I hope all is going well back home. I miss you all, but there is really no better work than the work that’s being done here. I feel so blessed every single day to be a small part of it.
I hope everyone had a great Easter week! My week here has been a pretty good one.
On Tuesday for p-day, Sister Nydegger and I decided to truely introduce Elder Petersen and Sister Higgins to Celje, so we all took a trip up to the Celje Castle. We all spent a some time up there together, and tried hard to get a few good pictures haha. This was my third time at the castle, but I still love it.
Wednesday was a day full of contacting and tracting, and it was a pretty long day. In those hours of contacting and tracting, not a single person listened to us. You know what though? It was okay 🙂 Elder Petersen and I were doing our part, and that’s really all we can do in the end. This is the Lord’s work, and as long as we are doing what we can, there’s no need to get discouraged by rejection. One thing that did result from Wednesday though was a lot of thought and discussion on missionary work and how we can be using our time most effectivly. I look at it in a “good, better, best” sort of way. Contacting and tracting all day are good – the question though, is what is the better way, and what is the best way? Those are still questions I’m trying to answer.
Friday was a much, much better day, and we had 3 really good lessons. One of the lessons was with a woman Elder Lyman and I met about a month ago. She’s a middle aged woman, and lives with her husband and teenage daughter in a pretty nice apartment. We talked about to her about the Book of Mormon, and about how the Book of Mormon and Bible work together to support eachother. We committed her to read 3 Nephi 11 before our next meeting so we can talk more about how the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ. Next time she also said her husband would come and sit in on the lesson as well.
Sunday was fast and testimony meeting here, and (at least for me) was an amazing sacrament meeting. The Spirit was strong, and there were some beautiful testimonies shared. All four of us (missionaries) shared our testimonies – even Elder Petersen and Sister Higgins on their second week here. They both did a really good job! It was just an all around good day. We finished off our Sunday by watching the Sunday afternoon session of conference, which leaves us with just the Priesthood session to watch. As always, conference was great, and it is such a blessing to be able to hear from living prophets and apostles.
All-in-all we had another great week in Celje. Nothing too exciting or different – just good ‘ol missionary work 🙂 I’m doing great, and feeling happy and healthy. I hope everything is going well back home, and my message for this week is to never forget the basics – praying and reading the scriptures provides me with more strength and spirit than anything else around. Until next week!
I appologize in advance – this will be a pretty quick email.
Every 9 weeks the entire mission gets uprooted, and today, tomorrow and Wednesday, missionaries will be traveling all over the place to their new areas. Elder Lyman is headed to Ljubljana, and I will be training a new Elder from the MTC here in Celje! So, today we’re getting Elder Lyman packed and ready to leave Celje and everything ready for the new Elder. I’m taking a train early tomorrow morning to Zagreb, will spend the night there, and then come back with my new companion on Wednesday night. So it should be an exciting few days!
But let’s start with the week we just had 🙂
On Monday we had an awesome p-day. It was Elder Lyman and Sister Brown’s last real p-day in Celje, so we all went Šmartinsko Jezero (a really pretty lake north of Celje) and just spent some time there together. We brought stuff for sandwiches, and sat on a dock eating, talking, and enjoying the beautiful Slovenian spring. It was a really nice (and very relaxing) p-day.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we spent a lot of time working on moving apartments. By the end of Wednesday we had finally finished the last stages of moving our stuff and cleaning the old apartment. We’ve given back the keys, and are officially moved out, and are now in the new apartment in Center.
On Wedneaday we also had a great lesson with one of our investigators. She’s progressing well, and in this lesson we introduced the Book of Mormon to her. We challenged her to read 1 chapter a day until our next lesson, and she seemed excited to read. We’re meeting with her again today, and I’m excited to see what she thinks of the Book of Mormon. There’s real power in the Book of Mormon, and I’m seeing more and more how important it is to build an investigator’s testimony on the foundation of the Book of Mormon.
On Saturday we went out to visit a member named and his family in a little town about 30 min from Celje. He is from Peru but married a Slovene, and now they have a family here (the world is a small place haha). They are maybe the nicest, most humble people I know, and their family is just a bedrock of faith. We went over to visit them and see how they were doing, and they suprised us by buying food and teaching us how to make a Peruvian dish called Lomo Saltado. We had an amazing time with their family.
On Sunday we had chuch, and it was the first day with the new (temporary) Branch President. Church went really well, and the themes for the whole day were love and missionary work. We had some amazing talks, and then in Sunday School talked more about how members can work together with the missionaries in finding and teaching. We even did a role play! It was a lot of fun, and was a great Sunday overall.
I feel like Celje has reached a real turning point in terms of missionary work.
We’ve spent the last 6 months building a foundation and now ready to really begin building on that foundation. This is going to be an exciting transfer, and I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for Celje.
I wish I had time to write more today, and I’ll try to include more next week! I hope everything is going well, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.