This week has been really good!!
Zone Conference in Sarajevo was great. We have a new AP Elder Š and he is such a good missionary. He's actually from New Zealand, but his name is Serbian, and I guess he has some ancestors that came from here. He and President Rowe both talked a lot about time management and how we need to be more effective in the time that we do have--how we can not only work harder, but how we need to work smarter as well. It took all day, but it was great to be in Sarajevo with all the other missionaries in our zone and to get new ideas of how we can more efficient with our time.
Definitely the most exciting part of our week was that we ended up having a baptism!! We invited B for probably the 20th time on Monday night to be baptized and I told her that she needed to get baptized, not in a few weeks, but this Saturday. It was a really powerful lesson, complete with a random room full of people. F, one of the members, bore a strong testimony, and we told her that she was going to serve a mission. We continued to testify and she said yes. She knew it was the right thing for her to do. Everyone cheered. We had her call and ask Elder S if he would baptize her that Saturday, and she was just glowing. We had a few more lessons with her this past week, she was baptized Saturday night and then was confirmed on Sunday in Sacrament meeting.
Also, I talked with V, another member, after our lesson with B about how he needed to be worthy to pass the sacrament. He said he knew it and that he hadn't smoked at all that weekend and then he didn't smoke at all this past week. Elder W interviewed him on Sunday morning and said he was worthy to bless the sacrament. He showed up to church in a suit and white collared shirt and looked great! F, another member, says he has not smoked for a little over three weeks, which is wonderful. He's such an example to those around him. He's getting interviewed next week to see if he can get the Aaronic priesthood.
Tuzla is making a ton of progress! One thing that we keep hearing about is how traditional methods like contacting and tracting are only so effective. We're trying to be more creative in terms of things we could do to find and attract future missionaries and families. What class or activity could someone on the street be advertising that would make you want to go and participate? We have started really brainstorming and have come up with a ton of ideas, but we need more. If you have any, we would love to hear them!
On a bad note, the Elders kind of got attacked last night and got their phone stolen. It made me so sad. Elder S got punched in the face so he's pretty bruised and then Elder F got hit in his stomach :( Sister M and I have the safer side of town and we're more in the suburbs and the Elders are more in the city. They're champs. Pray for them to feel better.
Love you lots! Hope you have a great week!