Anyways quite a bit has happened since we last chatted so here we go,
From Frogs to Yoga
Here in Gävle we put on a family home evening activity every Monday night. So far we have done lots of awesome things. Sister King taught us to rope (which means lasso for people who dont live on a ranch, and ranch people hate when it is called lassoing) and Sisters Giles taught us yoga because she is a super chill beach person. I taught the family home evening activity recently and we made origami frogs and then we had a Grodatävling which means frog competition. We raced the frogs across the room because the ones we made some that could actually hop!
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
Last week the sisters ran into some weird drunk guys from the Middle East who kicked snow at them and started creepin' so we decided to ask our local Kung Fu Master named Mihail to help us. He competes in Kung Fu and he is super legitimate. So he taught us some Kung Fu moves that we can use when people start creepin'. Have I ever told you that missionaries are like drunk people magnets? This stuff could seriously come in useful some day! It was all fun and games until sister Giles tried to do a high kick and ended up doing a backwards belly flop... and then it was hilarious.
Dala Dala Häst Y'all!
After district meeting the senior couples (The Hawleys and the Tolleys) drove us up to Nusnäs and we went to do the Dalahäst factory. What is a Dalahäst you ask? A Dalahäst is a wooden horse that is carved and painted in traditional Swedish ''style.'' It comes from the 1800's and it is a national symbol for Sweden! We were able to see the way these nifty little horses are crafted from lumber to finished project. The cool thing is that they are all hand carved and hand painted on site. They even have one that is 3mm big! And one that is skiing... Of course, everyone dropped hundreds of kronor to get one to take home. I am not sure why but there is something about them that just makes you want one really bad and then you are like ''What does it do... and why do I want a wooden horse?'' After all I haven't wanted a wooden horse before... so I didn't get one because I'm a rebel and the system is whack.
Sweden has a special pastry called Semla (plural: semlor) that they only make during January and the part of February before Valentine's day. Then they go into hibernation until next year. The problem is that they really should be made year round because they are so good! They shouldn't be good though because they are just a roll, cut in half, with cream and almond paste. I dont care, because I love them ändå. The thing about them is that they are a bit tricky to eat without getting a mustache...
A Progress Report
So I realized you may want to know what is actually going on here in terms of missionary work since I am a missionary and all. The current status of the work is that things are tricky. I think Swedes become more atheist during the winter and then when the sun comes out they start to believe in God and they smile occasionally and life gets better. Right now we have a few investigators that we have a hard time setting up solid lessons with, but we are always on the lookout to find people. I give out lots of copies of Mormons Bok and contact everyone I can but I haven't found many people to teach. It is all okay because I know that the Lord is gonna help me find the people I need to when the time is right. Ain't nothin' more to do.
Randoms and Funnies
-There is a selfie of us next to a church boat! In Nusnäs in 1850 or so they used to take this boat around the lake and pick up everyone for church. Kyrkobåt!
-I finally made it to Ikea for the first time! It is about as exciting as I thought a Swedish furniture store would be.
-I found some lemons in a net at the grocery store and the sign above it said ''Lemons in a Net'' Sweden is very literal.
-I like the little Swedish post cars here. They are basically golf carts and they drive on the sidewalk.
-We met a burn-out hippy who loves missionaries. I gave him a Mormons Bok.
-Valentine's Day Special: Kiss means pee in Swedish! Just thought you should know.
Well I hope you guys all have a fantastic Valentine's Day! Find someone to smooch because I know I wont! #jesusismyvalentine