Once upon a time there was a was a Missionary named Elder Beckman and he was serving in Sweden! Sometimes I forget that I'm in Sweden and then say something like "Back in America..." or see something that I wouldn't see in Utah like the ocean and then I get reminded where I am and I get a little pumped! I love Sweden and I love being in Sweden and serving the Lord in Sweden and bringing others clother to Christ in Sweden.
Anyways this week was pretty eventful. On Tuesday we went to go help out a lady named Christina. Her Husband had just pasted away and she had been neglecting any house or yard work. So we spent a good 3 hours raking leaves and cleaning up the house. Service is such a great thing! Then after we shared a quick message about Light the World with Christina and as we talked about the simple ways she could bring more joy into others lives her eyes just lit up. She knew the power of service and it was amazing to see this lady who has just lost her husband find a new purpose to life.
Then on Wednesday we took a roadtrip! We drove all around Gotland visiting some members and investigators that don't live very close and we can't visit that often. I got to see some new parts of Gotland I've never seen before and get to know some members on a deeper level so it was an awesome time! We left about lunch time to Stånga, then Hemse, Klintehamn, and Tofta. We got home at about 9 o'clock so it was a good time! Gave us a lot of time to work on our carpool karaoke!
We also had Stake Conference this week. Instead of going to the conference center, we just have it broadcasted to our island. There was two sessions, one Saturday night and the other Sunday and it was really great! We even got to here from our Mission President, President Youngberg and his Wife which was awesome! Elder Alan T. Phillips from the Seventy also came and spoke! The central theme of the Conference was Loving others which I think Sweden could use at times. Not all, but a few could be a little nicer; however, if you can get to know any Swede you'll realize that they are so nice. So don't go thinking that Swedes are rude because they're wonderful people.
So last week I told you all that the work was a little rough. I wish I could tell you that it's much better this week, but I can't. Let me give you a taste of what I mean. We knocked 112 doors on Sunday and only got 1 potential investigator. Not even an investigator, someone who might be interested. Elder Strong and I have been asking ourselves "What are we doing wrong?" I've spent a lot of time this week studying about what I should be doing and I have found my answer thanks to some scriptures my Mom sent me, a talk from President Bednar, and Preach My Gospel. I have yet to find a question regarding missionary work that Preach My Gospel hasn't answered. It's like my best friend. The answer to what I'm supposed to be doing: humbly and prayerfully study the simple doctrine. All that we need to do is learn and apply the simple truths of the Restored Gospel. This is true for Missionaries and everyone alike. If you need guidance or help or support or anything, Humbly and Prayerfully study the simple Doctrine of Christ.
We also had an awesome District meeting on Thursday and it started with a question. Does God trust me? I want you all to ask yourselves that question. Does God trust me? Personally evaluate yourselves and then ask "How can improve that trust?" Like I said Preach My Gospel has yet to not answer any of my questions. I found my answer in Ch. 6 but others in our District found their answers in about every other chapter as well. I triple dog dare you to spend 10 mins studying about How you can improve your trust with God and you won't regret it, I promise you. If you don't have a Preach My Gospel, there's another book that's even better it's called The Book of Mormon. The story of the 2000 Stripling Warriors would be a good place to start.
I know that our Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of us. I know that Jesus is the Christ and Savior of the World. I know that He lives and that we too can live again through Faith in Christ, Repentance, Baptism, recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. This is my testimony and I'm grateful I get to share that everyday here in Sweden. Thank you for all you do for me. I love you all. I hope you are all having a wonderful December and are Lighting the World! There's no better way to celebrate this time of year than by serving others. Don't believe me? Go give it a try and then we'll talk.
Until next week, Hej då from Sweden!
1. Road Trippin2. Serving in the Rain3. Neat little Bridge through the woods4. Sunsets in Visby