Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Good Week! (Mon., Feb. 22)

Dear Family and Friends,

We had a great week this week. We had the most teaches in Jakobsberg last week that I have had during my whole mission in Sweden! We were able to meet with all of our investigators and many of our teaches we were able to have members come with us. Their testimonies are irreplaceable. We were able to teach Swedish Class and teach participants in Swedish Class about the gospel afterwards. We had a baptism happen yesterday in our ward and we have had much to do here this last week.

I don't have tons of time today, but I just want to talk a little about Spencer's baptism yesterday. We were able to teach him and get him ready for baptism, and then the big day came and the program was so nice. He had asked Sis. Smith and I to give the talks about baptism and the Holy Ghost. I talked about the Holy Ghost at the baptism. It was really wonderful to be there. Then, Spencer wanted to have a song sung at the baptism...but not just any song. He wanted us to sing, "The Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates...etc." or "Nephi's Courage." We had a couple of Elders sing it with us and it went really well also. And of course, most importantly, when we went into the font and Spencer was actually baptized the Spirit was there very strongly. It was such a special afternoon and I'm so glad that I could be a part of it.

We also were able to teach Peter and he is still progressing. He hasn't been in church because he's been sick, but we pray that he will come this week and continue to progress toward his baptism in 2 weeks.

We have been able to teach many new people also and we are always excited to get the opportunity to teach those who are interested. We have lots going on this week with the music program on Sunday. I know it will go well, but it does have it's stresses that accompany such an event. I hope that the Spirit will be there and that those who come will feel that Spirit and want to know why it is there. I am so grateful for all that I am doing here in Sweden. There are so many blessings...and many of them can't be seen until later.

Speaking of blessings...there is some really exciting news I forgot to write about last week. I'm sure you all remember Tina who I have talked about so many times from Stockholm. Well, she is getting baptized!!!!!! I am so excited for her! The Elders who moved to Stockholm went and taught her and invited her again to be baptized and she accepted their invitation. She tells them all the time that she wants us to be there....which of course Sis. Swenson and I will be. I am just so glad that she decided to take the step that the Lord wants her to take to come closer to Him than she has ever been before.

Another blessing is that this last week I found out that Segen...who I talked to one of my first weeks in Norrköping....way back when is also getting baptized on the same day that Tina is getting baptized. I can't express the joy I feel that these wonderful people who I have gotten to know...and teach have progressed and are being baptized into the Lord's church. It's amazing that when I left Norrköping I was so sad to not get to teach Segen to baptism....and the same when I left Stockholm.....but I am so incredibly grateful for the knowledge I have the the Lord knows and loves each one of His children and He provides exactly what they need to come back to Him. I know that these two wonderful women are not being baptized because of what I did....I know very well that the Lord completes His work through us as His servants.

It's still freezing here...they say it's the worst it's been in 40 years or something....as it sounds like it is ALL over the world. We are just trying to continue plugging along and keep ourselves warm. We have lots going on this week and will hopefully see a little warmer temperatures than what we have been seeing the last couple of days. I hope you are all doing well. I am loving the work. I love Jakobsberg. I love my companion and I love the opportunity to serve. Have a great week and know that you are all in my prayers!

Sister Suzanne Wood