Last Friday and Saturday we had senior missionary training in Lodz, and what a wonderful two days it was. President Nielson opened the training with a warm welcome to all of us, followed by his words of instruction and encouragement. Each couple then spoke on a topic assigned to us by the President. We all learned from each other and shared ideas to help each other in the work. Saturday the instruction continued in the morning, and in the afternoon we toured one of the famous textile factory museums in the city.
Here are the Senior Missionary Couples in Poland. It’s a wonderful group of people to know and love!
President Nielson opened our meetings on Friday as we all listened to his sage words about the errand of the Lord which we are all on in our various locations.
Friday evening we had dinner at a wonderful Polish restaurant which serves everything from pork to perogi. Polish food is truly delicious.
President Nielson presided over the meeting along with Sister Nielson. The Nielsons will be going home the end of June, and they will be missed by all of us. They both have given their l00% (and even over!) to the Lord for the past three years. We all love them.
Elder and Sister Jensen serve in Warsaw and are the coordinators of the Young Single Adult program in Poland.
Elder and Sister Lloyd serve in Lodz, where this conference was held.
Elder and Sister Durant are the newest couple in the mission, arriving only about a week ago. They are serving in Wroclaw, which is only a couple of hours away from Katowice where we are serving.
Elder and Sister Tufts arrived only a month ago, and they are serving in Gdansk, which is north by the Baltic Sea.
Elder and Sister Hutchinson serve in the mission office in Warsaw. They are truly the glue of the mission!
Elder and Sister Sheley are serving in Poznan, the city in which we previously served for ten months.
And here we are among the group as we all arrived for dinner.
After dinner some of us walked down “P” Street, the most famous and beautiful street in the center of the city. It had just stopped raining as we passed this man on the bench whose nose was running a bit from the cold and wet!
We also enjoyed some beautiful music from Paderewski who just happened to be there that night! We love the statues and monuments displayed in all the cities.
During breakfast at the hotel on Saturday morning, we heard the fire alarm go off, but didn’t think much about it until the fire door to the restaurant closed. Shortly after that the fire trucks arrived, and in came the fireman. The cause of all this . . . . . . ? Someone had burned their toast in the toaster at the breakfast bar, and that had set off the alarm. Quite an exciting breakfast!
The Saturday afternoon tour of the old textile factory was most interesting. Lodz was the chosen city for this factory because of the availability of water which was necessary for the production of the fabrics. The different buildings of the factory covered acres and acres of space when it was in full production. We witnessed the cotton coming into the factory down to the finished products. The owners, the Pozanski family, had a huge mansion right next to the factory which was just one of their many homes.
This is the entrance to the old textile factory owned by the Pozanski family years ago.
The factory was massive in this thriving town in the early l900′s and employed many hundreds of citizens in the city.
At its peak the factory had hundreds of weaving machines like the machines in the foreground. Our guide turned a couple of them on, and the noise was deafening. He said many people lost their hearing after working for years in the factory. The lint dust from the yarn was also very hazardous to their health.
Here our guide was telling us about the finished products seen here on a display of different patterns woven into the fabrics made at the factory.