My mission is a third of the way done. That’s terrifying.

Good morning everyone! Today (March 23rd) officially marks the 8 month and 1/3 mark of my mission. That is such a scary thought… so let’s not think about it 🙂

On Monday after p day, we had another amazing institute class, and this week we talked about Isaiah chapters 26, 27, 28, and 29. These are amazing chapters of Isaiah, and I highly recommend you study them! In particular, make sure to look at 27:12-13, 28:7-13, and then 29 in its entirety 🙂 Isaiah is truely amazing, and I feel the Spirit very strong when I study his words about our day.

On Tuesday we had our first day of English class! We took a little break from class to do some advertising and planning, and it really paid off. We had 17 people at class (which is big for us), and all but two stayed for our spiritual thought after class. We haven’t had this many people come to English )at least since I’ve been here), and I’m really excited about it.DSC00716

Wednesday morning we spent a fews hours moving! We got the Slovenija car from the Elders in Ljubljana and moved as much as we could from our old apartment to the Lambert’s apartment in center. I forgot how much of a pain moving is, and I think the worst part is just all of the little things. You don’t think you have that much, but after an hour of packing you realize those “little things” take up 6 suitcases 🙂 So that was a blast! We didn’t get everything done, and we still had to keep sleeping in the old apartment, but at least we did a lot of it.

Wednesday evening we had a lesson with the girl I met a few weeks ago on the street. She’s been really busy and it’s been hard to get together, but it finally worked, and we had a great lesson. At the end of the lesson we asked her “When you find out that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that this is Christ’s true Church, will you be baptized?”. Her response was a happy and simple “I will!”. We’re meeting again tonight, and we’re going to work to set a date with her.

Thursday we did some more moving and organizing in the morning, and then went down to Center to teach English class. Thursday night we had a lesson with another one of our investigators, and the lesson was a lot of fun. We stayed for an hour and a half, and taught the Restoration, Plan of Salvation, and Gospel of Jesus Christ all in one sitting. He really liked it all, and just kept asking for more. The only concern he had was that some of what we said conflicted with his firm belief in a Hindu-type reincarnation system. So that should be fun 🙂

Saturday and Sunday we had District Conference in Ljubljana (our version of Stake Conference). We took the train down to Ljubljana in the afternoon, and then went to the Saturday evening session of conference. Becuase it didn’t get done until 8:30, we ended up staying the night with the Elders there, and then jus got up and went to the Sunday portions of conference. One of the highlights was the fact that we had a visiting 70 come from England (Elder Dryden) and he gave a great talk about the Book of Mormon and another about missionary work. They also announced what they’re going to do in Celje. They’ve called one the of District Presidency Counselors to be the acting Branch President for a month or two, and he’ll be attending church in Celje for now.

On Sunday after conference all of the Slovene missionaries stayed for a bit, and we celebrated Sister Brown’s birthday together. It’s not often that we get to have a zone birthday party haha!

IMG_4230  Well, that’s pretty much my whole week. I love you all so much, and hope everyone back home is happy and healthy. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Starešina Davis

Dobro Jutro!

Dobro jutro!

We had a great week here, and I feel like the last 7 days have been an eternity… Last Monday feels like last month, and I think it’s just because a lot has happened this week.

Tuesday we had zone conference in Ljubljana, which was (as always) a great experience. Elder Lyman and I taught the zone about extending the baptismal commitment, and it went really well. As a zone, we’re trying to become more comfortable with talking to people about baptism, and I think it’s working – we’ve gotten two baptismal dates in Slovenija in the last two weeks. The rest of zone conference was great, and it acted as a good spiritual boost for me.DSC00685

Goodbye Lamberts!

Goodbye Lamberts!

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After zone conference Elder Lyman went back to Celje, and I went up to Kranj with Elder Hughes. I spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday up in Kranj with him, and we had a great exchange. We both learned a lot, and we both had a blast! One of the highlights was a lesson we had Thursday morning. The Kranj Elders are teaching the girlfriend of an inactive member, and so Elder Hughes and I went up to where they live to have their weekly lesson. Well, to make a long story short, she accepted a baptismal date! The lesson was filled with the Spirit, and you can see that this woman is really feeling the truth of our message. The member is also really wanting to start coming back to church, and now the girlfriend has a baptismal date. This should be very exciting! All in all, I had a great time up in Kranj.

Friday and Saturday were busy, and we had a few lessons with both members and investigators. We also spent some time preparing for our new round of English Class which starts tomorrow. We really did an advertising push this time, and tried out Facebook for the first time as well. Our facebook page is facebook.com/CeljeFLC – check it out haha!

Sunday we had church, and it was a really interesting Sunday. It was Elder and Sister Lambert’s last Sunday in Slovenija, and so the Branch Presidency was released. A new one will be called next week in District Conference.

Well… I think that’s everything from my week! We did a lot this week, and I’m feeling great. I love you all so much, and hope everything is going well. Life is great in Celje, and I love it here more and more every day. Missions are funny things – they tell you before you leave that you’ll fall in love with the place and the people, but they never really tell you what that means exactly. Well, after 6 months here I can definitely say I’ve fallen in love with the place and the people, especially the members. Celje just feels like home to me, and I know it’s going to be hard for me to leave it. But, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there (:

Anyway, I love you all so much, and hope everyone has a great week!

