Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa Lucia

Hey guys!

This has been a really fun week, with a lot of Swedish traditions! On Thursday we had district meeting in Norrköping and interviews with President Beckstrand. It was a lot of fun! President and Sister Beckstrand are a lot of fun and it was fun to listen to funny stories from Sister Beckstrand while president was interviewing. We also practiced our skit for the Christmas conference in Stockholm that we are having next week. Our district is doing a Home Alone (missionary addition)... it's going to be pretty funny ;) Thursday evening we went to a member named Miriam and with a nonmember family that she lives with and made lussekatter, which are these saffron roll things you make around Lucia. They were SUPER good!! 

Saturday was also so much fun! We woke up and went to Dom Kyrkan (one of the biggest churches in Sweden) to watch their Lucia celebration. For those of you who do not know what Lucia is, it's an old Christmas tradition in Sweden, where one girl is chosen to be Lucia and wears a white dress, with a crown of candles on her head. They walk in and sing a lot of traditional songs and then exit. After the Lucia celebration, we went and got some hot chocolate at Wayne's Coffee and then went to our branch christmas party. The average age of everyone at the party was probably 80 years old... but it was still fun :) We ate some food and then read through the nativity scene out of Luke. After the christmas party we went to Norrköping for another Lucia celebration with other missionaries. This church was absolutely packed and they had a really cool celebration!! 

Sunday night the branch watched the Christmas Devotional. I really liked it and got a lot out of it. One thing that I was reminded is that every single thing in this world is to bless us. Our blessings and our trials. Because of these things we can become better and grow. And everything is made possible through the Savior. Sunday night I had the opportunity to pray for a really long time. I decided in the morning that I would try and give an extra sincere prayer, as I strive to find answers to things I need help with right now in my life. The spirit was so strong! The answer I received is that it is going to be okay. And really that is what the gospel gives us and why we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Because we know that through Him we can look forward and say "it is going to be okay." And what peace this can bring to us in trying times. I am so grateful for this Christmas season! 

I love you all and I am so grateful for the letters and packages, and most of all for the prayers. I hope you can enjoy this Christmas season! 

Love 

Elder Kapp

                                                                        Snow storm! 

                                                          I teach, even when I am not teaching!    

                                                                             Lucia!                                               


                                                          Ward christmas party   


Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas is coming

Hey everyone!

This week has been another good week here in Linköping. We have had a lot of awesome opportunities being able to spread the true meaning of Christmas to people we talk to, that is focusing on Jesus Christ. It is amazing being able to talk to so many people about this message and the joy it brings to everyone.

So it seems like this week in a lot of our lessons we have been teaching people a lot about personal revelation. We have shown the "Patterns of Light" videos to multiple people and have talked about receiving this revelation for yourself. This is something that I love about our message. I find myself often telling people that I know that this church is true, but I also tell them to not depend on my knowledge, rather than to find out for themselves. What a wonderful thing! The fact that we can ask our Father in Heaven ourselves for help and He will answer 100 percent of the time. We just need to recognize those patterns of light. I have seen them in my life and have seen how each small ray of light has brought me one step at a time, closer to my Heavenly Father. So I invite YOU, to use this promise in your everyday life. Create that relationship with God, that will help you recognize the patterns of light, in your daily life.

So on Saturday we had the opportunity to go to that African worship night thing. It was really fun and cool because they asked us to "Preach." We once again showed the "He is the Gift" video and they absolutely loved it! They really love us missionaries and respect what we do.

In Sacrament Meeting we had a total of 8 members this week. Not so many!! So I took the opportunity to share my testimony. I felt like sticking with what has seemed to be the subject of my week, which is personal revelation. I shared about my experience at AP Camp and how President Reed invited us to have our own "Sacred Grove Experiences." I also shared how this has been such a different Christmas because I haven't really thought about presents, parties, food, etc. Nothing is wrong with those things... it is just so nice to focus completely on the Savior. It has been awesome.

I hope everyone else can welcome in this same special Christmas spirit. I love you all!

