Each Person’s Story

When I was eight, my Grandma gave me a family tree. She knew something I didn’t know at the time: I love genealogy. I would look at that pedigree chart and study the charts and sheets in my parents’ genealogy books and wonder, Who were these people? What are their stories? In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, […]

The American Search for Hygge

“Americans are so interested in hygge,” Mormor says, “but they will never understand it.” I first learned the word hygge while studying the Danish language on Duolingo. The pronunciation is a little bit tricky, but you can probably get away with saying “hooga.” The app translates it as “cozy.” I had a feeling that something was lost in translation, though, and […]

Learning Danish

Bjørnen spiser æbler med anden. The bear eats apples with the duck. Manden løber langt væk, da han ser brødknive på bordet. The man runs far away when he sees bread knives on the table. Familien svømmer fra Danmark til Amerika. The family swims from Denmark to America. Last summer, I started talking with a woman at church as we […]