Concert Week

We had a great week here, and as usual there was something to keep us on our toes. After many months of planning and preparation it was finally time for the David Archuleta and Paul Cardall visit. Paul Cardall (an LDS pianist) did a concert in Slovenia last year, and this year another one was was organized to include David Archuleta. The whole concert was done in partnership with a Slovenian charity that benefits children with hearth defects, and the entire event was really nice. It was also a good way to help people get familiar with the Church and see that we’re actually quite normal!

The concert craziness started on Thursday morning. After getting to Slovenia, David Archuleta and Paul Cardall went right into a rehearsal at the Ljubljana Opera and Ballet theater – it’s a stunning building. Elder Hughes and I were able to attend that rehearsal to take pictures and shoot some video for a promotional video that went on the Church’s Facebook page. It was fun to see them rehearse and we were able to get to meet and talk to David Archuleta and the people that came with him.

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(We took a little trip to the Ljubljana castle)

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(I got this from the internet…But even still, look at that theater!)

On Friday afternoon we had a missionary fireside at the Ljubljana chapel with David Archuleta and Paul Cardall as our speakers. They both did wonderfully, and David talked a lot about his mission and the different things he learned. He shared some great insights about following promptings of the Spirit and repentance, and, of course, sang for us. For someone famous, he is a very down to Earth and genuine guy, and I really appreciated some of the things he talked about during that fireside.

 

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(Slovenia)

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(And more Slovenia)

Finally, the time for the concert arrived. All of the missionaries in Slovenia were able to attend, as well as many of the members. It was fun to see so many of the missionaries and members all dressed up going to the concert! The entire evening lasted about 2 hours and was a lot of fun. David Archultea sang, Paul Cardall played the piano, and both sounded great. I’ll try to include the links to some videos I took. They aren’t the best quality, but definitely get the point across.

By the time we finally got home on Friday night we were exhausted. Even still, it was a great week and we were lucky to have someone like David Archuleta come visit. Things like this aren’t only fun though, but do a good job at helping bring the Church’s name out of obscurity, even if only a little bit. Although I would venture to say that nobody will be baptized because of this concert, I can confidently say that to a few hundred people “Mormon” means something a little more positive now. The Church in Slovenia is still young, and most people simply don’t know who we are. (Funny side note. Harrison Ford’s movie “Witness” is, for some reason, really popular in Slovenia. It’s on TV at least once a week. The movie focuses on an Amish boy, but in Slovenia the people who did the subtitles translated “Amish” as “Mormoni”. So now the entire country thinks that “Mormon” is a name for those people who live in the country and don’t use electricity…) Events like this help the Church slowly but surely become a more recognizable and positive force in Slovenia. It’s a great time to be a missionary here!
Starešina Davis
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Happy Mother’s Day, and a Quick Hello!

This p day became busier than we had originally thought, and I don’t have too much time to email. But I of course, still want to fill you in on my week.

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(We took a trip up into the bell tower of one of Maribor’s catholic churches. What a view!)

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(A p-day trip up to a waterfall in the mountains north of Maribor. Gotta love Slovenia!)

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     We didn’t have too much special happening this past week, but we spent quite a bit of time going door to door in the college dorms. The fear of doing that has largely subdued, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite missionary activities. There’s just something so fun about being able to talk to so many people my age, who (for the most part) are open minded and willing to listen.
     There was one particular experience which stood out to me in particular. We knocked on a door and a young woman answered. After explaining who we were she quickly told us that she was a biology student and didn’t believe in God. Instead of just saying “thank you” and leaving though, we kept chatting. The conversation become more and more focused on faith, and we talked to her about what it means to have a relationship with God. This was a tough concept for her to grasp – the idea that we can have a personal relationship with a person that we don’t see. But, Elder Hughes and I were able to share our own experiences of what this has done for us, and I think she was touched. At the end we challenged her to give prayer an honest go, and she didn’t seem too against it. I don’t know what will happen – I’ll probably never see this girl again in my life – but it was a nice experience to be able to simply and directly testify about what it means to really know God as our Father.

The rest of the week was pretty standard. Contacting, tracting, and a lesson here and there. Next week should be crazy though… Somehow in the midst of all of these emails home I’ve forgotten to mention that David Archuleta is coming to Slovenia to do a concert this week! The Church is teaming up with a Slovenian heart disease foundation to put it all on, and this week we’ll be deep in the throngs of that concert. I’ll let you know how it goes.

