Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20th....

Hey fam!

yep.... so I'm still hanging in there! :) This week has hands down
been the toughest week of my life- but looking back, I've absolutely
loved it and been so grateful for it because of all of the things that
I was able to learn throughout it all. Things are going good. I've
talked a lot with president, and things really look like they're
winding down to an end.... Essentially we're just
waiting for the results of the MRI... which is kind of unnecessary
because if the results are bad- they have to send me home to get my
back fixed. If they're good, then they have to send me home because
they don't know what's wrong with me. My only two saving outlooks are
if 1) the results come back and it's a minor problem with my back
causing all of this pain that can be fixed in Poland, or 2)
Miraculously all of the sudden I get up and am perfectly fine.
I know that God has a plan. I trust in the Lord 100% and know that His will
will be done. If He wants me to be healed, then I know I will be. If
he needs me to go home for a time, or go home for good, then there's a
reason for it. I'm just doing my best to trust in Him, and work every
single day like it's the last day of my mission. I even tried going
out the other day, out of the office,  to see if I could do real missionary work. It ended
up getting to me pretty good, so right now it's not looking good.
However, we will see! There's a huge mission president conference in
Germany these next few days that all of the doctors will be at...
which means that I will just be waiting to receive news for another
little while. It's been really hard to have absolutely NO control over
my situation, but instead have to trust 100% in the Lord. Throughout
all of my life, I have not had many opportunities to do that. My life
has been filled with situations where I had full control over
everything that was happening. If I wanted good grades, I went out and
got them. If I wanted to start on the soccer team, I had to go out
there and win it. In this specific situation, literally the only thing
I can do is work my best to keep my head up, continue to work, and be
grateful for each and every day. This trial is allowing me to learn
lots of patience and trust in God. It is also helping me learn empathy
for others like I never would have imagined. It is so much harder to
judge others and be impatient with people when I realize that at any
moment, they could be going through a fraction of what I'm going to,
which instantly makes me feel so much more patience and love and
concern for them. I am working to become more loving and kind to
everyone, despite their differences, idiosyncrasies, and
imperfections. I am grateful for the trials and challenges in my life,
and for my Savior, Jesus Christ who carries me through them. I am
grateful for the chance to be tested and tried in my life, and I am so
grateful for the gospel which gives us perspective in our lives. I
love the Savior, and I love all of y'all! Make it the best week of
your life.
-Elder Quackenbush

April 13th

This has been a tough one to send out this week.  The Mission President is doing all he can to try to get Elder Q to the right doctors and figure this out but it sounds like we may be getting him home so we can figure out his health issues here in the US.  Thank you for all of your love, prayers and support!  They are all felt...
Tiffany Quackenbush

Hey guys!
   Well I've got some unfortunate news: Things aren't going exactly as
we had hoped. Unfortunately, this isn't going away, and actually
getting worse in a few areas. Essentially the doctors don't have any
idea what's wrong with me at this point and basically it looks like
this: I have a doctors appointment at 11 today here in Warsaw. Unless
he has some significant insight/many miracles happen, then it looks
like they will be sending me home to figure out my medical issues. I
have 100% faith, and know for a fact that if the Lord wants a miracle
to happen, then a miracle WILL happen. However, at this point I really
don't feel like that is what he is planning for me. Over the course of
my mission, I have been tested and tried with many, many physical and
other trials. Each one was significantly more challenging than the
trial before, and I have really learn and grown a lot throughout my
trials. I have been fully aware since the beginning of my mission that
the biggest trial I could possibly go through as a missionary would
probably be having to get sent home for medical problems. I have told
President Edgren, and others that if that were the case, that they
would have to track me down, find me, and then drag me onto a plane.
And so here we are... with me staring this airplane right in the face.
I'm not happy about it, but I'm definitely not letting it get me
depressed. I know that whatever happens will be 100% the will of the
Lord. I will follow His plan for me, and be faithful in every way that
I know best. Thankfully, the Lord has been walking with me throughout
this the entire time. I have had some amazingly spiritual experiences
over the course of the last few weeks that have helped me through
these trials. Miracles really have happened. Over the past week, I've
been able to serve with Elder Campora and Elder Swicegood. They were
literally the 2 missionaries in the mission that could keep me
laughing and enjoying my time throughout something like this. I have
really loved serving with them this week.  Also, throughout my trials,
I really have come so much closer to my Savior Jesus Christ. I don't
even know how to describe it-other than by referring to the talk by
Jeffrey R. Holland "Lessons from Liberty Jail". I have such a more
personal relationship with Christ than I EVER have in my entire life.
I have been fortunate enough to rely on Him for the last 6 weeks, and
know Him so much better throughout it all. I have become so much
closer to the Spirit, and absolutely love the relationship that I have
gained. Also, every time I have thought about the situation(a LOT)
over the past few weeks, I feel the Spirit so strongly, and the
thought comes into my mind Every.Single.Time. "Everything will be
okay". That doesn't mean that I will be able to stay in Poland, but
that does mean that Heavenly Father is watching over me throughout
this all. I know that He is our Father in Heaven, and that He loves
us. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and brings us true
happiness in this life. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and
has already experienced Everything that we have experienced in our
lives. I know that He can help us through our trials if we only turn
to Him. I love Him and I love all of y'all. Make it the best week
ever.
Love,
Starszy Quackenbush

