Cześć Wam! I am so so happy to be writing you this email today. I am in Poland! Wow the mission field is nothing like what I was expecting... It is a completely new way of life haha. My new companion is Elder Nielson and its funny because we are the tallest missionaries here so they call us the Twin Towers and we both have names from 2 prophets! Pretty cool! He's a great guy, and we are getting along very well. Kielce is the city I am in currently! It is a mixture of lots of culture and diversity that has come throughout the years! There are beautiful town squares, old communist block buildings, cobblestone roads, huge malls, all the way to ancient castles and beautiful cathedrals and palaces. I was able to go to one such castle for P Day today! A much needed break honestly! It's been a tough week for me adjusting to a new time zone and culture and country! The highlights of the week have been General Conference and the castle and meeting the members in the ward! There are 4 members here and we are the only two missionaries. There is a senior couple with us and they came in just before I did and I was with them at the MTC. Haha, last night we watched The Mountain of the Lord, such a great movie about the Salt Lake Temple! Highly recommend! We still have one more session to watch of Conference tonight and we can't wait, it's been amazing so far. The weather here is funny! It gets dark really early and it is very cold and rainy most days. Lucky for us today was nice and sunny for the most part! I love those days!
I miss you all at home so much and I love you all so much. Thank you. Thank you for praying for me. If you would like me to pray for you just let me know!! I would love to help in any way I can!! I am learning that I can do hard things. And if i can do hard things than I know you absolutely can!!! We are only so strong on our own, that's why we have people around us to bear us up but above all we have Heaven to support us.
Ok I want to talk about today a little bit! The castle we went to was so cool! It's called Zamek Krolewski which just means royal palace! It was so beautiful! When we first walked in there was all this slovakian music playing and people dancing and it was just so cool! Everyone else left when we got there so we had the whole place to ourselves! A lady there was like here try on this armor and take a picture so we were like ok, if you say so! So we compared it to wearing the armor of God! Next step is to just move into the castle! Anyways it was so great! I'll never forget that experience!
This week has been hard, but my mom and the Lord reassure me that there is something here worth fighting for.
I believe in Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of his Children individually and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that the atonement is used to help us repent and live forever but also it is used to help us feel comfort and peace through trials. I am continually learning that we are given trials to help us grow and to have a closer relationship with our Heavenly Home. I am also learning about how to have faith in Jesus Christ and the Lords plan for me. I know with all my heart that I can be with my family forever and with my wife and children for eternity. I believe in a loving and living prophet who's name is Russel M. Nelson. I know that the temple is a gift from God. It is a place where miracles happen through making covenants and performing sacred ordinances for ourselves, our loved ones and those who have passed on. I know it is the place where I can enter into eternal marriage with my wife and be bound to her and my family for all of time and eternity. I know that prayer is our direct link to Heaven. I feel that when I pray and admit my weaknesses and pour out my soul, the Lord answers my pleas and saves me from despair and pain. I know that we do not have to walk our tough paths alone. The Lord can make it so that we are able to bear our burdens. I also believe that the Lord placed in our paths people that love and care for us and help us to feel strong. In my life I have a wise and loving family. I have friends whom I consider to be my family who take care of me and pray for me. I know that Joseph Smith restored the Gospel through the authority given to him from God. Along with that, I know without any doubt that the Book of Mormon is pure truth. It can and it will answer every question we have about life and trials. It is the single most powerful tool in conversion. The Book of Mormon helps me to feel close to God and my family when I am miles apart. I know the Lord has selected Apostles and a Prophet for this day. I know it. I believe that the Lord calls his children to preach his word to his children whom may be lost. I believe that a mission is not easy in any way. It is hard, painful, heartbreaking, and a trial of faith. It is the biggest trial I have yet faced in my life. But I stay because there is something inside of me that guarantees that I am here for a reason and that blessings await. In a country where nobody knows my name, nobody speaks my language and everything is different and so far away from what I know and love. I find comfort in looking towards the promised blessings and turning outward. I know that because I have been given much I too must give. The Lord has a plan for me, and if I am true to my calling right now, then in the future he will bless my family and my life in every way. The Lord promises that mine afflictions shall be but a small moment, and if I endure it well, I will be given help and comfort after the trial of my faith. I know that the prophets of old and the martyrs of this gospel were divinely inspired. I am learning that men are that they might have joy in this life. I am learning to live in the moment and not rely so heavily on the future. I know that I have been born of godly parents who yearn for my success and happiness. I believe in the Plan of Salvation and am seeking to apply it in such a way that it brings me the most happiness that I have ever felt. I want everlasting joy each day. Not a burst of pleasure or a sparkle of hope. Never ending joy. This is the way to achieve that goal. Following my Saviors example and being a disciple. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
I love you all and hope to hear from you soon. You are my motivation and I'm so grateful for each of you. Have an amazing week, you are in my prayers!!