This week was terrific! I really enjoyed everything that we were able to be a part of! We finished up our trainings, and everything we needed for our road trip on Monday. Then Tuesday morning we went straight to Jihlava where we helped pack up the Sisters apartment, closed the apartment with the landlord, and then helped them move into Trebic. This will be a big change, and a good movement to the work of a second stake in the Brno area. Afterwards, we stayed at President Pohořelický mom's house in Trebic, and then left early in the morning for Brno. Had our training in Brno, and then drove into Bratislava for the next zone training! After their training we helped the Hardwicks, the senior couple in Slovakia move out a few other things they needed and then came back to Prague....I was pretty tired, but it was a very effective week.
On Friday, we did our best to get all our office work done, and have lessons with our investigators. On Sunday, we had the first mission U-nite, which is a principle taught in the power of everyday missionaries, where members invite their friends to an open group discussion about certain lessons that missionaries give. Our job was merely to attend and interact with all of the people. It was a huge success, and we were able to get a new investigator from the event. The focus in our mission with preparing for the new stake, has had a lot of success and that has been exciting! We will hope all continues to go well as we present this activity with help from the stake for the following transfer.
Michal is doing well, he has been reading and praying, and seeing opposition; but he has been able to recognize it and push through it. His baptismal date the beginning of March is looking pretty good. We are also now teaching again Viktor and Vera, a couple here from Ukraine that Elder Terry and I taught last year when both of us are here. Then we are teaching David and Kristina, both of which are also referrals from Jara, our ward mission leader. We are excited to really start to see more of these individuals progress and come unto Christ.
After hearing of the passing of a good family friend, Bill Wright, I thought of the wonderful message of the Plan of Salvation. He was a wonderful man who was loved by all, and did nothing but look to serve others including me and my family. I was saddened by his passing, but reassured by these scriptures:
Mosiah 16:6-9 And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption. And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection. But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ. He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.
How grateful I am for the knowledge that the grave has no victory, and death no sting through Christ. Through Christ we can, and will, be resurrected and through his suffering in Gethsemane the sting of death cannot maintain a hold upon us.