     I love you all so much, and I hope you had a great mother’s day 🙂
     Love you,
     Jack

All in White

     We had yet another great week in Maribor, and the obvious highlight was the baptism of Gaja on Wednesday.
     We spent Monday and Tuesday getting things ready for the baptism – filling and heating the font, buying and cooking food, making programs, etc. Everything was going wonderfully. When we woke up on Wednesday morning though, we were somewhat disappointed to see that it was raining. Then, to our shock and horror that rain turned to sleet, and then full-on snow. Of ALL the days to have a freak snow storm, it just had to be Wednesday

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(Maribor getting dressed in white for the baptism)

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(What happened to spring?)

     Despite the snow, we continued to get everything ready for the baptism that evening. First missionaries started showing up, then Ines and Gaja, and then (to our great relief) members. You never know who will come to events – especially in the snow – but by the time the baptism started there were probably 35 people in the chapel.
     The program itself was wonderful, and the Spirit was strong throughout. Ines gave a talk on baptism – her first talk as a member – and then we heard from our Relief Society president. After a musical number from the Ljubljana missionaries, it was time for the actual baptism! It’s amazing that such a simple and quick ordinance carries so much significance, but those 30 seconds in the font are some of the most important seconds in our lives. With every baptism that I witness, I gain a stronger and stronger testimony of the power that comes from making sacred promises with God.

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(Maribor chapel ready for the baptism)

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(Me, Gaja, Ines, Elder Hughes)

 

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(Baptism selfie with Gaja)

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(Elder Pickard, Elder Hughes, Gaja, Ines, Me, Elder Frandsen)

     After the baptism, we had the chance to hear Gaja bear her testimony. It was simple and beautiful, and she was so happy and excited that she could barely speak! It was a lot of fun to watch someone feel so good about the decision they had just made. All-in-all it was a fantastic evening and I couldn’t be happier for Gaja and for the Maribor branch. In one month we’ve seen two young and energetic additions to our branch, and I think it’ll do wonders for the church here.

     The rest of the week was good, although it paled in comparison to Wednesday. On Thursday morning the Johnsons, Ines and Gaja were off to a Young Single Adult conference in Zagreb, and we were left all alone in Maribor. So we cleaned the church, tracted in the student dorms… the usual. By Sunday everyone was back at home, and Gaja was confirmed as the newest member of the Church.
     Being a missionary, although at times difficult, is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. We give up time and means to come on missions, but in return get to be witnesses as the Lord hastens His work and gathers His elect into the Church. What could be better than that!
     Starešina Davis

Green Again

I’m excited to report that after months and months of brown and grey, Slovenia is officially green again. And man is it beautiful! I forgot how stunning it is in spring and summer, and as fun as winter is… this is SO much better. As soon as the sun comes out and the trees start to come back it’s like a whole new world. Missionaries are happier, people on the street are happier, and life just gets a touch easier.

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(Maribor’s beautiful city park)

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(More Maribor)

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(Two of Maribor’s beautiful churches)

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     Nature and weather aside though, this was still a great week. I’ll try and see if I can take all of my scattered thoughts and organize them into some sort of coherent email…
     We were able to keep meeting with Ines and Gaja, and everything is still on track for Gaja’s baptism this week. All of us are really exited for Wednesday, and it should be a beautiful evening. Gaja is so prepared to be baptized and will be an amazing addition to the Maribor branch. And Ines is still amazing too. They’re truly the dynamic duo!
     On Wednesday we took some time to try and track down a few inactive members of the branch. Our first to visit was to a Muslim family that lives out in the boonies. There are 6 baptized members in that family, and so we were obviously anxious to figure out who they are. We took a bus to the outskirts of Maribor and then walked. And then walked a little more. After following a small country road for a while we finally came to their house. And as luck would have it though, the house was all chained up and abandoned… We found an old woman at the house next door who told us that they moved to Germany years ago. This poor old neighbor woman probably thought we were from some secret government agency – two Americans in white shirts and ties, way out in the middle of nowhere, snooping around the abandoned house of a mysterious Albanian family. Yay for missionary work!

