Dear Family and Friends,
Another whirlwind of a week… I can’t believe it is already Saturday, but this past week was absolutely amazing. Here is the day by day:
Sunday, February 19:
We went to church and had a wonderful meeting, and I was translating for most of the blocks again. After we went and did some referral and less active work, until about 5:30. Then we were able to go to the wards new activity called u-nights, and basically how it works are there are about 5 ward missionaries in the ward. These 5 ward missionaries are in charge of inviting some to come to the u-night each week. There we do some getting to know you activities and eat a small dinner together, and then we have a spiritual discussion as a group about some aspect of the gospel. After the discussion, we as missionaries talk to any who would have an interest to learn more about the topic we talked about and try to find a time during the week we could talk more. It was a wonderful experience, an amazing atmosphere, and we meet some wonderful new people, with whom we are now working. After the u-night we went back to the office to finish off the night with some calls.
Monday, February 20:
We got into the office and took care of the regular Monday morning schedule: Newsletter, Office meeting, followed by lunch, which was way sweet! We went with a member to a running sushi restaurant. After lunch, we worked our way back to the office where we took some time to prepare our training for the upcoming Zone Trainings. After we finished up our trainings, we went to correlation with our ward mission leader, followed by a lesson with one of the cool people we met at u-night. Then to end the night we did calls with the remaining Zone Leaders.
Tuesday, February 21:
We headed to the office for a quick meeting with president, and then we took some time to pull all the orders and food together for the Zone Training, then we loaded up our suitcases for a road trip. My companion, Elder Hymus, and I loaded up all of the stuff for the next three days in the van. Thus I got ready to drive stick for the second time. Fortunately, I have gotten the hang of it and we were able to arrive in Jihlava without any problems. There we helped the Sisters move out of their old apartment and help close it with the landlord (who happens to be one of my good friends from Jihlava). Then we took all their stuff to their new apartment in Trebic, and helped them get settled in, by putting stuff away, building furniture, fixing the heating, and so on. Then we ended with a pizza dinner at Presidents home in Trebic, where we spent the night.
Wednesday, February 22:
We set off to Brno in the van. We got there and got everything set up and ready for training, and it was great! The trainings were well done and well prepared, and there was a wonderful spirit there. I was also blessed with the opportunity to give my first departing testimony, which was surreal… After we had finished training, we loaded back up into the van and set off to Bratislava. We got there and met President and Sister Pohorelicky in the hotel where we watched “Meet the Mormons” to make sure the Czech subtitles were all correct. Then we traveled the Zone Leaders apartment and crashed there for the night.
Thursday, February 23:
We got up and going, and had training, which went just as well as it did in Brno. And I was able to give another departing testimony. Then we went to help the Hardwick’s move to their new apartment. Once we had finished, we loaded back up in the van and began the road trip back to Prague. When we got back there was a ward activity and we were able to get dinner and talk to some the members, before heading in for the night.
Friday, February 24:
We were in the office for basically the whole day catching up on everything we didn’t get done during the week, but at 5 we were able to go to the Sedivy’s for a lesson with Michal, which was fantastic. Then to end the night we had game night and a short district meeting.
Saturday, February 25:
We did some of studies in the morning, and then we went to the mall with the Pankrac Elders and were able to spend some time with them. After we had finished, we went back to the office where we helped the Sister Training Leaders pull together some stuff for their training. Once we had gotten everything together, we traveled back to the china town here in Prague and had a great time with some members. Now I get to email all of you!
So, this week I was able to give my training this week on the power of positivity in missionary work and in life. Part of that training I shared this little bit of text called the Optimists Creed.
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
I know that men are free to choose life, to choose joy, and be free from the bonds of misery. We can make that choice now in our lives. I love my Heavenly Father and the gift he gave me to chose positivity every day. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.