Sunday, June 28, 2015

Week 52, Zone Konferens, If you don't know if it is true then ASK


This past week has been one of the most hectic of my mission and I feel like I did about a billion things and that it was about a month but it also went so fast that it feels like a day so it was super weird. The Zone Konferens went super well it was an answer to a lot of my questions and a lot of my prayers for the past little while actually. It was all about being disciples of God in the digital age but we were given no iPads so like it was a little bit of a let down for people haha. No but we talked about having technology on our missions will help us to be righteous technology users after our missions which has become a really big issue lately. Using technology in the way that it should and needs to be used. The big topic though was about magnifying our callings which was amazing. We read out of a talk from elder Eyring in the 2002 Konferens that is called "Rise to Your Call".

"Your call has eternal consequences for others and for you. In the world to come, thousands may call your name blessed, even more than the people you serve here. They will be the ancestors and the descendants of those who chose eternal life because of something you said or did, or even what you were. If someone rejects the Savior’s invitation because you did not do all you could have done, their sorrow will be yours. You see, there are no small callings to represent the Lord. Your call carries grave responsibility. But you need not fear, because with your call come great promises."

Elder Helds (my trainer) last Konferens 
We have a huge responsibility with the calls that we have oavsett if it is in the church or in our families or with the people that we associate with. Read this talk, it has some amazing things about our responsibility but also the way that the Lord helps us through our callings. Its amazing to know that the things that we do have consequenses for the good or for the bad. For me it made me realize again how big the call I have is and how much the Lord will help in the process.  We all have a call, but we have to find out what it is and how to do it.

We also had the opportunity to go on Splits with Sundsvall so Elder Perkins came up to Umeå with me. He has been in the mission for a couple of months so it was fun to be with another missionary that had been out for just a little while. He is a really good missionary and we saw a lot of miracles. We had a lesson with an investigator and we were canceled on the last minute but we decided that we were there for a reason and that we needed to knock and talk to people at least a half hour before we went to our next thing. We knocked on a door and went to the next couple and then the person came out of that first door and just went to get his mail. I don't know if he wanted us to come over but we did anyway and said hey and explained who we were. We were able to go in and teach him for a half an hour and he told us to come back later that week. I know that we can plan with the spirit but also that we can affect people so much just if we are willing to go talk to them even if it might seem awkward (just try not to make it too awkward and its fine haha).

While we were in Jakobsberg... I dont know why they have onezies
We found a couple of other investigators while we were on splits and then went back to Ö-Vik which is in between Umeå and Sundsvall to switch back. We decided to go out and talk to people while the other elders were coming and we taught a man on the steps of this big building overlooking this beautiful lake and just taught him the plan of salvation and hopefully he goes to church in Ö-vik but it was amazing to go and just talk to people and help them to see that there is something bigger than themselves out there.

Later in the week, we were able to meet with a couple that have been investigating for awhile and know that the church is true... they just might not be married and thats kind of a problem for baptism haha. We had an amazing lesson with them and the spirit was just so strong because they really do know that everything is true they just have to act on that one thing. I usually talk a lot in lessons and know what to say but I honestly had ingen aning what I should say and so I kind of stayed quiet and try to listen to the Spirit and by the end of the lesson I had the thing that I knew that they needed to hear whether or not they would do anything about it. The spirit was super strong and it made me realize how much the spirit plays a role in what we do and can guide us even with just what to say.

The last thing that I will talk about because there was just so much this week was our multi stake Konferens. Elder Holland gave a talk in Skotland and we were able to listen to it. His talk was amazing and made everyone want to be better and talked all about the book of mormon and the truthfullness of it. Afterwards, we had Tistou, a new member, say that he feels more ”stiffnecked” after Elder Holland talks.... not as humble haha. I just want everyone to know how important that the Book of Mormon is to the work and for us individually. I know that it is true and that as we read it we come to know God and Jesus Christ in a way that nothing else could. If you are not reading it. READ IT, if you don't know if it is true then ASK. And know that God will answer the questions that you have. It has changed my life and, if you let it, it will change yours :)

Älskar er alla!! ni är bäste,

Äldste Israelsen

1. #umeå

2. While we were in Jakobsberg... I dont know why they have onezies

3. Elder Helds (my trainer) last Konferens

4. Övik

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