Monday, October 26, 2015

Oct 26 2015

Well, I don't really know what to say about this week! It was good full of the spirit, driving from one thing to the next, and a little bit of a freak out... why?

I'm being TRANSFERRED. say what? did NOT expect that one at all.. but I am going to go to my birth place in the mission... LULEÅ!! whhaaattt. soo crazy. But I am really excited. plus.. I will be with my MTC comp, Sister Austin! haha we will "die" together, so that will be weird! But the Lord has adventures ahead for me.

I pretty much am drained, but happy. We went on exchanges this week, and I was with sister King, from my group, and can i just say, we would be a KILLER companionship. It was SO fun. we are really similar when it comes to missionary work, and just how we work throughout our whole lives, etc. She is the most amazing person ever. We had SUCH a good time! :)

And.. so it was super sad to say goodbye to everyone! we had a good week with investigators and everything. It is weird to know we will be handing it all over to the elders. But Gods will is greater than ours. So I know it will go well. :)

I love the Lord, and I am grateful for the power of the Priesthood, I will be honest, when I found out I would be going to Luleå, I got really nervous, for lots of reasons. It just was not expected at all that I would be transferring! But after some tears, stress, and talking it out with Sister Giles, I went and asked the elders to give me a blessing, and it was SO good. I am very grateful for that, because since then, I have had just comfort and strength. Gods power is INCREDIBLE!!

Well, I love you all and I know this church is true, and that God hears our prayers, even if he answers them in ways we don't expect at all! Keep the faith!

Love, Sister Bolton

Monday, October 19, 2015

Oct 19 2015

Last Monday Oct. 12, 2015 we played soccer again, but it was freezing cold! we had a bunch of fun, but i did get kicked right in the ankle by someone wearing cleats .. so that hurt  a little bit, and I have a good little bruise from that. haha but no worries, I walked it off, and it hasn't been a problem. 

I asked for a priesthood blessing that night because I had started on my way to a cold, and couldn't deal with it. Elder Israelsson and Elder Brown our zone leaders gave me a blessing, and it was exactly what I needed. That day and past week I also kind of was feeling down. I was seeing everything I lacked in, and all the short comings I had, which was a little frustrating, and Elder Israelsson I think could see that. so he also made me promise that I would write down everything good that I have done while on my mission... I realized that it actually is a long list. It is a long list for all of us! But it truly helps when we look at that which we have done, and believe fully in the ability to use the atonement to continue adding to that list of good things as we become better! :) so friends, if you are feeling down, don't forget to look at the good that you are doing and you have done!! 

Tuesday Oct. 13, 2015 we had a good day, visited a bunch of people, because we had less proselyting time this week! Met these two African guys on the street, Bishop and Eustadius and taught them the restoration. Also had dinner with Joel and Mollie, - they are FANTASTIC. 

Wednesday Oct. 14, 2015 we went had had a missionary morning with our dear friend Susanna. We ate breakfast with her, then did personal studies, then companionship studies, and then had a lesson with her. It was actually pretty emotional. The spirit was strong, and oh how our hearts ached for Susanna. We are praying for her. We then visited our dear friends Stina and Kenneth, . Stina is a member as of 6 years, and her husband isn't a member. But we had a great time with them, ate lunch and had a good discussion about prayer. and then... we got on a train and headed to Stockholm!!! :) Sisters confferreennnncccceeeee!!! :)

We went on our 3.5 hour train ride, then made our way to stay with the Gubbängen sisters. buttt... the bad part of the story is when we got off the train, we went and bought dinner, and when we were there, we realized we were missing one important detail..... OUR PHONE. Yes, our broken phone. It was still sitting on our train. We booked it back to the train station, but we got there about 20 minutes after our train had arrived... so by then the train had pulled away and was on its way to its next destination. Well... I will say, of all places to leave it. I am SO grateful we left it on an SJ train. because an attendant had picked it up and turned it in to the lost and found. We just had to wait till the next day in anticipation to know if they had it or not. Good news: they did! Even though we were getting a new phone, we needed the sim card out of that phone. The Lord answers prayers.

Stayed the night with Sister Lindsay, Sister Gardner and Sister Crawford: aka my family! haha because Sis. L and Sis. G are my "mission daughters" and Sister Crawford is Sis. Lindsay's mission daughter. Super fun to see all of them.

