All posts by Gunnel Troberg

Swedish Society of Genetic Genealogy


Here about a week I got an email from Maren belonging to my congregation. She told me about a recent website for those interested in genealogy DNA. Swedish Society of Genetic Genealogy (SSGG) has gathered the top names in Sweden for genealogy. Hit you as an individual turn if you want to know more about how to interpret your DNA results. In addition to this website, there is also, of course facebook group DNA ancestry.

"Sophie was caught by a sect"

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Just when I began to think that Media in Sweden might have begun to be less restricted and more international in its mind, suddenly an article appears in Aftonbladet, which is the pure return to the Middle Ages.

In an article in Aftonbladet with the title "Sofi was caught by a sect" (2015-03-06) describes how distraught parents who lost her daughter to a Mormon sect. Another interview with a renegade Mormon included. Unlike the story of "Sofi" so is this woman's name is not fingrerat.

The story of "Sofi" is a story that many members know. Indeed, there is not so many members in Sweden that you do not know who it is written on, especially not in this case. On Mormon Lady, we wrote about "Sofi" for a couple of years ago. The story is tragic. It is not really about a girl who chooses to become a Mormon. It is about parents who can not accept her daughter's life choices. Self I recognize all too well. My parents forbade me to have the church do when they understood my interest in it. I was forced to choose between the church and my parents. I was in fear of those who would represent my security and trust. How difficult it must be for parents to accept their children's choices and how difficult it must be for Aftonbladet not to be so black and white - all to create sensation? The sad for Aftonbladet is that there are lots of people in this country who actually know Mormons and who know that what they write is not true. "Sofi" himself wrote a blog post here on Mormon Lady for a couple of years ago where she gave her version of what had really happened. To avoid further conflicts with his parents as we were asked, however, to remove the blog post.

It is surprising that Aftonbladet may still be in this kind of duck pond and not realize that they have made fools of themselves. Other Swedish newspapers wrote today respectful of our faith. If you read a popular magazine, Huffington Post, you find many articles about the "Mormons." Some are not so flattering, but many are quite positive. They give words a nuanced picture of our church and our faith. How can Aftonbladet be as medieval? It is a mystery indeed.

Church Public Affairs felt that this article was going on and will respond to the criticism. Mormon Lady has been in contact with FINYAR researching new religions and alternative spirituality. They are surprised Aftonbladet's actions, but says Aftonbladet is difficult to communicate with. Aftonbladet had not contacted them that the article was about. Mormon Lady was the one who had to tell "Sofi" man if they stood them in Aftonbladet. The question is what kind of journalism it represents; not to allow all parties to be heard and not even informed that they intend to write about them?

On a couple of facebook groups for Swedish Church members who I'm in so discussed Aftonbladet article. How do you react when members of the Church of the article? Yes, some taking up the fact that only 16% of the Swedish population have confidence in Aftonbladet, according to a recent survey. Others feel a sense of security that people in general and, for example, employers think it is ok that they are "Mormons." Some get upset and think that Aftonbladet represents a limited socialist vision. We can all think differently. For my part, gives the closest to a post-traumatic stress disorder. I myself have gone through like Sofi has had to go through. But even though it is our parents who torment us so no one asks about our emotions and how we have been treated.

My eldest daughter is no longer active in the church. Sure, I hope that she will come back to the church sometime because it is such a great joy and comfort to have Jesus Christ in his life. But whatever she chooses for life, I respect her life. She has her free will and the right to choose her own life. As members of the Church, we must respect that our children choose their own lives and their own life view. To me it is also obvious that all parents, regardless of their faith, respect their children's choices.

To read the article in its entirety so is this:

SeminarieTV 25: & Doctrine connected 124-124

Lulea seminary class films, presenting and editing this week's episode.


Starring: Elisabeth Dahlqvist, Moa Wirtala, Joseph Wirtala, Isaac Naslund; using Stockholmare: Saga Stahlberg, Frida Stahlberg, Beatrice Halldén. Message by David Newell, Branch president in Lulea.

NOTE: This section 25, 24 not as the beginning shows.

The Doctrine and Covenants 124

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How a Mormon missionary look at Sweden


If you like Swedish think that Mormon missionaries is something strange, I can announce that the missionaries actually think that Sweden and Swedes are also pretty special. On the home page English missionary has some missionaries set up a list of what they think is odd with Sweden and the Swedes. You have to have a distance.

Completely in the spirit of fun, tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating humor, here is a list of Things That are Different in Sweden from what we Provincial Americans might expect. (Inspired by a similar list for Argentina.) In add new entries at the top.

