14 April 2014
“Old things are done away, and all things have become new.” 3 Nephi 12:47
This has been a week of firsts! First time training for me, and first time everything for Sestra W! We taught our very first lesson together on the train ride home to Blava from Prague. The lesson was with a young adult from Moldova. That experience was quickly added upon as each day brought new opportunities: we also taught at the Church building, in a home, on a bench, tracted *paneláky, and visited with Branch members´non-member families. What an adventure!
*A “panelák“ is basically an apartment block constructed of panels of pre-fab concrete, a form of cheap, collective housing that was widely adopted in the old Czechoslovakia during the Communist era, and is still common in the Czech and Slovak Republics today.
Sestra W is so fantastic and unique! She’s so dedicated and always wants to do what´s right. She never complains and is considerate of everyone´s needs and feelings. She is very aware of her weaknesses and willing to face her fears to improve. Sestra W is a naturally reserved person and so contacting takes a lot of courage for her. But she did it nevertheless! We´re learning together: for me it´s a lesson of feeding her “milk before meat” and giving her opportunities to contribute without overwhelming her.
I feel like we get along well as our personalities balance each other out. I feel Heavenly Father wants me to help her to gain confidence in Him and in the abilities He´s given her. What I appreciate most about Sestra W in terms of our relationship is her openness in telling me her ideas and preferences. The main improvement I need to make as a trainer this coming week is making sure we settle into a better study routine. At the moment our studies are a bit scattered and inefficient as we get accustomed to each other and our investigators.
Speaking of which, we were blessed to teach lessons despite having only a half week to work with, and many appointments falling through. S is doing fine: he has set a baptismal date for June, and came to General Conference. We´ll be serving in his garden this week at the advice of the new Sister Training Leaders (they´re so great!). My days in Žilina and Prague this past week were amazing, and Conference was just fab! What I took away from General Conference was a burning desire to help people make lasting changes in their lives – to become converted! M, a young sister in our branch, has definitely caught the missionary fever too: “I´m like a Mormon bomb of spiritual witness: just waiting for someone to press the button so I can explode! Call me so I can teach with you, Sisters!”
I know that this is the Lord´s work. I feel so privileged to be participating in it. I am so happy to see that the person I´ve become is far better than the new missionary I arrived as. It gives me faith and hope that the Lord will continue to shape me as I strive to do His will, not mine. His design is always far better.
Love you all oh-so-much,
Šťastné Veľká noc všetky! Happy Easter, everyone! Here’s a little video for the season, which expresses beautifully why Sestra Jones is doing what she’s doing: