Monday, May 23, 2016

One year older ... and wiser too! (Week 63)


It's been a good week this week, we got to meet with some good investigators and had some good experiences.

We had District Meeting on Tuesday, which was pretty much the first real district meeting we have had all transfer. We talked about finding, specifically about attitude because a lot of the time if you don't have a very good attitude towards finding you can make it harder on yourself to find than is necessary. It was really good, we had the Kielce Elders as guests because they are all alone in Kielce so president told them they can come to our District Meeting if they want. After that we had a couple of meetings, we had 3 back to back with Joey, then Maya, then Jake. Our meeting with Joey went really well, he is from the Ukraine but speaks really really good Polish. It is almost impossible to tell that he is not Polish. He is super cool, the lesson went well. We taught him the Restoration and he accepted to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.

After that we had a lesson with Mayaa, it didn't go to well because she and the member we had on the lesson started fighting about the fall of adam and eve, and it just didn't go well. We totally lost control of the lesson. We were afraid that Maya was not going to want to keep meeting with us, but we are still meeting so it's all good.

Then after that we had an awesome lesson with Jake, he is really progressing well. We talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and really focused on Baptism and the Gift of the Holy Ghost. We tried to commit him to a baptismal date, but he wants to think some more about it, and he will pray about it. Keep him in your prayers!

Then later we went back to Pani Krystal's house, whom we tracted into the week before. We went in and she sat down and basically explained that she doesn't think she can keep meeting with us and she wanted to give back the Book of Mormon because she feels like she can't change her religion. She went to her grandson's first Communion and she said she thought about us and what we told her the whole time, and decided that regardless of whether it is true or not she wouldn't be able to change either way, because she is so deeply rooted in Catholicism. It was really sad, we left the Book of Mormon with her and told her that if she ever wants more in life to start reading.

On Wednesday we got to meet with a cool guy named Matt, he is full Polish, but both his parents were born in America and he lived there his whole life. He took us out to Hot Chocolate which was really nice, hot chocolate here is different by the way, they just melt chocolate then put it in a cup and you can add whipped cream then drink it. We taught the restoration, he is baptist and he had a couple concerns about more scripture, and people appearing to Joseph Smith. It was overall a really good lesson, he gave us a couple baptist pamphlets in exchange for the Book of Mormon. They were actually really uplifting, it was cool.

Thursday we had our first meeting with Maya after the Tuesday fiasko, and she invited us to meet at some random address out in Nowa Huta, which isn't even where she lives. So we were kinda sketched out that she was going to have a catholic priest on the lesson or something and we were going to get bible bashed. We went out there, and to our pleasant surprise she introduced us to her friend Johnny, who is also really interested and we had a first in his apartment. It was awesome. He is a super down to earth, cool guy.

On Friday we had a cool Chalk Talk, we drew a maze on the ground at Rondo Mogilskie, it was pretty big, then we had people walk through it and try to find the exit... but it was impossible to get to the exit though. Then when people got frustrated we told them "the purple lines don't count" and then they could walk straight out. Then we gave them a little spiritual thought about how when the gospel was taught by Jesus Christ it was simple, but through apostasy it has become overcomplicated, just like the maze. But through the Restoration it is simple and straight again (simple and straight are the same word in polish). We found a couple pretty interested people. There were some Jehovah's Witnesses a couple hundred feet away, and we went and invited them to come try the maze at the end, to which they responded "we have our own jesus" then ignored us.

That night we got to go to one of our member's houses Lucas, he is from Argentina and he is super cool. He fed us shish-kebabs, they were super good. He is awesome.

On Saturday we got to meet with Joey again, we taught him the Plan of Salvation then tried to commit him to baptism, he said he needs to think about it. He had a really cool experience though. Long story short he was walking back from the train station at like 4 in the morning after helping one of his friends, and it was pouring rain, but as we was walking he found a Russian New Testament on the ground which is his native tongue. So he took that as a sign that he is on the right path.

Sunday was cool, it was my birthday, which was fun. The Daltons had us over and made Burritos :) and they made this really good strawberry cake. It was really really nice.

Thats about it, love you guys!
-Elder Everett

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