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!