Monday, June 15, 2015

"I got stalked by the missionaries AND you took pictures!?!" Örebro Week

Quote of the week is from a YSA. We just happened to stumble across him and a girl that he liked that he had told us about and the iPhones have pretty nice cameras...so like...we couldn't resist :) Syster Bourelle wanted to go up and start talking to them and really embarass him, but I held her back. :)

I'm having a hard time deciding if I should keep writing letters like I have been or just switch to a highlight reel. My e-mails are getting kind of excessive :) I will probably be trying out a few different things in the next few weeks. If you miss how I used to do it or wish I did something else, let me know! I need ideas!

Highlights from this week:

-A couple of Jehovah's Witnesses invited us over for Fika. They are all so nice! We had a really nice conversation until they read Galatians 1:6-9 to us and pretty much told us we are cursed. Little do they know, we are teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ just like He taught it when He was on the earth.

-We had a dinner with this really sweet lady in the ward. She told us about how she joined the church...I love conversion stories! She said that she was moving and was going through some stuff and found a Book of Mormon (one of those really old white ones, this one had a painting from when Christ visited the Americas on it) and thought it was too pretty to throw away, so she read it and met with the missionaries and got baptized soon thereafter. To this day, she still has no idea how exactly she got the book :) 

-We had a lesson with a potential investigator from Nigeria and he is way open. He listened very intently to the Restoration and says that if the Book of Mormon is true, he wants a part of this and will be baptized. Good news! The Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith is a prophet and all the things!

-Had dinner with an investigator that texted us like 2 weeks ago and said that he had a bad week and just cannot believe in anything any more. We have been praying for him so hard! Everything is okay again and....HE CAME TO CHURCH THIS WEEK! YYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSS! The missionaries have been trying to get him to church for months now. Things are moving with him!

-We spent Saturday in Arboga, which is always a really packed day. Especially this time because an African investigator decided that he wanted to make us dinner which put us way behind schedule then we had dinner with members and they made Persian food. Both dinners were so, so good, but like I never wanted to eat ever again after having both of those within 2 hours. 

Taught a member family yesterday about Enduring to the End. We asked the dad what it meant to him to endure to the end. I really like what he said, "Enduring to the end is picking yourself up one more time than you fall down." It is continuing even when things are tough and you don't feel like you can anymore. It is trusting in Heavenly Father's plan and moving forward with faith that things will be better. We can do this, we just have to look to and rely on Him whose plan we are living right now! He knows your name, He knows you, and He knows that you can do this, and deep down, so do you. Don't ever forget that!

Love you, thinking of you, and praying for you.
Syster Sarah Griffes

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