Thursday, October 24, 2013

Leaping Leopards, Batman! It's an Email from Äldste Ogaard!

*Cue Theme Music*
Hello Everybody! How are my favorite people in the entire world doing today? Welcome again to our weekly broadcast of Whose Mission is it, Anyways? This week I must say, the news will be short, but I give you my 100% guarantee that it will be of the same wonderful quality as usual, and will keep you on your toes!
So, to start off our little report, I am now officially in my new area, Linköping (that's here ----->  for all of you who don't know Swedish geography) I must say, it is a lot bigger than what I am used to; after spending the last 5-6 months in places like Darlarna and Skellefteå, I am totally not used to being in a city again. I keep looking around, expecting to see trees everywhere, but instead all I can see are buildings and people! Talk about shell shock. But yes, I finally have settled down.
Let me tell you though, it was an interesting journey to get to "settled down", however. It started with Monday: I had my last English group meeting, and it was very sad. I didn't tell anyone in the group that I was leaving; it was just too much. (by the way, Agnes, if you are reading this, I guess that WAS my blog that you found. My sister started one for me. Keep reading, and let everyone else know I miss them!) We had a really fun activity (spoons), and then began all the preparation for me heading out.
So, for those of you who haven't been a Mormon missionary, let me break down how this goes: usually, I have 3 days to pack up, write a report of what I've been working on for the new guy, and say all of my goodbyes to the people I have come to love so very much. Now, notice how the word "usually" is underlined? That's because this transfer, things were a tad different. This time, I had the equivalent of 2 days to get everything prepared, because we also had zone training to go to last week! Needless to say, I was a tiny bit stressed out. However, I persevered through, had an AWESOME time at zone conference (I'll talk more about it next week), and managed to survive the flight from Skellefteå (even though I had to wake up at 4:30 to catch it).
Let me tell you though, the hardest part was saying goodbye to Hanna. She took it like a trooper, but it was really hard for me to say goodbye. I only take comfort in the fact that I know Hanna is awesome and that she's in good hands in the Skellefteå branch, and that I have decided that i will be going back to Skellefteå before the end of my mission; it's not a matter of if, it's only a matter of when. =)
Anyways, other than moving, there isn't really so much to report. My new companion, Äldste Martinsson, is a pretty cool guy. I think that we'll get along just fine.
So that's it for this week, guys. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join again next week for another exciting episode of Whose Mission is it, Anyways? (or whatever I decide to rename it)
Äldste Kody Christopher Ogaard

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