|Picture this path when the leaves are on the trees!|
|Meet my new companion: Siostra Stephanie Sloan!|
|Our apartment's "great room!"|
|Siostra Sloan (Colorado raised - currently from St. George, Utah), "The Terrific Twins: Ola & Nick," |
Starszy Court Einfeldt (Cedar City, Utah), Starszy Nathan Garrison (Boise, Idaho)
|Boise missionary: Starszy Nathan Garrison - this one is for his mom Amy!|
|One of Park Kasprowicza's public art pieces|
|ParkKasprowicza is the gem of Szczecin! |
I love it!
First off - I love my new companion!
Siostra Stephanie Sloan from Colorado! She is incredibly artsy! An amazing artist, smart, cute and she sings! She loves books, movies, and music!! (How is that for a good match up with me?!) She is just so much fun! She cries everytime she laughs which is the best thing ever and she also has an amazing testimony and insight into the scriptures!! I'm ready to learn what I need to learn from her! Can't believe how blessed I've been thus far with my companions! It is never perfect but we've all been willing to work with and love one another. So blessed with Kamp, Pierson and Sloan!
This letter will be short and sweet. Our week was shorter due to transfers and Sister Sloan also was sick. She was so pale and I knew something was really wrong. It was difficult to watch her with a fever from a migraine with aches, sweats and nausea and not be able to help her. I was so sad for her. The twins and family brought us soup and some medicine. (They are seriously the best!) I was going a little stir crazy being inside but I ended up studying Polish and following the rules with media - music and church stuff. I don't know how I just chilled at home all day before my mission!!!
Grateful that Siostra Sloan is better! We are up and running and trying to HIT IT HARD!
We have kind of had an adjustment period this week! Sister Sloan has served in Szczecin before so she knew how everything worked but both the Elders have never served here so we were trying to catch them up to speed!
We set some awesome goals as a district and as a companionship! That is something I have really come to love on my mission is setting goals! They give me such a better focus and direction! I can tell that this district is going to work hard and make some changes that Szczecin really needs!
One of them is a girl I contacted with Sister Craig! I have been trying to get a hold of her for forever and she finally answered! I am so excited!! We are also meeting with a girl that Sister Sloan met with last transfer that attended a baptism! She seems really awesome and willing!
We also had seriously one of the most amazing things happen to us as we were leaving the chapel - this guy was walking down the stairs of the building our chapel is in and he is asked: "Is this a church? Do you have meetings here?" We explained everything to him! He was like "Ok I want to come!!" Ahhh talk about a miracle - just the fact he was interested and knows where to come is a plus!
I keep thinking...Szczecin is ready for the gospel or why would we be here!? I can feel it! We are just going to have work and work and work!
We have had all these "mini miracles" in this short work week. I feel this motivation to improve in every aspect of missionary work as well as just improve who I am!
Missions are hard but sooooo good! Poland has lived up to its name for being a hard mission but miracles are happening and will continue to happen! I keep looking for and noticing the Lord's hand in all things. Sometimes we forget that God's plan is greater than ours and just have to keep going, learning from the past and working smarter!!
I recently re-read the talk about a currant bush! (Mom- please post it!) My favorite line is "I am the gardener here. I know what I want you to do." and then the reply, "Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.’”
I have come to know that sometimes we need to be humbled and trust in the Lord's plan and have faith in Him and his His plan - later on we come to realize how much we needed that trial!!
Our loving Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us - He truly does have a plan for all of us!!
Kocham Was!!Siostra DeMordaunt
(From Madre D: Here is the story: The Current Bush by Elder Hugh B. Brown. There is also a great three minute video. Tap on this link for the video: The Current Bush /The Will of God or copy and paste this link: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2012-01-014-the-will-of-god?lang=eng )