Friday, December 26, 2014

Email #27

December 26, 2014
Västerhaninge, Sweden

Dear family,

Wow. These past two weeks have been incredible. Being here for Christmas was the greatest! I didn't think that anything could be any better but then I skype-d home for the first time.  That was honestly one of the coolest experiences of my life. When I first tried to call it didn't go through but then I got the call back I was so pumped!  When I accepted the call I started cracking up because all I heard was whistling, cheering, and other Featherstone-like noises that I remember from the White Elephant party. Oye oye oye oye oye oye ahhhhhhh!!!! I couldn't believe that I was actually talking right to you guys! It was the greatest thing ever! I love you all so much. I miss you all but I know that this is the place that the Lord needs me to be right now.

Speaking of being here in Sweden... the other weekend I had the opportunity to do a baptismal interview with a woman that the sisters here in Västerhaninge have been working with. She is from Cambodia and has lived here in Sweden for about 2 years. After the interview the sisters asked me if I would baptize her. I was so excited! Sweden is a tough place and people aren't that open so it's pretty rare when you find someone who is as prepared as Chhunkry. I was able to do the baptism and everything went super well! It was a really cool experience because after she came out of the water she just said, "I feel so clean." It is such a wonderful opportunity we have each week to go and renew our baptismal covenants and refocus on what is important if we've had a tough week.

Overall, everything is going really well in Sweden! It's dark, cold, and the greatest place ever! I'm absolutely loving it! We're working with a man from Kenya named Mich so if you could keep him in your prayers I would be so grateful! I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful break!

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown! Merry Christmas Bedford Falls! Merry Christmas USA!

Strength and Honor
Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone








Thursday, December 18, 2014

Email #26

Dec. 15, 2014
Västerhaninge, Sweden

Family!
This week has just flown by!  Holy cow!  I guess time flies when you're havin' fun! So we have had just a jam packed week!  I'll give you the rundown of the week.  So as some of you may know, Elder Featherstone just hit his 6 month mark on the mission. I'm pretty sure missionaries do this in other missions but here in the Sweden Stockholm Mission when you have been out on your mission for 6 months exactly, you burn a tie, so that's what we did!  Wednesday was my 6th month mark but we had one problem, no matches.  So we got creative.  When missionaries start getting creative, they get a little dumb in the head as well.  Next thing you know, we're shoving newspaper down a toaster to try to get some flame going. Long story short, we made it out alive and burned a tie in honor of six months.
On Monday we met with a man named Mich.  He is from Kenya and is a stud!  He has met with missionaries before but nothing happened for some reason.  We tried to figure out what the problem was and he told us that he has never read the Book of Mormon before.  We challenged him to read it and he accepted.  He told us that maybe to find out that the church is true  he just needs to take the first step which is reading the Book of Mormon.  After that we showed him the "He is the Gift" video that the Church has put out.  After it ended and before we could say anything he said, "Hey, can you send that to me so I can share it with my friends?"  I kinda laughed and just said, "Yes, we can definitely do that for you."
So I think that as of this week, Sweden is officially cold.  The humidity goes right through you and it is so dang cold!  Holy cow!  I'm wearing layers on layers. "Like cakes! Cakes have layers! Donkey!! Ogres are like onions!" (Shrek)
Alright I love you all and can't wait to see you all next week!  I love you so much and have a very Merry Christmas!


Strength and Honor
Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone


The temple during Christmas with the nativity in front.

Peterson and I after a long and rainy night of tracting

Västerhaninge Alla Dagar "Västerhaninge Everyday"

The tie burning ceremony



Friday, December 12, 2014

Email #25

Dec 8, 2014
Västerhaninge, Sweden


This week has been a good one. It's honestly been a tough one but a good one as well. I had to prepare for my first District Meeting as District Leader. I was preparing for it on Thursday and I had something prepared but I didn't feel that great about it. I said a prayer and just asked for the Lords help in this district meeting. There were some rumors that President Beckstrand was going to be there and that was a little nerve racking, but he ended up not being able to make it so that was a little relieving. Ha! But while I was preparing, I said a prayer and asked for the Lords help during District Meeting. After the prayer I immediately had a thought come into my mind that "as long as they feel the spirit it will all be ok." So, I decided that is what I would focus on the entire time. I didn't need to blow their minds with something spectacular but just as long as they were taught by the Holy Ghost and were able to feel the spirit then I felt like it would be a successful district meeting. I felt great about it when it was over and a little relieved as well.


