Monday, January 16, 2017

SWEDEN WEEK 94: Father-Son Outing and Not Us

Howdy doody tutti frutti! 

Lots of fun things happened this past week! For starters, Monday we hung out with our Gubbängen brothers and walked around Södermalm and got food together. During the day, we saw that we got a referral from Headquarters so decided to swing-by that night and check out the situation. We got in with a Swedish family whose oldest daughter was an exchange student in Idaho and was hosted by a Mormon family. A relative passed away during Christmas for them who happened to be a member and had said that they should get in contact with the missionaries and feed them a dinner, so before we left that night we set up a date for Friday. Super cool family, very welcoming and kind and even gave us a ride to the church. 

Tuesday, we headed out to Fisksätra and ended up doing some good tracting and contacting and tried to follow up with some potential investigators and less-actives. That evening we had our monthly meeting with President Hagman and one of his high council men and went over the Stake report. It is a huge blessing to have such a dedicated and strong Stake President.

On Wednesday we had the pleasure of doing workovers in Borlänge, so I got to be with...you guessed it...MY SON! So cool to see the growth in each other after having been companions a year ago. Nuts! We tracted, contacted, taught a new convert and a less-active, and had a good time together. It went pretty fast, but it felt like old times, just better! Thursday the four of us traveled to Uppsala for District meeting, and got to see my boy in action teaching his district. The home-made taco lunch made for a fun time. We had splits with the Uppsala Elders lined up after, so I got to stay in Uppsala with Elder Bringhurst who is on his third transfer in the field. Uppsala is a gorgeous city. It reminded me a lot of Lund but also a little bit of Göteborg as well. There can be found the biggest Cathedral/church in Sweden. Elder Bringhurst and I's day also went by fast; we contacted in stan for a good hour and got a couple potential investigators. It was neat to testify of opposition and the Plan of Salvation to a Swedish guy who had some concerns with the way the world looks today; he really listened and respected what we said. Other things we did was swing-by a potential investigator, but no answer, so we tracted some neighboring buildings. 

Elder Richardson and I reunited on Friday at Upplands Väsby station. We returned to our apartment and had lunch, then commenced some weekly planning before the awaited dinner with Emilia (the exchange student girl) and her family, as well as another family. We had a wonderfully american dinner of hamburgers and were surprised by a dessert of Root Beer floats. For whatever reason, Swedish people do not grasp the tradition, and think its the weirdest thing ever, plus disliking the taste of Root Beer, so it was a riot to watch these Swedish families try it and see their faces. Felt like home :)

Saturday was also eventful! We had lunch with the other Elders and some of our Persian members at the church and made homemade kebab pizzas. We forgot yeast in our dough, but they turned out good to me! We later taught Ludvig, our favorite organist, and had a very spiritually led meeting. After reading Alma 32 and testifying about Faith, he has made the decision to be baptized. The Spirit was so strong, and it spoke to all of us. Now its just a matter of setting a date. Ludvig is so ready. Bishop gave him a Preach My Gospel yesterday :) We also taught Dieudonne about tithing then afterwards traveled to a dinner with Ely and the other Elders. 

Sunday was a spiritual feast for me. The Spirit touched me many times during sacrament meeting. I'm now scheduled to give a talk on the 29th, my last Sunday in Sweden. We talked to Ludvig a little after as well and he is still feeling strong about being baptized and will be pondering a date this week. The four of us went to Sister Morris' for dinner and shared a message about Christ's Atonement with her and her daughter, and then closed the evening with some baptismal date follow up. 

At district meeting in Uppsala, Elder Bringhurst made what I thought was a very inspired comment. He said something along the lines that God allows us as imperfect beings to perform his work, so that others can know when they feel the Spirit that it comes from no other source than Heavenly Father. 

Nothing we do can persuade people to God, but it is only through the Spirit that hearts are changed. That's what changed me. I am grateful that the Lord is patient with me and allows me to participate in this great and marvelous work. 

Have a great 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

PICTURES:
City Square in Gävle

Heading to Uppsala

Domkyrkan in Uppsala

Inside the Cathedral

More Domkyrkan

More Domkyrkan

Dnner and Root Beer Floats

Persian Pizza Party

Persian Pizza Party

Persian Pizza Party

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