Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Visit with Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
We had the opportunity to visit with Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland. Elder and Sister Koyle and Sister Ashby and myself went to Bessastaðir the Presidential Residence. President Grímsson visited with us for an hour and half, we then went upstairs and to see some of the gifts that have been presented to the president from many different countries around the world.
President Grímsson is interested in what we are doing in Iceland as well of what we think of the economic conditions. He also wanted to know how his friends in Utah are doing.
He commented on how much the Icelanders in Utah have done to preserve their heritage. He is impressed with the Icelanders in Utah and specially all they do. The Icelandic Association of Utah, according to the president, is one of the best Icelandic organizations in North America. He is very impressed with what they do both in Iceland and Utah.
He commented on how good of man president Hinckley was. President Hinckley visited with him at Bessastaðir in 2002; as well as in Salt Lake City in 1997 and 2003; and Spanish Fork, Utah in 2005. They had a lot of respect for one another.
President Grímsson made us feel right at home. He is a gracious host. We all enjoyed our visit with him. He request that I stay in touch with him during our stay in Iceland. He said he would possibly come to our church and talk with the young single adults some evening. I look forward to seeing that take place.
The two statues pictured above were given to the president by the Icelandic Association of Utah; the angel (Messenger) in 2000, and the (Ascent) statue in 2005. What an honor it is to have these statues dispayed at Bessastaðir, the Presidential Residence.
I am honored to be a friend of President Grímsson and a member of the Icelandic Association of Utah.
President Grímsson made me remember what it is like to be part of an organization that has been around for over one hundred years and that has done a few great things. I am in awe at what the Icelandic Association of Utah has accomplished. What a wonderful experience this has been for Sister Ashby and myself.
God bless Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland and all the people of Iceland.