I want to start off my email this week by sending my condolences to the Whatcott family and loved ones. It was an honor to play alongside Daulton and to get to know him over the years. I know he influenced me and many other athletes and students at Syracuse High.
This week I had my first transfer. I was transferred right outside of the heart of Stockholm, in the Hägersten ward. It is so different here and I am still trying to get used to it. Everything is just at a little bit faster pace. I am living in a 4 man apartment, but our apartment isn't even in our area. We have to take a train to get to our area and it takes about a half hour. It's not very convenient, but not too much we can do about it. The four man apartment is fun. The other two missionaries serve in a different ward (Elders Cushing and Walker). Elder Walker is Elder Cushing's greenie. And then we have my companion, Elder Steen. We all get along pretty well! The four man is a little tight and hard to keep clean, but it's good.
The ward here has a huge ward roster, but a TON are not active. I did the math and the activity rate is about 11 percent... So we have our work cut out for us. The members who are active are super strong though.
This week we have done a lot knocking and contacting. I still haven't met with any investigators, so we have a lot of finding work to do here. I have also spent a lot of time organizing the area book, trying to find past investigators to work with. Hopefully we will be able to get things warming up in this area and get the work moving forward.
I want to finish by saying something that I learned personally and something I want to improve on in my life. In priesthood yesterday we talked about being grateful in our circumstances. I know as a missionary I have gotten myself in the habit at times at seeing everything that's wrong or everything I wished I did better. When we count our blessings and are grateful in our circumstances, I have noticed we tend to forget about everything that is wrong. The self judgments and sorrows seem to slowly disappear. This is something I trying to be better at and has helped me a lot!
I love you all. Have a great week.
|An investigator named Andreas who has investigated the church for 17 years.|
He is super funny!!
|A guy named Omar who was always on the bus with us and loves Americans... |
pretty sure he is a drug dealer but a super funny guy!,
| Me and Lennart, a member who loves the missionaries, and is super cool.|
He always leaves food outside our apartment door.
|Me and Rikard Magnusson. I skyped at his house on Mother's Day.|
He took us out for sushi and frozen yogurt the day before I transferred!
|Picture of us outside the church before district meeting.|