Starší Chris Brousseau::Mission Blog! Chris is currently serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Czech/Slovak Mission. This blog is a way to share his adventures and experiences with his friends and family. Male missionaries are given the title "Elder." Starší is the closest Czech translation and means "older."
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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Nitra, Slovakia: City of Miracles
Chris teaching Sunday School
Well, hey, everyone, Here's a quick run-through of everything going on here, also, happy Father's day!
Monday got our situation figured out, where I had been asked to play at a conference in Bratislava, which was great. A wonderful Hungarian student helped us to find and obtain a keyboard as a loan so that I could practice, so that's what we had on plan, but then we ended up teaching a man we found on the street in front of the building named instead. He's awesome, I hope to teach him again.
Tuesday: really did practice, but more importantly, we got our 2nd progressing investigator here for the transfer, I think 1 more a week is a pattern I can live with, haha. We got to talking with a sort of awkward man and he ended up taking us to a Piano Cafe, where he and I gave like an hour long concert to the people there, he is very good, and he's self taught, it was really cool. I have a special feeling about him as well, I think he will be baptized.
Wednesday: Got the Metsky Urad all figured out so that we can do singing displays here. We got a good couple of spots, and it doesn't cost us anything, so that's good. Also, I met someone today. He is a young son of one of our members, who I'm not sure if he's mentally handicapped or not, because he seems smart, but he's ridiculously rude to everyone, especially his mom. It's really quite sad, and we'll be working on helping him be more calm and happy around us this transfer.
Chris loves the Slovakian clouds
Thursday: Went to Bratislava for the training, where I played beautifully as well. I loved the training, the authority's wife trained us on the importance of morning exercise daily, and the authority trained us on breaking mental and traditional barriers. He talked about how they train Elephants in India, where when they're young, they chain them with big chains to a strong pole until they decide that it's in their best interests not to try and run away, so that when they're huge and older, the trainer can simply put a small stick in the ground, and tie a string around his leg, and as long as the elephant feels something on his leg, he won't move. We can't be that way as missionaries. We are big and strong and we were made to break the traditions in Slovakia. Afterwards, had a once in a lifetime experience of teaching 3 teenage boys the Restoration during a singing display and having them beatbox to how firm a foundation while we sang it.
Friday: Friday was full of finding, which was very fun but tiring. So many people say that they feel that they should meet with us, but they won't because they're scared of breaking the status quo.
Saturday: Went on a 2 hour bus ride to Zeliezovce to teach our other progressing investigator with one of our members. Crazy stuff, great lesson, I can't wait till our investigator is baptized.
The church building in Nitra
Sunday: This is where I get the title. Our members are the members that you hear about in General Conference talks. One member: Hopped across a mine-field in the dark with nothing but a flashlight and a compass to escape communism, fled to Germany where he learned about the church and was baptized. Came back to his home town where he stayed for like 15 years and was re-found and re-activated by missionaries. SO energetic and ready to share the gospel. Another member: This man is a rock. Lives on 60 Euros a month, and somehow found and got ahold of the Book of Mormon, Preach my Gospel, and all of the Other Standard Works and referred himself. Was baptized and comes 3 hours to church. Before the church was aware of his finances, he was selling his clothes and possessions in order to get money for the bus fare, just so that he could come take the sacrament. He doesn't even speak Slovak, he's a little Hungarian man, but you should hear his testimony. The church is working on giving him permission to baptize the people he has been working with in his hometown and starting a group out there. I would go into the details of our other members, like the longest living member in Slovakia, she was baptized when she was 8 and now she's in her 80's, but I'm out of time. Love it, this
place is where miracles are taking place.
I'm so happy to be here, I wish I had more time, but I'll tell you more next week, Nitra is the place in Slovakia where the Catholic MTC is and it is so cool to see how the Lord and Satan are contending every day on the streets here, and how futile every effort of Satan is and will be. I am so ready to help the Lord change this city in a very big way. Get ready for some General Conference talks being written about this area very soon.