Now to prepare for this week! Ha! But this week has been a tough one as well. Our numbers weren't that great but we worked hard and I feel like we did our job. Yesterday we decided we would tract into a few doors. I honestly am not a big fan of knocking doors but we didn't have anything else to do so I just kinda buckled down and we did it.  We ended up tracting into one specific door that I remembered pretty distinctly. Elder Peterson did most of the talking and then he turned to me to say something. The man who opened the door wasn't too interested, I didn't get his name, we didn't get his number or anything like that, but I was able to give him a card and invited him to go check out the website. I smiled at him and then he just said "Okej grabbar, tack så mycket! Ha det bra!" (Yeah ok guys, thanks so much! Have a good one!) and then smiled back. Although we didn't teach him the Restoration or get his phone number, we were still able to just get him to smile and hopefully have a better perspective of the church. That was a successful contact in my book.


Later on Friday we played fotboll (soccer) with some guys from the Middle East. It's just a bunch of guys that love to play soccer. They come from Afghanistan and Somalia and Iran. It's a pretty fun group. They don't know how to speak very much English or Swedish but they can communicate just enough to say what they want to. I'll be sitting on the sideline and all of the sudden I'll get a "MY FRIEND!" Then I run out onto the field and we play hard! It's a lot of fun!


That was a little recap of the week. Everything in Sweden is good! Lovin' it! You should see Stockholm at night in the Christmas get-up! So dang cool! Alright I love you all and hope you have a great week!


Strength and Honor

Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Email #24

Monday, December 1, 2014
Västerhaninge, Sweden


He is the Gift


Family! Have you heard anything about "He is the Gift" yet??? This is
some HUGE news so I'm gonna start it out with that. On Friday morning
we had Zone Training and the Zone Leaders presented us the "He is the
Gift Initiative" for this year. Do you all remember the Easter video
for this year called "Because of Him?" Well the church has come out
with a Christmas video called "He is the Gift." If you haven't seen it
yet... you need to. It's a must! You can go to christmas.mormon.org
and check it out! So what is going on with the initiative is that the
church is straight up just trying to flood the earth! The church has
bought advertisements on YouTube in the US, Colombia, Chile, Brazil,
Mexico, and a couple other countries. Sadly not Sweden but it will be
so dang cool! There will be a monthly advertisement in Times Square in
NYC and missionaries are going to receive some new "He is the Gift"
pass along cards. The Church is going all out with this initiative so
we need to take some initiative and share it with the world! If you
are reading this then that means I'm talking to you! If you go on
christmas.mormon.org you can post it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,
and whatever else. It's really easy so go do it and #sharethegift.


Cool experience of the week... so I'm on the train the other day and I
contacted this man and woman in Swedish. We started talking about the
church and we had a good chat. I wasn't able to get their number
because they had to get off the train pretty soon after that but when
they left, a man turned to me and said, "You should have gotten their
number." I looked at him and I was so confused and just kinda laughed.
I didn't know what to say so I just said, "Wait, are you a member?"
Then he said, "Yeah I am! I'm from France! I asked him where he was
from and he said "Lyon!" I immediately thought of Elder James Taylor
serving in Lyon and so I asked him if he knew him. I knew it was a bit
of a long shot but then he said, "shorter, blonde hair?" I just said
"YES!!" It happened to be a mission leader in one of the strongest
wards in France and Elder Taylor served with him! How crazy is that?
His name is Toky and he went on about how much of a stellar missionary
Elder Taylor is. Didn't doubt it. Small world for real though!


