Sunday, April 28, 2013

We look forward to meeting with our Senior Couples for training in Lodz.


Six of us departed from the Mission Home Friday morning.  Elder and Sister Jensen along with Elder and Sister Hutchinson came and picked us up.  President was thankful Elder Jensen drove.  It is hard to see, but the back of the "transporter" was completely loaded with supplies for our various cities.

We started on time with Elders and Sisters Jensen, Reed, Hutchinson, Tufts, Durrant, Sheley and Lloyds.  The weather has been so wonderful all week; but unfortunately today it started to rain. It takes more than rain and cold to dampen the spirits of these great Senior Missionaries, though!

Instruction started with President Nielson then each Senior Couple took time to teach, inspire and share ideas of what they were doing in their specific areas and assignments.

Elder and Sister Lloyd helped out tremendously as this training was held in Lodz where they serve.  Sister Lloyd is explaining how to drive to our restaurant Friday evening following a busy afternoon. It is not an easy task 'to caravan' during rush hour traffic and not get lost. But all our Seniors did well!

Once we all arrived, and found parking spots,  we enjoyed a wonderful evening and dinner just visiting and getting better acquainted.

(L to R): Elder and Sister Sheley, who serve in Poznan. Elder Sheley is the Branch President. Elder and Sister Hutchinson who serve in the Mission Office. With those many responsibilities, Elder Hutchinson also serves as 1st Counselor in the Warsaw I Branch.

(L toR): Elder and Sister Lloyd who serve in Lodz. Elder Lloyd is the 2nd Counselor in the Branch Presidency.  Elder and Sister Tufts with Elder Tufts serving as the 2nd Counselor in the Branch Presidency.  These Member Leadership Support missionaries are so valuable in our Branches.

Elder and Sister Reed who serve in Katowice and Elder and Sister Durrant serve in Wroclaw. (Both Brethren serve as Counselors in their Branch Presidencies).  

Elder and Sister Jensen who serve in Warsaw with our Young Single Adults.  All of our Senior Couples serve with our Young Singles Adults in their various cities.  Elder and Sister Jensen assist with the YSA Center and many other assignments from President. (Elder Jensen is also the Executive Secretary in the Mission Presidency and Sister Jensen handles legal/Residence Cards for our missionaries).

It is always fun to see who is going to take pictures.  Sister Nielson has to take
pictures wherever she goes, but President is going to take them tonight.

That doesn't look very safe!!


Eating breakfast at the hotel before going to
the church for more instruction.
Elder and Sister Tufts and Sister and Elder Hutchinson

Enjoying a wonderful breakfast with
Elder and Sister Sheley and Elder and Sister Reed

That was a great breakfast with
Elder and Sister Jensen and Sister and Elder Durrant


Elder and Sister Lloyd and Sister and President Nielson
talking to someone.  Must not disturb him.

This is where we stayed and our room had a bath tub, the first
I have had since coming to Poland. 

This is the church in Lodz you have to go through the locked gate

Now you can see the church.

The women are ready to start

The men are ready

A group picture

President and Sister Nielson
What a great training, thank you!!

Sunday Afternoon visit to Saski Garden (where the Prophets dedicated this land)

               Site of the Dedicatory Prayer given by Spencer W Kimball and Thomas S Monson
                                              Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
                                                    These men stand like this for 1 hour
                                                           The changing of the guards
                                                   After the guards have changed
                                                        Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
                                                                 Outside the Garden       

Baptism of Elzbieta and Czeslawa

                                                     Czeslawa and Elzbieta (her daughter)

                                     Sister Allen and Sister Howells taught them the gospel
                                                                 I love these two ladies
                                                             Elder and Sister Jensen
   Elder and Sister Hutchinson from Family Home Evening Group
                                            Philip and Godfrey is going to do the baptizing
                                                                 All who participated  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bullet holes in the building that we talked about

                                        This is where a lot of people were killed.  These are the
                          bullet holes that went through their bodies as they were shot and killed.

Birthday Party for Elzbieta at Family Home Evening

                                         We sang Happy Birthday to her in Polish and she was
                                         dancing around and ended up like this at the end.
                                         Elzbieta age 61 will be getting baptized on Saturday
                                         with her mother Czeslawa She is getting baptized also

                                                   We picked out these flowers for her
                Elder and Sister Jensen, Elder and Sister Hutchinson, Elzbieta and Czeslawa
                                          These are the sister missionaries Sister Allen and
                                                   Sister Howells that are teaching them
                                          Dominique would not look at me, Godfrey would
                                          not look at me, or Marcin in the background
                                           Beautiful Spring Flowers (notice they are purple)
                                                                    my favorite color
                                         Sister Allen and an investigator and Sister Howells
                                                                   Stan and Slawek
                                               Slawek and Elder and Sister Hutchinson
                                                                    Are you happy???