Posted by: merrymission | April 30, 2012

Time to catch up

We have been busy with the Elders teaching single sisters and our other responsibilities. Now, we will catch everyone up on what we have been doing. We don’t mention particular people, generally, because of confidentiality.

March:  for the Relief Society Birthday we went to Sólheimar, a village started by Sesselja Hreindís Sigmundsdóttir in 1930 for children with special needs and orphans. It is a peaceful community, still dedicated to helping adults with special needs. In 1985 Reynir Pétur walked around Iceland to raise money and awareness for the community. He started and ended in Selfoss, walking 1,417 km in 32 days. Today the residents raise much of their money by making candles, soap, woven articles, and other artistic creations.  They also grow their produce organically. To learn more you can visit their website, solheimar.is. April: from the 4th to the 7th many of the Iceland saints went to Copenhagen for a temple trip. How wonderful to go to the temple again after almost a whole year! Our days were a whirlwind of temple sessions, meeting the Copenhagen senior couples, and visiting other friends. We were ready to come home and rest, briefly.

Monday after the Denmark trip all the missionaries took a travel p-day to see several interesting Icelandic sites. Gummi Sigurdsson, who has a tour company, Gateway to Iceland, mapped out our course for us and the young elders directed our way. There are many very interesting places to see.This is the upper two falls. The first one was larger.

This part of the falls comes from water seeping through the moss and running out over the lava.

If you click on the image, it will enlarge and you can read the story of the falls.

To be there is so beautiful and engrossing, lava fields all around and falls cutting through.

One of the last places we visited was the largest hot springs in Europe. Most of my pictures are so full of steam that the boiling water is blurred.

There were so many boiling water spots and wind that most of my pictures of this place are not clear. It is amazing to me to see water boiling outside on a chilly spring day. I'm sure it also boils in the winter.

The last place was a Viking burial spot.

This is in Borganes. His horse is buried with him.

April 14: Super Saturday. About five times a year our six seminary students meet with the Institutes and Seminary director from Denmark. This month was his last time coming so we had a special time, hiking to Reykjadalur. We had tried to boil eggs in a hot springs, but didn’t have the right equipment. The hike was beautiful and afterwards those that wanted could swim in the pool at a guesthouse in Hveragerði.Our month ended with a very uplifting zone conference. We had a visitor, Elder Olson from Sweden, who is an area seventy. The training given by our zone leader, President Andersen, and Elder Olson was so pertinent and uplifting. We are grateful for such meetings.

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  1. Sister and Brother Merry, We were in Soldotna and found your address in the bulletin. Praise the Lord! That town of Reykjavik is were Charlies Grandfather is from. The last name is Jonson. I hope you find some of our family there. Judy and Charlie Olson


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