Elder Kapp

Monday, December 1, 2014

Now in Linköping

Hey everyone! It feels like it has been forever since I have written. So much has happened in this past week. So last Monday we had our Thanksgiving dinner with the Holmberg and Andersson family in Hägersten. It was super fun!! So don't worry... I didn't miss out this year. On Tuesday I transferred. It is always weird leaving an area. On the train ride you have the opportunity to think about everything you accomplished in that area. What makes it cool is to see all of the lives that you touched in the short time there, and all of the people that changed you in return. I am so grateful for every experience and every area I have served in. Although it hasn't always been easy, I have grown and have loved every minute of it. 

So I got here in Linköping and the sun was shining (this is very unusual for this time of the year). There was literally not a single cloud in the sky. When I got off the train I took a deep breath, took in some precious vitamin D, and knew that everything was going to be good. And it has been!! I absolutely love this branch. It is so small, but so strong. I think it's a David and Goliath kind of branch and we are David. If you look at it from the outside it looks pretty small and weak, but when you get to know each member you can realize that there is so much strength and potential. 

My comp is Äldste Aabo. For those of who are not Norwegian or Swedish, it is pronounced "oh-a-boe." He is a super fun guy and very optimistic. Haha he definitely knows how to have fun :)!! He is really good at Swedish, being that Norwegian and Swedish are very similar. And he is a super good teacher. Things will be good with him!! 

The first night I got here I unpacked my bags and we went over to a members house named Carl Gentz. We go over there once a week to read scriptures. We just read, read, read. He is a super nice guy! After that we went to an investigator's apartment and played a board game, while talking about church stuff with her and her boyfriend that she is living with. We had some really good discussions and had a lot of fun! 

The next day I was here we spent in a city called Västervik, which is like a hour and a half train ride there are back. It took most of the day up! We have a investigator there named Hampus. He is a 17 year old Swedish teen who referred himself to the temple square missionaries and they have been teaching him over the phone. Now we have also been teaching him. I have to say he is so prepared!! He knows the church is true and knows just about everything. We can't really teach him anything more. He has to wait until he is 18 to be baptized so we are just waiting until next October !:) After teaching him we had branch council. I got to meet the branch president and some other members. The branch president in this ward is such an awesome leader. His name is Rene and he is from Denmark. There are also a bunch a members from different countries. A couple from the Netherlands and an American family as well. 

On Thursday morning we had zone training in Södertälje. We found out about this awesome program that the church is doing this Christmas called the "Christmas Initiative." The church has made a new video called "He is the Gift," and they are trying to spread this video all over the world. It is being placed on the front page of YouTube and on advertisements in New York Time Square. And WE as missionaries have also been asked to help spread it. We have been contacting people by showing them the video on our iPhone and it has been a HUGE success. We usually just start by telling them we are out from our church to ask a simple question... what do you do to celebrate Christmas? And after discussing for a while we tell them that our church has made a short video with a Christmas message. We have had a lot of positive reactions and have gotten a lot of phone numbers. One guy even liked it so much that he asked if we could meet now. So we walked over to the church and had an awesome restoration lesson. He loved it and is super sincere! 

On Friday we helped out at a funeral of an old member who just passed away. We spent most the day there. 

Saturday evening was one of the craziest experiences of my life. We were calling people earlier in the day trying to set up appointments and this one guy we called invited us over to his house and said they have like a little gospel night every Saturday where they talk about faith and stuff... so we were like, sure! Why not?! We get there and there was about 15 African people sitting in their living room. And then they started....... they started just singing and praying randomly and screaming and dancing!! Literally just about 15 people screaming at the top of their lungs Hallelujah!! AMEN!!! It was pretty interesting! After they just ate a bunch of food and talked. Seriously the nicest people in the world. They asked if we would "preach" next time for them. I am going to have to work on my black man bible teaching voice... (AMEN!!) 

Church was great on Sunday. They asked me to share my testimony in sacrament meeting. I really love being in a smaller branch. I feel like I am able to contribute so much more. Also, Sofia is in this branch... the lady who took us out to eat in Gamla Stan when I was in Hägersten. 

I am excited to be here! This area has a lot of potential! I love you all. 

Remember to share the "He is the Gift" video! 

