March Zone Conferences!!!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, we traveled to Västerhaninge for our first Zone Conference of 2016. We met with the Norrland and Stockholm Zones in the Västerhaninge Chapel due to the Gubbängen Chapel being closed for some renovation. It was so good to be able to be with our missionaries from these two Zones and to be able to enjoy the spirit with them. Our theme for our Zone Conference was, "Finding Energy and Strength through Jesus Christ", and it was just what our missionaries needed. President Beckstrand taught our missionaries how they can find renewed energy and strength through relying on the Savior and knowing that He is always there for them. He will never give up on us and He asks that we don't give up on Him. Our Assistants, Elder Archibald and Elder Hemmingsen taught on the subject of "As Christ Would" and they did a wonderful job of helping our missionaries understand the importance of always doing things, "as Christ would!"
Sister Beckstrand taught on building your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She showed the missionaries a video clip on a silent interview with people and their relationship with the Savior. It was very powerful and she provided an example of her son Josh, and how he came to developments his personal relationship with the Savior while on his mission to Cebu, Phillipines. She then finished her teaching with surprising the missionaries with a special video put together with personal pictures of our missionaries and their loved ones, both living and those who have passed on. This is the reason we are here on our missions, to spread the message that families are forever and that we will see our loved ones again because of Him, He lives and blesses each of us with the gift of immortality. Now, it is our charge to do all that we can to receive eternal life with our loved ones.
Lunch time with our missionaries. Elder and Sister Madden, serving Visby on the Island of Gotland. Elder Madden serves as Branch President for the Visby Branch.
Pick out your favorite Missionary........
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, we traveled back to Västerhaninge for Zone Conference with the Stockholm South Zone and the Södertälje Zone. Our selekterat song for Conference was performed by Elder Larson and Sister Giles, "Oh Lord, My Redeemer!" They were masterful.
Thursday, March 24, 2016, we traveled with our Assistants and Office Elders to Göteborg for our Zone Conference with the Malmö and Göteborg Zones. Along the way, we stopped outside of Jönköping to see some ruins and stretch our legs.
Friday, March 25, 2016, we met with the Malmö Zone and Göteborg Zone for our final conference in March. It was a great concluding conference, highlighted by Sister Bateman singing our conference song, "Oh Lord, My Redeemer!" She did a fantastic job. Here are the members of the Malmö Zone.
Members of the Göteborg Zone.
Elder Mecham and Elder Pärkkä, smelling the roses!!!!!!!!!!
Lunch time with the missionaries.......Pick out your favorite.......
Elder and Sister Watson helping to feed the missionaries at Zone Conference.
March 27, 2016, some of the sights of Easter in Sweden for your enjoyment. Mölndal, Sweden.
Farewell to the Hawleys!!!!!!
Monday, April 4, 2016, we met as Senior Couples at the Stockholm YSA for a good-bye brunch for Elder and Sister Hawley, who return home to Montana on April 5, 2016. We will miss this wonderful couple as they have done so much good here in Sweden to help the Lord's work move forward. We love them and we will miss them. Thank you Elder and Sister Hawley for a job well done.