The conference on Thursday Oct. 15, 2015 was AMAZING. There are so many things I could talk about, but let's just say that they did a GREAT job. The theme was frozen but how we are "chozen" they did 4 different lessons, and called them each: do you want to build a (righteous eternal family), love is an open door, let it go, and we are chozen. I learned so much! Yet, it was a little odd, and not expected to learn about marriage, and choosing the right guy, etc. haha but then again, President and Sister Beckstrands goals are to have us have righteous families 10 years from now, and that is comforting. :) Then let it go was about forgiving. It seemed to mostly be about forgiving ourselves of our shortcomings and mistakes. Then Sister Beckstrand really focused on our calling here, and how we were chosen before we even came to earth to be missionaries here in Sweden! It was SO good. The spirit was really strong, and just uplifting all day.

Cassie's companion's through her mission! 

It was great to see all the sisters in the mission, but the WEIRD thing, is that I actually had to start saying good bye to a lot of them. Not so sure I will see most of them again. Anyone who is in a different zone I won't be seeing again, but it didn't hit me until like the last 5 minutes, so kind of sad, but okay at the same time. We said goodbye and ran out the door with the Västra frölunda sisters: Sister King and Sister Sandberg to catch our train. Then we had another 3.5 hour train ride back to Goteborg. It was sooo goood. :)

Friday Oct. 16, 2015 brought District meeting, and some good lessons, as well as Saturday. We met with Bishop and Eustadius again and they are so cool. The spirit was super strong, and we even taught about temples! Because they already get the basics, and they already understand Christ's role. One thing I really liked that Bishop said as he was talking about God our creator, is he posed the question: "Can a fish move without the water knowing it?" no it can't. God is aware of everything we do, think, feel, and say. He loves us more than we can comprehend. I truly feel that, and am excited to see these two go forward in the gospel. Oh and Eustadius committed to baptism in Nov as he comes to know this is all true, but he felt the spirit testify and he is reading the BOM. We are very excited for him!

Then we had stake conference this weekend, which was GREAT. I was reminded of somethings that I will be able to do regularly when I come home. Like attending the temple weekly!! WOO! I almost forgot that that was possible, since it has been so long. I can't wait to be able to do that again. :) Oh, plus on Sunday I saw other people in the stake... which includes people from Jönköping!! :) woot woot!! It was soo fun to see them. the spirit was strong, and oh how I have learned so much this week. I love the gospel and I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He truly gets it. He knows what I'm experiencing, and he is there to help me through every step of the way.

Thank you for all your love and support. Continue searching the gospel, and look around you to see who needs help. Share the LOVE that God has for each of His children, because it is STRONG! :)
 I love youuuuuuuu

ha det gött!!

med kärlek, Syster Bolton

Monday, October 12, 2015

Oct 12 2015

Well the fun days of sicknesses and a phone that one can only use voice control on, and finding a butterfly in our apartment, Sweden just continues to bring surprises, but wonderful days. 

We played soccer last pday! that was super fun!! :) its been a while.

We had some good lessons with Diana this week, and she loved general conference! (no surprise.) and the spirit is always super strong with her. We had a member come with us on Saturday and we taught her about the Sabbath day, and she was planning on coming to church, but she wasn't able to make it. She lives like a 40 minute drive away from the church, and she doesn't have her license here in Sweden, so she can't take the car, and her man is not interested at all.. so it makes it hard. She can take the train, it just is difficult when it is cold and windy. But I pray she will be able to make the sacrifice, because church is so important!! It is where she will truly find the guidance she is looking for.

Jonathan was sick this week, so we had lessons over the phone with him actually. He read Alma 7 himself, and then we talked about it, and he LOVED it. He thought it was so cool, its deep, so he felt he didn't understand everything (but like lets be honest, who does understand EVERYTHING.) but he really felt the spirit, and is understanding Christ's role better. My favorite of that chapter are verses 10-16, because they really explain the atonement in multiple ways, and breaks it down, and then invites us to act. I truly know that is true, that we really can use the atonement to receive strength and happiness. It is something we all need. From forgiveness from our sins, and help to change our weaknesses into strengths. 

Kingsley was baptized in the Västra Frölunda ward, and Sister Giles sang at the baptism, she did an INCREDIBLE job. The spirit is so strong as she sings. She is very talented, so I feel blessed to listen :) haha she sang "I Know that my Redeemer Lives." and it just reminded me of when we signed it in sacrament meeting. I miss sign language! But its fun to know Swedish too ;) haha

We did a lot of service for members this week. Including Mollie Herrey (she is due with a baby in just a few weeks.) and Susanna Bartch, and she is hilarious, a less active that we are working with.

