Whelp, the subject line says it all. It has definitely been an interesting week...
But we will start with the beginning of the week...
Tuesday was just one of those normal days of missionary work. Lessons, finding, the like. Wednesday we had a really good Restoration re-cap with an investigator from Eritrea. The language barrier is really the problem. We used pictures and drew things out and did all that we could, I hope that he understands! He can speak way good Swedish, but not the Gospel Swedish. BUT! I know that he feels the Spirit when we are together. The day pretty much just went downhill from that point... We had to go up to Kallhäll so that the Bishop could sign something for us. We were on a bus that had some malfunctioning doors. So at almost every stop, the bus driver had to go and release the pressure system and manually close them. This meant that the 15-20 minute bus ride took more like 40 minutes. Signed the paper, hopped on the train, then to another bus on the way to a less active. Well, the buttons that you press to let the bus driver know that you want to get off were not working...so Syster Hong tried about 8 different buttons and in the process, somehow dropped/left the phone on the bus. We finally got off the bus, walked to the apartment, then realized that the phone was gone. We called the office elders right away and they put a track on the phone to find it (it for sure got stolen and currently looks like a computer genius has locked it up from what they know...probably not getting that back....). We could either be real mad about it or just laugh about it, so we just laugh about it.
But we did have a nice lesson with the less active girl. Just got to know each other and talked about why we are members of the Church and how we came to know that the Church is true. She is a very logical thinker, which is cool because I am too :) The only difference right now is that she thinks of all the reasons why God logically does not exist and I see all the ways that it is logical that He MUST exist!
The rest of the week was just really interesting/difficult. Literally I never understood how much we RELY on those phones for missionary work. From calling and texting to Google Maps, Google Translate, and the Gospel Library. We spent a lot of time making calls in the Church this week and doing our best to find our way around town :) We had a really nice district meeting about Diligence on Thursday. I really like what one Elder said, "If you are doing something to help others come unto Christ, you are being diligent." We then had a lovely Enchilada lunch made by my companion. The Elders had a really nice day planned out, but every one canceled, so we went and played "Contacting Tag" with them in their area. One companionship goes and contacts for about 15 minutes while the other sits and calls people (really nice for us because we used their phone). Our contacting was way successful! Gave out 3 Book of Mormons in about 25 minutes and taught people about how we know that God exists and that He loves us. Then gave out another Book of Mormon on the bus later that day. We also had two lessons with members. This ward is spectacular.
Friday was weekly planning....in the Church...then we went to Täby to go to the Halloween Party with our New Convert. I have never seen so many American members of the Church together...It was literally a riktig American Halloween Party with Trunk or treating and everything! SO FUN! Saturday we taught a less active then went and did chalk art. I had a crazy bad headache/probably actually a migraine so I helped another Sister plan a lesson that she was preparing for. The art turned out really good and many missionaries talked top lots of people. Sunday was really lovely. Church was good and we even had Fika after and chatted with people, then had dinner with our new convert and a member, then had cake with the Young Women. They made it because Syster Hong is leaving on Wednesday :( SO SAD! I love that girl and have learned a TON from her! My new companion that will come on Wednesday is named Syster Crawford. Very excited for her to come!
Video of the week:
(that link is not working for me, so here is another one)
This is the newest Mormon Message and I LOVE IT! The whole time I watched it the first time, I just thought about how much our decisions determine destiny (something that President Thomas S. Monson has repeated many, many times over the years). The little things that we do every day really do decide where we are tomorrow and where we will be in the coming years and in the eternities. In order to receive good things, we have to do good things. That's just how it works :)
Love you dearly,
Syster Sarah Griffes