April 6th ...The Battle continues

Hey y'all!    Man, this week was really a good week! Some crazy stuff happened,and I'm so excited to tell all about it!    I never thought I'd say it... but Elder Berlin and I have abaptismal date with a murderer :) Czyli we met a guy on the street,had a cool talk, and then walked him to the chapel where we had amember waiting. We had a member lesson, and taught him about thegospel, and invited him to be baptized. He wanted to be baptized onthe 30th of May. Unfortunately, he's not exactly all the way there,and needs some professional and medical help.... but that was a greatexperience, and he didn't kill us. So that was a plus :)    A lot of funny things happened this week. Elder Berlin and Icontacted some guy on the street who was wearing huge headphones(likethe Beats style). We told him we were inviting others to listen to amessage about how we can come closer to Jesus Christ through acceptingrestored truths, and he just laughed. He took off his headphones andput them on me... and he was listening to hard-core satanic music...it was awesome. It was almost as weird as this one time where some guyhad me read the poem that he had tattooed on his chest... that wasanother good time!     Really, though, miracles are happening in Szczecin. We finallywere able to meet with a referral from Poznan named Mariusz. He's afirefighter, 27years old, and has a fiance. He's the coolest. He ispreparing to be baptized on the 30th of May, and he's so ready. He hasbeen searching for the true church for 10 years. We told him aboutMoroni's promise in Moroni 10:3-5, and all about how he could gain asure witness through the Holy Ghost that what we are telling him isthe truth. Since then, he has been texting me Daily, searching thescriptures, and even watched two different live sessions of GeneralConference on his computer. He's golden. I'm so excited to work withhim. The Lord is really blessing us! I'm so grateful for theopportunity to get to work with him and help him come unto Christ. :)   Other great news is that Lech is back! He had been going throughsome tough times, and has finally come back around. Everything isgood-we had a meeting with him this week, and he even came with us tolook for less-actives Saturday morning! Also, we found Ewa!! She is amember that has been gone for a while, now. We finally caught her athome, exchanged numbers with her, and will be in contact on Wednesdaywith her so that we can meet with her at her home... we are soexcited!    General Conference has been absolutely amazing. I have loved everysecond of it. I have a sticky-note about the questions that I haveneeded answered, and prayed for help in answering my questions-andeverything they're saying is exactly for me. It's the most beautifulthing ever... the church is so true, and God has given us a prophetand apostles in our day. Please make sure and get as much as you canout of conference... I promise that something will touch your heart ifyou are seeking answers and searching with real intent! :)     Unfortunately, I did end up getting sent back to Warsaw Saturdayafternoon. Things aren't really getting better, and I'm in some prettygood pain. I'm back in the mission home, and have been in a fewhospitals here in Warsaw over the past few days. (It was actually areally good experience... I was stuck in some nasty polish hospital atlike 2:30 in the morning trying to tell people in Polish why and whereI'm hurting and all that fun stuff.... it was a really good experiencefor me! I have an appointment with an internal medicine doctortomorrow at 11:00 so that someone can finally figure out what's wrong.I don't really know what to do, other than continue to have faith andtrust that the Lord knows what he's doing with me. I know that God hasa plan for each and every one of us, and I am so grateful for theopportunity I have to be able to learn and grow so much throughoutthis earth life. I have really learned a lot, and realized some thingsthat I have never realized before. This life's a test, and I'mdetermined to make the best of it! I'm going to make this week thebest week of my life! Love y'all. Stay classy!Love,Starszy Quackenbush
Picture #1:  They have this thing called "Spring" here.... In a 30 second time
period I walked through hail, into rain, into complete sunlight.... we
don't have that kind of stuff in Gilbert.
Picture #2:  Resting at the bus stop

Picture #3:  Elder Swicegood wanted a quick pic on Sister Edgrens computer in the mission home... lol smacznego!




March 30th ...Whew...on the mend maybe.


 Well guys, Jeszcze Żyję:) So this week was another one of those weeks
where you almost just have to laugh at the fact that you Ever had yourlife together...! This week I really learned that God really is incontrol-and if we just follow His plan, then everything eventuallyworks out! It was a really tough week, but it really made me gratefulto be able to be a missionary. After being stuck inside or in theoffice for 3 weeks, I almost went crazy! God pushed me and tried mejust to the point of breaking, and then everything turned back around.I went to the hospital again on Thursday, and everything is going tobe fine. I'm obviously not all the way better, but I told PresidentEdgren that if I stay in Warsaw for another day, then I'm going to gocrazy. He laughed and let me go back to Szczecin on Friday!!!! Itfeels SO good to be back. I've sure missed this place, and I've reallymissed Elder Berlin. I really really enjoyed being in the office withElders Swicegood and Guthrie(love those guys-they're pretty awesome!),and I really got to realize how tough it really is to be in theoffice. It used to be that trouble missionaries got sent to the officebefore President Edgren came, but President changed that. Right now wehave an AP and a branch president in there, and they're really got themission on their backs... I'm proud of those guys!     Anyways, Szczecin is doing really good. Elder Berlin and I havethe opportunity to work with some really cool people. Unfortunately, abunch of the baptismal dates have fallen off the map/went to Germanyfor a month/other excuses... but that's not going to stop us.Dawid(the one we've been working with for forever) is doing SO good.He's still searching and reading and meeting with us, and he'seven wanting to come to church! It's a miracle seeing that change! Wehave a meeting with him with Jerzy on the lesson this Wednesday! :)     We had a branch party at the Gay's on Saturday night before theyleft today. It was literally some of the most fun I've had in my life.We had investigators and members there, and it was hilarious. I ReallyReally love these people.    Also, I got sustained as Branch President in Szczecin yesterday,which was really cool! I've known for a little while, and I'm soexcited and ready to serve here in Szczecin and to work with ourawesome members in our branch! I'm really going to learn and grow alot-that's for sure!     The Gays left this morning to Warsaw. They're flying hometomorrow. It's really tough because over the last 5 months, they'rebecome my 3rd set of grandparents. We're not supposed to hugsisters(that's for sure) but I gave Sister Gay and Elder Gay huge hugsbefore they left. I promised to visit them, and even told them I'mbringing a girl to them for approval before I agree to marryanyone-because she's got to pass the Sister Gay test :) They're great,and we're sure going to miss them!     Other than that, everything's good! I'm really excited to getback to work and to work together with Elder Berlin to help peoplecome to Christ. Miracles are happening. I am grateful for the trialsin my life that help me to better myself, and come closer to mySavior, Jesus Christ. I love Him, and will follow Him! Love y'all,make it the best week ever!Love,Starszy Quackenbush

