Sunday, September 13, 2015

Week 65 Rainy Göteborg, Stellar Zone Conference, Splits and Just Knock

Fmailjen Ludwig och couple from Panama

How is everyone doing?? Everything is going amazing here in rainy Göteborg... but seriously it is super rainy here and it is the first time I think I have used an umbrella in probably my whole life.. I guess it is one thing when you can go home and dry off and another when you are out all day so staying kind of dry should be a priority. We had a stellar week with Zone Conference and fast Sunday and splits in Borås. The week went by so fast I thought i just wrote this letter yesterday when we were in the church last week to write. But the work is definitely moving forward and we are seeing that all over the west coast of Sweden. 

On Monday we got the opportunity to eat dinner with the Ludwig family who have the couple from Panama staying at their house!! They are going to stay for a little while longer to try and fix some things here and then I think their plan is to move here at some point. They just had some problems with money when they got to Sweden because the system is way different here so it has been tough for themm to make the banks cooperate and everything else. But it was really nice to be there and broder Ludwig was one of the first missionaries to be moved into east Germany when the wall came down so we were able to learn some of those stories from him and they were super cool. 

splits with borås
I have to tell you a few miracles this week and the first is the miracle of members. This week, we have been able to find interested families through the members of the ward. One family just told us to knock on the neighbors door because they had been talking and discussing with them for a little while now and so we did and they were curious about us and what we did and what the church stands for. so we will be back this next week to answer some questions and see what happens from there!! Then on Thursday we only had about a half hour before we had to be at another appointment but we had felt very strongly all day just to knock the doors that are right next to the member that we live with and we had done it before but no one was there. We knocked and on the second door we had found someone that did have a lot of questions just because they had lived so close and watched the Gerund family and he wanted to sit and talk. We were there for about a half hour and taught him the restoration and answered some questions about the family and what our church stood for and why we were there. So its amazing to see the influence that members have even when they might not even know it. So look around to your neightbors and make sure that you are en example and think about ways to start a conversation because the influence that you have is a lot bigger than you think. 

The next miracle on the week was with Emmanuel. We came to his house to have a lesson and he was just having a terrible day. I dont think he was feeling super good and people were being really rude so I dont think he was in the mood to talk so I just thought that maybe we should just leave him with something short and take it another day. But, there was something that told me just to go with the lesson that we had planned which was the restoration of the church. We ended up outside because the room we normally use was taken and we just kind of went for it. The spirit was so strong and by the end of it when we told him about Joseph Smith and everything his eyes lit up and his whole dimeanor changed. He was so happy and he told us that he could feel something that he couldnt describe but that it was the coolest feeling that he has ever had. When we were able to tell him that it was the Holy Ghost it was just one of the best moments on my mission so far. In his prayer at the end he said "jag tycker att... nej jag tror eller jag vet att vad de har sagt är sann." or "I think that.. no I believe or.. I know that what they have said is true." Super cool and we are so excited for his progression and we will see where everything goes. 

Universum last Pday
We also had a day that the assistants were supposed to come for workovers but it didnt work out that day so we had a day set up for 4 missionaries and now we just had 2... so with a little rearanging and divine intervention we were able to teach everyone and get everything done that was needed in preperation for Zone Konferens the next day. I would say that day in and of itself was a miracle I dont know how we managed it actually. And the conference was really good we had a member of the district presidency in Norrland Hokam Palm come and give us a presentation about missionary work in Sweden and what has happened and give us a little motivation and it totally worked!! We are all super jazzed about getting up and going thsi next transfer. 

From there I went on Splits with Borås with Äldste Blackburn which was really cool we got to do a lot of finding work and had a lot of success doing that. We found a couple of younger swedes that have had a tough time in life the past couple of months that have been looking for something and we gave them a book of Mormon and said that we would love to teach them. It went super well and Äldste Blackburn is a fantastic missionary and he has been in Sweden for about 2 transfers from California who is also a swimmer!! So that companionship went well. :)

Church was great becasue it was fast and testimony meeting and we found two new people that are interested in the church because they came!! Best place to find investigators is in the church that is for sure. 

We have had a stellar week and I am glad to hear everyone is doing well. Thank you for all that you do and all of the letters that I get!! I am working on responding to them :)

Älskar er!!

Äldste Israelsen
1. Universum last Pday
2. Fmailjen Ludwig och couple from Panama
3.  splits with borås

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