Another busy week, so, I will get right to it!
Tuesday, June 23:
It was a fairly normal day, we were able to teach a lot of people tabling in the morning, and we had English in the evening. Apart from that, it was just a good solid day of work.
Wednesday, June 24:
We had our first District Meeting of the transfer in Uherske Hradiste! Our mission is shorthand, in terms of missionaries. There are only four of us in our district covering two separate cities, so it was good being able to see them! We did some district finding together, just teaching anyone we could find on the town square. Then we caught a bus back to Zlin, where we taught a lesson to a recent convert who is 17 years old. She is absolutely amazing, and we were able to have a really good lesson on the sacrament and how we can make it more meaningful. Then K. (the YSA who has his mission call) came and we went tabling with him. I got to work with him because my Czech is still fairly week, but between us were able to teach five separate lessons together. Following that, we did a little sports night, where we threw around a football and frisbee for a little bit inviting anyone else in the park to come join us. And that was most of our day!
Thursday, June 25:Was pretty normal. We seeded, and tabled for a couple of hours and then at 6 our branch threw a barbecue! It was amazing! We were able to get two investigators and a less active members there. We roosted spicka over a fire and visited with all of the Branch for three hours. I absolutely love all of the Branch here in Zlin. I’ll send a photo of all of them.
Friday, June 26:
We spent the first half of the day studying and planning for the coming week. Following that, we went out tracking and met
some nice families
, one of which gave us a branch of cherries to take home with us. To end the night we had game night. We thought nobody would show up because summer break just started, but the J.family and K. came so we spent the entire night playing jenga, ping-pong, and super farmer together. Probably the best game night yet!
Sunday, June 28:
Like I said, summer break just started, so half the branch was gone haha, but we still had enough people to have church. Following that we tracted for five hours in the rain! It was probably the funnest tracting session I’ve done thus far. We just walked around singing “There is sunshine in my soul today” in Czech and anyone that heard us would laugh, and then we’d stop them and teach a lesson. I loved it! Haha!
Monday, June 29 (Today):
Nothing super exciting. Just some studies, shopping, contacting, and planning for travels for later this week!
Me holding Pres. V Crossbow. haha
The spiritual thought this week is really long, but it has had a powerful impact on me and I believe that it can make a difference in everyone’s lives.
As I have been out on my mission, I have found that at times I feel as if I have insufficient faith, because of doubts and worries that fill my mind. I thought it was a bad thing, something that hindered me as a missionary, and this has been a worry for me for quite some time and I have prayed often about it. This week I received an answer, while studying in the book of Mark. In Mark chapter 9, we learn the story of a father who brings his son, afflicted with a “dumb spirit”, to Christ, in order to have him healed. After the man asks the Savior to heal his son, the Savior says, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” What a powerful promise that is! However, like I said what about those of us who have doubts or uncertainties? Are we able to qualify for this blessing? The father then replies to the Savior, crying, “Lord, I believe,” and then a pause, “help thou mine unbelief.” This father had doubts too! He admits that he didn’t fully believe in the Savior. Yet, in the very next verse the Savior heals his son. This miracle happened because of two reasons: One, our Heavenly Father is anxious to bless us and help us in our lives, and two, the father, despite his doubts and worries turned to the Savior for help. He acted on the knowledge he had of Savior, and fell at the feet of the Great Redeemer with tears in his eyes, pleading for his son. This principle applies to us. We have doubts. It is part of our earthly experience, but that does not prevent us from seeing miracles in our lives. If we turn to the Savior and act according to the knowledge we have, we will see the Lord work wonders in our lives. More than that, our doubts will be replaced by faith. One more thought I would like to share about this, President McConkie (Mission President here) issued a challenge for all of the missionaries here for the summer transfer. Included in this challenge is a quote by Elder Holland that reads,