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, July 31, 2016

Leslie and Jacob's visit to Romania continued.

Fri. night after "Meet the Mormons" at Roger's we drove to Alba Iulia so we could get an early start at "Cetatea Carolina"

Cetate Carolina is a little hard to describe but maybe this arial picture from the internet will give meaning to this place.  The maze of high walls around the area protected the community many centuries ago.

Me looking down from the wall to a floral planting of the shape of the maze.

 Last photo of me in my favorite blouse.  Later that week I washed a Kaufland bag with the whites and in spite of the small red letters on the white bag it turned everything pink.  I was so sad.

We had visited this area earlier in the spring with the missionary sisters and had fun showing the Findlays around.

 Tiny flower growing in the wall.  Couldn't pass up the chance to feature her beauty.  The wire is probably just an electrical wire.  

One thing we missed on the first visit was "changing of the guard".  We planned this trip to be there at noon for that experience.

Tourists line the street to watch the parade.

 Which included the firing of three cannon.

The guard is now changed and they are marching back - not sure where they went. 

Jacob and Leslie's main request was to see "Bran" castle.  After spending Sunday morning back in Sibiu with our church assignment we then headed for Bran, a town named after the castle.  Our little church doesn't match the grander of this church we passed on the way.  The sun glistening off the gold mirrored roof was quite striking.

Our hotel was walking distance to the castle.

Castle just as it was getting dark.

Enjoying breakfast at the hotel patio Monday morning.  We didn't realize that Monday the castle was only open from 12-4 in the afternoon.  It was a nice time to relax and enjoy the scenery.

 Leslie and Jacob heading up to the castle.  They took a lot more pictures than we did.  

 Lunch afterward was a bit difficult as so many in town squeezed into the four hour tour time were now hitting the restaurants.  Took a couple hours to finally get something to eat.  The castle is in the background if you look close to Jacob.

Back home Monday night the Findlay's packed up for their early morning flight.  The visit was over too soon.  Sad to drop them off at the airport Tuesday morning.

 La revedere

Sports night on Saturday with one investigator, two members and four missionaries.  We bring refreshments depending on who is there.  Alex doesn't want junk food and the rest do.  Alex was there so it was watermelon and a few cookies for those who needed their sugar fix.

Rand and I hanging out at sports night.  

Our seats are not the most comfortable.

Sora Savoie seems to have gotten the better of Alex 

Sunday was a much anticipated day with Pres and Sora Ivory with their daughter Faith.  have you noticed Rand and I are always on the back row.  

 So proud of Florine who was given the Priesthood today.  He will be a great asset to the branch if he keeps progressing like he has the last few weeks.  No one knew of him till he showed up at church about a month ago.  Rand and I have taken a special interest in him and he is excepting the challenge.

 The Ivorys are going to Brasov to do a fireside this evening.  Tomorrow we will drive to Brasov for zone conference so will spend more time with these great people.

In case you're wondering, wild flowers are doing well here in Sibiu.

In the fall these will make a very nice dried plant that can be used for years.  Mom, do you remember spraying some of these gold when we lived in Mt. Pleasant?  We did have them for years.  Maybe you still have them.

Zinnias are even more abundant.        

Sora Ivory gave the Sunday school lesson 

When we serve others we learn how to come back to our Heavenly Father.  
We see others through "His" eyes.  
Repentance is another key to "coming back".  
We also learn to recognize how the spirit speaks to us so we can change our corner of the world to be what our Heavenly Father has in mind.  
For some of us being kind does not come naturally but the spirit can teach us if we are open to it's promptings.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Our daughter Leslie and husband Jacob came to Sibiu to visit us.  We were up till 12:35 AM Thursday morning,  July 21st where they flew into the tiny Sibiu International Airport. 

 It was a fun Sunday introducing them to the branch members.  Leslie played the keyboard for Sacrament meeting which made it high class.

Our first trip Thursday morning was to the Astra Heritage outdoor exhibit.  The weather was perfect and even though we had been there before we all saw and learned new things.  What were the poles protruding out of the top of these structures?  Unfortunately none of the hosts speak English.  They are good however at pantomiming.

 Many of the structures were moved here from their original place.  This definitely looks like a transplant.  Hope it doesn't slide down the hill.  

 We wondered if they had to mow the roof of this structure.

Figuring out how they made the roof work.

 Leslie trying out the wheel barrow.  At least that is what we called it.

 Rand won't let us miss an opportunity to photograph the horse pulled wagon.

Grapes grow all over Romania often as grape arbors over peoples front or back yards.  These grapes were growing along the roof line of this dwelling in Astra.  

Rand has a goal to build an outdoor oven when we get home.  Does this one have possibilities?

Very old Church with all kinds of ornate pictures.  They do still worship in this church.

 The first time here we were were fascinated with the wood sculptures.  

 Many unique water run wheels.  This one made textiles if I remember right.  With no instructions we tried to imagine how that happened.

 Wool cleaning machine (carding).  Not so much work if you can get the water to turn the wheels.

Log bridge, we were impressed with how sturdy it was.

 Small sunflower garden at Astra.

 Another water run wheel with ducks in the pond.

 Same wheel with the wind mills in the back ground and hand cut shingles adorning the top of this photo.  Many different kinds wind mills used in yesteryear.

Floating mill 

Flour mill hopper, Rand is pointing at the spout where the flour falls after being stone ground (stones visible just under the hopper)

So Picturesque 

 Leslie had seen this shish kabob in one of our previous blogs and wanted to experience dining at the Uruguay.  Rand and I usually share a meal and the plate with the treble and base cliff decoration was the extra plate.  How did they know Leslie and Jacob were musicians.

 Walking to Piazza Mara is the Dracula statue.

 On our way to show Findlays the church to climb the spiral staircase tomorrow while we needed to be at district meeting.

 Friday afternoon we headed to Hunedoara to visit Castelul Corvinilor.  Inside the castle is a mosaic of the exterior of the castle.

This is the spiral stairway that Rand and I missed last visit

 Which led to the wooden structure seen in this shot, the high point of the castle.

Outside view from one of the many walkways.  This would be an easy castle for the wicked fairy in Sleeping Beauty to hide herself with so many rooms, halls and floors.

 The original entry was not open last time we visited Corvinilor.

 Another view of the multiple roofs over the multiple towers

 Main Entrance as we left to find Rand and drive up the mountains to Roger's an hour away

Rand's not one to go somewhere twice.  He stayed outside the castle and had his own adventure.  There was a group there getting ready for a performance and dinner.  They wanted him to try the food so he wasn't hungry when it was time to find a restaurant.  Wished we could have stayed for the performance but we had our own program to host at Casa Rogers.  Never seen eyelashes on car lights before.

Roger in his little chapel used to teach the gospel.  We have been here to hold church before but not enough were attending to make it worth the missionaries time.  We had five however interested in seeing the movie "Meet the Mormons" which was translated last year into Romanian.  Roger is the one in blue.

Roger has the most peaceful place on earth.  As we walked back to the church this woman was milking her cows in the field above his place.

 View from across the street from Roger's.  Rand was amazed that equipment this old was still in use.

 Leslie and Rand checking out the fruit trees at Roger's.

 OK, Rand wants a better view of the tractor and bailer.

To celebrate the 24th of July we got a great picture of an oxen drawn wagon.

More of the Findlay trip to come in the next blog.