It’s Christmas (and transfer) Time!

Happy Monday Everyone!

     Today’s email won’t be too long, since we’re in the process of packing and getting ready for yet another round of transfers… Each 2-month cycle seems to get shorter and shorter, and I can’t believe I only have 4 transfers left. Yikes!

     After 6 wonderful months in Kranj it’s change time once again. Tomorrow morning I’ll be moving to… Maribor! This wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but the more I think about it the more excited I get. Maribor is Slovenia’s second largest city (about 100.000 people) and unlike both Celje and Kranj, it has a university, which means a lot of young people and young families. It’s going to be fun serving in a “big” town finally (although if you would have asked me a year and a half ago, I probably would have said 100.000 is tiny!), and there should be great opportunities to find and teach younger people. My new district there will be me and Elder Pickard, Sisters Nydegger and Higgins (I served with both of them in Celje) and the Johnsons. So, it should be great haha.

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( It’s goodbye to these beautiful mountains for a while…)

 

     This week in Kranj was pretty good, and it was the official start of Christmas here in Slovenia. All of the lights turned on in center, and Kranj (as well as all of the cities) look magical. We’ve started doing Christmas caroling and it’s gone well.

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(Christmas in Kranj!)

 

     One thing we’ve focused on this week is the Church’s new “A Savior is Born” campaign. If you haven’t seen it yet you can go to christmas.mormon.org and see the different videos the church is making. We don’t really get anything in Slovenian, so we took it upon ourselves this week to translate everything, make Slovene pass-along cards/posters, and begin to spread the message! The video that the church made is beautiful, and it uses Isaiah 9:6 as it’s main text. That verse says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called WonderfulCounsellorThe mighty GodThe everlasting FatherThe Prince of Peace.” 
 
     There are few verses in the scriptures more beautiful than that. Although Christmas is a time of fun, of presents, of vactations, etc. it is so much more than that. It is the time of the year to remember that “unto us a child is born” – Jesus Christ our Savior. The world is getting crazier and crazier, and we’re only going to see it get crazier as time goes on. Although the most educated, powerful, and talented people in the world are looking for a solution, the truth is that the Solution was born 2,000 years ago in a humble manger. He is the Prince of Peace and His gospel is a message of everlasting peace and happiness. Only that message will save individuals, families, and nations from sin, sorrow, and pain.
     As we gear up for Christmas it’s so important to remember that “A Savior is Born”, and that that is why we should all be celebrating.
     I love you all so much, and hope you have a great week.
     Elder Jack
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