Undeniable fact of the day: Sometimes weekly planning turns into a big baking session in which we talk about everyone we are working with and end up with not only guidance about specific people, but also delicious food. This past weekly planning was so. Made banana bread (recipe from my mom) and raspberry cobbler (from Jane Tibbitts). The oven was on and Syster Hong accidentally leaned against it for too long, hence this week's quote.
-Role played the Gospel of Jesus Christ with an American member and talked about church-y things in English (my first Sunday back in the US of A will be weird because it will be the first time I understand absolutely everything that happens in 18 months). Love that family so much! Americans still have a special place in my heart, even though Swedes (and immigrants from all over the world) do too!
-Had a member lunch and a member dinner within 3 hours on Thursday. Lots of food. Really stuffed, but both where delicious. Continuing to build relationships with the ward members. I just love this ward so much! They are spectacular and need us here! We have a new elder, Elder Halterman, that is very excited about the work and has a plan to change things her in good old Jakob's Mountain (berg=mountain in Swedish).
-Got contact with an investigator that we lost contact with for about a month. He just called us out of the blue after we called him about a million times
-Called a referral from the Täby Systers on Saturday and he wanted to meet right then! So we headed over as soon as we could and taught the Restoration. He is very open and is searching for truth. These people are always my favorite because we have the truth!
-Spent Sunday afternoon and Evening in Sundbyberg swinging by all the less actives, tracting, and contacting. When we really look, we can see the little miracles that are everywhere (like when someone walks in and opens the exact portcoded door that we needed to get in right when we walk up to the door). Heavenly Father really blesses us!
I gave a talk in church yesterday. I talked about daily bread and quoted some from this talk by D. Todd Christofferson (attached below). We really need that daily bread and daily communion with our Heavenly Father. I talked about John 6 and how the people wanted to continue to be fed the physical bread that they had received the day before (when Christ miraculously fed the 5,000), but how Christ explained that He is the Bread of Life. We need to look to Him in everything. My favorite part of this chapter is the last few verses. Many of Christ's disciples had left Him after the discourse, declaring that He asked things that were too hard. He turned to His Apostles and asked if they would leave too. Simon Peter responded, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
There are times in each of our lives where we are tempted to turn away from Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel. The things of the world call, claiming that the things of God are too hard for us. That we are not enough, that we do not do enough, that it is pointless to continue. When these times come, we need to remember Who it is that we are following and what the end goal is. It is not just momentary pleasure, we are looking for Eternal Happiness and we are promised that we can have that as we endure to the end in faith in Jesus Christ. When temptation comes, look to God, turn to Him, and let Him lift you higher than you will ever be able to lift yourself. He loves you personally, perfectly, endlessly. Never forget that.
(also available in a 3 part video series):