Love 

Elder Kapp

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Last week in Stockholm

Well guys,

We received a transfer call this week and found out that I will be going to Linköping. Linköping is a small branch of about 12 active members and they meet in the bottom of an office building. I have heard they have some really awesome members and have already met a couple of them. I am excited to go there! I will be comps with Elder Aabo who is from Norway. All I know is he is a super funny guy, so I am excited to work with him. I will be living in another 4 man, but apparently this apartment is way bigger than the apartment I am living in now, which will be good because I am ready for some space!!! 

I am really happy with the work I have done here in Hägersten. I can honestly say I left this place way stronger than when I found it. We had no investigators and honestly just nothing period when I got here. I remember thinking... oh boy, we are starting from scratch. And that is exactly what we did. The first transfer was knocking, knocking, and some more knocking. The second transfer here was knocking, and a LITTLE bit of teaching. The third transfer has been teaching, teaching, and teaching. HARD WORK PAYS OFF!! Not to mention all of the less actives we have been working with that are coming back. I also have to say it has been really hard to say goodbye to some of the people I have met. I have really gotten close to some people we have taught and it's hard to pass them on. 

Let me tell you a little about what happened this week! We Began the week by teaching Mercy last Monday. We had an awesome lesson on the Plan of Salvation at our ward mission leader's house. I always love teaching that lesson. 

We taught our last lesson to the Omohumens this week. We taught about the priesthood and missionary work. Their kids are so smart and give such good answers. They just get it. It was a cool lesson to teach because they have a bunch of potential missionaries! 

We also taught Brenda and Camilla one last time. Those two people are so awesome!!! Their desire to find the truth and follow God is so sincere. I have found that when you are sincere with a worthy desire, that is when miracles happen and so many miracles have led these two people to the missionaries. 

On Thursday one of the boys in the ward was baptized. All of the missionaries went and they asked us to share our testimonies. I talked about when I was baptized how much I felt the spirit after and how warm I felt. I testified that I feel that exact same spirit every day as a missionary. 

We also taught Lamin one last time. He is one of the most sincere investigators I have met. God has a special plan for this guy. He is so willing to follow commitments and just tries to do what is right out of a will to follow God. 

Last night we went and ate with Max and Santa for the last time as well (the couple from Latvia). They are always fun to go to, even though Max picks on the missionaries ;). 

I want to end this email by saying one last thing. I do not know if I really made a lasting impact on these people, but one thing I am certain of is I learned so much from them. Their faith and sincerity to follow God is so strong. It amazes me. I love each person I have met here in Hägersten and cannot wait to see them again. 

I love you all! Have a great week. 

Love 

Elder Kapp

Monday, November 17, 2014

Great Stake Conference Week

Hey guys,

Well, this week has not been super eventful, but we had some cool experiences nevertheless. It has been tougher to meet with people because everyone is getting sick, including us! Not a lot out of the ordinary happened, but we did have a great Stake Conference. We had Elder Dyches, who is an area seventy speak at both the Saturday night session and the Sunday morning. It was also very cool because we finally ran into the Summerhayes. It was great to talk to them and as you probably saw they took some pictures and sent a video of me and my comp. 

I would say the one thing I would like to share from this week is a message I got from stake conference. Elder Dyches invited everyone there, between now and Christmas, to pray one very heart felt, sincere prayer. He asked that we give one evening prayer where we really take the time to speak to the Lord. Give a half hour or so and just speak to our Father in Heaven. This is something I have done several times on my mission and it is such a sacred experience. I would encourage all of you to do this as well. He also encouraged all of us to find one thing that we could change and work on that between now and Christmas. Find one thing that we can do to become more Christlike. The final thing he said was to begin daily scripture study. START TODAY! I can promise the influence of the adversary will be powerless with daily, family scripture study. I hope you all can apply these things I took from conference this week. I love you all very much and hope you have a great week! 

Love 

Äldste Kapp 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Eat now, talk later.

Hey guys,

This has been quite the week with a lot of experiences that have really built my faith and helped me grow. It's been slow again because this week my companion is sick and the doctor told him to stay inside for three days because he is really contagious. On Tuesday we went to this really cool part member couple and had dinner. The wife is from South America and is a member and he is Swedish. They are the nicest people and we had a really good time with them. After eating we watched the Restoration film with them and talked about that. I know that the Lord prepares people and when they are ready they will except this gospel. 

