Monday, February 1, 2016

A Day in Prague and a Tour of the Velehrad Monastery

Outside Velehrad monastery

One of Elder Shirley's favorite meals:  Svickova

Velehrad monastery, which Elder Shirley and his companion visited on P-day (several different views follow below)

Elder Shirley mentioned that Velehrad monastery is one of the oldest churches in the Czech Republic.  He said the inside was "amazing", but that they weren't allowed to take pictures of the interior. Apparently Velehrad is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in this area of Czech Republic which is also known as Moravia.  The original monastery was completed in the mid-13th century.

February 1, 2016


I hope everyone had a fantastic week! 

On Monday, it was just a regular P-day. We had Family Home Evening in the evening and my companion and I taught the lesson. We taught on what it means to be converted. 

Tuesday, we had an entire day of finding! Tuesday seems to be the day in the week where we find all day. But it's great! We talked to lots of people, did an easel display near the town square, and tracted a little. My companion didn't feel well, so we ended up going home early that night.

On Wednesday, we had district meeting in the morning. We talked about effective study and why it is important. Then, right after district meeting, we jumped on a bus and went to Prague! We had exchanges with the assistants to the President Wednesday night and Thursday. The drive to Prague was a long one and then we contacted in Prague that night.

Thursday was an exciting day! I served with Elder Karjalainen, from Finland. He is one of the APs and he is awesome. I had an interview with President McConkie on Thursday as well and that was great as usual. Elder Karjalainen and I literally talked to everyone about the gospel that we could. We contacted on the streets, on trams, in the metro tunnels and on the metro. We met lots of new people and shared the gospel with everyone. It was fun! We took a bus back to UH that night. We were on the same bus the entire ride for 4 ½ hours. It was pretty rough, but we made it back home safely!

Friday we were back to normal. Lots of finding! :)

Saturday was pretty normal as well. We did weekly planning, contacted, and then had mutual at the church building that night. We also had a meeting in Hodonin with our investigator who has committed to a baptismal date. We were like a 5 minute walk from the Slovakian border, although we are not allowed to enter.

Sunday, we went to church! Afterwards, we had a choir practice. This branch has a pretty good choir! We had another lesson with our investigator. He is progressing well and should make his baptismal date on the 27th! He is awesome and we are really happy to see him grow in the gospel.

And then today, we traveled about 10 minutes out of town and went to a huge church in Velehrad. I'll send some pictures!

That was the week! I am grateful for the gospel and my opportunity to share it! I love you all!

-Starší Shirley

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