Tuesday was zone conference, and that was (as always) a very spiriutal experience. The testimonies shared were beautiful, and I left with a renewed determination to follow the Holy Ghost more completly in my life.
Dobro jutro everyone!
We had another good and busy week here in Celje, so I guess I’ll just get right into it.
On Monday, we had a great “Celje hike & bike” p day. After getting up and doing our emails and shopping, the 4 of us (plus the sisters from Ljubljana) went up to “Celjska Koča” the local ski resort here in Celje. It’s up in the hills above the city, and in the summer there are trails to hike, an alpine sled, a resturaunt, bike rentals, etc.
We started by doing a really nice hike. Above the castle and overlooking the city is a mountain called Grmada, and at the very top of the hill is a big cross. We hiked up to the cross (took a million pictures) and there enjoyed the view of the entire valley. It was so pretty up there, and the hike was a blast.
After hiking back down to the resort/lodge, we decided on a whim to rent bikes. They had a special deal – 4€ for 4 hours – and we just couldn’t help ourselves. So, all 6 of us got on our bikes, and then were off! We biked all through the forest there, and eventually found this little town up in the hills with a beautiful old catholic church in the middle. I’ll send the pictures 🙂 All in all, p-day was a blast, and it just felt so good to be out in nature hiking and biking around. It’s something I want to do way more of when I get home.
We had a good week in Celje, and it was a week that left me just absolutly exhausted (in a good way of course). On Wednseday we had our “Return and Report” conference, which is a conference for all of the trainers and trainees to talk about how training is going. It was held in Kranj, so we left early Wednesday morning and drove about an hour and a half to the church there. The conference was great, and we talked about training progress and about what we can do for the rest of the transfer. The trainess also had to teach a 5 minute lesson in Slovene (in front of everyone), and Elder Petersen did great on his lesson!
Thursday and Friday were pretty crazy, and we spent a good chunk of the time getting ready for our spring concert.
Speaking of the concert, it was… amazing! We put a lot of time into preparing, but simply had no idea what to expect. Maybe a handful of members would come? Maybe more? We just didn’t know. But, Friday evening rolled around, and everything was set up and ready to go. The four Maribor missionaries were downstairs welcoming people, and the four of us Celje missionaries ran upstairs to grab a few last minute things. We said a quick district prayer up there that everything would go well, and then headed down to see. We walked into the chapel, and I was honeslty shocked! We had 50 or so people sitting there, and over half were non-members. The music ended up being great; we had some amazing piano pieces, a professional violinist, multiple singing numbers, and more. We had refreshments afterward, and had an amazing time getting to meet all of the non
Although doing the concert has left me dead, I feel really good about it. This is my kind of missionary work. As much as I enjoy tracting and contacting, I loved spending our time and effort putting together a quality event. Events, activities, workshops, service projects – these are the things I would love to spend more time doing.
Other than the concert and the conference on wednesday, there isn’t much else to report. Church was good on Sunday, the work with Elder Petersen is a blast (as always), and I feel lucky to be able to be serving here in Celje, Slovenija.
This week was also a spiritual one for me, and I’d love to share some of those experiences 🙂