18 November 2013
Our concert on Tuesday night was a dazzling success, and the Spirit was richly poured out on all present! We weren’t sure how many people would attend, so we planned for the worst but hoped for the best. We needn’t have worried: we had a great turnout of around 30! That included friends of Branch members, former investigators, and English students, it was great! So far we have had 2 meetings come from that evening, one of which resulted in us picking up a new investigator. The Branch members in particular were very uplifted by the good turnout, and it was so special that P performed with us.
P was just fantastic at the concert! He played so well on his electric bass, and dressed up for the occasion, complete with bowtie. He even brought his little brother along. Sestra Johns and I both feel strongly that P is ready to be baptised, and we are praying that the Lord will provide the necessary means.
One of our Sister Training Leaders, Sestra Bar, and her companion Sestra H participated in the concert with us, and we also had a brief training exchange. Although it was short, I felt it was very instructive. I’m so grateful to know that we are not alone as missionaries – that there are members and missionaries and unseen aides all pulling right alongside us in the great work of salvation. I was shocked to realise that as of the end of this month I will only have 4 more transfers of full-time service to give! It’s an awful prospect, and I’ve finally begun to catch the sense of urgency I’ve seen displayed by other seasoned missionaries. Elder Guy put it perfectly: “My mission has taught me that I can never do enough for the Lord.” I’m trying to adjust my attitude: when I face an obstacle it’s an opportunity, and every sacrifice I am asked to make is a sacred privilege.
Transfers is also looming on the horizon; in just under 2 weeks we’ll find out what changes are going to take place in our area. It’s been confirmed that another Slovak Sister is incoming, and so Prezident’s adding a Czech sister over here to open a new area somewhere! I can’t wait to find out what will happen!
This week we went once again to lay concrete with Brat R (Brother R). He feels the absence of peace in his life, and knows that improving his spiritual health is the answer. He committed to read a chapter in the Book of Mormon, and promised to come to Church at least once before Elder Guy leaves.
A very creative but perhaps not highly effective finding idea we tried this week: inviting people to Game Night by setting up a table and chairs on the namestie (town square) and starting a game of cards. We had some funny looks and a couple of bold souls asked what we were up to, but no one joined in or committed to come that evening. Oh well! Sometimes you gotta just try things out to know if they will work or not. 🙂
We had a miracle: P K’ova, probably the sweetest soul ever, previously was dead-set against the Word of Wisdom and despite praying about it, felt unconvinced about committing to live it. Now (almost without any influence on our part it seems!) she told us that she has completely stopped drinking beer for her digestion and feels all the better for it. She is gradually replacing her coffee with Caro and chocolate and her despair at ever quitting has become radiant hope: “I feel I’ll be able to quit; I don’t really need it anymore.” The Lord is opening hearts and doors for us!
Another victory: Sestra Johnsova worked so hard to prepare herself to give her first sacrament meeting talk in Slovak. It was excellent! I have grown so much by being her companion – she has a gift of not only seeing people’s needs, but more importantly identifying solutions. I’m also feeling particularly grateful to our Elders Guy and Fe’l for righteously exercising the Priesthood and administering to those in need (me). I know now more intimately than I recognised before just how well my Father in Heaven knows and loves me personally. I am so grateful for prayer and the scriptures that shed light on the rocky path ahead. It’s not easy, but we have a glorious destination to look forward to!
Love, Sestra Jones ❤