March 23rd...Health Trials

Hello everyone,
Thanks so much for the prayers and love this last week- they reallymeant a lot throughout this week! It was definitely a tougher week,but it really was one of the best weeks of my life.
Something really cool happened this week. I didn't want to lay down and donothing while I was down, so I made a bunch of calls through the areabook, and set up a meeting for Tuesday night with a former namedAgnieszka. The other elders met with her while I had to come down to Warsaw,
and now her and her boyfriend have baptismal dates... The Lord has reallybeen blessing me!
So on Tuesday last week, I got a call from President telling me that I needed tobe on the next train to Warsaw (never thought I was going to be thatmissionary that got sent to Warsaw for health problems... but there Iwas). I had really the coolest experiences on the train. I told myselfthat I probably couldn't do normal missionary work for a little while,but I could definitely talk to people on trains. I made a bunch of newfriends. I talked to a lady and her husband who live a little waysoutside of Szczecin. They were really cool, and even gave me theirnumber when they left. I had given them an ulotka, and they werereally excited to go look us up. Then, I had a really coolconversation with this lady who had just become a grandmother like afew hours before. She was headed right then to England to see her grandson. Shewas excited to go learn more about us, also. Then, my train layover inPoznań was super late, so I was running around the train station withthis girl (It's really long and polish and I can't even remember it...oops), and we ended up spending a while together-and I got to teachher all about the Restoration in the train station. So that was reallycool! But the coolest part was that when I got onto my train fromPoznań to Warsaw, I met Ula. She's a member, about 40-50 years old, 
and from Warsaw. She's SO cool. I talked with her for literally 3 hours straight.
She bought me dinner on the train, and we talked all about her family and hermission to the United States, and her church calling. She's honestlythe sweetest person in the world-I already love her so much... I thinkI'm going to keep her;) She ended up calling me later in the week justto check on me, and then she found me at district conference onSunday, and gave me the coolest present I've ever gotten. She gave methe Poland, Warsaw mission tie that was given to her by the missionpresident 2 transfers back-it's the mission tie that all of the reallyold missionaries that have been home for years have. I almost criedand then almost hugged her, but was able to refrain myself.
So in Warsaw I spent a lot of time in hospitals (I had to go to twodifferent hospitals). Essentially all three hospitals I visited told me threedifferent things. Unfortunately, they were all right lol. It's coolthough. Everything is going to be fine and work out in the end. I getto stay in Poland!! :) I'm also on a bunch of medication (I look like adrug dealer), which is really helping. I stayed at the mission home for a few days and Sister
Edgren took great care of me.  Now I'm in the office helping out the office elders while I recover.
I have another hospital appointment on Thursday night with the Specialist at 18:00,
and hopefully after that I should be able to return to Szczecin! I'm so excited to get back. Abunch of these people that we've been teaching and finding want to bebaptized. We have 9 baptismal dates in Szczecin. The Lord is Reallyblessing us:)
So this week I've been really trying to understand the enabling powerof the atonement in my life-and to apply it when I didn't think Icould go any farther. I've been really turning to the Lord, and givingeverything to him. So last night in the middle of the night I woke upin just so much pain. I was somewhere between almost crying all overthe place, and just starting to punch everything in sight. I literallyhurt so bad. In faith, I said one of the most sincere prayers I'veever prayed. I prayed that the enabling power of the atonement wouldhelp lift me and carry me through my trials and that everything wouldbe alright. Instantly the pain went away. I went back to sleep andwoke up in the morning with no pain. The power of the Atonement is soreal. I am so grateful for the many opportunities that I have had overthe past 3-4 weeks to rely on the power of Christ's atonement, and togrow closer to him. I really have, and I've really come to understandthe power of the atonement on such a deeper level.
This week I was also working on not "murmuring", but being positiveand thankful. I really tried my best with that. I am happy to say(Idon't want to say "proud" or that might just have to become nextweek's attribute) that I didn't complain once. Sister Edgren, my mission presidents

wife had to tell me to stop smiling and acting fine so that the hospital wouldtake me seriously. They said I would be the only person ever to smilethrough something like this. I definitely wasn't trying that to be"seen of men", but that was definitely something cool to see that agood attitude really does affect everything. Some nights I would justbe in so much pain, but stopped and told myself to look for thepositives. I usually focused on the fact that my ears almost Neverhurt. I was really grateful that night for the fact that my ears feltgreat and that everything was going well with them. I also learnedthat God has a sense of humor, because the next day my ears startedhurting... haha :)
So that's me and the update... I'm actually really grateful for the manyopportunities that I've had over the past few weeks to really grow andto experience trials. I am grateful for the relationship that I havegained with my Savior. I am so grateful for the Atonement, and that wecan use it's power every single day of our lives. I know that thischurch is true. I know that Christ is my Savior and yours. I am sograteful to Him and to my God. Love y'all. Make it the best week ofyour lives.
Elder Quackenbush

