A fun "P- day" this week going with the Elders to climb the stairs to the top four towers of this ancient church. Begun in the late 1100, it has been well preserved and upgraded to allow access to all but the very top tower.
Beginning at the bottom floor we read this - If we could read translate it, it might contradict the dates we were given.
Hermannstadt is the name the Germans gave Sibiu. This is what it looked like with the wall and mote. From the windows we could tell where the old city was and where the new part began. Some of the wall towers are still standing, in fact we pass some going from the Sister's apartment to the Centru.
We found this life size bas relief at the beginning of the tour with no description that we could understand. Once in a while we find something written in English for tourists but not that often.
We didn't pay for the main church tour but we grabbed a couple pictures of the different areas from our angle. This is the side where pareashers sit facing the next picture which is the main area. You must pay more to sit here so you don't have to turn your head. It is also much more decorative.
Elder Brown at the beginning of the spiral climb. Most of the stairs were reinforced and replaced with wood.
Not well lit and a bit creeky
Each of the four tours had four windows. We must have taken a picture from each of those windows. Pretty interesting. Here are our favorites.
Flight of stairs leading to the top tower was blocked off but visible. Glad it wasn't even an option.
Me trying to take a picture of one of the towers from the walkway just below the town wall that is still standing on this side of the city.
We walk through this part of the wall to get to centre, town square.
Same pathway different view
Closeup of the wall
Closeup of a tower
Here is the wall with the Ramada Hotel in the background. The Ramada is the tallest building representing the new age as opposed to the ancient. We have both in Sibiu in fact in all of Romania - best of the old and new.
Shopping for a hand shovel, Rand asked me to take a picture of him and this pitch fork.
What do you think? Clothes don't match the farmer look?
Trip to Blaj
Town about an hour and a half away that has investigators.
Romania's learning tower
According to Elder Hubbard who was told this by the Bair's this tower is in the center of an industrial area that was the most polluted area on the planet back during Communism.
Wish we had more facts.
We are definitely wondering why we would drive and hour and a half to stop in this muddy section of Blaj to teach. Elder Brown and I waited in the car till the investigators invited us in some where. They never did. The elders taught a group of men standing just behind our car. The main investigator, Florin said he had to go and would be back. He never came back.
Someone finally came and told us his mother in law was in the hospital and he wouldn't be back.
The elders felt stood up. (no pun intended)
While waiting for Florin to come back we walked across this river on a hanging bridge.
Elder Brown looked out of place in his hat, suit and tie.
Next we drove to Alba Iulia
to teach George's family. He heard the missionaries 30 years ago in Houston and decided maybe the church had
something for his family. He has a 13 year old and twin sons 11. His wife is 36 years his junior.
Tuesday's English class filled this room with over 30. Sat. we were down maybe to 20. After we teach beginning we trade with the Sister missionaries the last 15 minutes and teach a spiritual thought to the 8 advanced students in English while the sisters teach a spiritual thought to the beginning students in their language.
This has been an amazing experience. I especially like getting to know the advanced students. After our spiritual thought that ties in closely to parts of the first discussion we visit about some really interesting subjects mostly their choice.
Saturday night's YSA activity. We encouraged the missionaries to do more than play games. They came up with teaching from "How to Win Friends and Influence People".
Today's topic was how to act so people will like you.
Some areas are teaching Self Reliance or Leadership skills.
The two Romanians on the left helped translate the lesson on being a friend. They really like learning these kinds of things.
At home in Phoenix the family always gets together to make doughnuts in the winter especially when the out of towners are present. We were feeling left out but decided we could at least make doughnuts to share as refreshments. Finding a doughnut cutter was our first obstacle but by chance there was one in Sibiu. Getting the dough right for this bigger cutter was tricky and the doughnuts cooked up with a lot of personality. Everyone loved them though so we felt like a success.
Elder Hellewell didn't mind eating a doughnut that cooked up in a figure eight shape.
This lady calls herself Cat Woman. She thought the doughnuts were great.
Loved this quote I read on Meridian
by Wallace Goddard
The most important means for bringing about my (our) eternal life are
Father's perfect plan,
the Son's perfect love and
the Holy Ghost's relentless inspiration.
My role is to cooperate with them as they work to redeem me (us).