Well this week was transfer week, so I said goodbye to Elder Harris and got my new companion Elder Hatch. It was sad to say goodbye to Elder Harris because he was just such a positive guy. He will do some awesome things in his next area. Elder Hatch is awesome as well. He is only one transfer younger than me so, it's nice to have an older companion again. Elder Hatch is hilarious and we already have several inside jokes. He is a hard worker and I really think that we are going to see a lot of success together. Elder Hatch is from Colorado but his dad is in the military so he has lived in a lot of different places. He is a pretty awesome dude and I have meet him a few times throughout the mission and I always thought it would be fun to have him as companion. So I think this will be a really good transfer.
This week on has been a pretty good one. Last Monday we went to IKEA as kind of a final district lunch. It was super good because it was like this awesome breakfast buffet of Swedish food for only 50 kr if you are part of the Ikea family. Which is like 5 bucks. So now I am a part of the Ikea family! Haha. Anyway, this Ikea in Sweden was huge. You know how confusing Ikea is in Utah, well this one in Sweden was even worse. So we got pretty ridiculously lost. It was like we were in the Twilight zone because we would go one way and be exactly where we were a few minutes earlier. We all thought that it was pretty funny because you always joke about getting lost in Ikea, but this time it happened for real. Another fun thing we got to do this week was go bowling with member family because of transfers. I learned that I am terrible at bowling. So I won't talk more about that event other than the fact that it was super nice of that member family.
Well, one thing that I have been thinking a lot about this week is learning to love opposition. A few weeks ago at mission tour Elder Kearon of the Seventy told us a story about how he use to just hate the rain. He said that it rained all the time in England and everyone hated the rain. Then he said that he met a man who told him that he loved the rain. Elder Kearon thought to himself "no you don't. No one can love the rain", but it was true the man really did love the rain. So Elder Kearon said that he was going to start to try to love the rain. He and his kids, when it was raining, would put on their rain boots and go outside and jump in all the biggest puddles. He said that he now has learned to love the rain. Elder Hatch and I were talking about this story and thought it was awesome. So now whenever we get rejected hard or are faced with a difficult situation we just say "I love the rain!" in a loud voice. Haha I think it's pretty funny and always seems to make the situation a lot better. It reminds me of a quote that my 9th grade English teacher told me. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance in the rain". It's a big theme in this mission that we say opposition equals opportunity. It's always good to keep a positive attitude when things get rough. Kämpa på!
Well that is about it for my week. Hope you all enjoy the weather in Utah! I love you all! –
Swedish Word of the Week:
Jag Älskar Regnet - I love the rain.