Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Week in Pictures Again

Christmas decor from home...I put the pictures too close together at the top, but I think that it still looks just fine.

Elder Pickett & Elder Croney at Mission Leadership Council (MLC) in President's house with Elder Sabin, a member of the 70 (from November)
  • It is interesting to hear a little bit about the craziness of all that stuff going on the US. I am content to stay here and see all the stuff that I am seeing.
  • It is generally cold, with a little snow last week, but none this week. And warm today. Strangely warm. 
Pilsen in the snow.
  • The Christmas markets are on a roll and providing good opportunities for Christmas shopping. I will be sending Christmas, but it will arrive late. Here are some pictures of nativities, big ones in the back, but they don't have the full manger scene and I kind of like the wood cut-outs better. My favorite for myself is the one in the middle back. The little red and white one looks like a little Czech town.  Also, you can't see but there is a Czech woman crouching behind the counter because she didn't want to be in the picture. She didn't like that we were from a church, but we didn't try to proselyte to her, so it was okay in the end. The nativity is for you Mom and based on whatever is your favorite option.

  • And we had some really tasty food at a hotel over the weekend. We went to an overnight Missionary Leadership Conference at a hotel owned by a member. It is about an hour outside of Prague. We were there for Friday and Saturday morning. We also had some members come on Friday evening and we had a combined training/discussion about members and missionaries working together and how we can help them. It was pretty fabulous.

 The view looking away from the hotel

  •  Raul, a member in Prague. I was on an exchange with Elder Tingey and we taught with Raul. He is from Ecuador, but has lived in the Czech Republic for 14 years, so he speaks excellent Czech as well. He is really awesome, and reminds me a lot of Dad.

  • Not sure about how the visit is going to work on Christmas but we will be Skyping. We will hopefully hear more about it this coming week so that I can give you details next week.

 This view from last week was from our district breakfast. 
We went to a cafe on top of the tallest building in Plzen

My spiritual thought for this week and I can't say it any better than Elder Holland from April 2015 General Conference that this life has purpose and that God has a plan prepared for each one of us.
“What a plight! The entire human race in free fall—every man, woman, and child in it physically tumbling toward permanent death, spiritually plunging toward eternal anguish. Is that what life was meant to be? Is this the grand finale of the human experience?
The answer to those questions is an unequivocal and eternal no! With prophets ancient and modern, I testify that “all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.” [..] God the Father of us […] designed our eternal happiness. It was part of His divine plan, which provided for a Savior, the very Son of God Himself who would come in the meridian of time to atone for Adam’s transgression. That Atonement would achieve complete victory over physical death, unconditionally granting resurrection to every person who has been born or ever will be born into this world. Mercifully it would also provide forgiveness for the personal sins of all conditioned upon repentance and obedience to divine commandments.”
Thanks for the emails and for all your support and great spiritual counsel. I really appreciate it every week.  -Elder Pickett

From Elder Croney: Us after one of the most mindblowing conversations of my mission (not in a good way) This lady was crazy and scaring us...haha :))

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