Thursday, June 25, 2015

Week 84; June 22, 2015 – Farewell Halmstad... You'll be Missed!

Wow, what a cool week! Sadly, this will be my last few days in Halmstad. It has been an amazing experience here, and the people have helped me grow so much as a missionary and an individual. I'm going to miss it a lot, but there’s an amazing young missionary coming here to take my place. I know he is what will be needed to keep this area going strong. I'm goanna miss everyone a lot and I will never forget serving here over the past six months.

We started-off the week by doing some service at the church, cutting grass and wedding! While we were trimming the bushes we found the biggest bug I've ever seen in Sweden… it was crazy!  If my friends in Brazil read this, they'll probably think that was just an average insect there… Haha!

Later in the week we had a super-fun day with our Zone leaders. They came up to work with us and we had a blast! We taught an amazing first lesson to a lady named Agnetta. She was a referral from a new convert named Magnus, it was his Mom actually. He called us a few days after he was baptized and he wanted his mom to share the blessings of his newfound faith. She was amazingly prepared and was almost ready to set a baptismal date. Sadly, I won't get to see her all the way through her lessons, but I know that she will accept the gospel, and I’m glad that I got to teach the first lesson to someone so amazing.

Midsommar Feast

The next day was Midsommar (That’s how they spell it. It’s not a typo) and sadly it got rained-out pretty badly, but we got to have an awesome last dinner with the Lindahl's and we ate a very traditional Swedish Midsommar meal with Seal (raw hearing) Potatoes, Swedish meatballs, and smoked Salmon, it was awesome!

Saying Goodbye to the Halmstad Ward

I also gave a talk in church for my last Sunday in Halmstad. I just talked about all the miracles I've seen in this area, that have truly helped my testimony grow. I didn't even prepare any notes, it was one of the easiest talks I've ever given.

After church we took a hike to Halmstad’s only legitimate castle and we didn't even know it was there. Our investigator’s Trang and Lassie wanted us to see it before I left. It was so cool you could see all of Halmstad, as well as the ocean!  It was one of the coolest views of my Life! Afterward, we ended-up visiting one last family, the Kjellberg's, and we had a nice dinner with them.

Well, the big questions are; where am I going, and who will be my new companion. I'll let those two answers be a surprise until next week, but here’s a little hint… I will be taking a short detour to Stockholm to pick-up my new companion who will be flying-in from the MTC, if that gives you any ideas! 

You guys will have a nice surprise next week if you can't guess what's going to happen, but I'll just say, I'm extremely excited to begin this last chapter of my mission.

I hope you guys have a wonderful week. Love y'all!

-Äldste Stoeltzing

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