|"He who kneels before God, |
can stand before any man"
Aldste Blackburn has been SOOO busy, that he didn't have time to write a letter this week but did send pictures....and a very nice letter to me but I'm his Mom so there you go! (wink) I'm going to take the liberty to share some details you might find interesting!
|What happens when companions |
go shopping after Christmas sales....
|Black Tie New Years Eve party at a members home... |
Of course James Bond and James Bond Jr.
are drinking sparkling cider :)
Mission life is very structured and they have a very strict schedule ~ 6:30 am wake up, workout, study time, and preparing for the day. They have appointments and "street contact," meaning in Europe and other parts of the world, missionaries meet people on the street, in buses and trains and talk with them. Then they make appointments for those interested and teach lessons. They must be in their apartment by 9:30pm to prepare and set goals for the next day, etc. Then lights out at 10:30pm. Right now while in Uppsala, he lives in a very large apartment with another set of elders (4 missionaries in the apartment). He has a piano and an acoustical bass guitar and I hope he does not drive the other missionaries crazy, ha ha... There are also 2 sister missionaries and one senior couple serving in the city as well (8 missionaries). There are only about 50 people who attend the Uppsala Ward (congregation), and they have asked him to play the piano every week in Priesthood meeting for the opening hymn. He also will play the organ in Sacrament meeting about once a month to fill in, thus all the practice in the apartment. (Like he needs a reason, right?) He's also singing quite a bit, which he loves!!
|Some delicious food at a |
New Years Eve Party.
|More "Black Tie" New Years Eve party action.|
|Waiting in the middle of no where for our |
bus to take us home after dinner with a member.
|Heading home after a good night with |
some awesome members on New Years Eve.
|Little Kerstin :) (Caroline's baby)|
What has struck me the most is watching his growth over the last 7 months go from a boy to a man in his understanding of life, the Gospel, God's love for us all, compassion, reliance on the Lord and his willingness to just go for it. Go to another country, leave your family, not knowing the language and know you are not going "home" for two years and get completely lost in the work and loving it... When Skyping on Christmas I asked him, "Are you happy?" ... He said, "Yes... I am SO happy".
When he opened "his call" last January and read where he was to go, and after the initial shock, excitement, and everyone had left and he was standing in our kitchen, he turned to me and said, "Mom, this is SO right... I have never felt anything so right in my life. I know this is where God wants me to go."
I testify that God knows us, He loves us and when we trust in His plan for our lives, things open up to us in ways we didn't even know were possible...
Stay tuned for Aldste Blackburn's letter next week. :)
|My photographer companion exercising his skills|
at the Stockholm Central Train Station.
|Companions that dress together stay together :):)|
(Not sure how they did that... so funny)
|Why is no one out to talk to us??!!|
|Aldste Bentson and I having some|
good quality companionship time <3
|Our church building because I don't|
think I ever got a picture of it, ha ha.
|Pretty sick hobo tent we found!|