Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Week 16 – February 24, 2014 – Stuck in the mud!

Tjena Tjena (Hey Hey),

It's been a really great week, an unusual week, but a great week. We started out our P-day touring some of the historical landmarks in Göteborg that we hadn't seen yet. First, we saw the Dome Kyrkan, a massive church built in the late 1600's. Afterward, we went to see one of the two large watchtowers that are on both ends of Göteborg, and we got a picture looking over the city. We finished the day at what I believe is the largest church in Göteborg, Oscar Fredrickson’s Kyrkan from the Gothic architecture era. It was one of my favorite P-days so far in Sweden.

That night we weren't sure where to go in Kungsbacka, so we prayed about where we needed to go, and we felt that we needed to visit a less-active member that lived about 45 minutes away. We decided to take a drive out to a town called Valda. We met a lady there who gladly let us in. She had been struggling a lot recently and she hadn't been home taught in over 5 years. She was so thankful that we had come by. We left knowing we went exactly where the Lord wanted us to be that night.

Tuesday was another interesting day. We have to renew our Visas after a year, so we had to spend the first half of the day in the immigrations office so Elder Miles didn't have to get sent back to America. I met a really cool guy named Moses from Uganda there. He's been in Sweden for 6 months playing semi-pro. We talked about religion for an hour and we had an amazing conversation. He said he's seen Mormons in Uganda before and he met with them a few times. His dream is to build a nice chapel in Uganda for his mom and he said he'd love to build a Mormon chapel there because he really likes our church. He lives in a town called Barås, so we referred him the Elders in that area.

Because our immigrations visit took so long, we missed our cable car. So we took pictures at Ullevi Stadium across the street were Göteborg's pro soccer team plays. 

Later that day we had an interesting turn of events in Kungsbacka. We were late for a teaching appointment, so we took a short cut through some grass. We thought that there would be dirt at the end of the trial, but it was actually a mud pit about a foot deep. It was so sticky I lost a shoe and Elder Miles had to help me fish it out of the mud with a stick. Both of my shoes went from black to brown and they had a good half inch of mud on them. As we were cleaning them off, President Newell called and said that Sister Newell would be flying in on Wednesday for the Sisters Conference and he asked if we could drive her to Göteborg from the airport. Needless to say, I spent that night getting my shoes back to their normal condition again.

Wednesday was crazy. We picked-up Sister Newell at about 9:30 with my newly refurbished shoes. We also spent an hour cleaning the car the night before, but it was dirty by the time we got there due to the rain. We had a good ride with Sister Newell and then we drove across town with Elder Beus and Elder Forsyth to pick up a mountain of pizza for sister conference. Of course, we got some pizza from the trip, so I was more than happy to help! The conference went really well and we took Sister Newell back to the airport later that afternoon.

Saturday was another really good day. We have been a little sad that people don't ask us to do any service, but we got our wish this week. A lady in the ward had to move and only had a day’s notice, so the two of us and some ward members went to her apartment to help. Elder Miles and I had the privilege of taking all of her large pieces of furniture down from her fourth floor apartment. It was the longest move I've ever helped with… Coming in at four hours, but she really needed the help and we were both really glad to be there.

Afterwards, we had an amazing lesson. I wrote about Yvonne last week, the Brazilian lady we met in the train station. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and it was really touching to her. We taught her about the power of prayer and she started crying after she prayed. She said she would be baptized if she felt that the Book of Mormon was true and she started reading it this week. I can't wait to teach her again and help her prepare for baptism.

So, it was another great week here in Sweden and I'm so thankful to be here doing this work. Thanks for reading… Love you guys!

Hej Då (Ta Ta)

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