Monday, May 30, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 61: The Cragun and Hammarkullen Carnival

Käre syskon!

Det känns gött att skriva er återigen. Idag så tänkte jag att det vore bra om jag skriver ett brev på svenska!...Skojar bara, I'll spare you all the Google translating pain haha.

It has been a great week. Of course there are always some adjustments and changes when it comes to transfer week, work is a little harder and slower and what not, but overall I am looking very much forward to the coming months with my new companion Elder Cragun. This legend comes from Layton, UT, has a younger brother and sister, and is an all-star basketball player so I've heard. He is super enthusiastic about the work and loving every minute being in Göteborg.

But as far as the last two days with Elder Williams are concerned, we had a good send-off before he took the train to Hägersten in southern Stockholm. Last P-Day was spent hanging out with other missionaries at the center for a bit, got some Max for lunch, and then walked around a bit with the Zone Leaders through Nordstan. Elder Williams and I went out to Bergsjön in the evening and contacted a few people there, stopping a Christian woman from Eritrea who accepted an English Book of Mormon and gave us her number. Tuesday was filled with lots of final visits for Elder Williams and Elder Halterman; we had lunch with Kirk and Valentina, then visited Chris and tried on some chain mail, then Elder Willaims and I met with Juha. He surprised us by buying ice cream to celebrate Elder Williams farewell, and after eating that we had a good lesson surrounding Mosiah 18 and expectations for after baptism. We luckily caught Agha at the tram station so Elder Williams got to see him one last time too, then we hurried down to the center for a party held in Lennart's honor. We had a good time there with other missionaries and Lennart truly appreciated it. To end the evening, we helped the young men and Magnus out with a service project activity, wheelbarrow-ing wood out from an elderly members place.

Wednesday was of course transfer day. We shipped off Elder Williams and Elder Halterman to their new areas, and then Elder Heiner and I stayed together until Elder Richardson came in(Elder Heiner's new comp). Had a little bit of tri-pan action by doing a contacting session, then picked up Kirk and visited a less-active named Sousanne. We had a nice visit and she really was cheered up by our time together. We then went back to the station and picked up Elder Cragun, then the ZLs drove us home and we had some dinner.
The new Sister-less district got together on Thursday for district meeting, where we set-up a district vision for the transfer and made some goals to achieve it. It's going to be one wild ride for sure haha! Pizza was had for lunch, then Elder Cragun and I went out to Hammarkullen to swing-by some people and meet Juha. Funny enough, we knock one door and end up getting let in by this old Finnish man who had met with missionaries 30+ years ago. He was pretty set in his own faith, and was decided that we were wrong and that the Bible and Book of Mormon don't support each other. Nice man though, he just talked a lot and because of him we were late to Juha, who ended up cancelling on us actually. I was pretty bummed about that, but hey, it may have been the Lord's will. We stopped by Agha and committed him to pray twice a day, morning and night; he said he will do it! After that, we did a bit of tracting, then headed over to Kirk's for Family Home Evening. 

Friday went pretty fast. Th VF Elders needed a Persian Book of Mormon in the morning so we contacted our way down to the Center and dropped it off for them. We then went over to Kortedala and had lunch with Sis. Zene and tried to boost her spirituality up by sharing a message about the Gospel basics (prayer, scripture study, and church attendance). We then headed over to Lennart's for our weekly language lesson, and Elder Cragun got to meet him for the first time. Went well over there. 

We got a call Saturday morning from Lennart, saying that he was in the hospital and had been ambulance-ed there just an hour after we had left him. He asked us to visit him so later in the afternoon, the ZLs and we went over and talked with him and read Ether 12 together. Turns out, the doctors could't find anything wrong after a bunch of tests, so Lennart was released Sunday evening and is doing fine again. Before visiting Lennart, we went over to Hammarkullen and visited Agha again. Turns out, this weekend was the annual Hammarkullen Karnevalen, one of the oldest if not the oldest carnival in Göteborg. Music was thumping and tons of people were watching the parade held just outside the tram station entrance. Crazy stuff. After all that, we had dinner with the Renman family with the ZLs and got to know them and their four girls. Nice visit and a really nice family. To end the day, Elder Cragun and I held weekly planning and set up some goals and a vision for the transfer. ¨

