Onward and Upward

02 June 2014

It has been a great week. We´re inching closer and closer to achieving our goals, and Sestra W and I are determined that this week will be the week that we reach them!

Sestra W and Sestra Jones  Bratislavský hrad (Bratislava Castle) can be seen in the background.

Sestra W and Sestra Jones
Bratislavský hrad (Bratislava Castle) can be seen in the background.

The picnic at the American Embassy to celebrate the success of the hospital service project was without question a highlight of the week. I hope it is not prideful, but it felt really nice to be invited as honoured guests and publicly recognised for the good we are striving to achieve. All of the Elders and Sisters in attendance were outstanding at mingling and helping others feel welcome and appreciated. We sisters had positive experiences inviting a young hospital patient and his family to attend English lessons, and another girl and her mother to learn more about our message over a lunch later this summer.

It was wonderful to see Sestry Val and Bat return from their business trip to England, refreshed by temple worship and a landmark visit to the Sheffield Slovak branch. It’s an absolute answer to my prayers for these stalwart sisters, whom I have come to love so dearly. They bore glowing testimony of the good examples those Saints are to the homeland Slovaks, and are advocating sending the Sheffield Saints some needed Slovak hymnbooks.

S is doing great! We and two Elders went to serve in S´s garden with one of the Elders’ investigators. We briefly taught about fasting, and challenged S to fast and bear testimony that week – which he did! I think it meant a lot to the members of the Branch to have a non-member come to the front and testify of the Book of Mormon, and express his intentions to be baptised in three weeks´ time. I feel he will be ready.

J is our other progressing investigator – a young father with a sincere desire to follow Christ, and a growing testimony of the Book of Mormon. We taught him the Law of Chastity and the Word of Wisdom this week, which he humbly and willingly accepted. It´s a struggle to be patient, but I hope that we can soon begin teaching his wife as well, and that J will be blessed with a new job that leaves his Sundays free for church attendance.

Brat M is making impressive progress. He has resolved to attend the upcoming Fireside with Elder Kearon, which I feel will be a turning-point for him.

Greenie days! In March of 2013, brand new missionary Sestra Jones and Sestra Pyšňáková, her trainer, became the first sister missionaries to serve in Žilina since 1998.

Greenie days!
In March of 2013, brand new missionary Sestra Jones and Sestra Pyšňáková, her trainer, became the first sister missionaries to serve in Žilina since 1998. Pictured are Starší U, Sestra Pyšňáková, Sestra Jones, and Starší Cl

Another highlight was meeting the Pyšňákovci (my trainer and her family) in town and going to lunch together. It meant the world to me to reminisce about all the blessings and growth I´ve seen in my life since Sestra Pyšňáková and I “blinded in” to Žilina, and to see the positive transition that she has succeeded in making from full-time missionary service back to normal life. She and her family are absolute heroes, and continue to build the kingdom in their homeland despite having re-settled abroad. So many Church members here just love them to bits.

I know that this is the Lord´s Church and that He is actively engaged in His work. So many times – usually when Sestra W and I were just starting to feel like we may have failed or that our work was ineffective – we have been placed in the right place at exactly the right time and truly had our mouths filled with the words people needed to hear. It´s beautiful and miraculous to watch conversion happen. Onward and upward!

S láskou, Sestra Jones

P.S. Transfer week again: eeep! What will my final area be and with whom will I serve? We find out this Saturday, so stay tuned for the next episode… Ha ha! 😀

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