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Hey y'all!
     This week was a really good week! I was able to work a lot on
Caring for Others this week. I always feel like when I pray for the
ability to love others and work towards that goal, I'm always blessed
with situations where it's really hard to love others/be caring/etc,
which sometimes makes me ask myself WHY I would pray for such
experiences... but I absolutely love being able to progress and work
towards becoming more Christ-like. I also had a goal to leave the
house with a smile(to facilitate having a better attitude about what
we're out here doing). It was way cool to see the difference between
the times that I did start the teaching blocks with a smile, and those
times that I didn't... attitude is everything! I also tried to be less
selfish and give of myself to others throughout the week. It makes me
so much happier when I am concentrating on blessing the lives of
others instead of just focusing on me.:) This next week, I am working
on a few different things 1)Loving it 2)Being even bolder and giving
up on people less 3)Focusing. I'm really excited for this upcoming
week to learn myself, and to also work with Elders Fotu and Allen.
They are coming into Szczecin for an exchange. Elder Allen is knows
for being a Polish wizard, and Elder Fotu is one of my mission role
models... so I'm way excited!
     Sunday was really cool because the district president, President
Isaac, was in Szczecin for church. Also, I was able to have a really
cool  meeting with Elder Gay and Jan Tamborowski. Elder Gay and I were
also able to meet with Agnieszka, an eternal investigator, and help
her continue to work towards a baptismal date. I gave a talk about
Baptism in Sacrament meeting, and it was super cool because I didn't
actually write it out... I just kinda put ideas down on a paper and
then let the Polish do it's thing. I'm super grateful for how much the
Lord has blessed me in my life and over the course of my mission,
especially with Polish! We also had a special musical number, and
Elder Jourdan and I had solos, and it was a super neat experience. It
was Miłość ma tu plon... and I can't remember what that is in
English(and the translation is Really rough.... so...)
       It looks like the Lord has blessed me with another trial in my
life-one of the biggest ones I've had yet. I was able to spend almost
the entire day yesterday in a sketchy Polish hospital(Let's be real...
it looked like the hospital from the first episode of Walking Dead).
Thankfully it's not very bad. I've been in contact with a bunch of
doctors, and had a pretty bad scare the last few days-not gonna lie...
they were some of the hardest days of my life- but all is well. I just need to slow down for a
little bit and make sure I don't get hurt further. As I've thought and
pondered and prayed a whole lot the last few days, I've decided that I
really have 2 options. 1)get mad, ask "why me", and maybe even cry,
or 2)trust, love, be diligent, and learn something from this all. I
know that I'm going to have a wonderful and extensive opportunity to
rely on the Lord and to learn more about Him and to come closer to
Him. I'm really excited about that! I've decided that I'm not going to
let this slow down my missionary drive, or affect my attitude, but
that I'm going to keep going(carefully of course) and put my trust in
the Lord. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow
through trials and tests, and am determined to prove myself worthy to
stand, even through trials. I know the Church is true. I really do. I
know my Savior lives, loves us, and is always there for us. I love all
of you-make it the best week ever.
Love,
Elder Quackenbush
picture: Szpital time!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hey Fam!! So this week was a really good week in a lot of ways, and also alittle bit of one of those disappointing weeks.... but it'sokay-things are great!    One of the good things that happened this week were my goals. Ifeel like i Actually made some improvements this week, and especiallysince the beginning of my mission, so that was such a good experienceto have-I'm super grateful that I've at least gotten a little bitbetter since I left good 'ole G-town. :) My goal with loving otherscan really be summed up into one experience this week... So onSaturday we were doing a whiteboard on this super busy street corner,and we were talking with people about how it's possible for us tofollow Jesus Christ(leading it into baptism as a choice by someonewith authority)... So we were solo-contacting, and I was using mypersonal Księga Mormona(she's my baby) to teach people on the streets.I was in the middle of this sweet lesson with a nice gentleman, andtwo Hooli's walked up(*short side-note: Hooli comes from Hooliganwhich is like their lame gang here in Poland... literally the entrancerequirement is that you've got to just be a turd to everyone(pleaseexcuse the language)... so there's that...). I had just gottenfinished reading Moroni's promise with the man, and the Hooli'sinterrupted and asked what was going on and what not. I startedtalking to all 3 of them, and the Hooli's weren't that interested. Oneof them hit the book out of my hand and walked away. I caught my Bookof Mormon(yeah, I felt like a baller), and was ready to throw punches.I decided instead to unclench my jaw and fists, and instead wish thema very good day, and went back to teaching my street buddy. It wasreally a blessing from the Lord, because the old Justin Quackenbushwould have had a real problem with that, but I was able to exercisesome love, and learn something from the experience! Building upothers-This week was a really good week for looking for opportunitiesto build up others because it was a new transfer. I was able to talkall about all the good qualities in Elder Berlin, and build him upreally well when he wasn't there, and it felt good-it really did. I amgoing to try to do better not just with not talking BAD about otherpeople, but in going out of my way to say something good about them.Being real with the people-this one was my favorite one. I surelearned to love the Polish people as I worked to be as real aspossible with them. I started talking to the people on the street likethey were my best friends, and it really made a difference! Peopleopen up so much better when they really feel the love, and havesomeone telling them about something they personally love, and whathelps them... it was a really cool experience this week! After prayingand searching, I have decided that this next week I will work on1)Caring for others(I guess God's trying to teach me something?)2)Leaving the house with a smile every single time
3)Serving someone(explicitely) every day. If you'd like to join me, proszębardzo! I will report next week... thanks y'all :)    New Transfer, New Peeps. I already really miss Elder Weiler. I'veserved around that man for almost 5 months, and we've had some reallygood times. He's a great missionary, and he's going to do some realwork in another part of the Lord's vineyard. Elder Jourdan is our newdistrict leader in Szczecin. I sure love that guy already! He's superfun to be around, and he's a lot like me when it comes topersonalities and friendships-I'm super excited for this transfer withhim. Unfortunately, the man has some Swag, and I'm worried I mighthave to hide my debit card from myself.... :/     Sooooooooo Elder Berlin and I were able to teach a bunch ofreally cool street lessons this week! Unfortunately, it was more of aplanting week as nobody would answer their phones/give theirnumbers/want to re-meet. It's okay-they'll be ready one day, maybejust not today...? We dropped Romald and Irena this week, too. She hasbeen busy at "sport" the last few times, and he just really isn'tprogressing. We told him that(lovingly), and that if he really wantedthis, that he needed to come to church. I think he'll turn up one day.:) Elder Berlin and I are trying to figure out the best way to getpolish people to come to church on Sunday. Polish people aren'texactly prone to church attendance.... but we're not about that life.We're continuing to work to get these wonderful people to church,where they can feel the Spirit and realize that this is where theyneed to be!    We did have a really cool experience with Paweł this week! Wehadn't heard from him in forever, and he hadn't been to church, and wewere out contacting one day this week in city center. We got theimpression to continue on right, even though the chapel where we weregoing was over to our left. We followed the prompting, and ran rightinto Paweł. He walked right up to us! He's been so busy with work andfinding an apartment and worrying about his family, and we were ableto offer to give him a priesthood blessing to help him through it. Hewas super excited for that, and thought it would be super helpful.Hopefully he makes it to family home evening tonight and we are ableto have that experience with him!    Sunday night we had family dinner over at our house with the Gaysand the other Elders. It was really a good time as we were able tobond with the district, and have fun together during our meal times! Iam really excited for this transfer with my district!     I absolutely LOVE being a missionary of Jesus Christ and HisChurch. I know that it is true. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christleads us to happiness in this life, and also in the life to come! I amso grateful to be a part of this church! I love the gospel, and I loveall of y'all!  Make it the best week yet!Love,Starszy Quackenbush

Monday, February 23, 2015

Staying in Szczein....

Elder Quack is doing great.....
Hey y'all!This week was definitely a highlight week! I was able to make somereal progress with my goals this week, too! 1)Humility went reallywell this week, especially as we ended the end of the transfer. Theend of the transfer always makes you a little tired-I mean come one...we've spent the last 10 weeks together. I was able to practicehumility as I forced myself to stay patient and humble, and not letmyself just give up on the transfer during the last week and take onthat "I know what's going on" attitude with my companion. It'sdefinitely really easy to slip into, sometimes, and I was really gladthat it wasn't me this last week :)    2)Giving Everything to theLord: I've really enjoyed working on this goal this week. I was ableto realize that every single minute I'm out here is dedicated to theLord-so whether or not our teaching time was destroying our lunchschedule, or if we were supposed to do something out of the ordinaryin order to accomodate the Spirit, we did it! I could really tell thatas we did so, and as we focused on doing the Lord's will through thepromptings of his Spirit, that we had His Spirit more with us, andthat we were able to be really successful missionaries. 3) living inThanksgiving. Literally I loved this one. I always try to bethankful/grateful for the things that I've been given, but working onthis goal this week has helped me realize even the smaller blessings,and the blessings that I normally miss when I'm not paying attention!I really was able to recognize the blessings of the Lord as I focusedon being grateful for the blessings that I actually did recognize.This weeks goals were pondered and prayed about, and I'm going to beworking on 1)love 2)building others up 3) Being "real" with people andthus showing my true love. If you'de like to join in with me,zapraszam! :) Thanks y'all!   So this week was CRAZY!!!! We met with Grzegorz in his home, andtaught him about God is Our Loving Heavenly Father, the Gospel BlessesFamilies, and the Book of Mormon. We were able to feel the Spiritthroughout the entire lesson, and were bold enough to explain theSpirit, ask him to focus on it, and to tell him that we were feelingthe Spirit. At the end of the lesson he said "I feel the Spirit, too".We almost died..... that is literally one of the sweetest parts ofmisisonary work-helping others feel the Spirit and build theirtestimonies!   Edmund(Formerly known as Henryk) has a BAPTISMAL DATE! 14th ofMarch. He was so ready and excited to be baptized, he said "why do youthink I'm here right now...?" Unfortunately, he sees wine in the bibleand has a problem with the word of wisdom. We tried to explain it, andit didn't work... so we committed him to live without wine for thenext few weeks, and to continue to ask God is that is right. Wepromised him blessings, and invited him to church! Unfortunately, hewasn't in church(even though he was present last week), and his phoneis off. (I'm not too worried about that being intentional-he doesn'treally know how to use his new phone... and it wasn't working thenight we got his number... so we're praying that he comes to familyhome evening to night, or to institute, or to church next Sunday, orthat we find him on the street!)   Transfer calls came... Elder Berlin and I are staying together inSzczecin! I know it's a blessing that I have Elder Berlin as acompanion as I prepare for some big things in the future... it's goingto be a great transfer! I know that this is where the Lord needs me tobe, and that I'm doing what He needs me to do. I've had that Spiritualwitness many times over the course of the last week-before and aftertransfer calls. I am so grateful for the companionship of the HolyGhost! He really does testify of truth! I love the Gospel with all myheart, and I'm so grateful to be a missionary!Love y'all! make it the best week ever!
LoveElder Quackenbush

