Saturday, December 26, 2015

December 26, 2015

Merry Second Christmas Day, as the Swedes like to say... It's pday, and that means I tell you what I did with my life.

For anyone confused because they looked at a calendar and the date this was written and what I'm talking about, yes. I wrote this on a Saturday. We have pday on Saturday this week.

On Monday, we didn't have too much going on because it's always pday, so we have a habit of not planning anything then. Except this week wasn’t pday so nothing was planned. It was fine. We were able to talk to a ton of people on the street.
Tuesday was not as blank. We had a district meeting in Lund which turned out to not really be a normal meeting, because we went caroling! We went out and sang to people and contacted them. I don't know if anyone became an investigator, but some people took books and heard some lessons. We went home after that and got cancelled on by our next guy. People don't really like to meet on Christmas week.  But then the lady after that is the wife to a member, and she's praying about whether or not she wants to be baptized. The correct answer would be, "yes." Then we met with our guy getting baptized in a few weeks and that went really well! He is down with the plan of salvation and is still on board for baptism, so that's super sick!
On Wednesday, we went and helped an elderly lady early in the morning, came back the apartment for lunch. Then we walked to the other side of town and we taught like four lessons on the way. We then had dinner with a Norwegian family and celebrated Christmas with them. It was super fun! After we left there we had dinner with a Danish family. It was super fun! I ate so much food...
Thursday was super lugnt. We hung out and opened the Swedish presents we got because Swedes do that on Christmas Eve. I heard from Paul and Erin, the Richardson’s, Grandma and Grandpa, and my family.  Our post is a little messed up right now, so there may be others in the future.  Then we wandered over to a member’s house and spent several hours with them. It was great! I made another turkey, everyone was impressed I knew how.
Friday, yesterday, was also super awesome! We hung out at the bishops.  He's pretty dang cool. I like him a lot, and I was able to skype the family! My mother could probably tell you all about that! [Insert mother comment here].

I really like Malmö! The only downside is the way they talk, really. They are very nice people with open minds, the weather is super mild. The sun exists here!   It is a different experience, for sure. My companion has been out one transfer longer than me, so we are both quite experienced. Together, we have the third most experience of any companionship in Sweden, and if you take out the tripanionship, we are number two by one transfer. I really like it. We get along really well.  Later today we're gonna go swing by the mall. Swedish Black Friday is all this week!

And that's pretty much my week at this point! I hope you all had a great holiday season! Have a wonderful week!

Elder Heiner

At the Bishops with his family and the other missionaries
on Christmas day.
Opening gifts.
Captain Crunch.
I had some this morning.  It was super good!

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015

This week has been a week of change for me! I also have like no time at all....................... Thank you transfers...........
I left Katrineholm on Wednesday in the morning, and then traveled south and got to Malmö!
My big suitcases wheels died last transfer so it was a little hard. I can make it through to home though. I should only need to use them two more times. Or once maybe, we'll see. Once I got to Malmö, the other elders here have a car, so they just picked up the bags and drove the rest of the way. That was nice. My companion is Elder Nelson from McAllen, TX, and we serve in the Malmö I area. The apartment is pretty cool. It a little small, but it's really nice. I really like Elder Nelson. He's super obedient, which is super nice.  We've already found a couple people to add in the teaching pool, so it's been good!
Basically, I'm in Malmö with Elder Nelson and it's been pretty great so far! I love my comp and the area, and the ward seems super cool.
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Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015

Hello to all the people! I will get the big news out of the way first! I'm moving! I'm moving to Malmö, the southernmost area in the mission. It's in the third largest city in Sweden. They talk weird, that'll be fun. It's also a ward.  And you don't have to look hard at all to see Danmark. It's super close and there's a pretty cool bridge that you can go over from one country to the other.  It will all be interesting. I have really liked it here in Katrineholm, but apparently, it's time for me to roll out of here. It'll be sad. I have a lot of really good friends here and It'll be a bummer to not be around them so often.
   I also have little to no time left on me thanks to transfers, so I'll give a few more highlights.
   Meisam was confirmed in church today, marking the end of my time in Katrineholm.
   We had FHE this week on Monday and it was super fun. I always have a great time there.
   The Eskilstuna district meeting was super fun. It was also Sister Bolton's funeral.
   The entire mission was super stressed out for this transfer call. It finally came and it was HUGE! Just about everything is different this transfer. It's gonna be crazy.
   Elder Nilsson got a haircut and it looks fab.
   I didn't get a haircut and my hair look fab.
   We found a super good kebab place that is super cheep. Glad I'm moving now.
   There is a light show on a building that is super cool. I only have videos and I can't send those for some reason.
That's all I have time for right now! Have a great week everyone! Next time will be from the south!
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