Thursday, May 14, 2009

Elder Jepsen - Mission Update

In "Mission Entry 008" there was a mention of "interviews tomorrow in Roskilde from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM." Elder Jepsen's sister Jennifer lives in Roskilde, where she is finishing up her Masters in Medicinal Biology and Philosophy of Science (science with a conscience) at the Roskilde University.

Upon reading the blog Elder Jepsen's sister decided for a mad bicycle dash through town to catch a few minutes of visiting in between classes with her brother Elder Jepsen. She caught him in the middle of a district meeting, but they had a nice visit.

Sunday May 10th 2009 was Mother's Day, a day when missionaries all over the world get a chance to phone home and talk to Mom. A piece of information that fell by the wayside and didn't come back to mind until the weekly e-mail DIDN'T ARRIVE. Faced with the mystery of a missing e-mail, Elder Jepsen's mom suddenly remembers and confesses to her knowledge of a transfer mentioned during the Mother's Day phone call.

As we both know from experience (many years ago now), transfers are always done on prep-day, which leaves little time remaining for mail after doing the laundry and shopping for groceries.

Elder Jepsen has so far served in various parts of Copenhagen (where Denmark has its temple). Copenhagen is situated on Sjælland is the big island to the far East on the map of Denmark (see map of Denmark in a previous posting on this blog).

Directly below Sjælland are two islands that for some reason is always referred to together as Lolland-Falster. This was where our family many years back had their first farm (part of the original Baltic delta and therefore the best soil in all of Denmark) and Elder Jepsen's uncle Paul was born there in a town called Maribo (just like the name of one of Denmark's many cheeses).

The two islands known as Lolland-Falster is now Elder Jepsen's new area and we will be getting our next update from there (once he finds the library with computers for e-mails).

Everything you ever wanted to know about Lolland-Falster:

While Lolland-Falster is mostly very old delta, it is not all flat black soiled farm land and white beaches. On Falster (the Eastern island of Lolland-Falster) is one of Denmark's more dramatic coastlines.

This is part of Elder Jepsen's new area: (this is actually rather interesting). Don't miss out by not clicking on the churches (some from as far back as the year 1030), these are historic old buildings that says a lot about Denmarks past (the earliest churches in Denmark were built for viking converts, now there is a tough room).

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