Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Being Happy

Baptism of Chhunkry in Västerhaninge.  Pictured left to right are Sister Anderson, Chhunkry, Sister Kamauoha, and Elder Featherstone.

Baptismal service for Tabitha in Vendelsö.  Pictured left to right are Elder Williams, Tabitha, and Elder Svensson.

Friday, December 26, 2014

St. Lucia

Elders Ward and Bradley with Sisters Eborn and Bass at Uppsala's DomKyrka for the St Lucia concert, December 14, 2014.

 St Lucia concert in Uppsala.
President and Sister Beckstrand at the St Lucia concert in Uppsala.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

More Baptisms

Sister King and Sister Poulson with their baptism in Karlskrona.

Pictured are Elder Sahlin, Åsa. and Elder Sheldon with the baptism in Umeå.

Zone Conference and Christmas Time

Elder Archibald, on the cello, and Elder Elinkowski, on the piano (hiding behind the flower) provided a beautiful musical selection for Zone Conference.

 Christmas Zone Conference was held in Gubbängen on December 16, 2014.  Here is the Norrland Zone.

And here is the Stockholm Zone.

Lunch time brought out the hungriest and a wonderful Christmas roast beef dinner was enjoyed by all.

  Sister Beckstrand was sung to by the missionaries for her birthday.

 Standing on a chair, Sister Beckstrand shows her emotions as she is sung to in Swedish by these great missionaries.

The next day, December 17, 2014, we were with two other zones for our Christmas Zone Conference in Västerhaninge.  Here is the Södertälje Zone.

 President and Sister Beckstrand enjoying a moment together at a break in the Zone Conference.
And here is the Stockholm South Zone.

Merry Christmas to all.  Here is your chance to pick out your Elder or Sister.

On December 18, 2014, we saw three of our Elders off to the airport as they were heading home at the conclusion of their missions.  Here we are enjoying a nice farewell dinner at the mission home.  Pictured left to right are Elder Ahlstrom, Elder Lambson, Elder Mangum, Elder Simas, Elder Beus, Elder Zaugg, Sister Beckstrand, Elder Stinnett, and Elder Allen.

Elder and Sister Tolley at the farewell dinner.

 Our travels took us to Göteborg on Friday, December 19, 2014, for the final Christmas Zone Conference of this year.  We met at the Utby Chapel.  This picture is of the Göteborg Zone.

 Here is the Malmö Zone.
 Pick out your favorite missionaries.

Well, it is Christmas time in Sweden.  God Jul to all!  Except for the Nephites, wait a minute, their okay, wait a minute, take them off the nice list, wait, put them back on......

 St Lucia Celebrations start up for real and our missionaries play the part well.  Here Sister King and Sister Poulson look great in their St Lucia costumes at their ward party.

 Wow, check out these Wise Men.......Elder Brinkworth, Elder Burgin, Elder Hemmingsen, Elder Beus, and Elder Krebs.

Christmas brings the traditional Julbock, which brings presents to the good little boys and girls.

 Täby ward Jul party with a traditional Swedish Christmas breakfast.

 And the young men cooking up American style pancakes for the enjoyment of all the ward members.

Ward primary children present St Lucia songs on the program and they did a great job.

 And then, Santa Claus rolled into town and to bring Christmas joy to the boys and girls.
 All good children receive a wonderful bag full of goodies to brighten up their Christmas.
Sister Beckstrom and Sister Allred putting in their Chirstmas list for many baptisms for the coming year.

 And not to be outdone, the office elders and assistants get in on the Santa action.  Elder Mangum, Elder Stinnett, Elder Lambson, and Elder Allen.