oh what a Beautiful Day and what an amazing time to be a servant for the Lord.
I want you to know that i would never change where I am at this point in my life for anywhere else doing anything else.
Let me start with a story.
We contacted a man by the street the other day and when we stopped him he just said "Do you really think that this is the best thing you could be doing right now?" not understanding i stayed quiet, but Elder Utley said "Yes." Then the man walked away. Right after I asked Elder Utley what the man had said, when he told me i said yes it is the best thing saving souls. However as the week went on i pondered on that question, and i knew that this is the best time and place for me to be, i may never be able to give this much to Heavenly Fathers children again, at least not in this way.
Then as we were contacting yesterday, we stopped a women, i told her we were from america and that we were here to talk about a book and you know what she said? In perfect inglish she said wow you speak beautiful slovak, and then in slovak go on. We were so taken aback that we just kinda stood there for a second, then we continued and talked with her in English for the next half hour. She wanted to know why we were here and what our message was about, about how are members live if they live thier religion or just go to church and then home. She wanted to know if we were genuine about our religion we talked more and gave her a book of mormon. She said she needed peace and joy in her life and that she feels like she could find it around the people of our church. We told her she can and that if she reads the Book of Mormon then she can feel it as well. She just had a baby and she said she doesnt have time to meet but when she heads back to Ireland in a month or so that she will definatly look us up and go to church. She wanted to give us something and we said if you will read that book and contact missionaries when you get back there that is all we ask. she took the commitment and said that the People of Slovakia need us here. She also said that she wished that she wouldnt have spoken english so she could hear our slovak more, and so we continued in slovak to tell her about our church service and about how she can contact us if she has time to meet. She walked away with a smile and a hope and i walked away knowing that i would rather not be anywhere else doing anything else.
we had a great training last week with President Teixeira from the 70 and he told us this story of his son and his mission and how when we found out where he was going he looked up the facts on the mission, they only taught about 5 lessons a week. He then made his son promise that they would teach 21 lessons his first week there so that his Dad didnt worry about him on his mission. He told his companion about this promise right as he put his suit cases in the door and they took the next two hour to plan out how they were going to do this. they hung up the car keys and decided to walk everywhere. By the End of the week guess what they did it. so this week we have a goal of 21 lessons to teach to investigators. It is going to take a lot of hard work but it will be so worth it.
Thank you to those who have sent me there testimonys i love reading them and everytime i do i can feel the spirit and it helps me know of more things to tell these people on the street. so thank you.
I would like to close with a thought. I want you to know that God loves you, he hears you prayers and wants to help you. i want you to know that there are others that dont know that, and they see you, they see how you act different, they see how you are different, and they wonder why. They want to be that happy they want that light that you give off. they want that joy. Missionaries cant do this work alone, it is something that everyone needs to help with. I want you to know that as i send this to you i am talking to YOU. You have been intrusted with the Light of Christ and the Knowledge there of, with a joy and a knowledge that no one else knows. You have spiritual gifts that can make you stronger than you can ever know because they are of God. I want you to know that if you havent read and prayed about the Book of Mormon to see if it is true lately, that you should, that you can and will recieve an answer if you are willing to search for it and find it and act upon it. I know he lives and because he lives you and i will live again too. I hope that this finds you in health.
please remember when life gets to hard to stand, kneel, you will be closer to heaven anyways.