Wednesday, July 10, 2013

June 2013

It seems to me that the months are getting busier and busier. In June it seemed like there was something going on almost every day. So here we go.
On May 31st we got the first 4 sisters of our long awaited visa waiters. Sisters Briscoe, Bishop, Peterson and Pearson. We are so excited to finally get them here in the mission. They went off to their assigned areas with their companions on the 1st of June.
On June 3rd, we got an early morning wake up visit at 6:30 am, by a group of wonderful missionaries coming to wish their Mission president a Happy 50th birthday. Got to love it!
That evening Shawn and I enjoyed dinner with Dennis and Lana Hadley (Shawn's bishop from way back when) from Taylor, Utah. They were here on a cruise, it was fun to visit with them. What a treat! 
On June 4th, we had a Sjælland zone training in the morning and then we went off to the airport  to welcome 9 more of our visa waiters, 2 Sisters and 7 Elders. Sisters Orgill & Bartholomew and Elders Earl, Metcalf, Peterson, Wawro, Walch, Redd and Swan. They were excited to finally make it to Denmark and we are excited to have them here with us.
Jylland had a zone training on the 6th for their last training before they split into 2 different zones. And then on the 7th Shawn was off to Iceland for seminary gradation, zone training and Nordic Stake conferences. He returned back to Denmark on the 10th.
At stake conference on Sunday, here in Denmark, we got a surprise visit by one of the Elders that had just returned home. It was wonderful to see Elder (Espen) Earl again and his family. 
Sisters Hadley, Hall, Handley, McVey, Murray, Ripplinger, Rogers and Sheridan along with Elders Eisert, Jensen, Christensen and Madison all arrived to the mission on the 11th. Wow! In less then 3 weeks we received 27 out of the 29 missionaries that we have been waiting for. What a blessing to have them in the land with us. They are all excited and willing to serve. 
Before we left on our mission, a previous mission president from Denmark, Dee Jacobs, got in contact with us and we meet up with him in Provo. Come to find out he is actually related to us from a line of genealogy that comes from Denmark. He was over here serving in the Copenhagen temple for a couple of months this summer. Before he and his wife went back to the states we had them over to the mission home for dinner. He was the one that helped purchase the mission home that we live in. It was fun to hear about the mission when they were serving here. 
On Saturday the 15th, Jarom attended the CIS prom. It was a little different then the prom he attended in the states but he had a good time. Using public transportation to go to prom makes it exciting. He had a cute date from Norway.
Sjælland's zone conference was held on the 18th. It's always nice to have a big group of missionaries together. What an amazing spirit!
Jarom, Heather and I left for the states on the 19th. We traveled to Arkansas to help get ready and attend Josh and Jaela's wedding. How exciting!
North Jylland held their zone conference on the 20th and South Jylland held their zone conference on the 21st. Their 1st ones since they split zones. We are loving how the mission is growing!
Shawn along with Elders Wooden and Simpson traveled to Iceland on the 26th  to a zone conference and to attend the 160th anniversary of the 1st branch in Iceland. The celebration was held on the Westman Islands.
Josh and Jaela were married in the Kansas City temple on the 28th. It was a beautiful day. We are so excited to have Jaela join our family. My mother along with 2 of my sisters (Lana and Susan), Jared , Dallas (Jared's fiance), Hilary, Jens (Hilary's boyfriend), Jarom, Heather and I all traveled to Kansas City to be there with them. We were excited that Kevin and Kelly, Shawn's bother and wife, could also join us. After the temple ceremony we traveled to Tulsa for a reception and then on the 29th we attended an open house in Arkansas. What a wonderful weekend!
Elder Sederholm is doing great in Washington. He is loving what he is doing and learning lots.
We really did have a busy but great June. What a way to celebrate 1 year of being here in Denmark!

Sisters Pearson, Bishop, Briscoe, & Peterson
Happy Birthday Surprise!

Elders Swan, Wawro, Metcalf, Redd, Walch, Peterson & Earl
Sisters Orgill & Bartholomew
Iceland Elders
Sisters Murray, Handley, Rogers,Ripplinger, Hadley,McVey, Sheridan & Hall
Elders Christensen, Madsen, Eisert & Jensen

Jarom with his Prom date, Kristine

Josh & Jaela