On Wednesday I had one of the coolest experiences of my mission. So when I first got into the mission there was another missionary who sent me a referral to go by this really cool family that he had taught before. Well I typed in the address in the phone and could not find where this lady lived! We searched and searched and eventually gave up. Well this last week we decided to try looking for this family again. For some reason, this time it was no problem finding them. We knocked on the door and this lady opened the door. We asked, "Hi, are your Brenda?" All she said back was, "Are you Mormons?" We replied yes. She said come in. So we just walked in and she walked us into her kitchen where her nephew and daughter were eating. She said, "Eat now, talk later," while handing us plates. She fed us a ton of food and we got to know her a little bit. Afterwards we sat down and talked with her. She gave us a little bit of her story and told us how Satan has been working really hard on her recently and whenever she tries to read the Bible or Book of Mormon she starts to feel sick and it's impossible for her to read. We asked if we could give her a blessing and we did so. We ended up talking a little bit more, but the really cool experience happened when we went back on Friday. We went over and ate dinner with her and her daughter Camilla. She fed us so much! After we started talking and she told us how she has been really searching for the truth. We found out that about a year ago she was praying one night that the Lord would send her someone from His true church. It so happened that two guys with name tags and white shirts knocked on her door the very next day and she started meeting the missionaries. Well it sounded like she really started to have some tough trials in her life that kept her from continuing lessons with the missionaries. Eventually they lost contact with her. One year later her life started settling down and she found herself searching again for the truth. She said that she prayed one night a second time that the Lord would send someone from His true church to her. The very next day Elder Sandquist and I knocked on her door. Two times she had prayed for someone and both times missionaries knocked on her door. The Lord is so aware of us individually! We talked to her and brought up baptism. She wants to be baptized! The only problem is she said it has to be done in a river so we either have to wait until next spring or she will have to go down to Spain where it's warmer to be baptized :). We are excited to keep meeting with her. We also talked to her daughter who is in her 20's. She is so sincere and is also very positive. 

On Thursday night we had the opportunity to help with a mutual activity. They did like a minute to win it thing. It was young men against young women and I will be honest... the young women handed it to us. After that we had an awesome stake activity with our ward. We did a huge rescue night with all of the missionaries of our zone, stake presidency, high council, and a bunch of members from our ward. Hägersten has the largest member list in the stake and by far the lowest activity rate, with only 10 percent of the ward active. Each missionary went on splits with a member and we went by 5 families. The night was a huge success. We have so many notes and people to work with within the ward. Before it was really unorganized and we didn't really know who to contact, but now we have a list of a ton of positive members. Some members even said, we have been waiting for you. We were able to find countless lost sheep and now have the opportunity to bring them back. 

On Saturday we had our baptism. It went really smoothly. It has been so great to work with this family. They are so much fun and have so much potential. I baptized Emilia and Elder Sandquist baptized Kelly. They were both confirmed on Sunday and their dad was ordained a priest and received a calling as well! How awesome is that? 

After the baptisms we had the opportunity to go to the temple and do a session. The spirit was so strong inside the temple. After our session a member named Sofie, who Elder Farnworth taught and was baptized not too long ago, took us out for dinner in Gamla Stan. She is seriously one of the coolest members I have met. We had a really good time with her and she took us to probably the nicest restaurant I have and will ever eat at in my life! Saturday was quite the day! 

This has been a great week. I love each of you and you are all in my prayers! Have a great week! 

Love 

Elder Kapp


                All of the missionaries in our zone after the stake halloween party.




                                                         Kelly and Emilia's Baptism



                                                            Us on a really long escalator! 


                                      Elder Farnworth insisted that we take a Sabbath Day Selfie
                                         after teaching our Sunday School lesson to the youth.


                                                                      Me and Farnworth

                  
                                A member took a picture of us outside of the church.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween and All Saints Day

Hey everyone,

This week has been a little bit slower due to me and my comp both getting sick. But the good news is we have a baptism coming up this weekend! So we had a zone conference this past week. They are always very spiritually uplifting. They talked a lot about unity and how it plays a vital role in the success of our mission and in our lives. We also received these hand made mittens (I think they were made from the Beckstrand's home ward). They are super nice and warm and will be put to very good use this winter :) 

As you know Friday was Halloween, so we did ourselves a favor and went to Hard Rock Cafe with the other Hägersten elders. It was a fun night and not too crazy because Halloween isn't very big here in Sweden. 

