Friday, June 27, 2014

June 23, 2014

Kära familj,

It has officially been the craziest week of my mission. Forgive me if this isn't a very good email. It has been a good week. Just also a crazy one.

The best part of the week was on Tuesday when yes, Judy was baptized. She was very excited and the YSAs were a great support. Syster Eborn and I sang I am a Child of God (Oakcrest style) and I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. She was confirmed yesterday in Sacrament meeting and she already has a calling. She had a calling before she was baptized but now it can be official.

On Wednesday I got to meet Pontus. He is an amazing person. Basically we sat there while he testified to us that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. We invited him to be baptized on July first and he accepted. He's super stoked for his baptism.

This is where the week starts to get really crazy. Thursday morning we had district meeting in Linköping. When we got off the spårvagn (tram) and onto the train Syster Eborn realized that she no longer had the phone. It was still on the spårvagn, which was already gone. The elders immediately called it and it was already turned off. As soon as we got to Linköping we got on the computer and tried to find it through the GPS but it was already offline. So we've been without a phone since Thursday morning. This makes missionary work hard but it also means that when people try to cancel on us we have no way of knowing so we show up anyway. Which actually worked out for the better this weekend. Anyway at District Meeting Syster Eborn found out that she might be transferring on Wednesday. She was really down because that would be right before Pontus' baptism. We taught him again that night and she told him she might not be there for his baptism and he was sad but okay with it. Then we talked to the zone leaders on the elders' phone and they said there is no transfer next week so we don't have to worry about it. We were still with Pontus and when we told him that Syster Eborn would still be here he literally jumped for joy.

So then Friday was midsommars afton, the day that we all celebrate midsummer. It was a non-proselyting day where we celebrated with members all day. We met the elders at the church before going to the member's house and they said we need to call president. So we called and found out that Syster Eborn would be transferred on Saturday morning to Luleå. We had less than 24 hours' notice and we were on our way to a day-long midsummer celebration and didn't have our phone or anyone's phone numbers. In other words, Syster Eborn only got to say goodbye to the members who were at midsummer. We were gone all day where I still had a good time even though it was hard news to receive. We danced around the maypole and had yummy food. When we got home we stopped by Judy to say goodbye as well as the other new converts that were baptized when Syster Eborn was serving here. Good thing they all live close by. We didn't get to start packing until 11:00 Friday night. Yes, the sun still goes down. At least it does this far south. Syster Eborn went to Luleå which is the furthest north unit in Sweden, and the sun doesn't set there. We finished packing at 2:00 AM. Both of our alarm clocks are somehow broken and we had no cellphone, so our only alarm was the sun. I'm pretty sure we're the only missionaries who would go to sleep the night before transfers without setting an alarm. We prayed hard. We woke up right around 6:30 still. (We didn't put the blanket over the window so the sun would wake us up.) We had plenty of time to get Syster Eborn and her stuff to the train station. We were together for 10 days. And yet we still baptized! An hour after Syster Eborn's train left, my new companion came in on her train.

My new companion is Syster Miller. She left on her mission 3 months before me and she goes home the beginning of October. She's from Georgia and she's hilarious. And she loves horses and dogs and singing. We already get along great. I felt really bad that she was coming in to the area and we had no phone and I don't really know my way around yet. We missed our first spårvagn home because I realized I didn't even know which one we were supposed to take. But we made it eventually.

Sunday was crazy because I had to tell everyone that Syster Eborn left without saying goodbye. Also that we don't have a phone so if they were trying to get ahold of us that's why we weren't answering. Pontus was so sad that Syster Eborn was gone. But he's still excited for his baptism and has already started inviting people to come. Cie-Cie was also at church again. As well as two less active members. And Judy was confirmed.

We haven't been able to get to the lost and found for our phone all weekend because of the holiday and the weekend. We called them about an hour ago (finally they were open) and they said they haven't had a phone turned in all weekend. So I guess it's lost and we'll go back to an old Nokia phone. Good thing I've gotten good at reading maps so we don't need google maps!
Peyton, good job at clogging camp! I'm glad you had fun and got to say hi to Greg and Kaitlyn! She was a super awesome TA so I bet she was an awesome counsellor too! I'm so jealous that you're going to Lake Powell! Have a fun time and take lots of pictures for me! Jag älskar er!

Love, Delaney