Hey everyone. :) This week was crazy busy. We got transfer calls this Saturday and sadly I will be leaving Sundsvall tomorrow. I can't even describe how much I love this place and I'm going to miss all my amazing friends here so dearly. I'm coming back for you someday Sundsvall, I promise!! I will be transfering to JAKOBSBERG! (pronounced Yaw-cubs-berry in swedish) I am so excited for this next adventure. This is the area my favorite MTC Comp Syster May started in. :) It is a little place just 15 minutes out of Stockholm. SO EXCITED.
Syster Hong crazily enough will also be leaving Sundsvall for Trollhätten for one transfer and then be coming back! So there will be no Systers in Sundsvall for 6 weeks. So sad! Syster Hong's Greenie didn't get her visa so hopefully they get them soon.
This was our last week together so me and Syster Hong decided to buy matching skirts and wear them our last Sunday here! Glad they have an H and M at every corner here. ;) They call it 'Ho-em' though haha. We also watched the rest of conference for P-Day. It was sooo great. Elder Holland's talk was just exactly what I needed to hear.
We then went to go visit Armin and Shirin one last time before we leave. They made us these yummy sandwiches and signed my buddy book. :) All of a sudden their sweet Persian next door neighbor came in and they all went off in Persian. When he left Armin informed us that he just invited us all over for fika and that they wanted us to teach them everything about the gospel!! What the what. So crazy cool! They are so prepared. ❤ We went over and just talked and answered all their questions and they loved everything. Wish I could stay and continue teaching them. Never going to forget them. :)
We were with Cassi, Celine, and Melanie a lot this week too. When we told them we were both leaving Celine started crying. It made me so sad! They seriously are like my sisters now and it's gonna be weird not being able to see them. Melanie is thinking about being baptized soon too! I wish I could be there for her baptism but I'll make sure to get pictures. :) They have family down in Stockholm so they said they would come visit me in Jakobsberg someday. Love them to pieces.
We had a funeral (misisonary funeral) for Äldste Pearson this week too. Since he is finishing his mission! We laid blankets on the table and laid him on it and put flowers all around him. We read him letters and poems that all his past companions sent us and sang 'God Be with you will we meet again.' It was sad but also fun. We had waffles and bacon too! Gonna miss Äldste Pearson so much! He was the best fun uncle ever. ;)
Me and Syster Hong then made a trip down to Täby for the night. Syster Hong had a meeting with the other training systers so that meant I got to go on splits with the Täby systers. :) So Fun! I got to be with Syster McClatchie and Syster Lund. :) It was such a blast! I went off with McClatchie and Lund went off with Syster Crawford. I can't tell you how much I love Syster McClatchie. She is friends with my friends in my stake back home! She knows Perry, Jamie, and Kendal! We were just talking about them all day and how we all need to meet up back in college next year. :) We had so many laughs too because were basically on the same level of Swedish and there were just so many funny awkward moments while kontakting people lol. She showed me all around Täby and she is already such an amazing missionary. I hope I get to be her companion someday. :)
We took a train back home to Sundsvall and started packing up our apartment. My last Sunday was testimony meeting and I went up and bore my testimony. I did a good job at holding back my tears, and then we then sang my favorite Swedish church hymn for the closing song. (pg. 156 Blott en Dag ett ögonblick i sänder) and I just started bawling. I was sitting next to Celine and she gave me hugs. Armins neighbors were at church too. :) In Sunday school we had no teacher so I volunteered to wing the whole lesson. I think it went alright haha thank goodness for the spirit. We went to Mashid's house after church and she made us the most amazing Persian pasta ever. She is so adorable.
Yesterday was our last P-Day in Sundsvall and our amazing mission leader Arto Kartanen told us he wanted to take us missionaries on a huge sight-seeing roadtrip! We all happily agreed. :) He came to pick us all up at four in the morning and we started our journey. Our first stop was a ski resort in a town called Åre! We weren't allowed to go skiing lol but Arto paid for all of us to take this trolly up the hill and explore the whole resort! It was sooooo fun and beautiful! We tooks tons of pictures and explored the snowy mountains. Afterwards Arto was like 'Do you guys wanna go to the Norwegian border?' :) And we were like YES!! It was such a great adventure. :) We made a few quick stops on the way back to some cool old swedish churches and camps, and then Atro dropped us at home. We said tusen tack till him for everything and went back home.
When we got to our apartment, there was yarn EVERYWHERE! The young women got our spare key and Yarnified our whole place haha! There was a note at the front door saying we had to roll up the yarn and it would lead us to a prize! 😆 After an hour of rolling it all up we finally got to the end of it will sweet letters from all of them and Marabou chocolate! It was the sweetest thing ever. I've said this like 10 times already but I'm gonna miss them SOO MUCH.
Phewf, that was a long letter. Thanks to you who actually took the time to read all of it haha. But yeah, my last week in Sundsvall was pretty much the greatest. I will cherish the memories I've had here forever and ever. I've made some of the bestest friends here and I know I will be back someday. :) This mission is honestly is the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. I'm so grateful for this possibility to be a missionary for the Lord and to be able to meet the people he has prepared for me to meet. I'm stocked to see what adventures lie ahead in Jakobsberg. :) Love you all and talk to you next week. Mee Bee Namet. (See you soon. :)