Monday, June 30, 2014

New Mission President

Hey guys,

It has been a week of quite a few events. The biggest would be the arriving of President and Sister Beckstrand and the departing of President and Sister Newell. It has been one of the greatest experiences to serve along and under the direction of the Newells. They have inspired us missionaries so much. It is sad to see them go, but we are excited to keep pressing forward with the new president and his wife. This Thursday we are having a meet and greet thing, where they will be coming to Göteborg, so that will be exciting. 

This last week has been really good! It seems like we have been able to get a lot more lessons in, despite people being out of town. We had a cool experience this week as well. My comp and I were walking down the street along side an apartment building. As we were walking I approached an African lady named Catherine, and told her who we are and a little bit about our message. She was actually very interested and we have taught her two times already. When we met with her the first time, she shared with us that the day we contacted her on the street, she had a feeling that she needed to leave her apartment and go downstairs. She didn't know why, but she felt as if she needed to walk around outside. She said after, she knew it was God putting her in our place so we could meet her. It is amazing how people get put into our paths as missionaries. We just have to do our part and open our mouth! If I would have just kept walking without contacting her, we wouldn't be teaching this person who is so prepared. We are teaching both her and her son. They have lived in Sweden for over 10 years, but Catherine's brother lives in Africa and is actually a convert to the church. Her son, Calix, is 17 years old and is a really good boxer. He has won the Swedish boxing national championship for his age class apparently. It's been really good!

This Sunday was really good. We had 5 investigators in church total. We have been blessed for our hard work. I am still loving it here in Alingsås. It feels like it's more than an area to me, because how long I have been here. My apartment no longer feels like temporary living quarters, but it feels like home. I am so glad for the work I have been privileged to do here and the relationships I have gained with those I have been serving with. 

Well, I love you all! Have a wonderful 4th of July!!


Elder Kapp 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Midsommar Week

Hey guys,
Hope you have all been having a good summer! This week felt really weird. With zone conferences on Monday, P-day on Tuesday, and Friday and Saturday being Midsommar which meant no proselyting, I haven't felt like a missionary. I don't like it! So I am excited to get back in the groove of things. Oh and I hit my 6 month mark this week!! It has been the craziest, best 6 months of my life. 

Let me tell you a little about the Midsommar celebration we went to. We went to Göteborg and met up with other missionaries in our zone and went to a big celebration there. There is a lot of traditions with Midsommar. The main tradition is putting up the Maypole and dancing around it. After the celebration we just hung out with the others for the rest of the day. 

NOW... let me tell you how my week went as far a actual missionary work. On Wednesday, I went on splits with Elder Stafford. I was in Västra Frölunda for the day. It's a really cool area, because their area contains downtown Göteborg. It is a lot different proselyting there, I can tell you that. It was fun though! This week we started teaching an African family... with a total of 6 kids. It went... well, they speak French and the parents can't speak hardly any Swedish. The dad is blind, so it's hard... we couldn't just give him a French book of Mormon or pamphlets. We are trying to look for someone to translate for us! Unfortunately, the only French speaking member is in Panama with her husband working on adopting two kids. So we will see how it goes in the future. We are still teaching Kenneth. That is going well, just not progressing super fast. Fahm is doing amazing! She is very strong in her faith! And this week I witnessed a miracle... we found Aurora!!! She was walking outside some apartments yesterday and we ran into her randomly. She said she had actually been putting a lot of thought about her baptism and everything lately and how she noticed how many blessings she had in her life, when she was following the standards of the church. She said she wants to come back to church and get everything together again. We will be meeting her this week and she has recommitted to get on the right path. It was a handful of prayers answered!

So a funny thing from yesterday to wrap this up. Elder Simas and I substitute taught a primary class in church. The kids were nuts... After our lesson we said okay we decided to play a short game with them. Elder Simas said do you guys know what "Simon Says" is? Their response was no. So we put a twist on it and played Simon Says in Swedish, but we called it "Profeten säger (the prophet says)." It was fun!  Well everything is going well, as you can see. I love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Kapp

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Baptism, transfers, and saying goodbye to President and Sister Newell

Hey guys!

I have to start off by saying Happy Father's Day, Dad! I hope you had a great day.

So this has been quite the eventful week, with A LOT going on. It has felt like everything has been going 100 miles an hour, but it is starting to slow down, just a bit! So on Tuesday night we had Fahm's baptism. It was so great. Everything went really well and there was a ton of people from the ward there supporting her. After she was baptized she shared her testimony and it was very powerful. She has a strong testimony of the gospel! She will be making a trip to Stockholm with her family to do baptisms for the dead as soon as she gets a membership number, so she can get a temple recommend. I confirmed her on Sunday. That was also an amazing experience. It is crazy how the spirit speaks to you when you give blessings. 

