Sunday, November 16, 2014

Not So Green

Halla peeps! It's me again, and I have some good news! This ''Arctic Land'' I thought I was going to be living in actually hasn't been so arctic. In fact, I think the majority of you reading this blog are living in more arctic temperatures than I am! We have only seen snow once here in Stockholm, and it was super wimpy. It left in about 3 hours! Well, I guess I shouldn't speak to soon because transfers are coming up this week and just because I typed this I will probably be sent to the most northern part of the mission! (Boden!)

Not so Green...I guess?
Speaking of transfers coming up...that marks my 12th week in Sweden! Which also means that I am officially

wait for it... 

drumroll please...


Hoorah! Yes it is true. Tiny little Elder Treat will soon not be a greenie. I will be a full on straight up real missionary! It is kind of funny because I am the youngest kid in the whole Sweden Stockholm mission, and I am guessing it will stay that way for a while. But nonetheless, I guess even tiny little people are qualified to teach. It is kind of crazy because basically everyone else in my district is about to go home and I am just starting. This week one of our super cool Stockholm sisters, Sister Hill, peaces out! And then just after that, my trainer, Elder Keele is gonna peace out. (Look for him at BYU-I, ladies.) Anyways, I am super excited for everything that is happening within the next couple months. It is getting busy! Everyone says that real mission life starts happening after you are done being a greenie... so I am stoked.

Stockholm Splits!
Last week I went on splits with Elder Mott in the Stockholm central area! It is the busiest and most populated area in the mission! For a whole day, Elder Mott and I were in charge of 600,000 people! Crazy right? Between the two of us we had only been out for 9 months! So much responsibility! Stockholm was really fun though. We got to walk around all the old European streets and the Swedish harbor! It is so fun to be in the big city. It is so fast-paced and you meet people from everywhere in the world just in one day! 

We've got Talent!
Us missionaries here in Stockholm Ward put on a ward talent show! (In Swedish: Talang Afton) Now I know that sounds kinda cheesy but it was actually really fun. Swedish people go hard at ward parties! We had a legitimate band, a robot dancer, and we all did a ''synchronized'' swimming routine. Dont worry, we didn't go swimming! We just held up a  blue sheet and pretended to swim behind it. The ward was cracking up because we didn't actually have so much time to practice. Cuz ya know, missionaries are busy with other stuff. So it wasn't perfectly synchronized, and it wasn't real swimming, but it was the coolest synchronized swimming routine Stockholm ward has seen! 

Almost Swedish
So I can't exactly speak Swedish like a Swede yet... But I can actually communicate now! And I can understand most of what is going on around me. It is funny because Swedes talk in the front of their mouth, in almost a whispery way. It is hard to explain, but it makes my voice sound way different when I speak Swedish! This month I have been working really hard on my accent! It is hard because their vowel sounds are all really different. You have to use your lips and tongue more than you do in English! I am hoping that I can get it down though because Swedish really is a beautiful sounding language... if you do it right. We missionaries kinda butcher it! :) My language might not be so good yet, but last night I ate meatballs, potatoes, and saft for dinner. So i guess that means I am at least becoming a little Swedish? 

Anyways, I guess that was my week! Have a party wherever you are! Also I would love to hear what questions y'all have so shoot me a line! :) 


-äldste treat 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Just pics this time

A cool old church 
Stacking Oranges- A Hidden Talent

Viking Ship -The Vasa

The thug life

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mists of Darkness

Hej Hej peeps!

Äldste Treat here again! This week I hit my 3 month mark! Crazy right? 

Things are still going great here in Lidingö! Everyone is telling us that we are lucky because it is usually way colder at this time of year! So I guess we better enjoy the nice 35 degree weather while we have it! We have actually started to work with an investigator and his wife so we are very excited to be teaching them! Anyways, I will let you know a little bit about what has been going on here in good ol' Sweden! 

Pancake Party!
Last week we had a district meeting and then we all stayed to have a ''pancake'' party. Elder Schindler is our new district leader and he proposed this great idea to cook up some ''pancakes'' for the whole district! I say ''pancakes'' because Swedish ''pancakes'' aren't really pancakes at all. They are really just crepes. That is okay though because we Elders take what we can get! And, they really are pretty good. To get full off of Swedish ''pancakes'' you have to eat about 10 though, so the kitchen staff had some work to do! 

Zone Conference
This week we also had zone conference! Everyone from the Norrland zone and the Stockholm zone came together to learn how we can be better missionaries. We learned a lot about how we can plan lessons specifically for people instead of just teaching the lessons in a pre-set way. It was really cool because I got to see a bunch of MTC friends who came down from the North! I think it is already snowing up there so they were probably grateful to be down in Stockholm. Two Elder from Umeå came to stay the night with us before the zone conference. In the morning we decided to make a fancy breakfast so we got a bunch of eggs and bacon and all that good stuff. Well, I was happily eating my breakfast when suddenly, I was attacked by the mists of darkness. I looked up and the whole room was filled with smoke! So i shot up and opened a window while the other Elders scrambled to figure out the problem. It turned out someone had left the greasy bacon pan on the burner and it was just smoking like crazy! We were just too busy eating to notice. So it wasn't actually the mists of darkness. But for a second I thought I was a goner. Nothing bad happened, but I did smell like bacon for the whole day.  

Winter is Coming
I have recently acquired word from the Arctic Circle missionaries (the kids up in Luleå and Boden) that Sweden has officially started to receive snow! Or as they say in Swedish... snö. So i guess that means that winter is finally upon us! Maybe Lidingö just doesn't know it yet. The forecast doesn't call for any snö, but it is gonna start to get colder. Something funny about being in Sweden is the fact that they use Celsius. Now as Americans, we have no clue what the heck Celsius temperatures even mean! So, every day when i check out the weather and I see a 5 I get really nervous because it seems super cold. It turns out, 5 actually isnt so bad! (At least for someone who grew up in Idaho!) I know that winter is coming though because it starts to get dark at 4:00 here! We only have  hours of sunlight per day! So much for my nice tan...

All Helgons Dag
On November 1st we celebrated All Saints Day! Here in Stockholm we have one of the largest cemeteries in Scandinavia (maybe the largest) called Skogkyrkogården! (Skoog-sheerko-gordan) Everyone goes out and puts candles on all the graves. We were able to walk around the cemetery and see all the lights!  Despite being a creepy, dark, foresty cemetery, it was actually quite peaceful. It doesn't really have a Halloween-ish feel. It has more of a Christmas feel. It was really cool because this is the first holiday that Sweden has had that we (as Americans) dont really celebrate. I am still pretty bummed out we didn't have Halloween though! :P

-In Sweden, every door I try to open confuses me. All the PULL doors look like PUSH doors and all the PUSH doors look like PULL doors. So I always end up pushing/pulling the doors that are meant to be pulled/pushed, respectively. Needless to say, I look like someone who is not such a genius every time I try to use the very confusing invention of a door. 

-Everyone says things in twos. If someone wants to say hi (hej) they say ''Hej Hej!'' It is the same with thanks too! ''Tack tack!''

All Helgons

How you learn what you sound like when you talk

Sketchy Thai Massage Place

Pancake Pary