Funny things this week:
-We got to watch Meet the Mormons with our ward this week. We finished cleaning up then left with the elders. There is a really long, empty path from our church to the bus station, so we all decided to skip like complete idiots down the path. It was hilarious!
-We had a meeting with the Bishop and went through about half of the ward list, discussing who is positive and wants visits and such. Elder Halterman had uncontrollable hiccups for a good 10 minutes.
-The Elders scared Syster Hong so bad when us four were leaving a member's house that she pretty much fell on the ground. The rest of us just laughed our heads off :)
Now the more serious things:
-Had a lesson with a new investigator. He is from Eritrea and has lived in Sweden for 8 years. This week in the church was the first time that he has been in a church since he moved here. It was a very spiritual experience for him. We taught the Restoration and he seems very positive.
-Had the opportunity this week to spend some time Syster Beckstrand (my mission president's wife) and help her out with some things (she lives about 20 minutes from us). She is really a stellar woman and I learned a lot from her about life and the mission and things. I need the Beckstrands in my life!
-Had a really spectacular zone training about how to do missionary work with the members more effectively. We need their help more than they understand and more than we understand!
-Had a really good lesson with our investigator preparing for baptism. We re-taught and clarified some things with the Plan of Salvation. Got to talk about family history and temple work too. Everything about the Gospel and Heavenly Father's plan is just perfect. It all makes sense and takes care of any questions or worries that we have.
-And of course, watching Meet the Mormons was wonderful. Not a super awesome turn-out, but more than we expected. That movie! My favorite part is when it talks about the Candy Bomber and how a single person can make a big difference. Or the mom that is sending her son on his mission. Oh, it is just a perfect movie! Go watch it! It is on Netflix, I hear :)
-We were with a member family and they asked each of us to share a something that has helped us to grow our testimonies. It was a very spiritual experience and we each had opportunity to witness of something different. We expressed our love and gratitude for them. I love this ward!
-Cool thing happened! A few weeks ago, I contacted a guy on the bus from Sierra Leone and he said that he heard about our church before and wanted to learn more. We had to get off the bus and I didn't have enough time to get his number, but I gave him our card and told us to call him. Well, he never did (this usually happens). BUT! Yesterday he did call and came to church and it was awesome!
At our weekly Family Home Evening with the senior couple in our ward, the Elders shared a really good message on perspective. It really is all about how we see things. We have trials in life, undeniably, and we have to decide how we see them. Opportunities to learn or something to complain about. A chance to grow or something that will defeat us. Remember that Heavenly Father loves you and has a plan for you. This plan includes "opposition in all things" (2 Nephi 2:11), but we can overcome opposition and trials as we keep our eyes focused on the Lord and have an eternal perspective. This talk lays it out really nice:'
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Syster Sarah Griffes