Saturday was a very eventful day. We woke up and went to the church to play innebandy with the ward. I basically am the best at that game. My team didn't lose once ;) After innebandy we went to a less active's house named Felix, who is from Africa. He made us an African soup and rice. Basically the soup was in one bowl and the rice on a big plate and we all shared off of that. I definitely got a little bit of the taste of Africa. After that we went to a stake Halloween party that the missionaries put on. We had a bunch of games in the cultural hall and then a trunk or treat outside.  My comp and I were in charge of the cake walk. We had a huge turn out from the stake and even had some investigators there. It turned out super good! After the party we went out with all of the missionaries in our zone and went to a grave yard, because Saturday was "All Saints Day." From what I understand it's a day to remember the dead and everyone lights candles and puts them by the graves. It was really cool! 

On Sunday we had a a very spiritual testimony meeting and I took the opportunity to share mine. I talked a lot about the Atonement and how through the trials in my life I have grown so much, and because of that I am thankful for my trials. Even now on my mission, when I feel at times my trials couldn't get any harder or the work couldn't be any more difficult, I remember that after I will be a stronger person than I was before. I am so grateful for this part of the gospel. During Sunday school I was asked by a Chinese member named Ting to give her mom a blessing, who has been struggling with some health issues. Her mother only speaks Chinese, but I know she could feel the peace and comfort from her Heavenly Father and although we speak different languages the Holy Ghost speaks only one. 

After church all of the missionaries went over to Mama Phyllis to eat fufu. Nothing like eating soup with your hands!! After we ate I was able to give her a blessing. She is searching for direction in her life because she is not sure if she should stay in Sweden or go back to Ghana. That woman is seriously one of the coolest people I have met. She is doing missionary work just as much as I am and she is working two jobs. 

Well on Sunday night we went to the Omohumens to teach them. We were teaching them the Law of Chasity... let me remind you that these kids are 11 and 12 years old, so we asked James and Sonia (the parents) to explain what this means. They both said, no this is too awkward... we think you should teach it. So we taught them it and they were just giggling and were pretty embarrassed. Oh well... now they know!! 

Well I love you all. Have a great week! 

Love 

Elder Kapp






                                                              The graves for All Saints Day 




                                                           Me eating fufu 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Very up and down week

Hey guys,

So this week has been filled with feelings of unbelievable success and feelings of hitting rock bottom. The good news is that I am still learning from my trials and successes, trying to understand why things happen the way they do. 

So last p-day was super fun. We went to Gamla Stan and just showed my comp and other missionaries who haven't been into downtown Stockholm before. It was a blast and after we went and had ficka (Swedish word that means sitting down and usually drinking coffee (hot chocolate in our case) and a small pastry) After that we went to the other Hägersten elder's apartment which is right outside of Stockholm. We were just relaxing before proselyting and Elder Farnworth was doing dishes and cut his finger on a knife pretty bad. We decided he needed stitches or something because it was pretty deep, but we had a lesson and him and his comp are new to the area and didn't know where the hospital was. So they came to the church with us while we taught our lesson to a new investigator named Mercy. We had a really good lesson with her. She is Swedish, but just finished studying at UCLA. We taught a powerful restoration lesson. After the lesson we got on the train and headed to the hospital. We got there at like 9 o'clock and it was super funny. I went into the room with Elder Farnworth, while the other elders waited outside. He first asked for morphine and the nurse quickly replied no-haha. He then asked if they were going to have to put him under for this. Also, no! Well the doctor came in and just glued it up and we were out of there. We got home at about midnight. 

The next day we taught a Muslim investigator named Lamen. He is one of the most sincere investigators I have had, but has such a strong belief in Islam, that it has been hard helping him find or recognize any answers to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. We then went to our next lesson with a new investigator named Jenny. She is a younger lady who is studying business in Stockholm. Last transfer Elder Steen and I knocked on her door and invited her to watch conference with us at the chapel. She was super excited and said she would come. Well unfortunately she became sick the weekend of conference and could not watch. So we just invited her to watch it at home on her computer. Well she did this and loved it. We met with her and taught her the restoration. We were then teaching about how we can know for ourselves through prayer and through the Holy Ghost. I felt inspired to say, "You have already received your answer, haven't you?" She answered yes. We then invited her to be baptized on the 22 of November and she accepted it. We were so happy! This was our 4th set baptismal date for the date of November. We finished the day by visiting a member named Anders, who was just married and his wife is currently living in Denmark. He is a taxi driver in Stockholm. We shared a quick message with him. 