Picture #1  Romald and Dziadek(czyli Grandpa)
Picture #2  So that's pretty cool. Pasteciki-I've been avoiding them for the last 4 months due to theirtendency to cause obesity, but for Elder Weiler's last day inSzczecin, we went as a district.
Picture #3    Me and my comp Elder Berlin
Picture #4   A holiday in Poland where you
eat as many donuts as you can..... the record is 38.... and I got 5.









Monday, February 16, 2015

Attributes to report....

Hey y'all!
    I've gots to start with the attributes report this week! This last
week I was working on 1) not judging others 2) joy in the journey
3) getting up and moving in the morning. I really feel like I made some
real progress with my goals this week! Here's what I learned: 1) it's
so much easier to not judge others when you try to look at things from
their perspective.... People have some pretty rough lives over here,
and I don't really blame them for sometimes getting mad when people
on the street try to start talking to them. I did a lot better
replying kindly to the negative and frustrating comments this week-but
there's always room for improvement! Next time I work on that goal, I
want to do better at actually Meaning what I say to the nastiest of
comments-that's the end goal!  2) joy in the journey.  I've been
praying and searching about this one for a while, now... and last
night I finally found my answer. It's very long and it was actually
brought about through the 'Riccardi letter' if any of you have heard
of it. I love it and it's going to be one of those things that I look
back on and realize that it changed my mission. The Lord is so good to
me. 3) getting up and moving. I did real good this week! It almost
became a game to see who could get to the alarm first. I won for the
first 2 times this transfer at beating Elder Berlin out of bed... I'm
taking my medal and running with it:)
     This next week, I'm working on humility, giving everything to the
Lord (trials, challenges, pains, entire week, etc), and living in
Thanksgiving more for what I do have.... I invite you all to play
along with me and to try it out yourselves... let's see what we can
learn this week!
     This week was really one of the best weeks of my mission (I feel
like I've started saying that a lot...?). It was one of those weeks
where you're kind of proving to the Lord how far you actually will go
to be obedient and to continue to work, even though not many people
actually are wanting to talk to you. Elder Berlin and I worked really
hard, and actually found some pretty cool people-even though the
"numbers" were low this week.
   I started off the week with an exchange with Elder Hon (our zone
leader from Bydgoszcz). He's an Arizona Boy, too! Higley high... so
that's pretty cool! We had a really good time and I sure learned a
lot. It is always good to get another perspective on my missionary
work, so I can see the things I can improve, and work on them. It was
a really good experience!
    On Saturday, we met Henryk Myk. He's an older guy(looks like a
branch president already), and is super wise. We contacted him on a
super awkward contact, and ended up walking him to the chapel and
inviting him to church the next day. He came to sacrament meeting, and
ended up staying at the church for 4 hours-sacrament, sunday school,
mission prep, and an hour of meeting with members and us. He's solid,
and I'm so grateful to get to work with him! He is so excited for the
missionary lessons-we got his number and we start on Friday at 18:00!
    Paweł came to church, again!! I love that guy so much! He's been
to church for 2 weeks in a row, and that is such a blessing in both of
our lives! He is really learning a lot, and loves to be in church...
he just has to get that desire to make the baptismal covenant, too...
because he's doing a lot of the other stuff!
    So funny story: we met this guy named Piotr on the streets like 4
weeks ago. We got his number, and tried to set up with him a few
times. Finally, he set up, and his son, Piotr Jr ended up coming (I
think it was him on the line the whole time). We taught him about the
Book of Mormon, and talked about english, too. We met with him like on
Saturday, and he had read out of the Book of Mormon since last
week-and didn't bring it because his whole family was wondering about
it and reading parts of it that day...! We are hoping and praying that
something will come of that...! I have this dream of Piotr being the
next missionary out of Poland.... we'll see!
     Dawid. Dawid is the man! He is still reading a ton and praying
and searching for an answer! He wants to know, and he wants to come
closer to Christ... he just has to come to church!! Ahhhhhhhh... pray
for that man for me.
    Romald and Irena are doing good. We met with Romald this
week(Irena was too tired), and had a decent meeting. He keeps getting
sidetracked by minute details like "why are the Lamanites
dark-skinned... how is that fair?"........ so we're still working on
them! They are still praying and reading and wanting to come to
know..... we're having faith!
    Transfer calls are on Saturday.... and transfers next Tuesday...
I'm so excited to find out! Unfortunately, I don't think I'll end up
staying with Elder Berlin. I have really come to love that guy-and
he's an awesome missionary! We'll see what next week brings!
     I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is
true. I really do. I know that God hears and answers our prayers (and I
know that sometimes the answer can actually be 'no'). I know that God
loves us, and wants to help and bless us-we just need to turn to him
and do what he asks! I love the gospel so much, and I love my mission!
I wouldn't trade it for anything! I had the awesome experience
yesterday to have a P.I. with myself and the Lord-and see where I'm
at, and how the first 8 months of my mission have been. I am so
grateful to be able to say that I am proud of the work I've done, and
so excited to continue to work and to learn and to grow in the future!
I love y'all.. make it the best week yet!
Love you,
Elder Quackenbush
 



My MTC companion Elder Wilcox



 
First two pictures:  My MTC companion

Pic Dsc402: this pic is a sweet chill lesson I had with a guy named Darek. Ilook really mad for some reason-but we were both actually loving thelesson

Monday, February 9, 2015

Applying Christ-like Attributes....

