Travel, More Travel, and a Night in Prison (well, almost…)

Good morning everyone!

     This has been another good week in Slovenia, and it was one of those weeks that left me absolutely exhausted. I did a ton of travel this week, and am really looking forward to a relaxing p day… As soon as we finish here we’re sneaking off to Lake Bled for the day 🙂
     On Monday and Tuesday we had Mission Leadership Council in Zagreb. It’s a two day meeting where all of the mission leaders get together and discuss the state of the mission and what we can do differently moving forward. My favorite part of MLC (besides home-cooked meals from Sister Grant of course) is the chance to be with some of the missionaries from the other 4 countries. We tend to be isolated up in Slovenia, and chances to interact with the others are rare. So, getting that chance this week was a lot of fun, and I got a lot of good ideas from them.
     On Saturday evening there was a baptism scheduled in Maribor. A really great girl in her 20s was getting baptized, and it was set to be the first baptism Maribor has had in over 2 and a half years. Because of this, we figured it would be the perfect chance for Sjoerd to come and see what a baptism is like. So, Saturday afternoon us two and the sisters piled into Sjoerd’s car and we started the trip across Slovenia to Maribor.
     And then we had a run-in with the law…
     We were driving on the freeway and out of nowhere an Audi (a very nice one I might add) pulls up right behind us. After tailing us for a minute or two it whipped around in front of us and flashed its (very well hidden) police lights. All 5 of us were confused, since we weren’t speeding or anything, and had no idea what could possibly be a reason to get pulled over by an undercover police car. But, we followed it off the freeway into a truck stop. Once we stopped, the doors of the car opened and 4 very scary looking undercover officers got out. They told us that this was a “random” immigration control check (I have no idea how on Earth they managed to find the car with 4 Americans and a Dutch guy inside haha). They took all of our documents, and after checking them told us there were a few issue with the papers. By this point we were all praying our little hearts out… We talked for a minute, and they told us that they would either charge a €1,500 fine per person (not happening…) or that we’d all have to go “downtown” to sort this out. By the power of prayer (and with our charming personalities) they let us go with a warning. By the time we got back on the freeway, the 5 of us were dying with laughter. Here we were trying to help Sjoerd have a spiritual experience at a baptism, and it ended with us almost getting arrested.
     In any case though, we got to Maribor in one piece and actually had a wonderful time. The baptism was beautiful and the Spirit was very powerful. All in all, it was definitely a night to remember haha.
     And that was our week! A busy one, but a good one all the same.
     One thing I’ve studied a lot this week is the Plan of Salvation. This is one of the most important things we teach as missionaries and the more and more I study it the more and more beautiful it becomes to me. How amazing is it that a loving Father in Heaven has prepared a plan for us so that we can all live together as families for eternity? 1 Cor 15:22 says very simply “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” That right there is the doctrine – so simple a child could understand it. Because of Christ we will all live again. What message is great than that?
     I love you all so much and hope you have a great week! Hear from you soon.
     Love, Elder Jack

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