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31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

The snowy streets of Slovakia Sestra Bar, Sestra Jones, Starší Fe'l, Starší Guy, and Starší Chri'n

The snowy streets of Slovakia
Sestra Bar, Sestra Jones, Starší Fe’l, Starší Guy, and Starší Chri’n

Smiles all around; fun and fellowship at Christmastime

Smiles all around;
fun and fellowship at Christmastime

It’s been a wonderful two weeks! We haven’t been teaching as much as we’re used to, but we’ve been keeping quite busy and doing as much good as we can. The one Christmas visit we were able to make had a greater impact than we thought it would: we stopped by to see a sister who has just recently returned to activity, and she was more or less alone on Christmas. She described that little visit as one of the highlights of her Christmas this year – it was definitely an inspired plan! It was humbling and special to be able to bring someone else such happiness just by reaching out in our simple way. It brings to mind the words of the scriptures: “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).

The baptism we were hoping for this past week didn’t happen:  our friend feels that she’s just not ready, her circumstances are not right. She has prayed about it and feels to stop actively meeting with us. Sestra Bar and I were so sad to say goodbye, but I respect her ability to receive revelation for herself and trust that Heavenly Father will answer the fervent and beautiful prayer she offered, asking Him to help “lead her back to this wonderful Church”. I cannot wait for the day when not only Pani K’ova, but her whole family will accept the Restored gospel together. We’re still in contact by phone, and she helped us organise some Christmas caroling at the hospital where she works.

Getting into the holiday spirit: Sestra Jones sporting some festive headgear

Getting into the holiday spirit:
Sestra Jones sporting some festive headgear

We went to the hospital on Christmas Day, and had such a lovely experience singing and sharing the special spirit of the season with those who were too ill to return home for the holiday. Some of the people there were naturally feeling a bit downcast and discouraged, and it was the best feeling ever to see their eyes light up as we visited and sang carols for them.

The Branch Christmas party was a huge success! Every seat was filled: a few ladies from our English class came, and our lovely former

The handcart pioneers of the 21st Century Elders Chri'n and Guy enter the chariot races

The handcart pioneers of the 21st Century
Elders Chri’n and Guy enter the chariot races

investigator Su not only came with her 4-year-old daughter but also brought along a friend, and his daughter too! Prezident van D was his usual, wonderful self and gave Su’s friend a Book of Mormon. He now wants to meet with us and come to church this coming week! We’ve also spent quite a bit of time out contacting new people, in addition to visiting and serving members of the Church. People keep saying “call me after the new year”, but I feel hopeful that our area will blossom as long as we keep displaying faith and diligence.

May the Lord bless and keep you. I love you all lots, and wish you a very happy New Year!

S láskou, Sestra Jones

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