The following day we met with Viktor and Olof.  Viktor's family lives in Alingsås and he returned from his mission in England while I was there. He recently just moved into Hägersten with his grandpa Olof. We had a very spiritual experience with them as we shared sacred moments in each of our lives that have built our testimonies. Later that day we taught the Omohumens. We went over the Restoration with them. The spirit, as always was very strong.

On Thursday we went to the worlds largest IKEA with 2 members who bought us lunch. It's so easy to get lost in that place! Later we visited a less active named Tommy. The guys is super nice and we had a good time meeting with him. 

So on Sunday it was the wards primary program. It was the funniest thing ever! There is this cute little Swedish boy in our ward named Tom. He was making everyone laugh in the ward!  Later that night we went and ate dinner with Max and Santa (the two members from Latvia). We are all pretty sad because they are moving and won't be in our ward any more. 

So on Saturday and Sunday we got some pretty disappointing news that kind of crushed our week. Saturday night we got a text message from Jenny saying she does not want to meet with us anymore or be baptized. She felt that she needs to return to the church that she went to before and was already baptized in. She was very thankful for everything, nevertheless, and very happy we helped her believe in God again. This was a big disappointment. On Sunday we taught the Sunday School lesson and after Blessing asked if she could talk to us. She told us that she wants to be in a church that reads just the bible and does not want to be baptized anymore. We talked to her about 10 minutes, but she was still set with her decision. We are still baptizing the other 2 Omohumen kids though. 

I have noticed that a lot of the time when you hit rock bottom and it doesn't feel like it could get any worse, the Lord sends a miracle after. We just have to remain faithful and trust in the Lord, even in disappointing times. Although it feels like it at times, I know the Lord does not forget us. 

I love you all. Have a great week! 

Elder Kapp 



















Monday, October 20, 2014

The work in Hägersten is moving fast!

Hey guys!

Hope you all had a good week. This week has been pretty exciting! We had transfers and it was by far the biggest transfer I have seen since I have been in the mission. It seems like President Beckstrand has been trying to work hard to give a lot of areas fresh starts with new sets of missionaries and no pre-conceived attitudes. And guess what? It seems like it's been a very good thing. The overall attitude of the mission has improved like crazy and I think it's going to improve the work. 

My new comp is Elder Sandquist from Riverton, Utah. He has been out for about 19 months now. It's been really good so far and I think he will end up being one of my favorite comps. We teach really well together and we are just doing really good things here in Hägersten. I am excited!!

This last week we got some set baptismal dates with the Omohumens. They will be baptized on the 8th of November. We are excited to finally see ALL of the Omohumens baptized, including the aunt who just moved in. In our lesson with them we asked the kids if they would be baptized. Afterwards we asked Blessing, who was just sitting off to the side, if she would also be baptized. I think it caught her off guard a little bit, but she accepted the invitation. 

Saturday morning we had the opportunity to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead, because Elder Sandquist had a recent convert from his last area who was going. It was a really good experience. And guess what... So the ward mission leader has been dating this recent convert who we took to do baptisms and after we left, the ward mission leader took her on a walk around the temple and proposed to her. We had no clue he was going to do this-haha!!

The energy of the ward and the missionaries seems really good right now! I am super excited to see what happens this transfer. 

I love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Kapp

Monday, October 13, 2014

Um... Are you sure they were baptized in OUR church?

Hej familj och vänner,

So you are probably wondering why the title of this email is what it is... well let me explain! So as you know James was just baptized and his wife and son were baptized right before I transferred in. Well they also have two older kids in their teens who were apparently baptized a couple of years ago. Little did we know these older two kids were baptized in the Catholic Church at a very young age!!! We got a call from our ward secretary this past week saying he was trying to update James into the records and noticed the two older kids were nowhere to by found on the church records. After we did some investigating, I called the mission office and asked the secretaries to look for their records and they could not find it anywhere. Well I told them I would bring it up in ward council Sunday morning and see if there was something we could figure out. While we were in ward council someone brought up the possibility that it could have been in a different church. So in church on Sunday, I pulled James and his wife Sonia aside and asked them a bunch of questions about their kid's baptisms, and turns out they are not members of our church and are not baptized. Haha so we ended up teaching a lesson about authority and the priesthood during Sunday school and needless to say... we will be baptizing these next couple of weeks!!

