Sunday, February 22, 2015

Goodbyes and Hellos: Trollhättan Week 13

Officially not a greenie anymore! (for those of you that don't know, the newest missionaries in the mission are called greenies) 

Last Monday was all about cleaning and packing and getting Syster Sorensen ready to leave. On Tuesday we were crazy busy teaching lessons and telling everyone goodbye. It was way hard to see it and think that, in 6 weeks, that could be me! We taught our investigator from Macedonia and it turns out her granddaughter has been reading some in the Book of Mormon! Yay! We had lunch with some members, 2 lessons, then dinner with some other members. The husband told us all about his mission experience and that the most important conversion is our own. You cannot convert someone beyond your own conversion, so it is really good to KNOW the things that you teach are true and then TESTIFY to others. 

Wednesday was my last day with Syster Sorensen. We said some more goodbyes then she took off and Syster Hoke came in. Syster Hoke has been in Sweden for 6 weeks longer than me and served for her first 3 transfers near Stockholm in Södertälje. She is 19, from Texas and is way upbeat. We actually were at BYU together, but have yet to find a common acquaintance. We will keep trying! :) It is really cool to get to introduce Syster Hoke to Trollhättan and all the investigators and ward members. I just love this place and know that she will too!

Thursday was a good day, even though it seemed like nothing went how it was supposed to. We had some lesson re-arranging and actually had some time to go tracting. Syster Hoke knows how to do that, so she is teaching me :) We dropped by a less active and taught about Jesus Christ and visited some new converts too. Friday was district meeting with our new district. Seems like it is going to be really fun, but also really insightful and spiritual. We taught a new investigator then 2 other investigators. The work is just moving along here! It amazes me how much Heavenly Father has a hand in this work and how many people He is preparing for the Gospel!

Innebandy on Saturday was really lame...hahaha...only us and 3 other people. We played some badminton then Innebandy and Syster Hoke and I are terrible at both :) The poor other players had so much patience with us :) We went to Vänersborg and dropped off a Book of Mormon to a referal then visiting a member and watched a video called Daily Bread: Pattern (I'll link it below, you should watch it! It is way good!)

Sunday was wonderful. The Swedish just gets better and better every week :) The Relief Society lesson was on a talk by Elder Uchtdorf called, "Lord, is it I?" Which is a wonderful talk about not judging others and seeing ourselves as Heavenly Father does. Then Sacrament Meeting had some really good related talks and another real good one about Temples and how each time one is build the influence of Satan is weakened and the Light of Christ because brighter. Just wonderful, just wonderful! We visited some members and had a grand old time seeing their birds and talking about Jesus Christ and the Atonement :)

This transfer, I am planning on studying the Nature and Character of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I started just a little bit and read about Heavenly Father. It is so cool to think about the fact that there is Someone out there that knows us better than we know us and that cares for and loves us more than we can even comprehend. I read this part about how prayer because natural when we recognize that. It's really like talking to your own Father or Best Friend or something. He is always there listening, we just have to raise our voices and talk with Him.

Love you and praying for you,
Syster Sarah Griffes

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