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(Speaking of missionary work, we also got to help a member move a thousand year old boiler out of his apartment)

     This week also marked the start of a new finding approach – tracting the college dorms. It’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but we figure that if we’re going to spend time tracting, we may as well do it where everyone is between the ages of 18 and 26! After the initial fear and embarrassment though, it turned out to be one of the best things we’ve tried.
     At one of the doors, a young woman answered (probably 21-ish) and we started talking about who we were. She told us that she had been religious in her younger years but that in high school she stopped going to church, and eventually lost her faith altogether. We had a great conversation about how we can each have a personal relationship with God, and I could tell that the Spirit really touched her. She said that she hadn’t thought about these things in years, and that us coming was a wonderful surprise. I’m excited to keep tracting the dorms and helping these students feel the Spirit. There’s really no better work than the work we get to do here, every single week. Love you!
     Starešina Davis

The Slovenian Dream

     We had another good week in the fairy-tale land of Slovenia, and I’m still amazed that I get to to missionary work in here.
     Last Monday we had an great time on p day exploring the Logarska Valley, which is said to be one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in this part of Europe. Although I can’t say I’ve visited many European glacial valleys… they’re so right! We spent the whole day driving and hiking around this arm of the Alps, and I don’t think I’ve seen nature this beautiful before. The scene of rolling green valleys back-dropped by the sheer mountains was spectacular.DSC04170.JPG

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(This is the mouth of the valley. Coming around the corner and seeing that was literally breathtaking!)

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     The rest of the week (although not quite as filled with beautiful nature) was equally good, and was the first week of my new transfer with Elder Hughes. It’s so great to be back together, and I can tell that this transfer is going to be one of my best. After getting him all moved in on Tuesday, we got to work and were fairly busy for the rest of the week.
     One thing we did was obviously continue to prepare Gaja for baptism (and teach Ines at the same time). We got together three times this week, and each time I was just amazed at the strength of their testimonies and excitement for the church. The energy that they have is contagious, and is making a real difference in the branch and in our missionary work. Honestly, I keep needing to remind myself that this isn’t too good to be true – it’s just the Lord leading prepared people into His church.
    On Thursday Elder Hughes and I had the rare chance to visit a… referral! I can probably count the number of genuine internet referrals I’ve received on one hand, so this was obviously an exciting moment for us. We scheduled an appointment and went over to this man’s apartment, and I won’t lie – at first I was a little unsure. The apartment was small and messy, and the smell of cigarette smoke was strong. The man we were there to teach was in his 50s and lived there alone. Not exactly what I was expecting. But, as we started talking, it turned out to be a wonderful and spiritual lesson.
     This man (although culturally Catholic) had never been religious, and had never given much thought to religion in general. But, as he was on the internet one day he stumbled across something about the Book of Mormon and started to read about what it was. And that’s when the Spirit hit him. He told us that when he read about the Book of Mormon online he felt drawn to it in a way that he’s never been drawn to anything in his life. He said that he felt some sort of connection to the book that was incomparable to anything else he’d felt. So naturally he requested one to read and, well, here we are! Isn’t it amazing how the Spirit can touch people like that? Although he had never heard of Mormons or the Book of Mormon, the Spirit was able to help him feel that it was something good and something he needed. We’re excited to keep teaching him.
     All-in.all, it was a great week. Maribor is wonderful, the people we’re working with are amazing, and I love my companion. I guess you could say that that I’m living the Slovenian dream 🙂
     Starešina Davis

Moving and Singing and Satan, Oh My!

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!IMG_3585.JPGIMG_2905.JPG 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!

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(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.
     On Wednesday 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.

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(The cast and crew)

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.

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(It was a long night for Elder Davis)

      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!
     Starešina Davis

The Lord is my Shepherd

     This week was quite the whirlwind, and by Sunday night we were all exhausted. But despite the exhaustion, it also shaped up to be one of the best weeks of my mission – the highlight, of course, being the baptism that took place on Saturday evening.
     We spent most of the week in baptism mode, getting everything ready for the big day. The Maribor church doesn’t have a built-in font, so we instead use a temporary pool of sorts. Getting it set up is quite the process, and once it’s up the water takes more than 24 hours to heat up. But, together with the Johnsons we were able to get it all set up and warm.

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(The apparatus in its full glory)

     The day of the actual baptism finally came, and it turned out to be one of the sweetest services I’ve been to. Ines (the girl getting baptized) was absolutely thrilled, and her happiness and excitement were contagious. We had most of the Maribor branch members there plus many from Celje, and for the first time on my mission I saw the Maribor chapel filled with people. What a great sight! We had two speakers, two missionary musical numbers, and the actual baptism. Elder Johnson baptized her (in Slovene no less) and the Spirit was so strong. Ines was absolutely beaming the whole time, and it’s exciting to see the change that baptism can bring to a person. In her testimony after being baptized she bore simple witness that the Church is true and that God has a plan for us. She also shared the 23rd Psalm, her favorite scripture:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

     What a beautiful description of the Lord’s love for us – He truly is our Shepherd. The next day I had the opportunity to confirm Ines, and she’s now the newest member of the Maribor branch!

