Monday, December 26, 2016

Sjaelland Christmas Zone Conference

'Twas the morning before Zone Conference and all through the church, not a creature was stirring...except our faithful senior missionaries:-)
This is a day of great anticipation.  We begin with a morning of training on conquering a challenge and not retreating from it, a message on Christ, the Christmas Story, Christmas music and entertainment.

Pictures before the training begins....

Arriving testimonies from Elder and Sister Jenson.

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Arriving testimony from Sister Deitch.  We just love this sister!  She entered the MTC as the only missionary coming to Denmark.  She is strong and awesome:-)

Departing testimony from Elder Lee.  We will truly miss this faithful and humble missionary.
Birthdays this transfer.  We invite comments/compliments for each birthday missionary.  This would seriously last all day if we allowed it:-)

This elder stood and begged to comment...

Our Stake President Bernskov gave us an update on the missionary work being done by members.  The members take it very seriously.

Role playing...

Our son, trying to stay awake after arriving the day before...he actually did a great job and even took part in Zone Conference.


Christmas dinner is prepared by one of the members who loves cooking and serving the missionaries.  Everything is truly delicious!

Yes...they truly are happy.

After dinner, the Danish tradition is to eat a rice pudding with almonds and cherry sauce.  It's delicious but the tradition is to find a whole almond in the pudding and "cheek it" until everyone is finished eating.  Those with whole almonds then receive a present.  This is a fun tradition that most missionaries continue after their mission.
Sister Hansen's a winner...

Sister Batey...
Elder Erickson...
Better luck next year, Sister Ogaard:-)
Sjaelland only has five of the Missionary Christmas Choir, but they still performed with a few substitute musicians.  There's always a surplus of talent!  (friend me on FB for videos)

President has a natural talent with the harmonica.  It's so fun to play duets together, though we've never done it for an audience before. 
Santa Claus made his

Elder Ziegler comes from Switzerland.  His parents send chocolate bars for all the missionaries.  Thank you!  Swiss chocolate is the best!

After gifts were delivered, we had a video with family Christmases from each missionary.  It was put together by the Shurtliffs.  It is a favorite activity.  Afterwards, we watched a Disney movie with popcorn and more desserts.  It was truly a fun and wonderful day.  Christmas in the mission is such a memorable experience.  We love these missionaries.  
Merry Christmas from Denmark!

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