We had a special visit from the Israelsen family this Sunday in our ward. Elder Israelsen finished his service this past week and his family came to pick him up, making a stop here in Utby since this was one of his favorite areas. Cool to see him! He and one of his sisters (also an RM) did a lovely vocal duet and brought the Spirit in well. Normal Sunday meetings, little sparce on attendance overall, but nice none the less. After Church, the ZLs and Elder Cragun and I visited Jules and ate some cake and custard, then Elder Cragun and I went out to Hammarkullen and tried to swing-by some potential investigators. Kirk had us over for dinner with the ZLs, and we ended the evening by holding our weekly correlation meeting. 

One of my insights this week from studies was the beauty of Alma's prayer as he and his brethren were struggling to teach the Zoramites. Alma humbly prayed, "O Lord, wilt thou give me strength, that I may bear with mine infirmities...that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me...wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success, and also my fellow laborers who are with me". He didn't ask the Lord to take away the problems, or the wickedness of the people, or to solve it for him, he instead asked for strength that he himself might be able to be an instrument in performing the Lord's work. I have thought about that lesson a lot this week and have tried to focus my prayers on not changing God's will, but humbling me and asking him to strengthen me so that I can do the work His way. Alma Chapter 31 is a must read. 

I am so grateful for every opportunity I have as a missionary of the Lord and I am loving the growth that I see in myself. This work is true and will press on till the Gospel reaches every soul. Have a great week everyone!

Mycket Kärlek!
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Äldste Stefan Reed

Varma hälsningar från Sverige

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Mailing Information

Elder Stefan Reed
Enebybergsvägen 38
182 46, Enebyberg
Sweden

PICTURES!

Really pretty church over in the Zone Leaders area, over in the Olskroken neighborhood


Hammerkullen Karnevalen

Hammerkullen Karnevalen

Introducing: ELDER CRAGUN! Posing by some art at the Östra Sjukhuset (Hospital)

The new Utby crew talking with Mia Markmann after church and enjoying the warm sun


















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Monday, May 23, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 60: Busy Schedule and Transfer Time

Good Afternoon from Göteborg!

Elder Williams and I's time has come to a close. We have received the transfer calls, and were told that Elder Williams will be transferring to Hägersten to be companions with my one and only, dear son, Elder Loertscher! On my end, I will be remaining in the Utby I area and will be receiving Elder Matthew Cragun, second son of Elder Jonathan Downing and "brother" to Elder Charles Bradshaw. He will be coming from the Karlstad area.  Elder Cragun and Elder Williams are actually in the same group so they know each fairly well. I am looking forward to getting him and can't wait to see what miracles we can make happen here in this area! 

Last Monday was a pretty fun P-Day. Elder Williams and I hung out with the Alingsås Elders and the Trollhättan Sisters, checking out some shops in Göteborg and eating Sushi together. We participated that evening in a little street contacting blitz with members of the Västra Frölunda district. I was paired up with Elder Hatch and we had a super fun time going up and down some Gothenburg streets preaching the Good Word. We met some cool folks that night, like a man from China, two American woman eating outside of Wrapped, and a father concerned with seeing his family after this life. Good day overall!

Tuesday was a bit of a tract-down-the-less-actives day. Elder Williams and I searched around Angered for some less-actives, then went out to Bergsjön as well. The ZLs tipped us off to one recent convert named Donald who had moved from Malmö, and we swung-by and had an awesome visit with him. Donald is originally from Nigeria and was baptized by Elders Hemmingsen and Rassmussen down there, and has since moved to Göteborg and lives here now in our ward. It was nice to get to meet him and he gladly accepted to come to church this Sunday. Other than that, we taught Juha as well and read 1 Nephi 11 with him. He had actually read on his own from the Book of Mormon and is now more interested in reading it, his desire having grown from reading about Lehi's dream of the Tree of Life. Another step in the right direction! After him, we did some more less-active swing-bys and taught some people on the street as well as a bit of tracting. 

