Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 in Jicin, Czech Republic

Ready for Thanksgiving dinner

The Thanksgiving feast

Traditional Czech wreath. You light a candle every Sunday night before Christmas

The Christmas tree on the namesti (the town square)

Christmas lights in Jicin

More Christmas lights in Jicin

Christmas display in the mall in Mlada Boleslav

November 30, 2015


I have noticed that my emails every week aren't full of too much detail, so I've made a plan to be better!

On Monday, we did a family home evening in Mlada Boleslav with the Sister missionaries. We had a few investigators show up and a few less actives. We will be having it again tonight!

On Tuesday, we had zone training in Prague. It was a good training on member lessons, on working hard, and a thought on Jesus Christ from John 10:1-16 about how Christ is the good shepherd. As part of the training, they split us off into pairs and had us go contacting for a half an hour. Elder Earle and I jumped on a tram and walked up and down it, contacting everyone that was in it. It was pretty cool!

Wednesday, we went to Nova Paka and to Mlada Boleslav, and taught a few lessons in both places.

Thursday was Thanksgiving! We ate a great dinner prepared by the Gunnells, and ate with the Sisters and with a member. It was nice to get a Thanksgiving here away from home! 

Friday we took a bus to Lázně Bělohrad and met with some awesome members that lived there. They got baptized by the first missionaries that came and served here after communism. The members here are so strong!

Yesterday at church, we had our Primary program! We had 8 kids in it and it was great as usual. Sunday night was also the lighting of the Christmas tree on the town square. Basically the whole city got together on the square. It was pretty cool!

At the end of November, I am about half way through the Book of Mormon. We, as a mission were challenged to finish it before Christmas. This time reading it, it is as good as ever! 

I love this gospel and I love being a missionary! I have seen that this gospel changes people's lives and makes them happier. I am thankful for that! Love you all!

-Starši Shirley

Sister Gunnell wrote us a short email on Thanksgiving day and said the following:

It was a great Thanksgiving Day! Starsi Shirley ate so much he couldn’t finish his pie!  By the way, he has grown ¾ of an inch in the 3 months we’ve been here.  We measured him and he is now 6’ 2 3/4”.  People have been noticing :)  We have a mark on the wall for him!

This is a paragraph of responses to some of the questions that we sent to Elder Shirley this week:

This week was good! It was the Christmas season kick off this week around the country. The next transfers are on the 28th of December, so I know that I will be in Jičín on Christmas. Thanksgiving dinner was great! I did miss having berry pie though! We had home-made stuffing, 2 small turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, and green bean casserole. Church attendance was back to normal and we didn't have any investigators there this week. I have maybe grown half an inch...probably more like a quarter. The Sisters in my district live in Mlada Boleslav. They are from Guatemala and Utah. Elder Petty (his companion) still has another transfer after this, so he won’t be going home until February. 

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