Monday Oct 20 2014 - After Pday last Monday we met with Ehsan, and had a good lesson confirming his baptismal date, feeling out where he is at, and just seeing what he needs mostly. It was good, and just exciting! Then we went and swung by someone I had contacted on the bus like a month and a half ago, but she said wait a month, then last time we went by she was sick, but this time she let us in! it was great! We taught her the restoration and committed her to read and pray. She isn't really searching it doesn't seem, but hopefully a desire grows in her.
Tuesday Oct 21 2014 - We had a solid five lessons, and it was just a pretty fun day. We taught Chi again, and she read Mosiah 18, so we discussed baptism and the gospel of Jesus Christ, but like I said before, a translator will be needed. We can understand what she says, and she can understand what we say, but we do not have any idea of where she is really at. I feel like we've given her a lot, but it would just be better in her first language, then she could focus on the spirit and her feelings rather than each word we say. But we are meeting with her Thursday again, and there is a new missionary who is from China/Sweden, so she knows Chinese and said she would be down to translate for us! So hopefully Chi is okay if we do that! We also taught Dodo and committed him to living the word of wisdom! He says coffee is hard not to drink, but he has been doing it! He is so scared about sinning after baptism, so he doesn't want to set a date yet.. even after us describing repentance and everything. So we think it might be something more. Hopefully as he continues to read and pray and live more of the commandments he can come to a better understanding!
Wednesday Oct 22 2014 - we had exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders. Who is Sister Eborn and Sister Byrd! Kind of funny, but I was with Sister Eborn! It wasn't really expected, but they had prayed about it and that was what they felt was right! haha So it was super fun to spend the day with Sister Eborn, and we went and taught some less actives who live far away. So we had lots of time to talk while we were driving there, and it was just fun. It made me appreciate our time together some more. She is a life long friend :) But we then tracted a little bit to finish off the day because two of our lessons fell through, but it was great because while we tracted, we got two other lessons, and one new investigator out of it! We took them to the airport, and said goodbye, just for one more week (we have a zone conference this week in Stockholm) haha.
Then Sister Modersitzki and I went to a lesson with Rahmen Haidari, and Fatemeh, mom and daughter from Iran who are just so sweet! The language barrier is large, so translators are needed. We had a lesson planned with Mojgan, but she didn't answer when the time came, so we called Sasson, a new member in Sundsvall and he was able to translate for us. We had given them the Book of Mormon and a chapter to read, and as he followed up on that, he explained to us that they loved it! They wanted to know what else they could read. They also loved the feelings they had from the previous time when we had prayed. We explained the Holy Ghost, and they explained that they really want to know for themselves if it is true, and if they do they want to change religions. They are very sweet. The daughter is about 15, and reads the Book of Mormon in Persian to her mother, because her mother cannot read. We are excited to meet with them more with Mojgan, and hopefully soon we will have a baptism date with them as we can explain it all! But they are just eating it up! I love them :)
Thursday Oct 23 2014 - Well Elder and Sister Tolley came and brought us a full body mirror!!!! YAY :) finally we can see what we are wearing. haha But we made sandwiches with Sister Tolley while Elder Tolley installed the mirror. Then we got on the road. It was awesome! We picked up Elder Allsop and Elder Archibald, and went up north. We first went to the town Morjärv, which is a very special town to Elder Tolley. He served up here in Luleå 38 years ago, and while he was here, him and another experienced elder were asked to take a train to Morjärv which is just a tiny little town, and about an hour drive north from Luleå, they spent three days there, and were able to teach almost everyone in the town, because they were just eating it up. They taught people for hours each day, and it was like groups of 50 people. And everyone just loved it. They planned to visit two weeks later, and made their way back home to Luleå. When they came back, sadly, the Swedish priest had heard the news and warned them all to not listen to the missionaries. Super sad for Elder Tolley. But as Elder Tolley has been here in Sweden the past year and a half, he has come to find out that there has been multiple people who have been baptized who were from that little town. Super special and cool experience that he shared. I wish I could explain it in full, but it was so fun to be there with them, somewhere that was so close to his heart.
