This week really has been quite a long one. It has been good here in Boden. We have been pretty busy! This week we had been teaching about four new investigators, went down to Umeå for a Zone training, and then attended a Baptism and a wedding for the Sisters investigators. All and all it was a pretty good week.
Our progressing investigators right now are John, Jahah and Valentine. John continues to follow the commandments and the commitments we give him. However, he still has not been able to come to Church yet! It is pretty frustrating but this week we will really try to get him there. Then we have Jahah who is about a 20 year-old man from Afghanistan. He is super positive and very nice and has a willing heart. We taught him the restoration and he is reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. We will be teaching him tomorrow with our new convert Ramazan who can speak Persian. Then we have Valentine. Valentine is quite a character. It is very difficult to keep him focused and allow us to talk. He has been reading from the Book of Mormon and praying, but has been late to every one of our lessons as well as only giving us like five minutes to talk. Anyway, we might have to stop teaching him. We will see how he is next time we teach him and see if he is willing to listen to what we have to say.
On Thursday we went to Umeå for a Zone Training on the new Christmas initiative that is going to be great! It's called "Light The World" It focuses on being a light to the World by doing service and following the example of Christ. It's is a really great little video that the Church produced and it is really going to help us out with the missionary work here. Anyway, I am pretty excited for that. After Zone Training the Skellefteå Elders came with us to Boden to do work overs. That was super good. They helped out a lot.
Saturday was quite a crazy day! The sisters here in Luleå had a Baptism and a Wedding for their investigators! The Baptism was in the morning and with was a man names Ali. Ali is a super cool guy that is getting his Ph.D at the University of Luleå and the Sisters contacted him on the Bus a few weeks ago and he was super prepared to learn. Well three week later and he got baptized! They did a great job helping him and he just so ready to hear the gospel. Well they asked me if I could baptize him and I was like "Sure!" Then after their baptism one of their other investigators got married at the Church! It was super cool! He is going to be getting baptized next week as well. So that was pretty cool.
I am really so grateful for this Christmas season; at this time all my thoughts seem to be directed toward Christ. It was hard for me to hear Grandma Sandy's condition. I hope that she is feeling comfortable and is at peace. I am so grateful for the knowledge of the plan of salvation. We can all find peace in Christ atonement which brings to pass the Resurrection. That day when we will be healed on the inside and outside. A day when our bodies will no longer be subject to pain, sickness, or any other problems. Christ atonement has done that for all of us. We can find hope in the resurrection because it overwhelms all other heartbreak. I hope Grandma Sandy knows that I love her. Tell her that I always love visiting her in Georgia and seeing the lighting bugs. I am so grateful for all of the letters that she has sent me while I have been on my mission! My hope is that we are all able to remember that no matter what happens we will all be together one day. God has promised us that, and he always keeps his promises. I love you all!
Swedish Word of the Week:
Frid - Peace