Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015

This week. I'm just going to run through some points of interest.
We played billiards with Pia! It was super fun!
We had Hemafton like we usually do. We made flygande jakob! My fav!
Bunch of street lessons on Tuesday.
We had a kneeling prayer with about twenty or thirty people at one time. It was super cool and the spirit was super strong.
We had a super weird day Wednesday. We had a great gospel principles class and had a great time, but one of our investigators who was going to be baptized this week moved to next week, so pray for that one.
We have started help teach a girl English with one of the people we meet with. It's pretty fun.
Here is a conversation that happened this week on the street:
   We stop a lady and tell her who we are and ask if she would like to talk.
   "Jag tycker inte om kyrkan." She says.
   "Okej, men ha det så bra!" Says we.
   She points to the Book of Mormon as we walk away, "Lekstuga!"
   We just kinda crack up as we walk off.
   "Sanningen!" She shouts after us, trying to get her point across that we have life all wrong.
   "Okej!" We say as we keep going.
People like to tell we're wrong and they do it in some super funny ways. Just stay positive and remember God loves everyone and some of the things people say are really funny. It can be really sad too, but I choose to see it as funny. Life would be way too hard if it were all sad.
Friday was super weird because Elder Johanson was in Stockholm for a meeting and I was with ELDER JONES for the day. It's probably the last time I see him until the US. We went to Södertälje for district meeting and then Norrköping for the rest of the day. It was super fun and we even got things done!
Saturday, we found a super positive guy that I'm super excited to work with.
We also got transfer calls. Elder Johanson is going to Borås. Elder Nilsson is coming to Kholm. Crazy stuff. Should be super fun.
We had four investigators in church yesterday!
A member family had us over for dinner and it was super good. "Gratis är gott!"
And that's pretty much the week! If you ever have questions, let me know!
Äldste Heiner
A meal we made and set up.
Last shot with Elder Jones.
Random selfie of me and Elder Johanson.
Carving pumpkins with Pia.
Riding bikes through the leaves.

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015

Hello everybody! This was a really tiring week! We worked really hard and had a lot of success, but we are beat and ready for a good pday. Here’s a little of what we did...
   On Monday, the Norrköping elders came through town on their way to a weird part of their area to visit a less active, so we went to the Vinåker outlet with them! It was super fun, and may just be the last time I see Elder Jones on my mission. Hopefully not. I think we're going to Norrköping for a baptism this week, so that should be super good! In the evening, we had hemafton with Pia and David, who will be reading this, and I made orange chicken for that. I thickened the sauce too much. I'm sorry :(
   On Tuesday, we visited a friend in the hospital because he had to get checked up for a leg problem. We hung out with him for that. And then the Eskilstuna elders showed up! Why you may ask? Well, we did a thing called splits. That's when I was with Elder Mott in Katrineholm and Elder Johanson was with Elder Thacker in Eskilstuna. Elder Mott and I did a ton of work. We started in Kholm working the streets, and then had a baptismal interview for one of our investigators, had another lesson in town with a young woman learning about the church, then we had another lesson on the street, then I taught a super drunk guy the importance of drinking water, and then committed him to drink eight glasses of water a day. THEN we took a train to Vinåker and had a couple lessons there. Came home, super tired, went to bed after dinner.
   On Wednesday, Elder Mott and I took a train out to Eskilstuna, where we switched back to our normal companionships. When we got home, we cleaned up a bit and had lunch and then my mother’s prayers were answered. We got our hairs cut by an investigator while we taught him. It's been almost three transfers... That dude took so much hair off the top of my head... Everyone in town has noticed. It's a small town, everyone CAN notice. Anyway, we had a couple lessons with some new converts (AKA Pia and Hadi) before we then taught Evangeliets Principer. We had some guests come to that and I taught a little lesson for one of them off on the side, and then afterwards, we split off with members to teach people more individually. It was super good and super long...
   Thursday was kinda weird. It was about the only day that we didn't have anything planned. Then the morning of, we got like four things set up, so we were super busy. We started by taking our bikes to the repair shop because they are missionary bikes and they need it. They said it would be cheaper to buy new bikes. So... yeah. Then we met with a less active man who is going to help us help other less active guys become active. Should be a great plan!  We met with a Chinese lady who was teaching a student to learn English, so we helped out with that. Then afterwards we were invited to the teacher’s home on söndag to grill! We'll get to that... In the evening, we had dinner in Flen with a super cool lady that we have dinner with every week. She likes to scare people. She loves Halloween. She's pretty excited for the coming weeks.
   On Friday, we were in Eskilstuna early for an early district meeting because everyone was too busy to put it at a normal time. We went straight from Eskilstuna to Flen where we had a lesson planned... in a high school! There was a religion class that asked us to come. It was super fun and it could have lasted for forever, but we only had an hour and a half with the kids. We had a great time. We came back to kholm after that and had a couple lessons in the library with Pia and Ferdi! We have some pretty awesome people around here. After that, we had dinner with the Palomino family. I love them too. Super awesome people!
   On Saturday, we taught some temple prep and then had some lessons out of town. We went to Biltema with Ferdi too. He really wanted to show us the joint.
   Sunday was all like... Kyrkan... and then more temple prep... then like we went out to Bie because if you'll remember, we had to have a grill! So we did and it was super fun. We hung out with this super sick family and talked about pretty much everything. I had a ton of fun.

