Sunday, October 9, 2011

Continuing our 'Interview Road Trip'....Poznan then on to Lodz!

We were out of the house by 6:00 am this morning heading towards Poznan. The Sacrament meeting in Poznan was well attended. Elder Buckner was released as Branch President. Now he and Elder Plumb can focus on missionary work---which is what they do best. Elder Richards was sustained as the new Branch President. In two weeks the Branch will be moving to a larger Chapel with more classrooms. This is a great Branch with growth and great things happening. There were 28 in attendance this day for Sacrament meeting-members and...

...great Investigators like these women who Sisters Leppanen and McAdams are teaching.

Some of the sisters in the Poznan Relief Society....Sister Richards, Sister Ballantyn, Malgorzata, Jola and Sister McAdams. Where was her companion?

Sister Leppanen and Marta were teaching Anja and Natalie in Young Women!

Priesthood meeting was attended by (Elder) Brother Torke, Elder Plumb, President Dresler (District 1st Counselor), the Ballantyns (son and father), Elders Buckner and Richards.

All of the missionaries in Poznan- Elder and Sister Richards, Sisters Leppanen and McAdams. Elders Plumb and Buckner. This is a powerful group. This branch has steadily grown, and now it is time to move to a bigger chapel location to accommodate all that is happening.

On our way out of town, we stopped at the new Chapel to see how the improvements were coming along. The new wood floor is in along with many other upgrades. What a better location with a larger chapel (about twice as big as where we are now) and three more classrooms. This new facility will add to the great spirit in this branch.

This morning as we left Warsaw for Poznan, we were able to pick up a former missionary who was heading the same way....(Elder) Torke! Two great friends: Brother Torke (who served here a few months ago as the Branch President) and Grzegorz who is a great member and support in Poznan. They truly are 'brothers in the gospel'!

Now, back in the car for the next half of our Sunday events...

We arrived in Lodz just as the fireside we were speaking at started. Here are Elders Leimer and Smith, along with Jonas (who is being baptized this Saturday), Jacek, Jakub, Sister Tarasevich, Jerzy, Elder Tarasevich, Izabella , and Sisters Stay and Allen.
Two more great friends from the mission. Elder Smith and Jacek-a valuable member of the Lodz Branch.
Jakub and Jerzy. Jakub is such a great support in the Lodz Branch. He does so much, and his presence at these activities adds to the spirit.
Sister Stay and Izabella...a member of the Lodz branch.
Elders Smith and Leimer with Jonas and Jerzy. Both wonderful investigators have baptismal dates.
An added treat for us and the members was a special visit from (Sister) Sidney Pritchett. She served in Lodz about 10 months ago. She is visiting Poland with her parents and came by tonight. It was so fun to visit with her and hear what great things she is doing in California. She was an outstanding missionary in Poland and continues that tradition back at home in her ward and among her friends.

It was also a great day in Lodz where their sacrament meeting attendance was 51. What a wonderful day in seeing the members, missionaries and investigators in two of our wonderful Polish cities. I love this country and everything it has!

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