Sweden Stockholm Mission

Monday, October 6, 2014

HELLO! Hi everyone! Wow, what a week! Conference is just the best thing ever!!! I love it! It's nice to know that all around the world, we are all listening to our beloved prophet. How amazing that is! 
FHE spin chart (like home)

Mån: We had another sports afternoon for pday and that was a lot of fun. It feels good getting nice and sweaty every once in awhile, you know? I have played sports all my life and it feels weird going a long time without really sweating ha. That night we had Family Home Evening with a great member family and it was a blast! They know how to do it right. Gosh, family home evening is such a great tool to help strengthen our family relationships -please don't take it for granted.

Tis: We got to do a huge service project of planting all of the new temple flowers!! Over 6,000 flowers were put in by us missionaries for 6+ hours!!! It was a ton of fun and we have gotten a lot of nice compliments. It feels good taking care of the Lord's house and the surroundings leading up to the Lord's house. Man, I just love being near the temple! 

So after that great excursion (it was back breaking, but worth it), we came home to get all cleaned up and then go help out with a primary activity. Kids are crazy!! Hahaha, not all the time. But it was good. We had a spiritual thought with them and then played some games like Heads up 7 Up and Four Corners -the kids were getting really intense about it ha.

Ons: We had lunch and did service with members. We taught a guy who came to church last week, and it was disappointing. He says it's too late for him. If it was 20 years ago he would be baptized. But now that he is old, he just wants to enjoy nature...? Yeah, so we will see what happens. We had a funny experience tracting. This guy was a bit drunk, he showed us his airplane collection, joked around with us -he thought I was an Arab, and then we left. Of course there is a lot more to it than that, but you get the jist. We tracted more and got return appointment out of it so all was not lost.

Tors: District meeting, then taught a new investigator. We had O (the YSA)  with us and he bore his testimony and did great. The spirit was strong! We went back to that lady we tracted into yesterday and taught her.  Things look hopeful.

Fre: It was my companions birthday so I made him pancakes. Not my best ones, but hey its the thought that counts right? Am i right? (Brady knows the voice) We taught H the Restoration in steps so he could help teach and testify to his mom and sister. We had a member dinner where we sang to my comp and had cake! We shared a thought about the Title of Liberty: what are we willing to fight for and defend? If we do not stand for what we believe in, we will fall.

Lör: We taught C. He has a lot of deep questions -which is amazing. I havent seen any investigator do as much personal studying -smart studying like from the BoM, pamphlets, etc.- as he does. I think he knows its true, he just wants to be really sure. The rest of the day we seemed to get blåsted one right after the other. But its all good. We tracted into an American will be meeting him later this week. We then went over to M's place to watch conference (Sat morning session) and have dinner, yummy:)

Sön: Watched conference: priesthood, saturday afternoon, and then sunday morning session. Lots of people came to the church, but most like to stream it live from their homes. We had T and his son come to one of the sessions and liked it. C had to work, he was really sad he missed it.

I LOVE CONFERENCE!!! Let me just share some notes, quotes, thoughts I had from it...
*It doesn't matter how big the church gets, each individual is needed.
*Which way do you face?
*Understanding the sacrament should be our weekly goal. It is a renewal of the soul.
*Do your part to find or strengthen a testimony, it will come, and it will be GLORIOUS.
*Decisions determine destiny. It's not so much the big decisions we make in life -though they are important- it's the day to day decisions that are the key to success and happiness.
*Is it I Lord? Don't look to blame others when you are imperfect yourself. Take responsibility.
*Show me how to live the gospel, don't just tell me.
*Nothing will give us greater happiness or success than by living the Gospel.
*Spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers FROM GOD.
*Though Christ was homeless, we are not homeless if we live in his light and love.
*Following the Prophet is ALWAYS right -amen.
*Make Christ the center of your life. You'll always know where to go, what to do, and how to do it.

The question is NOW WHAT? Well, I'll tell you what. Conference means nothing if we don't do anything about it. The things we learn are vain if we don't apply it. So my challenge is thus, ACT UPON that which you have received for inspiration. Act on the impressions of your heart. Act. Live the Gospel. I know that as you do so, you will see an increase of understanding and enlightenment in your life. God will bless you as you move forward. This is His kingdom once again established on the earth. It will carry forward no matter what. I love you, have a great week!

Love Äldste Johnson

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