That Our Joy May Be Full

13 August 2014

“Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.”

2 John 1:12

Everlasting beginnings: Sestra Jones enjoys one final day of sharing the gospel in the Czech Republic before beginning her journey home, and Sestra S prepares to begin training a brand new missionary. "How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Everlasting beginnings: Sestra Jones enjoys one final day of sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in the Czech Republic before beginning her journey home, and Sestra S prepares to begin training a brand new missionary.
“How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Nazdar! (Hi!)

At the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, USA. "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength" Doctrine and Covenants 4:2

At the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, USA. January, 2013.
“Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength”
Doctrine and Covenants 4:2

I´m emailing from the Centre for YSA in the Prague church building. Monday was not a Pday for my makeshift companions (the new Sister Training Leaders Sestry B and Kra, assigned to Trenčín): our area was blinded out to become an elder area once again, and we spent the day handing over investigators and finishing other last-minute business for their fresh start. So with my first and last transfers, I saw Žilina North area both open and close to Slovak Sisters. And who should blind in behind us but Starší F and M from Bratislava? 🙂

Good and bad news about investigators´ reaction to transfers: L has been BFF with them from the first second, but D was deeply shaken by it and has decided to take a break for a while, so no baptismal date at present; but at least he came to the Se’s place for a halušky party on Monday night.

I´m convinced that those Elders have been hand-picked by the Lord to carry on the work in my dear Žilina: our beloved members and investigators are in good hands.

At the mission home in Prague, Czech Republic. " His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." Matthew 25:21

At the mission home in Prague, Czech Republic.  August, 2014
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
Matthew 25:21

I travelled here to Prague yesterday (as did sisters B Min, C, R, D, and H), and we just made it in time to teach a bench lesson and tag along for Prague Walk (traditional introductory tour) with Prezident McConkie and the new missionaries. They are lovely! No Slovak missionaries arrived this transfer, but 5 Czech sisters and 1 Czech Elder did.

We spent the night in the mission home with the McConkies! There is such a special Spirit here. We just participated in a little morning devotional in which the new missionaries were paired with their trainers and sent off to their first areas. The rest of the day is ours to be tourists or missionaries as we please (I´m opting for the latter as much as I can without a phone or area! 🙂 ), then we´ll have departing interviews and dinner together before flying out tomorrow.

See you soon – love you lots! x Sestra Jones

Be Not Weary

04 August 2014

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap , if we faint not.” Gal 6:9

“Holding aloft our colors,
We march in the glorious dawn.
O youth of the noble birthright,
Carry on, carry on, carry on!”

Ruth May Fox, 1853-1958

Čaute, ludia! *(rough translation: “Hey, peeps!”) 🙂

Here comes the penultimate instalment of my marvellous mid-European ministry!

Fun news from Žilina Branch: P got her mission call to London South! She leaves for the Preston MTC (that’s the Missionary Training Centre in England) in November.

I’m absolutely exhausted but can’t afford to slow down. I feel like normal life is reaching out its odd-job tentacles prematurely to pollute my glorious last week of missionary service. There’s so much I still want to do and contribute: Slovak tips and concert scripts to gather and submit to the mission office, farewell notes and catch-up journal entries to write, etc. Plus Sestra B and I are still drowning in paperwork from the Jurassic period of our transfer together! Packing is bitter-sweet, and not just because it makes my departure real; countless nostalgic memories have resurfaced, accompanied by reminders of some unrealised goals. It’s easy to get sidetracked with “good” and find oneself robbed of the “best” one sets out to accomplish. Really trying to avoid that death-trap!

The touring concert (Žilina/Trenčín) was great. Everything came together at literally the last minute. B and E (an investigator who shared her talents), Sestra Se, and the Wrightsons were indispensable as always, and we were blessed with 7 non-members present. B even accompanied us to Trenčín, where a sudden and violent cloudburst prevented all but members from coming. Still so worth it though: the most rewarding thing was on the train home B started singing the song I’d translated, and you could just tell he was SO happy. He seems so at peace with himself and is practically a missionary already. While the concerts over in our corner of Slovakia did not produce the amazing turn-out we were shooting for, the Košice concert kind of made up for it with 19 guests attending. 😉

kosice exchange

Good times on exchange in Košice. Photo courtesy of Sestra B, ďakujem!