Hey Fam!
Before I start talking about what a sweet week I had this week, I want
to start something new with my weekly emails. I've had a list of some
things that I feel inspired to work on for the next little while, and
I've struggled to find a way to apply them into my life. As I've
searched for inspiration on how I can best apply these Christ-like
attributes to my life, and how to improve myself, I've been blessed
with some good things I can do. The last step in applying some of
these things to my life is making myself accountable-first to the Lord
and to myself, and then to you all. With that being said, this week
I'm going to work on 1) Not Judging others(even if they're not exactly
being Christlike to me in the first place)  2)Finding Joy in the
Journey(if you haven't watched or listened to that talk, go right now.
It'll change your life.) and 3) Getting up in the morning, no matter
how tired I am. I'm going to focus on improving these things this
week, and I'll get back to y'all next week with how I did! Thanks for
your help! Love y'all!

    So this week was a really good week! I really had a chance to
learn a whole lot! So Monday morning(which may or may not have also
been my birthday), I messed up my back pretty bad.... like I could
barely walk. It was pretty awesome. It was actually an answer to
prayers, because for the past little while, I had been praying and
asking for "mountains to climb" out here on my mission. I had fasted
and prayed for those trials on Sunday, and God Definitely heard my
prayers. I have had an awesome time learning to rely on the Lord, and
learning to know my limits.(I guess I hadn't learned that lesson
during all of the other trials I've had... So I think Heavenly Father
was giving me another chance to actually learn something) Other than
that, my birthday was awesome! Elders Weiler, Blunt, and Berlin helped
me have the best birthday ever! They snuck into my apartment and
jumped me as I walked in the door, and we ate cake and sang and had a
real dandy time. It was awesome!
     We also had Zone Training in Poznań this week. I got to see my
boys Elder Wilcox and Elder Jeffs, and we were taught by the zone
leaders and sister training leader(the one and only Sister Grgich). It
was exactly what my district and I needed, and we have some really
good ideas, now, that we can apply to our missionary work.
     Our English class killed it this week! We have been English
Contacting a lot, recently, trying to get people to come to our
English class so that we can teach them the gospel via spiritual
messages and feeling the Spirit in the chapel. We had a bunch of
really cool people come, and I was even able to teach a sweet guy
named Michał the restoration while we were talking(I switched into
Polish, just because it would be SO much easier to teach it in
Polish... lol). He's really cool, and he's coming back this next week!
     On Thursday(as a birthday present from Elder Blunt), I was able
to go out to visit Jan T. with Elder Weiler and the Gay's.
He's the long-lost member that Elder Weiler and I were blessed to find
last transfer. He's my favorite. We taught him the Plan of
Salvation(he wants us to re-teach him the lessons since it's been so
long), and he played the accordian for us. It was literally the
sweetest thing I've ever seen. I was also able to give him a blessing
of health. I love exercising my priesthood, and I absolutely love the
feeling of being led 100% by the Spirit in knowing what to say and
what to bless him with. It was such a neat experience for me.
    On Friday, we were able to have a meeting with Jacek and his
grandmother at his grandmother's home. She made us legit Polish
food(literally the best food ever) and we talked and visited for a
while. That morning, actually, while Elder Berlin and I were preparing
for our lesson with them, I felt prompted that we should prepare a
lesson on prayer. Lo and behold, we finish eating, and what does he
want to talk about? Prayer. Dzięki Bogu, we were able to be prepared
to have a wonderful lesson with Jacek, and able to strengthen
eachother.
   Saturday was a super sweet day, because we got to have some really
good meetings with some recent-converts and less-actives. We hadn't
been able to get a hold of Zbyszek for a little while, so we just
showed up at his apartment earlier in the morning, and he let us in
and we had a wonderful lesson about the Restoration. We are trying to
reteach the less-actives the missionary lessons, hoping and praying to
strengthen their testimonies and help them into activity through
building, and remembering their testimonies. We also had an awesome
lesson with Lech about how to deal with addicts, and people not of our
faith who have different beliefs and ideas than we do. Literally I
almost cried when I saw just how much he's grown and matured in the
gospel in the last 3 months. That's my boy! Dagmara also taught us how
to do indexing and family searching in Polish so that we can teach
Tadeusz and Ula sometime how to do that.
    PAWEŁ CAME TO CHURCH............
now stop and everybody fist pump and dance and say a prayer of
gratitude for life for me. He came and he loved it and he couldn't
stop smiling, and he's meeting with us on Tuesday, and life is just so
good. I love that guy, and I am so excited to see him progressing so
well!
    Oh yeah... we also kinda got stolen from by a drunk guy. We were
talking to this 28 year old guy, and everything was normal, and then
things just got so weird. He kept trying so hard to get us to go to
this one place where we could meet "cool people like him", and
everything. We told him we had a meeting, and tried to just get his
email so that we could try to talk to him some other time when he
wasn't completely off his rocker. He ended up taking Elder Berlin's
planner, and telling us he was going to call the cops and keep the
planner if we didn't go with him. Thankfully I didn't actually fight
this guy-I was really like 3 seconds away from punching out a drunk
guy in the middle of a public square. So that was pretty sweet.
Actually miraculously, the next morning we saw him just outside the
apartment walking his dog. We talked to him, and he apologized for
being drunk, and went and got the planner for us(He lives across the
street in an apartment)..... good times...!
    I absolutely love my mission, and I love the gospel so much! i
know that this church is true, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has
been restored in it's fullness upon the earth-and that it changes
lives. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have, and that nobody can
take that away from me. I love y'all, I'm so grateful for you, and
make it the best week ever!
Love You,
Elder Quackenbush