It was so special, and so fun to road trip with the Tolley's for the day!
After that we headed up the the Arctic Circle!! WOOT :) So we drove up there, and the farther north we got, the shorter the trees got. Kind of interesting, but makes sense because their growing season is so much shorter! So pretty much been to the Arctic Circle!! That was legit :) something more crossed off the bucket-list. We had a blast with the Tolley's and that evening we came home and did areabook, and ringstoonding!
Friday Oct 24 2014 - Had a lesson with a super Muslim guy, and it was nice because he wasn't debate-tive. He just liked to talk about all the differences and we were like yepp.... but gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he would totally read it. We bore testimony on Christ too, but it didn't seem to hit him too much. But hey, he is reading the Book of Mormon. And come to find out he is on page 250 something... so that is pretty cool! Hopefully he softens his heart to be able to find out for himself that the book is true and that Jesus is the Christ our Savior and Redeemer!!
Then we had a lesson with Joel on the Book of Mormon, and it was so good! Really cool because the spirit was so strong. We committed him to read out of the Book of Mormon everyday along with other scriptures like the Bible. We think it will be so good for him, and really strengthen his testimony. He hasn't missed church at all during October, so we are so happy :) I'm super happy for him, because I see him changing and coming closer to Christ. He's a special one. Just hope he continues :)
On Thursday, Attila (Stefans dad) called us and asked if we could meet with Stefan one last time before he visits his mom, just because he thought it would be good for Stefan. So we arranged to meet at the university since Attila works there and has keys to it all :) but we had a great lesson with him about how the Holy Ghost works, especially as he shares his feelings and testimony with his mom. It was super good, we also gave him the gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet so if he wanted to he can give that to her and explain more about baptism. He is super. We are praying that his mother's heart is softened and that she listens to what he really wants! So just keep praying!! But I just love the Muhi's, they are a super strong little family and will do amazing things in the work of the Lord! Attila has been called as our new mission leader, so I am excited to work with him :)
Saturday Oct 25 2014 - It was kind of a rough day because we had district meeting, and weekly planning, so it was just a lot of time being inside. But once we got out on the streets we both felt better about it! We went and taught Asefa, and then we taught Ehsan. Sister Anna Newell came with us to teach Ehsan, so that we could teach him at his apartment. (which is super nice, and well kept.) But he is doing great. He is praying and reading and trying to really find out for himself. He has friends in the branch, and we are working on getting him more. He is progressing towards his baptism, and gaining more feelings about it for himself. He sadly missed church yesterday because he didn't know about the time change and he came at 10, but because no one was there he went back home! Pretty sad, but he had the desire so that is great! I am excited to meet with him throughout this week!
Sunday Oct 26 2014 - Church was great, we taught the gospel principles class about prophets. It was a lot of fun, and I am definitely feeling more comfortable teaching in that kind of setting. But still... haha I kind of realized I super need to work on my Swedish more. I feel like I've been falling behind, so I just need to make my language study hour more effective. For those who have been on missions and learned a new language.. what were the things that were the most effective for you?
But we had dinner at the Tapanis, and it was delicious!! Then had a lesson with a cool family from Ethiopia. The language barrier is quite strong, but they are willing to read and pray so we will see what we can do! Because they speak Aramaic. - a pretty crazy looking language. haha
Tonight we fly to Stockholm, because tomorrow we have zone conference! It will be fun, I am excited!! But this week has been great, and my companion is a champ. I just stinking love working with her, and learning from her. I love the Lord, and am grateful I can be here to learn and grow. Well I love you all so much, and I hope you have a great week :)
Pictures below are from the trip to Morjärv and the Artic Circle with Elder and Sister Tolley
Elder Allsop feed a moose an apple! It was awesome, the moose came from across the field to us, and came right up to the fence. Obviously it has had many friends visit before.
Herd of reindeer!!!
Tractor museum!! We were just on our little road trip with the Tolley's and there were hundreds of old tractors in this yard, so we pulled over took some pictures, walked around a little bit. It was sweet, I figured my nephews and brothers would appreciate it so I tried to take multiple pictures. :)