Monday, May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 - In which we get lead on by a drunk man

Dear family,

We had a great week! Elder Smith and I extremely tired, but we had some great experiences teaching when we find and finding when we teach. It was pretty stressful and we have a lot more things to keep track of also, also, but it was good.

Last Monday L accepted a baptismal date for the 30th of May. She's pretty nervous; she called on Saturday to ask about a couple of words in English, but she also told us that she's freaking out about how close it is. It seems to us like she'll be plenty prepared, though. She's strongly committed to her baptism, and I think that that's what will help her ride whatever waves that are waiting for her before and after.

L is doing comparatively well. She is struggling with a lot of health problems at the moment. Her chemotherapy has caused some damage in the motion center in her brain, which has caused severe loss of strength in her legs. I didn't understand all of the medical Czech that she used to try to explain what was going on with that exactly, but I'm positive that at least that much is going on. She's able to wiggle her legs, but other than that she's on a wheelchair and the doctor's don't know how long that will last for. Their guess is two to three years. We need to find a way for her to get to church because the bus that takes her from her village to Olomouc on time for church isn't handicapped-accessible. :( She's also likely going to be getting married at the end of May. After that point she'll also be living according to the law of chastity.

We had some good experiences finding, as I mentioned. We had a nice chalk display last week in a park. It looked pretty nice, and lots of people stopped to talk to us. At one point one missionary was drawing and the other three were teaching lessons at the same time. It was great! We've also found a wonderful neighborhood full of families. We found it sort of on accident while looking for a less-active member at the end of a tram line. It's probably the closest thing I've seen to an American subdivision here. The people are also really friendly to talk with us. In that neighborhood we've taught four or five lessons during the last week. They're not universally excited for us to come back, but still two people have set up a meeting for this week where we can return to teach them about the gospel. It's still pretty exciting! Even when the people don't accept our message, we still feel like we lifted a warning voice and invited them to come closer to the Savior. And even when doing displays about English we're able to talk to people that seem to be perfect for our branch. Yesterday after our call while in this neighborhood a drunk man lead us on to talk to a bunch of his neighbors (who were less drunk). I wish I could tell you all about it, but that way we went through a train of introductions to place a book of Mormon. On our way back to the other street where we were originally tracting we even taught another lesson. It was great.

It was great to talk to you all! Suzie's pictures from prom look wonderful :) I'm having a great time! I'm very tired :)


Elder Boyce

We went to L's concert for culture night.

Pretty view of the rapeseed fields

Our missionary!
We drew this in park and talked to people about it. (It is a map of the Plan of Salvation)

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