Monday, February 3, 2014

Doing Great!

I am doing great today! I am sick - I have a pretty bad cold and sore throat, and I think I was running a fever the other day but I am pushing through! I got a blessing from Elder Middlemas yesterday and that helped. Plus since today is PDay we're going to just take it easy and I'm going to nap for a few hours to give my poor little immune system a rest! 

Sister Packard is awesome as usual! She has been taking care of me the last few days while I've been sick-o. And hallelujah the weather is wonderful! It's up above freezing and yesterday the sun was out! I don't think I've seen the sun since before New Years. 

It's weird to not hear anything at all about the superbowl, or US sports in general. But I do know that the Aalborg Pirates won their hockey game on Tuesday night!! :) It was really fun to go to the hockey game with our district and Henrik and Inga - Elder Clawson was especially funny to watch because he plays hockey, so he was getting really into the game.

So, this week! Like I said earlier, we had a new investigator in church, Anne. She is the sweetest lady, she's in her 70's and is pretty lonely - her kids don't talk to her that much. She has a grandson who happens to be in the same class as one of the girls in our ward (it was so sweet! She recognized Anne and told her mom, who then talked to Anne, which made Anne feel more welcome in the ward!). 

Our ward is really great in that a lot of people came up and introduced themselves to Anne and got to know her. She really really liked church and I think she's going to come back!!! 

We spent a lot of time this week out of town, on Tuesday we were in Copenhagen to take our language tests (pretty sure we both passed, it was really REALLY easy). 

On the train ride down this 40-year-old almost blind man sat across from us and started talking with us - we told him about the church, but when we gave him a card with our number on it to learn more, he thought we were hitting on him and he started asking if we were allowed to go out for drinks and how old we were... ahhh! so weird! It got reeeeal awkward when he realized we were only 19 and 20 years old. 

On Wednesday we had a really good lesson with a less-active woman and Elder and Sister Middlemas. It turns out Elder Middlemas taught her family when he was on a mission here the first time, and he can remember her when she was 3 years old - and she thinks she has a picture of him! 

Anyways, she has had a really tough life and hasn't been active in the church since she was a little girl, but she loves meeting with us and that connection with Elder Middlemas made her open up to us even more. 

On Thursday we went to Horsens for splits with the sister training leaders, which is always fun! I was with Sister Tew and we went to institute with an investigator that night. There were two guys there than no one else had seen before, so we introduced ourselves to them - they are both from Lithuania here studying, and one of their friends got contacted by the missionaries on the street and heard about Institute, told them about it, and they just decided to show up! 

They don't speak Danish so I translated for them (I TRANSLATED DANISH TO ENGLISH!! woo woo! the gift of tongues is real people!) and they really liked it. I don't know if I'll ever hear anything about them again since it's not my area, but they were planning to come again next week so I hope good things will come from it! 

So that has been my week. I'm getting better and better at sharing the gospel in all kinds of situations (I had a really good conversation with a lady on the bus yesterday!) and especially at sharing how the gospel can bless families. I think that talking with people about their families has made them a lot more open to our message - everyone loves to talk about their families! I know it's blessed the Barrett familie, and I love that I get to share that with other people. So fun! The church is true!!

Oh, and one last thing. Yesterday we went to Blokhus (a pretty town on the coast) to visit a woman who is only less-active because she has MS and can't travel out to church. We went with the Ægtepar and brought the sacrament to her. I don't think she's been able to take the sacrament in a long time, and the Spirit was so strong. She was so happy!! It definitely strengthened my testimony of how important the sacrament is, and it reminded me not to take it for granted because I get to take it every week!!

Pictures! There's one of me and Søster Packard right after we got our new headbands, then me in some snow (surprise!), then our district (two of the elders have transferred now), and me picking the nose of a sculpture thing outside the library. :)


  1. I just wrote you a long email so I hope you get it. ! We love you Hannah and are proud of the work you are doing there.
    Love Grandpa and Grandma B.

  2. Sister Barrett, you are so great! This post was just what I needed to read today - so upbeat and sincere. I love your guts! Keep up the good work and feel better soon!

    p.s. Have you considered taking vitamin D? You're in a wintery country without much sun, which is where we get our vitamin D, so taking some might help keep your immune system working well.