Monday, July 22, 2013

Drake -- I'm not a trainee anymore!

Polish License Plate!

Dear Mom,

So, the 12 week training program is over and I am no longer a trainee! Now I am just a junior companion!

So, we went back to get the information on the guy who died in the creepy house. And we got some different stories. One person said he died a year ago, one said two years ago. One person said he died in the hospital in Wrocław. but it seems like all the stories sum up to that he died about a year ago in a hospital because he was really sick.

We also went to Toruń again this week. Like always, it was awesome! I love that town. We want to go back there again for culture night and visit Copernicus' planeterium!

Statue of Nicholas Copernicus

He was born and lived in Toruń!!!

It's what Toruń is famous for...

He's the famous astronomer who discovered that the center of the Solar System was the Sun, not the Earth.

Remember on Bryan Regan,
"The big yellow one is the sun!!"
"Wow...You're breaking some new ground there, Copernicus..."

That is SOO crazy that James has a job! Does he just love it? I laughed so hard at that! His costume is awesome!

This week we had a miracle. We went out contacting on the street with the destination of stopping by a less-active members home. We contacted to their house, but when we talked to them on the domofon, they said we couldn't come in and hung up on us. So a little discouraged, we went back on the street to keep contacting. Nobody was stopping to talk to us. 

But then, all of a sudden a teenage boy came and rode up on his bike as fast as he could and stopped right in front of us. Completely out of breath, he said, "Mam do was pytanie!" (I have a question for you!) It took him a while to catch his breath, but afterwards he told us that a while ago one of our missionaries had invited him to come church, but he had never gotten around to it. He saw us and wanted to ask us what our church is like. He had so many questions. We talked to him for almost an hour. We were able to teach him about the restoration and answer his many questions. 

He told us that he had been in an accident recently and was near death. The doctors told him that he wasn't going to live. For the first time in his life, he began to wonder if there was a God, and if there was, if he could save him. So he began to pray. He says that he knows that God saved his life and now he has faith in God.

As we told him about our church and about the Book of Mormon, he just kept saying, "Na pewno to jest dla mnie!" (For sure, this is for me!) He told us that he doesn't drink or smoke. We gave him a Book of Mormon. He kept saying, "Przeczytam! Naprawdę przeczytam!" (I going to read this! I am really going to read this!)  He gave us his number and wants to meet with us. He wasn't able to make it to church because he was out of town with his family, but we are in contact with him. His name is Dawid and he is 17 years old.

Toruń church

I learned a few things from this wonderful experience. First of all, it is SO important that we are actually outside and working. We may not always be able to find people, but being outside looking for people sure makes it a lot easier for them to find us!

Second, that missionary who invited him to come to church may have thought that nothing would ever become of that contact he had. But he planted a seed. We also do that for future missionaries.

In Toruń

Oh, because missionaries are getting sick. Some new mission rules were made. We are only allowed to scramble eggs!

Do you know what this means?!?! I can't fry or HARD BOIL eggs!!! I am heartbroken and devasted because I make egg salad sandwiches ALL the time! AAAH! :( But maybe it will be just temporary.

Oh, in your next package, I don't know when that will be. Can you send me some red pencils? For scripture marking.

Alrighty, this week is my 5 month mark!

Elder Drake Allen

Toruń street
They sell all these medieval weapon things -- it's cool!

 Sword duel in Toruń -- cool stuff!

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