Our exchange in Košice was very positive. Our meetings with investigators fell through, but Sestra Seni and I had wonderful experiences contacting and trying to get back in touch with a few key former investigators. It was fun to work with Sestra Seni again, and see how we have both changed since being companions. We had a cool experience together, of being led by the Spirit to contact a young lady of the exact description we had planned for – in the very time and place we had planned to do so. Sestra Seni has good command of the language and asks very inspired questions in contacts. She is bold and hard-working and loves the people she teaches – especially the Church members. She and Sestra K are happy as companions (and their District seems very united). Those two are keeping their vision, effort, and spirits high; Sestra B and I were slightly at a loss with what they could possibly do better!

Our own lesson count was rather low last week (we barely managed Slovak standard of excellence: 14 lessons), but those investigators we taught are all progressing. D is fantastic and practically a member of the branch already! He’s the man we found last week; he accepted a baptismal date in his bench lesson.*(for those unfamiliar with the term “bench lesson”, it refers to a lesson that is taught while seated on a park bench. Teaching al fresco seems to be fairly commonplace in the Czech/Slovak Mission!). Sestra Se joined us for a great lesson with him on Monday, in which HE taught US half the Restoration (had looked it up online, and got most of his facts right!). Then we had a combined lesson with our other investigator L, and member P to study the Book of Mormon. It felt like an Institute class, and both investigators have continued reading consistently on their own since then! D also came to the concert and English class and even church: when he walked in in his suit and tie I was filled with joy, and the members loved him. I really feel that he will make it to baptism – and soon. He’s taking charge of his own learning and marking on the Teaching Record what he’s learned and the lesson up next.

It seems to me that the W family enjoy discussing the gospel even more than they like our English lessons 😀 They are exactly the family the Žilina Branch needs right now, so I pray we get the chance to leave the entire family with a lasting spiritual experience to smooth any changes that happen with transfers. I fear that I may not have been bold enough with this beautiful family from the beginning and hope that we haven’t wasted an opportunity to bring them to Christ sooner rather than later. One VERY encouraging sign is that Pani W asked us first chance she got: “what is the difference between your church and the church I was raised in?” We testified of living prophets and the Book of Mormon.

Yesterday (fasting!) we were struggling. We’d been blessed with many investigators at church and had successfully recruited Z’s help to teach Relief Society from Preach My Gospel (what a success!). But after a few hours of contacting families on the námestie (town square) and tracting a row of paneláks (apartment blocks) we had physically hit rock bottom and gratefully counted the minutes until a well-deserved meal. After dinner we dragged ourselves back out the door to visit the Se family. Call me a Prezident McConkie copycat, but we went around the table telling each member of the family how much we loved and appreciated them, and specifically WHY. The Spirit in that home was beautiful, and we floated out. Sestra B remarked: “That was SO much better than taking a nap.” It’s wonderful to physically experience just how much we need the church members: the change we felt was tangible. One good miracle deserves another: we regained contact with M by showing up at her door right as she got home. She had fasted, just like we taught her! 🙂 We’re still unsure how to help her overcome her concerns with church, but it occurred to us that we might try focusing our teaching on her exuberant daughter T for now. If M had an example of how to interest her daughter in the gospel, that may be a greater help to her than any other.

This week will be showstopping – I just know it! Mission Leadership Council is on Thursday in Prague, so once again we’ll have a day outside our area. Plus D really wants to go to Trenčín on Saturday to witness the baptism the sisters there are having. 🙂 I REALLY want to hit standards of excellence in all areas (if I’m not mistaken it will be the first time my entire mission): 2 baptismal dates (we have one: D), 2 investigators at church (we had a high of 3 this week), 4 lessons with members present (we had 5 last week), 2 new investigators (none last week, ouch!), and at least 14 lessons in total (although we hope to beat that). Prayers much appreciated! I hope that all of these wonderful people will continue to progress even if Sestra B and I are not around to teach and support them next transfer.

I know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is essential to help each person to understand their part in His plan of salvation. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s kingdom on the earth, as led by His authorised representative, Thomas S. Monson.

I love you all! Until the next (and last) report from the mission field, Sestra Jones x

Continue in the Word

28 July 2014

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32

This past week seemed like a bit of an anticlimax following the spiritual high of training in Bratislava on Tuesday, but even so the Lord blessed us to teach a good 20 lessons. Funny how it all works, many of our progressing investigators are struggling with the same things: recognising their growing testimony, and deciding whether to set a date for baptism despite not yet having a perfect knowledge.

