Friday, February 27, 2015

Letter from mission home

Dear Brother & Sister Kapp,
 
We are writing to express our appreciation for your son, Äldste Jacob Kapp. Äldste Kapp has been assigned to serve as a District Leader  in the area of the Sweden Stockholm Mission. He is wonderful and well prepared missionary, and this added leadership responsibility will be a blessing to him and to the mission.
 
He is an exemplary missionary, demonstrating the work and faith which have earned the respect and trust of the Mission. District Leader is a position of sacred stewardship in the Sweden Stockholm Mission as it can have a tremendous impact on the culture of the mission and the missionaries themselves.
May the Lord bless you and yours.
 
With respect and kind regards,
James E. Beckstrand
James E. Beckstrand, President
SWEDEN STOCKHOLM MISSION

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New transfer in Linköping

Hey guys,

So this week has been a very eventful one with a lot of things going on. On Tuesday we had transfers. I dropped Elder Aabo off at the train station and then within the same hour I got Elder Demke. Elder Demke is from Lehi, Utah, and has about 4 months left on his mission.

So far it has been going really good! We have been busy teaching and finding. On Thursday, we had district meeting. The topic was centered on effective goal setting and doing missionary work with a vision. I have learned on my mission that I am happy when I set small tasks and accomplish them. This is something I want to continue to do after my mission. Small tasks allow us to constantly to work on something to improve, and by doing so they create small accomplishments, leading to a constant feeling of accomplishment and happiness. This is something I encourage trying! Set small goals to come closer to the Savior, or even to just be better at something. It makes you happy!!

So on Friday I went on splits with Elder Halterman (Elder Hansen's greenie). We went out to Västervik to teach Hampus. When we got there I asked Hampus and Elder Halterman to teach me the Restoration, because Hampus has been studying Preach My Gospel, and it would also give Elder Halterman an opportunity to practice teaching it as well. Even though it was just a roll-play, the Spirit was so strong! When Hampus and this young missionary shared there testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration the Spirit testified to my heart that this is true. The two of them are stellar missionaries!

I love having a greenie in the apartment, especially Elder Halterman. They are such good examples to the older missionaries to have energy and a positive attitude. We are learning so much more from Elder Halterman than he is learning from us. He is a future leader in this mission.

So on Sunday we were out tracting and I decided I would just start teaching the Restoration to every person until they closed the door. A lot of the time, people would close the door in the middle of my words, but every once in a while someone would stand there and take the time to listen to the short message. I know those who listened, regardless if they wanted to meet again or not felt the Spirit. It is felt every time I testify and I know they feel it too.

On Monday morning we went out to Jannike Baas´ house, who is a Dutch member who has a sick husband and needed help cleaning out her garage. So us missionaries and the relief society president helped her clean it! We were there for quite a while. After, we came home and showered and changed. We had family home evening at the church Monday night. We prepared a "minute to win it" activity. It was super fun! We had some pretty ridiculous tasks.

Well, I love you all very much!! Have a wonderful week. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love

Elder Kapp

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Staying in Linköping

Hey everyone!

Well we got transfer calls this week and Elder Aabo will be transferring up North to Umeå, while I will be staying here in Linköping. My new companion will be Elder Demke.

We have been really busy this week. For Family Home Evening on Monday, we went with everyone to play laser tag. It was a lot of time and my team won both times ;).

On Tuesday we taught Rami. We watched some general conference talks with him and talked about prophets in our time. I always feel the Spirit so strong when I hear the words of the prophets and apostles.

On Wednesday we headed out to Västervik to meet with Hampus. We had a cool experience with him this week. He has a friend in Germany who became interested in the Church and started meeting with the missionaries and received a Book of Mormon. When his friend's parents found out about this they became angry and took away his Book of Mormon and said he was not allowed to meet with the missionaries. So Hampus asked if we would do a special fast for his friend so he could meet with the missionaries and could be able to read the Book of Mormon. Hampus texted us this morning and told us he talked to his friend and he now has permission to read the Book of Mormon again. This is just one of so many miracles I have seen from fasting on my mission.

On Friday we went to a class to do a presentation about the Church. It was a small adult class, for students who returned back to college. Elder Aabo and I made a prezi presentation which turned out really good. The presentation was awesome. They had a ton of good questions and every student walked out with a Book of Mormon. (I will have to send you this presentation)

On Sunday we had Branch Conference. A lot of the stake leaders had to travel hours to get to the meeting, which is quite different from home, only having to go ten minutes. It was an awesome sacrament meeting about service. I left the meeting with a service mindset. I know that the Lord will give us oppotunities to serve others throughout the day if we are in tune to the Spirit and are looking for them. I hope we can all find ways to serve others Always!

