Elder And Sister Brown to the Romania/Moldova Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS

Elder And Sister Brown to the Romania/Moldova Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
Elder & Sister Brown to the Romania/Moldova Mission

Sunday, May 22, 2016

First time we ate a chicken with four legs we were surprised there was such a thing.  Now we know better and try to find this combination as we both like dark meat.

Maybe we're seeing the last of the rain.  If so it ended with a spectacular surprise.

Driving the sisters to invite inactive members to come to the church this Sunday for district conference.  We have it set up to broadcast from Oradea where the district president lives.  While traveling about we got close enough to get a picture of the town's famous gypsy castle where the king's son is suppose to live.

 It wasn't as beautiful as we expected.  The fancy roof typical of other gypsy homes is built on a normal block building.

Friday was travel day to Oradea for the Sat. zone conference and Sunday District Conference.  I had never seen red poppies growing wild in Arizona.  Had a hard time getting a picture as we zipped along on the road to Deva

 Herds of sheep are seen along the country road side.  They are so picturesque.  In winter the shepherd wears a sheep skin.  Haven't been close enough to get that picture.  Now it's warmer will have to wait till next winter.  Can you see the shepherd sitting right along the side of the road.

In Oradea we found some red poppies along the river by our hotel

 First stop about 2 hours from Sibiu was the Corvins castle, the one Harry Potter's movies were patterned after.

 This is the entrance over the mote.  The entrance used to be on the other side back when it was originally built in the 1400.

 So far this is my favorite castle.  

 First stop was the torture chamber.  Could have left that one out.  Tends to give you nightmares.

I'd say this was a hard way to learn the difference between right and wrong.  Forced to sit on nails with arms tied down over more nails must be what our founders called cruel and unusual punishment.  

 Some photos of weapons behind glass doesn't work out so well but Elder Brown wanted this one taken.

 The main hall - does it remind you of the Harry Potter movie when the students were in the cafeteria?

 Rand called this the "man cave"

 Quite a large central court.  It filled up before we got through with our tour.  Remodeling in the 1860's added the roof back on.  It has been remodeled several times since.

 Read the description of this well.  Quite the story.

Last time we went looking at castles the weather turned out great.  How did we get so fortunate again?

On the left were deep rooms that housed bears where you may be tossed in if you were convected of a crime.

 The earlier entry.

View of center court from other direction.  Sora Yost and Djahanbani were with us.  It was Sora Djahanbani's first trip to see a castle.

 The guard's t-shirts made us feel welcome.  Phoenix Protect if you can't read it.

 Took the Sister's to see the 1975 Romanian gymnastic team

 We wondered why the shortest distance from Sibiu to Oradea was listed as the slowest.  We thought we'd been transplanted back to Uganda.  Sometimes the road was so bad we thought it was ending.  

 Hotel with our first outdoor pool.  Took the rest of the evening to warm up.  I wasn't surprised that I was the only one swimming.

Saturday we enjoyed a great Zone conference.  That evening we went for the first time to dinner with the mission president, three other couples and the 70, Elder Odondo who came to preside and speak for the Sunday District Conference.   He is the CEO of a crop science company that is studying how to feed the world's growing population.  He encouraged us to think smarter and to figure things out so we can follow God's plan.  Satan has sold us the idea through our political leaders that the solution is to cut back on having children.  This is exactly opposite to the commandment we've been given by our Heavenly Father - to multiply and replenish the earth.

 Sobergs on the left and Nelsons on the right.  Sister Soberg is the native Romanian who came to America and married a fellow dentist.  their son is also serving at this time in Romania.

 Got to sit by and get to know Isabella Gembasu, wife of the district President, Florine Gembasu.  They shared their conversion stories at the couples dinner.

 Here we all are, leaders of the Romania West District

Stayed at a different hotel each night.  Somewhere Elder Brown lost his favorite black Levis.  Hope he can find them before heading home Monday.

 District conference was followed an hour later with a fireside by Elder Odondo so food was set up before the first meeting started.

So thrilled to have 87 attend the District meeting.  Our little branch in Sibiu had the meeting broadcast to them where they counted 7 more. 

Our missionaries from Sibiu were sitting in the back

Had a delightful time visiting with the members between meetings.  Such friendly warm people.

 These are the four members from Timesoura I got acquainted with.

 Three of the five branches have missionaries for Branch Presidents like Elder Brown.  Cluj branch does not fit that model. This is President Iepure and his wife and they have two boys.  A rare scenario.

 We heard "the mushroom" was the thing to see in Oradea.  Not sure why they call it a mushroom.  It is a lovely hill with a view in all directions.

 Wild roses are in bloom.  Can you see the pink ones in the foreground?

 Oradea is a little warmer than Sibiu.  We expect the roses in Sibiu will be lovely like these soon.

We learned in Zone Conference that in Finland they do not have a word for repentance.  There they would speak of improving or progressing.  Romanians have the idea that to repent you confess to a Priest and you are done.  We decided that whether you have a word for repentance or not "Positive Change" is what we will all work to accomplish so that we can have the spirit with us as much as possible.  Happy Repenting.


  1. It looks like you had a lovely week. Hope Dad found his black Levi's. It IS great to be with fellow members who are striving.

  2. It looks like you had a lovely week. Hope Dad found his black Levi's. It IS great to be with fellow members who are striving.

  3. It looks like you had a lovely week. Hope Dad found his black Levi's. It IS great to be with fellow members who are striving. That chicken still gets me. Lovely blooms everywhere