Monday, September 28, 2015

SWEDEN WEEK 26

Hey Ya'll! This has been one of those, "a day in the life" kind of weeks, if you understand what I mean. It was a good week; good is probably the most appropriate word for it haha. Not too many exciting things but hopefully you all find this one enjoyable. 

Most of the week has followed the pattern of swinging by clusters of old investigators in different parts of the city and getting back in contact with them. Elder Workman and I have done a lot of Area Book work and pulled out lots of potential people. We have found lots of old investigators as well as traveled around a lot on foot and bike. 

On Tuesday, we had a very succesful contact with a young woman and were able to set up a time to meet and teach her at our church, but unfortunately Satan attacked and she got a fever, and after then inviting her to come to church there was some confusion of which church we actually represented, she thinking we were with the Swedish Church. She hasn't been replying to our texts but hopefully we can at least meet with her and teach her something so she can feel the Spirit. 

Our friend "The Feeder", Ulf, came in to town on Wednesday morning and we had a little visit/message about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him. He shared some cool spiritual experiences that strengthened his testimony and brought the Spirit into our meeting. We went out to Kramfors afterwards and met with Kliti and his family again, bringing Edi and Besara Simoni along as well. We had a good visit; I can really feel a good Spirit from Edi, now that he has the Holy Ghost and the Priesthood. He is really eager to share his knowledge and is a great example to Kliti. Kliti does want to get baptized (badly), but between migration and Word of Wisdom issues, it will take some time. I just love that guy so much, his humility and spiritual sensitivity is amazing. Also on Wednesday, we had a really strong lesson on Faith with Henrik the Atheist fellow. He is very willing to keep commitments and try things out ("test the word" you could say), he just needs to recognize the Spirit and be diligent in his search. We will meet with him again this coming Thursday. 

Thursday was a little bittersweet. We had a good zone training up in Umeå, got to meet some brand new missionaries fresh from the MTC and see some old faces, like District Leaer Downing! Super good to see him again! After a late start to the meeting and lunch and having to make some pit stops with the Delgados, we didn't get back to Ö-vik until around five. As noted earlier, the girl we contacted got a fever and so our lesson got cancelled, and the lesson we had set up with a less active member fell through, so we ended up helping Bro. Iguaran with moving some boxes, then trying to do some more swingbys to fill in the now empty time. We did end the day with a delicious soup dinner at the Iguaran's though. 

Apparently someone had a birthday on Friday, so we had little party for him in the morning :) Elder Workman made German pancakes for breakfast and then I opened some gifts I had been sent early by my folks. After that, the day proceeded like any other and we had a fun English class later that day. The Delgados surprised me by making a cake which we enjoyed together with the Mongs and Sineth during English Class. 

Saturday consisted of biking over to the Domsjö area where we had a visit with Wek, a less active guy, and then we had a successful swing-by that turned into a lesson with an old investigator named Jean, a young guy from Congo. 

A nice fast and testimony meeting was had on Sunday, and we had a couple of people come to church to fill those empty seats. Ole came again and Salima with her sister and this time younger brother came to church. Salima is very shy, but we are thinking about extending a baptismal invitation to her just to see what happens. Sineth got the Aaronic priesthood as well and was ordained to Teacher. After church, the Delgados let us use the car and we did some good swingbys over in the Gullänget area of town. In the evening, we had dinner at the Delgados but also with Ole! The Delgados invited him over and he politely came! We had a great time and talked about a lot. 

Hopefully that didn't bore you all too much lol. Elder Workman and I did pick up library cards at the city library and check out some kiddie books (those are approved to read haha), so we have been having bedtime stories and reading out of our books together.  Good language activity. 

With General Conference coming up this week, President Beckstrand and the Assistants have asked the mission to come up with questions in preparation and to prayerfully take them to the Lord with the intent of receiving answers during Conference. I invite you all to do the same, to watch the sessions and listen to the Holy Ghost speak to you. We are blessed to be receiving three new apostles this weekend and I know that they will enlighten us as we faithfully listen to them. 

Here is a quote from President Hunter that I read this past week to finish this weeks update:

"It is the general rule that we do not get things of value unless we are willing to pay a price. The scholar does not become learned unless he puts forth the work and effort to succeed. If he is not willing to do so, can he say there is no such thing as scholarship? … It is just as foolish for man to say there is no God simply because he has not had the inclination to seek him.

… In order for an individual to obtain unwavering knowledge of the reality of God, he must live the commandments and the doctrines announced by the Savior during his personal ministry. … Those who are willing to make the search, apply themselves, and do God’s will, will have the knowledge come to them of the reality of God."

I love each of you and wish you a wonderful week! 


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Äldste Stefan Reed

Varma hälsningar från Sverige

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Elder Stefan Reed
Enebybergsvägen 38
182 46, Enebyberg
Sweden


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