It's been a very up and down week. Last week was huge... we found 18 potential investigators and 6 new investigators and somehow the majority of them became uninterested or disappeared. So what did we do? We got back on our feet and started knocking some more. And we found once again... another large pool of investigators to choose from. The week started off a little slow though... on Tuesday my comp woke up with a stomach flu thing, so we ended up being home all day. It was a good opportunity for me to organize the area book, try and make appointments, and make the cake I was sent for my birthday :). I definitely don't like staying home though... It makes you realize how much you actually accomplish in just one day as a missionary.
On Wednesday we had the opportunity to have a mission conference with Elder Teixeira, who is the area Seventy over the European area. Him and his wife gave amazing talks and was a good recharger for the entire mission. They focused a lot on obedience and addressed a lot of the specific things that will be happening in the upcoming months for the European missions. One thing he did mention is that Ipads have been approved for our mission and would be coming sooner than later. Sounds like there is a good chance I am going to have an Iphone and an Ipad ;)... man don't even worry about sending me any Christmas presents (that was a joke...). It was a great meeting though. Elder Bednar is coming to Stockholm in two weeks so I am glad I am serving where I am so I can be here when he is!
I have a crazy story from tracting on Saturday. Elder Steen and I had been tracting for about two hours in these apartment complexes with little to no success. We finally came to this door where the guy answered and was fairly friendly. He asked the common questions, "Are you Jehovahs?" We replied, "No, have you heard of the Mormons?" He then said, "Yeah, there is a bunch of them in the states, right?" Well long story short we asked if we could take 10 minutes of his time to share a little bit more about our beliefs. He agreed and we taught the restoration to him at his doorway. It went really well and he said we could come back. I then asked, well is there anything we can do for you? He said, "Only if you can make start feeling better. I haven't been feeling well at all lately." I asked him if we could give him a priesthood blessing. He said yes! We walked into his apartment, told him to grab a chair, and had him sit down. As I gave the blessing, I felt very inspired to bless him that he would feel better, and not to just bless him with comfort. The first thing he said when we were finished is, "Wow that actually worked. I feel better, but not only that, I feel peace." I then bore testimony of the power of the Holy Ghost. The spirit touched his heart and helped this man feel the love that the Savior has for Him.
One last thing... Yesterday our stake had a fireside with the new mission president and his wife. They shared their vision for Sweden and it was a very spiritual night. Mission presidents are so inspired and over the past 8 months have really become some of the greatest people in my eyes. I loved the Newells with all of my heart, and I love the Beckstrands also with equal love. Sweden is in good hands.
My comp is so nice and takes pictures of me when we are on the train.
These pictures are elders in my MTC group that I hadn't seen since the beginning of my mission.
My birthday cake!
(I'm impressed, Jake! It looks just like the picture on the box!)
Those guys surprised me on my birthday!! haha
My comp just took a picture of me at the train station.
Me and Elder Cushing