We were invited by this good brother, Jiri Suk, for dinner. His home is in a thirteen-floored green with yellow polka dotted building. (It was dark or I would have taken a photo) Before dinner with a smile he said, "I like to show people my home." He then pointed to the kitchen on one wall of the room, the study on the adjoining wall and the bedroom/living room on the opposite wall. It was very small, but most gracious. When you enter a Czech home you remove your shoes and are offered "house shoes" which are slippers. After a delightful dinner, he told us about his conversion to the church 14 years ago. He overheard 2 missionaries on a tram telling a fellow about free English classes. He asked them if he could come. I can only imagine how happy the Elders were to have him ask to come! He said he only went because he wanted to learn English, but they soon started teaching him the gospel and he was baptized about four months later. He showed us his photo album and most of it was of missionaries, church activities, the temple in Frieberg, even some photos of a visit from Elder and Sister Jeffery Holland. He has become a great strength to the branch here.
I've been thinking about a conversation I had with a young woman who came to Family Home Evening. I asked her what made her listen to the Sisters who first contacted her. She said it was the light in their eyes that caught her attention and she wanted to know why they appeared so happy. Unfortuately she has decided not to join the church. She knows it requires her to give up much of her lifestyle. I have gained a greater appreciation of what so many give up to join the church - traditions, lifestyle, friends and sometimes even family. I so admire their courage and faith.
As I said before since Christmas is has been biting cold in this country, but I think the hardest part has been the overcast sunless days. However, this week we had a perfect sunny "spring-teaser" day. This city is full of ("kvetiny's") flower shops and the one right in front of the grocery store was flaunting it's blooms on this gloriously sunny day and I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!