Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 13 - Bratislava, Slovakia

Another good week in the books. January is almost over but the cold is not. We have some fresh snow to start the new week. On Tuesday of last week we challenged our zone to spend in total an hour praying on tuesday and specifically to pray for each missionary by name. It was a good experience and at the end of the week there were two more people with a baptismal date in our zone. We had a lesson with a recent convert that night and talked about the plan of salvation again.
We started an exchange that night and i was with elder Bednar. He and i were in the MTC together more than a year and a half ago. In the MTC we actually taught each other as investigators. We have come a long ways. In the mtc our mutual understanding of Czech and Slovak was almost nothing. I don't think we ever understood each other and now we talked the whole time in our languages. We had a really fun exchange and have had very similar missions and experiences. I in one country and he in the other. We met some great people. Tuesday night we met a really cool couple. We talked about church and the restoration. They said they would come to church but unfortunately didn't come... We had a really fun exchange and taught really well. Wednesday we went to a homeless shelter which we actually visited last p day. We picked up lots of clothes and brought it back for a service project which we did on saturday sorting them out. We had a cool experience with one guy we were talking to in a tram. It came to his stop and he had to get off and we were trying to set up a meeting and as the doors were closing (he had already got off) he jumped back on and said he could go another stop! The holy ghost is powerful!
Friday we met a guy who had stopped riding his bike to watch some birds just as we got there. We had a really spiritual conversation with him about the restoration and about the purpose of life. And that night we got to go with all of the missionaries to our branch presidents house for dinner! They are awesome! it felt like coming home. We had a roast! Its been a long time! It was so good!
Saturday we had a lesson with the guy we met last week in a tram. We had a good lesson with him and he definitely felt the holy ghost. We had just gotten through talking about the first vision and the spirit was really strong and he didn't know what he was feeling so he tried to start changing the subject, and asked three of the same questions about our lives and then he said he left laundry at home and had to go. It was pretty evident that he was feeling something. It was pretty fun!
Sunday was a great sunday. I only had to translate two of the hours but we taught the other one. We visited a member and had a nice visit. After we met a clown! Just a guy but that's his job. He showed us some pictures and it was pretty cool! After the district president was passing through and wanted a book of Mormon so we raced across town and gave him a book of Mormon to give to someone and then met a really strong catholic. We had a really good conversation and in the end she accepted a book of Mormon and said she would read it. There were some great moments!
Its been a great week and hope things are well
S laskou,
Starsi Hanis

We bought 18 liters of kofola last week!

This is actually what most of the city looks like. This buidlings cover the cities here!

Every house has big fences around them!

We found some sweet vests in the clothes for the homeless!

This is halusky. Its the famous slovak dish. The best way to describe it is like Maccaroni and cheese but the noodles are potato kinda things with unpastureized sheep cheese and a block of bacon! Pretty great