I'm hoping to get back into the habit of writing real weekly emails again, I feel like I've gotten pretty lazy, sorry!
So this week...
Monday, Ses. Andreason and I got up really early to go to Prague because I had a doctors appointment. So we got up, slept through the 2.5 hour long bus ride to Prague and did emailing and a few errands there before my appoinment. The doctor's appointment for just to take some tests, iron I think, and my thyroid. Basically all they did was take blood. Then I also asked them about my tonsils, because last transfer I got sick and they swelled up really big, and they are still bigger than normal. The doctor lady told me that I had to see a specialist the next morning, and that I had to stay in Prague over night. So we called President and got permission to stay and then we arranged with the sisters in Prague so we could stay at their apartment overnight.
We did a few cool things while we were in Prague. We went to FHE there, and we went on splits with the Prague sisters, so I got to contact and teach someone with Ses. Dubois for a few hours. That was cool. Ses. Dubois is almost done with her mission, she goes home at the end of October, so I got to go and just obsorb all of her wisdom and knowledge haha.
Then Tuesday we got up and went to the other doctor. He felt my tonsils and looked in my mouth, and then HE STUCK A CAMERA DOWN MY NOSE!! It didn't hurt, but it was the weirdest sensation. After he pulled it back out my eyes were like waterfalls, I was practically bawling uncontrollably. So weird!
Then we got on a bus and headed back to Brno for a few lessons we had in the afternoon.
On Wednesday we had a really hard lesson with a less active. We went to her apartment, and we were going to watch the "Hope of God's Light" together (really awesome Mormon message about the life of the dad of one of the missionaries that served in our mission!) but she started talking to us about something else. There's a member here in the Czech Republic, well he got excommunicated like 3 months ago. But he's been posting really crazy stuff about the church on his blog and youtube and facebook for years. And it turns out that this less active found his stuff and it was really bothering her that he got excommunicated. She told us that she thought "he got excommunicated for sharing his opinions" even though it was actually way deeper than that (he baptized a woman without permission and then gave her the priesthood, among other things). But she was pretty upset about him being excommunicated and we really didn't know what to say about it. We just told her that we wanted to help her, we really did, we just didn't know how. She said that she could tell we were being sincere, but we didn't really leave her any better than we found her. So that was a rough lesson. BUT we called President McConkie and asked him what he thought we should do, and he told us that he's going to be in Brno this week, and that he will personally meet with her and answer any question she has. That's going to be so good for her, we're really excited to see how it goes. :) President is awesome! (And it's such a blessing that he fluently speaks Czech).
On Thursday we took a short train ride to a small village outside of Brno to visit one of the sweetest members on the planet! Her name is Aneta, and she is so cool! She's not much older than the missionaries, and she's married and has a darling little boy. Her husband isn't a member, but he's supportive and Aneta is just so strong! She told us about when she was inactive for a while, and how she came back. We showed her the Hope of God's Light video and she loved it and wants to show it to her husband. It was so fun visiting with her!
The rest of the week was pretty normal, and then yesterday, Sunday, we went with the Baty's to visit the Vitovi. They are another awesome member family that live about an hour away by train, but we got to go in the Baty's car so it only took about 30 minutes. :) We had dinner with them and got to know them better, and shared a spiritual thought. The Vitovi have 3 kids and it was fun to be with them because they were rough-housing and everything and it just felt like being at home. :)
Well, not a ton has happened this past week, but it was really good. And guess what?? The new senior couple is coming this Friday! The Baty's go home at the beginning of November, so the new couple is coming to be trained, and then the Baty's will leave. The new couple, I think their last name is Bird, they were serving a mission in Sweden, and we stole them! Just like we stole the Baty's from France haha. We're good at that. We're really excited for them to come, and then next Monday we're going to take them on a tour of Brno and show them where all the important stuff is. :)
Alright, that's everything I can think of right now. I hope you all enjoyed a somewhat more regular email. :) I personally am doing well. The language is still kicking my butt, but every once in a while I feel like I can actually speak Czech. The gospel is so true. I have no doubt about it, and I love being here and sharing it with people. The Czech people are so amazing and so strong. I'm so grateful to have the oportunity to take care of this little corner of the Lord's vineyard.
I love you all, have an awesome week and I'll talk to you later!
PS - I'll send pictures :)
Aneta's little boy, Erik. Me at a castle from a couple week's ago. The Baty's came over for dinner. And Rachel, who's studying in Brno, she's from Cache Valley Utah!