Monday, June 8, 2015

Jun 8 2015

Wow, what a week! I don't even know where to start!!
Well here is a rundown on what happened...

Monday Jun 1 2015 - For p-day we went to Sigtuna- the oldest town in Sweden. With the Beckstrands, the Taylors, the assistants: E. Noso and E. Sahlin, the office elders, E. Liddle and E. Taggart, and the Täby sisters: S. Sorenson and S. Harkness. It was a blast! The ruins are from the 1100's and the church is from the late 1200's/1300's so STINKING OLD. Haha it was crazy. And the church is still in use. it was amazing. We had a great time and took lots of pictures. President took many pictures of the group of us, so hopefully we get them from him eventually.

Tuesday Jun 2 2015 - We had zone conference which was spectacular!! I learned a ton, got some more motivation and it was great to see some old friends. President and Sister Beckstrand and the assistants, Elder Noso and Elder Sahlin are super great teachers, and I love learning from them. Great examples of missionaries for us.

Wednesday Jun 3 2015 - We had a bunch of lessons on Wednesday, one guy named Happy, who was super grateful for sister DeMille. Haha it was funny. But taught him about Jesus Christ. Then we taught Cathy and oh my goodness, she is so awesome. We taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ, and really explained baptism and she accepted a date! August 1st, the only task now is to get her and her boyfriend married... haha we will teach her the law of chastity this coming week. But she has felt the spirit a lot and she wants to do what she can to build her faith in God. We are so excited for her because she is soo sincere!

Thursday Jun 4 2015 - We had lunch with the Pences on Thursday and finally saw Jensyn again since she has been in Utah the past month. But we love them and of course had a good time with them. Then we went on exchanges with the Örebro sisters! I went there with Sister Griffes, and we had a great time. I just love that girl. She is training, what a rock star. But exchanges went really well, we taught a few lessons, and learned from each other. It was really good to be able to get to know her, and to be able to strengthen her. Give them a little boost hopefully. We also taught an hour and half street lesson, which was crazy, but super fun. Two middle aged Swedish men, but it was amazing to see the difference in their eyes before and after the lesson. We testified a lot about God being our loving Heavenly Father. It was really cool. I really felt like this would change their lives. I was lucky to be able to be there for it.

A purple carrot. :) haha Kind of weird."
Sister Griffes and I

Friday Jun 5 2015 - We taught some less actives who live pretty far from Örebro, but need the support and love. Then we switched back that afternoon. But while we were on splits, Sister DeMille and Sister Bourelle taught one of our potential investigators, Ceasar, and it went great! Sister DeMille and I had contacted him on the street the week before, and were super led by the spirit to talk to him since we came up from behind him, then stopped him. Haha but he accepted a baptismal date! The only problem is that he works a ton, so we probably won't be able to meet him more than once a week. But it is really cool to see how the Lord really leads us and uses us.

Saturday Jun 6 2015 - was a packed day of lessons, which was so cool. We taught a polish girl and she was so open to the message, committed her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about Joseph Smith and everything. Ah it was such a spiritual lesson. We hope to meet with her soon. Then we taught Cathy the restoration, and it was super awesome. She first off came with a bunch of questions, because she had done her research. It was literally amazing the questions she had. She also had read chapters 1-23 in the gospel principles manual, so her understanding of the restoration all came together as we taught it. SO cool. I seriously love her. The spirit is always very strong, and she is recognizing it. She prays daily, and reads out of the Book of Mormon. She said she didn't understand everything, but that she always feels peace. Oh the Book of Mormon is wonderful. It truly is the word of God.

We taught Agnes, and Kelvin, it was the first lesson with both of them and had a member come to both of them. It went really well actually, and ah the Lord just blessed us. It was so neat to finally be able to set up so many lessons and have them follow through. Two of the lessons we had set up bloasted, but still an awesome day.

Sunday Jun 7 2015 - Then the lovely Sabbath day. It was an awesome day. We had a Nordic Area conference that was broadcasted to us. So we heard from President and Sister Teixiera of the Europe area (of the 70). And from the one and only Elder HOLLAND. Which was Amazing. He talked and focused on the Book of Mormon!! It was literally insane, but wonderful. His testimony is so strong. I can't deny the power of prophets on the earth today. And the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I love the church and am so grateful for it.

I hope you all can study the Book of Mormon, it is the keystone to our religion. It helps us know that Jesus is the Christ, and this is His true church on the earth. As we fall away from reading the Book of Mormon, that is when our testimony will falter. Keep close.
I love you guys SOO much, thanks for everything!!

Love, Sister Bolton

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