This week has been one of those slow yet fast weeks. Not too many huge events or happenings either, just lots of administrative kind of things. All in all, I learned lots of good things and had my perspective expanded in terms of missionary work and how we are accountable for the opportunities the Lord has given us.
Last Monday we walked through Gamla Stan with some other missionaries, then later that night contacted in the Slussen area and taught Jeff the Plan of Salvation at the Church with a member present. The following day, Elder Weaver and I went to Mission Leadership Council at the Mission home and got some awesome training from President and Sister Beckstrand and the Assistants. I got to meet the Arnegård family Tuesday night as we had dinner with them and the other Gubbängen Elders, and Elder Weaver and I shared a message about the Love of God. The next days consisted of preparing for the Zone Training that we would give to the Zone from the information that we had gotten from MLC, as well as doing Stake Reports, where we call around to each companionship in the Stockholm Stake and report on the status of the units that they are serving in.
It was weird to be on the other side of things this past Thursday as we gave the training to the zone. Lots of new responsibilities and a greater sense of accountability for sure. That was what the training was on in fact, accountability. Everyone seemed to receive it well and we felt that we conveyed the message the best we could, so that felt good. The missionaries here really are doing their best and are aware of the things that they can improve on. The overall feeling is one of dedication and diligence, and an understanding of the calling they hold. It is a blessing to be able to work with some many fellow servants in this capacity.
A cool experience that happened this last Saturday was swinging by some new converts in the ward to share a little message. Elder Weaver and I had finished Stake reports and we had a little bit of time left that night to go visit Nassi and Daniel. After having shared a short scripture from Isaiah and talking about Christ's love, Nassi explained to us that we were definitely guided by the Spirit to visit him and his friend. The day we swung by has a special significance to Nassi and he knew that the Lord was watching out for him by guiding us to him that very night. Once again, another example of simply doing our best and trying to do what we feel is right, and we end up unknowingly following the Spirit, just like so many experiences in Lund.
We had the regular Sports night last Thursday, and Sunday was enjoyable as I got to meet many members of the ward and introduce myself. Also, Jeff came and I translated for him during sacrament meeting. We had the usual dinner at Pablo's afterwards, then later went with him and the other Elders to move a bed for an elderly member in the ward.
Sorry for the shorter letter and the lack of details and exciting things. We worked hard to take every spare opportunity we had to talk to the people we passed by and were able to have a couple street lessons and bear our testimonies to others. Elder Weaver is such an awesome example of diligence and we are doing super well together. Still working out hard in the mornings too ;).
I just close this up with a scripture that we shared at the Zone training:
And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon. (2 Nephi 2:14)
We have the power within us to act for ourselves and to do good in all that we do. The Lord holds us accountable for our words and deeds and what we do with the opportunities we are given. Accountability is an eternal principle that inspires us to change daily to better align ourselves with the Lord's will.
I wish you all a great week! Until next time!
Äldste Stefan Reed
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Elder Stefan Reed
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|Back in Stockholm! Stortorget in Gamla Stan|
|The Gubbängen Crew (from left to right, Elder Murtonen, Elder Wilson, Elder Weaver, Elder Reed)|
|View from Gamla Stan|
|Elder Weaver's Musli-eating spot|