Hey everyone! I hope that you all had a neat New Year's and that you're ready for a fantastic year!! The year for me and Äldste Rasmussen started out better than I could've ever expected!! Lets get into it!
So on Monday (New Year's Eve) we went to a members and had dinner and played yahtzee and pictionary but in Swedish so that was an experience! Unfortunately, I did not get a yahtzee though...
Then on Tuesday (New Year's Day) we were able to have lunch with our good friends Yingying and Jinxing! They are actually referrals from a member and have come to church a few times and have even helped out at activites. We made dumplings with them and although they take a really long time to make, it was great because we got to talk and get to know them the whole time. They had lots of questions about what we believe in and we set up the expectation to meet sometime with the member because there is a small language barrier. They are super interested in learning more and we're trying to set up a time, except we didn't know the members schedule! We'll hopefully be teaching them this week!
After New Year's, life got back to normal which is really sad because THEY TOOK DOWN THE GOAT! That means that this is the second year in a row that it has not burned. I'm a little salty actually. Another low light is that it has been insanely slippery because the snow melted but then froze so everything is just covered in thick ice and those who know me know that I do not like anything that involves going on ice... (except sledding) so yeah, I slipped which was unfortunate. Everything is good though, no worries!
We also started teaching an older Swedish couple this week! The husband is very active in The Swedish Church but the wife has actually been to Salt Lake and has heard about Joseph Smith and everything. We had two lessons this week and after the first lesson we gave her Moroni 7 to read and when we came back for the second lesson she had read Moroni 7, 8, 9 and 10! She said it really just makes sense to her and feels right! Her husband isn't quite as interested but sits in on all the lessons. We're going back to teach them again on Thursday!
Biggest miracle of the week though was yesterday! I'm not sure how many people remember Sussi, but she is the woman with 3 kids that just walked into the church about 3 months ago and we have been trying to meet with her this whole time, but yesterday we were finally able to! She came to church and we were able to teach her afterwards with a new convert! We had an amazing lesson and she expressed the love and peace that she feels when she is in the church. We taught her the restoration and invited her to be baptized on the 16th of February and she accepted! She said that she just wants to become clean from the things that she has done in the past and wants to start a new life in faith! So that was kind of amazing and it still doesn't feel like reality. The Lord really does lead this work and there are people out there who are held from the truth simply because they know not where to find it.
So yeah, the week has been good but hasn't been perfect and there are still times when it's hard, but as we continue in faith we start to understand and accept God's will instead of our own and begin to "abide in him".
I love you all and hope that you all have an amazing week!Äldste Balls