October 19, 2015
Dear Family and Friends,
Today we went with Sister Seaman and Sister Hubert to the Resurrection Church. It is super tall and you can pay to go to the top and see the whole city. We went up there and we even went big and paid for the elevator. We took so many pictures, we were trying to get good band photos. After, we went to a restaurant that looks over Kaunas called Viva Kaunas. It is really fun, but it was freezing outside and all of the sisters insisted that we sit outside because it is part of the experience, so we sat outside and about froze, but it was a good experience. We were definitely the only ones sitting outside, though.
Today we headed to Vilnius for a short Zone Conference with Elder Klebingat, our Area Seventy, as well as Sister Wixom, the General Primary President. It was so wonderful and they are so wise. They know so much and they know the scriptures so well. Sister Wixom is so sweet, and I got to hug her and get a picture with her. This was the first time that I have had such close contact with the General Auxiliary's. Sister Wixom has a wonderful spirit about her, her and her husband are so good for each other. Elder Klebingat is super intense, he is German and he is not afraid of offending anyone. He is very wise. After the Zone Conference Sister Neeley and I got to stay for the leadership training because Sister Neeley is a Young Women's counselor. In the leadership training Sister Wixom spoke to all of the leaders in Lithuania. She started her talk when one of the Vilnius members, who has a calling in the Primary organization, raised her hand to bring up a concern that she had. It was a concern about how the Priesthood won't help in the Primary. She said that she brings it up in branch council, but nothing ever happens. Sister Wixom gave a very in depth explanation about Primary callings and who can serve in them, because the branch president was confused about it. He thought that no men could be in the Primary. It was a very good training that I believe Lithuania needed, I hope our Kaunas branch was watching as it was broadcast to all of the other cities in Lithuania. It was a really neat experience as she tried to understand their needs here and tried to answer their questions.
Today we had a lesson with these girls who are from Utah teaching English here. Two are active, one is less active and the other one is not a member, we found out. It was a neat lesson, we talked about receiving personal revelation and one of the girls said that she was just wondering about that, so that was really neat. The end of the lesson we had kind of shifted and spoken about the Atonement, we felt like we were able to cater to all of their needs. It was really good and went well. In the evening we helped the Sisters in a lesson with this man named Edvaldas, he is a father of 5 and they live right outside of Kaunas. He is really good and is very religious, although he doesn't really affiliate with a certain religious group. He loves the Bible and teaches his family from it. He even brought along his wife's brother. It was really neat, he had a few questions about what he had read from the Book of Mormon. He has had three meetings with the missionaries before this lesson. I see a lot of potential in him and his family, it is really exciting.
Nothing too exciting happened today.
Today we had a lesson with our investigator, Ade, who is a Nigerian. He is the member, Ade's, friend. It was a wonderful lesson about the Plan of Salvation. Right when Ade came in we could feel a difference about him, his attitude was a lot better and he was super happy. We followed up about him receiving an answer if this church is true or not. He said that he received something, but he is still waiting for confirmation. Sister Neeley drew the Plan of Salvation out on the board while we all drew it on a piece of paper. Ade seemed to soak it all up and at the end of the lesson he was pleased to say he now know more about his existence. We invited him to be baptized in about a month and he said he would think about it. He really had good questions and was understanding everything well. He also expressed that he like President Monson's talk from General Conference. It is really exciting.
Today we had a lesson with a member, Kamile. She is about to go to China and meet her boyfriend for the first time. She had mentioned that she is scared and we were a little worried since he is not a member and she is planning on marrying him. I think everything is better than we thought it was since she spoke how she was really scared, then prayed and felt better about it.
I don't have time to write much, but let's just say my companion is so good at the piano and I wish I would have listened to my mother and stuck with it.