Lots of highs and lows this week! Here's what happened:
-Last Monday, we went Island Hopping with 4 elders in the area. Our bus cards can get us pretty much anywhere here in Göteborg, including onto the surrounding islands, so we decided to explore some :) We went to one of the bigger ones called Brännö (burnt island). It was absolutely picturesque and the weather was perfect! Oh, so pretty! We then went to an American family's house and had...Pulled Pork sandwiches :) I love America!
-On Tuesday, I got to go on splits to...TROLLHÄTTAN!! I have missed my first area a lot and it was nice to walk the streets again and see some people that I love. I went with Syster Hall and learned lots from her :)
-Nothing too exciting on Wednesday. Thursday we got to go to a member's house with Elder Richardson and Lloyd for pizza. We did this cool teaching thing with them where 2 of us acted as missionaries, 2 as investigators, and 1 as a member, but we switched around roles a couple times. Cool to see the Elders teach :) The member is a really good example and talked to us about how things that he learned on his mission are still blessing him today.
-Friday had some good lessons. One of my favorites was with our Chinese investigators. We read from Alma 36 about repentance and talked about daily prayer and scripture study. She felt the Spirit and said that it was a new feeling and that it felt really good :)
-Saturday was by far our most interesting day. Had a really good first lesson with a couple from Ukraine. They are super positive and love that our Church focuses so much on families. Excited to work with them :) Then...we had a lesson with an older investigator that has been ignoring us for like 5 weeks. He randomly texted and said that he wanted to meet us with a friend. Turns out that his friend really just wanted to bible bash. So we all go to this cafe and the friend starts to ask us all of these random questions about Church doctrine and our personal beliefs and views. We answer all politely and with love, but you can tell that he is not listening to anything we are saying and is just trying to get us to say something wrong. We continue like that for a little, bearing testimony the whole time. The funny thing is that we believe much of what he said. He really wanted us to say something against the fact that Jesus Christ is our Savior (because he didn't think that we believed that), but we know that He is our Savior and that, only through Him, can we return to God. Then we said we had to leave because we were running late. He closes up, then looks at us and says, "You need to leave the Mormon Church" and essentially tells us that we will be cast out of God's presence if we continue with it. That was a hard hit. We both just kind of look at each other then bear powerful testimony that we not only believe this is true, we know it is. He goes on to say that it would be hard for us to leave because of the social aspect and our families and everything, but that we should. The whole time I am just sitting there totally shocked that he would even suggest it, but also thinking about how leaving would mean that I left everything that I know and everything that I am. This Church is True. Jesus Christ is our Savior and at the Head of this Church. I know it and I cannot deny it. Grateful to be hear to defend my faith and invite others to discover the precious truths that I have found. I am so blessed!
-Sacrament Meeting on Sunday was all about how Faith leads us to Action. I love that principle! If we truly have faith, we will not just sit back and wait for the Lord to make everything work out, we will do all that we can. There is a Chinese Proverb that says, "He who waits for roast duck to fly in mouth will have to wait for a long time." If we truly have faith, we will Go and Do! We have to DO things in order to receive all of the blessings that the Lord has in store. He will always bless us, but we have to show that we are ready and prepared for all of the blessings.
Love you all dearly,
A Servant of the Lord