Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 71, e du go eller? Lennart Baptism!


This week has been another one for the books!! We had a baptism this week with Lennart!! Everything went really smoothly I was able to perform the baptism and even sing for the program! We have some really talented missionaries and Lennart asked if I could sing so I sang backup for these other talented missionaries haha sister Giles and Elder Smith. It was a lot of fun. The thing that impresses me every time we have something like a baptism is the amazing trust that the Lord has given to us to perform these really sacred yet really simple ordinances for these people. The spirit is always so good and it was an honor to be able to be a part of it. After Lennart was baptized he got up and bore his testimony and he gave the coolest testimony that I have ever heard at a baptism and better then most testimonies that I have heard from members over the years (disclaimer: testimonies cannot technically be better than other testimonies however, his was pretty awesome ;)). He was also confirmed yesterday and Elder Brown was able to confirm him a member of the church and he is doing awesome! The ward has done so well with taking him under their wing and making sure he feels welcome. That is the biggest relief as a missionary, when the ward just naturally takes over and the transition to being a member goes smoothly.

This week we have had awesome really cool experiences and have found some really cool new people to teach. On Monday we were able to get in touch with a referral from a member. (He contacted him on the street. Thats called missionary work) But we met with this man named Kay and he is a Swedish man in probably his 60's and we have taught him a couple of times this week and he told us the feeling that he gets when we are there and even when we leave is something that he has been looking for in his life. We have set up a baptismal date with him for the beginning of December and will be looking forward to be working with him in the next month or so, stay tuned... really amazing individual.

We also taught a lady named Azi who is the friend of the recent convert and she is seriously good. We talked about the restoration and she said that there were some things that she didnt really understand in the church that she had been going to before but never got answers to those questions until we started teaching her. She is awesome!! She was also able to come to church with her little daughter this week and really liked church. We will see where it goes in the next couple of weeks.

Church this week was pretty amazing we had Lennart who was confirmed a member of the church, we had a couple who were called to serve as the temple president and matron in the temple in Finalnd and they are heading there this week and they were able to speak. It was a pretty fantastic couple of talks because they are just so good. Then Elder Brown and Elder Smith who are both leaving this week got to bear their testimonies. They are leaving and so is elder Nilsson so they are closing down one of the areas in Utby and my new companion and I will be taking over the whole area.... its a huge area haha. But it will be good I am staying here as a Zone Leader and getting Elder Albertsen! He served at the same time as I did in Örebro about a year ago so it will be good to get to be his companion!! We have alot to do and I am excited for what is to come.

This work is led by God and I know that the light the gospel brings into peoples lives is real and helps everyone no matter what their situation is or who they are it brings this new level of love, understanding, ans spirit into their lives that they would never have known before. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve here in Göteborg and the experiences that I am able to have that help me to learn and grow.

Have an amazing week!!

1. Baptism!!
2. nuff said
3. Last district meeting with our district.

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