Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Almost on our Way!

I ran a few errands today on  my bike. This is what happens when it is raining and you are on your bike.  Actually with a helmet on , it isn't too bad as you don't feel the rain on your head.  I leave the tissues in the basket for two reasons: one I can wipe the seat off if it doesn't get too wet, two it helps me recognize it among the hundreds of others when I park.
      WE leave in the morning for Utah.  I may or may not be able to figure out how to add to the blog. there.  If not, I will hopefully be back on in a couple of weeks.  We come back to the busiest week of the year.  Week 42.  The schools are closed and all the youth from the three stakes come to do baptisms.  We will be going from early morning till night as well as having our regular sessions.

                                     On my way, I noticed the first signs of Christmas ......

Monday, September 29, 2014


 Today was one of the two preparation days we have before we leave for Utah.  I have washed white clothes all day.  It will be more fun to come back to clean clothes than have it waiting.
  I also did a little shopping.  George Jensen is a famous Danish Designer.  A stop at the outlet store was worth the time and savings.  The Royal Copenhagen department on the lower floor isn't as good a deal.  They are better bought at antique shops.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

She's Gone

It would have been very sad to see Debbie go this morning, except that we will see her again on Wednesday when we arrive in Salt Lake for 10 days.  Daughters are so much fun to be with.  We could go at our our speed and talk and look as much as we liked,
 She is a computer wiz and helped me put the history of my Christensen grandparents on the Church's  My Tree sight.  Thanks from both sides of the veil, Deb.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Stroll

We had an excellent Saturday, our last day before shut down.  We had three baptismal groups the last being this great group of Young Men from the Roskilde Ward.  They WALKED to the temple, about 20 miles.  They started at 6 a.m. and stopped at the church to clean up before coming to the temple at 2 pm. They were pretty tired but should go to bed feeling proud of accomplishing something hard.
They were ages 12-18 and all looked very mature in their suits, white shirts and ties.

Debbie took a last stroll , with dozens of others, down by the harbor and The Little Mermaid.  She goes home in the morning and we follow her to Utah on Wednesday for 10 days.

Friday, September 26, 2014

On Her Own

Debbie has been great to get on the bus and explore Copenhagen on her own while we have been at the temple.  Here are some of the high spots.
 Ny Havn where she reports they have fabulous ice cream and sorbet.
                                                            From a different angle.
   Christianborg Palace,where Parliament sits and  the Stock Exchange -0ne of the oldest in the world.
     And of course the main statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark's most beloved national figure in the city square.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Temple Story

We have so many wonderful people come to the temple. Last Saturday a young man, Peter, came with the YSA group for their Golden Days.  He is from Ghana, but now lives in Italy where he met the church. He came after the baptism and made arrangments to receive his own endowments on Wednesday. He had all the proper recommends but had never been able to get to the Swiss Temple with his ward because of work.  He was so excited and we asked one of our temple workers to be his escort.  It was a sweet experience to realize we are all family in the church.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Carl Block

Deb and I went to Frederiksborg  Castle today and used the audio guide which I've never done before.  I learned some fun new facts,  The greatest draw of course is the Carl Block Paintings in the King's Oratory off the chapel.  I got some great pictures today.

  Has the BYU exhibit returned the originals, does anyone know?
This is looking back into the chapel.

In the same room are these wonderful windows that tell the stories of the Old Testamanet.

                     Daniel                                    and                                                 Jonah

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tolkien Universe

Horsens, a city in central Jutland, hosts an annual Medieval Festival.  In conjunction with it this year they had a special exhibit of figurines and artifacts from "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" movies.  It was held in an old prison museum which added to the adventure.

    The Ring    24 Karat Gold

 You could pick up Aragron's, Frodo's, Thorin Oakenshield's and Gandolf's swords..using white gloves.

The details were amazing.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend Catch UP

We are back from our weekend in Jutland and will do a catch up over the next few days.
Saturday we had a busy, busy day.  We had four sessions instead of the regular two on Saturday plus two baptismal sessions and walk-ins. We had groups from Sweden and Flensberg, Germany and  one of the sessions and baptisms was for the Young Single Adults who were celebrating their annual Golden Days. Jim and I were asked to be the speakers for their Saturday morning Devotional.  About 200 attended from 16 countries.  They were very pleased with the turn out and we had about 75 come to the temple.  Here is a good representation as we came out of the temple.

     We left immediately for the Aarhus Stake Conference and had a lovely light supper with Elders Boom and Elder Obando, Area Seventies who had come to reorganize the stake presidency.
Pres. Kurt Frederiksen and Lena were pretty relaxed after the Sunday morning session in the Silkeborg Music Center

And lst Counselor Pres.Torban Jensen,  Stake President . Steen Krieberg and Pres.Christian Ravn-Petersen were just getting a taste of the wonderful adventure ahead.

Sunday night we stayed in a lovely little Kro/Hotel in Låsby. Such fun antique decorations.

                                                Loved the Christmas Plates Collection.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Fun

It is always so fun when the missionaries come en mass to the temple.  Today we had 18 elders and 12 sisters.  Those missionaries who have been here a month and their trainers came,along with the mission president.

 One of the new missionaries introduced himself as the great grandson of my parents' best friends from Ephraim,, Melba and Curtis Armstrong.
Debbie met Hanna Andersen at Tivoli and had a ball riding all the rides.  Oh to be young and crazy.:

We have a huge day in the temple tomorrow: Swedish Saints, a German group and the YSA,  plus two baptismal sessions. We will be leaving early to go to the Aarhus Stake Conference. It will be interesting to  see if I am clever enough to post away from home.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Debbie's Day in Copenhagen

Deb and I went shopping in the neighborhood this morning and when we went to the temple she took the bus downtown and enjoyed the sites.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Days with Debbie 1

Debbie and I have been having a great time seeing the  sites.  I was more excited than she was about biking around Copenhagen, but she was a good sport and survived biking downtown and back  home.
We climbed the Round Tower and took pictures from the top

Went through The King's Garden at Rosenberg Castle

And walked the Strøget and stopped at the Disney Store, 

                         Great Palace Guard Donald and Viking Mickey just for Denmark.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Round Churches

Round churches are unique to Bornholm.  They were a church and fortress in one.  They were mainly for protection against pirates.
 Sct. Ols Kirke


                                                                   Nylars Kirke

This was our favorite.  The interior central pillar has frescoes of The creation and Fall of Adam and Eve.

 WE loved the Fall decorations throughout the church.

This was the largest of the round churches and you could climb up the old stone stairs to the top floor.