Monday, October 23, 2017

Hradec Kralove

This week has been one of the most interesting weeks on my mission. So a member came to us and invited us to a hockey game with the young men and some non-members. I had an interview with Pres and asked him if we could go and he said yes so we went to a Czech hockey game. It was way sick, I mad it on the big screen so that makes it worth going. We were in the section where all of the die hard fans stand so they were all confused why two guys in white shirts and ties were there.
Then we had our training in Prague and it went really well. After our training President was like hey I need to talk so we go sit down and he was like "Elders you had an amazing training but..." At this point I was thinkin that I had said something apostate in my training and I just didn't realize it but he continues and says "I need you to share that with others so Elder Collins is going to be in HK with you, Elder Paxton and Elder Flindt will go to Brno." So we had an emergency transfer. We drove back to HK Elder Flindt packed then the next morning we drove all the way to Brno and back. I am pretty pumped to serve with Elder Collins again because we served together exactly one year ago and he is a bro so we get work done well together.
Saturday Elder Beazer came back to visit with his parents so we got to go to dinner with them. Its always good to see Elder Beazer. We also had sports night on Saturday and when we got there, one of our old investigators was there ready to play with us. We haven't heard from him in over 2 months but he came up and was like hey man I heard some stuff and I have a lot of questions now but I want to meet this week. So he definitely got some anti stuff but it was a huge blessing to see him again because we had some really spiritual lessons with I'm in the past. We also went tracting and it was getting pretty dang cold and pretty late but this guy comes out and says hey my son is a member in Jihlava, come in and get some tea. So that was a blessing as well. We have had a lot of good blessing so its cool to see how the Lord has been helping us in the work here.
Turn your soul toward the light. Begin your own wonderful journey home. As you do so, your life will be better, happier, and more purposeful.- Pres. Uchtdorf.

Mejte se moc hezky
Starsi Paxton

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hradec Kralove

So this week was good because we visited this dad that has 2 kids and talked a lot about having a new start in life because of the gospel. We are also helping one of our investigators stop smoking and it has been cool seeing her life change a lot. We were out contacting the other day and I met this guy that was like "yeah I know somebody that went to your church for a little." I was like "really? Who?" and he said "Karel" Karel was our investigator that was supposed to get baptized last transfer, he came to church every week since the day we met him, stopped smoking and made a huge change in his life but the day of his interview, he didn't show up and we haven't heard from him since... So I ask the guy how he knows Karel and he was like "He is my roommate and I talked him out of joining your church because it sounds like a sect to me." So we finally found out what happened to Karel, we thought he died.

The other day we were out contacting and saw this guy sitting on a bench and we started talking to him about how we can be more grateful in our lives and how gratitude brings us joy. It was pretty cool cause he said he had been thinking about where he could go and talk to some people about faith. So we are going to visit him this week. Today we went on a bike ride in the forest and that was pretty fun. Some members let us use their bikes then cooked us lunch so it wasn't too bad at all.

I hope you all have a great week as well. Don't forget God loves you!

Starsi Paxton

Monday, October 9, 2017

Hradec Kralove

So we finally got to watch conference this week which was good. It's amazing how we can always hear what we need to at General Conference. This week we had an exchange in Prostejov so I was with another greenie. It was pretty good to be back in the Olomouc area and get to contact in Prostejov for the day. We found a really cool mom and taught her a lesson. Then we went to Olomouc for a district meeting there and we had a lesson with Sara so that was fun. We are trying to get her to go on splits with the sister missionaries in Olomouc but right now she's not so down for that yet but I'm sure she will some day.
Last week I was on an exchange with Elder Simms and I had him pray to know who we needed to look for that day and the first thing that came to his mind was a guy smoking. That day we set up with a guy smoking and yesterday Elder Flindt and I went and taught a lesson at his house. It was pretty cool to see how the Lord led us to those that needed to hear our message. We have also been teaching this Ukrainian family which has been a lot of fun but I think their little 5 year old daughter has fallen in love with me cause she keeps trying to hug me and sit on my lap when we go and teach them. ha
We went to my favorite antique store last week and bargained with the old man there, we are pretty good buddies now days cause we make a lot of deals together. This time his son showed up and was so brain dead from all of the alcohol he drinks. It was pretty sad to see how bad it has messed him up cause he could be really smart, he was speaking English and French but had no idea what was going on around him.

1 Kings 19:11-12
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

in light of all the stuff that's going on in the world it just reminds us of what is important. There have been hurricanes in the south, earthquakes in Mexico, Fires in the northwest and just to make sure that we are really deaf to the warning signs,there was a huge shooting in Las Vegas. So thank goodness for that still small voice that we got to hear this past weekend in Conference. The Lord is always there for us, we just have to be ready to listen to the still small voice when there is so much noise going on around us. Have a good week!

Starsi Paxton

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hradec Kralove

This week we had an exchange with the Elders in Jicin so I brought the greenie back to Hradec Kralove while Elder Flindt stayed in Jicin. It was pretty good, I had Elder Simms pray about who we should find and he said that the first thing that came to his mind was someone smoking. We were out contacting and found this dad that said he has a problem with smoking and said that we could come visit his family so that was pretty cool. We met with one of our investigators and turns out things aren't going so well, his brother got shot the other day and his work told him that they weren't gonna pay him his full payment. It's pretty sad cause we can't really do much to help him with that. It was good that we could meet though and help him feel better. We also stopped by the house that we tracted into last transfer and the mom was finally there again so we got to talk to her about the plan of salvation and we will go visit her again today. We have a lot going on today so I can't email too much. Here are some pics from last weeks conference/training. 

