Well DANGIT. This week has been the blurriest of all weeks... let me just TRY to think of some fun things to tell you.
We got our travel plans on Friday! So the deal is we leave from the MTC at 3:30 in the AM on Monday morning (March 17) for our flight from Salt Lake to Chicago, so I'll be able to call you then! Maybe 10 or 11ish? But like, 9 o clock your time! SO BE READY :) Then we go from Chicago to Frankfurt (GERMANY. YES.) and then from Germany to Zagreb. We're kind of depressed, because Elder Brown got a mission reassignment... he's going to Cleveland, Ohio :( His visa still hasn't come in, so they gave him a reassigment until it comes in. Who knows! It could come in tomorrow or Friday! And then he can come with us :) But SK and I cried about it... it's kind of a blow. He's our tricycle and we just can't imagine going to our mission without him. :( We already miss him so bad, and we're not even seperated yet. It's crazy though, we're arriving in Zagreb on Tuesday at 10:30 Am their time, so we're gonna go tracting or contacting or something that DAY. I'll definitely need my rest... and apparently they only allow 18 pound carry ons. It'll be a tricky packing situation.
Also, fun news, our teachers recommended us for the "new missionary orientation". Which means that when all the new missionaries get here, we are going to go up in front of all of them and show them how to begin teaching. Its made for a SUPER stressful P day. Its our last pday, and we had a meeting this morning, so we couldn't go to our assigned temple time. AND we have to start packing, AND plan for our TRC lesson on Thursday, because we will be at In field orientation on Thursday.
So we have our English investigators, right? And they're actually the Bulgarian teachers, but we teach them, because we were practicing getting referrals, and that was who we were referred to. Anyway, so we had this crazy awesome lesson, because they've been doubting and just so unsure whether or not baptism is the right thing for them. So we gave them an entire lesson on prayer and the Holy Ghost, and we asked them to pray RIGHT THEN to know if baptism was the right thing to do, and we did, AND IT WAS AWESOME. The spirit was SO strong in there. And Bozidarka said YES! And after a bit, Ivan finally admitted that he was still unsure. He asked, "Why do you guys even want to be members of your church anyway?" And I just felt so inspired. Immediately I said, "Lets go to my favorite verse!" Mosiah 18:8-11 is like, one of my fave parts of the BOM. So we read it together, and he just kind of smiled and he was like "... I've known that all of these thing are good things. I've known that prayer is good, and that I feel closer to my wife and to God through prayer and through reading the sciptures... but reading this verse, I just felt so good. I know I need to get baptized. And I want to get baptized. All these things here are exactly what I want."
I TOTALLY DON'T CARE THAT HE AND HIS WIFE ARE REALLY RM'S. THE SPIRIT WAS SO THERE!! :) :) :) It was probably my favorite lesson I ever taught. EVER. I didn't feel like it was just my teachers saying yes because they feel bad for my Croation. We've really had to struggle and teach these investigators, because we haven't had our language to fall back on. So when we got them BOTH to commit to baptism... Oh my goodness. I wanted to shout for joy. It was the best thing. Ever.
Also, yesterday Sister Kropushek and I were practicing contacting in English for a little bit, just because that's the thing I'm most worried about totally being bad at? So we got the feel for it in English, and then just WENT for it in Croation, and I was just sitting there talking to her and I really could picture myself in Europe, talking to a native Croation person about the Gospel, and I GOT SO EXCITED. I am feeling the joy that comes from preaching the gospel, SO MUCH right now. Oh. My. Goodness. Just like in Ivan and Bozidarka's lesson, I just wanted to shout I was so excited. I think I did a little bit. This is just.. so. so cool. I am so happy. SO HAPPY. You know the feeling you get when it's like Christmas or Easter or General Conference or Disneyland? That's the feeling I have like, all the time. I guess that's what the Spirit is supposed to do, so I'm glad it's working :)
I'm going to cry this weekend. Not even gonna lie. My teachers are just... the best things that have ever happened. And Elder Brown. and SK. And my zone. My goodness. This has just been amazing and I will miss everyone a whole lot...
Well dangit, I don't know what else to say. I'M LEAVING, THAT'S WHAT I'LL SAY.
Sestra Catherine Chauncey
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