Monday, February 2, 2015

Elder Q's 19th Birthday

Hey Fam and Friends!!
It's so great to hear from so many of you this week for mybirthday! Thank you so much! The love and the support made my day!!Y'all are the best!!
So this week I started off an exchange with Elder Weiler. I prayedabout it, and decided to go out into his area instead of bringing himinto mine. We had a really good time. It was like we had never stoppedbeing companions! I honestly love that guy so much, and was sograteful for the opportunity to serve with him for a few more days! Wemet some really cool people, and taught some solid lessons on thestreet! I am really grateful for all the awesome experiences we hadtogether!
Miracles were happening this week! We met with Romald and Irena intheir home, again. It was a pretty good lesson. Romald has beenreading and praying, and wants to receive an answer, so that was soooamazing to hear! I know he'll receive his answer if he continues tosearch for it! Unfortunately, Irena was sick, so she didn't come outto meet with us.
The Woman with her atheist son is still sooo excited to meet. We callher tonight to set up a meeting for this week, and she really wants tobring her son, too. She really thinks our message can help him, aswell!
So this week I had a spiritual prompting to go through our phone, andcall all the people I don't know. We sat down and made a billioncalls, and SO many people wanted to meet with us/come to church. Wefound a guy named Jarek. We called him at like 7 at night, and he toldus he had wanted to meet that very night. He told us he would be tothe chapel in an hour. We met with him, and he was SO prepared! Wetalked about the Book of Mormon, and the part about preparing for the2nd coming of Christ hit him soo hard. He asked us: How can I be readyfor that?" We told him that if he followed the things we would tellhim, that we promised that he would be prepared. We committed him toread, pray, come to church, and be baptized when he knows it's true.It was awesome.
We were a little disappointed this week (but not discouraged) whennone of the people we were working with came to church. It's almostheartbreaking when you have these people who say they will be inchurch, but don't end up making it.... but we'll just keep working withthem, and teaching with the Spirit until they decide that it'ssomething they need in their life!
So the coolest thing happened. Last night after nobody came to church,and we went tracting and got shut down and denied by like everyone, wewere walking home at like 6:30 so we could finish our fast. It was areally tough time, I'll be honest. We were praying for help andsupport. We decided to English ulotki home to try to get people out to ourfree English class, and as we were talking to a couple, we said wewere from the states, and they said " let's go take a tea break. Let'sall go right now to our house." so we followed them, and spent somewonderful time in Tateusz and Ula's home out in Warszewo(the place weare tracting). They fed us fruit, (offered us homemade wine), showedus their entire coin and stamp collection (this guy is a coin andstamp-aholic... it's super sweet), and told us we can come backanytime! He said "Unfortunately we can't change religions... we'vebeen a part of this religion for generations." and his wife said:"well why not? anything is possible"... so that was really cool! Wethink we will go spend part of a Preparation Day down with them one ofthese weeks!
This week was an awesome week, and I'm so excited for the week tocome! It's going to be a great one!
Love y'all! make it the best week ever!Love,Elder Q



Monday, January 26, 2015

Super Swell Week

Hey fam!

This week was a super swell week. Miracles happened every single day,
and I really loved my missionary work this week!

I started off the week with an exchange with Elder Blunt. I brought
him into my area(Szczecin North), and we had an amazing time. We met
so many crazy-amazing people who were so prepared. I don't even know
what happened, but the Lord and His Spirit were definitely with us! We
taught an amazing couple who had lived in Australia, we taught a woman
who wants to learn more with her son, and we met Gedek(who we are
still trying to have a meeting with... unfortunately he hasn't been
able to make any of our meetings. Also, I had such a touching
experience with a younger mother on a hill, somewhere up towards
Warszewo. Elder Blunt and I met her while she was on a walk with her
two kids. We had the Spirit with us, and just followed the Spirit.
This poor lady has had the hardest life, ever. Everything has gone
wrong. She now works 16 hours a day, is alone, and semi-recently lost
her mother. We really got to know her, and testified of God's love,
and God's plan for us, and of the power of prayer. I started tearing
up in the rain as I talked with this woman(now crying) about the
gospel. I felt the Spirit so strongly, and just hope that she did,
too. Unfortunately, she couldn't believe in God after what has
happened, and even denied my request to pray right there on the
street. She didn't accept the gospel, yet, but she really needed that,
and a seed was definitely planted.

Mission Conference with Elder Charles(member of the quorum of the 70)
was the most amazing experience, ever. It took us 2 days, but we got
down to Warsaw, and had the most amazing mission conference, yet. It
is my absolute favorite to be together with the Elders and Sisters in
Poland. I got to see Sister Kuchar, Sister Benson, Elder Wilcox, and
Elder Jeffs(I've missed them a ton since the MTC), and got to meet a
whole bunch of new missionaries. I was also able to have a personal
interview with Elder Charles(they selected 8 missionaries "by
chance"... czyli dzięki Bogu I got to talk with Elder Charles. He
opened me up like a book, and told me about myself and my mission. He
told me that he knows that my mission has been a hard one, and helped
answer some questions I had been having about how I can become a
better missionary, and more specifically, how I can personally deal
with the rejection that is so prevalent in Poland. I felt the Spirit
so strongly, and am so grateful for the opportunity to be uplifted by
the Spirit. The Spirit was felt so strongly throughout the entire
mission conference-I really learned a lot about what I can do, and
what things I can apply to my missionary work in the future!

OH MY: We found Romald, again....! Miraculously, we ran into him on
the street, and he invited us over AGAIN to his house this past
Thursday. We had the most amazing meeting with him and his wife about
the gospel. They are so open, and so ready. We left them with Book of
Mormons, and gave them chapters to read(2 Nephi 31 and 3 Nephi 11-
some of the best chapters ever). We have a return meeting this
upcoming Thursday!

We got let in Tracting!!!!! We taught a man and his wife in their
Polish livingroom on their Polish couch drinking their Polish
fruit-tea for almost 2 hours. We testified of truth, were bold, and
taught them about God and about his relationship to us. Unfortunately,
they got all hung up on the fact that God is perfectly loving, and
thus shouldn't expect us to keep commandments or to pray.... They're
so close, but they just need a little bit more time. We left with our
testimonies, and in good feeling. They'll be ready one day!

We met with Paweł about the gospel last night, and it was the coolest
thing ever. We had been meeting with Paweł about 2 or 3 months ago,
and he had finally decided to start meeting with us for real about a
week or two ago. We had Sergiusz with us on the lesson, and taught a
solid Restoration. The Spirit was there so strongly. He told us that
he knows the church is true and that he knows that baptism is coming.
He just doesn't want to rush it. We tried getting him a date that he
could work towards, but he wouldn't accept. We will continue to meet
with him and help him work towards baptism... I'm so excited!

Miracles are happening, up here! I'm LOVING every second I have to be
a missionary, and it's flying by. I'm already over 7 months old in the
mission.. how crazy is that?? This next week is going to be an awesome
week, and I can't wait for what's in store! Make it the best week of
your lives! Love you all!

Love,
Elder Quackenbush





Crazy Keyboards

Id like to apologiye now for the fact that all of mz Zs and Ys are
switched, and that mz 's come out as ą's... Polish computers can be
dumb and their polish kezboards are backwards, and I canąt fix it....
sorrz y'all!

