So I pretty much had the most amazing week of my mission!!!! I’m serious. So lets start with Monday, we had a great P-Day! We went to the castle, went in a dragon layer thing and it was awesome. Later that night when we were doing our nightly planning I received a call from Sister Hutchingson who is serving in Katowice (they are the senior couple there) and she’s like hey Sister Pearson! I need to tell you about the FHE (family home evening) we had tonight! And I’m like... ok cool! What’s up! You know me I’m just excited about everything. Well she starts telling me that Krystyna and Barbara were at FHE (MY BARBARA the one I taught for 6 months and had a baptismal date with, and saw the miracle of her stopping to smoke, and she came and saw me in Warsaw the one I love more than anything!) So ya.. Sister Hutchingson tells me that the last few FHE's they’ve been focusing on the Book of Mormon trying to help Barbara gain a testimony of it. They watched a video on the Book of Mormon that brought it to life like the bible videos or something and afterwards Barbara says, " I know the Book of Mormon is true!" and THEN she says that she talked with her sons and she decided to be BAPTIZED ON THE 24TH OF MAY! BARBARA IS GETTING BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was screaming and almost bawled my eyes out. I don’t know if I have experienced joy like that in my entire life! It was amazing. Words cannot describe the happiness I have for her. I actually called her this morning and we caught up and she told me about her baptism and I am just so excited! It was so beautiful to talk to her about it! She just decided and she is just ready.
The next day we went to Katowice for zone conference! I WENT TO KATOWICE!!!! I miss that place so much! It was just like coming home. I have so many amazing memories there. We had zone conference there and President Edgren has received some new revelation for our mission. The AP'S and President announced a new way that we are all going to be doing missionary work. This is like mind-blowing revelation. Anyways so as of Tuesday we are now contacting people on the topic of BAPTISM. Straight up like hey were talking to people about baptism today. BOOM that’s it. It’s going back to our purpose for being here to bring others unto Christ through baptism. That is how the prophets of old taught and as we listened to this inspiration, Sister Swenson and I were sitting there just blown away. It was terrifying! Baptism is a scary topic. It’s a big change. So after telling us all this, what do they do? They send us out on the streets to go contacting in the middle of zone conference! Just so we could all test it out and see how it goes. There I was contacting on the streets of Kato again! We just started talking to people about baptism and asking them what it means to them and sharing what it means to us. It was BEAUTIFUL and not nearly as weird as I thought it was going to be! Ever since every one of us in the mission is contacting 2 hours everyday only taking about baptism and that’s what we have been doing. It’s amazing! I feel so much like a missionary and we have had some of the coolest contacts! Baptism is such a gift! It’s a new start that brings peace, joy and forgiveness!! It’s jumping through all the fluff so we can share with them really what it all comes down to, the Atonement. Doing this these past few days has just made me so happy!! But wait! it gets better!!!
After zone conference, I went out of the room and ADRIAN IS THERE!!!!! I freaked out and we start talking and then RAFAŁ CAME!!! We freaked out even more. It was the coolest thing in the entire world!! My face hurt so bad from smiling!!! I have missed them so much! The coolest part was first, jumping right back into being best friends and second, we kept switching languages! We would talk in English and then Polish and back and forth and I COULD SPEAK TO THEM IN POLISH! At the beginning of my mission that never happened and they were so proud and happy for me. There was so much love that day!
So skip forward a couple days after having the coolest week of my mission and we get to Friday. Sister Swenson and I were calling a girl named Danka. She is a self-referral that we received from the mission office a few weeks ago. We really wanted to meet with her but she lives 2 HOURS AWAY. So we called her. On the phone we chat and pretty much tell her why we are serving a mission here and that there are lessons that we want to teach her. Before we can get into the details she’s says I have a question, what is the celestial kingdom? And were like whoa so we start explaining it and about the plan of salvation and she knows it already. She starts teaching us the plan of salvation and then moves into the restoration and then teaches us about everything! About Jesus being on the earth and the great apostasy and the church and priesthood being restored through Joseph Smith and then all about the priesthood and how we can repent and be baptized and have the Holy Ghost and the whole time we are FREAKING OUT!!! I was jumping around the room going crazy trying not to scream I was so excited!!!!!! She has been studying everything on her own and on the website, Mormon.org! We said to her you know all this information but do you know that it’s true? She was like yes of course!! and then I died.. and I said well Danka as missionaries we are here to help people come closer to Christ through steps like repentance and baptism by someone holding the priesthood of God and I bore my testimony simply about baptism and the gift it is. Before I could even ask she was like yes this is what I want.. SAY WHAT!?!?! Sister Swenson and I were freaking out and laughing with Danka. We asked her to be baptized on June 7th and she said YES she would love too! We talked to her for a while, and she is the most amazing person on the planet. She is so prepared!!!! She is 22 and she found the church in England. Now she is reading the Book of Mormon everyday and knows its true and we are teaching her. SHE IS GETTING BAPTIZED! It is the most amazing thing ever. There is so much joy inside of me I can’t even tell you how I am feeling. It’s so beautiful!!
The events that happened this week strengthened my testimony and just how beautiful the gospel really is. I love my mission. I have grown so much and love life. The gospel is true! More than anything I have come to know this truth more than I ever could have before. There is no greater feeling than serving a mission and having the privilege of playing a part in someone’s conversion to Christ. We never know but God always does. He always has a plan and there are so many miracles in this work! I’ve been on my mission for a longer time now I see how much I love the people of Poland but more importantly how much Heavenly Father loves them. I am going to cherish the time I have spent as a missionary for the rest of my life. I love being a missionary.
|Saw Adrian at Zone Conference|
|Sister Swenson and I ready to deliver cookies|
|After our call with Danka|
|Left the cookies at the door|
|Teaching with Elder Allen|
|Sister Swenson and me|