Miracles and tender mercies: yesterday while contacting on Marianske Namestie, Sestra B stopped a young man wearing headphones. I remember a time on my mission when that sort of thing would have really intimidated me, but my trainer, Sestra Pyšňáková, helped me see that I’m never bothering people by offering them a chance at salvation (doesn’t mean they can’t choose to see it that way though…  😉 ). The young man, D, sat down for a bench lesson and is so excited to be baptised and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost in three weeks’ time before he moves to Canada.

Another miracle is that we’ve picked up an investigator that Sestra Pyšňáková and I found last year! She is a devout, but unhappy Catholic. We’ll see how it plays out with helping her work up the courage to try reading the Book of Mormon, but she is sensitive to the Spirit and LOVES Jesus so I trust that her “truth sensors” will win out.

L can’t see it in himself quite yet, but he’s changing for the better and starting to hunger and thirst for the gospel. He went running with us one morning, and we had a bench lesson in the park. He started a daily commitment to measure up to the Ten Commandments: he’s working on reverencing the Lord’s name, and keeping the Sabbath Day holy. It’s hard-going when he’s decided not to tell his family that he’s investigating the church – especially now that he became an uncle this week and is expected to be the krstný otec (godfather). Please keep him in your prayers!

The W family are doing great! We showed them mormon.org as part of our English lesson, which they enjoyed. They accepted our invitation to read in the Book of Mormon daily, and Sestra B and I are astounded at just how carefully the Lord has prepared them for the message. Our hopes are sky high for this beautiful family!

E is playing with us in our concert, bless her! 😀 She too is showing willingness to consider baptism out of a sincere desire to feel clean and give her little son a good future.

We taught Brat J M about tithing with Elder and Sister Wr, which was positive. For now we will no longer teach him actively, although we’ll continue to invite him to church. Truth be told, he has become quite the regular in our little congregation. I was teaching Old Testament Sunday School and asked him to present a brief portion of the lesson, which he did masterfully. You should have seen him glowing with pride at the opportunity to lecture on the subject he loves. 🙂 Sestra B and I are hoping that he will soon realise just how important the restored gospel is becoming to him.

Had some great moments with the Se girls, too. I love them; absolutely adore them. I think they would be amazed to see themselves as I see them. It is powerful to behold the great impact and potential they have: they are literally the future of the Church in Slovakia.

This next week looks packed! Tomorrow is Distrct Meeting with visiting Zone Leaders. Wednesday is our combined concert with the Trenčín District. Thursday morning we’re heading to Košice for our final exchange (conveniently overlapping with their concert, in which we will perform). Friday, on our way back from the exchange, is the concert in Trenčín. And finally on Saturday we’ll plan for the final week of my mission and maybe catch our breath in time for the Sabbath! How we’ve managed to teach and help investigators progress at all with these additional responsibilities is utterly beyond me. I have gained a renewed testimony that “whom the Lord calls, He qualifies”.

Love you lots! ❤ Sestra Jones

Endless Improvement

23 July 2014

“The works of God continue,
And worlds and lives abound;
Improvement and progression
Have one eternal round.”
– William W. Phelps, 1792-1872

I am happy and well. Exhausted though: absolutely shattered. What a crash course in relying on the Lord!

On exchange with the Uherské Hradiště sisters. l to r: Sestra Ro, Sestra Bru, Sestra B, and Sestra Jones

On exchange with the Uherské Hradiště sisters.
l to r: Sestra Ro, Sestra Bru, Sestra B, and Sestra Jones

Our exchange in Uherské Hradiště was fantastic. We completely dropped the ball on planning transportation, though: the bus we planned to take home ended up being full (and with the crystal clear vision of hindsight, we see that we should have booked it in advance…). Two full buses later and we had to opt for the long route on the train. So in the end it was more like a 36-hour exchange, but we learned a lot about spiritually making backup plans. 😉 Sestra Ro seems to be very happy: she teaches so well, speaks great Czech, and her love for the people is abundantly evident. I am overjoyed at the growth of their branch: their new members are simply awesome! It goes to show what amazing things can be accomplished when members of the Church and missionaries work together in unity.

