Because of the changes given by the Area Presidency, we will have two zone trainings and then a zone conference, and this transfer was both zone trainings. So, because there are four zones and we were asked by the zone leaders to train at their zone trainings we attended eight zone trainings during this transfer. Four at the beginning, and four at the end. We were very grateful for all the training that has happened, and how the quality of the trainings has improved as well!
It has been such a great journey during this transfer! This week we had the last two trainings, one in Hradec Kralove, and one in Prague. However, for the one in Hradec Kralove we had heard the night before that President had just become a grandpa :)..His daughter living near Trebic had a daughter named Emma. She is adorable. So we were left to change things around at the last minute, and it was a little unorganized but great trainings were given.
For the training in Prague, Elder Adler of the Seventy came and joined us to give a training. His talk was superb about the fruits of missionary work, and his wife did a wonderful job talking about the atonement. I took a pretty superb zone selfie, but then I left the camera in HK....:) So it is safe, but you will get that picture next week.
Other than that, we have had office work and things to get ready for a final exchange and preparation for the next transfer. My assignment for next week from President....is to learn to drive a stick shift...prayers for safety are appreciated ;)
My scripture for this week comes from some of my favorite verses from the Doctrine and Covenants when Joseph Smith is in Liberty Jail. I might have shared them before, but I will do it again anyway :)
Doctrine and Covenants 122:7-9
7. And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
9 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.
The Lord has never left us comfortless, and he never will. Every time I read these verses something new sticks out to me, and this time was the power of verse 9. That if we "hold on our way" the Lord knows our days, which passes as if the smallest degree of seconds in his time, and will not allow the priesthood to leave from us. The blessings of the priesthood are readily acceptable if we will but hold true to our faith in God and fear not man, or the frailties of our general mortality. The Lord loves us, and wants us to be happy, but also to grow and rely upon him. Have a great week! Love you all!
(The Mission President shared some pictures of the trainings this week)