Sorry I'm doing my e-mails a little bit early! We got a phone call one night this week from President Grant asking us if Sister B could go to Serbia to work with Sister W for a few days (my two trainees working together!), so that I could stay here and help the office get caught up on some work. So, I'm staying with Sister Sare (the mission nurse) again right now and since senior missionaries take their p-days on Saturdays, I'm writing you today, so that we can be working in the office again on Monday. I think all this office work that I've done on my mission will be good prep for when I'm back home and start working.
These next few weeks are going to be kind of chaotic too, because this week, we have leadership council and the return and report meeting for the new missionaries. That will take up a lot of our time. We also are going to be doing an exchange with the Tuzla sisters; also Sister K from Zadar is headed to Beograd on Saturday to be trained to be a new sister training leader by Sister H. That means that Sister K's companion, Sister M (a brand new missionary) will be staying here working with me and Sister B. We'll be traveling back and forth between Zadar and Zagreb trying to work in the two areas and we're going to be working that way for about two weeks. The distance between Zadar and Zagreb is about 3 hours by car and I think 4+ hours by bus. I'm going to petition that we get access to a car these next few weeks.
Also, this week, H, the English student who Sister H and I started teaching in Sarajevo, who ended up getting baptized, gets back today from his first time in the Frankfurt temple! All the branches in the mission do a big temple trip every year for a week, so the mission buys a big double decker bus and it's a big road trip for all the members. It's nice because it gives them all a chance to get to know each other and then they all come to church in Zagreb for sacrament meeting on Sunday and they share their testimonies about their time there. I'm so excited! I'm playing the piano for a musical number, so I hope I can stay calm. Then for Sunday dinner we're going to President Grant's house so I"ll get the chance to catch up with H. He is so awesome and I'm hoping he will serve a mission sometime in the near future-- he reads True to the Faith or the Book of Mormon on his bus ride home from University and frequently uses it as a conversation starter for the gospel with the person he's sitting next to. He loves going on lessons with the missionaries and contacting random people on the street. How great is he?! He would make such a wonderful missionary.
We had two more great lessons with D and M, our English students this week. They are really coming along. It was pretty neat because at the end of our lesson, I had forgotten to invite her to church, she was walking out and just said, okay thanks, I'll see you Sunday! She is so wonderful. Also, every English class we do a student presentation, and we didn't have one for Friday, so I sang a song, and told our English class that I would be playing the piano on Sunday for a musical number, and invited everyone to come. I think every single one of them said that they would come and at the end they were planning on how they could all come together. We have tried inviting them before, but they all kind of avoided it, so this was really neat to see. I hope they come! I have been missing Sister B, even though we have only been companions for a few weeks. I've found that with all my companions, after living with them 24/7, we really just become best friends, no matter how different we are (but I really think I've just been lucky to serve with all great companions). I'm very excited to get her back on Monday!
Even though I've been working in the office, I have had such a good week. One of the greatest things that I've been able to see is that the moves that President Grant has made, have just strengthened my testimony that his mantle and calling is real. Things really work out the way they're supposed to; he is inspired for our mission, and his choices have helped me on levels and in ways that I couldn't possibly foresee or initially understand. I think that is one of the coolest things, is to look back on our weeks and to recognize God's hand in our lives. It's hard to see it sometimes while we're in the thick of it, but when we take a step back to look at the big picture, you can see so many miracles and plans coming together. I think of how things always just seem to work out in just the way that I need it.
We have a busy few weeks ahead of us, with a lot of driving.
I love you always and hope you have a great week!!