Starešina Davis

Kranji and the start of the alps

Kranj and the start of the alps

Elder Hughes and I on the train to Kranj

Elder Hughes and I on the train to Kranj

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Lep Pozdravljeni!!

Good morning everyone and lep pozdravljeni! I’m running out of witty subject lines, so it looks likes I’m just resorting to using random Slovene phrases. At least this one is still a greeting!

Monday through Thursday was pretty uneventful, and we just did the usual mix of contacting and tracting. I guess it was okay, but I’ve found that I can only take so many hours of tracting before I begin to go crazy. We did have something pretty cool happen on Wednesday though. Elder Dearinger and I found a great guy maybe 2 months ago, and Elder Lyman and I were finally able to set up with him for a lesson. We started the lesson, and it turned out he’s actually a 7th Day Adventist (those who believe that the Sabbath is on Saturday)! Quite the plot twist haha. The lesson with him was great though, and he knew the Bible very, very well. We shared a lot about the restoration and Joseph Smith, and he seemed to accept it all well. I’m excited to keep teaching him!

(Spring is coming! Just look at that country…)

(Spring is coming! Just look at that country…)

Friday and Saturday were great, as we had the chance to go to Mission Leadership Council again in Zagreb. We left Friday afternoon, and after a beautiful drive though the Slovene countryside and a nice delay at the Slovenia-Croatia border, we arrived in Zagreb fashionably late.

It was a great experience to be able to meet together as the mission leadership and discuss the issues that we’re facing right now. I know the four of us from Celje left with a lot of ideas on how to help the Slovenia Zone. The conference ended Saturday afternoon, but we had to make a slight detour and stop in Ljubljana on the way home, so we didn’t end up getting back to Celje until pretty late.

Sunday was another great day of Church, and it was the second to last Sunday for Elder Lambert, the senior Elder in Celje who’s also serving as Branch President. It’s going to be very interesting to see what’ll happen when he leaves.

Overall we’ve got a lot going on right now with the Branch, with the mission, and with everything else we’re doing. There’s never a dull day! Despite everything that’s happening though, I couldn’t be happier. I know that the Lord has a plan and that He knows what He’s doing. Stress is an enemy of the Spirit, and so I am just focusing everything I have on loving the people, following the Spirit, and trusting in the Lord. To quote the wise words of Bob Marley: “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing is going to be all right.” (: With the Lord’s help and direction, those words couldn’t be truer.

I love you so much, and hope all is well back home. I’m doing great in Celje, and am happy, healthy, and loving the work.

(You know I'm a sucker for travel…From left to right: Croatia, Slovenia, EU)

(You know I’m a sucker for travel…From left to right: Croatia, Slovenia, EU)

Starešina Davis

Good Morning Everyone!

The work in action!

The work in action!

Good Morning!

Another week has come and gone, and each week I feel like the time is just getting faster. It’s pretty scary! We had a great week though.

Tuesday was one of those days that was supposed to be amazing, but ended up being… different. We had three great lessons planned: one with a college student I met in Maribor, one with a girl from Celje, and then one with one of our investigators. The lessons were all planned and set up, but as it often goes in the mission field, all three lessons fell through! We were pretty bummed, but I know that sometimes there are just things outside of my control. One thing I’ve learned on my mission is to just stop worrying and stressing about all the little things, especially the things I can’t control. If I’m doing everything I can on my end, then that’s all that can be done! We actually ended up having a great day – even if it wasn’t the day we had planned.

Wednesday was exciting, and we found some pretty cool people. We met a woman who is a professional translator, and speaks perfect Slovene, English, Serbo-Croatian, as well as very good Spanish and German. Her and her mom invited us in for tea, and we talked for a while about who we are and what we’re doing here as missionaries. They were both great, and we’re hoping to meet up again this week to discuss the Restoration. On Wednesday we also had a lesson with a great family. We’ve actually known them for some time, but have never been able to really go over and teach. We finally had the opprotunity, and it was such a great experience to actually teach a family. There is a husband and wife and two kids, and they are such good people. The husband isn’t too religious, but is very concerned about the direction the world is going in, and how he can keep his kids safe and protected from everything going on. We’re going back again this week, and I hope we can help them progress. This family would be a great addition to the church here.

Friday we did a group contacting activity with the sisters. There is a spot in Celje where four main streets meet, and there are usually a lot of people there. Since there’s four streets and four missionaries, we each took a street and spent 3 or 4 hours talking to people. It was a huge success. In that 4 hour block, we found more new investigators and passed out more Book of Mormons than we had the entire previous week. I had a blast doing it. Luckily, Sister Nydegger snuck some pictures while we were all contacting, so I actually have a real, “in action” shot haha.

On Saturday, Elder Lyman and I had a chance to go on “splits” with two of the members here. That is when the two missionaries split up, and go out and work with a member from the branch/ward. I’ve never done it before, but I’m glad I did, and we both had a great time out with the members! I guess there really is no better way to help members get excited about missionary work, than have them go out and actually spend time with us.

All in all, another great week in Celje. I’ve been reading a lot out of Isaiah, so I thought I’d share a bit of Isaiah that I really love. It comes from the 12th chapter.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”

This is such a beautiful part of the scriptures, and the message it shares is beautiful. Ponder this when you can (: I love you all so much, and hope all is going well back home.

Starešina Davis