What the what. How is it already halfway through August??
The Fall air is starting to creep in on us. It's causing me to crave some fall New York air. Still, we are enjoying the heat of the sun on our skin. With that, I am happy. :)
The ward boundaries back home split! AHH! I am so excited for us to be back with the hobble creekers!
And Papa Shaw! Looking forward to seeing you in a couple weeks, Bishop. :)
Gandolfs, Rios and my sweet Lance, you will be missed. :(
---> The czechs mark their trees and treat them as patients, but only in Trebon around the Svet pond. (see picture "A C-Bud Charm.")
---> Domací (home team) Hosté (visitors)
---> Children are trained from a VERY early age to ride bikes. They've got all the gear and everything.
It's the cutest sight.
---> Elder Lovell, Sestra Hill and I all tried TATARAK for the first time. Google it.
2 Nefi 6:2-3
2 Behold, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, having been called of God, and ordained after the manner of his holy order, andhaving been consecrated by my brother [CHRIST], unto whom ye look as a king or a protector, and on whom ye depend for safety, behold ye know that I have spoken unto you exceedingly many things.
3 Nevertheless, I speak unto you again; for I am desirous for the welfare of your souls. Yea, mine anxiety is great for you; and ye yourselves know that it ever has been. For I have exhorted you with all diligence; and I have taught you the words of my father; and I have spoken unto you concerning all things which are written, from the creation of the world.
I LOVE these verses for a couple of reasons.
1. Jacob was sure in himself as one being called of God. He knew where from where he could draw strength and confidence.
2. He also drew strength from his brother. As you can see, I inserted Christ's name where Nefi was. To make common ground
with the people he was teaching he used a great "reference."
3. Jacob was very earnest and anxious for these people to accept what he had been teaching. They knew it was true. He knew that they knew. I admire him for the way that he wasn't afraid to call them out.
Although we may not always be called to what seems to be an "important" calling, we all have the calling to be God's missionaries. With or without the name tag. I encourage all of you to draw strength from our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ, and realize that you have been called of God and have been Consecrated by Christ to make an impact in the life of someone close to you. That could be a stranger or even someone right under your nose. Pray about it. Seek guidance from He who knows all. I can promise you that you will be led and guided to those who are starving for truth in their lives.
As a district we have been talking a lot about what the branch needs.
MEN. During Distirct meeting this past week we counseled together and came up with a game plan. We picked a day to find this MAN who will fit a certain description. On the day we look for him (tomorrow) we will perform a fast. In order to prepare for this fast and make it as spiritual as we can, we brainstormed study topics based on various needs for the area. For example, today we studied Isiah 58. This chapter is all about the true fast. Since last wendesday we have tried different finding techniques and have been very specific with how people look when we go out to find. i.e. White T-shirt, Short Kakis, sandals, etc. It has been a really neat experience so far.
Last night, we were working on our area book and calling formers. At about 7:00 we felt prompted to go out. On a typical Sunday night, there is hardly anyone on the streets.
But there was Honza and his sweet daughter Deanna. He fit the description of the man that we came up (sisters) with after a process of prayer and revelation. Although he didn't set up to meet with us, we felt that Heavenly Father was giving us a little taste of what it will be like for us Tuesday when we set out to find this man.
Here's the awesome part.
At almost the same time yesterday evening, the Elders met someone who fit their description of the man. Our descriptions are almosttt the same, but vary just slightly. So cool! God is in the work! Slowly and surely we are learning to walk with Him in this work.
We visit a Less-Active almost every week named Sestra K. She is THE sweetest lady EVER. She makes costumes for living! Between work and her family, she is constantly going and hardly has a break to do anything for herself. We had a really spiritual lesson with her this past week about talents and gifts that God has given us. At the end of the lesson we felt that we should really push to cook for her. (She cooks A LOT for her family and doesn't necessarily enjoy it.) She pondered about it for a second and then realized that she would have the house to herself on Sunday. The rest is history. Sestra Hill and I attempted to make "The Bozanator". A klasicka dish that Sestra Boza concocted up while on the mission. It wasn't QUITE as good as when Sestra Boza makes it, but it was still edible. There didn't appear to be any left on the plates. ;) The Elders came with us and played cards with Sestra K, while we cooked. It was so comforting to see Sestra K just SITTING and RELAXING.
That's all for now.
More to come next week!
MAM VAS RADA.
Sestra Fred 🌻
Oliver the Great
We visited one of our English students, Oliver. He baked us muffins, showed us around his garden. He even gifted us with FRESH tomatoes and cucumber. He is golden.
We ran to the Farmers Market Saturday morning. I held a rabbit. :)
This Blondinka made an appearance in C-Bud on Friday with a couple of members from Prague. SO dang good to see this woman. I love you Sestra Clark!
Our Tour Guide ratr Šýr lives in Třebon. He took time to spend the afternoon with us and show us around his beautiful home. We had a blast!
A C-Bud Charm
Around the lake, they mark all the trees with trail signs, which is pretty normal, but what was the charm is the little silver sign up top. They mark the oldest trees with a number and they take care of them as if they are patients in a hospital.
Svet means world. This body of water is considered to be a pond. People will come and say that "They went around the world together" ha. It was refreshing to be near some water.
The Feast. :)