The Zone Conference training was yesterday! We were adjusting plans until the very last second and I hardly slept a wink on Monday. The topic was setting expectations for baptism and confirmation in EVERY conversation. We had to challenge the missionaries to be very bold and direct. We compared clearly stating our purpose upfront to a juicy nectarine with fruit evident on the surface, ready to taste. In contrast we may be hesitant and beat around the bush in seeking to help the investigator to baptism, but that’s like handing them a peanut with a hard shell to break through. Some people are motivated and persistent and will eventually crack through the shell, but others fail to recognise the true fruit we’re offering inside and cast it away. It takes courage to display our vulnerable nectarines when it’s what means the most to us (we don’t want them thrown back in our faces), but it’s the only way that gives everyone a clear choice to align with the Saviour and heed His call to “repent and be baptised.”

When we sat down I heaved a sigh of relief, but felt a pit of disappointment in my stomach. Like Sestra McConkie tells us, every speaker has three talks: the one they plan, the one they think they give, and the one they actually give. I tried to be positive and leave it in the Lord’s hands (Sestra B is GREAT at that!). Then so many missionaries – Prezident McConkie included – praised us highly and thanked us for what we taught. I believed them 😀 and now feel at peace with our efforts, which I’m not sure I would have at the start of my mission. I’m changing for the better and learning to accept the Lord’s approval instead of clinging to unrealistic expectations for my performance.

Bearing departing testimony was a treasured experience: I see in myself that I have been allowed to grow closer to my Saviour and reduce my skewed perfectionism. Before my mission I always thought that in order to be successful I had to be effortlessly flawless, but a mission has taught me that that is not the case. Heavenly Father himself has endless room for improvement; it’s an opportunity, not a fault! 🙂

Sestra B Min and I sang a musical number in French/English/Slovak, which was a nice farewell to the Elders and Sisters here who have become my second family. It is a bit scary to be so close to the end – the edge of the unknown. But my time’s not up yet, and I don’t feel sad. Besides, Czech-Slovak missionaries never die! 😀 You can take the sister out of the mission field, but you can’t take the mission field out of the sister.

All my love,  Sestra Jones

Live Without Regret

14 July 2014

I wish to open this update with a spectacular statement from my mission president, James W McConkie III. It has inspired me, and I felt it was precisely what I needed to hear this week:

“Please know that none of you has forfeited your potential. Rather, as missionaries in the Lord’s service you are exactly where you should be and experiencing all the things you need to experience in order to reach your tremendous potential. Trust in God. Be patient. Work hard. Find. Be spiritual people. Have meaningful conversations. Extend commitments. Testify. Bring people to the covenant of baptism and to Christ. Watch and marvel as God changes the people you teach. Thank Him for changing you too. It is a great time to be a missionary!!”

I’ve been trying to take sufficient time in the past few days to reflect on my missionary efforts and reconsecrate myself before my time is truly out. (Sestra Jones will complete her missionary service next month). It’s a struggle to fight mental exhaustion these days!  😉 I’m afraid that I might miss promptings to improve and serve from sheer lack of energy. But on the other hand there’s very little (short of running late, or chickening out in an occasional contact) about which I feel guilty.

At the close of other stages of my life, like before moving or finishing a schoolyear, I have often been weighed down with regret and despair over opportunities wasted. But in contrast, the past few weeks of my mission have been graced with an overall feeling of gratitude. I don’t believe it’s an attitude of complacency, but rather a sign that I’m learning to accept the Atonement. I’m going out each day with the intention to serve: trying to be obedient and dependable and bold and charitable and sensitive to the Spirit. I used to feel awful self-condemnation for being anywhere short of perfect. Now I feel peace, and realise that the very fact that I am feeling and recognising the Spirit in my life daily is a sign of the Lord’s approval. Perfect or not, my efforts are enough and my offering is acceptable to the Lord. I know of no happier state. (Elder Kopischke, Elder Gong in this month’s Liahona, and Preach My gospel page 10)

As for this week’s exchange with the Trenčín sisters, we were immensely impressed with their capacity as teachers, and consecrated work ethic. They are ambitiously keeping their vision very high and diligently following through: absolutely exemplary. We met many of our goals together, including 14 hours of SOL (er… I think that stands for Speaking Our Language, and refers to gaining greater proficiency in the Slovak language by using it as often as humanly possible) and finding new investigators. From my side I want to improve on selecting activities to meet the Sisters’ goals by planning further in advance.

