Monday, September 4, 2017
We had training this week and Elder Beazer and I had MLC the day before so we stayed in Prague for the night with Elder Chadwick and Elder Carlson. We had dinner with Sebastian at this way nice restaurant where they would bring out a new piece of pizza every couple of minutes and you could try it. That night it was pouring rain and we got back to the apartment of the Elders in Prague and when we walked in we noticed water dripping from the ceiling so we went upstairs and the floor was soaked! They left the ceiling windows open and it rained all day so we were got all the towels we could find (only one) and tried to clean it up before we went to bed. One thing that was pretty funny, Elder Beazer wanted to try a new way of contacting so we go up to this couple and he says "Today we are asking every Czech one question" The couple says "Good thing we are from Slovakia" then started laughing and walked away! haha I was laughing so hard but Elder Beazer just stood there way embarrassed. There was also a big festival on the square so they had a buch of markets which was fun. It was right outside our window so it was pretty loud all weekend.
Monday, August 28, 2017
So this week was pretty sick. Last pday we went to Kuks on a trip with the district. We also went on a 3 day exchange with 2 young men from the ward and it was way fun. It helped so much with Czech. Also Elder Andrus came for an exchange and I was the one who trained him so it was good to see him again. We found a really cool girl while waiting for a lesson to show up and invited her to church so she came and stayed all three hours and loved it. The ward was pumped to see her at church. In the middle of church this week a bird flew into the chapel and started flying around the building. It flew into the back room and we hear it slam into the window twice so I decide to go get it out and I walk in the room and it is just laying on the floor and it looked dead. Elder Beazer was dying cause he thought it was way funny but I was like I gotta get this bird out of here before the little kids see it but when I opened the window it hopped up and flew out so I guess it wasn't dead. lol
Monday, August 21, 2017
So this week was pretty packed. Turns out we have pday to day because our exchange with the young men got changed to the second half of the week so we will be with them starting Wednesday. On Tuesday we went to Prague for training and our mission president gave a really good training on the Light of Christ. As a mission we are all reading 17 pages a day outside of personal study so every spare minute we have we are reading in the Book of Mormon. The stake president came to our training and promised us that as we build our spirituality people would start seeking us out instead of us having to try so hard to find them. The very next day we were reading in the Book of Mormon at 9 and we got a call from a less active that we have been trying to meet with ever since I have been in HK but she never would. She asked if we could meet and give her a blessing the next day. So we meet her at the library and she sits down and asked if we could give her a blessing right there. We were like there are a lot of people and its kinda loud do you want to go somewhere else so she takes us outside on the bench that is right next to a main road and a ton of people are walking next to us but we were like whatever she needs a blessing so we will give it to her. So we gave her a blessing on the side of the street and she said we could meet next week. haha We also got to go to Olomouc again for an exchange. I was with a new Elder there and it was so much fun to be back in Olomouc. I ran into to former investigators that I taught when I was there and they still remembered me so it was pretty cool. Yesterday we were tracting and this guy comes out and says I am atheist I don't have interest but we talked to him for a while and we were just kinda joking around with him cause he was a bro dad then I was like well can we meet and share our message or what and he was like sure I have time on Thursday. So it was a pretty good week. I hope things are going well for everyone back home. Sbohem, Starsi Paxton
Monday, August 14, 2017
Good week. We went to Liberec to go to their district meeting and did a singing display after. It was pretty cool cause we found a lot of people for the Elders in Liberec. Our investigators have been making a lot of progress this week. One guy that we have been meeting with had a problem with smoking, he would smoke 10 cigarettes a day but we taught him the word of wisdom on Friday and he is already down to just 4 a day so things are going well for him. Sports day was really good this week because we invited this guy to play with us then when we had our spiritual thought at the end he started asking me all of the questions. Turns out he is a JW but doesn't really like the church here so we talked a lot about our church and what we believe. He is coming again next week and we will hopefully get him to come to church soon. Oh we also had a pretty awkward experience this week cause we went back to the moms house that we tracted into this week and knocked the door but this lady came out and we were like hey we talked to a different lady from Ukraine here on Sunday and she told us to come back today. She was like nobody from Ukraine lives here. I thought she was lying so I was like come on we were here on Sunday and talked to her. But she still kept saying no and so finally we were like whatever and left. As soon as she went back inside I realized that we were at the wrong house. I felt so bad! The mom wasn't even home either so I guess we will try again. We also got a less active to come to our game night and teach us a new song on the guitar. I didn't really get it though it was way too hard for me. Anyways have a great week!
