Monday, November 18, 2013

Den Gule Cykel (The Yellow Bike)

Today I learned that I can look at my blog!  You are doing an awesome job, mom, if I do say so myself!  (note from Hannah's mom:  I guess that answers the question about if she can see comments - it looks like she can see comments now - on her p-day)

Søster Nuttall and I have been running every morning (go us!) and biking everywhere.  Let me tell ya, from not running or even really walking that much (we bussed a lot) to running every morning and biking, it's been a big change!  I love it though!

The yellow bike!
That's a good place to start my week!  On Tuesday the Ægtepar dropped off the two bikes they had in their basement for us. We fixed them up (the yellow one had a really flat tire) and got out and biking! 

That night we had a REALLY great appointment with a guy who has been an investigator before but wasn't really interested in learning more at that time. He is agnostic, takes things very literally, and is really really funny! Anyways, we had stopped by his apartment a few days earlier and he told us he would love to have us come over for an appointment. The Ægtepar came with us and were really helpful and great to have there. The Spirit was so strong, we could feel it, and he could definitely feel it. 

There were times when we would teach a principle and he would come back with something that made it hard for him to believe what we were teaching, but when we bore testimony he would sit and ponder for a little while, and we could just tell that the Spirit was bringing our message to his heart. We invited him to read a chapter in the Book of Mormon, and yesterday he texted us saying that he had read it and he wanted us to stop by again one evening this week. I don't know what will happen, but Søster Nuttall and I are both really excited about it!

Me standing in a ditch in the middle of the road - it's really smart/funny.  There are certain roads that are for buses only, and this is one of them.  So, to keep cars from driving on the bus roads, they have ditches in the middle of the roads that only buses are wide enough to pass over without getting stuck!

On Wednesday evening we had a couple of appointments and we weren't sure how much travel time we needed in between them, so that morning we decided to bike the whole route (to time it out) and do some stop-bys as we went. With the practice run in the morning, and then doing it again that afternoon, I think we may have biked a whole marathon! 

And whoever said Danmark is flat is a big fat liar. 

But I am so grateful we did it, because one of the investigators we stopped by that morning was sick, so we got to hopefully make her day a little better with our stop by! Around that same time we ran into the husband of an investigator (he is less active and she is investigating the church) who we had an appointment with that night. We talked with him for a few minutes and then went on our way. 

Søster Nuttall & Søster Barrett
Just as we were getting close to home, we realized that our map, which had been on Søster Nuttall's bike, had fallen off! So we turned around to go find it. We didn't find the map, but we did run into the investigator we had the appointment with that night! So we had a great conversation with her too! And it's a good thing that happened, because later that day she called to tell us they had to cancel the appointment because her husband was sick. I was so grateful that we were able to see both of them that day even though our appointment got cancelled - it was definitely no coincidence that we ran into them.

The next day was our big zone conference Thanksgiving activity! (that is a link to her mission blog with photos of the activities - if you scroll down you can see her playing the green ukulele) We played football. We ate lots of food. We had a GREAT training on Christlike Attributes (Can I just say President Sederholm is an amazing guy? He really knows how to follow the Spirit!). 

The tie tying contest at the zone conference talent show

And we had a fun talent show to finish it up! Ældste Crank, our District Leader, finished the talent show by telling a story. He is Native American and brought his story flute with him here! (He's also an internationally ranked hoop dancer, no big deal) It was really cool. And it reminded me of home a little bit!
Another successful facial friday! wooohoo!

Funniest moment of the week: Last night we had an eating appointment and lesson with 2 members and 2 investigators (married couples) at the investigators' house. It was delicious. It was hygge. It was åndelige. I had to go to the bathroom. So I asked the wife if I could use their restroom! Her husband said something like "I hope you aren't afraid of cats!" 

Luckily I'm not, because it turns out they were keeping 3 cats in their bathroom! I have never before gone to the bathroom in the presence of three cats either staring at me or sniffing my toes, and I hope I never do again. I didn't realize it, but when I finished peeing and pulled my tights back up (I know this is a lot of detail but it gets better!) the back of my dress got tucked in too. I washed my hands and tried to get out of the bathroom, but the door was stuck. I spent a solid 5 minutes trying to work my way out of that bathroom! 

really cool hammock swing at a park (sorry! my knees!)
The door finally came loose, I walked out, and made my way back to the dining room, still oblivious to the fact that my rear end was out for the whole world to see. And by whole world I mean the investigators' 17-year-old son and anyone else who happened to look my way while I walked back into the dining room. Luckily one of the members let me know what was going on, but the damage was already done. I will never again be able to look the investigators' son in the eyes again! 

Oh it was so funny, and SO embarrassing. Ah, life! It never gets boring!
It's been a lot of fun this week! There have been some big blessings and great miracles. And, of course, some really embarrassing moments. ;) I love it! I love you all! I hope that everything is going well. I miss you a lot. But I am glad to be here!
If you wear a dress, make sure your tights are up, and your dress is down!  ;)


  1. Not a tucked-in skirt! So painfully funny! It sounds like you have lots of great contacts and appointments. Keep it up!
    p.s. I think we need a swing like that in the last picture, looks fun!

  2. Hannah !! Grandma and I are really enjoying your Blogs ( THANKS WENDY !) This is a great way to keep in touch with you.. Love you ! Grandpa and Grandma B.

  3. I'm so glad you can read your blog now! I love reading it!! It is so fun hearing about all your happenings, even the tucked in skirt. I think that has happened to a lot of us - something that will probably never happen to you again. I'm sure you have learned your lesson.
    PS I love all the pictures!