Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011

Goddag alle, jeg håber du har det godt.
Its been a busy and fun week in norjylland aka The Northern Kingdom. I'll start with an interesting night in a pinsekirke...
We had an investigator invite us to her pentacostal church on saturday night bc they had a "prophet" coming from Mississippi to address them. We, uh, yeah. We went. haha It was an interesting experience. We got lots of weird looks as we walked in. Everyone was extremely nice to us. And as we sat down we could see the word spread that the mormons were here like the wave around lavell edwards stadium on a good day. It was really funny. But I enjoyed it. They had a christian rock band play for a long time, and it appeared to me like the members of the congregation were really enjoying it. They believe that they have the gift of tongues, so at the end of every song the room would fill with chatter as each member of the congregation would start praying in a different made up language. To who or what they were praying, or what about, I have no idea. The tower of Babel just exploded around us. So that was interesting. After about 45 minutes of the band-prayer routine, the "prophet" gave a very general, energetic Mississippi-style message that felt more like an inspirational speech. That lasted about an hour, after which he began "healing" people... Thats where things got interesting. He would put a hand on their head or neck or chest or some combination thereof and start praying/shouting in english/made-up-language... Until the person passed out. There was always someone standing behind to catch them, after which they had a nice warm blanket draped over them. And the patten continued. After about 15 minutes of this, we looked at the clock and saw it was getting late so we courteously stepped out. But holy cow. Talk about an eye-opener. I've never been more thankful for the truth of the restored gospel.
Monday we headed up to Skagen, "The land of light," for p-day. Its kind of a mystical place in Danish culture. We walked all the way out to the northernmost tip of the country. It was really fun. We ran around in some nazi bunkers, saw some cool stuff. The city of skagen smells like pure fish. Its rather abrasive, really. But its lots of fun. If you're ever in the area, let me know. We'll get lunch or something.
Denmark is a very interesting place. I love it here, but the government really affects the way the country and the people operate. Its sad to see, but people are pretty apathetic about life in general sometimes because the government creates this bubble of high taxes and all you can eat benefits, so they essentially have nothing to worry about in life. Which would make anyone apathetic and lazy, really. But I have never been more thankful for the United States. Seriously. Im not tryin to get all sappy and patriotic here but my eyes have been opened a little bit, thats all.
But other than that, Denmark is a thousand times cooler than the US, of course. haha
Thats all for this week, i guess. Oh, i had leverpostei a few days ago! It was delicious. Everyone go out and try some, just for me. Its, uh, liver paste... But dont think about that. Its delicious. Throw it in the oven for a few minutes, heat it up, spread it on some bread. Some hardy (sp?) rye bread. Rugbrød, preferably, if you can get your hands on it. haha It's some really hardy traditional Danish bread.  Makes me hungry just thinking about it.
Med kærlig hilsen,
ældste wooden

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