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Sunday, February 7, 2016

A New District

Karlovac District
The announcement for transfers was this week and Sister Yardley has been transferred to Tuzla, Bosnia.  She will be training a new missionary, and we know she will be awesome.  Sister Washburn replaced Sister Hertz, and Sister Rusick replaces Sister Yardley.  Elder Poore and Elder Mangeris will stay in Karlovac.  It is a strong district and we are excited to serve with them.

We went to Zagreb last week.  EK had a Leadership Training Meeting and a bunch of us ladies went to IKEA. We didn't have much time, but were able to find some frames for our upcoming Singles Conference.  We buzzed through the store in 45 minutes, which is probably a record.

We took the hygiene kits we put together a few months ago, to the Red Cross on Thursday.  It took two trips in our little Opel, to deliver a total of 450 kits.  They were very happy to receive them.
They included kits for men, women, and children.
Helping hands

Elder Mangeris and Elder Poore taught grammar at English Class on Thursday evening.  It was a full house, and their lessons are always good.  It's amazing how we take the English language for granted. We use these rules everyday,  but we tend to forget why.  After English, we taught Institute Class and our regular two students attended.  The lessons center on Jesus Christ and this week it was entitled, "Come Follow Me".  It was a good lesson, and we had participation from both students.  One of our students, T, is normally quiet, but through the weeks has opened up.  When the question was asked, "When are we disciples of Christ?",  he took a moment to think about it and then replied, "When we take upon us His name and live as He lived."  A profoundly simple statement from a humble young man.  I felt the Spirit so strongly, and knew in my heart that T was loved by not only us, but by our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ, as we all are.  I love teaching these lessons that confirm that to me time and time again.

We had three baptisms to go to on Saturday!  One was in VaraĹždin, and the other two were in Zagreb.
Zoran's special day
President Grant told us that there were four baptisms in the mission that day.  There were three in Croatia, and one in Serbia.  It was a Spirit filled day!
Zoran, with Elders Osborne and Burnett
Serving a mission allows us to concentrate on things that matter most. We are privileged to serve with other remarkable missionaries, young and not so young, who are united in the same purpose,  "to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. " (Preach My Gospel)  We are to invite, teach, and serve.  It is a mission of love, and we love this mission.

The word of the week is:  vjera (vee-ye-ra) which means faith.   A tip for our unuci:  when pronouncing the r, let the tip of your tongue, touch the roof of your mouth.  Good job!

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