Hello, my dearest associates! :)
Well, it's been a pretty good week down in Kristianstad--life hasn't been giving us much to complain about so, it's been good! But, even if there was something to complain about, there's always a brighter side to things, right?! Or, as we say here--eller hur?!
This week we went to an awesome museum in Malmö, then came back to K-stad for dinner at a member's house--with the Elders, and our investigator! Things were just dandy up until the point when one of the Elders wanted juice. So, he got some, but before we knew it, it was no longer in his cup, but all over the table...and the floor...and OUR INVESTIGATOR!!!
Hahaha, oh my goodness! It was so sad and so hilarious! But don't worry--he doesn't hate us too much--I don't think! Well, it's okay--it wasn't the only time he spilled a drink at a members house this week! ;)
But, that's not the end! Tuesday (Tisdag) was great, too!
The day started out at home doing all of our studies and waiting for a LONG-awaited package. Let's just say our apartment hasn't seen a Swedish Book of Mormon in a while. So, we're just waiting for this order I placed a little over 3 months ago. Waiting...waiting and waiting...and finally we get a call! But, they say they will just be coming later...........
So, we decide to go talk to people on the street for a while. We go out, make it to Stan (city), and within 10 seconds of getting there, we go from looking decent and dry, to the heavens opening up and drenching us to look like little SOAKED chipmunks! Seriously--10 seconds!!! It was ridiculous! You just see all these Swedes running for their lives--and then 2 American girls dancing in the pouring rain--and then eventually running for a little cover! :)
But, then we just started contacting again when the rain bullets turned more into nice little droplets, and we had about an hour-long lesson with some girls, as we were all huddled-up in a circle in the middle of the sidewalk--all of their umbrellas forming a protection around us--and then we just had the most wonderful lesson! They just had questions about EVERYTHING! It was just so cool to really talk to people our age that actually care about things and the world! It was so good for a change!
But then back to the package story...yeah. We don't know what happened...we still don't have it:(
Saturday, we met the cutest little family ever! We were out on the street, and we heard this family speaking English, and I was just like, "Syster! I have to talk to them! They are from America, I just know it!!!" So, we did! We ended up talking to them for an hour, and they were just the sweetest people ever!
There were two brothers who hadn't seen each other in 12 years--and then one of their wives and their daughter! It was really interesting, because the one brother has lived here for 20 years, and the other one got married and moved to America. They have 11 brothers, and they are all scattered around the world!
But, we just got to talking, and it was really interesting to see--because the one living here really had a Swedish mentality--where when they asked what we were doing here, he just kind of smirked and walked a way a little...
But, the family from America stayed, and just started asking us about our missions--how we got here and how it was been. And we just started to talk about everything--the world and missions and the Church.
It was really cool because at one point, the Dad brought up how he really liked how we dressed. How we weren't dressed up like everyone else, but that is was really nice--and he turned to his daughter, who was probably 10 years old, and he said, "See? That's how women should dress." It was the sweetest thing ever.
This little girl just had the sweetest heart. She just agreed with him, and you could tell she just looked up to her daddy so much. I just told her: "You know what? With parents as good as yours, you don't have to worry about that stuff. Just listen to them, and you will be happy!"
I just felt to tell them that they were doing such a good job with their daughter, because she really was different, I could just tell. And not to mention the fact that after a while, she reached into this bag that her Dad had, and pulled out a soccer ball and started playing with it! Nothing wins my heart faster!
So, I started playing with her--and I taught her how to do a rainbow (soccer trick), and she just loved it--and right there just started picking it up! Ok--well needless to say, I just fell in love with this family! As we were saying good-byes, both the brothers just looked us in the eyes, and said, "You are doing amazing things out here. These people need you, so don't you give up--and keep doing good!"
I have been praying a lot lately about a few different things, and let's just say I know that they were just a little answer to my prayers. It just makes me see how much the Lord does use us to answer others' prayers.
And before I go, one of my favorite thoughts from our Zone Training we had this week!
So, we were talking about the Holy Ghost and receiving personal revelation. Before the Conference, we were asked to read, "To Acquire Spiritual Guidance", given by Äldste Richard G. Scott in the October 2009 General Conference. There was one paragraph in this talk that just really kind of changed me and the way I think and pray--it says:
"Subsequently I prayed, reviewing with the Lord what I thought I had been taught by the Spirit. When a feeling of peace came, I thanked Him for the guidance given. I was then impressed to ask, “Was there yet more to be given?” I received further impressions, and the process of writing down the impressions, pondering, and praying for confirmation was repeated.
"Again I was prompted to ask, “Is there more I should know?” And there was. When that last, most sacred experience was concluded, I had received some of the most precious, specific, personal direction one could hope to obtain in this life. Had I not responded to the first impressions and recorded them, I would not have received the last, most precious guidance."
I just thought that was beautiful and so very true. The Lord will give us all that we are willing to receive. If we just want to put in the effort to ask one time, and then be good with that--that is what we will get. But, if we, however, truly and sincerely seek to know more--really want to find the answer God wants to give us--then we will ask until we have humbled ourselves enough to receive that answer.
Revelation is precious, though. It comes in one second and the next it's gone. Just as lightning. It illuminates the way for a second--but if we do not catch that lightning, that spark of revelation--it will be gone. Write it down and treasure it. These gifts from God aren't meant to be received and then forgotten...but rather, received and well-worn.
Truly seeking revelation will change you, and once you realize that, all we have to do is ask, "Was there yet more to be given?" and "Is there more I should know?" The Lord will answer the questions of our soul if we will only take them to Him! He wants to answer, but He wants us to ask Him first.
Almas Bok 5:14 "Och se, nu frågar jag er, mina bröder i kyrkan: Har ni blivit andligen födda av Gud? Har ni fått hans bild i ert ansikte? Har ni upplevt denna mäktiga förändring i era hjärtan?"