Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hair Cut

My last hair cut was the first of December.  You can tell how short it was.  Between Pam Hoge and me, we have cut off whatever grew too long in the wrong places. I was finally ready to go for another hair cut. This morning, however, I  decided I liked my hair a little longer and will let it go another couple weeks and see how it looks. Pam was anxious to get her's cut so she took the appointment,
Xunli is from China.  She came here 6 years ago and is married to a Dane.  We will see how Pam likes the cut tomorrow,

Monday, March 30, 2015


Using Dorte Taylor's birthday as an excuse, we all went to the Dalaman restaurant tonight for dinner.  It is our favorite restaurant, actually about the only one we go to.  It is Turkish food, very resonable and well appointed. We were introduced to it ten years ago by the Jacobs who were presiding over the temple at that time. It is down by the lakes and the senior missionary couples' apartments.


 Lamb chops are usually my choice with the shrimp salad.

This is the "little taste of everything plate."
plus dessert

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Danish Snacks

I took this picture at church today of the snacks they bring for their children.
As you can see there are carrots, cucumber and also apple slices.  The Danes are very healthy snackers.  I seldom see anyone eating a candy bar, It will usually be fruit or vegetables.  
  I grew up in Sanpete County in Utah and when I told people that was my home, they often said "Oh, you are a carrot-eater."  That never made sense to me until I came to Denmark and realized that all those Danes that lived in Sanpete were by heritage, carrot-eaters and still are today.  I have never tasted such sweet carrots and they are often put out along with the chocolate and nuts for snacks.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Our day in the temple was excellent.  We love it when we are busy.

President and Sister Sederholm came for dinner tonight.  We have been trying to connect with them for several months.  They go home in July.  They have done a great job and the mission is really moving forward. We had a lovely couple of hours but they had to get home to catch  their son's proposal  to his girl.  I did ,however, forget to take a picture so here is a picture of them when we first came.
They have had three children get married and two grandchildren born  while they were here.  Talk about mission blessings. President Sedeholm missed the two sons' weddings, but their daughter came to Denmark to be married in the temple here, so her dad could be there.

Friday, March 27, 2015


We had a good day in the temple.  We are seeing more people come from all over the temple district, not just Copenhagen.  Today groups came from Odense and Roskilde.  Tomorrow we are having the Young Single Adults from all three stakes plus more from Odense and sisters from Aarhus.  We have a huge baptism.  We are so grateful for our wonderful missionary couples who take charge there.
  Since I do not get out of the temple I have a file called Blog Ideas.  Today you get a blog idea.

    This is the elevator at the Warnsdorf's apartment building.  There are only a couple like it left in the city.  You can tell it is a pretty fancy building.  Pres. and Sis. Nilsson enjoy the ride....

 There is not much space inside, but it is as big as the one in our building.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What Next?

Today a man came from Salt Lake to look at our garden area.  During shut down we are having the reflecting pool fixed.  But he thinks we need more green area in our garden.  We are in the middle of apartment buildings and more green would be nice.  We will see how it all works out.
 These pictures were taken last spring. There is a lot of cement.  The nice part is they can just take up the individual stones to design whatever they want.
We had a sort of "what next" story unfold in the temple today.  A sister wanted to do baptisms for her family, only problem...she is afraid of water.  So we arranged for her to do the confirmations and got a proxy for the proxy.  It turned out to be a very sweet experience for all involved.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter in the Air

Irma Warnsdorf serves a traditional Easter Meal.  It is a meatloaf mixture around hard-boiled eggs.  It is delicious and so fun.  The trick is to make sure the eggs are totally dry before you pat the meat on.

The bakeries are full of wonderful Easter Cakes and Spring goodies.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


The Temple missionaries had a lovely dinner at Koch's tonight.  They also have a great oven.  The shelves pull out like drawers on fabulous rollers.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ryvangen Memorial Park - Mindelunden

I went out in the car today on a lovely adventure.  Pam Hoge and I picked up Suzanne Hentzen and her daughter Pia and they directed us to Mindrelunden or the Ryvangen Memorial Park. It is a beatiful park commemorating the Danish freedom fighters who were executed here or elsewhere, or died in German concentration camps, during World War II

This is the Great Grave Field with the statue of a mother and her slain son.  106 people of the resistance  are buried here.
Other resistance people's names are engraved on this plaque in front of the monument,

This Memorial Wall consists of plaques with the names of 151 people from the Danish Resistance, whose remains have never been found.

