Friday, April 11, 2014

April 7, 2014 - Zilina!!!


     So I'm in Zilina again and with Sister Baird!! Our district changed slightly...Elder Clark went to Nitra and Elder Christensen is coming from Kosice!!  Transfers are so crazy this time...Prezident really switched things up. So first off, Sister Jones is training the new sister in Bratislava. We now have SLOVAK sister training leaders (Sisters Krauel and Sister Kane in Trencin). The Zone Leaders are now based out of Bratislava and are Elder Ferrell and Elder Boysen. Elder Boysen is a Czech missionary and was AP last transfer and the new AP is Elder Barber, who was our Zone leader for the last 3 transfers.

     We've had a miracle week...taught 21 lessons, found 4 new investigators, and now M has a baptismal date!! 

     This week we also got stuck in Vrutky. We were visiting a member and when we went to return the trains weren't running! We were told to take the buses instead but then the bus driver told us the bus wouldn't leave for another 40 minutes. Just then a train conductor came to the bus and said that they have one train which would be leaving in 10 minutes so we quickly hurried back inside the station. The train was packed and luckily we found seats but unfortently the train sat in the station for 45 minutes! 

     On Sunday, we celebrated one of the member's birthday. She turned 14! We made a (mormon) tiramisu for her (I got the recipe from Sister Belibi Minya). She is a really sweet girl and is so helpful. She brought someone to the concert and she's helping us find (or create)  service opportunities. 

     Sister Jones is in Zilina with us today because Sister Wilson arrives on Wednesday so we're in a threesome for a short while. It's wonderful having Sister Jones here! She's so great and of course speaks beautiful Slovak. It really makes me miss Kosice and my first couple transfers. But it's really cool to have her help here in Zilina, if only for a few days.

      Last preparation day we played football (real, American football) with the Elders and it was soo much fun! We're going to plan some amazing activities this transfer (like some hikes or what not). Preferably something outdoors and physical...the weather is beautiful right now! Not too hot nor too cold. Plus all the ice cream stands have opened...the other day I had ice cream 3 times. :D  Sister Baird and I go running in the mornings (it's awful) and this morning we ran to the train station to see Elder Clark off. 

Questions and Answers: 
1. YES!! M has has a baptismal date for the 10th of May. She's doing really well.
2. Ma is wonderful. We won't be able to meet with her for about a week but we had some really good solid lessons with her this past week. Other family members might be coming to English in the evenings They might be moving though to a village outside of Zilina, which is going to make teaching them hard (it's not on any main train or bus routes).  

3.Yes, we other investigators.  There's this awesome former investigator who set up to meet with us. He's very open with us and honest and really wants to choose the best path. He's so great and really prepared! The best thing is that he really understands what missionaries do (you know: find, teach, baptize) so he knows where our meetings are heading. I'm not sure exactly why he hasn't been baptized yet but hopeful (with the Lord's help) that will change this transfer.
4. It's weird to think of how much time has flown by and how little I have left! It's a little sad-sometimes I don't feel I'm at the level I should be (either with missionary work or the language) but other times I'm so amazed at what I've learned and how I've grown. 

This letter may have been lots of rambling but nothing's really organized in my head right now. I love you all and I'm hoping you all learned something from General Conference*. 

S Laskou,
 Sestra WhitneySarah Johnson <3

*Special meetings held every 6 months are referred to as General Conference.  At that time, we have the opportunity to hear from church leaders--our Prophet, President Monson, the apostles and others.  Follow this link to watch any of the talks given. 

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