This last week had some interesting ups and downs, and we the upcoming week will be crazy. We have training tomorrow in Brno, exchanges with the zone leaders Wednesday, culture night on Thursday (we're going to the philharmonic!), and then a busy weekend all over again. We weren't able to meet with our normal investigators last week or find any new ones, though we had a few good lessons with less-active members and a couple of good lessons on the street.
Last week had a great lesson with D, who is a less-active member that's on our branch vision to be reactivated but we haven't been able to meet with him in about two months. We got a much better handle about why he's not very active and what we might do to help him. He shared with us that he knows that he could be doing more and could be more but at the same time he had a content life with the habits and priorities that he had before baptism (like putting in an effort to get time off at work to come to church) and he's gone back to living the those sort of things when following the standards of the Church is inconvenient. He told us that he feels that it's right for him to come back to activity, though, but at the end of the lesson we weren't sure how to get him back on that track. We asked him what he was going to do to work on it and thought about it for a while and said, "We'll definitely meet again next week." We're taking that as a sign of trust for now and we'll keep on working with him to help him come back.
Sister D is doing well. We visited her and talked about obedience. We feel like she's doing better at coming to church (she's still coming about once every other week) and is really excited for her new calling, and in the next few weeks we want to talk about some more of the commandments. We're planning on talking about the word of wisdom this week and we'll see how that goes :) Our main focus is still to keep her attending church regularly and we'll see how it goes from there.
We weren't able to meet with J during the last week but we're set up to meet after English tomorrow.
At the moment it feels a little bit like our area is stagnating and we've been trying to think of what we can do to improve. We're working on trying to improve our skills in talking about baptism and being more clear when finding, but we also realized our planning could use some tweaking. Instead of focusing on calendaring we're going to be a lot more focused on people and their progress and what we can do the next day to help them progress in their faith and repentance and then it will be easy for us to see how we'll need to use our time. That might not make very much sense to you all, but it helps me to feel like I can help more people :)
We've been doing well, overall, and I'm running out of time! Thank you for the support and love. Have a great week!
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