Monday, May 18, 2015

SWEDEN WEEK 7!

Hey Hey! Hur går det med er? Bara bra? Toppen? Fint! This week again went super fast; nothing too crazy, but not boring either.

Last Monday after we e-mailed, Elder Kapp and I went to the Pence's again with the other two sets of missionaries and had dinner. Afterwards we all taught a lesson for Family Home Evening, where we ripped up an old white shirt of Elder Downing's and made a Title of Liberty for them. The kids and Bro. and Sis. Pence wrote different things that were important to their family that they wanted to remember and always do. Fun lesson!

The next day we headed over to the other Elder's apartment and talked about their area, the people they were working with, and took their area book. Of course their place was super messy as they were packing and cleaning before transfers on Wednesday. It will be a challenge juggling two areas for the next six weeks, but Downing and Sweat gave us lots of good people to work with, so we have a good head start. We had lunch with them and one of their investigators, which was super fun. That night we taught Matillda and her mom, and we just discussed what they thought about Stake Conference, and other general discussion. Matillda's best friend showed up in the middle, which was AWESOME! Her name is Miriam and Matillda had been talking about what she had been learning from us. We gave Miriam a Korean Book of Mormon (she is Swedish, but she can speak and read Korean), and she was super excited to read it. Another new investigator!

Transfers were Wednesday, so sadly, Elder Downing and Sweat had to leave for Malmö. Most of the day was spent going through and calling all the people that Downing and Sweat left for us in their area, and going around and doing some street-contacting. We got an online referral for the first time, so we went to the address and contacted them, but it turned out to just be some kids pranking one of their friends. We gave the kids mom a Mormons Bok anyway and a card with our number, so maybe something will turn out of that. The night was concluded by going to institute with Idi, one of our investigators. 

Thursday was very productive. Swung by some of our investigators; Walter is still in the loop, but we weren't able to teach him. We just said hi and will have to swing by again another time. We swung by a potential investigator we had apartment-tracted into, got in and taught a short lesson, then left a Book of Mormon! YES! That night we had an appointment with David, one of Downing and Sweat's guys. Super nice guy from Assyria, has been an investigator since 2009, so he knows everything already. All his kids are baptized in the Church, so its just him now. He has strong faith and believes in everything, but his big problem for why he is holding out on baptism is that he is waiting for a sign, or answer. We had a good lesson and talked about why baptism is important, and gave him 2 Nephi 31 to read before our next visit. 

Friday was a slower day. Weekly planning as usual, which was good; made lots of calls and set some stuff up for next week. Our lessons we had planned fell through, but we cheered ourselves up by getting pizza that night. We have finally found a super good pizzeria in Stockholm! It was sooooooo good, and the best part is, its very close to our apartment. Definitely going there again. Good Kebab pizza DOES exist in Stockholm, for all you unbelievers out there. 

Saturday begun with Soccer at Lidingö again. Lots of fun; I think I may be improving my futbol skills, slowly but surely haha. Saturday ended with a dinner appointment of meat and potatoes with yet another one of Downing and Sweat's investigators, Karim. We shared a short message about obedience and blessings with him after a delicious dessert of apple pie with vanilla sauce. We had another lesson scheduled after, so we had to boogey quick, but the guy ended up blåsting on us. Bummer, could have had a longer lesson with Karim... 

Sunday was fun. Church is now super hectic for us, because now that the other Elders are gone and its just us and the Sisters, we have to do a lot more. That means teaching Gospel principles class more often, sometimes teaching Elders Quorum (which we did yesterday), and translating in sacrament meeting. I had the chance to bless the water yesterday, which was super cool! My first ordinance prayer in Swedish! It felt very special to administer the Sacrament to the ward. Poor Elder Kapp had it rough with translating. Bro. and Sis. Pence both gave talks in English, so he had to translate their talks to Swedish. He basically had to go back and forth from translating some talks in Swedish to English, and then vice versa. Crazy stuff, but he did it. I'm lucky to have him for sure, because I could definitely not do that yet. 

I will leave you all with a quick spiritual thought from the Book of Acts in the New Testament. Paul was an amazing example of conversion; I love his words in chapter 21 verse 13: "...for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." Powerful words indeed. What are we willing to do for Jesus Christ? I hope you all have a wonderful new week and find joy in all that you do!

Mycket Kärlek,

Äldste Reed

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