Monday, September 22, 2014

Email # 14

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sweden? or Chile?

Alright so for you to understand the subject of this email, I'm gonna have to give you a little back-story of it all. SO! About 5 years ago there was a spanish branch up in an area called Märsta. It was home to a lot of Chileans because apparently Sweden is the place to be if you don't want to live in Chile. Long story short, the branch started teaching false doctrine so they had to close the branch down and make them start coming to the chapel in Jakobsberg instead. SO! The Jakobsberg ward in 2014 is probably a solid 85% Chilean, 10% Swedish, and 5% Iranian. So that's kinda an overall look on the ward. So as you can guess, the Märsta branch now comes to Jakobsberg and it is pretty crazy sometimes. They have to keep a member of the high council in attendance every week to make sure nothing gets too out of hand. It's actually pretty funny. A couple weeks ago, there was a Chilean member that (I'm not bashing on Chileans. The Swedish-Chileans are just a little "special."(You're not a cottonheadedninnymuggins Buddy... you're just... "special.")) got up to give a talk. He gave a great talk in Swedish, closed with his testimony, and closed it in the name of Jesus Christ. I thought he was done, except he didn't move at all. After he was done, he said "Ok... and now for Spanska (Spanish). He then went on to give a full talk in spanish. It was actually pretty funny. All the Jakobsberg missionaries were kind of surprised at what was going on. Yesterday we had a lady get up and give a talk while a young girl in the ward translated for her. While this is going on, all the spanish speakers in the ward kept shouting from the congregation to help the girl with her spanish to swedish words. I guess my boy Aidan and I actually were called to the same mission. Ha! So... we are working a lot with the ward here in Jakobsberg and we are trying to 'rekindle the ward fire.' There is an insane amount of potenial here in Jakobsberg but we just gotta work it out of the members. Elder Krebs and I drew up a 'vision' for our area with different goals and steps to help us 'rekindle the ward fire.' We're pretty pumped about that and I already feel that the ward is warming back up to the missionaries. Not a ton happened this week except for Zone Training, which pretty much is what it sounds like. The zone gets together and we have a big training from the zone leaders. It always ends up being really solid so I really enjoy it and learn a ton from what they say. This month we talked about having the 'faith to move mountains.' We talked about a scripture that President Beckstrand wants us to memorize and apply in our missionary work. It's Mark 11:22-23 and it says,
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Having faith is more than just hoping for things, but DOING THINGS! That is something that Elder Bednar stressed so much when he visited us two weeks ago. We need to go out and DO! So, if we want missionaries to have success, we can pray for it, then once we say the word "AMEN" we go out and DO! Missionaries are full-time teachers. Members are full-time finders. That was an example by the way so don't feel like I'm coming down on anyone. Buuuuttt... you can try it out if you want. And be an "AGENT" and DO.

Alright I gotta wrap this baby up but just know that I love you all and am so grateful for the wonderful family the Lord has blessed me with.

Strength and Honor

Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone

The ABBA Museum in Stockholm. Haha it actually was a complete RIOT! So much dang fun!

AND..............THE JUKE!!!!!!!!!! IN SVERIGE!!!!!!! Haha gotta love it baby!!!!!

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