Monday, March 30, 2015

Companion Changes

Goooooood Mooooorrrrning! (or night... or evening...or post lunch break or whatever time your current find yourself existing!) 

Äldste Treat here. Did you know that in Swedish Äldste literally translates to ''oldest.'' So I am the oldest treat. not fresh at all... I can't even to you all how many times I have had to explain what Äldste (Elder) really means and how many times I have had to explain Treat is my last name. Also, the treat puns are rampant. I guess that happens when you wear your name on your chest. Such is missionary life. 

Well I would like to treat you with a peak into my week! (sorry, i had to.) 

it rains a lot. it is raining currently. it rained yesterday. it will rain for the rest of today. i expect more rain in the future. ring is a symptom of spring time. we only have bikes. i make a funny face when i ride in the rain. wind blows the rain in my face. swedish rain feels about like american rain but a lot quieter and more pretentious. i should appreciate the rain- because someone somewhere else is probably praying to get it. well- they can take it-gladly. 

On Tuesday we had a member of our branch ask us to go out to do hometeaching with him! As good missionaries do, we planned some really nifty lessons and met him early. He drove us in his car- which ended up making it about 10 minutes outside of town before it started to overheat. He started yelling ''Oj! Nånting är fel! Någonting är fel nu!'' (ah! something is wrong!) and we pulled over to the side of the road. It turns out there was a very simple- but crazy problem. He was all the way out of oil- and the remaining oil that was there was 99% dirt. His car was running on dirt. He informed us it hadn't been serviced in about 7 years and we were all like ''No crap!'' I was killing myself to keep in my laugh. So we ended up driving 10 minutes- overheating the car- pulling over- and repeating. For 2 hours. Until we got to the mechanic and finally turned the car off. I though something was gonna explode! But it was good we were there because I dont know what would have happened if we werent. He might have just kept driving... 


Sad news: Äldste Jones is leaving me for another companion. He is going to Kristianstad. Farväl. Adjö. Good times were had, but it is time to move on. 

Good news: Äldste Johnson is coming out! He is from St. George. He seems pretty hip. 

Funny story: Before my mission I would read on other Swedish Missionaries blogs- I read Äldste Johnson's a lot! I feel like I already know him a bit. It is kind creepy though because I once thought ''Wow! I could actually be companions with this guy...'' Well folks, it happened. 

-Eva will be baptized tomorrow (the 31st) instead of the 28th! We are excited. 
-Äldste Johson was just in Lund which is way down south next to Copenhagen! 
-I don't think Swedish bacon is as good as I remember American bacon being
-I'm gonna miss Äldste Jones a bit because he bakes muffins. 

I think that's all! Email me because I miss you people. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Top of the... Island

Hej hej folk! Hur är det med er! Jag hoppas allt är bra :) My family is going to Disney Land without me so my life is just dandy also! Nah, Im just kidding. I kinda left to Sweden without them so it makes sense that they would send out some sick payback. 

Well, without further to do I would like to present my week in written form: 

Fårö (or nah?)
This week we did another road trip to wait for it... FÅRÖ! Pronounced For-uh! Basically Fårö means Sheep Island. Now at this point I can tell that you guys are all wondering why I went to a place called Sheep Island. Does that not sound like a place someone would want to avoid desperately? Well let me explain! For some reason guys have this thing inside of them that makes them want to get to the highest point of anything. See a huge hill? Climb it. See a tree? Climb it. Top of an island? Road trip. It just makes sense! Fårö is the top of the island. Buuut conicidentally there happens to be some cool stone pillars there. I dont know why Gotland has so many nifty rocks but it just does! 
So we took a ferry out to Fårö but we didn't see a single sheep. So I'm mad! I want to complain and write an angry note! Come on Sheep Island NEEDS sheep. What a disappointment, but what a cool rock picture! 