We also found another really positive investigator who will be baptized this week... James' sister. Blessing just moved in with their family. She came to church on Sunday and has been there for lessons we have been teaching them. We are going to work on getting a set date with her as well this week. 

On Saturday we got to play innebandy with the ward. It was really fun and I haven't played innebandy for like 6 months so it was really good to play!! After innebandy we went and ate dinner with the missionary couple, the Tolleys, who are in charge of all of the apartments in the mission. Sister Tolley made really good Panda Express Chinese food!! All of the missionaries love the Tolleys! 

Last night, we had a very cool fireside that some of the missionaries put on in our zone. The title was "He Lives." What made it really cool is that the church was absolutely PACKED, with a TON of nonmembers. We have been trying to advertise is it a ton and we saw the results. It was something really cool to see!  

Well, we received transfer calls and this is going to be the biggest transfer I have seen since I have been in my mission. It feels like almost every missionary is being transferred!! Every single Elder (besides me) is being transferred out. I will be getting Elder Sandquist. I am really excited to serve with him! I am staying in the same apartment and it will still be a four man. I am happy I am staying though... I am not quite ready to leave Hägersten.

Well... I love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Kapp

Monday, October 6, 2014

Great conference weekend!

Hey guys! 

What a great conference we have just had! There seemed to be an overall subject of caring for the needy, prophets, and gaining personal revelation. I really enjoyed the talk President Uchtdorf gave during the Saturday morning session. He talked about gaining personal revelation and testimony. I can testify that it is possible. Nobody is excluded from this promise. All people can receive an answer to the truthfulness of the gospel. Like President Uchtdorf said, "Light will come, and it will be glorious." I think the biggest problem people run into when looking for an answer is they want it to be instantaneous. The promise states that if we search and ponder these things with a sincere heart, we will find. That means do not just say your prayer and say, "Well I hope I get my answer," and then take off, and resume life. But to really pray and then ponder things throughout the day, searching the scriptures and modern day scripture as well. If you do these things, it is a PROMISE that you will receive an answer. 

This week has been pretty good. We have found a couple of new potential investigators that are looking pretty solid. On Tuesday morning we had the opportunity to plant flowers and plants at the Stockholm Temple. They put in their plants that can survive the colder conditions. We were there for about 8 hours and planted thousands of flowers. On Saturday we helped a family in our ward, the Lindfors family, do some yard work. We cut down their hedges and and did some other projects. Service is always fun! 

Well other than that, it's mostly just been pretty normal. A lot of knocking, contacting, and teaching. Nobody is progressing super fast right now, but I know the prepared people are out there and we will find them. 

Love you guys!

Elder Kapp

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Things still rolling in Stockholm

Hej familj och vänner, 

This week has been a good one, but not too much exciting stuff happened so this email won't be terribly long. We have been hitting the pavement again with contacting and tracting. Earlier this week Elder Lofgren and I (now my zone leader) went on splits. And guess what... we went really hard like we did when we were comps! We beat the zone record for potential investigators in a day, which was 12. Now we just have to convert those potentials to actual investigators, which can be the hard part sometimes. We often will get peoples phone numbers and when we call them they say, "Yeah, I don't really know why I gave you my number. I am not really interested anymore." But we have been teaching some of them. 

We got a new investigator this week named Alexandra. She is a 23 year old Swede. She seems pretty positive and is willing to keep meeting. We are excited to see where it goes. We are still teach the Samoan family, but unfortunately it isn't going forward as fast as we would like. They are willing to meet, but already have such a strong Christian belief that they do not want to change. We are going to keep meeting with them and helping them move forward. Unfortunately... our most positive investigator dropped us, Henryk. He decided he wants to stay with his Polish Catholic church. We were pretty disappointed, but know everything will work out. 

