hej hej yall :)This week has been the craziest most awesome week of my liiiiiiiiife. I dont even know where to begin!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday we woke up and headed to the church they have in Täby...we had a little orientation there. It was so nerve racking when they brought our new companions in. I was so nervous. President Beckstrand had typed up mission call letters. We had to stand and read where we were going and who our trainer would be.
The next day i had my first in home lesson with a less active named Saara. she's from Finland and is probably about 50. She answered the door............without pants on, so that was scary. I learned a lot about her...she's pretty much the coolest lady ever. She was a sniper in Lebanon for most of her life...if that’s not cool I don’t know what is. After that first lesson i was kind of scared of her haha.
We have two elders that serve with us in the Gävle branch. Elder Treat and Elder Landin. They’re hilarious.
So by Friday afternoon i was realizing the ridiculous amount of success we were having. we had contacted a total of 81 people and had lessons set up all throughout the week.
Friday night we taught the young women ( there’s three of them) and got this call from a random lady named Caspera...we didnt know what to think. We went home and tried to find her in the area book. There’s nothing on her. We thought maybe she was a member. no record. So Saturday night we went and visited her. Well, 5 years ago some missionaries gave her a Book of Mormon. She read Alma 32 a couple of days ago and called us. We have no idea how she got our phone number. She met the missionaries when she visited California. We arrived and she had dinner all made for us. I’m thinking, she has to be a member…. no she’s just painfully caring.
un-spiritual sidenote: she made this soup stuff...... it looked like tomato soup and i was really excited...................................it was not....tomato….soup. So I'm sitting there dying, trying not to gag. and I'm too scared to look over at Sister King. Well Caspera got up to go to the kitchen to get something and I look over and I'm like OMG STAB ME WITH SOMETHING and Sister King is like I KNOW THIS IS GROSS!! We are like holding hands trembling as Caspera comes back with this box with the word nyponsoppa on it, and the rest of the pot of soup stuff. She insists we take the box so we can make it at home because she can tell how much we like it.....my stomach flipped, my left eye twitched a little and my heart begged her not to do so, but alas, she started to pour herself another cup full. All I'm thinking is omg, please...do not do this to yourself. She asked me if I wanted more since I had held my breathe and sucked down the whole blasted cup and i said, nejjjjjj I've been eating candy all day i think I'm good..... she started talking about her family and got up to get a picture and left the room..once again, Sister King and i are like OMG I CANT EVEN, I'm all like whisper/yelling POUR IT IN THE PLANT, POUR IT IN THE PLANT hahahahahahahahaha. We are laughing so hard about this right now because it was so frightening.
So anyways, we continued to teach her about having faith in Christ. We invited her to church and she said she would come if she wasn’t asleep haha. In the middle of the meal we asked if we could do anything for her. she looked at me and just said pray for me...i said okay...she said, no....pray for me, right. now. She folded her arms and looked down. I started to pray. The spirit was so strong. I've had moments like that in the past 5 days that make my mission the best thing ever
i have come to realize that …...EVERYONE HERE HAS A LITTLE BIT OF CRAZY
There is a member named Ana Lil. her husband Jäni is not a member but loves the missionaries. Uhm…..she cray, (crazy). It’s kind of like she's possessed.
I’ll just list everything that makes her ridiculous
1. she has 254 little crazy Santa Clauses, yes, they are still up and she has some that dance.
2. she has three cats, even though shes allergic to them.
3. tried to shake my hand with a shocky thing, the shocky didnt work.
4. flipped us off. twice. Because Syster King didnt see what happened and I just started laughing, so she asked what happened, and Ana Lil showed her.
5. she has a billion refrigerator magnets on her fridge.
6. Jäni said the F word lol
7. they take a picture of all the missionaries that come to the house and print out a picture for each companion then they put it in a scrapbook and you sign it. the pen was a freaky shocky pen.
8. she hates President Beckstrand
9. while syster King was putting her boots on (bending over) Ana Lil came over and shoved her to the ground. Syster King "she's fantastic, 99% of the time we don't know whats going on"
10. she beat me over the head with a giant shoe horn.
They made awesome sausage cheese stuff with potatoes and of course bread with cheese, always bread with cheese here. It was amazing and they sent it home with us...it also kind of looks like cat vomit but you just cant think about it while youre eating it.
Every Saturday morning we play, innebändi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So fun and so painful. Just look up this sport, its crazy. its so hard but I finally got the hang of it and I scored a goal!!! A couple from Canada were there and they're investigating the church! They're so funny and awesome:)
The bishop invited me up to bear my testimony!! So that was fun. Caspera came to church:) and Saara came to church also!!! Saara ran over to me and gave me a massive bear hug. she is a big woman. We hugged for like 5 minutes and she whispers in my ear with her awesome swedish finnish accent, you know what…I like you. Thank goodness. I'm not trying to get sniped. She's the best. Apparently we have the same horoscope so she calls me her twin. She's awesome haha
After church we had ward council. Our mission leader is awesome. His wife and oldest son were killed in a car accident. He has a son right now, Marcus, who is really depressed. He said he played guitar then stopped and is now starting to play again. He asked if any of us play. He was excited to find out I play and Elder Landin does. So we will be visiting Marcus a lot and just helping lift his spirits.
The Sjökvists invited us to dinner so in between church (church was 2 hours) and dinner we went contacting. I saw some bright purple jackets across the square and i was like, we have to talk to them. so we ran over and introduced ourselves. we told these two ladies we were missionaries and they freaked!! " :0 I’M CHRISTIAN! :D” She was so excited! Her name is Nina and her mom is Maria. They are from Columbia and live right by us!! They've been here for 5 years and have wanted a church to go to. She has been praying for missionaries. She has family in Ecuador being taught. she was even more excited when somehow in my 7th grade spanish i told her how my uncle served in Ecuador :) so we will be meeting with them this week:)
This has been one CRAZY, FUN week. I look forward to more and more of these weeks. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and am glad to share it with everyone I come in contact with.
LOVE YOU FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Syster Giles
I found my friend, Sister Funk. She arrived to days before I left. She is headed to Winter Quarters, Nebraska
Ready for Sweden
Graduated from MTC....Van ride at 3:30am to the airport. zzzzzzzzzz
We all made it. Sweden is beautiful!!! President and Sister Beckstrand are on the far right. Look forward to knowing them better!!!!