A Dope Interview!
So this week we got our investigator named Eva all cleared and ready to go for baptism. We are just working to find a place to actually do that thing... you see..Visby is little... and our church is basically a rented office space. Therefore, we have no font. So this would be a perfect opportunity to baptize someone in the Baltic Sea! Buuuuut we would both die in the freezing water. So right now we are searching for a pool or a bathtub or some kind of standing water to get this thing done. Äldste James took the båt out here and gave her an interview. We had such a blast! But Eva passed her dopintervju (baptismal interview) with flying colors (probably blue and yellow) and is all set as soon as we get this thing going. Chaos as usual.

-Church is only two hours long here, and I'm convinced this is the right way to do things. 
-I'm still a bad driver 
-As soon as the Swedish Sun came out he psyched us and was all like ''Na!'' So we haven't seen him much this week.
-Everything in this place is covered in moss so I feel like I live in 1200 but I'm pretty sure the church wasn't restored in 1200 so obviously I don't. 

Well I am now at a complete loss. Basically nothing else happened this week... I guess I am gonna have to work extra hard to make this week awesome! Do it for the blog post, right? 


äldste treat 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Gotland 3/16/15

Hej alla!
Äldste Treat here... live from the Visby Public Library! (woop.)
First, I just wanted to say shoutout to the sun for actually starting to work a *near* regular schedule and bless us with a bit of light! Seriously, white kids like me need all the sun we can get! With that said I'm gonna cut straight to the nitty gritty and give you some updates.
P-Day Road Trip
Så basically the island of Gotland is not actually super huge. I think the to drive from the top to the bottom it only takes about 2 (two) hours tops. Also, we are conveniently located about in the middle... so that means we can get anywhere in the island in about one (1) hour! This is super nifty because there is lots of cool natures and beauties to see all along the coast. Today we traveled to a place called Högklint which directly translates to high cliff. I bet you can't guess what is there! If you guess high cliffs you are a winner. So we basically just stood on a cliff and looked at the ocean. it was very blue.
The next stop on P-Day road trip brought us to a place called Nyhamn. Nyhman means New Harbor and it was basically a nifty little fishing village just like you expect stereotypical Sweden to be! They even have those weird little round rocks that sit on the shore! Bonus: We saw two Swans and it turns out Swans are actually much bigger than you would usually guess. Either that, or Swedish Swans are abnormally large. Orrrrr maybe we just found some big ones. Either way, we found big swans.
Then we visited a random set of limestone formations! They are like these weird little pillar things. I am not sure if that place had a name but it was a very cool location for lots of pictures. it felt like a place where trolls would live.
Next stop brought us to a place which the name of I cannot currently recall... something blah gosh I can't remember. Well it was another cool fishing village with lots of little fossils on the beach!
Then... return home! What a day.
Progress Report
We are currently working with many investigators here in Visby! we have about 5 people who are really getting excited about church things. Then we have an additional 5 who we teach frequently!
We will also be having a baptism with one of our investigators on the 28th of March! So we are getting really excited for that. :) As usual, we continue to talk to all the people on the street and see if they have any interest in religion!
Visby Stats
Number of miles travelled on bikes: 1,000,000
Branch Population: 16 (but 8 are leaving since they are a big family)
Number of hours spent on the boat back and forth to stockholm: 24 (twenty-four)
Selfies taken: too many too count
City Population: 23,000
Oh and here are some funnies
- A week ago we had to bike in the rain and the wind was blowing so much I was barely moving.
- The wind is always blowing in Visby in the same direction: Directly in your face.
- I am going to have huge thighs from all this biking. Think Tour d' France
- We saw a car driving around the round-about the wrong way. Everyone was swerving to avoid him! When he finally passed us (one the wrong side of the road) we found out he must have been 145 years old! He was annnncient!
- Äldste Jones finds lots of money on the ground for some reason. I dont know how but he has like an eye for it!
- We found a candy bar that was Cactus and Pear flavored!
Well, tha that that tha that that's all folks!
äldste treat


    Monday, March 9, 2015