I love you all. Have a great week!

Love

Elder Kapp

                                                           Västervik where Hampus lives

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Spirit is irrefutable.

Hey guys,
This week has been a crazy, but really good week. It has been exhausting because we have been super busy and have been going non stop! I want to start off talking about Monday. We had family home evening here at the church and had a ton of people come, including two investigators. One of the investigators was Rami, who we met at African night and invited to family home evening. While at family home evening we were able to teach him about living day prophets and that got him really excited. We decided a time to meet the following day and taught him the Restoration. I have never had someone ask so many questions. He is so sincere and thinks a lot about everything. We committed him to be baptized and said he would be baptized on the 7th of March, if he receives an answer to the Book of Mormon. He is an awesome guy, and wants to follow what is right. Now let me tell you one of the crazy things that happened with him. We were teaching him another day this past week and his friend called, who just happened to be very well versed in his anti-Mormon material. He started just absolutely trying to destroy us in front of Rami. The first thing he said was... I have a scripture in the Bible that absolutely destroys you Mormons. Right then and there I took the phone off of speaker phone and said, let me guess... The scripture is Galatians 1:6-8? He replied back... uh... yeah, that was it actually. I then spoke to him for about a half hour on various topics. After speaking to him I walked back into the room and Äldste Aabo and Rami were on their knees about to pray about the Book of Mormon. Walking in the room I felt the Spirit so strongly. The contrast from leaving the phone call and to walking into the room with these two was like leaving a really warm hot-tub and then jumping into a cold pool. The Spirit was so distinct.
Other than that, we have been teaching the same people. On Sunday we went out to Motala to make semlor with Miriam and the family she lives with. It is semlor season, so we had to make them! They are so good!!!!
Well, that is it for this week. I love you all. Have a great week.
Love
Elder Kapp






Monday, February 2, 2015

Week of a lot of service!



Hey guys,

I hope you had a good Superbowl weekend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIK!  I hope you have a great day!

This week was really good. We have been finding a lot of new people to teach and have been really busy! For family home evening on Monday we went ice skating. It was so much fun! We went to a place where they turn an outdoor running track into an ice rink for the Winter. It was super cheap and everyone loved it.

On Tuesday we were able to talk to the Jehovah's Witness friends again. :) They are really nice, but we are not sure how many times we will be going back because it's not really going anywhere. We are both set at converting the other person so we are at a stand still haha. Later on Tuesday we went to a member named Carl to read scriptures with him and then home teaching with René to Annalie, an awesome member in the branch.

On Wednesday we went out to Västervik to visit Hampus. We talked to him about the priesthood and auxiliaries in the Church. He basically knew it all (surprise surprise). On Sunday we, as well as the missionaries in temple Square who have taught him, did a special fast so he can be baptized earlier. I do not know how it will happen, but I know it will. We just need to show some faith and miracles will happen.

On Thursday we had a special zone training in Södertälje. The highlight of the zone training was when the Beckstrands showed us "Meet the Mormons." I loved it, and may or may not have gotten a little emotional when it talked about the missionary mom... ;)

Friday morning we headed out to Kisa to help Ketil and Cynthia with their house. When we got there they fed us a huge breakfast and then we got to work. Elder Hansen and I were upstairs painting and Elders Smith and Aabo were downstairs laying tile. After they fed us taco pie, which believe it or not is a popular Swedish dish! Friday night we went to teach a referral. One of the member's neighbors is a priest for the Swedish Church and wanted to meet us. We had a really good conversation with him. He apparently found a Book of Mormon at a second hand store with a testimony written in it and he bought it. We are going back to them this week.

On Saturday we put our service clothes back on and headed to Fredricks and Otillias to help them paint. We painted down the first layer, ate pizza, and then painted the second. Those two are super awesome people!! After Elder Aabo and I went an hour early to African night because the mom (Divine is her name) wanted to teach us how to make some African food. It was a lot of fun and while we were making it she told us a little about her families story. It was so humbling. She and her husband were split up for years not thinking they would see each other again and they went through a lot of violence in the Congo. She and her son were basically beaten nearly to death. It amazes me how when I meet people like this on my mission how they still are able to have such a positive outlook on life. It really humbles me. 

Sunday was an awesome Fast Sunday. Testimony meeting was great. Costa came and really felt the Spirit. It is amazing how such a strong spirit can be with such a small branch.

I love you all. I hope you have a great week!

Love

Elder Kapp