Monday, July 13, 2015

SWEDEN WEEK 15

Hello Hello everyone! I had a very decent week! Let me fill you in on all the happenings here in Grand ol' Stockholm!

Our main activity last P-Day was some Innebandy (floor ball) at the Gubbängen Chapel with some missionaries in the zone. After that, not much else happened after that, Elder Aabo and I just went home and did some planning because we didn't have anything else planned. 

Tuesday was fairly solid. We went out to Lidingö and did some tracting while exploring a part of the island called Gåshaga. Very wealthy part of Lidingö, right next to the water, where lots of marinas with sleek little boats are docked. We handed out a Book of Mormon at one guys door, named Lukas, but no other big potentials found. After tracting, we went to the center and taught our good friend Javid about the Atonement and Repetance. He is a very practical man, who likes applications to the real world and to society, so we had to explain several times to help him understand. Eventually, he did understand though. Very smart man with lots of good questions and a good sense of logic. Good lesson!

Wednesday we did some more exploring in Lidingö and looked at more rich, cushy houses. It was raining on and off throughout the day, so that was a little annoying. We tried to swing by some less actives in the area as well, but nobody answered :( As we were leaving one neighborhood, who did we see sitting on a bench but none other than JAVID!! Another "chance" meeting. We sat down with him and talked some casual conversation, as well as throwing in a subtle prayer lesson. Definitely good to see him and chat with him. The Lord is telling us something, I know it!! Haha We ended the day by having dinner with Bro. Strauss and his sons (his wife is in Japan visiting her family). Good food and good company; we shared a little object lesson and then joined with them in their daily Book of Mormon reading. Wonderful way to end the day!

On Thursday we had specialized zone training at Gubbägen, which is a little longer than normal zone training. Good training on the Book of Mormon and using it more in all of our contacting, lessons, and personal studies. We had a cute little "family home evening" with the Beckstrands, where they let us do a Q & A session with them. We all felt closer to them after that meeting, feeling loved and grateful for their service. After the training, we went home and changed and went straight back to Gubbägen for Sports Night. We had invited Matillda and her mom to come with (remember those two?), and they came up and had an awesome time!! It was super good to see them, it had been a while! That was Thursday. :)

Nothing super special on Friday, other than calling a ton of contacts in our phone for weekly planning, had a nice member lunch at McDonalds with Sister Frederickson, and having a good teach with David. We watched a Mormon Message with him and taught the importance of reading the Book of Mormon daily. Hopefully it helps him with coming closer to baptism. 

We began Saturday morning with Soccer of course, and that was fun as usual. It was a very small group, just me and Aabo and the Strauss' and Layne kids, but also a friend of Bro. Strauss from the Embassy came. His name is Eugene, and he is a fellow American! Very friendly guy, and was super fun playing soccer with! Said he would come back again next time! We'll make an investigator out of him yet! :) That night, we met with a potential investigator that Elder Kapp and I had contacted a while back and taught him and his girlfriend the Restoration! They were very interested and excited to learn more! We need to hook them up with some Persian Books of Mormon soon, and they will be golden. 

Sunday was rather uneventful for once. Elder Aabo and the Sister missionaries gave talks in Sacrament meeting, and I translated all of them! My first time making it through the whole sacrament meeting! Of course, I was translating missionary Swedish (we all understand each other), but hopefully that counts for something. I also bore my testimony as well! After Church, Elder Aabo and I went home and made our own Sunday dinner, then we went out and did some contacting before meeting with a Chinese less active member named Zi Ping. Pretty soon, he isn't going to be less active anymore; he has been coming to church frequently and is doing well. We had a good meeting with him and got to know him better, having never met with him before. We gave him an extra copy of the Book of Mormon in Chinese to give to his friend. 

And that was the week! I am sending my email out later today because we had a lesson with Fumi and Anna earlier today, reviewing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Tom of course came with and as always was a great support for Fumi, helping explain things and adding his wonderful touch of humor. 

A challenge that we have been given this transfer is to read either 2 Nephi 9 or the Book of Enos daily. I have been doing my best to take that challenge on, and it has been interesting what I have learned. Every time I read those chapters I learn something different. They both are great passages about repentance, the Atonement, and the redeeming blessings of the Savior. I would invite you all to accept the challenge too and try reading one of those passages every day for maybe a week; see what you get out of them, and write me back about what you learned. The Book of Mormon is true! Have a wonderful week and stay fresh friends and family!

Mycket Kärlek!

Äldste Reed

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