Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Email #88

March 7, 2016
Göteborg, Sweden

Helllloooo family!

Whew baby... what a week! The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder have finally met up here in Utby. We haven't decided who is who but you could definitely say that this is THE dynamic duo here in Göteborg right now. Everything has just "clicked" and it's been such a blessing this past week. We've been able to do so much and we've really tried to set the tone for these next couple of weeks. Can I get a "whoop whoop?"

First of all, Elder Albertsen will be mad if I don't send him a S/O in my email because he's going to read this on the blog! SO.... S/O to the dane. Lööööövvs!

ANYWHO... we've had so many miracles take place during this week and the Lord has been so kind. Remember the man named Simon that I talked about last week? We contacted him on the street, taught him the Restoration, and gave him a Book of Mormon. He was the definition of being prepared. Anyway... he ended up not living in our area which is kinda lame but he's living in the other Utby elders' area so he'll still be close. Elder Williams and Reed called Simon last friday and asked if they could meet up. They set up a lesson for this coming Tuesday and then asked if he was able to read anything in the Book of Mormon. "Yeah... I have a little bit. I am at the end of Alma right now. It's very interesting and I've loved everything I've read so far!" How cool is that? He has literally read half of the book in 7 days! I'm excited to see what will happen with Simon!

Another super cool experience happened yesterday after church. We just finished having a new mission prep class that the bishop wanted us to start. During the lesson, we talked with the "prospect elders and sisters" and asked who wasn't there. We talked about a few names and that was it. But after the closing prayer, the coolest thing happened. We had two young men in the ward who stood up, looked at each other, and said, "Hey... let's go get Oliver and see if we can get him to come next week." They got a few young men together, hopped in the car, and drove to go get Oliver. It was the coolest! And that is how it should be done. When we say in the closing prayer in church, "Please help the people that weren't able to come this week that they can come next next week," we should say "Amen" and BE the way the members can come back. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1:22-25) Our friends over at "Nike" said it best. "JUST DO IT." Let's be "doers of the work." Learned a huge lesson from Egon and Viktor that day.

Earlier this week, we talked to a lady named Gittan on the street. Now get this... Gitta is a name in Swedish. It's short for Birgitta. "Gittan"... with an "n" means "The Gitta." Kind of like "The Caleb." Haha anyway... you just need to know that she's the real deal. We contacted her on the street and she didn't seem super interested and started walking away, but I decided not to let her go and asked her why she wouldn't be interested. She walked back over to us and she didn't leave for the next 30 minutes. Next thing I knew, we were laughing together about the fact that our boy Donny Trump is a possible candidate for the presidency. Haha I have ZERO idea  if he won the candidacy for the republicans or not, but we won't talk about both religion and politics at the same time. Dangerous turf. It actually worked with Gittan though so maybe we will try to politic people into the message of the Restoration. (P.S. That's my thing to do. It's like my trademark... making nouns into verbs... so just roll with me alright? Sweet!) Anywho... we ended up talking to Gittan on the street for half an hour about the Book of Mormon and she LOVED it. We're going to go by her this week and teach her again. We talked to her and told her we'd bring a Mormons "bock" to her. Wrong choice of pronunciation because we meant to say "bok." We told her we'd bring her Mormon's Ram to her. Like a sheep. haha that's our little inside joke now. She's a super cool lady!

Well... that's about all the time I have this week. Elder Featherstone is a happy camper right now and there are a lot of INCREDIBLE things happening right now. I don't think I've ever looked more towards what's going to happen during a transfer. We're headed up to Stockholm on Tuesday for MLC (might be my last one... *tear drop*) and I'm excited for that. We'll have Zone Training on Friday and then splits with the Assistants on Friday and Saturday. It'll be a good week!

I love you all and I hope you have a "quacktastic" week. Make it happ'n capt'n! Be a DOER!

Strength and Honor

Elder Caleb Hendrik Featherstone
Hemma hos Lennart

Elder Albertsen's funeral on the mission.

We all wore black to fit the occasion.

Check out all this JUICE! #grocerystoreselfie

Sending off the Hawleys (a missionary couple) with some P-day bowling!

Selfie with Qais in Trollhättan!!

The Utby crew with Kirk, the ward mission leader. Love these kids.

A new convert in Utby named Azi! She's the funniest!

Dinner with the Wallentin crew. I love this family! Vikor (the one I talked about in the email) is the one in this picture! #STUD

Saying goodbye to Elder Albertsen before he hops on his train home. Too bad we're not looking at the same camera.

Waiting for Elder Reed with Elder Williams at the airport. Elder Bailey is in the terminal above us.

Hahaha.... uhhh... just having some fun.

The new Utby crew for this transfer! It's gonna be a RIOT!



Wallentin family! I love this family SO much!

My boys Uche and McQin at church yesterday. They're the greatest!

Droppping Elder Bailey off at the airport in Göteborg. Gonna miss this kid. #umeåbound

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