ya know? Anyways, it was glorious. haha It was in Itte's back yard and the setting was beutiful and so was the music. You all would have loved it! I have pictures.

Wednesday we had a zone meeting, and media training. It was fun to see the zone, and now we all know what to do if someone wants to interview us. I wanted to call up the newstation right away. How cool would it be though if they did a news cover of all the missionaries here in Odense! They actually did one a few years back in Odense, and they showed us it in the media training. It was pretty funny. 

After the meeting and training we went to Svendborg to teach Nina and Lucia. They are the ones that came to church last sunday and said they wanted to be baptzied. Lan Le wanted all four missionaries there so we all went and the lesson was incredible. We went over the first lesson and then showed the restoration dvd. The spirit was so strong. Everyone could feel it, and it was so cool because even Lan Le's kids were so into the lesson. I had no idea that it meant so much to them. Nina and Lucia will be getting baptzied August 3rd. I am thrilled! 

The Odense 2nd ward will be having two baptisms on August 3rd, one on August 10th, and one on August 17th. We are all so excited! The Lord is hastening his work. it's extremely humbling to know that it's not because of us that we have baptisms. These people are ready and words can't even express how blessed I feel to be able to be a missionary at this time, in this ward. 

Thursday we had a really cool experience. The elders in the first ward have been working with a lady that is actually in our area. They have been having a hard time progressing with her, so they decided to have us work with her. They took us to do service for her so we could introduce ourselves and get to know her. She had no idea that we were coming, so we weren't even sure if she would be home and we had to take the train to get to her home. Ken Hall picked us up at the train station and when we get to her house and she answered the door guess what? She was in the middle of a project! She wanted to repaint the window frame, so we sanded it down for her. The elders were definitely inspired to go visit her at that time. It worked out perfect. Hopefully we will be able to meet with her soon!

Sister Nuttall and I went to this relief society activity and it was fun. The culture here is so different. Enough said.

Friday we had another appointment with Nina and lucia, and it was at Lan's house again, so of course she fed us. She always feeds us and it's so much food. We weren't expecting her to feed us because the appointment was at 3 so it wasn't lunch time or dinner time. It caught us off gaurd, and then after that lesson we had a dinner appointment. We all wanted to die. The lesson with Nina and Lucia went well though. We talked about the plan of salvation, and when lan Le bore her testimony of the atonement the spirit was so strong. 

Saturday a member in our ward took us to this flea market carnival thing. his name is Klaus, and it's actually the man that came to my danish class to surprise dane for his birthday. How funny is that? Anyways, he took us to this carnival thing and it was super funny. You know how Riverton Town days brings out Riverton's greatest people? yeah you should have seen this thing. IT was HUGE! and the people there were crazy! It was fun, but I would be perfectly fine never to go back to that again. 

Sunday we had two of our investigators come to church. Michael and Ike. After sacrament meeting Elder Ivie went up to Ike and asked if he was a member. Ike said no...not yet. He is african american and he doesn't speak danish so I think the meeting was kind of rough for him. We had someone translate for him, but it would still be hard ya know? He said he will be definitely be seeing us again though. LAst week he even told us that he wants to be baptzied it's just going to have to take time. We want to be able to set a baptismal date with him soon. His wife is danish and I think it would be the coolest thing ever if we could teach her too. This is Michael's second week at church. He hasn't been able to meet with us during the week, but he likes coming to church. hopefully we can schedule an appointment with him soon!

Oh yeah! Guess who played the organ in sacrament meeting yesterday? haha I did. the first song was really rough. I had a hard time hearing the congregation so I was off at first, but luckily i pulled it together! We had dinner with Elder and Sister Ivie last night with all the missionaries. It was fun, they are one of the funniest couples I have met. 

Oh yeah! this is super random, but Sister Nuttall and I went to visit a member the other day, and  guess what? she drew us. She is extremely talented and her artwork is all over her house. We asked her what we could do for her and she sat us down and started drawing us. She is so sweet, and I will treasure her drawing forever. 

So yeah, i think that's about it. It's kind of a long email this week. I hope you don't get bored! 
I am so thrilled about Christina's news! How wonderful. Thank you for all your love and support! I love you all so so so so so much!
one other thing. I'm gaining weight. ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! so any suggestions would be appreciated. Har det godt!
Love Katherine

Letter From Katherine (07/08/2013)

  • The sun is shining in odense!!!!‏

    Hej Family!
    The weather has been so nice here lately! It is definitely a nice change from the rain. I haven't even had to drink hot chocolate in the mornings, so that's good.
     You're not even going to believe what hapened yesterday. It was incredible. So I was fasting that Sister Nuttall and I would get a baptisimal date. We go to church and Lan Le, introduces us to a woman and her two children. We started talking to her and getting to know her. After sacrament meeting she said she wants to be baptized, her daughter is also old enough to be baptized, so we set up an appointment for Wednesday. While that was going Down, a 15 year old boy WHO has been coming to church with his mom went up to bishop, and they set up a baptismal date for the 17 of August! What????? yeah it was incredible. There was so much happening! We also had an investigator at church named Michael. When we went to the sunday school class for investigators one of the members started talking about everything. Seriously everything. The Word of wisdom, tithing, temple recommends, etc. We have only met with michael once before he came to church so we were a bit worried. It turns out that he really enjoyed it, and if anything he is just way more interested now. So yeah sunday was busy! The power of prayer and fasting is so real.
    Also, during testimony meeting Jytte, the older lady WHO fed us dinner a while ago stood up to bear her testimony. She went to a teaching appointment with us earlier in the week and she talked about how after the teaching appointment it was the happiest she has ever felt in a very long time. She is so sweet. I think that getting the members out teaching with us is helping them become more excited about missionary work. The man that she taught with us is named peter. He told us how he used to have a drinking problem and smoking problem but now he doesn't have a problem with either. he is so prepared for the gospel, and he doesn't even know it!
    It probably sounds like i'm super busy all the time, which most days I am, but there are still some days where we bonk doors and contact people. Saturday was one of those days and It was probably one of the slowest days in my life. It was rough. No one wanted to talk to us!!! It would have been so easy to have just finished the day early, but we stayed out and kept trying to contact people. While doing so, we got a phone call from one of our investigators. He said that he saw us walking and he wanted to meet up. So we met up and were able to talk to him for a bit. We even scheduled another appointment which was huge because we have been trying so hard to Schedule an appointment with him for quite some time. That was a miracle in and of itself.
    It was fun hearing about the 4th of July festivities! Guess what? I was able to celebrate here in Denmark! Ken Hall (Dane's uncle) had a party for all of the missionaries. It was so fun! We played lots of games, talked about good ol' America, sang patriotic songs, and ate. We even had s'mores! It was a very fun day. I will send some Pictures.
    So yeah. Things are going really well here. I'm sad that i have to wait another week to see Pictures of Rudy! I hope that you all have a great week! I'm looking forward to hearing Christina's results. It sounds like youth conference is going to be fun! I love you all so so so so so much! Thank you for your prayers, I can feel them. Ha' det godt! hej hej
    Also, the language is hard. I just want to speak Danish!!!!! 
    Love Katherine
    bannana bread
    cinimon rolls
    love you!