Happy Monday!

     Good morning everyone!

     Nothing too special or different this week, but still another great week in Kranj 🙂
     I still can’t believe I got those family names, and this week I started the process of putting them into FamilySearch. When you discard duplicates and people who are living (or those with no dates attached), there should be an initial group of about 4,500 that can be added to my family tree. Then from there, I’ll start sorting through the ones with no dates. This is going to be quite the project haha!
     My week was good, and on p day we went to Lake Bled and Bohinj. Although it was cloudy and rainy, it was stunning (as it always is). We enjoyed a few hours there walking around the lake, taking pictures, and just enjoying this beautiful country.

(I tried to take a panoramic from the castle!)

     From Tuesday to Thursday Elder Rice and I had our exchanges, and Elder Petersen came down from Maribor to spend a few days with me in Kranj. It was a lot of fun to get to work with Elder Petersen again, and we were able to have some great lessons together. On Wednesday morning we had a lesson with a middle-aged woman who paints and collects art for a living. She’s a very, very nice woman, and during the lesson she told us she feels something when she talks to us that she’s never felt at any other church. The only problem is that her family is very catholic and she is afraid what it would do to her home life if she started moving toward joining the church. It’s sad to see someone’s fears overpower the Spirit they’re feeling, but we’re going to continue to work with her.

    On Friday we did our weekly chalking. This time we decided to draw a big path through the center square. It was the “path back to God”, and along the path we drew little stops (like faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, etc). It looked great, at it actually became really fun! Little kids on their bikes would come and ride through the path, and it became a game for all the families in the square. We had a number of great conversations with those families.

(Sister Erdmann and I chalking the day away)

(Sister Erdmann and I chalking the day away)

     This week we also met a man and have started teaching him. He’s in his 20s, and as much as I’d like to say that we found him, he really came to us. He’s at a pretty low point in his life right now and is looking for a way to get back on his feet and headed the right way. One thing I remember him asking us during our lesson was how God can still love someone who makes so many mistakes. It was a chance for me to testify of the love God has for us and of the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. The message that we carry is truely a mesage of hope, and there is no better feeling than being able to help someone feel that hope.
     I love you all so much and I hope school is going great. I can’t wait to hear about it! Hear from you soon 🙂
     Love, Jack
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