Starsi Paxton 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hradec Kralove

Well it has been interesting serving with a companion that speaks Slovak but it has been a lot of fun. Way more people stop and listen because they are confused as to why we are both speaking different languages. We have been meeting with a lot of people and they are making really good progress. We met with a girl that has never done anything with faith and doesn't believe in God at all but we had a lesson on the nature of God, who He is and how He wants to be a part of our lives. She was crying and sent us a text saying how excited she is for our next meeting. She is the one that a member invited over to her house for FHE then invited us as well and now that same member invited his friend and her family to come to church. He is doin some good work here in HK. Elder Flindt and I went to a leadership training in Stamberk and stayed there over night with a few other missionaries, all of the Ward Mission Leaders, Ward missionaries and the Stake Presidency. President Pilka was there and gave a training on how to do missionary service as members then Brother Sedivy talked about an Inspiration Night that they have been doing in Prague and we actually had an Inspiration night in Stamberk while we were there so that was really cool to see how that works. Missionary work is changing a lot here in the Czech Republic which is really cool to see. This last transfer when we started reading 17 pages from the Book of Mormon every day we almost tripled our baptisms from the transfer before. One of the coolest things thought was to see a member named Zdenek Novotny. We baptized him in my second transfer so it has been over a year and a half but on the second day of the training he showed up and turns out he is now a ward missionary. I was so pumped to see him and see that he is strong in the church and helping others. On our way home it was pouring rain and we saw this guy on the side of the road fixing his car so we stopped to see if we could help. I don't know why because neither of us know how to fix a car. But he basically just wanted someone to talk to cause he had been there for 45 minutes and we were only the 2nd people to stop and the first person left as soon as he found out what was wrong. He was pretty pumped that 2 guys from America were helping him fix his car. haha So things are going well. If you have never read the book called The Power of An Everyday Missionary I would recommend it to you. It's pretty short but I have learned a lot about how we can bless others by just being who we are. Have a great week! Sbohem, Starsi Paxton Sorry I don't have my camera so I will have to send other pics next week.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hradec Kralove

This week was good. Because it was Elder Beazers last week we got invited over to three different families houses for dinner so that was something new for us! We had so much going on because we had an activity at the church building where we showed the movie Joseph Smith Prophet of The Restoration every night for a week and we ended up getting about 30 people to it so it wasn't too bad. We also got to mushroom hunting with a family in the ward. Czechs are like way into hunting for mushrooms. It was pretty fun, we found a ton of mushrooms but the first two I picked up and took them to the members and asked if they were good and they were like no actually those are the two most poisonous, I probably wouldn't lick your fingers. ha After we picked them, they asked us to come back and eat them for lunch but we had apartment checks so we went to our apartment and with the senior couple were 2 Slovak Elders and Elder McCallister wanted to contact with us while his comp and the senior Elder went to check other apartments so he came with us but the other Elders were taking too long while checking other apartments so we brought him with us to our lunch. He was way pumped because in Slovakia they have even less member visits than we do. On Sunday President asked us to go to Liberec for two days this week to help out the area there so on Wednesday right after lunch with the members, we drove to Jaroměř to have a lesson then we went to Liberec and slept at the Elders apartment there and then just contacted all day there to find them some new investigators.

Elder Beazer and I got to go visit Kutna Hora which is a city that has a bunch of really cool Catholic churches. One of them is filled with human bones so that was interesting. We saw a really big miracle this week, last Sunday a members niece came to church with him and he gave her a Book of Mormon then we asked the member if we could have FHE at their house and he could invite her over so he did and when we showed up she told us that she had a really weird experience with the Book of Mormon. When she started reading she got really tired so she closed her eyes and started getting a burning feeling then she couldn't move or talk for a couple of minutes so she said she was scared to read anymore. We taught her about opposition and how Satan tries to stop us right before we are about to receive something great. We talked about Joseph Smiths experience when he saw God and Jesus Christ but right before that, Satan tried to stop him. The member was able to testify about how the Book of Mormon has blessed his life and helped in his family. It was interesting because Elder Beazer and I have actually been preparing for a lesson like that so we were completely prepared to help her find her answers. She came to church again and agree to meet with us regularly so we are pretty excited to see how the gospel with help her. We all have opposition in our lives but when we overcome these oppositions the reward is much greater than if we were to cave.

Like I said it was Elder Beazers last week so it was pretty sad seeing him go. I am still in HK but I am serving with a companion that was called to speak Slovak. His name is Elder Flindt. It will be interesting to have a companion that speaks a different language than me. I hope you all have a great week!

Sbohem, Starsi Paxton

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hradec Kralove

This week we got to visit this family that is half American which was fun because I finally got to speak to some natives in English which felt good. We also had an exchange and I was with a younger missionary. While we were contacting he started talking to this lady while I was talking to someone else and after he comes up to me and says "I think I just told that lady that my mom died of cancer" haha
We had a service project with the ward for a center that helps blind people. I was in charge of cleaning the windows and they looked way good when I was done with them.
We also visited another family last night which was way fun. We don't have a GPS though and they live pretty far away so we went early to make sure we could find it and then we were going to tract around their house but when we were driving past their house the daughter saw us and came running out and we had to tell her that we would be back in an hour. It was pretty awkward but it ended up being fun once we actually visited them.
Things are going pretty well here. Its Elder Beazers last week so that is pretty sad. Who knows what will happen with me next transfer.
Here is a really cool quote from Pres. Hinckley about the true love that God has for us.
You are in very deed a child of God. He is your Eternal Father.
He loves you.
You can go to Him in prayer.
He has invited you to do so.
What a wonderful thing this is.
He is the greatest of All.
He is the Creator and Governor of the universe.
And yet He will listen to your prayers.

Starsi Paxton