Our area is making a recovery from last week, greatly thanks to the back-to-back lessons taught in the company of the amazing Sestra Scer. 🙂 We miraculously reconnected with some key people, such as M (a single mum who was on-track for baptism last transfer) and S (mother of 3 and eldest of 13 children, with whom we had a very positive first lesson early on). J M came to church and is working to give up coffee. L started progressing by leaps and bounds this week, as we’ve met more regularly and he made a stellar effort to read the Book of Mormon. I really feel that he will soon be baptised.  He’s made great friends with all the other young adults of the Branch, and we hope he’ll recognise his growing testimony fast, before they all leave on missions or go back to school! We had a significant spiritual discussion about the Holy Ghost with the W family this week (they’re the family that invited us to their home to teach English), and they have begun reading the Book of Mormon, making them serious investigators. It’s so exciting – we feel that good things are happening here in Žilina!

I know that the Lord’s hand is in this work!

S láskou, Sestra Jones

A Short Report

07 July 2014

Family, that langoše looks delicious! Haven´t learned to cook it myself (a bit time consuming for missionaries…), but the cities here are dotted with booths selling the yummy, greasy things. *Langoše is the plural form of langoš, a gorgeous, fried  flatbread. The texture and flavour is rather similar to that of a funnel cake, hot doughnut, or the best deepdish pizza crust you’ve ever had in your life. It is a savoury dish, typically eaten with crushed garlic, cheese, and ketchup. It’s fabulous.

Our sweet friend Denisa made this massive platter of delicious langoše for our family! We had to send Sestra Jones a picture, so she could enjoy them with her eyes :)

Last week, our sweet friend Denisa made this massive platter of scrumptuous langoše for our family! We had to send Sestra Jones a picture, so she could enjoy them with her eyes 🙂

This week Sestra B and I were prompted to ask ourselves the question of whether all those lessons we were teaching were motivated by our purpose (to bless and lift others by bringing them closer to Christ), or simply out of wanting to report good numbers. It took some of the wind out of our sails (as did the rigorous travelling: to Bratislava and Prague and Bratislava and finally back home), but we’ve been blessed with miracles nonetheless!

Making "spectacles" of themselves: A bit of fun to brighten up the long journey to Prague.

Making “spectacles” of themselves:
A bit of fun to brighten up the long journey to Prague.

Our exchange with the sisters in Blava was rushed, but lovely really: Sestra BMin and I were together once again (they were companions in the MTC, and again in Žilina for a couple of months last year). Two ladies we taught in an outlying city accepted baptismal dates (a mother and daughter). Leadership Council in Prague was exciting: Sestra B and I will be in charge of running an entire hour of training in Bratislava this month!

Celebrated 4th of July with Elder and Sister Wr, that was fun.

Love notes from Heavenly Father: one day we were so discouraged, just feeling rejected and having a rough contacting block. Then we found Rosy, a gorgeous 14-year-old from Shropshire whom we taught to pray. 🙂 L and JM progressing. We feel really blessed. ❤

Love you!  Sestra Jones

 

 

The Greatest

30 June 2014

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Cor 13:13

I love the church members here in Žilina. Absolutely adore them. It’s humbling to learn once in a while just how deep an impact our words and behaviour as missionaries have on others. Sestra Se travelled and taught with us a lot this week, much for the purpose of visiting teaching before June was good and finished. And on every train and bus we boarded, Sestra B and I held true to our resolve to speak with everyone we could. “We taught people in their streets, and in their homes, and [on their trams] and [waiting at their crosswalks] and [while asking for directions to a panelák]” (Alma 26:29). She later said what a spiritual awakening it had been for her, and said that it refuelled her commitment to be a member missionary.

