Monday, February 20, 2017

Iceland Zone Conference-February 2017

It has been 8 weeks since we have been in Iceland and that is just too long.  We have missed these elders, seniors and members.  Here we are getting ready for Zone Conference.  You can see that these elders enjoy seeing each other.  They are close even though they serve in three areas. 

Pictures of companionships.  Oldungar Stewart and Clegg.
Oldungar Johansen and Winch.
Oldungar Ludwig and Hendriksen.
Oldungar Rodriquez and Rose...(and ...Hendriksen)

Elder and Sister Michaelsen.
Elder and Sister Pfau.
President and Sister O'Bryant.
Oldungur Stewart is Zone Leader and conducting the meeting...
...and squirming during the traditional birthday compliments from everyone.  He is a humble leader and a great example to us all.

Oldungar Ludwig and Winch providing and leading the music.

Oldungur Ludwig training on the language.  How to count to four in the Icelandic language???

Snack time.
What can we say...."When in Iceland, Eat fish"!

These Elders are fed very well.  We have wonderful cooks in the kitchen!

Yep, here they are:)  What would we do without our senior missionaries?

Two o'clock in the afternoon, cloudy, but not raining:)  The Icelanders say they haven't seen such a warm and rainy winter since they can remember.
These elders are quick to clean and wash dishes.  "We are here to serve, not to be served".

These missionaries work hard and long hours in cold, rainy and windy weather.  They are fearless and dedicated disciples.  We love these elders!
President and I traveling south to Selfoss for member interviews.  It was a beautiful drive.  The moss was unseasonably green.
Iceland is full of hot springs and steam vents.

Such beautiful clouds...
 Now these next two pictures have a funny story behind them.   Oldungar Hendriksen and Ludwig are serving in Akureyri, about a five hour drive north of Reykjavik.  This area is growing and we are looking to rent a church building for the members to meet in.  We started with a small number of members meeting in a home a year ago and now we have up to 20 meeting.  These elders heard that there was a village several kilometers away.  Being the hard working elders they are, they decided to find this village and bring the message of salvation to them.  After a long walk, and some difficulty finding the village, they could see in the distance many small homes.  As they came close enough to see the inhabitants, this is all they  The Icelanders take good care of their horses, of which they are very proud.

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