Saturday, 28 February 2015

Cool Experiences

This week we had a lot of cool experiences :) After p-day last week, we went to a newly-wed member-couple's home and had a really good time talking about their conversion stories and then about how we can work together to strengthen the branch in Gdansk. It was super insightful and we all of have a lot of good ideas that we are now trying to put in use. We ate mandarins while we spoke, so I was inspired, and this week I bought a lot of fruit because I remembered how much I love fruit! Unfortunately they don't really have mangos here, but I bought some grapes and blueberries so I'm happy!

On Tuesday we got to help out at a school and teach a couple of different classes about our different cultures (it was so they could learn English and stuff), so I was happy to speak about my country, only 1 day after Australia Day :) Later that day, we visited a lady we had found tracting a week or so earlier, and she and her husband were home and totally let us in to talk! It was a really cool experience- almost as if they had known we were coming (we didn't tell them we were, because we didn't have their phone number or anything) so we were so glad they were both home and able to talk at the time we happened to stop by. We were able to teach them all about the restoration of the gospel of Christ and left them with a copy of the Book of Mormon (Księga Mormona) and we just had an overall great experience with teaching them and listening to them. By the end of the lesson we were able to get their number this time (so we can teach them more) and then right before we left, they even showed us a fish that they had in a bucket (it was really gross and had eyes and its mouth was totally flopping around) so we left cracking up and they invited us over again to have dinner some time (I hope it's not gonna be that fish haha!). The next day we were able to meet with a member from the branch Jadwiga (we try to visit her as often as possible) and had a great time talking with her (our Polish babcia/grandma).

The next day after studies, we decided to go as a district to the edge of the main walkway (Ulica Długa) and set up a whiteboard (saying something like "What do the following things mean to Mormons?- baptism, restoration of the gospel, God's plan etc.) and a table with church materials so we could grab people's attention and invite them to learn about the gospel. We all ended up talking to different people on the street, and even got a couple of phone numbers to stay in contact and hopefully talk to these people some more. I was able to talk to a lady for a little while (Elder Jackson had approached her, but I came over to help with the Polish because this is his 1st transfer) and we were able to talk about the Book of Mormon and how Christ's church has indeed been restored and exists on the earth today. She had clearly been thinking about religious matters, because she was talking (and listening) with a lot of interest and emotion, and brought up some very interesting points about organised religion, and why family is so important. She unfortunately had to go to catch a bus, but she was so smiley and happy and even gave me a hug before she left for her bus :D It was a really cool experience, to have spoken to someone about something so dear to me, and then have her be open and leave happy and smiling. Tender mercy!

Well there were many other great experiences that happened this week (for example, finding more people to teach, planning for our Zone Training this week) but I'm running out of time, so I'll talk to you next week and I hope you have a great trip up to QLD!

All my love,
Siostra Sonya Grgich

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