Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been a good one. Not a ton of time today, but here is the day by day.
Wednesday, May 25th:
We had a normal morning of studies followed by some contacting out in the parks, and then we left for Brno to go on an exchange! I was able to go with Elder Crowny. We only had enough time for a little contacting and a lesson before we turned in for the night.
Thursday, May 26th:
I was still in Brno for most of the day on the exchange. We played soccer for our morning work out, then we did studies and then we ran to the archives for a bit until we went out contacting for a bit. After lunch, we went back to Olomouc and ended the exchange. When we got back to Olomouc we had sport night.
Friday, May 27th:
We had studies and then we were out on the streets contacting until we had a lesson with Ellie and that was basically all of our day.
Saturday, May 28th:
We had a lesson earlier in the morning, and then we were able to go to lunch with former Elder Boyce, who was visiting Olomouc. After lunch, we ran home and weekly planned. To finish the night we went out and did some more finding.
Sunday, May 29th:
We had church and then immediately we we went out to visit a member’s home to share a message and for dinner. When we got back to Olomouc, we contacted the rest of the night until we turned in for the night.
This is a small excerpt from a man named Howard Zinn, which I read this week. Here it is for you:
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Sorry for the short thought this week, but remember to push on and carry that flame of hope. After all, what are we if we have no hope? It is what makes us human, it carries us from day to day. And with Christ, we can truly hope for all things. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.