Hey All –
I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and a fun week! A couple quick shout-outs before I recap the week… A big thanks to the Livingston Fam for the much appreciated package. I love them so much & always am grateful for their support! A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to lil Grant man. Big 16, crazy – They grow up so fast , soon he’s going to be out in the big world fending for himself. And most of all, an early HAPPY 39th BIRTHDAY to the best Mother a missionary could ask for. I love her so much… I’m so grateful for her and her example!
This week was a great week for our district as we were able to continue to grow in the gospel, the language and just have a blast together. Last night, we were stoked when we received our travel plans… We will be taking off on April 11th for the Adriatic – Exciting. The MTC has been a refining/great experience for all of us but I think we are all ready to hop on the next plane out haha – 9 weeks here is a long time!
Last Sunday, for Easter, we had the pleasure of hearing from Elder M. Russell Ballard! His message had a special focus on reading, studying and trusting the witness of our Savior Jesus Christ. I loved his thoughts and I can testify that he is an Apostle of the Lord. Some of my favorite quotes:
“Use the infinite atonement in your finite mortal life”
“Make the testimonies of the witnesses part of your testimony”
“He can turn low valleys into beautiful peaks.”
He also ended his message pleading with us, as missionaries, to be bold. He said the following quote that I thought was profound and directed at me.. “Sometimes we try so hard to build bridges that we forget to bear our witness.” For one of our investigators this week, Valentino, we were stopped in our tracks when he told us three days before the baptismal date, that his parents are very against him getting baptized because of their Muslim roots. It was a great experience as we were able to meet with his parents! One of the best experiences of the Mtc in my mind. During the lesson, we were able to form a platform of understanding while being sensitive to each other, but never taking our focus off of our personal witness of Jesus Christ and how this gospel can bless Valentino and their family.
As a companionship we had some other successful lessons this week. We were able to get Valentino to baptism this week which was way exciting for all of us. On Friday, we were able to Skype a member from our mission again – It was a much better experience haha. We talked with Daniel, who is a young member from Zagreb, Croatia. I learned a lot from Daniel and had a such a great experience getting to know him. He said he would meet us at the mission home when we arrive in Zagreb!
I hope you all have a wonderful time this weekend watching General Conference. It is a chance for all of us to receive counsel and warning from a living Prophet and apostles of the Lord. You can view it at Lds.org! May we all prepare to learn by pondering questions that we want answered. I know this church is true. I’m so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which will surely guide us back home to our Heavenly Father. I love you all and hope you have a stellar week!
“To be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God” – 2 Nephi 9:29