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(Me, Ines, Elder Frandsen)

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(Me, Ines’ friend who is now getting ready for baptism, Ines, Elder Frandsen)

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     This whole experience has been a deeply spiritual one for all of us, and it’s been one of the greatest testaments to me that Lord is truly at the head of this work. Not only did He lead Ines to be baptized in this miraculous way, but He’s been preparing others as well. Ines’ best friend was at the baptism with her, and has begun meeting with us to take the lessons. She’s now preparing to be baptized in April as well! The Lord really does have a greater plan prepared and all we have to do is trust that He knows what He’s doing.
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(We also had a visit this week from Sjoerd! So many great people in one week!)

 

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(And a bonus picture of Maribor)

Starešina Davis

More Mysterious Ways

     Happy Tuesday everyone!
     This week was a whirlwind, and a lot happened. Let’s see if I can make sense of it all.
     On Monday we had the chance to take a fun p-day trip to Varaždin, a Croatian city about 45 minutes from Maribor. The Elders there are Elders Rice and Burnette, my former companion and Elder Frandsen’s good friend. So it only seemed right that we pay them a visit. Varaždin was nice, and it was fun to explore a new city. The city castle was probably the coolest part, and was yet another reminder that I live in a fairy tale land.

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(Varazdin Castle)

     The middle of the week was pretty standard, but on Thursday we got up the courage to try something I’ve never done before – tract student dorms. College aged students are always the most open and willing to listen to us, and so we figured that we might as well go right to the source. We would have tried it sooner, but I had to spend some time building up the courage… Something about knocking on the door of a college dorm where I knew 4 guys my age lived didn’t sound pleasant. But, after some coaxing, we started. And it worked! At the very first door a student answered, listened to who we were, and then invited us in to talk to him and his roommate. They weren’t the only ones who listened, and we found a number of students willing to listen.
     Friday was zone conference in Ljubljana, and that was where the week really got crazy.
     During my mission I’ve had many different opportunities to see the hand of the Lord at work. Specifically, I’ve been able to teach people that weren’t found by us, but rather lead to us by the Lord. These people are examples of how the Lord hastens His work in His own time and in His own way. Zone conference brought yet another of these examples!
     After finishing lunch we were all sitting in the church listening to a presentation. A number that I didn’t recognize called our phone, so I sent a quick text saying that I was in a meeting and would have to call back later. The response was unbelievable.
     The mystery person on the other end responded by saying that they had known missionaries for quite some time and would like to meet with us to talk about getting baptized. That’s not a text we get very often! So, I took the next chance I had to call the number and see what the situation was. It turned out that the mystery person on the other end was actually a young woman in Maribor. She’d been living in Germany for some time, and there met the missionaries and investigated the church. She told me that she had made the decision to be baptized, but had to leave Germany and come home to Slovenia before the actual baptism could take place. So, she’s now home and wants to finish what she started!
     We set up a time to meet her in person the next morning at the church. Elder Frandsen and I weren’t sure what to expect, but it’s safe to say that we were both pleasantly surprised. While living and studying in Germany she investigated for a few months but had to come home to Slovenia right before she could be baptized. We had a great time talking, and I was able to take her into the other room and conduct a baptismal interview the same day. The depth of her testimony is amazing, and she expressed a desire to be baptized as soon as possible. So, we set a baptismal date for this Saturday, April 2nd.
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(The Johnsons invited all of us for Easter dinner. The girl next to me is the one getting baptized this week, and the man next to her is our district president)

     Since then we’ve been working to get everything ready for Saturday. We weren’t expecting to have to plan a baptism this week, but it’s a welcome surprise. More than anything though, all of this was another testimony to me that the Lord is in charge of His work. We come up with good ideas, we work hard, we try our best, but in the end it’s the Lord who makes it all happen. Isaiah was right when he said “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in my time.” This is true in missionary work and in every aspect of our lives. Of that I have no doubt.
     Love,
     Starešina Davis

Follow Him and Find New Life

Good morning everyone!

