Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Botched it! Botched it!

Last full week of the MTC! Sweden, here we come!
Sorry about all the e-mails with pictures. I can only send 2 at a time (if anyone knows how to send more, let me know!)

Funnies from this week:
-Sisters Stetler, Nielsen, and I were practicing teaching the lessons in 2 minutes or less. Sister Stetler decided to teach the Plan of Salvation (which is difficult to teach in 20 minutes, let alone 2) and she was doing a great job. Suddenly she says, "...And He gave us bodies. Botched it! Botched it! I botched it!" So funny! We couldn't stop laughing for a good few minutes.
-I have realized that in all of my good friendships, everyone just makes fun of me. The same is true here; the Elders constantly poke fun at me. This week I was asking Elder Bradshaw if I could move the garbage can that was where I usually sit and he goes, "Fine. I just like sitting next to the garbage can. It reminds me of when I sit next to you!" hahaha, so funny! Now every time they need to through something away, they ask where Sister Griffes is before putting it in the garbage can.
-I have taken to playing 4-square during gym. I'm not great, but we play doubles usually. On Monday, Elder Erikson (from the other Swedish district) and I were in the King square for nearly 8 minutes. Win! Until today when we played... I was doing so bad that they made "Sister Griffes Rules" in which I could do whatever I wanted so that I didn't get out so often. Loved it!

This week at TRC, we Skyped with a lady that lives in Stockholm, Sweden. It was way cool and she said that we are doing really well with our Swedish. We are definitely trying, but there is lots of room for improvement. On Monday I did an English fast for half of the day in which I only spoke Swedish (except in class when we had an activity in English and in 4-square when I could not express my enthusiasm in Swedish). It was a learning experience and great practice. 

This week we taught and committed both of our "investigators" to baptism. It was really quite cool and very spiritual, even if it is just role playing. I cannot wait to teach really people really soon!

And last, but certainly not least....we got our flight plans! We leave the MTC at 3:30 AM on Monday morning, fly out of Salt Lake City at 7:30, go to Denver, go to New Jersey, then fly to Stockholm overnight, arriving at about 7:30 their time on Tuesday. 4 days! I will be in Sweden this time next week! My next e-mail will be from Sweden! Yay! I'm so excited, but quite nervous too! I definitely don't know enough Swedish, but I know that Heavenly Father will help me out with everything that I struggle with. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so true and I get the immense privilege of sharing the best thing in my life with the wonderful people of Sweden!

Love you all!
Syster Griffes

And....more pictures (why can I only send 2 at a time?!?)

1. Most of the Sisters in our Zone eating breakfast. This was every morning :)
2. Our Quote Wall :)

More Pictures...

1. Sister Stetler, Me, and Sister Nielsen with our Swedish flag
2. Sister Nielsen and I with Swedish Book of Mormons (Mormons Bok)

Fwd: zone

My zone (minus 3 Swedes). We are all going to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Suriname, or Netherlands/Belgium. I love them all dearly!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

*Insert Witty Title


This week really wasn't all that exciting, but that's okay! We should get our travel plans on Thursday or Friday, so that will be so awesome! I'm so excited! Two weeks from now, I will be in SWEDEN! AHH!

