Monday, October 28, 2013

Busy week for our Ældste Holbrook in Sønderborg :o)

Ældste Holbrook had a lot of things going this week. He went on splits with some other Elders, he had a district meeting and lots of more fun things. He is never having a dull week in Denmark :o)

 Planning meeting of the week. LOOK at those pastries, I WANT some Pretty PLEASE!!

 Pretty and so Danish.

 Ældste Holbrook ate 4 plates of Asian food and 2 bowls of ice cream for dinner.  After a pretty BIG lunch. Needless to say he did not keep it down for very long and poor guy that stepped in it after!!
 Beautiful rainbow at a Danish train station.

 Christmas comes early to Denmark. At least a day earlier than here in Utah :o)

 VERY cold and maybe a little tired. Waiting for trains is NEVER fun and especially in the cold and rainy Denmark.

 I have still got it. He likes the tie clip. It says the Book of Mormon on it :o)

He is a great young man and we miss him so much. So happy that he is serving the Lord in Denmark and that we can call him ours. Keep up the great work and know we long for your safe return.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sønderborg and Flensborg Germany

This week Ældste Holbrook had many photos to upload to us. We got 100+ pictures and 5 day of voice recordings. Oh.... How we LOVE the recordings, they are the BEST and so much more than "just" an email. 

Here are a few of the pictures of the week, it looks like he had so much fun :o)

 Beautiful Danish church.

 Inside the church!

 Could he be a preacher of the Danish State church :o)

 Looking at the beach, just LOOKING and it looks really cold!

 Dinner with Ældste Swan. 

 THIS is AWESOME, nicely done that is for sure!

 Shoes in a string over a gaagade (walking street) Interesting!

 Interesting store in Germany.

 Noah's arc in Germany. It was HUGE and very interesting!

 Ældste Swan, Andrea and Ældste Holbrook on her baptism day. 

 Elder serving in Germany, Ældste Holbrook, Andrea, Ældste Swan and another Elder serving in Germany.

Part of Ældste Holbrook's email to us this week:

This week has been great, first of all Andrea got baptized! That was an awesome experience, probably one of the most spiritual on my mission thus far. I had the opportunity to baptize her in the font, down in Germany! What an experience. During the meeting the time came for me to baptize her, so I walked into the font. It was FREEZING! The something was wrong with the heater so we were basically in Arctic chilling water. I baptized her and everything went well, when I got out I could not stop smiling. I was so happy I felt like my smile reached from ear to ear. Nothing could wipe it off my face, nothing. Interestingly enough even though the water was cold, I was warm both inside my body and outside. I was radiating with the spirit of Christ, I had asked Andrea that question and she said the same. She felt so happy, overjoyed and excited to finally have been baptized. She has now made the goal to continue to hold to the rod and go through the temple in one years time. We will be reunited with her then, and what a day that will be! This is what missionary Work is all about! I will be so happy if that is all that happens for the rest of my mission because she is so happy that she has received the gospel in her life.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Visiting friends and members in Sønderborg!

Ældste Holbrook has again had a great week in Sønderborg. He is pondering the messages of General Conference last week and it seems like he has already learned a lot from it. We got lots of photos this week too and here are a few of them.
 Ældste Holbrook driving and taking pictures in Denmark. I see Ældste Swan is helping a little in this picture! 

 Dinner appointment, this looks really good and Ældste Holbrook is right in front and center :o)

 Ældste Holbrook and one of his great friends.

 What a sweet little house I really love this one!

 Look at the sky and the light coming through the clouds. 

 Family Reunion Ældste Holbrook told me. It is 3 or 4 generations of Elders here together. 

 This one is awesome and so true :o)

Another cloud picture and a few homes!

Yes this is one Ældste Holbrook would have taken :o)
 Beautiful and so very Danish!!

 This is Far-Side in Danish.

 I LOVE this and it is just something Ældste Holbrook would say. Keep it up Buddy you are AMAZING!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Great people and Conference time in Sønderborg

Ældste Holbrook has this week had some great times with the people that he is teaching in Sønderborg. They also got to see some of the sessions of the General Conference which he really enjoyed :o) Another great week in Denmark with wonderful people!!

 He just loves SMALL cars in Denmark :o)

 Beautiful Danish street in the old part of Sønderborg I think !!

 Ældste Holbrook and Peter that they found by knocking on his door one day. Ældste Holbrook really loves this man!!

 Ældste Holbrook, Rubita, Amelia and her dad. Amelia is investigating the gospel and Rubita is a member that is the same age :o)

 Getting ready to watch conference LIVE from Utah and home :)

 Ældste Holbrook and Ernst, a 90 year old man that they found a few weeks ago :o)

John and Ældste Holbrook here together. Ældste Holbrook calls him Bedstefar/Grandpa and he says that he rocks :o)