Monday, April 20, 2015

"It was one of those food revelations!" Örebro Week 3

This week's quote comes from a YSA (Young Single Adult) in the ward. He was saying that a BMT (Bacon, Mayonnaise, and Tomatoes) was a food revelation. This coming from the same kid that likes brown sugar with his bacon...

After P-day on Monday, we went to the YSA family home evening and did the spiritual thought (on our trials and how they are necessary) then we all played Sardines...in the woods. It was kind of crazy, but pretty awesome. On Tuesday, we did service at the church then taught some zero lessons with TUs (tänkbara undersökare or potential investigators). We also are helping a YSA prepare for his mission, so we role played with him too. Syster Irene acts like an investigator and he and I teach her. It is cool, especially because then Syster Irene and I can talk about what it feels like to be the investigator and what we can do better.

On Wednesday we spent the entire day in Arboga with a member visiting lots of less actives and an investigator. On the way home, we were talking about how we are trying so hard to do everything that we can, but we are still not seeing the success that we think we could. The member said, "That is success: doing all you can. I know that Heavenly Father is pleased with you." It really meant a lot and was really good for us. Wednesday was also my 6 month mark on my mission. Crazy to think that this time next year I will be back home. Time is flying by way too fast!

Thursday was...SYSTERS CONFERENCE! All 39 Systers in the mission got together in Stockholm and we had a conference for almost the whole day. The bummer is that Syster Irene, the 2 Systers from Luleå, and I accidentally got on the wrong Tunnelbana (like the subway) and were about 50 minutes late... oops. A whole new spin on "fashionably late." The Conference was SO GOOD! The theme was The Wizard of Oz. We talked about how we can gain knowledge, love more, and be courageous. So good! Lots to think about. We also got about 1.5 hours after to just talk with all the Systers. I got to see Syster Nielsen and Syster Stetler (my MTC compaions), Syster Sorensen (my trainer), and Syster Hoke (my previous companion). So good to see all of them and just catch up and everything. Love it! Back in Örebro, we visited a less active and talked about the Sacrament and how good it feels to take it; to renew the covenant that we have made with Heavenly Father to always take upon us the name of Christ, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. We are promised that we will always have the Spirit to be with us. A pretty great agreement, if you ask me.

Friday we had district meeting and talked about what makes a good missionary. One of those things is being prepared. We really have to be ready! That is why we study so much! We need to be ready to listen to and be directed by the Spirit. We did some contacting, had dinner at a member's house, then had a lesson with an investigator. He is so great! Just so, so funny, but has really good questions and really thinks about what we talk about. That is my favorite! On Saturday, we taught an investigator, role-played with a member, had a member dinner, then did weekly planning.

Sunday...the best. As always :) Church was really good! We had 6 less actives and an investigator in church! Ahh! I love it! The lessons and talks were all really good. We had a member dinner after with a less active member, then role played with another YSA preparing for a mission. For this one, I will be the investigator. Looking forward to it! It is just interesting to be on the receiving side and learn what the people that we teach think and feel. They all really just need to feel the Spirit. That is the real teacher. We are just here to bring them the message, they have to let it enter into their hearts and change them. It really does change people and I love it. It is changing me everyday.

Love you all bunches and praying for you!
Syster Sarah Griffes



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