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Editor's Note: My nephew, John Mark Bruce Fillmore is serving his last few months in Iceland. Here is his note to his family which was also shared with me. WWF
Dear Mom and others!
It was a fun, hard, joyful, sorrowful, stressful, relaxing, satisfying, disappointing, week... in other words, a normal week for a missionary.
We had some cool experiences like these:
Wednesday night we got a call from a less-active lady who was baptized about 5 years ago, she was very depressed and wanted to come back... Miracle! She came to church.
Thursday night, there was a fireside with the Mission president and also the CES coordinator man from Germany. That went really well, the CES man is a really good teacher and the Mission President is a spiritual HULK. There were 10 non-members there and a few less-actives and one former member. It was really cool. they talked about the First Vision and also about our Divine potential. It was really a good fireside.
We had trainings with the Mission president on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5pm, so we were very excited to get out of the church and get to work. We also just barely got the new smaller pass-a-long cards and we have been giving those a go. Anyway, so during the trainings on Friday, I had the thought "you should be more of a Creator of circumstances, rather than a Creature of circumstances." Because people usually don't run up to us and ask to learn more, and it will benefit the lives of everyone, then we must initiate contact. This has helped me greatly to open up my mouth and declare the truth and not be afraid of what happens next. Talking with people on the bus is one of the scariest things to do, especially with young people, but with a little courage that the Lord has given me, I talk and try to be friendly and honest. If the younger generation can trust us, and find out that we don't shoot light-sabers out of our eyes, then they'll be open to talk when they discover that there are more important things than the color of their shoe laces.
SO on Friday, we were getting off the bus at the same time as this tough-looking philipino kid and we started talking to him naturally and asking good questions about his experiences with faith and we taught him briefly about the restoration as we walked by the park. That was wonderful. We also ran into a lady that night that said her mom was a member in the Philipines and that SHE had been baptized when she was young. She wants to meet next sunday!
On Sunday, there were about 13 guests in church, which was awesome! only 8 of them are investigators! the members do a good job of inviting! Its really cool when investigators know each other when the come to church and meet there!
I love the work and everything about it! I think we can do better as a family, stretch a little more. :)