Now I'm serving in Västerhaninge. It's right where the temple is so we
get to see it every day and that is definitely a pro. The ward is so
great! I kinda feel like a greenie again though because I don't know
anything about my area and I don't know anyone in the ward. We
actually had a ward christmas party (Swede's are on top of the
Christmas party) this past Saturday and I was able to meet a lot of
the members and it was really great! We were able to go to an American
couple's home for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday and it was so great
to just speak English. Ha! In Zone Training on Friday we had a part
where we each stood up and told everyone about a family Thanksgiving
tradition and what they are grateful for. I told my Zone about the
Thanksgiving program that we do before we eat every year and then our
kneeling prayer before we eat together. That was something that I
missed this year. But something that I was grateful for is the
opportunity I have to be home for Christmas. Sweden is my home now and
I love it so much. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to
serve the Lord here in this blessed country and meet so many wonderful
people.


Well I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The Lord has truly
blessed us all so much so go out and #sharethegift of the Savior this
Christmas season. I love you all so much and am so grateful for each
one of you.


Strength and Honor
Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone

Our stockings for this year

Nativity at the Sweden Stockholm Temple

Toky and I on the train


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Email #23

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
Jakobsberg to Västerhaninge


Wow... this week has been going 100 miles per hour. Wait... kilometers now? Yeah but we have had a killer week! Jakobsberg is the place to be right now! and.... that's when I get transferred. Yep... I'm leaving my mission birth place of Jakobsberg. I am going to promise land of Västerhaninge. It's where the temple here in Stockholm is and the ward is super cool so I'm pumped to go. Yesterday we got a phone call from the Zone Leaders telling us that both Elder Krebs and I will be transferring. I kinda laughed because we had one of our best weeks last week and I feel like the work here in Jakobsberg is just starting to pick up, but I'm excited to go down to Västerhaninge and work with the people down there. There have been a lot of times where it's been hard in Jakobsberg, most of the time actually. But I have been so grateful for the experiences that I have had here and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's definitely going to be a bittersweet experience to leave because I have grown to love the members and the people I have worked with so much but I am excited to have the opportunity to move down to Västerhaninge.  I am going to be with an elder who is in the group just after me. He got here to Sweden 6 weeks after I did so we are pretty inexperienced but we're going to show Västerhaninge what these young guns from the U.S. can do! Elder Peterson is such a stud though and I'm so stoked to be comps with him. He's from Cali (northern I think) and we're gonna have a ton of fun. We're gonna work hard and I'm excited for it all!


This week is pretty packed and I don't have a ton of time to email but I am especially grateful for all of you this week. Thanksgiving is on Thursday and I'm kinda bummed I'm not going to be in my home country with my family. But... I am thankful for all of you and I love you all. Hope you have a great week!


Strength and Honor
Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone


This picture came from my neighbor who got it from her niece who got it from her parents who are serving a mission in Sweden and had Caleb and his companion over for Thanksgiving dinner.  (I think I got that right.)  Thank goodness for wonderful senior missionary couples who look after our children.

Alberto Bäckman who is my brotha on the left is the one prepping for
a mission. He is such a stud and it's been so cool to work with him.
His mom Claudia is on the right.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Email #22

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Jakobsberg, Sweden

This week has been great!! We have had such a blast working here with
the people and members here in the Jakobsberg Ward! On Tuesday we left
studies early that morning to go to a lunch with a member and then had
to go to a city called Märsta for another member dinner. Alright so
the deal wtih member dinners or meals in Jakobsberg is that it never
happens and if it does then you are one lucky dog! We hit the
jackpot... and then more. So at the Märsta dinner, we went to the
Nilsson's. Brother Nilsson is the 1st Counselor to the Bishop. He's
the one that said I was going to play "All of Me" for the opening hymn
in church. I've talked a little about him before but he is a stud! He
was a professional boxer back in days of youth and was also on the
Olympic Swedish Bobsled team. He is a funny guy and he teases me all
the time about my greenie Swedish. He doesn't know a lot of English
but whenever we see him he says, "Hey big boys" in his really bad
Swedish-English. So they made ribs for us and they were amazing! First
time I have had ribs since I left and wow was it spectacular! Haha
since I've left the US, I've never been so thankful for all the little
things. Ribs, drinking fountains, ice in drinks. You guys have it good
in the US. Ha! Nah but I love it here.

Sweden in the greatest! The language is coming along pretty well.
Yesterday I was asked by a member in the ward from Latvia to translate
Sacrament Meeting into English for them. I don't think I have ever
focused so hard on Swedish in my life!! It was so hard but it was good
to practice. I said a little prayer right before the meeting started
and I felt great about it when the meeting was over.

