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.