We started off Wednesday by walking over to Kortedala and did some swing-bys over there, then came back to the Church and had lunch with the Zone Leaders and Sis. Zene. After a brief calling session, we headed out to Lennart's and had our weekly language lesson with him, and helped him out with some technical issues with his new iPhone. We headed over to Bergsjön after that and got in a discussion with a street contact about the Love of God and feeling the Spirit. After that, we had dinner with Elder Heiner and Elder Treat (on splits) at the local Max. 

Thursday was pretty hectic. The Watsons came over for apartment checks in the early afternoon, then after getting a lift from them we hurried over to Juha's and taught about Prophets and read some quotes from one of President Monson's talks. Juha agreed to be interviewed Friday for his scheduled baptism on the 28th, and we committed him to praying to know if Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. Afterwards, we had a quick street discussion with a cool guy named Achmed, he almost accepted a Book of Mormon, then we drove with the ZLs over to the Muhlematters for dinner. Flygande Jakob and a nice testimony meeting afterwards with their family. To end the day, Elder Williams and I had a quick visit with a potential investigator and invited him to Church, then we had FHE at the Cammans Home and read Mosiah 4 together and celebrated Sousanne's birthday by eating chocolate cake. 

Friday was also busy! District meeting for the last time with this transfer's district, then Sis. Bateman's funeral. Then, lunch with the ZLs and Endai and Birgitta in the ward at a yummy restaurant called "The Golden Days". Then, the four of us went over to Juha's so Elder Heiner could interview him, and Elder Heiner found him worthy. Juha told us later that he felt ready and was read another chapter from the Book of Mormon with him. Then, we had arranged to meet with Rex and his kids at Lennart's place so Lennart could teach them Swedish, but they didn't show up so we had an extra visit with Lennart and helped out with some technical problems and learned some more Swedish. 

As stated, we got transfer calls, and those happened Saturday morning as usual. The four of us missionaries had lunch with Bro. and Sis. Falck, yummy yummy Chinese food, then Elder Williams and I visited with Inge Nordås, who just suffered the loss of his cat Mysan. We had a good visit with him and he really enjoyed our company, and to lift his spirits we read Mosiah 24 to him. After his visit, we traveled down to the Västra Frölunda Chapel and witnessed a baptism there. After the service and during the refreshment stund I got to know Phillip, an investigator who is working with the VF Sisters, and we had a fun time talking and getting to know each other. I felt good putting myself out there and going up and talking to him. Always good to get out of your comfort zone :) 

Sunday was great but also a bit sad. For one, it was Elder Halterman and Elder Williams last Sunday in the Utby Ward (Elder Halterman will be going to Södertälje, and Elder Heiner will be receiving Elder Richardson here), so they got to bear their testimonies to the Ward, and secondly, Juha didn't show up to Church. Because of this we are going to have to move his baptismal date again. He makes these small steps but he still isn't fully ready for the commitment of coming to church every week and making this a part of his life. We are going to work extra close with him this next transfer. However, Bibi, the guy we met with on Thursday, came to the last hour of Church and I escorted him and stayed with him for Elders Quorum. Bad news is he lives in the Västra Frölunda area so we turned him over to them...Oh well...After church, we had communal lunch with the ZLs at their place, then after doing some weekly planning and packing back home we went out to Bergsjön and contacted a few people there, meeting a Syrian couple who took some Books of Mormon. 

I will be sad to see Elder Williams go but I know he is in good hands with my son (hopefully ;)) and I know he will do well in Hägersten. I share with you all the message we shared with Inge this last week: 

Mosiah 24:15
 15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord. 

As we are patient and submit to the Lord's will, we will find abundant peace and hope. The Savior will ease our burdens as we turn to him and exercise the power of His Atonement in our lives. Our love for Him will grow and our love for our fellow man will also increase. I know that this is true. 

I wish you all a great week and hope to hear from you all soon!

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

PICTURES: 

Yummy Yummy Sushi









Surfin' those streets
















Waiting at the bus stop with Elder Williams

















Selfies with Lennart
















Selfies with Lennart
















The Västra Frölunda and Trollingby District
















Our Beloved Trollingby District
















Our Beloved Trollingby District
















Some sort of family/neighborhood event in Bergsjön centrum

















Some sort of family/neighborhood event in Bergsjön centrum

Monday, May 16, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 59: Helping Alingsås and Chugging Along

Hello Friends and Family!