We hit off the week on Monday with a bang and we were teaching lessons
left and right. It was so cool! I honestly wasn't sure how it was all
happening but everything kind of fell into place and we were able to
double our goal for amount of lessons this week. We doubled it! After
totalling our numbers up last night I got so pumped! This area wasn't
teaching very much when we got here but I am loving it and we are
truly seeing the hand of the Lord here in Jakobsberg. Our members have
been opening up and we have seen so much change! Elder Holland once
said something that I have made my new goal for each area I serve in.
"Leave your area better than you found it." I always remember Dad
telling me that after we would clean up from camping or after we
packed up camp on the river "leave it better than you found it." I
think that is so cool and it has helped me so much as I've been out
here.

So P-day is going to be on Saturday instead of Monday because
they want to get the missionaries leaving this transfer home for
Thanksgiving so I will be shooting out emails on Saturday. I
am most likely going to get a new companion or transfer or both, so I
guess we will see.

Alright I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Strength and Honor
Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone

 Dinner with the Nilssons
 The train ride home after the long day
Sweden

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Email #21

Nov 10, 2014
Jakobsberg, Sweden

Oh it's nice to get up in the marnin'

Ya know, I don't really have a reference to that song this week but I'm feelin' good today so that is going to be the subject of this email. Actually, now that I think about it, I have found myself singin' along to that jolly ol’ song a few times this week.
OK! Now for the rundown of the week! Rolando is doing great! We went over to his house and he gets so happy when we come over. It has been really cool to see his progression and see his loyalty to the Savior. Something that he said that really hit me this week was that every time we come over and share a message with him, it's always the exact thing that he needed at that time. I've been trying (but sometimes it's hard to recognize) to teach by the Spirit and figure out what the Spirit feels like to me personally. When Rolando said that whatever we decide to share with him that specific day is exactly what he needs then I think that means that we are teaching with the Spirit. It was a confirmation to me that the Lord is involved in everything we do as missionaries.

During Weekly Planning I decided to go back through an old Tänkbara Undersökare (Potential Investigators) sheet and call all the people on it. It was from 2011 so I wasn't expecting many (if any) people to say, "Missionaries, oh sure! Come on over!" The first few numbers didn't go through but the first person I talked to was surprisingly positive. We talked for a little bit and then right before we were going to hang up he said, "You know, I'm glad you called. Thank you." We were able to get a lesson set up with him and it was another confirmation to me that the Lord has a hand in everything we do. That specific phone call might end up being nothing huge but it was a cool moment for me personally.

We actually have a baptismal date with a man named Mike who lives in Hässelby. He has been investigating for a little while and I have been trying to figure out what has been going on that is stopping his progression. He says he knows the church is true and he wants to get baptized but with the whole church deal in Täby right now it's a little bit of a stretch. We are going to church in a city called Täby because the chapel in Jakobsberg is being re-something-ed, re-modeled, re-done. Not really sure what to say about that one. I don't want to point any fingers here but I think that going to church in Täby has definitely been a hinderance to the work here in Jakobsberg. I think we have one more week in Täby and then hopefully the work will continue to move forward at a faster pace.

Alright, now on a good note. I got my first taste of Swedish snow! It was really cool to see! BUT... it didn't last very long. It was all gone by the time morning came. Sounds a lot like a little place I like to call St. George. It was a pretty typical snow day for me. Ha! But I loved it!
So that's the wrap of this week. Hope you all have a "QUACKTASTIC" week!

Tha-tha-tha-that's all folks!!

Strength and Honor
-Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone

 Drinking fountains don't exist in Sweden. I've seen two my whole
mission.  So...we had to savor the moment.
Låt det snö! (Let it snow!)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Email #20

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Jakobsberg, Sweden

This week has been a great one! Let's start from the top...