  1. Be careful. The nextdoor in the gain (walk-up) is the backdoor of the last guy who is still not interested.
  2. Beer in pop machines.
  3. If you guzzle a glass of water on hot day, you are being rude and Demanding more NOW!
  4. They have an island called "Island Country" (Oland).
  5. Dog Toilets.
  6. Fireworks at Christmas, Easter and just about every occasion (at Least When there's darkness).
  7. Traffic Lights Click or beeper so blind pedestrians can tell Whether the light is red or green.
  8. You can take off the shower head and rinse the conditioner out 30 seconds instead of five minutes. Also you can wash your hair without washing your body if you 're in a hurry.
  9. If you 're not careful, You Will Still praying Knocking on doors in summer at 11: 00 pm ... and the sun is still out.
  10. You turn on the bike headlights in the winter at 3: 00 pm.
  11. Old Swedes go on walks with cats and rodents and Use a leash to pull the helpless animal behind.
  12. A Can of Coke costs USD 2.00 (USD 15) at a cafe.
  13. Everybody HAS super deluxe baby carriages with heavy duty wheels.
  14. No matter how little snow there is, everyone uses studded tires all winter.
  15. No salad is complete without grated carrots.
  16. English Kids Learn to Cook in elementary school.
  17. Girls dress up as witches for Easter and boys dress up as hobos.
  18. Kids sell Bingo / Lotto tickets at the grocery store for fundraising projects.
  19. What you think is a Ku Klux Klan rally in December is really a Santa Lucia procession.
  20. All furniture made of light beech wood or pine.
  21. Unedited R-rated movies on regular (non-cable) television.
  22. Windows with Venetian blinds in-between two panes of glass.
  23. You can camp, hunt, and pick berries on private property.
  24. You attach your phone cord to the wall with something that looks like a 220-V plug.
  25. Everybody owns a cellular phone.
  26. Red boxes around town you put your distressed batteries in.
  27. Everyone takes the rainiest month off in summer for vacation.
  28. Front doors on the back of houses shaped like children.
  29. They claim That wall-to-wall carpeting is Why americans get sickening, but almost everyone in Sweden Has a cold.
  30. Americans like fluffy towels, while Swedes like to smash them into a mangler.
  31. Pear ice cream.
  32. Popular pizza toppings include bananas and curry, or artichoke hearts and roast beef.
  33. "English pizza" to missionaries means "thin, flimsy crust made by a middle-eastern person."
  34. If you're patriotic, you're probably a racist.
  35. Ground beef is not the hamburger as we know it.
  36. You Can Practically step outside your back door and pray in a forest, and pick berries That are in season.
  37. You've got to squeegee the whole bathroom floor after taking a shower.
  38. The cab drivers drive Mercedes Benz.
  39. It takes a crew of six Swedes a week to rip up a cobblestone sidewalk, scrape the dirt off the back, and put it back in. (Not counting bad weather, holidays, Fikas.)
  40. Cops drive Volvo and Saab.
  41. Half-naked women answer the door.
  42. Swedes do not know what a 'date' is. They always go to dance and parties in a group.
  43. The Amount of daylight you get at Different Times of Year, light in the summertime, dark in the winter.
  44. You do not Have to lock your bicycle to a lamp post. Just lock the wheel so it does not turn, and nobody Will take it.
  45. You can not buy greeting cards, aspirin, deli sandwiches, develop film, purely videos or bank at the grocery store, but you'll have to do all that at separate stores.
  46. When you order spaghetti, do not forget to ask for sauce and meatballs, or all you'll get is the noodles.
  47. Pear-flavored and blood-orange-flavored pop.
  48. While Snapple Claims to Be Made from the best stuff on earth, Bob juice is the best stuff on earth.
  49. Pregnant women bicycle.
  50. More store owners honor the Sabbath day.
  51. Plastic Grocery Bags Made to last more than five minutes.
  52. You can not tell by looking at what kind of handle A door HAS Whether You Should push or pull.
  53. "Valentine's Day" decorations at Christmas time
  54. Illuminated Red Buttons to turn the hallway lights on for two minutes.
  55. Root beer is not popular. The natives think it tastes like toothpaste.
  56. Corn on the cob is not for human consumption.
  57. Chocolate soda pop.
  58. You can ride a bicycle without getting killed.
  59. "Caviar" (actually smoked cod roe) is a snack food in toothpaste tubes.
  60. If an elevator is on the third floor and you are on the First and want to go up, You have to tell the elevator to come down.
  61. Elevators with no doors on the cab, just the stationary ones at each floor. You Could touch the wall moving past as the elevator moves.
  62. Continuously running elevators That you jump on and off of like a ski lift (paternoster?).
  63. Licorice can be salty. You'll burn your mouth if you're not careful.
  64. Rotten Fish in a bulging can is a delicacy (fermented herring).
  65. Riding a bicycles on a cobblestone street.
  66. Shaving not as popular with girls.
  67. Rose hip tea (rosehip soup).
  68. "Hockey" with curved Clubs and a very small ball (Bandy).
  69. Traffic lights turn yellow on Both stop and go.
  70. Doorknobs on toilets and toilet handles on doors.
  71. Asking for "Peanut Butter and Jelly" is like asking "rock candy and frosting."
  72. You can get by on £ 5, - the food budget per week. Everybody wants you to come in and "coffee."
  73. It's not surprising to see a movie theater or a bicycle repair shop closed for a month in the middle of the summer.
  74. You go to a health food store to buy maple syrup.
  75. If you order a pizza with olives You get a whole unpitted olive rolling around on top of your pizza.
  76. A clothes dryer is a luxury (but a drying room is not).
  77. The Spin Cycle ice the wrist by A Different machine than in the wash and rinse cycles.
  78. If you think a Swede ice suffocating She May just be saying yes.
  79. You can serve ice cream with a knife.
  80. Mayonnaise comes into toothpaste tubes.
  81. If it were not for the engine running You might ask Able to Hear a pin drop on a bus with 75 people on it.
  82. When a Swede talks about "the system," he's not talking about beating The Establishment; he's talking about buying liquor.
  83. A person who speaks only one language is rarer in Sweden than a polyglot ice in the USA.

Thanks to Donald Einar Asp, Mathew Bone, Ted BorenRick Bosler, David Boss Brian M. BoydJames Davis, Harold Dozier, Gustav Eric Engstrom, Erick HartmanRic Jensen, Christian Karlsson, Dale Olson, Gary Oviatt, Kenth I. Smith, Lee Swindlehurst and Chad Woolley.