Well it has been another one of those weeks where we started off normally then had a crazy weekend. More like just busy weekend really. Anyway, we had another exciting P-Day this last Monday; this time we took a sightseeing tour of Göteborg by boat, then looked around Nordstan with the other missionaries. That evening we went out to Bergsjön and met a few interesting characters, specifically a man named Michael who talked to us for 20 minutes straight about the Christian/Islam situation and how he thinks Donald Trump will restore America to its former glory. Also met a woman who knows a member in our ward and was actually super friendly and referred us to where an elderly member in the neighborhood lives.

On Tuesday, Elder Williams and I went out to Bergsjön and saw Rex Sr. on the bus ride there, talking to him for a bit. We did a little bit of tracting in Bergsjön, looking for less-actives in the neighborhood we had been at Monday night, then went out to Angered and did lots of finding work there. We got in contact with one less-active and are planning to meet him soon, and did lots of tracting until meeting with Juha. We were able to get Magnus to come with us again, and the lesson turned out alright. We read 2 Nephi 2 together and talked about Agency and pressing forward to the end, and commited Juha to reading a chapter every day from the Book of Mormon. Magnus gave us a ride back home, and we talked on the way home on how it is apparent that Juha is just lacking self-motivation. Elder Williams and I have taught him nearly everything from the lessons; it is up to him now to keep committments and receive that personal witness by putting in the work on his part. Sadly, he did not come to church yesterday, which is concerning. We are going to have a firm lesson with him this Tuesday and see what happens from there. Once we got home, we ate a little bit then went to the church for PEC. 

Elder Williams and I got up early and did a nice 6 mile run from our place to the ZLs place and tired our legs out, but it felt good doing the exercise. Guess who came in and I got to see on Wednesday? ELDER BRADSHAW! The Assistants did workovers with the Zone Leaders, but the six of us had lunch at the restaurant Marcos, then later had dinner at a members place together. Between that, Elder Williams and I met with Lennart for our weekly Swedish lesson, then we went out to Kortedala and tracted some buildings. We ran into a woman of the Jehovah's Witness faith and had a nice door discussion with her, then continued on until dinner at the Persson's place. Delicious lasagna! Afterwards, Elder Williams and I headed home and hosted the Proselyting Office Elders at our place for the night since we had...

...Specialized Zone Training on Thursday! It was held at the Västra Frölunda Chapel, and the teaching this time was based around Chapter 8 in Preach My Gospel: Using Time Wisely. I gained lots of great insights about things that I could be doing better with Weekly Planning as well as focusing on the doctrine of Repentance in helping people understand the Atonement. After the training, Elder Williams and I boogey-ed over to Bergsjön to meet with Rex and his family with Lennart, who has been asked by Bishop to Teach Rex Sr. Swedish. We walked Lennart over to their apartment, and turned out that Rex had to leave to take care of some emergency, so it was just us three and Rex's three kids. We had a good visit anyway though, and read a scripture about the Doctrine of Christ with them. Super cool kids, I love them! As usual, we had FHE at the Cammans place, but it was just a small group of Elder Williams and I, Kirk, Agha, and Jimone (member from Nigeria in the Ward). 

We had splits scheduled with Alingsås for Friday, so we met them at the Partille train station, then Elder Falkner and I had a language lesson with Lennart before going back to Alingsås. Double-dose of Lennart for me! Elder Falkner and I had a pretty decent day, walking all over the city contacting people along the way and swinging by old investigators. One Swedish man who was very interested in Theology stopped us and began asking us about the Book of Mormon, and was surprised when we offered to give him one. He gladly accepted it and said he would read it. That evening we had dinner with the Magnusson family, who have super cute kids with one due any day now! 

