Monday, May 25, 2015

SWEDEN WEEK 8

This week has probably been the best of my mission yet! Elder Kapp and I have been so busy and are loving the work. We accomplished so much and it felt like we climbed a roller coaster everyday! Each day was better than the one before! 

Monday was our chill P-Day. We took it easy for most of the day, catching up on some sleep back at the apartment. We had a lesson with a less-active planned in the evening, but he didn't show up, so we did some swing-bys in Danderyd. Nobody answered, so we headed back to the tunnelbana station, contacting people on the way back. We contacted into one guy and ended up talking to him for nearly two hours. He was a crazy, California surfer-looking Swede, with lots of radical, free-thinker ideas. He had met Mormon missionaries before back in his childhood, where he remembers his grandparents hosting a pair and having dinner with them. We talked about religion, Apple versus Android, and a slew of other political and social things. He told us we wouldn't be able to convert him, but we still laughed together and took some selfies. Crazy guy; Kapp told me later he thought he may have been slightly drunk. Go figure...

Tuesday was awesome! We did lots of work in our second area, the island of Lidingö. We did lots of apartment tracting, including going through an entire 12 floor complex. We were rewarded with a couple of positive potential investigators; we even taught one guy at his door, wearing a t-shirt and his underwear. The night was ended with dinner at Elder and Sister Britton's apartment (they are a senior couple working at the records office somewhere downtown) with our bro-dog YSA friend Jonathan.

Wednesday was awesomer! We had zone training in the morning and got some good insights on loving everyone more, investigators, members, potential investigators, included, and on making commitments and following up. After that, Elder Kapp and I taught a potential investigator named Theo outside of Stockholm Central for a few minutes, and gave him a Book of Mormon. Then we headed to Lidingö again for a lesson with a super positive investigator that Elders Downing and Sweat were working with. Her name is Fumi, and she is 14 year old African girl with a special spirit. Her dad, Moses, is actually a less active member, and her Swedish step-mom, Anna, is also an investigator. We taught Anna and Fumi (Moses works a lot) with our good friend Tom Heidenberg about the Plan of Salvation. It was a great lesson, and at the end, we were able to set a baptismal date for Fumi! June 13th! We tried to get a date with Anna, but she is still unsure about the existence of Heavenly Father and working on getting answers, so she doesn't feel ready yet. It was amazing to see the Lord bless us this way; Elder Kapp let me report our success to President and the Zone Leaders. 

The roller coaster kept on climbing from there. Thursday, we swung by a potential in Danderyd and got it! We chatted with an "excellent" guy by the name of Tiki. He has a wife and has recently been blessed with a pair of adorable twin girls. He comes from Tanzania and speaks Swahili, English, some Swedish, and Spanish. Plus, the guy LOVES Nike; seriously, LOVES Nike. Every piece of clothing he was wearing was Nike branded; he had a Nike table cloth, a Nike clock, and Nike earrings. We mostly got to know him, learned how he climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in three days, then invited him to read the introduction to the Book of Mormon. That night, we swung by some potentials in Lidingö, and got in with a young Swedish/Chinese couple. The husband, Johan, is the Swede, and his wife Cecilia, is of Chinese decent. We had a great discussion with them. We talked about their religion, a sect of Buddhism, and gave the whole first lesson. In the end, they said they were happy with their faith and didn't accept a Book of Mormon, but they enjoyed learning about our church, and we just had a great time talking with them about cultures and religion. They were so nice, and said we were welcome anytime to stop by and talk. 

Friday, we had our busiest weekly planning session yet. Lots of calls were made, and we talked a lot about helping Fumi prepare for baptism. We had lunch at McDonalds with Sister Katarina Fredriksson, a super strong convert of fifty years. That evening, we taught David again, and watched a conference talk by President Monson with him to help him gain a testimony of living prophets and apostles. Great lesson and invited him to pray about the Prophet. 

Soccer started off Saturday morning, and after, we helped move some exercise equipment from the Wimmer's house to the Strauss'. In the late afternoon, we had dinner with our investigator Karim, and talked with him about making forward progress instead of backward, by reading and praying daily, and coming to church. That night, we swung by Tiki's place, and ended up getting in and teaching he and his wife the first lesson. The smoothest Restoration lesson yet! Elder Kapp and I were super proud of ourselves. 

Sunday capped our awesome roller coaster ride. Church was great! Elder Kapp gave an awesome talk, Fumi came to church, and during second hour we taught her with her friend Honest, who also happens to be a convert YSA from Nigeria. Hilarious guy. We had a very fun lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Right after church we had lunch/dinner at the Guerra's (I love those two so much) with Elder and Sister Britton. The Guerras did their best to speak in English so that the Brittons could understand, but Elder Kapp had to translate their Swedish in a few spots. Bro Guerra then gave us a ride to the fireside at the Wimmers, and we picked up Fumi on the way. The fireside was a great success! Karim was able to come also! President and Sister Beckstrand were the guest speakers, and shared their testimonies about strengthening our families through Jesus Christ. Karim loved it! The Wimmers were great hosts and everyone in attendance chatted afterwards over refreshments. A great time, and a great end to the best week yet.

I have definitely grown in my love for our investigators this week. Elder Kapp and I told each other multiple times this week that THIS is what missionary work feels like. My heart is full and my testimony of diligence, faith, prayers, and obedience has been strengthened. The Lord DOES bless us when we do our best to do our part and build his kingdom. Remember the scripture in Alma 62: 50-51: "Yea they did remember how great things the Lord had done for them...And they did pray unto the Lord their God continually, insomuch that the Lord did bless them, according to his word, so that they did wax strong and prosper in the land." 

Remember the Lord in every blessing, and pray often!
Äldste Reed

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