“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” Joseph Smith, Jr.
A fellow missionary mom from Memphis (her son is serving in Mexico), was visiting Krakow, and ran into the Elders. She snapped this picture and sent it to each mom. They look SO good!
Hope things are going well for everyone. Things are still great in
Poland. This week was a busy, but exciting week. We had K's
baptism on Saturday, and that was a super cool experience. She's is
so happy to baptized, and it's really cool to see. We also had our two
recent converts there (M and T). So that was a really cool
experience. K was confirmed on Sunday, and she's so happy to be a
member. It's going to be cool to see what happens from here.
We think she's going to be a strong member.
A came to English for
the first time in a while this week, and she told us she's going to be out of
town for the next two weeks, but then we might be able to meet with her.
That was good news. Still no contact with D though. I think
he's just dropped off the face of the earth. We'll keep trying and see
what happens though.
On Saturday, we also
got our transfer calls. Elder Pettit and I will be staying together in
Kraków for another transfer. We are super pumped for that. I love
Kraków and could stay here for a while. We are looking forward to this
transfer and looking forward to see what we'll be able to accomplish.
It's also getting a lot warmer, which is fantastic. It feels good outside.
It does rain pretty often, but it's not too bad.
You poor things,
having to deal with 11 degree weather. I'm sickened. Call me once
you get into the negatives. Just
it's actually gotten a lot warmer here. It
was up to 15 degrees Celcius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) yesterday, so it feels nice outside. It's a
really nice change.
I have a thought this
week that comes from the book of Alma. I read this week about the story
of Zeezrom. As we know, he was one of the lawyers contending with Alma
and Amulek in the city of Ammonihah. He was a wicked man; in fact, he was
referred to as a "child of hell" Alma 11:23).
Well, a lot of things
happen after that, but eventually Zeezrom repents completely of his sins, is
baptized, and even starts preaching the gospel as a missionary (Alma 15:12).
He is such a good missionary that his name is even mentioned with Alma and
Amulek and the sons of Mosiah (Alma 31:6). From this example, we learn
that even if we have many sins that we commit and we feel guilt, through the
atonement of Christ, we can become born again and literally turn our lives
around. We can turn from the vilest of sinners into disciples of Jesus
Christ. I know that through the atonement, we can be cleansed and come
How is it going? I'm doing pretty well. Kraków is a good
place. We have done a lot of tracting and contacting this week to find new
people to teach. We're hoping we can find some new people. K gets baptized on Saturday, so we are super excited for that. We just
have a couple more things to teach and she will be good to go. We are
really excited for her.
To answer a few questions from my family:
It's cool that there wasn't a baptism here in Kraków in 2 years until this transfer, and all of a sudden we have 3. There were definitely some miracles involved. It's cool to be able to witness this first-hand. The branch president is President Kucia. He's pretty good, but he's been out of town and sick, so I haven't seen him a ton. So with the dinner at the Dalton's, that goes on every Sunday and everyone in the branch is invited. So it's kind of like a FHE. It's pretty nice. The Dalton's go home in the middle of April. So if I stay in Kraków this next transfer (which we are assuming will happen at this point) I'll see them go home. They've been awesome, and it'll be a little sad to see them go.
When we have our district meetings, we
have a little language segment, we talk about our investigators, and we get
homework to do from PMG before the next one. Those are good. Our
district leader is Elder Liechty. He's a really hard-working missionary,
and he knows the scriptures pretty well. Our district has a lot of fun
together, and it's going to be a little sad when we get split up next
We get our transfer
calls this Saturday, and then we have transfers next Monday (that
means I will be emailing on next Tuesday. Just a heads up). I'm
excited to see what happens. I think I'll stay, but I guess we'll
Things are going well in Kraków. I'm excited to
see what happens this week and what we accomplish. Hope things are still
awesome wherever you are. That's about all I have for this week.
Love you all, and have a legendary week!
How are things going? Hope it's
all good. This week has been a pretty good week.
We have been working with K this
week, and she finally got permission from her parents to be baptized. So
that's super cool. We have that baptismal date on the 25th, so we are
definitely excited for that.
As for A and D, we haven't heard from them
in a while. They haven't answered any of our calls. We're hoping
they come around though.
