Dear Family and Friends,
This past week has been crazy! We traveled a ton and on top of it all I’ve been assigned a new area! So here is the day by day.
Tuesday, August 18:
We did normal studies in the morning, and then we began our special task that President V. assigned us. To contact about 20 less active members in the Zlin area. So, most of our day was spent hustling around Zlin trying to find the people on our list. It was super fun, though. It was raining, so, we got a break from the heat, and I got to see a lot of the places in Zlin I had never been to before.
Wednesday, August 19:
Once again, studies in the morning, and then we got out and worked. We did some contacting, surveying, and tracting, until about 5 we had a lesson with an investigator named M. at our church building. Then we ran to another investigator’s home and taught him a lesson there. That was pretty much our day.
Thursday, August 20:
We got up at 5 in the morning to catch a bus to Brno for training! I got to go into the District and Zone Leader meeting for Zlin, which was exciting. Then, we had training which was absolutely amazing as usual. I love the McConkie family so much! After training, we got on the bus with the UH Elders and headed back to Zlin. When we got back Elder Shepard gave J. his baptismal interview, and he passed! He wasn’t baptized this past Saturday though because he has one or two things he wants to sort out before his baptism. Then, we gathered with all the branch to have a get together for Brother Heath, who is a missionary who served here two years ago. It was a great time. Then, we went back to the apartment with the UH Elders and called it a night.
Friday, August 21:
We worked most of the day running around trying to find the rest of the less active members that President Vecere wanted us to find. And after we finished, we went tracting.
Saturday, August 22:
We studied in the morning and then we ran to the store to get food for lunch, but when we got back we were locked out… We had our keys, but Elder Boyce had left the spare set of keys in the door and I forgot check if they were there when we left.. So, we waited about 20 minutes for someone to come open it for us, haha. During that time, we got our transfer calls! Elder Boyce found out he is going to be staying in Zlin and training a new missionary, and I was assigned to go to Jihlava! I am super excited! Then, we got into the apartment and weekly planned, followed by a quick hour of work. Towards the end the night we had game night with the Branch, and we did the normal Zlin things, Ping-Pong and Card games!
Sunday, August 23:
We went to church and I got to give my farewell testimony. After church, I took pictures with all the members, and then we headed home to pack and figure out all of the travel plans for Monday. After we finished all that, we went out and tracted and contacted until it was time for bed.
Sunday – GOOD BYES!
Today, Monday, August 24:
So, I got up at 5 and hopped on a bus to Jihlava! I got here around 11 and met my new companion, Elder Bourne! We ran my stuff to the church building, where we met up with the Sisters that serve here and some of the members for a birthday lunch for one of the YSA. And that’s it for today!
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There are so many different things I could talk about from this week, it’s hard to just pick one…
But I loved the thoughts that President McConkie shared during training. I don’t have a lot of time to explain the whole thing.. but the main thought was this.
Have a bigger vision. Look up for this moment in time. Look above the trials you are facing, the pain you are experiencing, and the sorrow you are feeling, and see the big picture. We are children of a Heavenly Father who loves us, more than we can know, and he has provided us a way to conquer sin and death. If we live our lives to the best of our abilities we will return to him with our families, and we will find happiness and joy beyond description. I know that as I have looked up for the hard days on my mission and looked at how it is just but a moment in the scheme of all things, I have found peace within myself. It cannot be robbed by a bad contact or rude person on the street because I know that despite all those things it will be ok in the end. I know our Heavenly Father loves us, that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to provide us a way to be freed from sin, and I know that we can return to him. In the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, amen.
I hope y’all have a great week!