The biggest and most exciting news of the week! The New Mission President!!!! We had zone conference on Saturday, which was also my first time in Serbia. And it really looks exactly like Croatia. But sometimes we would drive by billboards with cyrillcs on them, and I would feel bummed out beacuse all that practice in the MTC went to nothing. I had no idea what they said. It was a really great zone conference.
We found out we are getting IPADS!!! Whhhhhat? :) By the end of this year every missionary is going to have an Ipad!!! (note of caution parents, they cost $400, so that will be my christmas present this year... but! we get to take them home after our missions. so cool.) We are the least high tech missionaries, and we thought we would be the LAST of them to get ipads, but its going to be fun. The ENTIRE area book will be on there, as well as our planners. Its going to be so legit. I keep hearing about all the high tech facebooky stuff that Elder McMahan is doing, so I feel like Im catching up finally. That was great. And the conference itself was a big answer to prayer. We were all nervous about how we would feel with the new mission president, but I think its a perfect fit. He and his wife actually remind me of you guys, (my Mom and Dad). The mom's name is Judy and shes super nice and approachable, and President Grant is loud and smart. He was an institute teacher forever, and he has SO many cool spiritual insights. It is going to be so great learning from him. And they're really funny. :) Sister Grant gave me a hug and said "this is partially from your mom" and I almost cried, and hugged her tighter. It was cool to talk about you guys with them :) And how President Grant was SO EXCITED as soon as he got off the phone with you when you were going through Cedar City, Utah. So yeah. He knew me when I walked in :) #coolkid. (NOTE Chris and Judy Chauncey met David and Judy Grant in Cedar City, about six weeks before they left for Croatia, to begin their mission.)
And I got to see Elder Dyer and Elder Radaković again!! That was a treat for me. They are the only two elders (okay only two MISSIONARIES even) I know in this zone, and theyre serving together in Novi Sad. So I was so excited to see them and talk to them. Its nice to feel like you have friends. :)
This week has been lots of contacting and tracting and discovering I may have a problem with my knee. But we are trying not to worry and just going to but a brace on it for a while. Its weird, it hurts one day REALLY BAD, and the next day we can be just fine. We will see. We only have one investigator out here, and she hurt herself pretty bad the other day, so shes been going to the hospital a lot and we can't meet with her. But we are lucky enough to be working with literally the only Young Woman in the entirety of Croatia ( I think I said that last week, but let me just emphasis how COOL that is) And she speaks nearly perfect English, so we even get to dip into the "Come Unto Christ" youth program and do YW with her once or twice a week. Come Unto Christ is SO COOL. She is working on this big beautiful quilt for a project, and I wish I could remember making my quilt... because I really forgot and feel very un useful. Haha. But its coming along.
So let me tell you about our English student, Andreja. He is this hilariously adorable old man who is legally blind. He has the thickest glasses you have ever seen in your life and still he brings a telescope to class so he can read the papers we give him (Yes, he has a telescope), and the other day we decided we were teaching the parts of the body. So I would say the word in English and they would all have to point to the part of the body. So like, Hair! And they would point to their hair. And one of the words was Waist! So we all pointed to our waists, and these little Andreja said You have a great waist!! And I just looked at Sister Brotherson like... what am I even supposed to say to that. And she just laughed and said, "Youre doing great. He told me the same thing". And then Andreja said, "Don't potatoe!" And we are assuming that his usage of the verb "to potatoe" means "dont turn into a chubby potatoe" or "you should keep your figure". It was a funny part of my week. But the best part about Andreja is that he is the perfect doppleganger for that man from the pixar short film, "The Chess Game." Literally. They could be twins. He is such a sweetheart. And he adds lots of spice to our lives :)
I am just really loving on Sister Brotherson too. She reminds me a lot of Candace/Shannon Perdue, so I feel like I have another "frister" here with me. She is SO funny and she makes me feel happy and confident and like I can actually do this. She was the sister training leader for a long time, and just from the past few days and talking with her and having spiritual experiences with her, I really feel like one of purposes here in this mission was to be a leader. She was and is so good at it. And she is just so patient and so kind and good. And I feel so blessed to be her companion right now. And she is leaving on the 21 of July, so... I am her LAST companion. Pressure. Gotta make the last weeks good!!
Also there is a thing we call a "loaf of chocolate" here. It is the best thing that has ever happened to my life. You buy it at a bakery, its called a "Butla", and it is literally a loaf of bread filled with chocolate. Mom.... its like, your perfect treat. Its MY perfect treat. Haha. I eat the whole thing and don't even hate myself.
Thats about it for this week. I also wrote a rap. How is it you can feel like one week feels like 10 years? Its so weird.
I love you. The Lord loves you. Remember to love Him too. And if we love Him? We feed his sheep. Whether you need to feed your family, your friends, a stranger, or yourself. Remember to serve and love, teach and repent. AND remember, "The Lord doesn't demand immediate perfection, but immediate progression".
Sestra Catherine Chauncey
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