Saturday was the annual "Familjedagen" (Family Day) event in Alingsås, which is organized and sponsored mostly by the church. It was held in a local park in the area and the program of events included some musical numbers by local folks, a parkour group, a cheerleading group, as well as a couple tents around where things like a lottery and genealogy with computers set up were available. Elder Falkner and I got there way early and helped the ward members in charge set up the tents as well as other things. Elder Treat and Elder Williams came in from Utby and helped out as well, and the four of us along with the Västra Frölunda Sisters and the Watsons helped out in the tents and ran a few things. Super fun time, just pretty cold and long haha. Elder Williams and I got a ride back home from a member in our own ward, Thorsten Ludwig, and after quickly changing and showeringm, we headed down to the Institute Center for our Interviews with President Beckstrand. Got a ride home from the ZLs and had dinner. Long day. 

Sunday was refreshing. I did something in every meeting yesterday haha! I was asked to bear my testimony during Sacrament meeting, then I taught the Gospel Principles class, then in third hour I translated for Jimone in Elders Quorum. The life of a Missionary :) After Church and some needed lunch, Elder Williams and I held our weekly planning session for the upcoming week, then went over to Kirk's with the Zone Leaders for dinner and correlation meeting. And there you have it folks.

Something that we can always think about is the infinite sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. I felt the Spirit strongly as I read verses 21-24 from 2 Nephi 9. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we have been given the ability to repent of our sins so that we may be made clean. Repentance is not an option however, it is a requirement for entering our Father's Kingdom. As we exercise the Atonement in our lives and repent of the tiny little mistakes as well as sometimes, sin, we will be blessed with the cleansing power of the Spirit and will continue on the straight and narrow towards exaltation. 

I love each and everyone one of you and wish you a phenomenal week!

Mycket Kärlek,  

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Äldste Stefan Reed

Varma hälsningar från Sverige

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Mailing Information

Elder Stefan Reed
Enebybergsvägen 38
182 46, Enebyberg

Sweden

Elder Falkner and I on the boat!

America!

Going along the river

Going along the river

Nice ships!

Nice ships!

Cranes

Listening to the commentary

Our smokey bathroom(sometimes our members fireplace comes through our bathroom, and this time we had actual smoke plus the smell haha)

Few pics from the Familjedagen in Alingsås(Elder Treat and I maned the tent seen in the first picture where Bro. and Sis. Hudin are counting up the questionnaire entries)

Few pics from the Familjedagen in Alingsås(Elder Treat and I maned the tent seen in the first picture where Bro. and Sis. Hudin are counting up the questionnaire entries)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sweden Week 58: Party Weekend and Last-minute Delivery

Hello once again one and all! Friends and family! Dearly beloved! Exalted ones! My brothers and sisters! Alright I'll stop...

Anyway, this week has been full of things, especially the weekend, but I'll get to that in a little bit. This past P-Day was a blast! I will leave most of the talking to the pictures, but basically Elder Williams and I and some other companionships in the zone took a ferry to an island off Gothenburg's Southern Archipelago and had a blast. Apart from that, Elder Williams and I made a few necessary watch purchases then had dinner with Lennart that evening. A Monday for the books! 

Tuesday was back to the grind, tracting around in Bergsjön, swinging by an elderly less-active member, and having lunch with Sis. Zene Lundgren at the church with the Zone Leaders. Also, we visited Juha and had a really good lesson about baptism and the importance of covenants. He finally read a chapter from the Book of Mormon on his own! We visited Agha as well, talked more about the Plan of Salvation and why there are so many churches. Ended the day by swinging by some people in Angered and picking up some street/door lessons too! 

We went on a hunt for a less-active that Kirk referred to us on Wednesday morning, and discovered that two Serbian women are living in his apartment while he is in America. The search continues on the other side of the world I guess. Other events of the day were having our weekly lesson with Lennart, where we had some good discussion about Adam and Eve actually and strengthened our testimonies together. We went out to Angered afterwards to meet with Jack, but he fell through on us for some unknown reason. We ended up having dinner with Chris and Sanna instead then did some more tracting and got a couple more door lessons. 

