Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 21, 2014 - Zilina

Hello Everyone!!

     Well, this past week was really quite hectic. The weather was swinging between beautiful, sunny days and cold, rainy days. Luckily Sunday was just gorgeous!

     This week I was sick (I'm blaming the drastic weather changes). It wasn't anything too horrible-just a fever and sore throat but it's never fun being sick as a missionary.

     On Saturday we had an Easter party. Not many came but it was really fun. We decorated eggs (Slovak style of course!) and cookies and had a mini egg hunt. To prepare for the party, the elders bought a flat of eggs (30 of them) and during dinner, we blew the yolk out of them! It was really fun and sorta messy. Easter traditions are really...interesting. There is one tradition in which today boys throw water on the girls and hit them with whips and then the girls make them food...  yup.  This past week in English, our class was explaining the reasoning behind this. Apparently it's really healthy for the girls. The cold water and the whips help the blood to pump and circulate better, thus ensuring a longer life. Sister Baird and I are hoping we'll be safe today. ;) (don't worry-it's actually not a big deal. Boys typically just do it to the girls they know, like family or classmates or girlfriends so we'll be fine).

M is awesome. Last night we had a great lesson with her about church and enduring to the end. I think she finally understands why church attendance is important and she'll start coming. We've also set up a meeting this week for her to meet Sister Se so hopefully as she's introduced to members it will be easier for her to come to activities and more importantly church.

You asked how exactly the piano on the namestie helped us to meet M'o...We contacted him and he didn't really want to talk...he was just on the namestie listening to the music. The girls who were playing left so Sister Baird mentioned I play the piano and he was curious so we went over and I played while Sister Baird talked to him and set up a meeting.  He's curious but won't read in the Book of Mormon. We haven't been able to meet this week (due to the holiday) but we'll meet this coming week.

We visited P and his mom yesterday after church. She is very sweet and likes the visits. P was too busy to meet this week but we had a couple of loooong phone conversations with him and set up for the coming week. He really desires answers and is sincere but he needs to just stop sometimes and apply it!
We probably won't meet with J for awhile...he is a futball player and went to Germany to train for at least a couple of weeks. 

Yes, Mom, I did see the new Easter video.   It was beautiful! It's wonderful that we have this time to remember our Savior. You asked how my testimony of the Savior has changed or strengthened. I think its just really evolved. I still know everything I did but it's just more solid. I know more deeply that Christ really did overcome everything for us and we can be clean and strong emotionally, physically and spiritually as we trust in Him and His Atonement. I really wish everyone could understand how important He is and how to apply His Atonement. Quite honestly, it's something I can't fully grasp myself but it is a beautiful gift to us and a beautiful opportunity for us to become who Our Heavenly Father wants us to be.

That's all I've got time for today. I love you all and hope you have a good week!

S Laskou,
Sestra WhitneySarah Johnson

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