This week has been really good. We had district conference (stake conference basically) and had a lot of other stuff going on.
On Tuesday the assistants came up to Umeå and we did splits. I was with Elder Sahlin and learned a lot from him. There was one cool thing we noticed while he was here. So me and him were on splits last transfer and we taught our investigator Azim for the first time. We ended up teaching Azim again while he was on splits with me. We were talking about how different he seems from the first time we met him. There was a noticeable change! The gospel changes people and even though for us missionaries we don´t always see those huge changes, they do change. The gospel can change the entire countenance of someone.
So Saturday night we had the first sessions for stake conference. They were really good. Both President and Sister Beckstrand spoke, along with Elder De Feo, an area 70 from Italy. It felt like the entire conference was focused on home teaching/visiting teaching, and missionary work. Once the members in Sweden can master administering to each other the church will thrive on a completely new level. After the general Saturday session, all of the missionaries went out and ate together. After we had a meeting for recent converts of the last two years and investigators. We were able to get Azim there. The Spirit was so strong in that meeting. I am serving in a branch where two thirds of all members are converts. Each of their stories are unique and powerful. We were able to be taught in a smaller setting by Elder De Feo and let some of the recent converts share their testimonies. The Sunday session was focused a lot of the Atonement. Elder De Feo shared about the healing power of the Atonement. I was getting pretty emotional yesterday. I kept thinking about how faithful these members are here in Sweden. I thought a lot about the movie "17 Miracles" and how faithful the members in Europe were and still are. The members here in northern Sweden are pioneers and their faith is an example to the rest of the country.
I love being here and I am learning so much.
Have a good week.
Our apartment is too small for 4 elders so when the assistants were here on splits Elder Featherstone and Elder Rasmussen did studies in the bathroom.