Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 7, 2014 - Mlada Boleslav

My week was really long and crazy!! We were everywhere!! 
So I've already told you about our vylet on Monday. Tuesday was interesting because both Sister Steglich and Sister Smith were sick. They both took naps while I cleaned out our Area Book and called people to set up our week. 

Wednesday was awesome because we had district meeting with a guest: Prezident McConkie! He was interviewing the elder's investigator, A (she's getting baptized on Saturday!). He also interviewed everyone else. He interviewed us while the rest were district contacting and during my interview, the district got shut down by the police! They told Elder Davis, our district leader, it was against the law; and even though we had a document stating our rights, we were told to leave.  It was frustrating because what we were doing was legal but we didn't want to cause a problem so instead we did our district finding "creatively"....  

Afterwards, Prezident gave us sisters a ride to MB (Mlada Boleslav)...but his GPS took us a different way so we got kind of lost in the Czech countryside! It was certainly an adventure! Thursday, we were busy and the bus times were not in our favor. We visited a less active member who lives outside of MB and had to run for our bus in order to make another appointment. Also the STLs came for an exchange! I stayed in MB while Sestry Steglich and Smith went to Praha. The next day Sister Hicken and I taught some lessons, had apartment checks, went to lunch with the Munros and went to Prague to switch back!

Some questions and answers:
1. Does the branch meet in Mlada Boleslav or a different city?
A. First off, background story: So there used to be branches in Mlada Boleslav, Jicin, and Nova Paka but they were combined in an attempt to form a ward--the end result was a lot of people went inactive. That's one reason we have so many less actives. The branch is in Jicin currently, which is a 40 min bus ride from MB.
2. Why was the BBQ held in Jicin?
A. It was actually held in a little village out side of Nova Paka, about 20 minutes away from Jicin. It was at the home of a member. And they have this BBQ yearly.
3. How large of an area does the branch cover? 
A. Well a pretty large area. We sisters cover Mlada Boleslav and surrounding villages and the elders cover Jicin and Nova Paka and surrounding villages (they have a bit of a larger area but they also have a car).
4. Have you become more familiar with other members?
A. sorta...it's really hard because all the active member families minus one live in Jicin or NP. But we're going to start visiting members on Sundays after church and just take a later bus home.
5. What are the other two cities that your district covers?
A. Our district covers two branches: Liberec and Jicin and three main cities: Liberec, Jicin and Mlada Boleslav
6. How is L progressing? 
A. We had a great meeting with her on Wednesday morning. Originally we had planned to teach the Plan of Salvation but we only had 30 min before we had to catch a bus to Jicin for district meeting. We decided that we would watch the restoration film instead but she arrived late and we didn't have time. Luckily there just happened to be a  Family Proclamation on the table (we used it the day before and I didn't put it up when the lesson was done). My companionship and I all focused in on it at the same time and I just reached for it and said, "Today we wanted to share about God's plan for families." It was inspired because it was just what she needed and was a wonderful lesson!  She has invited other family members so next week we may be meeting in her home with her family.

Well that's all folks! I'll send more pics next week! I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!

S Laskou,
Sestra WhitneySarah Johnson <3

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