Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week 63, Tjenare!! Splits with Äldste Pärkkä and Books of Mormon!

Splits with Äldste Pärkkä

What a great week in Göteborg!! I have to start off by just saying that miracles do happen and the best ones that we can have are the little things, the things that happen every day. I guarantee you that if you thought every day about a little miracle you could think of one and recognize just a little more the role that god plays in your life. It is super cool!!

This week we have been spending a lot of time finding. Just making sure that every spare hour that we have is spent finding new people to teach and talking with everyone that we see. That is always the emphasis of missionary work but this week we were really trying to be as dedicated as we could be to finding people to teach. We have seen a lot of blessings that come from that. We were also able to meet a lot of new people regardless of if they were interested and that is always interesting when you just talk to people in cities, you definitely find all types!! This week we found a couple of investigators that had been investigating before and some new ones. One of them is named Kansa and she is from Kurdistan. She is super cool and very open to learn about everything. She had met with missionaries for a number of years ago and they just kind of lost contact with her and we were able to get contact with her and to teach her more about the Book of Mormon and our purpose as missionaries. I am super excited to teach her and see where it goes she is a very sincere person so we will see this week how it goes.

Service with Äldste Brown (I am the guy in the background haha)
We also found Emmanuel. This is our miracle for the week we had planned with an investigator to come to her house on Sunday evening and to teach her and she said the morning of that she would be home around 7:30 so when we showed up she wasnt there and we talked to her son for a second and left. We decided to just pray that there would be someone in our path that we could talk to as we walked back because it was getting to late to tract (normally after 8 people just get mad) so we start to walk away and he opens the door again and just says like excuse me do you two have a church? Elder Brown and I just kind of looked at each other and we start walking back to him and he is super cool he wants to change his life and he is about 21 and wants to find God and come to church and things like that so we will meet him  again tonight and see what happens but that was a really cool little miracle for us and we were just glad to be in the right place at the right time.

I was also able to go on splits this week with Äldste Pärkkä who is finnish and just came about 2 months ago to sweden. He could already speak swedish and he is a super good missionary. Let me just be the first to say that I am glad that I dont have to speak finnish haha that language is impossible (dont show this to any finnish missionaries or blivande finnish missionaries it is in fact possible to learn that language... but it is tough). We went out to an area to tract before a lesson and gave out 5
Cool Swedish castle thing
books of mormon out in the same couldesak and they are going to go back to all 5 next week so we are calling that the unofficial mormon neighborhood of Sweden for now. On that same splits we taught a member that wrote herself out of the church 20 years ago that just moved from Umeå to göteborg and I had worked with her in Umeå! But she wasnt really as possitive to meeting then and she is now going to be baptized soon so that was also super amazing to see. Sometimes you just have to have the right people around she knows all of the members in the ward and a lot of them were there when she was baptized there so she got those feelings again coming back to church in Alingsås.

In church we had a few less actives and Lennart was there who we are teaching!! He is a very cool investigator that has been a missionary for the salvation army for 25 years and then was baptized into the pyngst kyrka and now has been meeting with the mormon missionaries. He seems to be taking steps to find God and he was able to attend church this week which was fantastic.

It has been a great week and I am excited to see what happens in the upcoming week(s) hope everything is going well for all of you and thank you so much for all of the support!!

Älskar er!!
Äldste Israelsen
1 and 2. Splits with Äldste Pärkkä
3. Service with Äldste Brown (I am the guy in the background haha)
4. Cool swedish castle thing :)

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