Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Great Week in Zlín

Service. We went out to a forest to help Bro Kvasníčka, a member who owns some land there. 
It was pretty tiring, but also really good. 

My week was pretty great:
  • We will be in UH today, we are going for a hike and some fun, so I might be able to use the computer at their building to send off pictures. We will see. I don't have time to address it all (our emailing thing here kicks us off automatically after 80 minutes and I will save time for pictures later)
  • Our district is good.  It is a pretty young district. Lots to do as District Leader, but all good things. I am trying to think of a way to sum everyone up...Elder Gauldin is a pretty calm and collected dude, who is also pretty funny. Elder Raines is all about positivity and is pretty funny as well. Elders Raines, Gauldin and Robinson all played football and other sports in high school, so even though I am the oldest, I am pretty small compared to them. It's kind of funny. Sister Ludlow and Sister Hayden are full of faith and doing great things.
Our district eating sandwiches (photo- Sestra Ludlow)
  • Everyone's Czech is coming along well. Elder Gauldin basically speaks and knows Czech better than I do already, he's got some skills. The rest of the district is doing great. With Czech as well as with the work.
  • When we were in Prague, we did see the Heaps (Sestra Heap is from Brad’s MTC group and she is visiting the Czech Republic with her family), for about 13 second before we literally ran out the door to catch a train. We wouldn't have made it, but it ended up being an hour late, so we lucked out big time. Thanks for the awesome package, I am enjoying everything, and even sharing some candy so my companion is enjoying it as well.
  • I didn't get my license, I am not really expecting the car back any time soon. It is okay, we are doing just fine without it. It's different, and a little inconvenient, but it's all good.
  • Upcoming activities: Zone conference will be Thursday, and we are going to the Wallace Toronto Foundation project which will happen in Brno this transfer, which will be great.
  • We got to go to Prague for an exchange and had some rad group finding here. We have also met a few really cool people that will set up eventually.
  • And we had some really successful group finding here in Zlín, so we have some new people to set up with and some lessons already set-up . It should be good.
  • The weather fluctuates between very nice and burning hot, which is a little obnoxious, but no heat stroke so far, so that is a good sign.

“I invite you to place all of your trust in God and in the teachings of His prophets. I invite you to renew your covenants with God, to serve Him with all your heart, regardless of the complex situations of life.” Thanks Dad for the spiritual thought from Elder Soars’ last conference address and reminding me that we are blessed immensely when we do put our faith and trust in God and go forward.  I will keep on keeping on. Have an awesome week.

Elder Pickett

Last week we took a little walk along a trail to see if it led to houses. 
It didn't, just the middle of a forest.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

In Zlin We Eat Lots of Ice Cream

A post service painting photo of Elder Pickett & Elder Robinson

Hello everyone, this past week was great. It was an interesting one, and I will give a few updates!
  • We went to UH for haircuts last week on P-day. Free from Sister Hayden, and as you can probably see from pictures, there were pretty stellar. So that is a nice plus. Today the UH missionaries are coming here and we are going to go bowling.
  • Elder Robinson is a good worker. Language study is going well. Learning a language is a step-by-step kind of thing. He has really funny analogies for how he is doing and tells stories in a really funny way.
  • I also went on an exchange with Elder Gauldin in UH. UH is a pretty small city, I think I was able to see the entire city in one day there. But we met some cool people and got to meet with a guy for lunch and a little discussion afterwards. It was a good meeting.
An exchange selfie with Elder Gauldin

  • We also had district meeting in UH, where we talked about what some new ideas are that we can use to find people. It was a good discussion. We are talking about how we can focus more on the influence of the Holy Ghost since it is very important.
  • This past week was quite hot. We got very sweaty and showered at night as well as in the morning. We don't exactly have the ideal dress for hot weather, but it still works out, and we eat lots of ice cream.
  • We were finally able to go tracting this last week, on Saturday and Sunday evenings. It also got a little cold and rainy on Sunday, which was a very welcome change. We met lots of really nice people, but still didn't meet anyone there yet who has interest. It is a little village outside of Zlin called Jaroslavice. It was a 10 minute bus ride from the center area of the city, and we went over a hill into a little valley, surrounded by a forest. It was a pretty fast change of scenery. The village is actually really pretty, and has some good views from the top of the hill.

 This is where we went tracting this week. A 10 minute bus ride from the center of the city.

  • We have a few good potentials, but no one who has set-up lessons. We are trying to get more creative with finding. Our ward is awesome. The Bishop is Bishop Dynka. He is great. Super supportive, and a great guy. And our ward mission leader is awesome.
Elder Robinson in our office space in Zlin. 

For my spiritual thought this week I wanted to talk about opposition. I have come to realize that the phrase from the Book of Mormon about "Opposition in all things" is a very true phrase. I have seen over the course of my mission how opposition provides us with a unique opportunity. It is a chance to prove to God, and to ourselves, why we are doing the things we are doing. We can prove that we are doing our best and trying our hardest because we want to do our best, and not just so that we can have success and a great life. I have found that when we recognize that we are doing our best truly because we want to do our best, we can be happy even when things are not going our way. So I challenge you all to choose one aspect of your life (work, school, fitness, a hobby even) and evaluate why you do that. I can promise that when you strive to do something because you want to do your best at it, you can be happy even in the face of difficulties and lack of obvious success. Thanks for all the prayers and support!

-Elder Pickett we realized because of public transportation and a lack of coins on a Sunday 
that we couldn't go tracting.