Thursday, more Bergsjön work. Elder Williams converted over to the short-sleeve shirt due to the gorgeous weather we have been having lately as a side note. More door lessons, new buildings tracted, then had a lesson with Juha and got our member friend Gyula to follow with. We taught Juha about tithing and fast offering and committed him to living those commandments once he becomes a member. He was a little more shy this time around, we think due to the new face. Our biggest concern with Juha is just getting him feeling comfortable with the ward and building relationships with others and not just the missionaries. Slowly but surely. The night ended with FHE at the Cammans place, which was probably the best one yet. Biggest turn out in attendance since I have been there. Lots of less-actives and we all had some good discussion and uplifted one another. Good stuff

Friday was the start of the weekend craziness. We had district meeting that morning followed by a Cinco de Mayo celebration with the Västra Frölunda district. Elder Williams and I then got back home and had a good weekly planning, area book updating session, getting things ready for Specialized Zone training this week. We helped out Kirk in his garden with the Zone Leaders, then got back home. Poor Kirk threw out his back and need help lifting some logs, so it was good service for him. 

Sadik, the Zone Leaders investigator, was baptized this Saturday, and we held a lovely service for him here in the chapel. Sadik has been investigating for eight years and is now a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Zone Leaders have done great work with him and it was awesome to be able to wittness the process first-hand a little bit. Elder Williams and I got lunch with the Alingsås Elders before heading back out and going to Angered. On the way, we had an awesome street contact where we gave a Book of Mormon to a Swedish woman named Carolina. She seemed genuine and sincere and was eager to learn about the message we have. Hope to hear from her soon! We stopped by a friend of Elder Falkner and I's when we were on splits, Terry Bright, and had a short visit with him. He has read a little in the Book of Mormon but wants to read more before posing questions. The finish the day, we had a nifty hot pot dinner with Cathy and Andreas and the ZLs. Yummy Chinese food and great company! Fun night! 

Sunday was super fun as well! Between a beautiful sunny day, spiritually uplifting meetings at church, Sadik's confirmation, and dinner with Bishop's family, it was definitely a fine Sunday. Not to mention, SKYPING THE FAMILY! Happy Mother's Day once again to all those wonderful mothers out there, especially to the best one in the world, mine. :) Great day, what more can be said. 

Here is a good scripture for you all 1 Nephi 13 37:

 37 And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.   

Enduring to the end is the key to exaltation. And thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ we have the opportunity to reach that goal. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is real and a true treasure and blessing in my life. Its the guidance that allows me press forward with a bright hope of the future. Our Heavenly Father wants for us all the blessings of his Kingdom. We are heirs to that divine reward. May you all continue to press forward with steadfastness in Christ. 

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


PICTURES(Going to be a lot):
Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day! 
Group Pic!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Elder Williams lookin' like a straight boss! 




Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!

Köpstadsö P-Day!


Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Sadik's baptism! 

Sunny Selfie! 
Elevator selfie of the week

Monday, May 2, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 57: Big Fire and Draining Discussions

Good morning allesammans! 

We have officially chased away winter with the celebration of Valborg this past Saturday, and the sun is beginning to shine ever brighter here in the land of Gothenburg. Elder Williams and I have had another interesting week here in the Utby area, teaching on the street and knocking on doors encountering ever more new faces. 

Last P-Day, the ZLs and Elder Williams and I spent most of the day together, having lunch at IKEA, browsing a sports store for sporty clothes, and playing a board game with Chris and Sanna. To end the day, Elder Williams and I went out to Bergsjön to do some swing-bys and tracting and got in with a man from Somalia of the Islamic faith who committed to reading the Book of Mormon. 

We headed out to Kortedala in the early afternoon on Tuesday and tracted a bit, giving out a couple Books of Mormon at the door. We had lunch with Sis. Zene and the ZLs over by her place, then went out to Angered to have a visit with Agha. We gave him a Book of Mormon in Thai (not sure why he never had been given one since its his first language) and then went out to McDonalds and had a nice meal with him. We were going to meet with Juha, but he cancelled on us, so we ended up doing some tracting in Angered and met a guy named Jack. Jack is from Iraq and has a background of being muslim, but has a Christian girlfriend and is open to discuss religion with others. We taught him about the Book of Mormon and about the Gospel of Jesus Christ a little bit, and gave him a Book of Mormon in English with the promise to bring one in Arabic. We got his number, he was more than willing to meet again, and as we were leaving his door he reminded us not forget the Arabic Book of Mormon when we visit again. Awesome guy! We are going to meet him this coming Wednesday so looking forward to that. 

