This last week was hectic. It was hectic, but amazing. Last week, I wrote about someone who came into the church and talked about joining the church. Well she was baptized here in Stockholm today. She said she would rather stay in Stockholms ward to be taught. We met with her most every day during this last week and taught everything someone being baptized needs to know. She truly was prepared. She would accept and absorb principles faster than most. Throughout the whole process there was a member family that got to know her and without them it wouldn't have been possible. It showed us the perfect relationship between members and missionaries. Today after her baptism she shared a few thoughts from everything she had learned. She testified of the Holy Ghost, of Joseph Smith the Prophet and how the church was restored through him. She also spoke about President Thomas S. Monson and talked about his last conference talk testifying of his role today. She is moving to Spain next week. It's unfortunate that she won't be here to strengthen the church here but she will be of great help no matter where she goes. She has gained a strong testimony. It was amazing to witness such growth and change in a person within a week.
It's officially summer in Stockholm. People we talk to on the streets are from Germany, or China, or the U.S. Today was 22 degrees which is one of the warmest days I have experienced in a long time. I think I may have even gotten some sun.
I've been talking about the Newells leaving for a few weeks and how much we'll all miss them. Well now we have the Beckstrands here in Sweden. They're amazing! Very different from President and Sister Newell but still amazing. Within minutes of them speaking to us we recognized the authority with which they were here. Yes, even their stewardship over the mission in Sweden. They're here to bless others and help others come unto Christ. And I know they have amazing things ahead of them for the next three years.