Monday, December 30, 2013

The Holiday Week

Srečno Novo Leto!!!

And a merry post humorous Christmas! Christmas this year was quite good. I can't believe the day went so incredibly fast. 

During the week, we taught our friend who we met through English class, and he is doing wonderfully. We met with him on Christmas eve, before heading over to the senior couple's place for Christmas eve dinner (simple, but friendly soup). He is doing really well. We met with him twice this last week despite the holidays, and he launched us straight into teaching the plan of salvation, talking about the purpose of this life, where we came from, and how we benefit, especially from the challenges and trials of this world. We completely put our other plans aside as this was what he was interested in, and really benefited him in building his testimony of the full truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the knowledge and direction we receive for the questions of the soul that can not be found anywhere else.

We had great experiences with another friend we have been meeting with for awhile, a mother. She is really spiritually growing in her understanding of God, and is starting to really show personal progress in building her personal relationship with God in prayer and through reading His word, especially the Book of Mormon. From the time when we first started meeting with her again a few months ago, she has really progressed a lot, and can see a lot of the change she has experienced in that time, all for the better.

Otherwise, Christmas was excellent. The Maribor missionaries came down and we had a wonderful and massive Christmas brunch with all the great American breakfast foods that you can not get here. Unfortunately, I ate a little more than my fill. Then, a few hours later, still very stuffed, we get a call from the member we have been working with for awhile that we were going to go skype at his place. He was calling asking if we could come over an hour or so early as his girlfriend had cooked us dinner!!!... So we went over, and they had 3 different types of meat, čevapčiče, sliced roast, šnitzle, mashed potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and a great orange juice. It was all absolutely amazing, just I was so so so so so so so so so so so full. Elder Lyman and I then Skyped our families at his place, and walked on to the senior couple's for the rest of Christmas. It was a great day, just it all went so fast. 

Otherwise, the week has been very full of rain. It has been really nicely warm actually relatively. Quite nice, no snow like last year. We'll see how long it will last. New years is coming up though. We'll see how it is. Last year it was crazy, and this year it looks like it will be so again. We have heard fireworks every single day for nearly a week now, even in the rain. It is bound to be crazy.

So I hope you all have a great week, and New Years, just not too crazy. Stay safe and happy!!
-Starešina Benson

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