Monday, September 1, 2014

Hastening the Work, 6 New Investigators, Ward Musical, Sweden Temple and Mark 4:34


This week has been one that is full of miracles we are definitely seeing the Lord Hastening His work in Sweden and in our area it's a really cool thing to be able to be a part of. The language is coming along really well hopefully it'll just keep coming and I'll just be able to talk with whoever whenever I need to which would be nice because that's basically all missionary work is. Talking with people. First of all we have 2 baptisms scheduled for this Sunday which is super cool it's a mom and her son from a part member Swedish family. She is super cool and she's been struggling with smoking for awhile and it will be amazing to finally see her reach her goal of baptism and than gear their family towards the temple so that they can all have those blessings that their family can receive there. We also have another baptism scheduled for about a month from now with a man from Gambia who just has some of the biggest faith and desire that I have seen out of anybody. We are so excited about those and we hope that we can help them progress to that point and to keep progressing in the gospel after that point.

We actually found and taught 6 new investigators this week which is insane! One of them we went up to visit one of our newly converted African Members and he introduced us to three of his friends who were all interested and are all now investigating the church. He is one incredible member missionary and he has such a strong testimony of the gospel even though it's simple. We have just seen so many blessings this week it's been one I am going to have to remember.

Sweden Temple
We also had a mission tour this week that we went to on Wednesday that was in Stockholm! We got to hear from one of the Area 70 and our mission President in a chapel right next to the Stockholm temple which is a super cool temple in person. The pictures look a little weird but in person it's way awesome you should all go!!! They talked a lot about obedience which is actually what the mission is pushing for as a whole because with obedience comes a lot of power. We have been promised so many things from our Heavenly Father and they will happen if we just remain obedient to the things that He has asked us to do and I know that is absolutely true and Heavenly Father just wants to bless us and all we have to do is follow His counsel.

We have a musical that the ward has been practicing and is going to put on this week so we hope to see a bunch of people that we teach there and people that we have contacted on the street! It should be really good and just a good time and maybe I'll understand just a little bit of it!

One scripture that has been on my mind a lot lately is Mark 4:34 "And when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples." I think it is really important to study and to discuss but I've felt it is so important to keep things that we learn on our thoughts and when we do that the Spirit has the chance to expound what we read and what we learned. That's been something really cool I've been able to see as I've really consistently read and studied the scriptures and thought about them a lot. Things can be explained to us through the Holy Ghost and it's incredible.

Love you all!!! I hope everyone has an amazing week!

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