Monday, January 4, 2016

"You are both my wife"- Luleå Week 3-4

Had p-day last Friday with our district. We were trying to decide where to go/what to get for lunch and the Elders were really struggling to decide what they wanted to do. Syster Jackson and I tried to reason with Elder Kendall about it and we just started laughing about how it sounded like a conversation a married couple would have, so he decided that we were both his wife in the conversation. 

-Got to try some Finnish Christmas Cuisine like a week and a half ago. It was good. On the mission, I give everything at least one try. Some food you never would have thought was good ends up being delicious! The day after, we had another member dinner and they made us American Christmas-y foods. It was way sweet :) I love this branch! They are all so open and loving with us!
-The work was pretty hard this week because everyone is still out of town, but we managed to fill our time with swing-bys and contacting :) this coming week should be better because everyone is back. The new challenge: The weather is going to be around 0F/18C a few days...yeah...week of the icicle :)
-Had a Pizza Party with the YSA in the ward. Way fun, one of our investigators came and had a great time. 
-Taught one of our investigators the Plan of Salvation and he said that it all made sense :) He came to church yesterday with a friday. Both enjoyed the service (it was Testimony meeting and a lot of people bore very strong witness of the Book of Mormon and the Church, which was perfect). I am eternally grateful to members that are good missionaries. They all talked to them and one of the members even took over Sunday School to teach them about the Church and answer some questions that they had from what they had researched on the internet. His Swedish was way better than mine, so that was great :) I translated for someone from Egypt and from Albania. I am always amazed that they can make it through Church in a language (English) that is neither of their first languages. Super grateful that I get to go back to English church in a few months. It will be weird to understand absolutely everything again :) 
-For New Year, we were allowed to be out with members until 12:30. It was way fun! We were with the Boden and Skellefteå Elders at a member family's house. Get this, we had steak. I love steak. Pretty sure that is the first time that I have had it since my mission and it was cooked perfectly (the father had been to cooking school before). All the food was delicious. The dad talked with us about his mission and how he met his wife. Then headed out and watched fireworks in Luleå. They actually shot them off on the ice in the bay, so that was pretty cool. Cannot believe the 2015 is over! My entire year on the mission came to an end. Crazy! 2016 will be great. Full of new adventures and probably lots of unexpected things :)

I love this scripture (it is actually the Youth Theme for 2016)
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. (2 Nephi 31:20)

Love you all. Press Forward. Keep on Keeping On.
Syster Griffes

P.S. Found out that I now have less than 100 days of the mission. How is that even possible?!?

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