Monday, October 27, 2014
Sometimes I hop on a bus and there is just a lady nursing a baby. Straight up no blanket for the whole world to see. It is really weird. I have also learned that there is a high population of mentally insane people who are attracted to missionaries. It is never the normal people who want to learn! This week I met a lady who ''used to be a witch'' and talked all about strange mystical powers. She said she wanted a blessing because she thinks that spirits are haunting her. She called me ''the holy man of the priest order.'' In the end she just kinda wandered off. Sweden is strange sometimes. It is all really cool though. It is a beautiful place and I am having great experiences!
Monday, October 20, 2014
So I have to begin with a quick apology... I don't have any really great stories this week. In comparison to all of my other weeks this one has just been a bit average! So in order to not leave all of you hanging I have compiled a short list of things I have done this week and hopefully the pictures help out!
This week we carved pumpkins with an American family who lives here in Sweden. It was a blast, because I wasn't expecting to be able to celebrate Halloween since they don't have it here!
So when we got invited to carve pumpkins I was really excited. We had a little competition to see who could carve the best one... and of course me and my companion won! With a name like Treat (Trick or Treat) I had to take any bit of Halloween I could get very seriously.
We have an Elder in our district who learned that if you put your arm around someone and put a banana on their shoulder it is really hard to feel or notice. He has been trying to do it to people and I knew that he had already had a couple victims. So at church, i got bananaed. I couldn't figure out why everyone was laughing at me and I look really confused in the picture because I didn't know why everyone was taking picture of me either! I then realized the terrible misdeed that had taken place and I looked down at my shoulder. Of course, there was a banana. It is pretty funny I din't even notice. Maybe we can get this to catch on! So if you are reading this, try to banana someone and get a pic! Also, beware of getting bananaed!
The work here in Lidingö is hard because we don't currently have any investigators or people we work with. So we spend most of our days talking to people. It always is interesting to have a conversation with people about religion on the street. Some people love it, some people hate it. Either way, I know that it is important to share our message with people. I know that the Lord has a plan for every person and I know that eventually we will find the people that he has prepared for us.
This week we had a missionary leave from our ward. He is going to the Spain Madrid mission. It was really crazy to see a missionary go out because I was in his shoes three months ago! This week we also had several missionaries leave the mission. It is amazing to compare the difference between those who are just going and those who are going home. I know missions change people for the better, and I know my own mission is changing me! It is a very cool process to see how far I have come in even three months.
Mission life continues to be awesome, and Sweden is as amazing as ever. It definitely is becoming my second home. (America is still the best country ever, just for the record.)
Jag älskar er!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Hej peeps! How's life!?
So I am back with some fantastic stories from another great week in Sweden! I didn't have much for y'all last week but I hope you can forgive me. Missionary life is just downright busy!
So, after being in Sweden for 5 weeks it finally happened. Yes. You know the fermented fish you have heard so much about? WELL I ATE IT. Yes i have officially had rotten fish in my mouth thanks to the Sweden Stockholm Mission. A bunch of missionaries in the Stockholm area got together for a ''Surströmming Party'' which was the weirdest ''party'' I have even been to. So I am sure you are wondering if it lives up to the hype! Is it really that bad? Does it smell terrible? Does it taste even worse? Well the answers are yes, yes and yes. It is bad stuff, which is no surprise since it is rotten. It literally smells like sewer (we had to open in underwater so it wouldn't kill us) and tastes about the same. But I am pretty sure you aren't a real Swede unless you eat it so it had to be done! It only took 3 pieces of gum and 5 tic tacs to get the taste out of my mouth. And the smell only stayed on my hands for a couple days ;) I survived though!
Splits Part II
Last week I went on splits with Elder Mott! Elder Mott is another Elder in the Stockholm area. He came out to Lindigö so for the first time ever, I was in charge. I know that is a scary thought... but we ended up doing just fine! We even ended up having 3 lessons! They were all with members, but they all turned out really well. Elder Mott is just a greenie so it was a lot of work to teach 100% in Swedish. But we got it done, as always. I learned a ton in the process too! We took a trip all around Lidingö and I tried to show him a few cool things while he was out. We visited a 200 year old church, hiked through the forest, and did some missionary work along the way!
Random notes about Sweden!
-there are no fans in the bathrooms
-I haven't seen any wild animals yet
-Everyone loves this floor hockey game called Innebandy
-people eat rotten fish
-everyone dresses like they are in an LL Bean catalog
-I found Pizza with pepperoni :)
-Everyone asks why we bother to learn Swedish when they can all speak English
-You see 100 year old people out jogging
**Disclaimer: I know it looks like we just hike around in forests all the time but we really are doing missionary work! It just so happens that to get anywhere but walking you have to take a little forest hike!**
Just one today:
In Swedish, ''fart'' means speed. So there are a ton of road signs that say stuff about fart! I try to take a picture with them as often as I can. As you can see, I am very mature.