Glad to hear that you all had a great week. It’s really comforting to know that Heavenly Father is taking care of you and I don’t need to worry about anything going on at home. As for the transfer news, I’m moving to a city called Łódż! (wooj- the j is like a j in jam) It actually means boat in Polish, but it’s not on the ocean or anything. It’s right in the middle of the country and has lots of textile industry and a good branch. I’m sad to leave Katowice of course, it’s been a great place to serve, I LOVE the people here, and I’ve learned so much. But I feel really peaceful about this change and feel like it’s the right thing. I’m going to be with Sister Stay who’s been in the country for a while, so we can hit the ground running.
I’ll take a train there really early on Thursday morning so keep me in your thoughts as I’m traveling.
Some of my thoughts recently:
I’ve been thinking a lot about the scripture “By this shall men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”. We have to show that love and service to others so that they can recognize us as disciples of Christ. As we do that, the miracles will come and people will want to know more about where we find so much joy. That is something ever single member can and should do. Though simple, it’s such a powerful statement of who we are and what we believe. The woman who sells us fruit every day asked us for a Book of Mormon today. Why did she do that? Because we love her and how she corrects our polish grammar and smiles at the huge amounts of fruit we buy and how we always buy the same thing, yet never know exactly what we want when we get to her stand. We think she is wonderful and she could feel that and so she wanted to learn more and felt comfortable enough to ask. That is what missionary work is. “Preach the gospel, and when necessary use words”.
I was also thinking about some of our investigators who are heavily involved in various other religions or completely atheistic. For a lot of them, accepting the gospel would be a big change of how they think. I was teaching them, without really thinking they would accept the gospel right now, hoping that maybe in the future they would be more open. But then I realized that this is a gospel of miracles. It is just as easy for God to enlighten a mind that has misunderstood something as it is for him to help another individual overcome an addiction to more fully follow Christ. If they are willing to ask for knowledge, God will give it to them and their hearts can be changed. That is the beauty of the gospel. Alma 42: 27 I think invites us to drink of the waters of life freely, but none are compelled to come. It is always an invitation, it is always our choice. But if we want to drink the living water and are struggling on the path there, He will give us the aid we desire and miracles follow.
Love love love you all. Have another great week and talk to you next Monday.