So we had Zone Conference this week and I was asked to play a musical number for it. There were over 70 missionaries in attendance. I decided to play an arrangement of "Praise to the Man" that I was able to learn before I came out to Sweden. I actually was able to play that same arrangement at the Visitor's Center in Carthage, Illinois so that specific song means a lot to me and also to Mom, Dad, and Noah who were there at Carthage when I played it. It's a really great song and I feel like it brings the spirit so fast. President Beckstrand said he loved the arrangement and I got several compliments on it after. I have been so grateful for the talents that I have been blessed with and I have tried to magnify them on the mission as much as possible. I have had so many opportunities to play the piano in district meetings, zone trainings, zone conferences and mission tours, and I have been so grateful for them all. The zone conference was great and I have been trying to apply what I learned as best as I can. After, I was asked to play at a baptismal service in Gubbängen (South Stockholm) so I had another opportunity to play the piano. I have just been eating it up and I've been loving being on the keys. 

We were able to write down a "1" on the baptismal date part when we reported our numbers this week. CHA CHING! We met this man named Mike from Uganda and he said he wants to get baptized. We have been trying to help him understand that going to church is a huge blessing and a commandment. SO! Keep him in your prayers and hopefully we can get him in the water, get him a calling, and a friend in the ward. Also, we had a holiday here in Sweden called Alla Helgons Dag. All the Swedes go to cemeteries and put candles out on the graves. We went to a MASSIVE cemetery called Skogkyrkogården in South Stockholm and there were thousands of candles out. People go walking around the cemeteries. I'll send a couple pics. I know I'm jumping all over the place but I don't have a ton of time. Earlier in the week, Elder Mott (one of my best friends out here on the mission who is from my MTC group) and I went on splits. His area is the heart of Stockholm City so there were a ton of people to talk to and we had such a killer time. We were working hard and having a riot! We were able to teach 4 unplanned lessons on the streets in 4 hours with unplanned contacts. It was a killer night and I loved it! We went by a USA godies store "candy store" and there were so many American things there! Pop-tarts, ROOT-BEER, Reese's Puffs, Peanut Butter Cap'N Crunch, and MORE! It was so cool and I got so pumped! 

Overall, it was a great week! I'm loving it here in Sweden and the work is moving along. I love you all and hope you have a great week!


Strength and Honor
-Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone




Monday, October 27, 2014

Email #19

Monday, October 27, 2014
Jakobsberg, Sweden

Family,

How are you all doing? I love hearing from everyone and it sounds like everyone is just tearing it up back home. Things here are going well. Shall we start from the top? 

Last Monday was a riot! I would have to say that football with some of the elders in the Stockholm area was a SUCCESS! When I say "some" of the elders, I mean the "real men." The "other" elders pansied out because it rained a little bit. Maybe Sweden has made them soft. Ah... honestly, it was so much dang fun. It was pretty much a turkey bowl except for the best part... the turkey. No turkey which was kinda a bummer, BUT... we had a lot of fun. About half way through, it started pouring. I'm just smiling right now as I'm writing and thinking back on it. Had a lot of fun. Did I say that yet? I'll throw down a couple pics at the bottom for everyone to check out. Has this crappy "missionary humor" got me already? 

So we went to visit Rolando this week and it went really well. When we showed up, he told us about half of the breakers in his house had blown so he only had light on one side of the house. "Ehhh... it's all good. No problem." He had made a little food ("mat" is the word of the week. Mat = food på Svenska) that he made for us so we sat down at the kitchen table and he lit a couple candles so we could see each other. We talked for a little bit and then asked if we could share a quick message with him. He said, "Oh yes! Let me grab my i-pad so I can look up the scriptures as we talk." While Rolando was in the other room, I started laughing about what was happening. Three guys having a candle-lit dinner. Elder Krebs and I laughed and then shared a message. I have started to use the "Tack Vare Honom" video because I love it so much. (The "Because of Him" video the church put out for Easter this past April.) Go watch it again if you haven't for a while because it is so rock-solid! 

