The snow is gone and the sun is shining. Southern Sweden is being blessed with good weather right now. And good missionary energy. People don't find it too amusing when stopped on the street in the pouring rain or snow. This last week we had zone training, we were able to prepare a powerful message on opening our mouths. It is one of the hardest parts of missionary work. Everyday talking to the first person never becomes easy, but we have been asked to talk with all those along the way. But missionaries are not an inconvenience to people. They are inviting people to eternal life. They are freely offering a chance for people to find happiness. There is nothing to be ashamed of in that.
This ward has some of the greatest members. Every Friday night here there is an Innebandy activity which is like floor hockey. It is really fun and I am getting better at it. Still not anywhere as good as the Swedes are but slowly better. While there and in church you honestly feel as if your part of the family. Whenever new faces are there, they are always welcoming and friendly. It's a well organized part of Christ's flock. I haven't served in a ton of large wards on my mission but I have been blessed with my assignments when measured by testimony and love.
This last Friday we had open church, this is a time when the chapel is open for people to come, receive tours, use family history resource, and learn about the gospel. So we are there for a set number of hours weekly. A man came to the church because he had played ping pong in the past with missionaries. He came and although he was in no way interested in meeting with missionaries again to learn about the gospel he brought a friend. We were able to play ping pong and have fun but also talk to his friend. While the other two were playing I showed the man the chapel. He said he felt peace there and I told him it was the church building, and the Holy Ghost. He showed sincerity in wanting to meet and so we exchanged information. Often times when people are approached by missionaries on the street or at their doorstep they don't give it a chance. But when missionaries are able to meet people in more relaxing situations it takes the pressure off both parties.
I love the work. We are depending on the Lord and praying for help and guidance and working as hard as we can to see some miracles here. Please pray for us. Thanks for all of the support!
Äldste Jonathan Moe