Sunday, October 26, 2014

Musikafton and 6 Numbers, D&C 6:34


How is everyone?! I hope it is going super well back in thebeautiful United States. My little island is pretty beautiful but I think mom beat it with the Grand Canyon this week haha. We have seen a ton of miracles on the island this week and its amazing to see the Lords hand in all corners of the world and not just where you can find all of the members. The Lord cares about the little branch that we have here on an island off the coast of Sweden of all places and the rest of the people that live here too. We have ahad a lot of contacting to do and plenty of people to find but we were also blessed this week with people to serve and people to teach as well. This week we were able to do some service for the investigator who has a baptismal date for the 1st of November. We really hope that he will be able to follow the Word of Wisdom completely by then and be completely ready to be baptized. He barely got a dog and this week he got really sick too so we have been trying to help him as much as we can with the dog and cleaning his apartment and just little things that might take the stress off a little bit so he can also focus on quitting smoking and drinking coffee which both are definitely not easy to get away from.

We were also priveledged to meet with a 95 year old active member of the church with another brother who is his home teacher. We got to meet and discuss a little about conference and the prophets and how blessed we are to have such inspired leaders of the church. It is super cool to see that even though he is 95 he will come in any way possible to church to be able to pass the sacrament and have the sacrament himself. It is an amazing example to me that he would be so dedicated that even at his age he understands how important it is to be living the gospel.

I think our biggest miracle of this week was a lady in our area that we just met. We had a planned musikafton in the church and actually they made me sing like 6 numbers because there is a very limited amount of members and we had to fill an hour. That was exciting but we had been inviting a bunch of people and we werent sure who would show up. We were contacting and tracting right before and had knocked every door in the building and every one just shut the door really fast. We knocked on the last one and this lady came to the door on the phone and we said we were from the church but we could come back becuase it was obvioiusly not a good time. She immediately said something really fast in chinese and hung up the phone. We had a lesson with her and she talked in super fast chinese Swedish and then said she would come that night. She came and just loved everything! She then came to church and was a little late because we called her and she said that there wasnt a bus so she was walking to church! She is super cool and we are definitely looking forward to teaching her more. I think its amazing to see the people that the Lord has prepared and the was that their life experience has helped them to get to a point where they will let the missionaries in and talk with us about God and what they think.

We are trying to work with as many people as we can and as many places all over the island that we can and not just in Visby. Actually allof our active members live outside of Visby right now so it is only part of the work. I want to let you all know that the work of God is progressing all over the world and I am so blessed to be a part of it. We found out that one of our investigators from Örebro will have his baptismal service this weekend which is fantastic! Elder Held and I are staying together for Åtminstone another transfer and that is really good to hear it would be hard to transfer now just after 3 weeks here. We have felt the spirit so strong in this area and we know that investigators have felt that same spirit so we hope that we can help them to continue to see God more in their lives and continue to see the good even though many can only see the bad in life. Especially those we talk to that have just come out of places like Syria and Iraq life is really hard sometimes but Heavenly Father has given us a way to see that light in our lives and I love that.

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"Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail." Doctrine and Covenants 6:34

Love you all,
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