Where do I even begin this week?
Karlovac brought me so many miracles. It changed me and strengthened me so much. In a short 5 weeks. In Karlovac, I worked with 5 different sisters haha and each of them left their mark on me. I learned that white washing an area in a new language is hard and can be frustrating unless you choose to smile all the time. I learned to be happy no matter how stressful anything got.
I also got a baby! I fresh little missionary from America. She and I learned a lot by very quickly being put together in a new area haha. I learned to take responsibility (if I am honest, Sister R. was usually the responsible one last time) and how to be a good example.
I also had the privilege of teaching one of God’s elect. I love Brother R. He was one of the most fun people to teach. When he felt the Spirit he would smile which made teaching him a joy and really entertaining and so easy haha. I always knew the Spirit was with him because it would show on his face. His baptism was so good for us. The first night Sister M. and I were companions, we gave him the date of the 30th. We told him we would help him get there. Ever since, we had been teaching him 3 times a week. I LOVED watching the gospel come alive in him. His baptism taught me a lot about how God works with his children. It was a very Spirit-filled environment that I could live over and over again and never get sick of.
I am going to miss Karlovac a lot! The members there stole my heart completely and changed my life.
Yesterday, we drove to our new home. We drove through pouring rain and we had the heater on the whole way. We drove right on the border of Slovenia, and it was absolutely breathtaking. I loved it so much. It was so nice to be back in the mountains surrounded by green. I got a little teary-eyed looking at my trainee LOVING this green world and remembering just a year ago feeling the same way. So cute. Eventually the rain cleared up and it started getting warmer. (It went from 9 to 27 C). I knew we were getting close to the coast hahaha. Then we saw the sea as we came down the mountain. SO. PRETTY!!! I am serving in an amazing place.
Rijeka is I think the largest area I have ever served in. At least it feels that way. It’s louder, and there are a lot more people out all the time. We didn’t get too lost our first day. Rijeka is called the San Francisco of the Balkans because of the amount of intense hills. I heard it would be like hiking before I got here and then I got here... I have been here for less than 24 hours and my calves are already really sore haha. I woke up in pain. Not to mention the 8 flights of stairs we get to climb. Rijeka is whipping me into shape already haha. I love it! We basically live on a cliff, going out to the sea which just happens to make everything really steep haha. I love it because if you don’t know where you are, just climb up until you can see the sea and then you can find center haha.
We are excited to get to work and find God’s elect here. I love it in Rijeka already. This is exactly where I need to be right now. I am so happy.
Lots of missionaries say WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!!!! It is such a great pump up sometimes to just make a goal to do hard things. This morning, I was reading in 1 Nephi 17. It has become my Rijeka chapter. It talks about how God will be our light in the wilderness if we keep the commandments. I realized, “wow that is such a huge blessing and promise! How easy it is to just be obedient and do the easy things and God will help us. I can do easy things!”
Then it talked about the easiness of the whole “look and ye shall live parable.” HOW EASY IS IT TO LOOK!!!!! I started to ponder the plan of salvation and how everything is literally laid out for our success! It should be the easiest path we ever walked. If we do the easy things (keep the commandments and live the gospel) we have millions of promises.
Life is easy if we do the easy things. Do the easy things and let God and Christ keep their promises.
I am so happy! I hope you can all tell! Life is great and easy.