(So we decided to do things a bit differently this week and mum asked some questions)
What was your favourite activity of the week? favourite activity of the week was probably the sports finding activity we did on Plac Wolności in the centre of town. We set up a table in the middle of the square and we had the frisbee, American football and then the good old real football that you kick with your feet. All 4 of us were out trying to draw attention to ourselves and get people to come to our sports Saturday activity which has been low on numbers recently and not as effective as it could be. I don't think we'll be able to top last weeks sports day. This could probably be the favourite story and funny story at the same time..so there were a load of people out but then about 15 mins in it started to throw it down..it really rained hard and the streets cleared, but we continued to play as heavy rain fell, we got soaked and then about 15 mins later it stopped and the people came back out.
What was something you learned about yourself this week? I learned that no matter how much I try I can't learn from reading text-books, it just doesn't work. I'm still trying to find a way to effectively learn Polish and improve. Also, bugs are attracted to me, I've got a load more bites that are irritating the flip out of me. Maybe it's because I smell so good, not too sure though.
How many people were at church and who gave talks etc? We had a decent number of people at church yesterday, maybe 13 of us. Karol shared a few words on faith, loudly and with much expression as he likes to do which is always a good way to start the meeting off, then Sergiusz gave a good talk on the Holy Ghost and following the promptings to do good and then Elder Sommerfeldt shared a few words which was good of him..not easy being in your first transfer and having to prepare a talk. I remember giving a talk in Kielce in my 3rd week in Poland, it was a scary thought, it still is now even though I'm more comfortable speaking in Polish.
What has the weather been like? The weather has been good for the most part with the odd storm here or there. It's really humid still though and even without the sun shining on you, it's hot and sticky. I'm going through so much water.
Best teaching moment of the week? We had exchanges this week and I had a good lesson with someone we're teaching with Elder Bebel. Talking is good and bearing testimony is powerful but silence sometimes works just as effectively, there's a spirit that is invited through silence that really gets you thinking and allows you to be receptive to promptings.
Anything funny happened? We had an exchange with Elder Bebel and Sommerfeldt as Bebel is our zone leader, we both went over to their apartment and stayed there two nights. It was fun. We didn't get up to anything sketchy but we had a laugh within the limits of being missionaries, which was fun. Sometimes it's good to relax and chat about life with good lads, whilst on exchanges. The Exchange turned out to be really effective too.
How is the Polish language coming along - have you learnt any new words etc this week? The language is coming on well, sometimes I take for granted the progress that occurs. I've just learnt that if you pray for help every day and you act in a way that is in accordance with Heavenly Father then you will be blessed. I've not really learnt any new words off the top of my head, just the fluency and understanding is coming on. Sometimes I still don't have a clue what people say but that's just the way it is. I'm not striving for perfection anyway because it would drive me crazy.
How does it feel to be 9 months in? I feel GREAT! seriously it's good to be here.
What is it like being the Branch President and what responsibilities do you have? Being Branch president is a funny experience, you're always thinking about the members and other things, nothing that I stress over. I've been blessed, I just don't really ever get stressed about things. I'm laid back and casual with everything, I blame that on failing my college exams though haha! I'm enjoying the experience though, it's not one I thought I would be having this early in my mission.
How are the other elders in Poznań doing? They are doing well. Elder Bebel and Sommerfeldt are a good match, they work hard and have had a lot of success with having meetings with people. Elder Alvarez is a bro for life and I love his family.
We've been up to a place called Kiekrz recently knocking on doors, it's a 30 min bus ride outside of Poznań and is a little lakeside town, it's really nice out there. We're praying that we'll find a family out there to teach. We have a trip to Bydgoszcz for zone conference this Thursday which will be good. It's a 2-hour train ride. The missionaries in the north zone will be there:- Poznań, Gdańsk, Szczecin and Bydgoszcz.
|ft. Elder Campora's tie, he also goes by Dominik now.|
|ALVAREZ..who does he think he is? haha|
|burgers for p-day|
|Lakeside in Kiekrz.|