Monday, January 25, 2016

Christmas Zone Conference

So, we started our Christmas Zone Conference in Gubbängen with the Norrland and Stockholm Zones, Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  Our theme for the Conference was the Gifts of the Savior and "What gift will you give Him?"

Sister Beckstrand taught on the gift of Humility, Elder Archibald taught on the gift of Faith, Elder Sahlin taught on the gift of Obedience, and President Beckstrand taught on the gift of Charity and Love.  Each session was great and our missionaries allowed the Spirit to teach them those things that will make them better missionaries.  All of our missionaries were asked this question, "What gift will you give the Savior this year?"

Elder Archibald performed a beautiful cello number, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" with Elder Rowley providing piano accompaniet in Gubbängen and Västerhaninge.

The Norrland Zone at the Gubbängen Chapel, Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

 The Stockholm Zone at the Gubbängen Chapel, Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
 Elder Kendall and Elder Hart trying to get in on the action.

Lunch time......Roast Beef and all the fixings........Merry Christmas!   Pick out your Missionary.

A special visitor showed up for a Christmas story.  Santa Claus and Sister Beckstrand shared a favorite Christmas story for the missionaries.

After lunch, we played the "Present Game" with our missionaries and they all had a great time playing and especially when it came time to open their gifts.


On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, we were at the Västerhaninge Chapel for our second of three Christmas Zone Conferences.  Here, the Stockholm South Zone takes their picture in Västerhaninge.
 The Södertälje Zone members in Västerhaninge, December 16, 2015.

We also welcomed our newest Senior Couple to the mission today.  Elder and Sister Hurlbutt join us from Mesa, Arizona.  They arrived in Stockholm yesterday, December 15, 2015, and will be serving in the Lund YSA.  Welcome Elder and Sister Hurlbutt to the Sweden Stockholm Mission.

Alright, lunch time for these hungry missionaries........feast away.......

We recognize Sister Beckstrand on this day, December 16, 2015, as she celebrates her Birthday with all the missionaries.  We love her and so appreciate all that she does for the entire mission.  We couldn't ask for a better mission Mom.  We love you Sister Beckstrand.

 A Birthday cake and a present from the Elders and Sisters.
 Wow, just what she always wanted.......a onesie!  Never to be cold again!!!!!!!!!   Thank you to all the missionaries!

After lunch, time for the present game to begin.........

 Let the fun continue.......

Thursday, December 17, 2015, we received a "Short Term Missionary" Sister here in the mission.  Sister Miriam Blanchette from the Stockholm South Stake will be serving a 3 month mission with us.  We are excited to have Sister Blanchette serving and look forward to many great things from her in the Sweden Stockholm Mission.

Sister Blanchette will be serving with Sister Savage in Malmö.

Elder Archibald on the cello, Elder Rowley at the piano, with Elder Sweat turning pages.  Västerhaninge Chapel.

 Friday, December 18, 2015, we held the last of our Christmas Zone Conferences at the Utby Chapel in Utby.  Members of the Malmö Zone at the Utby Chapel, December 18, 2015.

 Members of the Göteborg Zone at the Utby Chapel, December 18, 2015.

Elder Featherstone at the piano and Elder Archibald with the Cello.  Thank you gentlemen for helping to bring the spirit to our Zone Conferences with your beautiful music.

Well lunch time once again, and a special Thank you to Elder and Sister Hawley for their hard work.

  Elder and Sister Hawley and Elder and Sister Hurlbutt  showing the missionaries how it is done.

After lunch, let the game begin........