Date

May 18, 2015

Area

Zadar, Croatia

Companion

Elder Odiorne, Elder Spargue,

Week 85

Hey Everyone!
This email might be a little shorter.. but I will forward some pictures to all of you that I got from the senior couple from our bbq with the branch and some investigators :) Anyways like a normal week, it went by pretty fast. I was actually really surprised when sunday night came around and I was like oh tomorrow is pday ha.
A couple cool things happened this week though. First was with my favorite old guy in these contries who is one of our investigators. He has been Catholic forever and also investiagting the church for over 10 years and we meet up with him still maybe once a week or so. And we see him at church every week so we know him pretty good. This week the lesson was really good, one of the ones where I saw the most progression. We read a section of the Doctrine and Covenants and then started talking about it and then just started talking about his expiriences with this church, he even brought all this up. He told that from all the missoinaries I was the only one that hadn't asked him to be baptized right away. Now that sounds kinda bad haha, but my companion before this had worked a little with him and said that all the missionaries just tried to pull him into the font so I decided with him that needed to change. So we did read scrips about baptism about other things but I was never pushy. Because of this he pretty much brought out all these questions!! It was awesome, he really just wants to be a member of the both churches and said he would be baptized tomorrow if he could do that. He told me he is ready to learn about it, that we can focus our studies around that and he would bring questions as well, we are progressing with him little by little and everytime we meet I just love him even more. This last one was the best lesson I have ever had with him though, it was great!
Also I got to give a talk in sacrament yesterday! As a branch we are starting to read the Doctrine and Covenants together. I like it because I have a goal to read that all the way through before I come home. But my talk was one sections 1 through 6 since we had just started. I had actually learned quite a bit from just studying them myself and loved talking about them. One of the points that I focused on was section 4 and serving others. I don't know if you all have been on lds.org lately but the new mormon message is great!! I love it a lot. It talks about service and how a group of 50 men have been serving this lady who lives alone with multiple sclerosis (I have no idea how to spell that haha) for 7 years!! It is amazing, and you all should watch it! But my favorite this from the whole movie was a line that some volunteer said about it all. He said that when we are sick or hurt or broken physically we have to pay attention to ourselves to fix it all up. We we are broken, hurt or spiritually sick its the complete opposite. To heal that you have to turn outward and focus on others to fix that. That is how it works and always will work. The Lord is so smart in everything he did how designed this all. It makes me think of how grateful I am to serve here. Its gotten to the point where I dont even think of it as serving, it just what we do. I hope to never lose that attitude. Antoher thing that President Rowe once told me was this.. right before he was going home. He said he didnt know what he was going to do when he went home, for work and what not, how the next part of his life would go on, but the only thing he wanted to do was serve the Lord and then work the rest out after that. he had complete trust that serving the Lord was the only this that mattered, by doing that everything else would be fine. Its incredible!
I think those two stories were the coolest for this week, its has been good to me. Next week is zone conference so that will be fun. Well I hope its all going good, and if its not.. go out and serve :) then it will be good. Love you all!! Take care
Elder Lowis




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