This is the shooting range used by the Germans to execute Danish freedom fighters. These poles are bronze replicas of the original poles they were tied to and shot.  
 Suzanne's father was a freedom fighter.  There were several members of the church involved with the Resistance Movement.  Suzanne said as the men were led to be shot they and those waiting all sang "Altid frejdig" which is in the our Danish Hymn Book. Literallhy translated it means always cheerful.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Quiet Sunday Evening

We are enjoying a quiet Sunday evening in our newly recovered chairs.  Change is always hard for me, but I am beginning to really like them.  They are sitting in the couch's place because the couch has been taken for recovering.  It was quite an exercise to get it out.  I can hardly wait to see them get it back in...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Malmo Stake Temple Day

We had a great day with the Malmo Stake Saints.  Both our sessions were full and we were      "overfull"  in initiatories and sealings.  There was also a huge baptism. It is so fun when the temple is that busy.  We had many temple workers come from Sweden to help so it makes it easy.
  Afterward they had soups and bread at the church and a short meeting, at which Jim and I gave some short talks..

We love our Swedish Saints and are so glad when they come.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Planting

A sure sign of Spring.  New flowers on The Square.  They apparently do about the same thing every year.  Hopefully these will survive the "Easter Blossom Pickers" we had last year.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Aldi Shopping

Aldi is the little grocery store 100 steps around the corner.  It is only two and a half aisles.  But check out what was for sale this week, right next to the frozen food.
This ia  a real grandmother's bike, notice how low the over-step is.  Only 2400 Kroner or about $350 with the new upsurge in the dollar.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Danish Desgn

I don't know if this oven is exclusively Danish, but it is certainly a great idea.  You pull out the rack with the door.
 This is a pretty compact little stove, but has 4 reguar size plates. Jorgen Warnsdorf is always looking for the new, unusual ideas.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March -High Priest Activity

The March High Priest Activity was dinner and visiting at the Warnsdorfs.  They have a magnificent table that they pulled out to seat all 16 and it could have gone larger had the room been bigger.  Irma always sets a beautiful table.
     She is a big genbrug fan and was trying to get a booth for the Frederiksberg Loppe Market (Flea Market) this summer while we ate.  She did succeed after waiting through 1300 other requests.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Free Monday

We finally had a day to relax and get caught up.  I had a nice bike ride downtown.  There is construction everywhere.  The economy here, must be booming.
When the sun comes out, everyone grabs the chance to get out of their apartments and soak it up.

Family Night included Brigham Young's favorite donuts and family history stories, fun.

Uncle Tom

Jim's brother, Tom died a week ago and they had the funeral yesterday. He had no family of his own,
So our children took care of everything and did a wonderful job.  They each added their own part and it was handled better than if we had been home.  We are so grateful for our children and their support.
   Jim and I talked in conference this morning and I talked about Uncle Tom and how important Family History and Temple Work are for those on the other side.  We have all been blessed by Tom and in like manner by all of our ancestors.

Malmo Stake Conference

 Now that my computer is working properly I can catch up on the weekend.  Saturday after the temple, we went to Malmo for the Saturday night session of Stake Conference.  It is only a 45 minute drive and Pres. and Sis Nilsson went with us as it is their home stake.
  Afterward Pres. Clatk invited us to their home for dinner.  It was very nice.  The desserts were especially fabulous.

Friday, March 13, 2015

More Church History

Erastus Snow, John Erik Forsgre and George Dykes were the first missionaries to Denmark.  They arrived in the summer of 1850 and held their first meeting in the house of Peter Beckstrom  who lived on Kongensgade in the middle of Copenhagen.

 As the congregation grew they moved to the second (called the first in Denmark) floor of this building.
 The four missionaries, they had now acquired an interpreter, met in this building with a Baptist Congregation and found fruitful ground for converts.Soon a branch was organized.  They soon grew out of this space and moved to this building in Christianshavn.

It is located right across the street from Vor Frelsers Kirke, the church with the outside steps up the tower.  It is here that Erastus Snow managed to chase out the hecklers and ruffians that came to disrupt the meeting.

In 1880 the Danish Government was asked to deport any Mormon Preachers as a backlash against Polygomy in Utah.  The missionaries were brought to the jail in the background, crossed the Bridge of Sighs into the courthouse where they were sentenced and banished.  Then back to prison until they were escorted down to a boat.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Church History in Copenhagen

Mette Paulsen took the three of us in our Danish Class downtown yesterday and showed us the sites of the early Danish missionary Activity.
On the second floor (lst in Denmark), the first Relief Society was organized in 1879.
This area has been preserved and actually houses some exclusive boutiques.  But it gives you a good idea of what Copenhagen looked like in the 1859's when the missionaries first came.