January 7, 2020




Elder Carl Nielson

Week 22: What a week...

What a week!!

To start us off, on Tuesday my companion and I were getting on a bus together, and the door slammed shut before I could get on! I tried to open it but the bus just drove away.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ So! I was on the hunt, all alone looking for my companion without a SIM card or any way to contact anyone! Luckily I found him and we had a really good conversation with a lady because she saw the whole thing happen! So that was a fun start.
I have never been on the streets as much as I was this week. It was really, really hard and freezing cold. We met a lot of people who weren't very kind to us, but it was okay because every once in a while we would find a couple or a family who wanted to hear about our message! That warmed me right up! I feel very accomplished after talking with so many people. It is a very unique experience to be laying the foundation of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in Poland. Nobody has any idea who we are. We had a guy tell us how much he doesn't like Americans and how we are murderers but hey what can you do!πŸ˜‚ It was quite an experience! Another lady was like, β€œHey! We're all Catholics, we don't want you here, get out! We don't want anything you have to offer.”.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm learning to just laugh and forget about it!
New years eve was the craziest spectacle I've ever seen! Thousands of fireworks filled the entire city and our balcony overlooks all of it! Haha there were fireworks exploding right in front of us. It was really cool! I'll never forget that day!
I had alot to learn about myself this week. Starting with goal setting, I spent a lot of time looking for the simple and easy ways that I can become the person I want to be each day. I've really had my eyes opened to a lot of things that I would like to improve on in my life. Not just as a missionary, but also to prepare for what my future holds after I complete my full time service in Poland. A big goal that I have right now is to search for what I mean to God... As a missionary I know that it is a responsibility to serve and that all worthy and able young men should go. But I have had a hard time feeling the love recently. It is easy for me to feel like God has given me a responsibility but when I fall short, he is disappointed, but patient. But I often feel like I may be letting Him down because of my short comings and my weaknesses. I just want to become better at seeing His love! So I will focus on prayer and fasting and reading the scriptures to recieve the answers I desire.
Also... mexican food in Poland is very bad...πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it all tastes like soggy gas station food unfortunately!
We taught a humble man this week who used to be a gang member and drug addict/dealer. He is seriously amazing and so humble. He won't give up weed though Haha.πŸ˜‚ I was able to give him a blessing which was so special. The spirit also inspired my mind with answers to his questions about the bible that I had never talked about or studied. But the Spirit allowed me to be a mouthpiece to speak peace to his soul. It was great! Clothes still smell like weed though!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Unfortunately!! But hey its alright! It was a good experience.
Well it was the longest week of my mission, yet I can’t remember everything that happened!πŸ˜‚ I am really exhausted! I hope that you all understand! Next week I will have a longer email for you all!


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