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

Funnies
-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


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