Thursday, July 21, 2016

Senior Missionary Conference

This is a photo of Kronborg Slot in Helsingor, Denmark.  It was taken from the Sweden side (East) of the castle.  This castle is immortalized as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.  It is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe.  During the summer, they perform scenes from the play "Hamlet" throughout the castle.
Here is the beautiful archway entering the castle ground.
This is the view of the castle as you enter from the west.
Another beautiful archway.
Who can resist the quaint sceney with cobble stone streets, and the colorful buildings- boutiques, restaurants, etc.
The archway into the castle courtyard.
The courtyard.
The "duel" scene from Hamlet.
Continuing with the duel scene.
We climbed the tower below with the green copper dome this beautiful day and discovered a gorgeous view.
A view of the entrance.
The ferry from Helsingor to Malmo, Sweden.
Sweden in the background.
Another view of Sweden.
This is the narrow and dark tunnel one must take to visit Olgier the Dane, better known as Holger Danske.  He dwells in the castle of Kronborg.  He remains there until the day when Denmark may be in peril, at which time he will rise up and save the nation.
And here is Holger Danske with his armor.
More towers around the castle.
We tried to get a picture by the tower with everyone.  It's not always easy to gather everyone when we have a volunteer to take the picture.  We are missing Elders Buxton and Ottley.  (Next time we better stand in the sun).
Better picture without the tower:-)  (I've never been a "proper" photographer)
This character was traveling the castle grounds and entertaining.  He is delightful.  He comes from England and  speaks "the Queens" English.  He loves to educate Americans regarding their English pronunciation.  He and President were discussing the word "around".  I rescued them with another wonderful picture.
We enjoyed this man.  Does anyone know which character he plays?  I assume he comes from the play "Hamlet".  Look for him when you visit for a good laugh:-D
Just a few kilometers walk away, we enjoyed dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
The next day, we gathered for a day of training on "Doing our part as missionaries, as well as the best ways to interact with and support the younger missionaries".  The Seniors made a delicious breakfast and lunch.
What better way to end the conference than with a visit to the temple together.  This mission would not be the same without the dedication, service and love of all these senior missionaries.  They come at their own expense to provide their time, talents, experience and hard-work in building up the Lord's Kingdom.  Many of them learned the Danish language years ago when they served as young missionaries, while others are dutifully learning the language today to be more effective. They all have the great desire to serve because of the love they have for Denmark/Iceland, the people and especially the Lord. Words cannot express the gratitude and love we and our young missionaries feel for each of these senior full-time missionaries.  We love Denmark and Iceland!  (Missing from photo:  Elder Warnsdorf-Copenhagen, Elder Johnson-Bornholm, and Elder and Sister Shephard-Iceland)

Monday, July 18, 2016

July Iceland Zone Conference.

Another beautiful day in Iceland!  It's true, it rains a lot here, but when the sun comes out, it's breath taking!
Waiting for the training to begin...
A testimony from Elder Gudmundsson.  He is preparing to return home with honor.  We will miss him!
Training from President O'Bryant on "Using time wisely".
Our area seventy, Elder Pilz helped train on the "Restoration".
Sister Pilz trained on the "Book of Mormon".
Sister O'Bryant trained on "Sacred Scripture Study".
Several of our Danish missionaries are proselyting in Iceland while we wait for three more Icelandic missionaries to arrive.  They are learning a new language and are loving their experience.  The Danish mission is blessed to teach in both Denmark and Iceland.
A delicious lunch made by our faithful senior missionaries.

Oldungur Geslison led us in singing "Happy Birthday" to Oldungur Stirk.  It was belated sice he has been busy in Akureyri.  In fact they are preparing to baptize soon.
Our Birthday Elder.
A little R&R...
A little R&R...
Soccer game with members...and look who showed up?  Elder Millward!  He just returned home three weeks ago and returned with his parents.
Preparing for District Conference on Sunday.  Elder Millward joined in.  They sang "Ye Elders of Israel".  These Elders can sing!
Elder Millward and his parents.  Awesome family<3
After conference, there was a wonderful pot luck dinner.

Jakob Gudnason (a previous elder) and his siblings.
Oscar and Deli Gudmundsson with their new daughter.  They came down from Akureyri for the conference.
Delicious food!

Another baby will soon join Tzi and her husband.
Our 17th grandchild, 14th granddaughter was born while we were in Iceland.  Blessings from heaven<