Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Zone Conferences

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the missionaries from the Norrland and Stockholm Zones gathered at the chapel in Gubbängen for Zone Conference.  Great instruction was given to our missionaries as the Assistants and President and Sister Beckstrand taught the missionaries how they can become better in performing the Lord's work and magnifying their callings.  Here is our Norrland Zone members.

Stockholm Zone members at Zone Conference, June 2, 2015.

And, here is lunch time, so go ahead and pick out your favorite missionary.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, we were on our way to Västerhaninge for our next Zone Conference with the Stockholm South and Södertälje Zones.  It was a beautiful day and the temple ground flowers were stunning.

Stockholm South Zone members.

Södertälje Zone members.

And, once again, a delicious lunch was served to our missionaries.  Pick out your missionary, as they all look great.

As we finished up our Zone Conference here in Västerhaninge, we found these folks from Utah.  Turns out, these two, the Swensons, will soon be the in-laws of one of our dear Sister missionaries, Sister Ashley Anderson, who is engaged to their son.  Congratulations to you Sister Anderson.

Well, on Thursday, June 4, 2015, we traveled to Göteborg in order to be ready in the morning for our last Zone Conference.  As we arrived in Göteborg, Elder Sahlin wanted to show President and Sister Beckstrand the cemetary where two mormon missionaries are buried.  Turns out, that President Beckstrand has ties to this first missionary, John A. Qvist.  President Qvist, who was an area president for the church, had taken sick in March 1890.  He continued to worsen and he asked one of the missionaries with him to bless him and seal him up to the Lord.  The missionary, on the 12th of March, 1890, followed the wishes of President Qvist, and dedicated him to the Lord and that His will should be done.  President Qvist then rested and returned to his Father in Heaven.  Elder Sahlin has always wondered who the missionary was that blessed President Qvist.  Turns out that the missionary was named Elder John A. Beckstrand, great grandfather of President James E. Beckstrand, current Sweden Stockholm Mission president.

Elder Sahlin, President Beckstrand, and Elder Noso, standing at the grave site of John A. Qvist, in Göteborg, Sweden.

Elder Sahlin at the grave of John A. Qvist.  Elder Sahlin and his family place flowers at this grave every year, remembering the missionary service of John A. Qvist and John H. Jensen, mormon missionaries who died in Sweden and are buried in Göteborg, Sweden.

Elder Noso, Elder Sahlin, Sister Beckstrand, Sister Allred and Sister Powell at the grave site of John A. Qvist and John H. Jensen.

Friday, June 5, 2015, we hold our final Zone Conference with the missionaries from the Göteborg and Malmö Zones.  The conference was held at the Utby Chapel in Utby.  Here are the missionaries from the Göteborg Zone.

Missionaries from the Malmö Zone.

And lunch is served, so pick out your missionary.

Our wonderful caterer, Rich Holdaway.  As always, thanks Rich, for another great lunch in Göteborg.  We love you and your family.

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