Dear Family and Friends,
Whoo! The work is moving. I hardly know what to write. We just see miracles everyday, teach beautiful people, experience powerful moments with the Spirit, and LOVE the area we're in, the work we're doing, and the message we're sharing. I said to Sister Clark the other night, after the lights were out, "Sister Clark, life doesn't get any better than this. I have zero complaints." It's not like every day is perfect, and it's not like we don't face disappointment on a regular basis as we teach and talk to people about the gospel, but really, I couldn't ask for anything more. I am so happy. I love being a missionary, and doing missionary work. I love being set apart from the world, and not having to focus on so many things that just really don't matter. It just doesn't get any better. Michael, I'm so excited for you - you're beginning one of the grandest and most beautiful adventures you could ever embark on in this life. Do all you can to keep the Spirit with you during these final days until you report. Heavenly Father has things to tell you as you prepare to be set apart, so make sure you're studying and praying, and asking for the guidance He desires to give you.
This week we've begun teaching a wonderful new investigator! She is a young, Chinese girl from Panama, who is studying here in Prague. She is the sweetest thing. She grew up going to a Catholic school, and so she knows her Bible stories pretty well. When we met her, she said she definitely believes in God, but she doesn't pray anymore (only when she's asking for things), and her relationship with Him isn't very strong. We met with her, with one of our very recent converts (a young man studying here, who is from Vietnam), and the meeting just went so, so well. We taught her about the restoration, and she had the most fantastic questions! She is so bright, and so sensitive to the Spirit. We asked her to read the introductory pages to the Book of Mormon, but when she came back the next day, she had read 11 chapters into 1 Nephi! In the next meeting a couple days later, she had read 11 more chapters! The best part about it is that she is already so wonderful at studying and applying scripture, and so as she spoke about her reading, she referred back to many principles she had learned from Nephi and his brothers. We asked if she had prayed about the Book of Mormon yet. She said, "No." She felt like she needed to study more - she just wasn't sure if she was ready to pray about it. We testified that it is important to pray, in order to come to know spiritual truths. Our fantastic recent convert shared his experiences with coming to know the Book of Mormon is true. She finally responded, "I know.. I know I need to. I remember when Nephi's brothers asked him about the meaning of their father's dream, and Nephi asked them, 'How can you expect to receive an answer or understanding if you do not pray and sincerely ask God?'" Ha! I was blown away at how perceptive she is. She committed to pray about it this weekend, and she will be coming to district conference, which we have tomorrow. The other great thing about this investigator is that she gave us a referral! We are now teaching her friend from Paraguay, who has an aunt who is Mormon. The wonderful thing about teaching people from Central/South America, or talking to them on the street, is that they almost always have a relative who is Mormon, haha. Being in Prague has certainly been an adventure. There are so many people led to this city, and it's been an incredilbe experience to teach people from all over the world. We're teaching a new investigator from Pakistan now, and our first meeting with him was one of the most beautiful lessons on the restoration that I've ever taught on my mission! I love people, and I am thankful for the honor of spreading the message of the restoration of the gospel to ALL.
I love you all! I pray that we are each doing our best to bear the testimony that we have. Let us share what we know, and be generous with the blessings the Lord has given us. This message is for all people, and there are many who are prepared to receive it. Often, it will be those who we never expected. Pray that you will be guided to them!
Sestra Lucy Brimhall