Wednesday, January 21, 2015

6 months done!

Hej hej alla! 

It is me! Finally. Sorry to keep you guys all waiting for so long. I know my blog is probably your only source for really decent entertainment so I have felt absolutely terrible not posting for so long. Well, your wait is over! I am back with another report on my adventures in Sweden. 

A New Companion
So since we last chatted lots of changes have happened here in Gävle. It turns out that Äldste Hewitts destiny took him on a surprise transfer to the southern city of Växjö. So he and I only had 10 days together... It is okay though because I learned all kinds of British vocab in that short space. (Fun hint: Brits say "fussy" instead of picky when talking about food!) I think I learned almost everything I needed to know about Gävle too, which is really good since I have a new companion. I am now with a cool cat named Äldste Landeen who hails from the not so foreign land of Riverton, Utah. He just came down from a tiny little village in the North called Skellefteå. They have like 6 members up there so he is really happy to be in a "big city."  It is funny because when I got here I thought it was small...

A New Missionary
Yes it happened! We got a greenie in our area! I have been waiting to have a greenie in my area because I have always been the youngest... but now those days are over! Syster King is now the mother of a beautiful little girl named Syster Giles. Syster Giles is from Southern California, she makes me seem really white when I stand next to her, and she loves candy. Also, I guess I should mention she was a PROFESSIONAL SURFER. Yeah, not kidding. A week ago Sweden welcomed her to the mission by snowing 1.5 feet in one night! (For metric systemers that's like 45cm!) The funny thing about it all is she had never seen snow before she went out on a mission! 

A New Area
So I have been in Gävle for almost a month now and I am really liking it here. It is really weird moving from the big city to a smaller one so the biggest change I have noticed is that everything is just more calm. It is really good for missionary work because people aren't in such a hurry. In just the past week I have been able to meet lots of people and talk to them on the street. A few of them we may even be able to teach soon. Our members are also really amazing! We have about 30 active members in our branch. They have us over for dinner all the time and I love them. 

Random Notes! 
-everyone has cats here so I am now a snotty, red-eyed mess all the time. (I am allergic to kitties and adult cats too) 

-Kinder eggs (Google them) aren't illegal here In Sweden! 

-The "American Pizza" place here tastes nothing like American pizza. In fact, it tastes more like an armpit. 

-There is only ONE H&M here so I don't even know how I am going to survive. (There were like 30 in Stockholm) 

-Everyone in Gävle rides bikes despite it being the dead of winter out here. 

-The sun is blessing us with its light a little more often every day :) 

-I have now been out on a mission for 6 months! WHA? It seems kinda weird that it has been that long since my first blog post. Time is definitely going by in a rapid fashion. 

Well... Tha tha tha that that's all folks! 
Thanks for reading! 

<3 äldste treat

The river in Gävle

Food Tubes!

Kinder Toys

Uncomfortable holding a baby!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gott Nytt År!

Hej på er!

Hello everyone! :) I hope your Christmas has been killer and I hope your new year has been the bomb. Well... not literally. Christmas murders and New Year bombings are actually an unfortunate catastrophe which I would not wish upon anyone. 

Gott Nytt År!/Sweden Goes Hard
Speaking of bombs... Sweden really loves fireworks to bring in the new year. This year I realized that the whole watching the ball drop and kissing someone thing is cool and all... but Swedes do it better. Sorry America, but Sweden goes hard. In the little neighborhood I was in everyone was shooting fireworks out of their backyards starting at about 11:30! And these weren't some wussy ground bloomers or bottle rockets. They were legitimately entertaining explosives! It was a really cool experience to look out over all the little snow covered Swedish houses and see the sky filled with fireworks. If any of you know me, You know I love fireworks. Sometimes little moments like these make me realize why the Lord thought Sweden was a good place to send me :) 

New Year was spent with a family who lives in Valbo. We had a blast eating tacos (Have I ever told you Swedes love tacos?) having ice cream, playing pictionary, and watching things explode.

On a spiritual note, check out the new Mormon Message called ''Look Not Behind Thee'' It has a really solid message about how New Years is a time to get rid of past worries and mistakes and focus on becoming a better and more Christ-like you. I know it shares a strong message filled with truth. It is also known to cause a few chuckles. 

Leaving the Ö
Ö, pronounced as ''uhh (sort of)'' means Island in Swedish! Last week I got a call and I received the knowledge that I would be leaving my little Island of Lidingö. So now I am in.... *drum rolllllll*.....

Gävle! (Yeh-Vleh)

It is a nifty little place about 2 hours north of Stockholm. So far, I think it is gonna be a really great place but I must say it is very small compared to always being around Stockholm. That is okay though! So far I have met some awesome members and I have an awesome companion. His name is Äldste Hewitt and he hails from the land of Storbritannien! Or as we Americans say England/Britain/UK! So I am really excited to be here and really excited to meet some new people to teach and help! 

Cool! Backwards chronological order! Why not? This year we spent Christmas with a Finnish family and had a total blast. One thing that I feel very sad to report, is that I made a mistake (gasp!) Apparently, Swedes do not eat ''seal'' for Christmas dinner. They eat ''sill'' which means herring in Swedish. I thought I was gonna eat a  cute little seal but instead I just ate salty fish! So sorry everyone, I have no report as to what seal tastes like and I am not sure if I ever will. Other than that, Christmas was great. We ate tons of food, watched Frozen, and ate more food! It was cool to watch Frozen because it is such a Scandinavian movie. It is based in Norway but definitely has some Swedish aspects to it! 

I also got to Skype my family. It was a cool reminder that they are actually alive. It was really fun to talk to them and show off my Swedish! I'm not even that good but they can't tell! :) 

Random Notes

-Missionaries have a system of genealogy. Your trainer is your ''father'' and if you train someone they are your ''son.'' The place you start is the place you were ''born'' and the place where you finish your mission is the place where you ''die.'' With that said I have some somber news to report... My father, Äldste Keele, is dead. 

-I ate so much candy and food over the past two weeks I think I am going to literally die. If I stop replying to your emails you know why. 

-I witnessed a miracle on the train here to Gävle! A couple rows back there was a little girl who asked her mom to take her to the bathroom so they went up to the front of the train. While they were gone a snowboard feel from the storage racks above and landed right where the little girl would have been sitting! I am telling you that kid would not have been okay. So thank goodness for the need to pee! :) #peesaveslives

Well I gotta peace out. But I wish every one of you a happy 2015 :)

Loves and hugs,

Äldste Treat