Aim High

8 July 2013

What a week we’ve had! Sestra B and I determined at Weekly Planning that we would exercise our faith, and aim to teach 21 lessons this week. That’s more than double what we usually manage, but we took the goal seriously and amazing things happened: we were blessed to teach a total of 16 lessons, and would have hit 21 had other lessons not fallen through. It’s opened my eyes to what the Lord can help us accomplish when we set our sights high and expect to bring about miracles.

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Friendship and faith in Slovakia
“Discovering who we really are is part of this great adventure called life.  My dear young friends…You are something divine—more beautiful and glorious than you can possibly imagine. This knowledge changes everything. It changes your present. It can change your future. And it can change the world.”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Three of our investigators are working toward baptism, one of whom actually dropped us last transfer, but then called us up and asked if we could meet again. The members of the Church have been fantastic! All but 3 of the lessons we taught were accompanied by a member of the Branch. They put their shoulders to the wheel right alongside us, truly befriending and reaching out to those we teach – especially at the YSA Family Home Evening (* that’s “Missionary Speak” meaning a fun, informal, weekly gathering for single men and women of the Church, aged 18 – 30. It’s where spirituality meets hilarity, usually with some tasty refreshments mixed in). It’s such a blessing to have Elder and Sister Wr here to host events like that.

J actually came to Church, and although on the other side of the country, Ra is still reading the Book of Mormon and progressing beautifully. One young man that we hope to teach (he’s an animator, and South Park fan) keeps popping up everywhere, and described with satisfaction his friends’ delight that he had procured an actual copy of the Book of Mormon – in Slovak, no less! We feel exhausted, but so very blessed!

Our hard work this week, and the stacks of back-to-back lessons have put my emotions a bit on edge, and revealed some shortcomings that I need to work on. Thank goodness this is the Lord’s work, not mine, and that the Atonement is there for all of us. I know that when we exercise faith and seek to do the Lord’s will out of love for Him and our brothers and sisters, miracles are accomplished, hearts are softened, and we find true joy.

Now Sestra B and I are off to do our shopping (I think I’ll buy a banana/chocolate ice cream cone on our way to Tesco ;)), then scrub our apartment til it’s fresh and clean. Then we’re running over to a Branch member’s house with the Elders to drop off a birthday card and cookies, before dashing to teach 2 lessons about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, with just enough time to maybe write another letter before hopping into bed. Whew! We’re busy, but it feels good. 🙂

S laskou,
Sestra Jones

P.S. The Elders here, Starší U and Starší Cal, have also been having great success! They’re teaching an investigator named K – she’s on fire and already calls herself a Mormon! She’s beautiful, and such a strength to the Branch.

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