The song goes: "You're never fully dressed without a smile." Missionaries add:" without your nametag." It lets others know your name, but more importantly who you represent each day. Two names stand out, the missionary and Jesus Christ. We have been wearing these nametags for nine months and have come to understand better what is means to represent Him. We love His gospel, we love His children in the Czech Republic, we love serving with valiant young men and women. There is a power in this nametag. A dear friend of ours in our home ward who was very sick with cancer had always planned to serve a mission. With tears in her eyes she told us, "I would give anything to be able to wear one of those nametags. Nancy died last December and we think of her often and try to evaluate if we appreciate enough what a privilege it is to wear His name. One of the first sentences we learned in Czech: "Jsem zastupice, Jezise Krista." (I am a representative of Jesus Christ.) We hope we will always remember that we want to be Christ-like missionaries and not just do missionary things.
"And now I would that ye should be humble , and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
And see that ye have faith, hope and charity and then ye will always abound in good works." Alma 7: 23-24
Every 9 weeks transfers happen in the Czech Prague Mission. One can feel the anticipation and excitement of new assignments, new companions and new cities. On top of that missionaries arrive from the MTC and leave the Czech Republic after a full mission. There is much laughter and many tears!!
Last week Elder Robbins......
temporary Executive Secretary were right in the middle of training and feeding the above two groups: 8 arriving and 16 departing.
(The Alsops were released with this group and their replacements don't arrive until the end of July, so we are doing double duty and it is indeed keeping us out of trouble.!!)
Elder Smith and Sister Clark who have been here in Prague as long as we have were transferred to other cities. We have really fallen in love with them and know they will be a great strength in their new areas. We do miss them.