This was a good week here in Maribor, but we were once again left tired and sore… and happy!
After a pretty relaxed p day on Monday, Tuesday was taken up by a day trip to Zagreb. We had to finish up some stuff down there, and so naturally took the opportunity to get lunch and walk around the old part of center. Nothing like a midweek trip to Croatia!
On our way back though we got a call that someone had vandalized the church. Fearing that we were going to need to repaint part of the front of the building, we drove straight there. As it turns out though, someone had just written “Satan” and “666” a few times on the window with marker. It wasn’t quite the persecution we were expecting… but humorous nonetheless!
(Nice try teenagers)
Despite all of that fun, one of the best highlights of the week was our newest addition to the Maribor branch – Ines – who was baptized and confirmed last weekend. Having her as a member is a great blessing, and the energy that comes from an excited and young new convert is very tangible. One of the greatest things we’ve seen this week with Ines is her excitement to teach her friend, Gaja. The two have been friends since birth, and Gaja is now preparing to be baptized as well. If nothing else, all of this has been a true testament to the power of member missionary work.
the craziness continued when all 16 missionaries in Slovenia had the rare opportunity to gather in Ljubljana and put on a district fireside for all of the members in the country. Wednesday
was April 6th, the day on which we know Christ to have been resurrected. Many in the Church also believe April 6th is Christ’s birthday. Is there better day to organize a fireside about Christ?! The 16 of us put on a concert/testimony meeting which included about 6 musical numbers, 6 testimonies, and a short video from prophets and apostles testifying about Christ. More than 100 people came, and the Spirit was strong throughout the evening.
Unfortunately for us, we missed our 8:50PM train to Maribor (from Ljubljana) and so were resigned to take a 10:50PM train home… we didn’t pull into the Maribor train station until 1:30AM. 1:30 is almost unbearable when your body is trained to sleep every night at 10:30.
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we were completely immersed in moving. For more than 10 years, Maribor has had two apartments – one for Elders and one for Sisters. We recently got a new apartment for the Elders though, which meant we needed to move out of the old Elders’ apartment. And since we have no sisters, it meant moving out of theirs as well. So, in three days we had to move out of (and clean) two apartments and move into a new one. We’re sore. And tired. But we’re happy. And that about sums it up!
If that wasn’t enough for one week, transfers were also announced. It’s scary how fast the transfers come and go, and I only have two of these 9-week cycles left. For this next transfer I will be… (drum roll) staying in Maribor! I’m actually very excited to stay – I’ve grown to love it here. My companion will be Elder Hughes (who I was with in Kranj a few months ago) and we’re both really excited to be together again.
All-in-all it was a great week. I feel sort of like I got hit by a train, but at least I’m tired from having to do so many wonderful things in one week. It’s still amazing to me that such an exhausting work can make me so happy and fulfilled.
We’ll see what next week holds!