Monday, 23 January 2012

Sister Hick's { Relief Society President ,Halandri} Observations On The Greece Athens Mission Conference.

The Frost family meet Elder Fingerle just before the meeting.
This weekend has been a spiritual feast! As we met in the shadow of the mighty Acropolis of Ancient Greece the great strength in our membership could be felt. What a joy it was to see the room filled full of warm and loving members and to be in the presence of the spiritual giant- Elder Fingerle of the Seventy. Our nationalities are many but our hearts are one.
It was a delight to see Elder Marvin and Sister Grace Smith again. They are serving their fifth mission, this time in Cyprus. (They had previously been the office couple in Athens). They are such strong and faithful members! I was so surprised to see them on Saturday.
Sister Charles gave such a beautiful talk - half in Greek and we were all so impressed with how well she is speaking Greek! President Charles helped us all see the importance of the "Preach My Gospel" book and how it can make a difference in the work here. We're amazed by his enthusiasm and how he preaches with such power!
Juliana did an excellent job, talking about her amazing experience in the temple. And, Nancy's talk - delivered by her husband was equally as beautiful. (Nancy-we're sorry you were ill and couldn't be with us).
On Saturday Nancy directed the music and on Sunday Alyson did so. I played the organ for both sessions. The missionary choir was so uplifting and their song "Making Greece a Zion's Land" has been running through my mind since Saturday's rehearsal.
Sister and Elder Davis coordinated a delicious dinner on Saturday night. The soups were all terrific. Thanks to the Maxwells, Davises and others who made them. (Sorry, I'm not sure who to give the credit to.)
The Mowers were so kind to take care of our son and Pavlo during the Saturday night sessions. Caleb had a nice time with them.
Each and every talk and hymn was uplifting. It really is incredible to see the strength of the Greece Athens Mission. What really added to that strength was the presence of so many fine missionaries. Each and every one of them adds their light to the fire. They are truly an inspiration to us all!
We don't know exactly how many investigators were with us but we saw one man that Joe knows from the Embassy. His name is Christos and he was touched by the meetings and wants to come again.
We are part of something great! Let's keep our faith and numbers growing and soon we'll need a larger chapel.

1 comment:

  1. I was deeply touched reading this post. There were people that I learned to love on my mission, mentioned here and it came with such a clear, sweet feeling and conviction in my heart, that our Heavenly Father has the deepest and evertrue love for us. I have very fond memories of my time serving the Lord in Greece and it is you, members and people of Greece I remember. Lord is at hand, and reading this blog is a spiritual journey every time to remind me of all that matters the most. You're wonderful, all! Filakia!