Fast-foward to Saturday...
On Saturday afternoon we planned on having lunch with one of our favorite sweet, old ladies in the ward. Her name is Inga Engzell. I think I have talked about her a little bit before but we were at her house with the other Jakobsberg elders. We happened to also bring an investigator named Fransva who is an Iranian man who has lived in Sweden for about 35 years. We haven't really "taught" him before so we were hoping to do that after we ate. He is Christian but is a little confused on the whole picture. We talked to him a little while we were eating and learned a little bit about his religious background. He said he didn't really believe in prayer and hasn't prayed in a long time. He also LOVED talking so we didn't get to say much. Later, Elder Christensen and Smith had to head out so Elder Krebs and I were going to stay and teach Fransva with Inga there also. Fransva only wanted to speak English which was GREAT for me but not as great for Inga. We kept responding to his questions in Swedish but he would ask more in English so we were fighting an uphill battle and just decided to speak English instead. Inga couldn't understand any of the lesson so I felt bad but she handled it like a champ and was a sweetheart about the whole thing. The lesson wasn't going very well at first and he was being pretty "bashy" about everything we were saying but as we talked more and bore testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, he loosened up a bit and the lesson ended up being really solid. We taught him about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. He said he wouldn't take a Book of Mormon just yet but wanted to come to church and listen to "the preacher" before he made any big decisions. I said that was ok and bore testimony of the book one last time. We were getting ready to close up and I asked if Fransva would like to say a closing prayer. He was pretty reluctant and didn't want to but then I asked if I could say a short, simple prayer and then he could say one after. He said that was fine. I said a simple prayer, thanked Heavenly Father for all of the blessings of the day and the opportunity we had to be together, asked for the Spirit to be with us throughout the rest of the day, and then closed in the name of Jesus Christ. Fransva then went on to give a beautiful prayer. After he finished, I thanked him and then he thanked us for the encouragement. Then he turned to me and said, "I'm going to encourage you to keep on encouraging people to pray." I chuckled and said, "I'll give it my best shot." It was honestly such a cool experience. I love when an investigator will try to pray for the first time because it is so sincere and it comes straight from the heart. I personally, am going to try to be more sincere in my prayers just like these people that we are meeting with here in Sweden. Prayer is so powerful. He is always there. He is always listening. After we prayed, Inga wanted to know a little bit about Fransva after the lesson so she asked a few questions about him. Then, she bore such a STELLAR testimony of the Book of Mormon, related to him through his knowledge of the Bible, and I'm positive that he felt the Spirit. It was so cool! That put the lesson over-the-top! I was definitely a happy camper. 

Then on Sunday, I was able to finish Alma in the Book of Mormon. I have been absolutely loving reading about Moroni, Helaman, and the Stripling Warrior sons of the people of Ammon. While I was reading, I was thinking about the talk that I was asked to use to give my farewell talk. It's "The Priesthood Man" by President Eyring during the Priesthood Session of the April 2014 General Conference. Moroni, Helaman, and the Stripling Warriors all had the three characteristics that President Eyring talked about. "One is a pattern of prayer, the second is a habit of service, and the third is a rock-hard decision to best honest." I am going to try to give a little bit more on those three this week.

I love you all and you're in my prayers.


Strength and Honor
-Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone



Pictures:

Football with the Elders


A picture that the Täby Sisters took during a lesson when we went to a member dinner with them.




I got a text from an elder in Borlänge the other day of a picture of a quote from Grandpa Featherstone. Grandpa speaks Swedish? When did this happen??


Monday, October 20, 2014

Email #18

Monday, October 20, 2014
Jakobsberg, Sweden

Dearest Family,

Transfers have once again come and gone and Elder Featherstone is still here in Jakobsberg. I have made it a goal to baptize in every area that I'm in. We haven't baptized yet so this next transfer is gonna be the one. Stellan is gonna hit the water. I know it! If you would keep him in your prayers I would be so grateful. So here's the deal with Stellan. Every time we go to meet with Stellan, he has read everything we have given him to read three, four, and even five times over. Last time we gave him the book of Enos to read and he told us he read it four times. Say what? You gotta be kidding me! Four times? How cool is that? Then on top of that he started to explain that he had been starting to feel like he didn't need to drink coffee as much. This guy is like a golden investigator! I know that he knows it is all true but we just need to get him to commit. There are so many blessings available when we enter the waters of baptism and I want the same thing for him. He even asked Alberto (I think I talked a little about him) if he could dedicate his home. Well dude! You could dedicate your own home and do so much more if you would just get baptized! We are going to meet with him this week so just pray that he can get a baptismal date. He can do it!