The following day after the baptism we had transfers. I am staying in Alingsås still, but my new companion is Elder Simas. He is from Arizona. I am really excited to serve with him. It has already been a lot of fun and seems like things will work out great together. Unfortunately, this week has been really hard to set stuff up with investigators. The work has felt really slow. Most Swedes enjoy the luxury of getting a month off from their jobs in the summer, which is awesome for them, but not awesome for us because everyone is out of town or busy! 

Yesterday, we had our final zone conference with President and Sister Newell. Before the conference I had my last interview with President Newell. He gave every missionary a blessing after their interviews. It was one of the most sacred experiences I have had on my mission. He gave an inspired blessing, with answers to questions I had been praying about. It was kind of emotional saying good bye to them. All of the missionaries love them both very much and it is sad to see them leave. It was a great zone conference though!

Well, it has been a wonderful week here in Sweden. This week I will be hitting my 6 month mark. It is crazy how fast time is going. I love you all. Have a great week. 

Elder Kapp
Fahm's Baptism

President and Sister Newell

Monday, June 9, 2014

Baptism coming up this week!

Hey guys,
Wow what a week it has been. Fahm's baptism is tomorrow night. The zone leaders did her baptismal interview this last week and said that they have never met someone so prepared for baptism. Elder Lofgren will be baptizing her and I will be confirming her on Sunday. She is ready and is going to make a strong member in the ward. She is already so well integrated into the ward with a lot of friends. She is already planning on going to the Stockholm Temple soon to do baptisms, which will be great! Needless to say, she is prepared and we are so excited because we know this is going to be a lasting conversion and one that will affect generations after too. We want to start teaching her husband soon. He isn't religious at all, but is a really nice guy and supports her. She really wants their family sealed, so we know she is going to push him a little bit to start taking lessons also, which will be great! 

So transfers are on Wednesday. Once again, I will be staying here in Alingsås, while my comp is being transferred to Handen, which is right outside of Stockholm. My new comp will be Elder Simas, from Arizona. I have heard a lot of good things from him, so I am excited.

So this week has been pretty normal. One fun thing was Sweden's National Holiday. It's kind of like the 4th of July, but not as cool. They had a big bbq at the church though, and we had a lot of nonmembers and less actives there, so it ended up being a great activity for us. It's been a good end to the transfer. I love you guys! Have a great week.

Elder Kapp

Monday, June 2, 2014

I'm staying in the A Sauce!

Well guys... it has been quite the week! We got a call from President Newell on Thursday and turns out Äldste Lofgren is being transferred in a week and half, which means I will most likely be staying here in Alingsås. Still in my greenie area haha!! It's been a really good week though. We moved Fahm's baptismal date up because 1... she's totally ready and 2... she wanted both me and Elder Lofgren there. So she will now be baptized on June 10th. She is so prepared and is going to make an extremely strong member in the church after. I am so happy to see the blessings of the church enter into her life and the life of her 2 young little kids. It has been great! 

So this week the stake had a trek, just like we do in Utah. They made handcarts and hiked in the mountains (rolling hills of Sweden). On Thursday night they had all of the missionaries come and put on a fireside for the youth once they set up camp. Apparently a bunch of the wheels were braking on the handcarts and they were super delayed and the fireside didn't get started until like 9:30... so we ended up just leaving a 10 minute version of our fireside and then took off! It was different and fun to be around the youth though. This week we have done a lot of service too! We helped a member family move and we helped the ward mission leader paint his new patio! Oh and early this week Elder Lofgren and Elder Nightingale hit their year marks, so we celebrated by eating at the Hard Rock Cafe in Göteborg :) Its been another great week here in Alingsås. 
Ha en bra vecka! Jag älskar alla er! 
Äldste Kapp

In a letter I received from Jake on 05-31-2014, he shared some things that are a little different in Sweden compared to the U.S. I thought I would share them with you:

*So many people smoke in Sweden! We walk down the street and see young 12 year old girls smoking. It's really sad!
*When you eat at the dinner table, it is considered childish if you don't eat with both a fork and a knife in your hands at all times!
*Plain carbonated water is a very common drink. I hated it at first but I am warming up to it!
*Right now the sun is setting at 10:00 p.m. and rises at 4:00 a.m. And it's only Spring in Southern Sweden right now!