Funny things (from this week and random ones I forgot to say before):
-One time in class, Elder Bradshaw was supposed to ask me a question in Swedish then I was supposed to answer (as part of an exercise). But, instead of asking me a question, he just looked me in the eyes and said, "Du är inte min vän" (You are not my friend). It was hilarious! I now refer to him as my anti-friend
-So then, we were doing another exercise and I asked Elder Bradshaw's companion, Elder Falkner, if he would pray (in Swedish) and he looked me in the eyes and says, "Nej, du är inte min vän" So, now we all just make jokes about how I have no friends. Hahaha
-Brother Whitworth- "Jag pratar som robot" (I talk like a robot) 
-Brother Whitworth to Elder Johnson- "Vad betyder pastly?" (What does "pastly" mean?). Sometimes we make up words in Swedish, other times we make up words in English.
-Elder Falkner- "Ah! The Bible says otherwise, silly billy!"
-Elder Falkner to me- "How is the temperature up there on your high horse?" So funny!
-Sister Stetler- "Why is my brain so dumb!?" (it had been a long day of Swedish)
-In the Swedish language, the letter G is really crazy and can make lots of different sounds, so one time Elder Johnson said, "That's the way the world works, if you are a G, you can do whatever you want!"
-Elder Bradshaw likes to sing and hum a lot, one time he started humming, "Lead, Kindly Light" and I joined in. Then he looks at me and says, "It was a solo, okay?!? It was a solo!" He is so funny!
-We learned about possessive nouns and someone asked a question about it and I said, "It's already possessed!"
-We call the Air Conditioner "the dragon" so everytime we want to close it, the sisters ask the elders if they will "Turn off the dragon"

This week in TRC, we taught 3 members of the Church about receiving revelation through Scripture Study and had each of them make a goal with us on how we can do better. It really made me think about how I can more effectively study the scriptures. I started re-reading the Book of Mormon in English and Swedish. I'll read a chapter in English and highlight all of the if-then statements (example: If you keep the commandments, then you will receive the Lord's blessings) then I read that same chapter in Swedish. It's pretty cool!

This week we also did some role playing in which we thought of a character and then another companionship of missionaries would teach us as that character. It was pretty cool to see how investigators feel when they are taught by the missionaries.

12 days until Sweden! I am so ready to go, but also quite worried about the language. However, I know that it will come in the Lord's timing.

Jag älskar er!

Syster Griffes

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Oh! We're halfway there....

Hej hej all! Halfway through the MTC! Yay! This is my 3 week mark, my approximate departure date is November 24th. So psyched!

Funny things this week:
-My teacher, Brother Marchant, hit his funny bone really hard and then was in fetal position on the ground because he can sometimes be a bit dramatic. It wasn't funny for him, but it was for the rest of us!
-You know how in English they have the expression, "The lights are on but no one is home" In Swedish it is "The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead"
-For head, shoulders, knees, and toes, they change the "Eyes and ears and mouth and nose" to "Eyes and ears and I can clap my face" (during which you clap your face). I still haven't been able to get through the whole song without dying of laughter

Now on to more serious matters. This week we had TRC (Teaching Resource Center) and we got to speak with and teach a short lesson to a lady that is really from Sweden! Her Swedish was BEAUTIFUL! However, we could only understand a little bit of what she was saying because of her accent and how fast she spoke. It's okay though, she absolutely sung the language!

The new missionaries that we got last week (11 elders and 11 sisters) are so great! I love them all so much! The sisters are way sweet and very driven. The elders are really funny, yet can be very spiritual. I appreciate everything that they bring to the table as individuals and as a group. There are 18 of them going to Belgium/Netherlands and 3 elders going to Iceland (by the way, Icelandic sounds really harsh and kind of scary hahaha)

This week, my district is working on having a daily English fast in which we only speak Swedish. On Monday we did it for 1 hour, Tuesday for 2, etc. Until Saturday when we will fast from when we wake up (6:30) to Lunch (12:50). That will be a challenge, but I'm excited! We do our best, but we don't know very much yet! In our lessons, my companions and I can now mostly understand and respond to almost everything that our investigators say. It is really cool, but it really requires us to work together and stretch ourselves. 

In a Devotional that we had this week, they had 4 missionaries speaking 4 different languages recite Joseph Smith's First Vision in their languages. It was so cool because even though we didn't know what exactly they were saying, we could feel the Spirit and their witness of the words they spoke. I just know that this gospel is true and I am so excited to share the light of Christ with everyone. It is the most important thing in my life, so why wouldn't I want everyone to experience it too?

Love ya,

Syster Griffes
A Servant of the Lord


Pictures Week 3 Part 1

1. My nametag. Good luck pronouncing the name of the's a struggle!
2. We got to go to BYU for a devotional. I love the Y!