Monday, February 1, 2016

"Silly Elders! Tricks are for kids!" VF Week 2

The quote of the week is from Syster Stoughton, to which I quickly responded... "but they are kids" :) Love the Elders! All my brothers that like make fun of me and stuff

-Tuesday we had MLC (Missionary Leadership council) in Stockholm. All the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders were there with President and Syster Beckstrand and the Assistants. We had a nice training on how we can help the mission out with new things. It was really cool to see the Spirit work through us. We talked lots about Repentance and Teaching Skills :)
-Had a member dinner almost every day this week. The whole ward is really awesome and really willing to help with all of our missionary work :) they are just wonderful and I am so impressed with and grateful for them!
-Met a YSA that reminds me lots of my sister, Ellen :) Love both of them!
-Taught Repentance to a lot of people this week. Really hit on the stories of Alma and Saul/Paul. They really felt the power of the Atonement!
-Taught a part of Zone Training with Syster Stoughton about teaching. It was really fun to prepare for and do. 
-A Gymnasiet class (like High School) came to church yesterday. About 10 people in all. They attended Sacrament Meeting, then we met with them and had a nice question-and-answer period. In the schools here, everyone is required to take a Religion Class (which is way different than the USA, but really cool). They asked about things like food storage, Priesthood, the beginning of the Church, and anything they thought was interesting from the internet. We were able to clear some things up and clarify what we really believe. The best part? They asked us, the Missionaries, what we thought was the most important part of our beliefs. It was kind of just a discussion, but as soon as they asked that, the Spirit flooded in and we bore testimony of our loving Heavenly Father and how grateful we are that we can be with our families forever. It was really cool :)

Thought of the week: Ether 6:5-9
Little bit of background: The Jaredites lived in ancient times, around the time of the Tower of Babel (when the languages were confused). They were led by the Lord to cross the ocean and this is what happened as they traveled:

5 And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.

 6 And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.

 7 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.

 8 And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind.

 9 And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.

I love this story because they were able to endure and persevere. The wind was the thing that made it hard to travel (because it caused waves and tossed them around), but it was also the very thing that carried them to the Promised Land. They needed those hardships to get to their destination. And that is true with our lives. We need our trials and tribulations because they help us grow! We need to learn, grow, and experience so that we can prepare to return to Heavenly Father again :)

Love you all,
Syster Sarah Griffes

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