Anyway. That's pretty much all my time! Have a great week all you!
Äldste Heiner
Shopping at the factory outlet.
Elder Mott and I.
Getting a haircut.
The after cut photo.
A doorknob!  WHAT?
We got Reeces.
Some fog pics.
With the class in Flen.
This sign is showing you the way out of the tunnel.
The way out is at the end of the tunnel.
Jul is coming...
Biggest tools I ever did see.
Grace is a super big Star Wars fan.
This is her sick light saber.
And she taught us a little about how to use Chinese characters.
This board is made of fabric that turns black when wet.
It's genius for learning how to write.

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015

Hej everyone! There are people needing to use these computers, so this is going to be quick.
   We met with a lot of people this week. We taught a bunch of lessons on the street and we taught a bunch of lessons in people's homes, so it was a good balance. Just some highlights, everyone came to Katrineholm for district meeting, Elder Johanson and I won the district picture competition and have the honor of having the district flag in our apartment this week. YAY! We had a really long ring stund and got into contact with a lot of people. It was interesting to hear. People often loose contact with the missionaries during transfers. If/When you go on a mission, don't accidentally drop positive people. It kinda ridiculous. I've also begun teaching a temple preparation course, so that's interesting. It’s super good to study for it in preparation, and it’s pretty fun to teach too.
   Well, I don't have any other specific things to bring up. If you have any questions you want to know about, let me know! Have a good one!
Äldste Heiner
The roaring streets of Katrineholm
Elder Johanson being attacked by a cat

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015

Hey to all of you all! We had a really good week this week. We were able to meet with a lot of people and do a goodly amount of sharing the truth which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, something that I learned again this week, if you eat a kilo and a half of godies, your body is going to hate you. Specifically your stomach. Because mine does right now.
   Last week on Monday we went to a place called Vinåker. It has exactly nothing in the town except for a factory outlet which has super cheep clothing. Like Tiger suits. Really cheep Tiger suits. So we went and looked at them. I really want one... Then we had hemafton with Pia and David (HI!) and we had food and had a good time and it's always super good.
   Tuesday was cool. We were going to meet with a bunch of peeps and then they were all, "Nah..." But we were able to meet with some other people that wanted to talk, so that was nice.
   We probably had the highlight of Gospel Principles on Wednesday. We taught about how the priesthood is organized in the church. There's not too much to question on that one. It's was just like, "Så är det..."
   We went to Södertälje for district meeting, and coming back was the fist time that we didn't have any problems with travel in that town. I've been lost there so many times. But something cool we did was ukulele contacting. We all went out on the street and sang hymns to the uke and contacted people as a district. It went pretty well. It was fun. It was weird. When we got back from the meeting, we met with  few more investigators, and even got a new investigating family! We're pretty excited.
   Friday was full of impromptu lessons with investigators that we weren't expecting to meet with. Then we went out to Flen and had dinner with a very nice member woman.
   Saturday was conference! If you didn't do conference, get to and watch it. It's super good.I really liked the testimony of Elder Renlund. I'm going to really like hearing from him, I can feel it.  I bought about 1.3 kilo godies and ate it all in two days. Well... one 24 hour period of time. It feels not too great. And then Sunday too. All of Sunday was conference. Super awesome stuff.
   That was my week! I hope everyone has a great one and watch more conference!!
Äldste Heiner

The Bible is in the detective section.
Sweater Weather!
Julmust is back!
We were in Stockholm Central.
A cool building for mother to look at.
Getting a little artsy with flowers.
Cool sunset picture from the train.
Conference selfie.
I decided I wanted to see what my hair
 looked like slicked back.
So I tried Elder Johanson's super strong strength gel.
My hair is too strong for it.
Then we found hair wax in our apartment. So... yeah.