hej på er!
Well! another week as flown by. Syster Sprague and I
cant believe how fast time flies. April has been the shortest month of
my life. When you are having fun, working hard, and doing good... its
like you are working with a different clock. Crazy. I remember when I
first came on my mission... days felt very long sometimes.. now I'm
wishing we were going by a 30 hour clock.
Sweden is still gorgeous as ever. We live in a big house with lots of
different apts (town house?). We live on the 3rd (top) floor. Looking
out our window you can see the lake we run by in the morning. In the
evening when we come home to plan.. we often take a few minutes and just
enjoy the sunset. Wow. This world is truly a reminder of a God who
We had a chance to teach Ulf again (Anne Marie's husband). Anne
Marie is a convert to the church for 10 or so years. She married this
wonderful guy named Ulf who does not quite believe in God. He does on
the other hand love nature.. and is a big softy at heart. On your first
look.. he has a pony tail, doesn't have his right ring finger, and lots
of permanent dirt caked into his nails. He looks pretty rough. We
taught him the plan of happiness last time and this time taught him
about the restoration (Joseph Smith's story). At first he told us.. he
wasn't open at this time. But he watched the Joseph Smith film... and
questions came pouring out. The spirit really does guide us in
teaches... because it helps us ask the perfect questions to touch a
persons heart. We asked a question about his father and their
relationship... ding ding ding! To Ulf his family means everything. As
he explained this love he had for his dad, his children, his brand new
grandchild... tears began to fall down his face. It was amazing. From
going to a closed off man he became soft and open ready for the healing
affects of the gospel. It was amazing. After explaining.. Ulf said, Okej
lets stop now.. i hate crying. haha. And then throughout the closing
prayer he kept on crying. I love Ulf! Now he just has to start reading
the Book of Mormon.
Members make the biggest difference in missionary work. Anne Marie is
amazing. We have some other amazing members in our ward. We had an
investigator, Solomon, in church on Sunday. Brother Magnusson came
right up after church and asked.. do you guys have a place to go for
dinner. Usually we do.. but our member had canceled on us. He said, good
come to our home and then he looked at Solomon and said we would love to
have you as well. It was perfect! We told him later that he did some
awesome missionary work that day. He is in the bishopric and said that
he often looks out over the ward and thinks.. who needs to come to our
home for dinner today. Your homework: Make new friends! Invite them
over! Love them. And especially if you are going to have the
missionaries over... invite their investigators.. or even better invite
Another amazing lesson happened this week. We had our first lesson
with Manal over Skype! We got permission from President to teach her
while she is in Lebanon. WAHOO!! We get on and the first thing she says
is.. I gave away my Book of Mormon. What?? She was reading it on the
plane and the guy sitting next to her asked her about. She gave it to
him and all her pamphlets!! He is from Lebanon but living in Michagan...
She isn't even baptized and she is doing missionary work. I love her!!
So we need to send her another BOM. She did have her gospel principle's
book so we had her open up to tithing. We explain to her that tithing
means paying 10% of your income and before we could go any further.. she
said. Yes, I'll do it. ! We didn't even have to tell her the blessings.
It is quite amazing to be with someone who has such faith. Now she just
has to get an answer about the Word of Wisdom. Manal is definitely one
of those prepared for the gospel.
Missionary work of course is not always so glamorous. People don't
just say yes to following the law of tithing everyday. On Tuesday we
had a full booked up day with lots of teaches. By the end of personal
study time.. everything but one lesson had fallen through. :) This is
why backup plans are so important. Plan B. We had a few investigators
and less actives that we wanted to go by. Syster Sprague and I have
become professional cookie makers. We knew of a few people who were
having a hard time and decided to make it a day of service.. spreading
the gospel with cookies!
At church we talked about taking upon us the name of Christ. One
raised their hand and said .. it is really hard to always remember
Christ. I thought about it.. as missionaries we should be the best at
this.. but how often am i really thinking about Christ??.. not enough. I
leaned over and whispered to Syster Sprage.. Maybe you could get a
tattoo on your forehead of Christ so that I can remember more often. ..
we burst out laughing and disrupted the class. (don't follow my example).
Afterwards Sys Sp said.. but look we have name tags on.. that's just
like a tattoo. We are so lucky to have these badges to remind us so
often. She makes a great point. We are so lucky to be missionaries.
Lastly, some times my favorite parts of the week is a short 3 min
conversation with a stranger on the street. On Friday we had some extra
time so we went in search of Mr. Krig. (He has a less active wife in
jönköping). Mr. Kring wasn't home but his sister was. She answered the
door and answered a few of our questions. She knows of the church and
has a Book of Mormon. When we asked her about her beliefs she opened up
and told us about how she believes in a higher power.. but she isn't
quite sure. It is amazing to me that strangers sometimes open up and
they tell us about their fears. But then again it shouldn't be amazing.
It is the Goly Ghost. Well we invited her to learn more. she said yes..
but then she said.. but i'm homosexual... Well that one kind of took us
by surprise.. but we immediately replied that she still has a Heavenly Father who loves her and his plan is just as much for her as it is for
us. Then Sys Spra.. prompted by the spirit to her about some people who
were very close to her who also were homosexual. You could see timid and
shyness slowly dissipate and she got a big smile on her face. She
invited us back for next Saturday!
Sys Sprague said after she closed the door.. that the moment she said
she was homosexual her heart started beating really fast and she just
felt like she really needed to share that with her.
That's all I have for this week. I love you all and keep loving everyone around you! I'm trying to do it too!
Syster Schneiber II
ps. Frid means peace.. And there
is this awesome 18 yr old girl named Frida who got baptized in Göteborg.
Frida! I didn't realize our great grandmothers name was Swedish!