Chris' Special Tie Knot

Chris' Special Tie Knot

Monday, March 24, 2014

Overcoming Fears

Missionaries can look good, right?!


Entertaining primary children
Ok, so to start out, I'm doing wonderfully at the moment, last night my companion and I had a companionship inventory that knocked the socks off of every other one I've had so far, it was nice. 2nd, I forgot to send pictures last week, so this week I'll be writing about some other stuff that I forgot about then as well! First, I don't remember if I talked about this, but I got to teach Primary when our conference was happening, which was absolutely perfect for me, especially because I was really missing my primary class back home, Gospel Doctrine is such a boring class compared to Primary or Sunday School. But in the class I taught with some magic tricks, and I actually did all of my magic tricks in both Czech, AND English, because the little boys were there and they don't speak Czech nearly at all. I really just adored it, I love the President's family.

Next, or actually sort of before that, we had a huge practice for our concert that's on Tuesday. That's gonna be weird, I'm playing "The Test" by Janice Kapp Perry, and "I've got to find out who I am" by Michael McClean. I've decided that the 80's were not a good time for LDS music. But on the guitar, I've made an arrangement for "Families Can Be Together Forever," and also...shoot, I forgot the name of this hymn in English, anyway, it's Užasnutý Laskou, which I'll also be playing for that, wish me luck!

Package from the "Australian Angel"
I forgot to say that a sister in the mission office is a little Australian angel, haha. When the President came, he brought mail for everyone, but I didn't have any mail, so this sister sent me a package from Prague with a little note, a candy bar and a conference talk in it, she's SO sweet.

My companion broke his ring one day last week, we were eating Pirohy and he just had it under his watch on the table, and when he put his watch back on, the ring fell and just shattered on the floor. He wasn't happy about that at all, his favorite companion bought that for him and then it just broke, and it put him in a bad mood for a while...That wasn't very fun.

Surrounded by beautiful history
Something cool that happened was meeting a local family. If you google nextdoormormon ( you should get to a site where you can read about a guy who was baptized here in Trencin last year and is going to BYU Idaho, he'll actually be singing in the Priesthood session of General Conference, so that will be cool. Basically, he was super Catholic, but felt like there was something off about the church, so even though he was on his way up through the catholic apostolic fast track, he jumped off and became Mormon. Suffice it to say, his family hates us, and when I got off the train in Dubnica Nad Vahom I was really scared to go find their house. We had been given a package to deliver to his family at the beginning of the transfer, but we've both been too scared of his family to go there until I finally said, you know what, we're just gonna get this done, I'm tired of staring at this package. It took us about an hour to find his address in the maze of Panelaks because there were several different streets all next to each other with the same name. When we finally did find the house, the package was too big to fit in the little mail slot, and I felt a prompting so I acted on it. I rang the zvoncek and when the mom answered, I said we had a package that was too big from their son, and she let us in and talked to us for a while, it was absolutely amazing. I don't think their family is any closer to becoming members, but maybe he wrote something that will help that out. We'll see how that goes.

Chris' apartment building
As far as investigators go, one lady, I don't know what's going on, it feels like her fire is just dying, she never has time to meet anymore, and I'm really worried about it because I've been here a month and a half and I've only met her once. I hope that changes sometime soon. One man knows everything is true, has a testimony of every part of the gospel, and wants to be baptized, but refuses to even try to quit smoking. I know it's hard, but at least put forth some effort, you know? We have a new investigator who's really cool. He is seriously a 6 foot 6 exact replica of one of my friends except he has a goatee, I'll have to send a picture sometime. Anyway, he's really cool, he agrees with nearly all of our doctrine, he just has 2 issues. #1, he doesn't understand the concept of only 1 church being true. #2, he believes in the 2nd chance theory because of some kid in England. We're working on him. Another sister is still a sweetheart, but unfortunately I haven't met with her since my last letter so I can't actually say anything about how she's doing. We did have a miracle with the Sisters' investigator. He brought his wife to church on Sunday, and they both really liked it. Poor man has never had a good experience in the last hour of church.
Using his unique talents to bless lives

In other news, I figured out how to make lasagna really well here, and we're starting to do that once a week, and I'm in heaven. I'm loving my guitar, and have figured out some really cool stuff on it, I'll record some of it and send it home. But that's pretty much it, I love you all so much and wish you a wonderful week.

Starší Chris Brousseau

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure that "Užasnutý Laskou" is hymn 193 in the English hymnbook: "I Stand All Amazed". Great blog, Elder Brousseau! It's really uplifting to hear of your successes, and inspiring to see your dedication and courage when facing challenges. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16