Monday, July 25, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 69: Increased Faith and Pressing Forward

Hi everyone! 

Things have been a bit crazy these last couple days. Very busy with a myriad of things from helping out in the program of a wedding anniversary, chopping down a tree, and seeing the insanity of the ever-spreading craze of Pokemon Go. I will have to really keep this one short due to time, but hopefully pictures will be enjoyed as compromise. 

Elder Dickson and I had a fun time with the Malmö Elders (Duke and DeMourdant) visiting a place called Trelleborg and seeing a viking museum and fort. Elder Dickson and I also cleaned up our apartment in prep for an apartment check the next day. We got to have lunch with a less-active and her son and got to know them better. We have done a good bit of that lately, visiting members both active and less-active and leaving simply messages to lift them up and also getting to know them. That is a big strength in this area is the relationship of members and missionaries, and we are doing our best to strengthen that with everyone. 

Other highlights included going on splits with the Malmö Elders. I got to go with the DL Elder DeMourdant and have a day in Malmö, where we visited with a new convert and shared a message about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the help of a prospective Elder in their ward, and also did some tracting and contacting, and got into a discussion on the street with a man named John about proof of God and the Book of Mormon. Also home taught a member couple from South America and we got to see some of the husbands paintings, very beautiful art. 

Got back to Lund that night and the next day we went out to the Ahlströms for service, this time to cut down a tree. The chainsaw that Bro. Ahlström used broke (thankfully after he felled the tree), so the four of us Elders had to chop the branches and then the tree into logs by hand with handsaws. Super fun actually, and super manly! Later that day we went out to an area called Hurva to visit a member family, but the dad forgot and we had a short, kind of awkward door lesson with his daughter who was alone at the house. The member called and apologized later that he had forgotten, but it left feeling that it was worth it in the end. 

Friday and Saturday consisted a lot of helping out with the anniversary of Hyacinth and Annie Anyanwu, a very strong couple in the ward well-known by many. After district meeting Friday morning, we Lund missionaries helped set up tables at the church where the anniversary would be held the next day. Elder Dickson and I also met with a less-active couple in Lödeköpinge(?) who fed us a super spicy dinner and we shared a message about the Liahona and being guided today. Great couple, they really appreciated the visit and it was fun getting to know them and their interesting backgrounds (Indian and Kurdish for those interested).  

Saturday was the big Anniversary celebration! We were part of a choir singing songs written by Hyacinth, finally being able to sing the songs in front of him after hours of practice spent the past couple weeks. Cool experience, that couple has really had an influence on many here. I remember Elder Workman expressing great respect for them and sharing memories when he served in Lund. That took most of the day, but afterwards we were able to get some weekly-planning done. 

Sunday was a much needed relief to the craziness of the week. I gave a talk in sacrament meeting about how the Book of Mormon has brought me closer to Christ, and without notice, Laila and Bengt, the older Swedish couple that we had helped with family history work came to the second hour of church and were able to get help from a member in the ward who is a pro with genealogy work. Their desire to do family history work is still burning bright! After having dinner and having a visit with one of our neighbors who sees us all the time, we swung by some less-actives and found success with the people we contacted on the street the Lord placed along our way. Got some phone numbers and shared good messages with many who actually stopped and listened, though they maybe didn't accept it. We haven't been able to get in contact with the other potential investigators we got the previous week, which is a bit frustrating, but we have hope and faith that things will turn up. 

I have pondered a lot about faith this past week as well as weaknesses and why we are at times faced with so much opposition. I found great comfort from the words of Moroni recored in Ether 12. The path to perfection to becoming like our Heavenly Father and our Savior is not easy. It requires that we go through certain weaknesses so that we can be polished and refined into the glorious children that our Father knows we can become. I am grateful that we have a loving Redeemer who paved the way for us, by coming unto Him in humility so that we can make us whole and help us transform our weaknesses into strengths. 

27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them theirweakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humblethemselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weakthings become strong unto them.

While we may not be able to remove our weaknesses, we can learn to see them in the way that our Heavenly Father sees them: steps of learning for our spiritual growth and eternal progression. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and know that he can change our attitudes and desires if we use the power of His Atonement. 

Have a wonderful week and a fun summer! 

Mycket Kärlek,
--

Äldste Stefan Reed

Varma hälsningar från Sverige

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mailing Information

Elder Stefan Reed
Enebybergsvägen 38
182 46, Enebyberg
Sweden

PICTURES: 

Streets of Lund

Streets of Lund

Comp pics from Trelleborg!

Photos from the Viking Museum in Trelleborg

Photos from the Viking Museum in Trelleborg

Photos from the Viking Museum in Trelleborg

Photos from the Viking Museum in Trelleborg

Photos from the Viking Museum in Trelleborg

Yes, I was the last to run from the falling tree; little slow on the uptake... :)

Live long and prosper

Landscape shots from the Hurva area

Landscape shots from the Hurva area

Cows!


Pics from the Anniversary

Pics from the Anniversary

Pics from the Anniversary

Pics from the Anniversary


No comments:

Post a Comment