Sweden is so beautiful in the fall, with the changing of the colors the Swedish forests are beginning to match the Swedish sunsets with bright reds, oranges, and yellows. With the change of the seasons that means a change of weather. This last week, has been pretty warm but its been getting darker faster, and colder every day. Winter is coming fast and you can see everyone preparing for it. I heard someone say that the first snow should come soon.
These last couple weeks have been stress full and busy but I have seen miracles from them. One of these is from last Sunday night. We called a friend to see if we could still come over and talk. He said he could not meet with us because he was sick, and so we offered to give him a blessing. We got to his house and he was laying on the living room floor. He had a bad cough and had no energy, it wasn't anything life threatening but he couldn't move around that much, and he had been inside all week. We explained the priesthood to him, how the priesthood we have today is the same priesthood authority that Peter, James, and John had. As well as, all the Prophets of old. We told him that we knew a priesthood blessing could heal, but it was contingent on faith. We told him that power comes from faith, and that if he had the faith he could be healed. We gave him the blessing and told him to get some rest. We saw him the next morning walking through the centrum (town center). He came up to us and told us that he was finally able to get to sleep, and stay asleep, but also that when he woke up he didn't feel tired, or sick at all. This experience was significant and really shows us and him that this is Gods work, the same work which prophets and disciples of old were engaged in. Therefore it will be followed by the same miracles and blessing of old. Also, Heavenly Father really cares individually for each of us. He knows our needs and we just need to remember him and to ask for his help.
Recently, there's been an increased emphasis on Family History work in Sweden and using family history as missionaries. Not our own, but helping others with their family history. Just the other day, I was sitting on the train and had a conversation with the man next to me. We talked about quite a bit of different things, but like most Swedes whenever religion gets brought up the topic either changes or conversation ends. But then we began talking about family history, and doing our family history. I referred him to the Church's website familysearch.org. He said he would definitely be using it. From there a discussion of eternal families came almost naturally. There is a real Spirit of Elijah covering the Earth. The Earth has the biggest family history database ever. Getting people in touch with their roots is itself a blessing.
The work is going really well, we are working with a few people who have a desire to follow Christ and to be baptized. And as always we are Preaching the Gospel. Things are going good here. I LOVE Sweden and the people!
Love to everyone back home,
|Leaving Stockholm on the train at sunset.|
Äldste Jonathan Moe