Last Friday and Saturday a Women’s Relief Society Conference was held in Warsaw. Three of us from Katowice attended, and we were thrilled that we could enjoy our wonderful sisterhood with other sisters from around the country. There were about fifty sisters in attendance, and it was uplifting for all of us to be able to meet and talk with other women who share such strong faith. The District Presidency prepared and presented excellent activities including discussion groups, talks from our leaders, craft activities, and an abundance of good food, beautifully presented. The two day conference was inspirational, uplifting, and unifying for all of us.
This is a picture of the Mission Home in Warsaw. It has four levels and can hold and sleep quite a few people. The Spirit there is always felt in a most heart-warming way, and the hand of welcome and fellowship is always extended. Sister Hutchinson (office couple) and Sister Lloyd (Lodz) are standing in front of the home, and Krystyna, from our branch in Katowice, is standing at the door. This is where all the sisters met early Friday evening for the commencement of the conference.
As we were waiting for other sisters to arrive for the evening gathering, everyone was chatting with one another.
There were about 40 women in the living room of the Mission Home that evening. We all introduced ourselves to the group, and then . . . . .
the women did what women love to do – just chat with one another and get to know each other, along with a light supper which was prepared by the Senior Missionary Sisters who live in Warsaw. It was a delightful evening for all of us.
That night Marta, who is now Siostra Antkowiak, was in attendance. Sister Reed and Sister Sheley are her greatest fans. The Reeds got Sister Antkowiak started in the direction of being a missionary, and the Sheleys, who now serve in Poznan, are the ones who were there when she got her call, and they sent her off on the mission. Sister Antkowiak was serving in Warsaw waiting for her Visa to arrive before she could go to the MTC in Provo, but she left yesterday for The States, and she is now preparing to serve in the Chicago Mission. We are all so happy for her.
After the evening’s activities the Missionary Sisters helped clean up and put things back in order. Sister Lloyd (Lodz), Sister Edgren (Mission President’s wife), Sister Jensen (Young Single Adults – Warsaw), Sister Sheley (Poznan), Sister Hutchinson (Mission Office – Warsaw), and Sister Reed
Then we decided that we couldn’t be so serious all the time and just had to have a little fun.
This is the group that stayed at the Mission Home that night as we gathered for breakfast in the morning.
Before we left for our meetings on Saturday, the Polish sisters sang, “Love One Another”, for the Senior Missionary Sisters. It was beautiful.
The sisters in attendance were divided into three discussion groups, and we were each given two questions to discuss regarding faith. Each group recorded the main points shared in their groups and then reported these points to the entire group.
A very colorful visual was made by some of the sisters to show the important components of faith. The “faithful sister” is holding in her hand a copy of Preach My Gospel.
Attending the conference was a mother and daughter from one of the branches. The daughter, on the left, was recently baptized, and her mother, who is 90 years old, will soon be baptized. The mother has seen quite a bit of history during her lifetime here in the country, and it was interesting to talk with her.
The Relief Society District Presidency, the President in the center. The Presidency is composed of two Polish sisters, and the woman on the right is from the States (her husband works for an American company which has an office in Warsaw). These faithful and dedicated sisters did a beautiful job, making this conference a highlight in the sister’s lives.