Rolando is still progressing. He works a lot on Sundays so it's hard for him to make it all the way to Täby (where we are going to church because the church is Jakobsberg is getting re-done). But he said that once the year ends that he will be able to come every week! We are hoping to get him a date to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood so keep him in your prayers as well. 

Now for "Contacting + Basketball Scoring = Fun?" On Tuesday we had ward council. Turns out that after we got there, we were told that ward council was moved to next Tuesday. "Well, ok then" SO! We had some time that we didn't know what to do with. Elder Krebs and I walked down to Jakobsberg Centrum (like the town square of Jakobsberg that has a ton of people) with Elder Smith and Elder Christensen (the other elders that also serve in Jakobsberg) and we talked about what we should do. We came up with an idea to make contacting into a game. So, being the competitive person I am, we decided to put a scoring system to contacting. Elder Christensen and I would go up against Elder Smith and Krebs in the BATTLE OF JAKOBSBERG. So here were the rules... you got 2 points if you gave a Book of Mormon away, 3 points if you got their number and they said you could come back, and 4 points if you taught a lesson. I was getting pumped because I was gonna go contact the crap out of this place. No one was going to pass me without knowing who I was. But.... you only had one hour to do it. So off we went. Talking to people left and right. Lot's of "not interested" but we actually taught two lessons on the street, talked to probably 50 people total, handed out a Book of Mormon. And actually got 2 phone numbers who said we could call them later. After the hour was up, we came back to the starting line, totaled points up, and WE WON!! THE GREENIE MAGIC IS REAL BABY!! It was a close one but we ended up coming away with the "W." 

Friday came around and we had Zone Training where our Zone Leaders ended up talking about "Praying with Faith." (Page 93 in Preach My Gospel if you want to check that out one day for scripture study.) But I have never seen so many miracles than I have seen take place on my mission. I'm going to say that it's all because I don't think I've ever said so many prayers in my entire life. The power of prayer is real! How amazing is it that we get to have a literal conversation with our Father in Heaven. Think about that for a second. That's huge! That's such a huge blessing that we can have 24/7. I am so grateful for the power of prayer and the opportunity that I have to talk with my Heavenly Father. 

Later that night, the Jakobsberg and Täby wards came together for a little talent show. I was asked to play a little something and so I thought "All of Me" would give the Swedes a little kick. I ended up playing second and it went really well. After I was done, there was an applause and then Lars Nilsson (The 1st councilor in the bishopbric, former professional boxer, and former member of the Swedish Olympic Bobsled team. Ha he is a funny guy) yelled from the audience, "DET SKA VARA ÖPPNA PSALM PÅ SÖNDAG!" (THAT'S GONNA BE THE OPENING HYMN ON SUNDAY!!) Everyone laughed and now when someone see's me they will start acting like they are banging their forearms on the piano. (Noah can do a demonstration of that song if you don't understand that reference.) No I didn't end up playing "All of Me" on Sunday but I did receive more compliments on the performance. I have used the piano so much out here and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have to share the talents that I have been blessed with. Thanks to Mom and Pops for encouraging me to keep practicing. And don't worry Mom and Dad, I definitely still get time to practice here. I'm not getting a break at all! Ha and I'm really so grateful for it.

Well, everything here in Sweden is just moving along. The language is tough and Swedes are terrible at English haha but it forces me to try to communicate the best I can. I love you all. Hope you have a great week!


Strength and Honor

-Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone


P.S. We were helping a lady move the other day and on our way over there I saw pretty much the greatest thing I have ever seen. Their golden color glimmered in the fall morning. They stood tall above the ocean of green beneath. It was AN AMERICAN FOOTBALL FIELD WITH GOAL POSTS!!! I started getting teary eyed when I saw it. Beautiful... just beautiful. SO! I decided to call around the mission and set up a football game. 20+ Elders are getting together today to play some REAL football! Now if that isn't a miracle, I don't know what is. Alright... have a great week!


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The Juke: Round 2


Sweden in the Fall... pretty dang cool


Elder Walker (MTC Comp), Me, Elder Cushing (Knows the Scott and Lori Feathy's and is from East Millcreek), and Elder Mott (an elder in my MTC Group)