Hey everyone! How's it going? I'm here in Košice, not a big deal or anything. ;) I'll just tell you how everything is going...
We arrived in Bratislava at night where 2 nice elders, Clark and Guymon, helped us with our luggage. We went to an apartment and spent the night. The next day we were up at 4 in the morning! We had to go to the Foreign Police to get our visas. That took forever! But by mid afternoon, my companionship was off to the train station to travel to our area. (The other 3 sisters stayed in Bratislava). Košice is the furthest city in our mission. And we are the very first sisters to ever serve here! The train ride was long!! I want to say 4 hours but I was so tired I kept falling asleep so I'm not really sure. Upon our arrival, the branch prezident (President van Dalen) and the 2 elders picked us up and took us to our apartment. Which smelled like elders.
Our first official day in our area (Thursday) we started as all missionaries should. Up at 6:30 to exercise. We carried on with our normal schedule until 10 and then we went to get bus cards. On the bus and at the stops we tried contacting (key word: tried). It was difficult, mainly b/c I don't speak this language very well and understand even less. Anyways, b/c my companionship was blinded in (meaning none of us have ever served here), it is very difficult. We only have one investigator (who we have yet to meet). Mostly we've just been contacting a lot.
I don't have much time left but I'll tell you about Sunday. It was fast and testimony meeting. We all bore our testimony and besides us 5 missionaries, there was 3 other attendees (one of which left after sacrament meeting). The other 2 people were President van Dalen and Lenka, a lovely girl who was baptized about a year or so ago. It will be a struggle I think, trying to grow this branch. I have some interesting stories for you all. This week is going to be super crazy though, b/c we have training on Friday in Brno. I have to go so I love you all!Lots of Love, Your favorite missionary, Sestra Whitney Sarah Johnson <3