This week was busy. I worked with Sister Matthews and Sister Sare and then some other sisters who came up to Zagreb at different points this week. We were all over the place, drove a lot, and I just had to be really flexible, but it was neat being able to work with other sisters.
We have another sister from my group going home, because she is ill. She's not going home for another two weeks, because we don't have someone to fill her spot until then. She's a great missionary, so it's sad to see her go.
Because Sister Erbe was in Novi Sad and I had a different schedule this week, I think some of the people that we work with here in Zagreb didn't get the attention that they needed. Even though we had such a powerful lesson with M on Saturday night, he didn't come to church on Sunday. Same experience with Johanir and Darija. This is something that I've been thinking a lot about; how we can have these really spiritual experiences, and we can listen to all these wonderful General Conference talks, but the key to our conversion, is our willingness to change-- how willing we are to implement what we learned and heard, and actively and truly apply it into our own lives. Without the action, the rest doesn't matter.
A part of a talk from priesthood session that I really liked that goes along with this:
"[T]he purpose of general conference and of this priesthood session is fulfilled only if we are willing to act—if we are willing to change.
Several decades ago I was serving as a bishop. Over an extended period I met with a man in our ward who was many years my senior. This brother had a troubled relationship with his wife and was estranged from their children. He struggled to keep employment, had no close friends, and found interaction with ward members so difficult he finally was unwilling to serve in the Church. During one intense discussion about the challenges in his life, he leaned toward me—as his conclusion to our numerous talks—and said, “Bishop, I have a bad temper, and that’s just the way I am!”
That statement stunned me that night and has haunted me ever since. Once this man decided—once any of us conclude—“That’s just the way I am,” we give up our ability to change. We might as well raise the white flag, put down our weapons, concede the battle, and just surrender—any prospect of winning is lost. While some of us may think that does not describe us, perhaps every one of us demonstrates by at least one or two bad habits, “That’s just the way I am.”
I want you to know how much I love you! You are so wonderful and I appreciate all that you do for me. Thanks for inspiring me to be better!
Have a great week!
Have a great week!