This has been a super busy week for us. The work has really been picking up and we have had some awesome experiences. First off... We have a baptism coming up in these next couple of weeks! Her name is Fumi and she is being baptized on the 13th of June. She is a 14 year old girl from Liberia. Her dad is a member, but isn´t active... mostly because he works on Sundays. Well Fumi has recently shown a desire to know more about the church and has been coming to church for the last month. We met with her and her step mom, who is also investigating and committed them to baptism. Fumi accepted the commitment. She is getting a ton of support from the ward. It's been awesome! All of the young women in church on Sunday were so excited for her and told her they would be coming. She is a really bright girl and has a lot of good questions and insights.
So on Monday we had a lesson set up with a less-active member, but he didn´t show up so we ended up going by some other investigators, but none of them answered. So we ended up just contacting people on the street. We ended up talking to a Swedish guy named Michael on the street for an hour or so. He looked like he was in his 40's and his parents were investigators a long time ago and he remembered as a child having them over. We ended up talking to him just about everything you could possibly think of. He wasn´t interested in learning more, but took a picture with us haha. He was super nice and looked like he had some good impressions from our church from when he was a kid.
Tuesday after studying we went tracting in Lindingö. We actually found quite a bit of success and got a lot of return appointments. One of those was a guy who we taught at his door while he was in his underwear haha! We then had dinner at the Brittons, a senior missionary couple who are in charge of the family history archives here in Stockholm. We ate pizza and made our own pizza´s. It was really good!
Wednesday morning we had zone training. We talked about loving our investigators. It was really good. It helped remind me that we are here to be their FRIENDS on the way and not just preachy missionaries. Those relationships we form with people are more than just a student/teacher relationship. After training we went to Stockholm Central Station and met a new investigator named Theo. He is from somewhere from Africa and is a PhD student here in Stockholm. We taught him about the Book of Mormon and had a really good lesson with him. Later Wednesday we taught Fumi and her step mom Anna at their apartment, with Tom Heidenberg (a member). We taught them the Plan of Salvation and had a really good lesson. We set our baptismal date with Fumi here.
On Thursday after doing our morning studies we went to do some swing-by´s in Danderyd and went by a potential investigator named Tiki. We ended up getting in with him. He is from Tanzania. He has more Nike stuff than anyone else I have ever met. Nike earrings, glasses, shirt, jacket, pants, watch, shoes, socks, (probably underwear), Nike table cloth, Nike vinyl stickers around his house... Nike everything! He is a really funny guy. He has two twin baby girls... who are probably the cutest little African babies in the world! We taught him about the Book of Mormon. He was really positive and welcomed us back. We then went to swing-by some other investigators. We got in with another couple! Their names are Johan and Cecilia. They a part of a Buddhist religion that they are both very strong in. We had a really good conversation with them. We taught them about the Restoration. They were really friendly and very respectful.
On Friday we did our weekly planning. We spent a couple of hours planning and trying to set up appointments for next week. We then went to McDonald's with an older single woman in our ward named Katarina. She wanted to feed us, but knew she couldn´t invite us home because she is single, so she bought us McDonald's haha! She is a really sweet lady and talked to us about her conversion. Later on Friday we went to teach David on Lidingö. We watched a talk from President Monson and talked about living day prophets. We committed him to praying about our prophet today.
Saturday morning we went and played soccer with the ward. It was a lot of fun! After we went and helped the Strauss family move some exercise equipment from the Wimmer´s (the Wimmer family is moving to St. George next month). After helping them we went and ate pizza with Brother Strauss and his boys. Later we taught Karim. We went over and had dinner with him. Haha he gave me and Elder Reed Abba Cd's. He says he is Abba´s biggest fan. I look forward to listening to these Cd's when I get home ;). After teaching him we went by Tiki's. We taught him and his wife the Restoration. The Spirit was strong and they said they believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet. We are really excited to work with them and to help them have all of the wonderful family blessings in the church.
Sunday was crazy this week! I gave a talk in sacrament meeting. I spoke about reaching out to other members by home teaching and visiting teaching. I have really gotten a strong testimony of home teaching on my mission and have committed myself to being very diligent with it when I get home. It really does make such a big difference and some of the best missionary work can be done through it. During Sunday school we taught Fumi a lesson with another African member, named Honest. We had a really good lesson with her. After church we went to the Guerra family and ate dinner. They take such good care of us missionaries! We then went to a fireside that we had at our ward mission leaders house. President and Sister Beckstrand came and spoke and their kids were there-cool. Hey if the mission president gets visits from family, I think I should also haha jk ;). The fireside was really good though and we had two investigators show up.
This week has been very busy and we have been so blessed. Just like always... we are blessed AFTER the trial of our Faith. We had to show our faithfulness and hard work first... and now we are getting the rewards from it. I love this work!
I hope you all have a great week.
Guy we talked to on the street for an hour. He requested that we take a picture
Took this picture by our apartment