Wow. Here goes my last missionary letter! These weeks just keep
going by so fast. This week we had some wonderful things happen. I
don't even know where to begin.. PS. I'm writing to you in the middle
of a snow storm!
Lets start with Sunday. I love church! We were sitting in our
meeting with our mission leader (Samuel Caballero... Awesome mission
leader!) and I looked out the window and there was Ondrej and his wife
Slatta walking into the parking lot. They walked to church!! It took
them about an hour. What dedication! He came up to me with a big smile
on his face and motioned with his fingers that he walked to church..
and then said "Måste komma till kyrkan!" (Need to come to church!) He
speaks very very very little Swedish. Ondrej's daughter has a hard
time coming to church every week. She has four kids and not a lot of
money and a lot of things going on. So we usually try and go over on
Saturdays and get them excited to come to church. But this Saturday
we went to the Copenhagen temple! And when we came back we didn't have
any time to go visit them. We just figured that they probably wouldn't
come to church. So when Ondrej showed up on his own!! He sat through
the whole first meeting with no one to translate for him.. But he knew
how important it was to come to church!! I felt like a mother.. so
proud of him! We also got a Gospel Principles book for him in Slovak
and after he explained how he came to church he pulled out the book
and showed me three chapters he had already read. He was so proud of
himself! :) That was probably the greatest gift.
But this was not the only gift I received this week. When Syster
Werjefelt was sick a month ago I found an old investigator named
Björn. I called him up and asked him if we could meet. He said yes and
invited us over for Lunch. Since then we have taught him four other
times. Two being this week. Björn was a huge blessing! I wish you
could all meet him and hope you do get to meet him someday. As we
taught him this week... I was reminded why I love being a missionary
soo much. There is nothing better then teaching someone who is
receptive to our message. He has meet lots of missionaries over many
years.. but never really taken the discussions from one set of
missionaries. So we are teaching him all over. On Saturday we taught
him at a members house who he is friends with. It was AMAZING. We
got down to the main problem and he also told us that he knew the Book
of Mormon is true. Now he is at a cross roads and needs to make a
decision. It is amazing to see how quickly you can develop love for
someone when you share the message of the gospel. I hope Björn can
receive faith, courage, and take a step into the unknown and follow
Christ. For the unknown will be greater than any life he could create
on his own.
I too feel a little nervous. Ending the mission is like a roller
coaster. Lots of different emotions throughout one day. But this
unknown will be filled with light and joy if I choose to follow my
Savior. (I plan on following him too :)
I also got to go to the temple in Denmark on Saturday with three
amazing women from our branch. Marie Jacobsson, Ellie Rhodes, and
Claudia Correa! I love these women so much! I feel as though they have
been my mothers, sisters, and friends these past four months here in
Kristianstad. It was a wonderful experience to go to the temple with
them. I loved every moment and I was reminded of the BIGGER PICTURE of
life. I am so grateful for the plan of salvation and the temple.
There is much more I could share.. but I'm running out of energy to
write these long letters to you all! I think Heavenly Father helped me
write all these letters these past 18 months.
Well! See you soon!!!
I love you all, and I love being a missionary!
Syster Schneiber II