Sunday, May 11, 2014

5-5-2014

Well Well Well the start of Week 5........... WOW these days go by so fast.
This last week a lot of our lessons fell through, but we had a great Family Home Evening with a member, who is a single mom and whos son has is very intergetic. It is often really hard to teach a lesson so we usually go outside and play soccer or something with him and then have a spiritual thought. This week though we decided to try something. we decided to help her gain something to progress to. As we sat down, we decided to start off with the spiritual thought first. We sat down with her while her son was outside with her mother, and talked a little bit about the temple. We asked her if she had been to the temple and she said no but she wanted to she just always had to spend her time with her son. We gave our spiritual thought on how some of the first steps were to read and pray everyday. She said she would and that we could meet while her son was at school and talk about the temple and what she needs to do to get there. I am so excited for these lessons and to see how this can really help her change her life toward the way Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want her to live again.
We ran into a guy on the street the other day that is awesome. We talked for a while and he told us of how he would say he is a believer because he looks for Gods hand everyday in his life, in every meeting with every person, even ours. He said he could see it in ours and that he would love to talk more about it, but he couldnt until september because he had tests to finish school and them he is doing humanitarien work for the whole summer so he wouldnt be in Nitra. We gave him a Book of Mormon and our number and he said that he would read it and that he would call us if he ever had any free time. He said he wants to meet in september so we will see whole is here in Nitra in september i guess.
It has been a week of miracles, and this next week I get to see where Slovakia was dedicated for missionary work. In Trencin. it will be so cool.
I wanted to close with a spiritual thought, I have really learned something here on my mission, from the people I see, to those I teach, to those that are members. That this gospel in one of change on our part. Heavenly Father knows that we are not perfect and he knows what we can become. Two quotes I read this week as I was thinking of people in my life that I have seen this in and that I am seeing it in.
"We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father wont, for he sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming." -
"The gosple of Jesus Christ is a gosple of transformation. It takes us as men and women and refines us into men and women for the eternities." - Joseph B. Wirthlin
I know this is true. God wont make us do anything, but he will help us to Everything that we need to to return and live with him. Though times get hard, live is rough, school is stressful and so is work. He loves you, he wants to help you, he will do anything for you. I hope you know this.
Remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.
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4-28-2014

With Each transfer the next goes faster.

This week was so packed full. To start it off with an exchange from the Zone leaders. It was so awesome. I went into it with some goals about the language and about the work, Because I have a vision for Nitra this transfer alone or at least by the time I leave here to see it grow and to help these people and find those who are prepared, and bring those who have seen the light back. 

He really helped me see how I was going to do this and what I needed to do to reach the Goal. Then He got me really excited to find people and to teach them the Gospel of Christ because it has helped me so much in my life. I know it is true and I know through the Book of Mormon and prayer they can know it to. 

Then we went on exchanges and I was given a commitment to help the other elders get excited about finding people as well. The Elder I was with is also knew to the area and I told him of how I wanted to see growth and strength in Nitra and he got way pumped and we went out and found 3 awesome people and a group of teenages that... well one of them has protential, the others could someday so we invited them to english. 

Then we had District Conference and we got to go to Brno and hear a general athority of the 70 speak. It was so awesome. I also got to sit with some Members from Bratislava that are so AWESOME and that I missed a lot. They are doing great, and I hope they always keep up the good work there while I am gone. 

We had a training right after that and I got to ride with Sister McConkie and he 3 boys and another Elder from the Confrence to the Training and that was awesome. They are so great. We had a great training about doing our part to plan and study and keep our stuff organized. It was exactly what I needed. 

I know the Lord answers prays. I have been praying of how I can improve, of how I can become the Missionary and the person God needs me to be. of how I am going to reach the Goal that I have for Nitra. Of how I can help the work and he answered them through these things this week. Heavenly Father listens, He loves us, He wants to help us. Thats why when we need help and we pray for it in the name of Jesus Christ, I KNOW He will answer. If you havent prayed and asked for his help in life or choices or even just to thank him DO IT. HE HEARS YOU and will answer.


Let me tell you a little about Nitra right now.

Nitra is a small town that was opened to the missionaries a year ago so I am the 15 missionary in it or something like that. There are members here that have been members through communisim and if you look up the history of the Church in Czech and Slovakia you will read of a yoga class, I have met people that were in that. The longest member lives here in Nitra, her name is Sister žiškova. She is around 70 I think and she was baptized when she was 8. She has some great stories. 
We have about 4 active member and one of them is leaving on a mission to the German Alpin mission. Two of the members live in Nitra the others live on little villages outside of Nitra and some take about at hour and a half to get to church because of train times and busses to nitra are not really very good especially on weekends. Nitra is also know for Schooling. There are 2 different colleges here and so there are a lot of students that go home on the weekends. So we go tracting a lot of the time. 

We met with this girl named Monica this last week and She is so great. We met with her on a bench outside the building, because the other Elders couldn't make it to a building because they had a lesson, and they need to be there because we cant be in the building alone with someone of the opposite gender without someone of our own gender there. We also try to work with members as well. Anyways, we were on the loudest road in Nitra and all the construction trucks were driving through, there was a couple that were yelling at each other behind us and over us, but that didn't effect us. While Satan was doing all he could to distact her, We were doing the oppisite. When we taught she listened and when we asked her questions she answered. She is so great and the lessons was one of the best that I have had even if I was stumbling over my words the whole time. At the end we asked her to read the Book of Mormon and she was like " I read the Bible, but I will read this as well." We have another meeting set up with her for this Friday. She is so cool and so willing to listen and learn.

Remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to Heaven anyways. 

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4-22-2014

Hello again,
 
This week was fast. We have been working on a lot of stuff this week
and I have been trying to get used to my new area. I has been hard but
at the same time it has been good for me. Elder Ringger is a great
guy. We are a lot a like in some ways and in others not so much but so
is life. He is a great Elder.
We have done a lot of interesting things for Easter we have learned a
lot about the Holiday traditions here. For example the people here
have a three day long Easter where most if not all the stores are
closed, and the librarys as well. hence the reason that I am late this
week getting you a letter. Men also go around, on monday, sprinkling
water, or perfume i guess, on girls and then the girls give the men
candy It is really only the close friends that do this though. It is
considered weird otherwise for some reason.
We didnt get a lot of meetings this last week because a lot of our
investigators dont live in nitra. You see nitra is a small town that a
lot of people come to for college. So on weekends and Holidays most of
the College students head home to there villages. It makes finding on
weekends and teaching with the members a little harder. However it is
possible because Heavenly Father and President McConkie have asked it
of us and we will be able to do it because he is a man that is called
of God and that can and does recieve revolation for us in the work.
needless to say we go tracting on the weekends.
I hope everyone had a great Easter and that when you think about
Easter think not only of the fact that we will all be reserrected but
also think of the Atonement and its part in the plan of Salvation. if
there is anything that I have learned this last week it is that It
really is only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that Heavenly
Fathers Plan is possible. Through his Atonement we can be blessed and
forgiven so that when we are reserrected we can live with God again.
God has a plan for you and for me, he will show you yours if you are
looking to accomplish it. I know He lives, I know Jesus Christ Lives
and is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that I can live with Heavenly
Father and all those that I love again for Eternity if I live
Righteously and do my best to follow Gods plan.
 
Remember that when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, You will be
closer to heaven anyways.
 
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Pictures of Joshua from Nitra