Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ljubljana, Slovenia: Evidences or Excuses

Hello everyone! Another great week here in Ljubljana.. It was a hard week and slow at times, but it is so important that we don't dwell on those things - the lessons that fall through, or the people that did not listen.. but focus on the miracles that do happen everyday! This week was full of many miracles. Attitude is so key, and I feel like I am learning a valuable lesson of always choosing to see the positive. On days that are hard, I always lay down at night and think of the things that were miracles from the day. It is true, that MIRACLES ARE ALWAYS AROUND if we try to look for them. 

We had zone conference this week in Maribor! It was a wonderful meeting, where we all left more motivated to find people to teach and baptize. One thing that I loved, was President Grant talked a lot about EVIDENCES. We must constantly provide evidence to our mind to strengthen our faith. We spent a lot of time sharing "evidence" we have seen on our missions.. Whether it is in the scriptures where the Lord fulfills his promise. Or evidence that we have seen in our personal life, where a blessing was fulfilled, or evidence that God is there and knows the work here.. Or trials are evidence, that the Lord feels we are prepared to grow more. There are always evidences of faith to be seen. Helaman 5:50 says, "They did go forth and ministered unto the people, all the things which they had seen and heard, and the Lamanites were convinced of them, because of the greatness of EVIDENCES which they had received. 

An evidence I saw this week, was with one of our investigators. She had accepted a baptismal date about a month and a half ago, and about three weeks ago we lost complete contact with her. We kept trying to find her, but failed. This last Saturday, as I was brushing my teeth, the thought came to me to fast tomorrow so that we could at least hear from her - whether that meant she was no longer interested, we just wanted to hear from her. I told Sister Redding, and she agreed to join me. So on Sunday we fasted and prayed to just hear from her. Monday night came around and we were making cookies for the zone conference cookie contest, and as I had flour and dough all over my hands, the phone started to ring. Sister Redding and I glanced over at the phone and saw her name!!!! We both scrambled to answer the phone because we were SO excited.. which caused the phone to fall off the table and all the pieces fell out.....bummer..  

We quickly put it back together and the elders called us and told us that their lesson fell through and they felt inspired to go to the library in center to talk with people.. when they saw our investigator walk by.. They chased her down and asked where she had been and told her that we missed her! It ended up being that she just got home from vacation in Austria about an hour ago, and just tried to call us.. We quickly phoned her and she said she misses us and has been thinking about us also, and agreed to set up with us once her tests finish, in September. It was an evidence of faith that the Lord heard our prayers and fasting. He is truly aware of us and our righteous desires. 

Another sign of evidence - this week while contacting in the Tivoli Park, we stopped a man and his young son and asked him what brings him happiness. He told us that was a personal question, and soon got very emotional. I gave him a hug as he told us that his wife passed away 5 years ago that day, and he was still aching from it. You could see the pain in his eyes and the hurt he still feels. We testified to him of God's plan, and he ended up talking with us for about 20 minutes. We exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet with us again - we are faithful that we can help add hope into his life as we try to meet with him again. 

Last night, we met with a young man who has been investigating the church for four years now - he is more active in the church then some of the actual members! We met with him and asked him what he knows to be true.. This turned into a long discussion of all of the faults he finds in our church. We lost control of the lesson and ended up listening to him and trying to help share insight.  He did say that he feels it is true, he feels peace as he reads the Book of Mormon, he feels the spirit when he takes the sacrament, BUT....... And then would go off on something else. Sister Redding and I ended up telling him about the talk by Elder Andersen where he says, "It's true isn't it? What else matters?" It made me think a lot about excuses. Excuses weaken the human potential. One scripture I love is in 1 Nephi 3:5-7. This is when Nephi and his brothers are commanded to go to Laban to get the plates. I love that in these verses Nephi says, this is a HARD thing, but it is a commandment from the Lord, so I will go and do the things which he commands. Nephi could have said, "This is too hard" or "I am not good enough" or "my brothers are murmuring, so I will murmur too." But he didn't - there was no room for an excuse. I could say, "Oh missionary work is hard.. people are not listening." Or I can remember Nephi's example and say, "Sometimes commands from the Lord ARE hard, but I will GO and DO." We can always find a reason to murmur with excuses, but when we remember that "it is true, what else matters" we will find strength to go and do the things which the Lord has commanded. That is the great thing about the gospel - with the Lord we can do all things, and not fail! 

I sure love you all, thank you for your love and prayers. 
Love, Sestra Nydegger 

Land of the fairytale

Rocking the fanny pack!

Member missionaries advertising for us!

Competition in the park.

Nicer city bikes!

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