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.
Tired and sweaty…yey!
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.
District bike ride selfie
The second happened on Tuesday. We normally do companionship exchanges once every two months, but out of the blue, the Assistants to the President called us and told us we would be doing a last minute exchange. One of the APs would be coming to Celje with Elder Petersen and I would be going to Zagreb with the other AP. We were both pretty suprised, but by that afternoon I was in a car to Croatia.
I ended up spending the next few days (until Thursday) working in Zagreb. Apart from a few administrative things we did the normal stuff: contacting, tracting, etc. It was really cool to see more of Zagreb – it’s like New York compared to Celje – and I had a pretty fun time trying to speak Croatian. The languages are similar, and so I was able to (sort of) communicate in a half Slovene/half Croatian… mess 🙂 It was a lot of fun. By Thursday afternoon, I was back in Celje with Elder Petersen – back in a land where I could actually speak!
The rest of the week was filled with finding, and we ended up doing a lot of tracting. Tracting is… well it’s tracting, and it went alright. Though not my favorite thing in the world, we were still able to find quite a few new people. A teenager from a Muslim family, a really nice mom of 3 kids, an older man and his daughter – we’ll have some good people to follow up with next week. My favorite parts of all of that were simply the times when people allowed us to share our message. Nothing feels better than telling people about why we’re here as missionaries and what our message is, and I’m so grateful for each chance we get throughout the day.
Well, that was about it for the week… it rained a ton, the hills are still crazy green, and I’m still happy and healthy 🙂 I love this work – I really do. We may not find a ton of “success” in the numbers sense of the word, but I don’t think I could feel more successful. I’m closer to the Lord now than I’ve ever been in my life, and I’ve found more answers to my spiritual questions than ever before. I’ve learned to love these people, I’ve learned to follow the Holy Ghost, and I’ve learned how to really appreciate the priceless gift of the scriptures. Nothing beats sharing His gospel, and having that opprotunity each day is all the “success” I’ll ever need.
I love you so much, and hope you have a great week next week! Keep me updated on how everything is going, and I’ll hear from you soon.