Swedish Fun Facts
1. "Lagom". Lagom basically means average. Not too good or too bad, just average. And Swedes have this thing where they want to be average! I have taught way too many plan of salvation lessons where the people point to the terrestial kingdom and say they want to go there. What? No!! Shoot for the stars people! With Jesus Christ, you can do anything! Maybe it's the America in me, but I don't want any of you to ever settle for average. Because every single person has the potential to be AMAZING :) And there's your pep talk of the week.
2. toilet flusher things are on the top of the toilet. And there's often two different buttons to press. i still have no idea what the difference between the two is
3. There are lots of elderly people in this country so it's quite common to see padlocked walkers at the bottom of flights of stairs.

Pretty much, I am LOVING the book of John. I actually just finished it today, and I absolutely love how I have come closer to my Savior as I have been studying his life. The New Testament is TRUE! Jesus Christ wasn't just a man who was on the earth, he is the Son of God who came to redeem all from this unjust world. I love him and I am grateful for the power of the atonement that I feel in my life daily. I am grateful for the forgiveness I have received in my life. I know I am imperfect, but as I strive to become perfect as Christ is, I feel happier and feel peace and happiness come into my life, even when things around me aren't going perfectly. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I invite you each to study the New  Testament and build your relationship with our Lord. :) He is there and he loves YOU!!

I love you as well, and am super grateful for all you do! Have a great week!!

Love, Cassie 

Syster Giles & Syster Bolton at a Windmill in Varberg 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Oct 5 2015

This week was a good one! The Lord is working miracles all around us! It was a week full of lots of random revelations that we got. We also were inside a lot because poor sister Giles was sick! But our investigators are doing AWESOME! Our phone also broke Friday night... we sang some songs. And LOVED general conference! 

So to expand a little on those things, I want to talk about our one investigator Jonathan. He is 17 years old, kind of a rocker and gamer, but believes in God. He's had a rough life, but he is loving the gospel. We met with him on Wednesday and talked to him about the plan of salvation, he said he has been praying more, and he closed our lesson in prayer and it was AMAZING. The spirit was so strong!! And he felt it and described it as a shiver down his spine. We are SO excited for him, because his eyes are just opening to all these truths that we are sitting here explaining to him. It truly is that he was searching for the truth, just didn't know where to find it! Well, I feel super blessed to be able to be a voice for the Lord as we teach him the doctrines and principles of the gospel!! :) And to top off the coolness of this... he came with us to general conference Sunday night! We watched it at the young adult center in Gothenburg, and after he got to talk with other YSA's and already clicked with them. Its super cool. I'm way excited for him. He is happy to be able to be finding God! :)

Sister Giles was sick this week, so it kept us inside a lot, so it kind of slowed things down, which felt weird. But it was okay, I am glad to have a healthy week ahead!

Next investigator that I LOVE is Diana. She is the cutest. I need to take a picture with her next time we visit her. But we talked about general conference with her, and watched a talk from last gen. conf. and it was "the music of the gospel" and she absolutely loved it! The spirit was super strong the whole time we taught her, and then when general conference came, she watched two sessions of it! And she is planning on watching them all again in Spanish! She is amazing, but it’s because she is letting the spirit touch her heart, and come into her life, and she is SO ready for the gospel!! :) :)

Other random miracles/happiness:

Met an investigator: Andre, who lives pretty far away, at a restaurant in Kungsbacka, and we had an Arabic BOM for him, so it was amazing to see him there and then be able to give that to him then, rather than waiting until next week! 

The Lord used us to serve some other missionaries who were having a hard time.

We took Susanna (a less active who is coming back.) to the church and we put on a cute little program for her. Starting with a hymn sung by us three, then I gave a talk, but really I just read a talk from last general conference (the music of the gospel.) to her, and sister Giles accompanied my talk on the piano. It was SUPER spiritual, and then Sister Giles gave her testimony, and we ended with another hymn. It was so amazing, and Susanna was really touched by the spirit! It was super special!

And of course ended of the week with the best thing ever; GENERAL CONFERENCE. I absolutely loved it. Saturday morning session was like POWER. wow. We haven't been able to listen to all the sessions yet, but most of them. I am so grateful for the personal answers I have received. I am excited to study each of the talks to get more revelation and direction!

Well I hope you guys all have a good week, and remember to pray, because GOD HEARS YOU. He loves me so much, he loves you so much, and we will not comprehend his love, but we can be filled with it. 

I love being a servant of the Lord! Thank you for all your support and prayers!

Love, Syster Bolton