Monday, April 13, 2015

Email #42

April 13, 2015
Vasterhaninge, Sweden


This week has been absolutely incredible! So many things have happened! I don't have a lot of time today because we were running all over Stockholm and were very busy! Just wanted to share a quick story about our investigator Arman. Arman is our investigator from Iran but has lived in Sweden for over 35 years.

This week we were in a lesson with Arman and we were talking about the importance of "Obedience, the Word of Wisdom, and Obeying the Laws of the Land." Unfortunately, Arman can't speak Swedish very well so we work through a member who has been set apart in Sweden for the missionary work among the Persian speakers and members. While we were teaching, Arman was speaking for an unusually long amount of time and Elder Burton and I weren't sure what was going on. The Persian translator who is a member in Stockholm relayed the message from Arman to us and it was absolutely incredible. One day, Arman went back to his house and told his brother (who lives with him) about the church and the Book of Mormon. Arman has a pretty strong Islamic background and his brother wasn't very pleased with it. To avoid contention, Arman decided it would be better to move away to a different city so that he was able to progress in the gospel and read the Book of Mormon. What a sacrifice! Arman sacrificed his own house so that he could make the decision to follow the Savior. It was a real testimony builder for me to see what others would sacrifice for the Savior. Arman already has such a testimony of the Living Christ and is willing to sacrifice what he needs to, in order to reach that goal of baptism. In a conference talk a while back, Elder Dallin H. Oaks talked about a similar story and his sacrifice.

"Many years ago this conference heard of a young man who found the restored gospel while he was studying in the United States. As this man was about to return to his native land, President Gordon B. Hinckley asked him what would happen to him when he returned home as a Christian. “My family will be disappointed,” the young man answered. “They may cast me out and regard me as dead. As for my future and my career, all opportunity may be foreclosed against me.”

“Are you willing to pay so great a price for the gospel?” President Hinckley asked.

Tearfully the young man answered, “It’s true, isn’t it?” When that was affirmed, he replied, “Then what else matters?” That is the spirit of sacrifice among many of our new members."

I know that the Lord appreciates even the little sacrifices we make for the sake of the Gospel. I know that we will be blessed when we show the Lord which way we face by sacrificing the things we need to for him and for the sake of the Gospel.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you all so much!

Strength and Honor
Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone
Sweden Stockholm Mission

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