It’s already June! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been on my mission almost four months.
This week was probably the craziest/most fun week yet. To start off Tuesday was our typical day of contacting and teaching lessons, including our English course, but at 8 we hopped on a bus to head to UH for a sleep-over, in order to make the 4 in the morning train to get to Bratislava (more on that later). So, we got on the wrong bus and had to find a train to take us to UH at 9 that night. The train we found was the most peculiar thing I had ever seen. It was just one cabin and super unstable. Nevertheless, we got on it and got to UH at 10 where we then sprinted to the Elder’s apartment to make curfew. After a good night’s rest, we got up at 3:00 in the morning to take a train to Bratislava, in Slovakia, for training. We got to the train station fine, but once we got into Bratislava we realized no one knew where the building was, and that our Czech phones didn’t have service. So, we had a group of 16 Elders wandering the streets of Bratislava looking for a chapel. It was a sight to see! Fortunately, we are easy to spot and President saw us searching for the church.
Training was amazing! We had Elder Keron of the Quorum of the 70 talk to us, and I gained so many new insights on missionary work and the gospel in general. After training, we found our way back to the train station and came back to Zlin. Thursday was pretty normal tracting, contacting, and teaching. Friday, we went to the Hospital in Brno which was quite the experience. The Czech healthcare system is way different than in America, but I think it was equally as good. Saturday we tracted and contacted again, but while we were contacting on the outskirts of Zlin, we got caught in an intense 30-minute thunderstorm and got soaked. Absolute craziness. After that, we had game night and played ping pong and cards with the branch members. Sunday was pretty much the same as any other Sunday: church, member time, tracting, and then a member lesson. Today was fun as well, we did all of the typical preparation day activities, laundry, shopping, etc. Then we went and explored the Zlin International Film Festival. I won’t talk too much about it, but it was cool to see because it is the second largest international festival in the Czech Republic. And that’s my week!
So spiritual thought this week comes from Matthew 11:28-30.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Many of us have heard these scriptures quoted, but I wanted to focus on a thought Sister McConkie shared during training. The term my “yoke is easy” in the past meant something different than what we think of today. Sister McConkie taught this insight to us. Christ was a carpenter, thus one of his jobs was to make yokes for oxen. The term “My yokes are easy” was written in a carpenter shop, it meant that the yokes were individually fitted for the oxen. This personal fitting helped the cattle pull the yoke without receiving bruises and blisters upon it’s shoulders, making it easier to pull.
We are called to fulfill various callings, such as being a missionary, primary teacher, bishop, and so on. These callings can at times weigh on us and cause spiritual aches and pains, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Savior has called us to these callings because he has a fitted that calling specifically for us, especially when we fulfill it in the manner he asks. We are able to fulfill any calling he offers us with because we are yoked with him and the yoke is fit for us. However, this may not change the weight of the load we carry, but it guarantees us that while we pull, those blisters and bruises won’t come upon us. I know the Savior knows us each individually, he has experienced our sorrows and pains in a way we can never imagine. He loves us and will always help us. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I hope y’all have an AMAZING week!