Wow…. This week has been insane… I have no clue how else to describe it… So here is the day by day:
We went to church, and right after we left and took the sacrament to a sick member with the Office Elders. Then we were off, and we spent the rest of the day trying to contact referrals all across Prague. To end the night we went to dinner with President and Sister Pohorelciky, their son Lukas, the Sister Training Leaders, and the Office Elders. After dinner we played some games with them, and ended with a spiritual thought.
Early morning in the office to send of the news letter, followed by an exciting office meeting to discuss the coming changes to missionary work. Then we were in the office for about two hours, and then we left with President and Sister Pohorelicky to a Inter-relgious harmony meeting in the Czech Republic as representatives for the church. It was amazing being able to talk with leaders from so many different religious groups and discuss how we can work in unity to help bring about good amoung our fellow men. I was blessed to meet a younger representive named Victoria and we have begun coordinating service projects in Prauge for our church and theirs, to do service projects to help the disadvantaged and afflicted. So lots of exciting stuff there! We ended the night with family home evening with the YSA.
We drove to Brno in the morning, and we had a freak snow storm! Literally the most snow I have seen in the Czech Republic, and it was absolutely gorgeous! Terrifying to drive in, but beautiful. When we got there we repeated the training that we did last week for the Brno Zone. Once again it was wonderful, and the Spirit and excitement for missionary work were through the roof. Then we spent the rest of the day helping out in Brno and stayed the night there.
Wednesday, February 1:
We drove to Bratislava, once again in a freak storm, and had a miracle! In short our navigation stopped working, but we were somehow able to arrive at the building in time and with hardly errors in navigation (#blessed). Then we did the training for the Bratislava Zone, and had a counsel with the leaders there afterwards. When we had wrapped up, we drove back to Prague and called it a night.
Thursday, February 2:
We woke up early and picked up the Sister Training Leaders and drove to Liberec. We met up with the Zone Leaders and the Liberec District to do a massive group finding activity. We started with a council of how to improve finding in the city, followed by a lunch. Then we went out on the Town Square to sing and talk about their English Class there, but we got in trouble with the police… So I had to talk with them for a bit and sort things out. After we got everything sorted out, we changed up our plan, and we went and flooded the city contacting everyone we could, and saw some awesome success finding them 9 new investigators in 2 hours. And then we got ice rained on. Which 1) soaked us in 15-degree weather and 2) all of the ground was covered in ice. So we slipped our way back to the building and regrouped. Then we invited people to a Bible study in the building, and once everyone was there we studied in St. Luke and talked about the importance of baptism, and saw several cool miracles from that. Then we went to dinner with everyone. We then were about to end our night, when we found out the Sister had gotten locked out of their apartment, so we went and helped them, and slept over in Liberec.
Friday, February 3:
We got up and picked up the Sister Training Leaders, and traveled back to Prague for District Meeting. We had an awesome training there and set a goal to have 8 baptisms by the end of the transfer, and everyone is really excited for it! After District meeting, I started my exchange with Elder Swink (I served with him in Olomouc), and we contacted for a bit, followed by office work. Then we ended the night with game night, and we taught everyone to play pirates dice. Then I went and how an awesome exchange night with Elder Swink.
Saturday, February 4:
Got up early and we went on a run across Charles Bridge with some of the other Elders, followed by a short stint of Squash. Then we went shopping, and then the rest of the day we have been in the office working on several projects for the mission (next email you should be seeing some of them). We did have a great break, where we had dinner as a District. Now I am emailing all y’all.
So this week I just wanted to share a quote that I have carried with me my entire mission. It was the summer 2015 challenge quote, and it has had a massive impact on me and my mission. I can recite it from memory, and it comes to mind often. It is from Elder Holland, and it reads:
“Brethren the spirit of this work is urgency, and we must imbue our missionaries and members with the spirit of now. N-O-W. We are not just waiting for natural slow growth. We must move more rapidly. We must take things up a notch. If we have to call down miracles or angels, then call them down. The drama is unfolding and we must do whatever it takes to ratchet up the work.
I feel an incredible sense of urgency. I feel such a sense of urgency in my chest that I can hardly breathe. Every dispensation begins with a vision. We must have a vision. We are the church that dreams dreams. We are the church that has visions. We must believe in miracles… We must believe and build on what our forefathers have done. We are just going to putter along, be average until we wind up to the level when our heart is up in our throat and if we opened our eyes, we would expect to see angels.
If this is God’s work, and if He still lives, then the miracles and angels are still there. We must live up to our potential. God will bless us with whatever we need, God wants us to just see what he sees and know what he knows. He wants us to ratchet up the vision. God is easy to please and hard to satisfy. This is not convenient easy work.
We have got to take things to the edge. We have to move into the realm of the miraculous. We have to live in such a way that we cannot do it alone anymore, where we will resort to the Lord where we will cry, without thy help I will fall. Help me fly; Go to the edge where miracles happen. Move into the realm of the miraculous. Welcome to the apostolic work.”