Monday, January 18, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 42: No Changes and New Blessings

Hellloooo everybody! 

So it doesn't feel like it to Elder Loertscher and I but transfers are tomorrow and nothing is changing here in Umeå. The End! Hahaha

Yes, I will talk about the week. Definitely an awesome one I must say, we saw lots of blessings and we were able to teach new people and old! 

So on Monday we had some fun with the Zone Leaders for P-Day by going out for lunch, but we had some plans change in the evening so we ended up going to Mariehem and contacted a few people while we were there. Nothing too exciting yet. 

Tuesday we had District meeting down in Ö-vik, and after spilling some Indian sauce on my shirt during lunch (it wasn't really that bad, just some spots haha), we took our train back to Umeå and spent the rest of the day trying to track down some new referrals we received, but not too much there either. 

Wednesday was the highlight day this week. We went to Mariehem in the morning to do some swing-bys and we were able to set-up a time to meet with a potential investigator named Kurt (meeting him tonight at 18:30 actually), talked to another old investigator at her door, then probably the coolest thing was finding a young man from Columbia named Jorge at a potential investigator's place who spoke no Swedish or English, just Spanish. For those of you keeping the track play-by-play at home, you probably remembered that the Iguarans come from Columbia...so after using google translate to get some information across to him that he would understand, we rang them up, and Sister Iguaran had a conversation with him, told him about the church and that it is in Columbia, and we got his e-mail address and sent it to her. Turns out the Iguarans have member friends in the city where Jorge is from as well, so we were just grinning from ear to ear after that experience. Really strengthened my testimony of the Spirit and that we have so many tools that the Lord has given us to help others come to a knowledge of the restored Gospel. For the rest of the day we had dinner with the Bussmanns, then we also got in with a 19 year old potential investigator named Viktor and taught a full Restoration lesson to him. We gave him a Book of Mormon and committed him to read and pray about it. He was pretty quiet during the lesson and mostly just listened, but he was interested and agreed to reading the book. On a side note, we saw Martin AGAIN at the bus stop on our way home for lunch so we stopped and talked to him and turns out he has already read a little in Mormons Bok, so that is exciting. Can't wait to have a lesson with him!

Thursday was mostly a swing-by and tracting day, but we got in contact with some people and taught an elderly lady on the street about our Heavenly Father and agency. The highlight of that day was being able to have a family home evening with Joseph Iguaran and his girlfriend Ema and her daughter Isa. We shared the classic story of Nephi going to get the plates using the picture book, and then we had ice cream and played the Swedish version of Parcheesi with them afterwards. Really a special experience and we all had fun together. Elder Loertscher and I both got beat by team Isa and Ema though.... :)

We did some more tracting in a different area Friday morning, did some weekly planning later, had dinner with Sis. Carlsson and Sis. Wirtala, and then met with Magnus and had our usual spirit-charged visit with him. 

Saturday we basically spent with the Zone Leaders. We had lunch over with their less-active Niels and his investigator girl-friend Cezka. She is feeling more comfortable with the idea of baptism, all we have to do now is get the two married and we are off to the races. Later that night we had dinner with the Branch President and his family and discussed the branch mission plan and how we can help as missionaries. 

Sunday was also great! After a fulfilling time in Church we had dinner with the Delangs then later Elder Loertscher and I were able to teach Jonathan and Nanette; finally! It had been awhile since the first lesson with Elder Murri and I, so it was great to finally meet with them and recap some principles of the Restoration and teach about Joseph a little more. Both are very willing and open and very interested in reading the Book of Mormon.

My lesson this week was definitely patience and faith brings blessings. The Lord was aware of us as he always is and sent us some wonderful blessings in the form of teaching opportunities and meeting new people. I love the Lord and know that he leads this work. Great things are just ahead and Elder Loertscher and I are both very, very excited for this next chapter here in Umeå. 

Mycket Kärlek,   

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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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