Monday, February 1, 2010

Done with Winter!

Dear Family,

Everything in Jakobsberg has been great! We have had a good week. We are getting to know each other better all the time and enjoying the work here. It has taken some adjustment for me to be here, but I truly love the people here and this place is full of potential. We taught several less active members last week, taught a few investigators and are doing our best to find those other people who are prepared to listen to the gospel to teach. There is tons of tracting to do in this is a very big area.

One of the main differences with Jakobsberg and the port codes. That being that you can't go into a building without a code. In the city, we couldn't tract at all because everything has Jakobsberg...there are many places we can go in without a problem. So, we have been doing more of that kind of work here. We are still organizing our music night and getting the help of several other missionaries in the area to help us to make the evening successful.

I love Sis. Smith!!! She is hilarious. She loves to joke around and so as you all know...I am quick to joke right back with her. We are getting along well and learning to do the work together. There is always adjustment...when with somebody 24 hrs. of everyday. We are both excited about the transfer though and doing all we can to be the best missionaries we can be.

This week, we taught our investigator Peter...who is getting baptized about the 10 commandments. Sis. Smith and Sis. Williams taught him the Word of Wisdom last time, so when we went there to teach him, we took him some herbal tea. He was completely willing to take it and pick a tea that is allowed and also let me take the rest of his black tea to throw it away. He is sincere and has a strong desire to follow the commandments. I am excited that he has decided to be baptized.

We also have taught several less-active members this week. Many of them are part-member families which is a wonderful opportunity for us to teach the family members as well. There is this completely wonderful lady name Hillevi in our ward. Her husband is not a member and her three daughters are not members either. We went over there Saturday to have dinner and were able to talk a little about the Plan of Salvation with them. Then, we went yesterday and were able to visit with two of Hillevi's daughters about the church a little bit. I'm not going to say that they will be baptized tomorrow...but I will say that the understanding they gain of the church will help them to support Hillevi and that there is always the possibility to something hitting them about the gospel. of the daughters...asked us what our target is when we knock on somebody's door. As she joked she you get points if someone lets you you get points if you give them a book....and what was so awesome was getting to tell her that our "target" is to help people. It's to listen to them...and what they already believe and see if there is a way that the gospel will help them have a better life. I feel that is really true. There are many people here who reject us...who don't want to listen. But, we always find the humble and willing and those people truly are searching for something to help them have better lives. What an honor it is for me to be the Lord's servant.

Other than that, we had some really wonderful opportunities this week. We spend a lot of time on busses and trains...and it is challenging to always feel like we are productive...but we're figuring it out. I love this work. you can see...I'm done with the winter. We still have a few more weeks of the cold...but I'm ready for the ice to go away and for it to start warming up. We'll see what happens with the Groundhog tomorrow...not that I will find out if he sees his shadow or not. :P

I hope all of you are doing well. I love you all. I appreciate the support you have given me. Have a great week!

Sister Suzanne Wood