There isn’t a whole lot to share this week, but as usual, we had a good week here in Kranj. The weather is cooling down – 50s during the day and 30s at night – and the alps are starting to get a little snowcap. I can’t believe it’s already this time of the year!
Our week was a combination of contacting in the city center as well as tracting. Since Kranj itself is mostly made up of apartment buildings, Elder Hughes and I have started going to some of the smaller neighborhoods outside of the city center to do our tracting. Once you get outside of the city it’s nothing but single-family homes, which has been a LOT better for finding young families. There’s a trade off though… although people are friendlier out in the villages, they are also a lot more Catholic. So that’s something we’re trying to figure out as we are doing this tracting. All in all though it’s going well 🙂
(The Slovenian countryside back dropped by the alps)
One thing we’ve done this week in our contacting and tracting is focus on the Plan of Salvation. Sunday is Day of the Dead here (it’s a pretty major holiday) and so we’ve tried to use that as a way to talk to people about the idea of death and the afterlife. We’ve been able to have a number of good conversations because of it!
(The whiteboard says “Day of the Dead is coming… will we ever see them again?” and the chalk on the ground says “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”)
I’ve thought a lot about opposition this week and about how hard Satan tries to pull us off the path. We’ve been teaching someone who is facing a lot of opposition from family and friends as he gets closer to baptism. This happens to people close to baptism as well as life-long members of the church – we’re all locked in battle with him.
That being said though, there is so much hope to be found in the promises given by the Lord in the scriptures. D&C 6:34 says, “Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.” Further on, in D&C 68:6, the Lord says, “Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son ofthe living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.”
Life will always have opposition – it’s an eternal principle. That being said though, the most important thing to remember is that we are always more powerful than the opposition. Always! If we have the Lord on our side then there is no reason to fear. As Helaman so wonderfully put it, “when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built (Christ).”
I love you all so much, and hope you have a wonderful week!