     This was a good week, and we did a lot to get ourselves pretty immersed in the Easter spirit. Each Easter and Christmas the Church undertakes a big public relations campaign, and this year’s Easter message is called “Follow Him”. There are a number of nice videos on the mormon.org site, all of which send the central message, “Follow Him and Find New Life”. This is the message we’ve worked hard to share this week.
     Since nothing is translated into Slovenian the first step was to subtitle the video and create a pass along card. With the translated video, we went to work! The weather has been nice so we took the Johnson’s iPad and a table into center, and started sharing the video with people. It went surprisingly well, and we were able to get quite a few people to stop and watch – there’s something very non-threatening about watching a short video.
     On Thursday we got to change things up a little bit and take a quick trip to Zagreb, Croatia. There were some things in the office we needed to figure out (with apartment leases and such) so we made a little day trip out of it. After some time at the office in the morning we headed out for lunch and a walk through Zagreb’s beautiful center. There are some amazing things to see in Zagreb, one of the most notable being the main cathedral. It’s a beautiful building, and the history behind it is very cool. Although I love Slovenia, it was fun to have a few hours to explore Zagreb!

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The Zagreb Cathedral

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(A cool sculpture above the main door of the cathedral. It depicts God (on the right) , Christ ( on the left), and the Holy Spirit (the dove, above). It is so interesting to see that when the cathedral was built many hundred years ago, they believed that the Godhead was made up of three separate individuals. They may have changed the belief since then, but the artistic evidence of the truth remains.)

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(More Zagreb)

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(One of Zagreb’s center squares)

This week we also got to do a little birthday celebration for Elder Frandsen. He loves soccer, and the best gift we could think of was a Maribor soccer game! Back home I always thought of soccer as boring (c’mon, any sport where you can tie 0 to 0 can’t be that interesting, right?) but I’m a changed man now. Soccer games are SO much fun, and it’s just as exciting as any basketball or football game I’ve been to. The match we went to was Maribor vs. Novo Mesto, and I’m proud to say that Maribor won 2 to 1.

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(Maribor’s two newest fans!)

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     Overall, a great week. I loved the chance we had to show the Easter video to people, and I couldn’t think of a message I’d rather share than that through Jesus Christ we can find new life. Everyone we talked to this week knew who Jesus Christ was – they’ve heard that name their entire life. But, the answers changed completely when we asked them whether or not they felt like they had a personal relationship with Him. Jesus Christ isn’t just a historical or religious figure to study and read about in church. He is someone that we can actually have a relationship with. That’s the message we tried our hardest to share this week, and I can’t wait to keep on doing that for many more weeks to come 🙂
     Have a great Easter, and I I’ll hear from you soon!
     Jack

 

Teaching Repentance

Good morning everyone!

Well, another week has come and gone, and I’m amazed at how fast 7 days can go. I sincerely hope that the weeks don’t fly this fast at home!

We had a good week here, although nothing too out of the ordinary to report. The Elders from Ljubljana came to Maribor on Monday night for an exchange, and instead of two of us going back to Ljubljana all four of us stayed in Maribor. It was great to have more than two missionaries here for a few days – I miss having a district! I worked with Elder Prososki, one of the Elders that was in the MTC with me an eternity ago. It’s fun to be able to see the change that has happened in that year and a half.

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(My name is Jack, Elder Prososki’s name is Joe. It was too perfect)
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(I got to spend a few hours in Celje this weekend. It was like seeing a long lost friend:)

This week we had the chance to teach a number of different lessons. Although each was very different, I noticed a common theme woven throughout all of the lessons: repentance. Ever since the church did that broadcast called “Teach Repentance, Baptize Converts” I’ve really tried my hardest to teach repentance in a more complete way. And the results have been amazing!

What I’ve seen in the past few weeks is this: everything we teach is supposed to point toward repentance and baptism. Take Joseph Smith and the Restoration as an example. Why do we teach people about that? Is it just so they know about something cool that happened 200 years ago? No! It’s because the message of the Restoration is supposed to point us toward repentance and baptism by proper, restored, authority. Do we teach the Plan of Salvation because it’s fun to talk about where we go when we die? Well… yes haha. But more importantly, it’s because the Plan of Salvation teaches us why we need to repent and be baptized. Everything we teach as missionaries points towards repentance, and covenants such as baptism.

In 3 Nephi 11 Christ comes to the Nephites and begins to teach then, just as He taught the people of Israel. He starts by saying to them, “Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will declare unto you my doctrine.” At this point the Nephites were probably expecting something spectacular – what is Christ’s doctrine!? He continues, “And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit‍ the kingdom of God…And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child…Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine…” And that was it! The Gospel of Christ is not complicated – not even a little bit. It’s about repenting every day, trying to do better than we did the day before, and making sacred covenants.

I love being able to teach this to investigators. I love telling them that my purpose as a missionary isn’t just to fill their heads with new knowledge – it’s to help them change their lives through the power of repentance. There’s really no better calling than that.

I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Starešina Davis