Dear Family and Friends,
So it is freezing here… I envy all of you that have escaped the cold (especially in Hawaii). But, despite the cold, it has been a truly wonderful week here in the Czech Republic. Here is the day by day:
Sunday, January 15:
We had church and it was great! I spent most of my time translating in Primary and was able to get to know a less active member family, which was really cool. Then after church, we ate a quick lunch before we ran over to a less active member’s home for a visit. We taught her with the Sisters, here in Prague, and had a wonderful lesson on the Sabbath Day. After that, we traveled to another less active member home, and there we gave the father a blessing and administered the Sacrament for the family. To end the day we headed back to the office for dinner and call-ins.
Monday, January 16:
As per usual, we sent out the weekly newsletter for the mission in the morning, followed by office meeting. Then, we got some lunch with the office Elders, before we had interviews with President. When we had finished our interviews, we got out contacting, and lately it has been freezing here in the Czech Republic lately, so not a ton of people were out, but we did see some success in the metro. When we had gotten cold enough that we couldn’t quite function right, we went back to the office and began making the finishing touches for Mission Leadership Council. We ended the night with call-ins with the Zone Leaders.
Tuesday, January 17:
We had a meeting with President in the morning, where we talked about the mission and confirmed on several details for MLC. After, we grabbed another quick lunch so we could make our meeting with the Slovak Mission Leaders to talk about how we can get more members involved in missionary work. Then, we started MLC. It went from 3 in the afternoon until about 9, and we had a wonderful council about how to help this mission grow and prosper. When we had finished, we took the Plzen Zone Leaders back to our apartment to call it for the night.
Wednesday, January 18:
We got up and continued with MLC ending it around 2 with a lunch. Then we got out and went to meet an investigator for a lesson, but he was a no-show, so we went out and contacted the rest of the day.
Thursday, January 19:
We had a meeting with President in the morning to confirm the agenda for Progressive Training and several other upcoming calendar items. Then, we had District Meeting, followed by District Lunch, and finally District Contacting, which was awesome! We did towering, again, and saw a lot of success from it. Then, we had two lessons right after. One with an amazing progressing investigator, and the other with a referral from a member friend. Both were great and President was able to come and help us with the first lesson. After the lessons, we went to the office and finished the last few items for Progressive training.
Friday, January 20:
We picked the Ceske Budejovice Elders and drove them to Progressive training in Brno. It was a great training and I think it was a big help to all of the new missionaries. Plus, it was really cool to be able to see Elder Smith and Elder Cardon as trainers and catch up with them. After the training, we traveled back to Prague for a group language study that was being led by some investigators and members. Then, we had game night and it was a great turn out!
Saturday, January 21:
Today, we got up and went to a refugee camp to deliver supplies with the District. Then, we came back and went out to see Prague as a District. When we got tired, we went back to the building and played games and here we are now emailing.
So, this week’s thought comes from Jeremiah 29 verse 11. It reads
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Now when I read this in English it didn’t quite catch my eye, but the other day I read it in a Czech Bible, and the translation was a bit different. It translated roughly
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I would just like to bear my testimony that the Lord has a plan for us. That he loves us. That we have no need to fear. Earlier in my mission, I had times where I worried about what will happen in my life after the mission, with school, family, and every other little aspect of a life you could imagine. However, I have seen, felt, and gained a testimony that the Lord is in control. He is the Greatest Being in the Universe, all-knowing, all-mighty, and if I am on his side then I have nothing to fear. I know he loves us and that he truly wants us to happy and successful in our lives. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Have a great week!