Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been great! My experience here in Hradec is completely different than any other part of my mission. I am with an experienced missionary, and we are seeing all the wonderful blessings the Lord has in store for the people here. Anyhow, here is the day by day.
Tuesday, September 13:
Normal day studies in the morning, contacting until lunch, a lesson with D. (a recent convert), more contacting, and then English. It was a great day for finding though we ended up teaching about seven full-fledged lessons on the street, and of those seven, three became new investigators.
Wednesday, September 14:
We had studies, and then we went and traveled to Pardubice for District Meeting. It went well, and after we were able to get lunch together and do a chalk display in the park. Then we traveled back to Hradec for lessons with all the people we met on Tuesday (plus a recent convert). Of the three, one man named Pavel accepted a baptismal date, and we have began working with him on a regular basis.
Thursday, September 15:
We had Missionary Leadership Council, so Elder Oviatt and I traveled to Pardubice, where we picked up the Sister Training Leaders and drove to Prague. The meeting was enjoyable, and after we were able to have lunch with the Pohorelicky’s. Afterward, we traveled back to Hradec, and we meet the Elders from Ostrava for an exchange. I was with an Elder Stacey, a cool guy from Idaho Falls (we were able to bond about Idaho stuff), and we had a great night. We met one man named Pavel (Czechs all have the same names), and we talked to him about baptism on the street. He then shared his story with us, and said he had just recently found God in his life, but he had not been baptized yet. So, we extended him a date and he accepted! Awesome – exchange miracle!
Friday, September 16:
We were still on our exchange, and we just did normal studies in the morning followed by contacting and lunch. Then, we had our exchange interview and ended. Then Elder Oviatt and I went finding until we had Family Home Evening to end the night.
Saturday, September 17:
We had studies and weekly planning in the morning, followed by a Tesco lunch with the other Elders. Then we went out and found for a couple of hours until we had sports night. It went well and we had some 15 people who came, so we ended up playing a full court game of soccer, which was an absolute blast (even though everyone who came was basically a European Pro Player.. haha). Then, we ended our night with some calls.
Sunday, September 18:
We got in a personal study before church, and then we had church. The chapel was absolutely packed! I think was about 50 people there, the most I have ever seen at a regular Sacrament Meeting here in the Czech Republic. After church we had a missionary correlation meeting, followed by a halushky lunch, hosted by the Holts. Then we went out finding until five o’ clock, when we went tracting with the other Elders. During tracting, we got a return appointment to an awesome family, and we will see how it goes this next week.
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“And now, Jacob, I speak unto you: Thou art my first-born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren.
“Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.” 2 Nephi 2:1–2
I know that many of us wonder why we have trials in our lives. I just wanted to bear my testimony that it is ok to have trails. They are never a form of punishment to us, but rather an opportunity to gain something greater in the future. So push on. Hug your trials, because when all is said and done you will find that your greatest rewards will come from those most difficult periods of your life. I know that Christ lives and that he is here for us, in his name, amen.
Have a great week!