|Beautiful Scenery around one of the many|
lakes in Norrland
|Autumn colors have arrived in Sweden|
When we came to Skellefteå to do some work on the apartment we met Elder Knutson (left) and Elder Bressan (right). Knutson is a native Swede and is a remarkably talented concert pianist. Bressan is from Italy and speaks at least 5 languages. When we arrived at the apartment, Wendy began to cry when she started doing the apartment inventory, and found that they had ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD. It was the end of the month, and they had no cash, but they were so positive and pleasant that we were overwhelmed with the sweet spirit they expressed in the service of the Lord. We helped them fix a few things in their apartment, and Elder Knutson played the piano that he has been GIVEN by some neighbors who were throwing away a piano. Then we took them to a grocery store and bought them some groceries. We were truly moved by the beautiful attitude they carried. This is the stuff that makes our mission worthwhile.
While we were in Luleå I took the opportunity to look around and see if anything was familiar. I lived in Luleå during the winter of 1975. After driving around for a while, I found only one thing that I remembered from 38 years ago. It was down at the harbor on the Baltic Sea where we used to go down and watch the ice breaker ships clear the harbor for the big Russian freighters that would come into the port. The FREJ was a ship that I remembered seeing so long ago. What fun memories.
ALLA HELGONS DAG
While travelling in Norrland, we experienced the last day of October, which is observed as Halloween in North America. Interestingly enough, the Swedes do some spooks and ghouls and things for Halloween, but no trick-or-treating. However on the first weekend in November they celebrate "All Saints Day". It is marked by visiting the cemeteries and putting lit candles on the graves of loved ones. After dark it creates a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, we were travelling and did not get to see the result, but we did see the people setting up candles near this unique cathedral in Örnsköldsvik.
We visited the apartments of 3 pairs of Sister missionaries in Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall. When they learned that Sister Tolley could do hair cuts, they lined up with enthusiasm. One by one, they got their long locks trimmed.
More blogging coming soon.