Elder Pettit found T during his trainee transfer about 5 months ago. They
found her just doing regular contacting on the street, and after 5 months,
she's baptized. Pretty cool. I think she's starting to develop
relationships in the branch, so that's good. She doesn't have a calling
yet, so we'll have to hope the branch president gets on that.
They actually have quite a few fast food
places here. I've seen a KFC, McDonald's, Subway, Pizza Hut, and a place
called North Fish that I've never been to but I think is also in the
states. So yea pretty cool. They have street vendors all over the
place where you can buy a pretzel. I haven't tried one yet, but they look
pretty good. I might try it sometime.
So there you go. This last week,
we actually tried a new food place. It's called Bobby Burger, and it's
super amazing. Their burgers are the best I've had since homemade
ones. We're going again today, and it's going to be good. I don't think
anything can replace Taco Bell haha.
I'm glad to hear that my siblings
enjoyed the Becoming a Missionary Conference. It was something I looked forward
to every year. It was very helpful in teaching what missionary life would
be like and making you feel a little bit like a missionary for a day.
Being taught by recently returned missionaries is very helpful because you can
see what their missions were like and they can help prepare you for your
mission. It gets you thinking about your mission and mentally preparing
for the day when it will be you waking up at 6:30 in the morning and
working all day to bring souls unto Christ. The Becoming a Missionary
Conference definitely took me out of my comfort zone. It was uncomfortable
at the time, but looking back to those times when we would teach members and
investigators in their homes was probably the closest I got to being a
missionary before my mission. So take advantage of the conference, give
it your best effort, and know that it is preparing you for missionary
service. Also, take advantage of the presence of the Spirit at the
conference. Let it teach you. The testimony meeting on
Saturday is one of the most powerful parts, and you can learn a lot if you
follow the Spirit.
We had zone conference yesterday, which
is why I'm emailing today because our P-day got moved to today. So yea.
It was good. We had about an hour and a half bus ride to Katowice, and we
had a meeting with President and his wife and they taught us. We had
lunch together and stuff, so that was all pretty cool. It was good.
This week, I finished the New
Testament. It's a really good book and full of many good teachings from
the Savior and His apostles. I particularly enjoyed reading in Revelation.
It's got a lot of good stuff in that book that is meant for our day. I'm
starting to read D&C now, and that's going well too.
Mission life is good though. We
are working hard and having a lot of fun. Hope you are all doing well as
well. Love you all and have a great week!
How's it going?
Hope everything is going well. This week was good.
We're still working with
the investigators we have right now to get them ready. K is still
progressing, and we have yet to get her parent's permission, so we will
continue working hard with her and hoping for the best. We weren't able
to have a lesson with A this week because she was busy most of the week, so
we plan on teaching her this week and we'll see how that goes.
T was confirmed. That was super cool. She said afterwards that
she felt the spirit really strong and just felt at peace during and after the
confirmation. So that was really awesome. It's good to know my language skills
didn't block any of that from happening. I don't really
remember a lot about what I said. It was a super cool experience though. I
never would have imagined confirming someone my first transfer in the field.
So yea it was awesome. She's taking everything about the church very seriously and she's going to be an awesome member. It's been super cool
to see her progress. Hopefully, I’ll be able to send a picture soon.
That's all of the
investigators we have for right now. It's tricky finding new
investigators here in Poland, but we are working hard to look for those who are
I'll tell you a little about the events of the week.
Sunday is obviously church, and we have Dalton
Monday is P-day and we also have FHE with the
branch at the chapel, and that's cool.
Tuesday we have district meeting in the morning
and in the evening we have English class which is usually good.
Wednesday we have service, and we go to this old
person home and move a bunch of boxes and appliances and stuff for them.
It's pretty good. Afterward we along with the other elders, Elder White
and Elder Liechty, go to KFC. We go there a lot. It's
delicious. In the evening we have a Polish class with someone named
M. She teaches well and it's nice. She's a non-member, and
hopefully she decides she's interested sometime.
Thursday we have English class again,
Friday we have weekly planning,
Saturday we clean the chapel.
In between all of that, we are usually doing English finding
activities because that's the way we are seeing the most success is in our
English class. We've been asked to do Family History finds, but those
kind of suck because absolutely no one is interested. We'll keep doing it
and seeing what happens. We also do a little tracting and that's
We are working hard here
and having a lot of fun. Hope you all are too. Well that's about it
for this week. Have a legendary week!