This week was a Reallz good week. of course, I hąve found that all of mz
best weeks were also the hardest weeks of mz mission! I reallz learned
a lot, and had a reallz good time out on the streets with mz boz Elder
Berlin!

We got to talk to a lot of different people this week on the streets,
and taught some prettz cool lessons! We found a few new investigators,
and re+set up with them. Unfortunatelz, nobodz came to our meetings...
However, that does mean that we have lots more time to find Newer
investigators..:! lol gotta love it.

Something reallz cool did actuallz happen with Łukasz this week. As I
was studzing mz scriptures, the Holz Ghost whispered to me that I
needed to text Łukasz(who's been out of town all week helping one of
his cancer patients) and promise him that if he read his Księga
Mormona, that he would better know how to help Maria(thats her name).
We texted him, and he told us that he had actuallz alreadz been
reading his Book of Mormon, and absolutelz loved the invitation and
promise. He is reallz coming along, and I am so blessed to be able to
see him grow in faith and testimonz!

I also was able to give President Isaac(The District President for
Northern Poland) a blessing zesterdaz. He has some severe health
problems, and was visiting our branch for church zesterdaz. I was able
to give him a priesthood blessing, and the Spirit was in that meeting
so stronglz. I was literallz given what to say to him in the blessing,
and he was so happz afterwards for the blessing that he received.
   I know that the Lord runs his church, and I am incredible grateful
to hold the Priesthood authority of God. I know the church is true,
and I am SO verz grateful for it!

Love y'all! make it the best week of zour life!
Love Elder Q

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One of the best weeks of my mission....maybe

So what you're about to hear is the recap of like the best week of my entire mission. Please sit forward, keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, and  just wait for it.......

lol jk but really, this week was one of the best weeks of my mission!! Miracles happened Every Single Day, and  we were absolutely blessed SO much.

On Monday, we had a chance to meet with my boy Jacek, a less-active. He's the Polish Mario, and I just love that guy. We read with him out of the Book of Mormon, and had a really spiritual meeting with him. It was really good.

So Tuesday we had a lot going on. We did a whiteboard which was completely led by the Spirit. We prayed for guidance, and then four missionaries, a Ukrainian and a whiteboard traveled around the city just following the Spirit. On our journey, we met so many cool people. A dude came up to ME and asked for an Ulotka with our chapel address and information because he has been wanting to come so badly for a long time now. He told me he would be there this next Sunday... so that was super cool! The other Elders talked to a younger guy from Turkey(you have to know the background.... it's long, but essentially they only have 12 missionaries allowed there and weird rules where they can only talk about the gospel is people ask Them about it... My boy Elder Firth is there right now.) So that was sweet! We ended up having a rather rough street-teaching session on the way home from the chapel late at night for our late dinner, and we ran into a bunch of different JW's.... I'm learning charity this transfer, and God's really been giving me JW's to teach me Christ-like love.... so there's that. Pretty close to home, we contacted this 35 year old guy named Łukasz. (Lucas) He stopped, took his headphones out, and listened. We taught him an entire first, and he really wanted to meet again! He gave us his business card(he's a business-owning Dietritionist, and he's very successful), and we set up for the next night(Wed.) We were stoked... like the stoked where you get home, give your companion a huge hug and then just start praying in thankfulness. When we got home, though, I got SO sick. No details but pretty much I was dying. I went over to the Gay's apartment, and Elder Berlin and Elder Gay gave me a Priesthood Blessing. The Priesthood is so real. I love the Priesthood power.

I was completely fine the next morning(miraculously), and we ended up meeting with Łukasz the next day at the chapel, and he brought his friend Paweł (Paul)! We taught them about, and read a good portion of the Book of Mormon with them, in English. (pretty much most of the prepared people here, in Poland, speak English...). Paul ended up having to leave early, and as he walked out, he told us he had to go, and that he didn't feel good to be in our chapel, because he had just had 2 beers before. That was pretty sweet. Elder Berlin and I kept teaching him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He ate everything up, and we invited him to be baptized at the end of the lesson. He told us "Zobaczymy"... czyli we'll see...!

We ended up meeting some other cool people on the street. We talked to a younger guy who wants to meet with us next Friday at 13, we talked to a cool family who was really interested, and ended up taking an Ulotka, a guy named Abr who's Muslim and who we got to teach a lesson to about Jesus Christ, and we talked to this other guy named Łukasz. It was the coolest thing ever. It was a really scrambled street lesson, I was just trying to follow the Spirit, and essentially rolled through part of Jesus Christ, part of the Book of Mormon, and part of latter-day revelation. He was way interested, and wants to meet, but has to go to Warsaw this week because he has some problems with his heart. We exchanged numbers, and told him we'd love to meet when he gets back, and something really cool happened. He stopped, looked at us, and told us that he had been praying to God for God to give him someone he could call and talk to. God is preparing his children, here in Poland, for sure!
Saturday we got to meet with our investigator from Africa named Eddie. At the beginning of the lesson, he freaked me out by starting to talk all about how he's a religionist, and made it sound like he doesn't even believe that much, but rather likes to just find out about religions. We listened to the Spirit, and answered his questions, and taught the Plan of Salvation. By the end of the lesson, he was doing so much better. He knows that he can pray to know about the Book of Mormon and our church-if they are true or if they are not. He knows that he wants to read the Book of Mormon, even a few times, and he knows what's coming. We were so excited to be able to meet with him! We also got to go to Zbyszek's house Saturday morning and meet in his little Polish room with him. It is such an experience to be sitting on a Polish person's bed with almost nowhere to put your feet and talking about prayer and Christ, and our Heavenly Father. Man, I love missionary work.

On Sunday, we got a call from Łukasz that he wanted to meet Again. We set up with him for Sunday night. He came(without Paul this time-there was a party or something). We checked up on his reading and praying. He told us he has been praying ALL the time, but that he hasn't been reading, because he gave his Book of Mormon to Paul, who he said needed it more at the time. We had the most spiritual meeting I've ever had with him. Elder Berlin and I were being TOTALLY led by the Spirit. We both were opening up to the same scriptures that had popped into my head, and we both were talking about the Priesthood, and bearing testimony, and telling him that we KNOW that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. We talked a lot about baptism, and he knows that the road he is on right now to clean himself and to do good things is leading him here. He knows and has told us multiple times that there are no coincidences, and that there is a reason that he is meeting with us. When Łukasz get's baptized, he is solid enough to put the Szczecin branch on his back. I know it, and I'm so excited for it!

I KNOW THAT THIS GOSPEL IS TRUE! I love it with all my heart, and I absolutely LOVE being a missionary! This is the Lord's work, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it! Love y'all, make it the best week of your lives!
Love,
Elder Q