I want to end this short email with this... GENERAL CONFERENCE IS THIS WEEK. The super bowl of our church! Now what does this mean? We all have the opportunity to listen to our living day prophets, apostles, and leaders. When we listen to these meetings we can either be objects like Elder Bednar says, or agents. Objects just sit there and listen (which is not bad at all), but agents take in the message, ponder, and then BECOME. Any christian can be an object and read the bible, and maybe listen to a couple of inspirational messages. But TRUE Christians act upon the messages that are being given to us. Just something to ponder upon. 

Love you guys! Have a great week!

Äldste Kapp

Monday, September 22, 2014

What?! Hitler is dead?!!

Hej käre familj och vänner,

So this week has been a lot slower than the past weeks. We have been doing a lot of finding work again, but it's been a good one and we have had some fun experiences doing it. 

First off, you are probably wondering why my email is titled what it is. Well let me explain... We were tracting a couple of days ago and one of the doors we knocked on was this really old guy. We told him who we were and shared a quick message like always. He then said (in Swedish), "Great! Come in!" This caught us off guard, mainly because old Swedish guys always seem to be the least interested, because they are pretty set in their ways. Well we walk in and his wife walks from the other room and asked who we were, and we told her. Her husband then proceeded to welcome us in and directed us to sit on the couch. We then started asking questions, trying to get to know the two of them. We found out early on in the conversation that the husband has Alzheimer's (not sure if I spelled that right). Haha he asked us 3 times where we were from and his wife said, "You already asked that!" But we told him anyways and every time we told him where we are from he said, "Oh I have traveled to the US many times," and would tell us about his travels. Then the two of them started talking to us at the exact same time talking about completely different things and we couldn't hear a single thing they were saying and this went on for about 5 minutes.  My comp and I were holding back so hard from laughing. They were the funniest old people! Following this the husband started telling us about the time when Hitler visited Scandinavia, and how he met him. (He told this story 3 times as well also). He said how he really was a nice man and how everyone wanted to be his friend. Then he said, "I sure hope he visits Scandinavia again." His wife said, "I am pretty sure he is dead." Haha he then said, "What?! Hitler is dead?" And then he proceeded to tell us the story again and his wife told him again that Hitler is dead. Haha this is a long story and it might be one of those things where you just had to be there, but we sure got a laugh out of it. They were the nicest people and invited us back... we just aren't so sure they would remember us if we came back :)

We are still teaching the Samoan family. It is going really well! We have had some really spiritual lessons. Unfortunately, they couldn't make it to church again this week, because it was their son's birthday, but we believe that they are going to make progress. We are also teaching Henryk as well. He is still searching for an answer about the Book of Mormon, but is very sincere. 

Early this week we tagged along for mutual and taught the young men and young women how to play American football. It was a little bit of a mess at first... but they finally got the rules down and it was a lot of fun! 

So I want to end this email with something a little spiritual. We as a mission and me personally have been focusing a lot on faith recently. It is amazing how much we can learn, if we just focus on simple gospel principles. I remember when I was younger how everyone would say, with faith you can move mountains. I also remember one time actually trying this. I stepped outside and looked to the east to the mountains outside of our house thinking very hard trying to exercise my faith to move the mountains. Well, as everyone home knows... those mountains haven't gone anywhere. What did I do wrong then? I had the faith to move them... why did nothing happen? Well, I have learned a lot how faith is believing in Christ and how crucial it is to ACT on our faith. Me saying, I believe I can move this mountain was me trusting that through the power and will of the Lord I could move a mountain. But I performed no action. Now, if I really had the faith to move this mountain, I would have gone out with a shovel and started digging it up knowing the Lord would give me the strength to remove the mountain. This led me to think, as a missionary, am I just looking at the mountain, or am I going to the base of it with a shovel and working in faith. Now when we feel like we are not getting help from the Lord or answers to our questions, ask yourself this: Am I out with my shovel ready to dig this mountain or am I just standing off in the distance hoping it will move? 

Well I love you all very much. I hope you had a great birthday yesterday Madi and I hope you have a great birthday this upcoming week dad! Love you all!

Elder Kapp

Oh, one more thing!
I would like to give a shout out to my two favorite Latvian people I know, Max and Santa. Haha they are great and the missionaries love them!