Friday, April 17, 2015

pekny prosperious posledny tyžden

Hi everyone! The weather keeps getting warmer and the days shorter here in Bratislava! Yes, I am staying in Blava (Not sure if this is a surprise). Sister Russell has come from Košice to be my little companion this transfer, and we are so excited! Another exciting thing is that Sister Parsons is training our new little sister that is coming in, but she does not come in for still another week and a half, so Sister Parsons, Sister Russell and I are here as a threesome together! Wow! We are literally going to convert the city.

Sister Eggers has sadly been sent to Trenčin.

As I mentioned last week, we went to the zoo on monday..

We have had a great week here full of finding and loving and wonderful things. Miracles happen every day as we plan with faith, go out with purpose, and testify with the holy ghost. I love the members here, and I love the Slovak people. We went this week to serve Stan, our less active member, in his garden, and had a dandy time pruning trees and breaking wood and filling little plastic cups with dirt. I felt like I was in my grandpas garden again, and it was wonderful to wear pants.

We have so many prosperous progressing investigators, who bring the spirit into our lives every day. This week, we taught every one of them and learned so much from each of them, their lives, and their struggles.

ALSO we watched conference!! Best thing ever in the entire world.
Well, it actually seemed so long because I do not think I have sat down for that long since the MTC but it was still really great!

This week, I just wanted to say how much I rely on Christ. I have gained such a testimony of the scripture in Corinthians,

 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
How blessed we are to have weaknesses! 

This might sound strange. And I feel like I have hated my weaknesses my entire life. But I am coming to see that the more weaknesses I have, the stronger I become in Christ.
Not because he takes away my weaknesses. No, sometimes, I think I can see my weaknesses even more when I am trying to improve. What He does is something far more significant and far less fathomable. He takes upon himself our weaknesses and gives us His strength.

I really had never thought about what that meant to me before. But I see now that all of these weaknesses I have, all these mistakes I make--can truly become strength, stronger than my talents, because they become the strength of Christ. Being bad at something does not make you a failure. It truly makes you a champion--because who can measure up to the strength of Christ? Those things that seem impossible to us, are, indeed, impossible. Sometimes I literally cannot do something. Maybe I am not even physically capable of doing it. And that is when Christ, like Elder Holland said so powerfully in conference, reaches out and grabs your hands. That is when His grace is sufficient--when you have enough weakness to allow His strength to enter you. Humility is only a bridge that allows Christ to reach your weaknesses and fill us with His grace.

I know that this is true. I know that Christ lived, died, and lives for us today! The messsage of the Restored gospel is true, and His church is on the earth today. He knows His sheep and calls them by name--we must only learn to recognize His voice. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and will teach us how to apply and use the atonement in our lives to more fully recieve His strength with gratitude!

It is true!

I promise!

I know it!

Anyway, also, this week, sister eggers and I bought a can of peanut butter, which was probably 3x more expensive than it is in the US and probably was a poor decision, INITIALLY,

But actually it was SO WORTH IT

Peanut butter, it fills the cracks of the heart.

Also got to play soccer outside for sports night this week! Too much fun. Who knew it was so fun.

Lots of love,

Sestra Abbott

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