Last week we took P (who is waiting for mission papers still, but going to the temple this week!) out contacting with us and she too said that although she’d been terrified, it was one of the most memorable spiritual experiences she’s ever had. Moral of the story is: nothing builds your testimony like sharing it, so pray daily for opportunities and then do all you can to teach and testify to those that the Lord places in your path. Then pass on the torch by lighting the courage of others in your family and branch. It will not be easy, nor may it yield immediate fruit, but missionary work will ultimately result in incomparable joy. (see Alma 26:35-37  “Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began…” )

What a week it’s been! We embarked on our first exchange as Sister Training Leaders, and learned our fair share about revelation in the process. We had a branch activity scheduled for Saturday, but felt strongly that that was the day we needed to go to Brno (Czech Republic) instead. We counselled and “wrestled in the Spirit” and in the end just decided to follow our first impression. Thank goodness we did!  😀

"As the dew from heav'n distilling, gently on the grass descends..." Sudden summer downpour = Drenched missionaries!

“As the dew from heav’n distilling, gently on the grass descends…”
Sudden summer downpour = Drenched missionaries!

We left on Friday afternoon by train, taught a few lessons, and arrived in time to plan together. We had no lessons set up for Saturday, so it was the perfect chance for some morning contacting to refuel their finding. I was paired with Sestra R (the Canadian sister who was in the MTC with me), and we boldly went out first thing to teach three young adults lounging in the park. (The entire time we were talking together,  they were trying to open a wine bottle, but it proved very unco-operative and would not budge!  A bit of heavenly interference, perhaps? 😉 ).  Plus we taught another student from Olomouc, who was leaving Brno that same day but accepted a Book of Mormon and said he wanted to be baptised.  Sestra R stopped a gorgeous young lady from China, also on her way to Olomouc, who had tried learning about God before but felt she’d failed in her search. Not so! (the missionaries in Olomouc must need angelic assistance, cause it’s certainly flowing their way!). We then had great studies after lunch before a district singing display. Just in time for the World War I memorial musical parade to pass by as it happened, so perhaps not the best timing! But Sestry B and F had a fruitful day as well, so it all balanced out great. One of the less-active members of the church that they contacted came to church the following day! 🙂

In our call-in last night the Brno Sestry told us that in that single exchange the total of lessons they taught that week had doubled. Wow. Like Elder Teixeira said, we can break the patterns of the past (” Saturdays are dead to missionary work” = MYTH BUSTED). Revelation is a powerful thing, and the Elders and Sisters in this mission are just fantastic. The one little hiccup in our exchange was the trip back: we got stuck in Trenčín and had to spend the night at the sisters’ flat there. But then I never complain about sleep-overs. 🙂

I was privileged to give a talk in sacrament meeting this Sunday. I had prayed and thought about the topic to share, but it wasn’t until that train ride from Trenčín on Sunday morning that my thoughts finally came together – as something very different than what I’d first expected! I was myself amazed (but not entirely surprised) that D’s talk about faith led perfectly into mine about truth and obedience, almost as if it had been planned. We had another miracle that day in that our neighbour F (who I suppose could be described as a bit of a cynic – he adamantly claims he’ll never believe in God, but yet defends us missionaries to anyone he hears badtalking the church) attended sacrament meeting on a whim and ended up having a good experience. Sestra H’s elderly (and VERY Catholic) mother also attended for the very first time.

I’ve only got a little time left, but some exciting new investigators are N and her 82-year-old mother M. They are SO in tune with the Spirit. They welcomed us and Sestra Se into their home, gobbled up the teachings about prophets and revelation and just need to read the Book of Mormon to gain solid testimonies of the Restoration. A similar family – the O family- have been investigating for a number of weeks (maybe Sestra B and Johns are just magic, but they prove that tracting does work!).  They believe that every worthy man can be a priest, but don’t yet see the necessity for belonging to a single church. They scoured the Restoration brochure thoroughly and handed back 3 typed pages of concerns with Bible references! How many investigators take the time to do that, I ask you? 😀 We’re fasting and praying that these elect individuals will have their hearts touched and softened so they may enter Christ’s fold and contribute to the building of His church here in this beautiful city.

I ADORE Sestra B. I feel that she is God’s gift to me in my last transfer. Our friendship is so rewarding and her example is so dependable. We’re working in unity to inspire each other to be our best selves. We’re still teaching more than ever before: 30 lessons last week despite a trip to Bratislava and 28 this week despite the exchange! Plus, I love getting to call the other Sestry every week and share in their joys and trials! We’re off to Leadership Council in Prague this week to plan the upcoming training. Eep! Training a room of 50 missionaries!? We remind ourselves that were born ready: “whom the Lord calls, He qualifies”. 😉

Love you all oh-so-very-much,   Sestra Jones x