President Hinckley about missionary work in the last days said: ‘’Our hope concerning the future is big and our faith is strong. We know that we have barely touched the surface of what will come in the coming years, and what lies ahead of us. Our burden on the path ahead of us is big. But our opportunity is amazing. (Gordon B. Hinckley. “Look to the future” 1997)S Bohem, Starsi Paxton
Monday, August 7, 2017
This week was pretty good. We went to Prague for a few meeting with Pres. Our investigators are doing well and have been coming to church so that is good. We had a lesson with a girl from Brazil, she is the one that doesn't speak English very well and no Czech at all but she came back and said that she believes that the Book of Mormon is true but she doesn't want to skype with Elders in Brazil cause she says she understands us but we know she doesn't. We also went to Jicin this weekend to give baptismal interviews to a family. It was really cool, the kids are so prepared. Pretty funny, on the way we stopped at KFC to get lunch and you would think that after being here for so long that I could order some food with no problem but I went through the drive thru and ordered 8 chicken strips and the lady said that will be 750kc. I was like no way she probably just said 175 and I misunderstood. So we go and I pay with card and she says wait in the parking lot and we will bring it out. So we are waiting a while and she finally comes out and hands Elder Beazer this giant bag. He is like wow this is really heavy what did you order? We look in and the receipt says 750kc and there are 8 twisters which are like chicken burritos. So we ate them all... haha so yeah things are going well here. Have a great week. God loves you. God So Loves You, That He Gave His Only Begotten Son. See John 3:16 Elder Paxton
Monday, July 31, 2017
Pretty random but the other day we were out contacting and this family stopped us and said, you guys are the JWs right? And we were like no we are the mormons. But he was just joking cause turns out he is a bishop from Texas and he was visiting his daughter here so they took us to get KFC. We also got invited over to a members house for dinner. That stuff doesn't usually happen here in the Czech Republic. We had a way good lesson with a family. About a month ago Elder Beazer and I were on an exchange and we tracted this guys house and he came out and said that he didn't have time because his dad died the day before. We testified about eternal families and he told us that we could come back after the funeral and everything so we finally went back and set up a time that we could teach him. We had a really good lesson with him about the plan of salvation and he is really prepared. He told us that he wants his kids to have hope in their lives so that they never have to feel the way he felt when his parents died. And of course his kids were running around the yard naked cause it wouldn't be a Czech family if that didn't happen. Turns out he was also a pro hockey player for the Czech Republic for 25 years so I talked with him about hockey for a while. This week we also went to Olomouc to visit a district meeting there which was fun because we got to contact in Olomouc again! I miss that place so much. We also got to have lunch with Sara and it was good to see that she is teaching with the missionaries and helping a lot in the branch. Elder Beazer and I were driving home from tracting the other day and we drove past a lake, we were both looking at the water thinking about how nice it would be to go to the lake when all of the sudden this girl moons us... lol that was pretty interesting. Oh and we met this girl that doesn't speak English very well but we sent her a text asking what time she could meet and she replied with the picture that I attached... lol she meant to say Ill warn you. So as you can see things are going pretty well. I hope you all have a great week. S Bohem, Starsi Paxton
Monday, July 24, 2017
Well the first of the transfer went pretty well. We have seen a lot of success so far. The other day we had a really funny lesson, we were teaching this guy and showed him the video "The Hope of Gods Light" and he actually started crying. It's pretty unusual for Czech men to cry. So it was pretty spiritual then in the middle of the lesson he pulls out a liter of milk and starts chugging it!! haha Elder Beazer and I almost lost it. Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it. If we do not use the faith that God has given us, we can never build that faith. Have a great week. S Bohem, Starsi Paxton