Monday, August 15, 2016

SWEDEN WEEK 72: O'boy Cravings and Time Flies

Howdy doody y'all!

Once again, another transfer has rolled on by. Elder Dickson is getting his things together for his departure, and I am awaiting another fun and exciting transfer here in Lund. In the way of transfer news, I will receiving Elder Dean, who I have been on splits with before in Alingsås, Elder Adams is leaving to Sundsvall, Elder Gergetz is coming in his place, and the Sisters are staying the same. On the Malmö side of our district, Elder Loertscher, my favorite son, will be transfering down! YES YES YES! I am so stoked to see him! We also have a few other familiar faces coming into the zone, so I am looking forward to it! That's about that in terms of transfer news. 

To hit things off, last Monday Elder Dickson and I went out to a place called Nimis, which is a driftwood "castle" located north of Helsingborg in a mirco-nation called Ladonia. Check out the internet for more info on that haha. Super fun day! We later had a family home evening with our Bishop's family and shared the D&C 14:7 message, as well as correlation meeting with our ward mission leader and the other missionaries. 

Some common occurrences this past week were appointments falling through; little disappointing, but allowed for lots of street contacting haha. So off of that, we got lots of street lessons too this past week! It was amazing to Elder Dickson and I how simple yet effective it is to just bear testimony and invite people to read the Book of Mormon. On Tuesday we got to teach Mia again with Hanna following along, this time about the Plan of Salvation. We recommitted her to praying about the things we have taught her, and she accepted. This week, Hanna invited the three of us over for dinner, which will be an awesome opportunity to teach her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ but also build member relationships. Super cool stuff happening with her, I know it! 

On Wednesday, we met with Bert and read a few verses from Mosiah 18 with him. We discovered that he has a bit of a difficult time praying, so we will be meeting with him and focusing on that. Always nice to find concerns and then work on them! Other things on Wednesday were ward council and meeting a cool German guy named Christoffer on the street. 

More of the same on Thursday, plus meeting with Stig and getting dinner with our YSA friend Henrik. We also met with a super nice guy from Belgium who is traveling around Europe and had met missionaries when he was in Estonia. On Friday we held district meeting as well as "funeral services" for Elder Dickson and Elder DeMourdant, and then I went on splits to Malmö with Elder Backman and Elder Duke where we had Sports night at the Malmö chapel and taught a new convert from Africa some Swedish. 

Transfer calls went out Saturday morning as usual, and I headed back to Lund and hooked back up with Elder Dickson afterwards. All of the Lund missionaries attended a baptismal service for Alva Björklund, a member girl in the ward, and we helped out with the program there. Afterwards, Elder Dickson and I did some service for a young member couple and got fed lunch. After all those events, we were planning on some other things that ended up falling through, so we ended up getting pizza to lift our spirits and were headed home to do weekly planning when Elder Dickson talked to this one Swedish girl and ended up getting her number. He had mentioned what we do as missionaries and why he himself does it, but other than that not a huge lesson on church or anything, more of a casual conversation. After getting home and doing weekly planning, we were startled and amazed when this girl texted us back saying that she felt that she (in her own words) "needs to find Jesus" and asked what would be required for us to meet. It was so incredible! I know the Spirit truly does touch all people. We are set to meet with her tomorrow. Cross your fingers folks! 

Sunday was a normal day in church, Elder Dickson got to say a few words seeing as this was his last Sunday in Sweden as a missionary, and later we took some pics with members. We and the other Elders also got dinner with the Schanner family and had a great time there, then finished off the day by doing some contacting around Stadsparken. 

With regards to the subject of faith, I know that through simple acts of obedience our faith grows and our testimonies deepen. There are only positive consequences when it comes to having faith. Ether 12:4 reads:
Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.

Sounds pretty good to me. I know faith in Jesus Christ allows us to become the people that our Heavenly Father knows and wants us to become. 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:

Nimis!

Nimis!

Nimis!

Nimis!

The funeral for Elders Dickson and DeMordaunt

The District! (Elder Larson was not able to be with us in person due to a trainers meeting, so we drew him on the whiteboard)

Dinner at the Schanners

A cool graffiti place by the other Elders apartment

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