Today we will be spending our P-day with the sisters (Sister Dutton and Sister Cuthbert are the Celje Sisters) at the Celje Castle! We haven’t really had a chance to do anything like this quite yet, so I’m so excited. I’ve heard from the Slovenes here that the Celje castle is actually one of the best in the country (better than Ljubljana or Maribor). So anyway, I’m very excited to see that, and will be uploading pictures from that either later today or next monday, depending on time.
Another fun fact about Slovenija: I learned this week that a lot of Narnia Price Caspian was fillled here! One of these days we’re going to take a p-day trip out to the region where they filmmed it.
I had a pretty great week too I always say that, but this week was actually very, very, good. Elder Lyman and I seem to have just really got a good handle on the work. We have a good schedule now, we’re organized, and it seems like this week everything just came together. It’s a bit ironic, since every single lesson we had planned this week fell through!! Looking back though, that was really the Lord giving us the time we needed to really figure out how to do missionary work in Celje. Despite every lesson falling through, by Sunday night we had found 5 new investigators and taught 7 lessons. So, a VERY good week for us! We’ve really excited now, and ready to work even harder next week.
This week, we had a new addition to our class – an American woman! She just moved to Slovenija with her husband from San Francisco (for work I think), and so is trying to learn Slovene. We’re going to try and help her with it, and she is really nice. It’s hard for her not knowing the language, so we’re going to try and get her involved with the Church, since there are Americans (the missionaries) and a lot of English speakers she could get to know.
Fall (maybe even mild winter) started this week! We woke up to temps in the mid 40s, and freezing cold rain. I was pretty excited to wear my coat (wont lie). So the weather was pretty fun. We went to Ljubljana on Thursday to go and get Elder Lyman’s visa figured out. Everyone in the mission is scrambling to get their visas in order before we have to cross the border and go to Zagreb. Anyway, we spent a lot of the day in Ljubljana doing that. We were able to meet up with the Ljubljana Elders for lunch before we left which was a lot of fun. We went to a really cool Pizza place right in the city center, and had some amazing Slovene pizza. I’m not sure what it is, but the pizza here is the best pizza I’ve ever had. From what I hear, it’s just as good as in Italy. So anyway, very very good.
Since it’s now getting cold and dark and not a lot of people are out, we decided to try more tracking. It went great! A lot of people listened to us, and we were able to get 3 people to set up with us for another lesson. Who knew tracking could be so great!
A funny little tidbit from this week – we were doing some organizing at the Church, and found an English copy of ˝The Testements˝, that church movie from a few years ago about the Nephites. It’s kind of a cheesy movie, but on a mission, any movie is a good movie. We brought it home to watch while we ate dinner and got ready for bed. We put it in, and, as luck would have it, it was in American Sign Language… The movie played in a little box in the corner while a guy signed the entire movie. We about died laughing. But, we ended up watching the movie in ASL.
On Saturday, we went over to the Senior Couple’s apartment and had lunch with them and the sisters. They made us a really nice lunch, and made me a birthday cake! We had a late, but great little party with cake and candles and all of that. It was so nice of them to do that for me.
Then, on Sunday I gave my first church talk in Slovene! They asked me to get up and essentially show the members how to teach the Plan of Salvation in about 5 minutes, so that they can do it with their friends and family. I was pretty nervous, but Elder Lyman helped me practice on Saturday, and it went great. We’re really going to start working with the members on their teaching skills. If they are comforable sharing the gospel in a short and simple way, it will be a lot easier for them when people ask questions (which they always do).
We also did more tracting on Sunday night, and I had my first experience where we rang the bell, gave our pitch, and got invited in! We rang the buzzer at an apartment building, and the guy came to the door to talk to us. We told him a little bit about who we are and what we do, and he actually invited us in to talk. We ended up having a 40 min. conversation about the Plan of Salvation, and he told us that he’s been searching for the truth ever since the death of his wife. The Lord really guided us to this man, and I’m excited to helped him understand that he really can be with his wife again.
All in all, a busy and great week!!
I’ve been studying a bit from the Book of Isaiah this week, and have found that a lot of what it says applys to missionary work, especially here. In 27:12 and 28:10 it says:
12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
I love this so much. This work is not about converting the masses. It is about gathering the children of God one by one, line upon line, here a little and there a little. Isaiah is an amazing book, and I am falling in love with it.
Well, I love you all so much and cant wait to be able to send pictures of the castle, of zagreb, and of all else I’ll be doing this week! Until next Monday!