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!
I teach, even when I am not teaching!
Ward christmas party