Monday, June 10, 2013

To be lifted up

Lep Pozrav moja družina, prijatelji, in najljubši-
Hope all is well and warm as well back home. This week has taken a turn for the warmer, still wet, and really strange weather. The good news about thunderstorms with the sun shining? Rainbows! I've seen probably three of them this week. But still, it's really eerie for it to be pouring and it to be completely sunny with thunder in the background. The summer storms typically only last about an hour, though, before it stops and the wonderful humidity kicks in.
This week has been a busy week of preparing for this week. This week we start English class sign ups again, and we're having an informational meeting to start a stop smoking program. We'll see what kind of response we get, it should be interesting. Because we have the sisters here this time, we have done x2 the amount of fliers as last time.
The person we meet with right now who is set for a baptism in two weeks is on his 10th day having not smoked!! That is amazing progress and is the furthest he's come since ever meeting with missionaries in the last, at least 5 years, maybe, if not ever? But of course this is the longest he's gone, because there is nothing longer than being a non-smoker for the rest of your life and eternity, right?
Also, good story from this week is that as we were passing out fliers for English class and the Stop Smoking Program in a neighborhood called Ostrožno, we started talking to a guy who was sitting parked in his driveway getting ready to leave. We explained we were here passing out fliers for English class, and he started asking about our church, if we had any brochures about faith we could give him. we gave him one we had on us about the restoration, and he explained he was friends with the branch president here in Celje. We invited him to come to church and set up with him for tonight. We will see what comes of him.
Also, one of the less actives I mentioned last week who we had a strange time contacting him, actually met with us last week! It went! It turns out he was one of the first members ever to join the church in Celje, being baptized in 1991! He was still very interested, and we discussed how to do missionary work and maybe methods we could use to improve it. However, he has a difficult family situation which prevents him from doing much of anything besides be at home and work, much less go to church. However, we will work with him to ease his problems. It is amazing how much lives can fall apart so quickly when someone leaves the gospel. Equally amazing I think however, is how quickly they can be rebuilt and healed once principles of the gospel, such as love, forgiveness, patience, and repentance, are applied as well. This is the true miracle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It isn't that it is a bandage to support people, but it changes people to be better such that they can lift and support themselves out of the trials and difficulties of life.
Hope all is well and warm as well at home. Life is great! Here are a few more pics for y'all, maybe I can get one of our new sister in Cleje, Sister Porter today. We're going hiking in the mountains today for P-day. Should be fun.
Še naprej in uživaj vse!

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