We went on Splits with the Alingsås Elders on Wednesday; Elder Treat and I had a great day together! Did some tracting in the early afternoon, had lunch with the ZLs at Kirks place and helped him with is member map that he is working on, then had a Swedish lesson with Lennart where we worked on the letter "U". Elder Treat and I ran into one woman from the Congo while tracting who said we could come back and share more, and gave a couple people Books of Mormon. In the evening we swung-by Rex and his family, and shared a scripture with the kids from the Book of Mormon. After scoping out some tracting areas in Bergsjön, we headed back home to end the day. 

Elder Williams and I reunited at District Meeting Thursday morning, where Elder Falkner taught us about the Word of Wisdom and teaching it more effectively. We snagged some lunch at Pizza Hut with the District afterwards, then Elder Williams and I took the tram over to Angered and tracted a bit before meeting with Juha. We had a really good lesson with him; read from Alma 32 together, which he really liked, and set-up a new baptismal calendar with him. Our relationship with him has changed so much since the first time we met him. He has opened up so much to us and we three are just good friends now. Still working on getting him to read from the Book of Mormon on his own. Afterwards, we had dinner with Sis. Liljansalo and the ZLs, then went over to FHE at the Cammans place. 

Friday was definitely a memorable day. After the normal morning routine, we headed out on our way to Angered, when we contacted one man on the street and ended up standing there talking for 2 and a half hours (really). His name was Robert, and he is a member of the Jehovah's Witness faith. We talked about a bunch of different topics, from the Bible to God's Plan to the Book of Mormon. He was curious as to what Mormons believe since he didn't really know, so the conversation was of course all over. Basically, we didn't really get anywhere with this man; we bore testimony of the Book of Mormon multiple times and invited him to take one and read, but he wouldn't. After that big chunk of time, we both felt it necessary to take a quick snack break upon arrival in Angered. We tracted a bit over by Juha's without too much success, then went home and changed for Sports Night, but nobody showed up so we ended up doing weekly planning. 

Saturday was Valborg! Before ending proselyting at 5:00 PM, Elder Williams and I worked hard and did a bunch of tracting and swing-by work in Kortedala. We were able to teach a few people at the door, and had another incident with a Muslim man who let us in to his place only to preach to us, then got upset when we began to bear testimony and teach him in return. It was a rainy day, but despite that we pushed through and did some good work, and found some new places that we can tract in the future! We went back home and had classic chili dogs for dinner, then went to the park where we had the Zone P-Day activity a couple weeks back and gathered with some other missionaries in the Zone to have our own little Valborg celebration. We built our own fire, listened to exquisite poetry from Elder Treat, and sang some songs in the drizzling rain. Fun time for sure! 

Sunday was super uplifting! Had the privilege of participating in Lennart's ordination to the office of Elder and his receiving of the Melchizedek Priesthood. The Priesthood Power is real. Sincere, heartfelt testimonies brought the Spirit to my heart and gave me a great spiritual renewal from events of the past week. Lots of less-active came to church, all of Rex's family(his three kids and himself), Juha stayed for sacrmament meeting, and I got opportunities to talk to other members I didn't know so well. Plus, taught Gospel Principles class. We basically bummed along with the ZLs the rest of the day since we had all the same places to go. Had a delicious grill dinner at the Ludwigs, left super stuffed of delicious meats, stopped at the ZLs to make some calls and do some language study, then had correlation meeting with Kirk at his home. Great day overall! 

To close, I thought I would share an insight I learned this week in my personal study. Reading from Mosiah 12:27, Abinadi exhorts to the wicked priests that they "have not applied [their] hearts to understanding". A footnote from the verse guides one to Mosiah 2:9, where King Benjamin admonishes the people to "open [their] ears that [they] may hear, and [their] hearts that they may understand, and [their] minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to [their] view". If we desire spiritual knowledge and guidance, our hearts have to be open to the Spirit, the one true source of pure truth. We ourselves are the ones who decide to open our hearts or not to the Spirit, it will not force itself into us. I know that to be true and I know that through faith and humility the Spirit will reveal the revelation and guidance that we need. 

I wish you all a wonderful week! May the Sun shine ever upon you all! 

Until next time,

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