I can't remember what day it is anymore. Hahah i feel like I've been here for years.
I felt so good this week when brat (brother) hansen told me he hated p days because he hated having to recap an ENTIRE week. and i said "amen". THIS IS SO HARD.
I'm going to try and respond a bit to your letters first. haha:
His name is not Bart, Mommy. "Brat" means brother in croation. So we call him "brat west" as in "Brother west".
I was so happy to hear that Cammy talked about me in her testimony :) (( Cammy said on Sunday that her sister Cookie is going to Croatia, which is about 186 miles away - so cute))
And i'm so excited to get the package! AH! seriously. why is mail the absolute best thing in the whole world? it is. it just is. ((Judy here: NOTE…. We sent her a big box of treats and stuff to decorate for Valentines day. Plus chocolate and Dr. Pepper to the MTC. She got it on Friday))
This past week has been wonderful, like they all have been. #MIRACLES. My comp is so happy. and we are so happy together. We just laugh all the time at really dumb stuff. Heaavenly Father is helping us out, I'm sure. she just says things sometimes that remind me of what candace or what shannon would say. i'm like "well!! that was a tender mercy!"
The entirety of our zone left on monday... there were like, 20 of us, and now there are only 3. hahaha. they have given us all of the callings for the branch, because they have no one else to give the callings to. Elder brown is zone leader, I am sister training leader, and Sestra Kropushek is everything else. Sister training leaders are essentially zone leaders, but over the sisters. It is a pretty cool calling to have. I feel like I have some responsibility :) as if I didn't feel that way before.. but you get what I mean. It was funny though, we were having a meeting with our branch presidency, and president melville said, "you guys will be the vehicle that gets these new missionaries going" and I mumbled under my breath, "yeah.. a tricycle.." and everyone heard it and thought it was super clever. President Melville announced us in sacrament meeting as, "the tricycle". Now we've adopted it and we love it. Last night we were trying to make up a logo to put on some t shirts. #TRICYCLEFERLIFE but we have 8 new missionaries coming in today, 6 next week, and like... 8 the next week, or something like that. so we will have a lot of stuff to do pretty quick, but until then, the tricyle is desperate for some social interaction. hahhaa they also told us "make sure you make the new missionaries feel welcome!" and we were like "... that is NOT going to be a problem.." We're probably going to scare them, we're so excited to meet them.
Oh it was funny, the other day, elder brown was telling me about how a couple of missionaries were CONVINCED that they ran into someone on mtc campus who just happened to be a non member, and he was from california, and they were going to teach him the discussions, and elder brown pointed to the guy in the cafeteria, and it was Aaron Molesi. hahahha. I laughed. he came over and we chatted. NBD. obviously, the image of him being a non member was erased.
Because all of the Croations left for Croatia, we now have 6 teachers. its actually awesome. yesterday, we had a lesson with our mock investigator kristina, and although its not real, it sure feels like it... so we were having this lesson, and she has been raised Catholic her whole life, so she was struggling, becasue she knew that the church was true, but she didn't want to get baptized because she didn't want to give up Catholicism. so, during the lesson, I tried my best to tell her your conversion story, dad. Just about how you knew it was the right thing to do, and your family wasn't exactly happy, and your friends weren't exactly happy, but that you did it and that you were blessed so much because of it. and when i say i told this story, i mean i cried it. it never really hit me, dad, the sacrifices you made for this gospel and for your testimony. i sat there thinking of you, and telling this story in broken croation, and it was so touching to my investigator and to my companion, that we all just took a moment and just cried together.... and she accepted. it was amazing. Your story totally inspired this investigator to get baptized. i am so grateful for you and for your example, Dad. It brings me so much strength.
Cool spiritual insight from this week: we were sitting there chatting about repentance and how repentance does not only mean ridding yourself of evils and sins, but it is about getting a fresh view of God yourself, and the world (BD definition of repentance), and i was thinking about the importance of getting up every day and getting a fresh testimony... we can have the greatest spiritual experience in the world, and no matter what, the next day when you wake up, the first thing you think will not be "man that was a good day" it will be "its 6:30 and i'm really tired". it is SO CRUCIAL to be refreshing your testimony every day. we came up with the phrsae, "don't bear stale testimonies". when i'm preparing a lesson for an investigator, I need to be rereading the topics I have already learned 100 times. I need to be up to date on my testimony so that, when I tell her that i know these things are true, then i KNOW these things are true, because I got a witness of the spirit about an hour ago, so yeah, i know it. it gives us so much strength if we just keep our testimonies fresh every day, and keep our views of god, ourselves, and the world, fresh, EVERY DAY! and that got me pumped.
So! don't bear stale testimonies! keep em fresh! have you read today? make sure you have!
I love you guys so much.
Message me if you get this! i'll be on for another half hour or so.
(( Judy again…we did "talk" to her through emai for about 20 minutes after that. Her orbit was open to us for just a few minutes. We were lucky))
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