Well, it has been quite a week! On Friday, our Romanian friend, Toderas, was baptized by the Plzen branch president. A little bit of background on him: Toderas speaks very little English and absolutely no Czech so teaching him has been completely through pamphlets and by the spirit. No other way could he have been prepared for baptism like he is. Elder Breyman found him, and it took a while before he started progressing but once he did, nobody could stop him. Such an incredible guy. He is here working in the Czech Republic, stuck on a visa while his daughter and wife are in New York, receiving medical care for cancer. He talks to them through Facebook and through Skype, but he cannot leave the Czech Republic to be with her yet. For him, we truly emphasized the importance of family and how they can be eternal. He is such an incredibly humble and nice man, and with time, we hope he will make great changes for the members in Romania and help his wife overcome cancer. After his baptism, he told us it was one of the greatest moments of his life. Truly a man that was converted by the spirit! :)
In other news, we have been planning our training for next week which is on Thursday for the Prague Zone. We are really excited! Other than that there is not too much more news! As for the formation of the ward here in Plzen we still do not have a bishop...:)..currently the branch president is running the show with no real authority. However, next Sunday is a special conference where the Stake President will be in attendance, so I believe that a lot more callings in the new ward will be organized!
My scripture for today is Helaman 5:12, a classic, but something that I have been thinking a lot about lately. As I have come to understand that the Lord is my Savior and Redeemer, I feel his strength each and every day as we walk (sometimes run) the streets of Plzen. It has helped me come to understand that the Lord is my rock, a firm foundation in the times where it is difficult and also a reminder of how blessed we are as missionaries here in the Czech Republic. Seeing the formation of the stake, and the increase of faith for a better day has truly changed me and all the Czechs I have come to know!
Have an awesome week!