Sunday, March 21, 2010

New email.... (Mon., March 15)

Dear Family and Friends,

This last week we were informed that we will no longer be using g-mail for our emailing purposes. I have a new email address which is: That is the email I will be communicating from for the rest of my mission. Please start sending your emails to this address because I won't check the gmail address I have anymore.

Ok...enough of the technical information. This last week was amazing! I will spend most of my letter talking about Tina's baptism because it was SO awesome. As far as the work goes in Jakobsberg, everything is going well. We are teaching some really positive investigators and we found another inactive member we are going to start getting together with and teaching. Everything with Sis. Smith and me is good and we are looking at the last week and a half of this transfer. How quickly time is going...

We were able to teach Yvonne twice last week, and she has been in church and I think she is really dedicated to knowing the church is true and her activity in the church. We will continue to teach her and see when it will be possible for her to get baptized.

We also continue to teach John, Lawal, and Francis who are all positive investigators. John and Lawal agreed to do an "experiment" with us...which includes them reading and praying every day and also coming to church for the next four weeks. They were both more than happy to do all of those things and we will see them tonight and teach them about obedience. They are awesome!

Now for the real joy of the week. On Saturday, we were able to go to Gubbängen for Tina's baptism. Both Sis. Swenson and I were able to make it for that and it was amazing. On Friday, Elder Ahola called...he's one of the Elders serving in Stockholm right now...and he asked if I would talk at Tina's baptism about the Holy Ghost. I of course was glad to do that...and don't worry...I cried through the whole talk. The Spirit was incredibly strong. Sis. Swenson and I also were able to do a musical number. She played I Know that My Redeemer Lives on the Viola and I accompanied her on the piano. It sounded really I hear. :) And then I was the one who helped Tina where to go and what to do when she was baptized and it was so amazing to see her take that step. She did it!!! She got baptized!! I honestly don't think I have ever felt more joy in my life than when I watched a woman who has completely changed her life enter the waters of baptism and be willing to follow the Savior. What a blessing it is for me to have been able to teach her those six months I was in Stockholm. I know the Lord has everything to do with her conversion...but I am so grateful He saw fit to let me be a part of it. The entire evening I had a huge smile on my face and was just so happy for her. I know she will receive so many blessings because of her decision to be baptized in the church. She stood up and bore her testimony after she had been baptized, and she was so strong...and sure about what she had was amazing. Two of her daughters came...neither of them are members...and her friend Susanne...who gave us her number to begin with came and talked about the blessing of the gospel in her life. All I can think of is the wonderful things that will come in the future because of this one soul who was baptized. Amazing!!

It has just strengthened my testimony even more of the truthfulness of this work. I know that the church is led by Jesus Christ. I know that He knows each of us and loves us and is aware of where we are, what we need, and knows how to help us. I am so lucky to be in Sweden serving here and helping people come to Christ. I am excited for transfers. I don't know what will happen. There are four new sisters coming in for next maybe I will train...maybe I will move...maybe Sis. Smith and I will stay together. We just don't really know...and just a reminder...our P-Day is Wednesday of next week.

I hope you all have a great week. The weather can't decide if it's Spring yet...or still Winter. It's sunny...but freezing outside. I appreciate the support you all give me. Take care and have a great week!

Sister Suzanne Wood