Monday, January 27, 2014

Hey family!!!!! 1.27.2014

I hope everyone is doing soooo good! Im doin sooo goood! Love the mission more than ever! This week has been awesome. And we were able to committ this man named Lech to baptism! He's bout 61 years old. He's just the funniest guy and just really wants to change! I remember first contacting him, in November. He was a little drunk and said he was interested. And said he would come to church the next day. The next day while walking to church we saw him again and said "Hey are you coming to church?" He said yes, but he had to go home first. As he walked away I noticed a beer in his back pocket! Crazy guy and has so much energy. But obviously has a problem with the Word of Wisdom. At the end of December we were able to get ahold of him and set up with him. 
When we first met, we asked why he wanted to meet with us. He said I know that I am not perfect. And I know that I need to change. And I'm searching for something to help me with that. This guy truely does what to change! He has so much energy and usually when Polish people shake your hand, they just put their hand out their so its just hanging there. But he has the firmest hand shake ever. and He is just always happy. This past week we committed him to live the Word of Wisdom and to be baptized on the 15th of Feb. When we asked the baptismal question after reading 2 Nephi 31, we asked will you follow christ and be baptized on this day?" He said, "Well I have to be if I want eternal life!" Spirit was so strong. His desire to change is so true! 
Im so happy to help him progress towards that! I was able to give a kid in our branch named Bartek the Melch. Priesthood yesterday! In polish. It was a little rough but the Lord blessed me sooo much! The people here are just sooo awesome! I seriously just love em so much! 
We should always be wanting to change for the better. The way we do that is through Jesus Christ. His atonement, and his example for us! As we do so we become better people, and we prepare more and more to become like out Heavenly Father! 
Always remember the simple things! Pray for me! so I dont freeze out here. haha its snowin pretty hard today! its been pretty cold. But We keep pushin it! "Kick when you dont wanna kick, stroke when you don't wanna stroke!"
Love you guys so much! I hope all is well!
Remember Charity. It never Faileth. And no matter what someone does to you, you should always repsond with love. Follow the Savior. Become more like him everyday!
one love.
kocham cię
ofa lahi atu
_Starszy Fotu!

Monday, January 20, 2014

1.20.2014 Dzień Dobry from SZCZECIN!!!!

Wassssgoooood Family! 
I hope you all are doing great! Here is a pic of me changing our Water Filters......yeah you know your skin is getting white when the filters are more brown than you are..... I'm turning white....;(
But the work is going well! We had an awesome Zone Training is Poznań this past week! They really talked about becoming a consecrated missionary! So i've really been working on that lately! 
Something that I've learned on my mission is finding the joy in things that might not seem to heppy at the moment. In Poland we get alot of people on the streets that will stop and talking. USUALLY these people will stop to tell us that we are a break off of the Catholic Church. haha or they like to say "Daj mi Spokój" haha which translates to "GIVE ME PEACE!" haha usually I just give them a huge smile and say "Miłego Dnia!!!!" "I wish you a good day!!!!" hahah but once in a while ill say, "Staram się" which means "Im trying to!" hahaha but obviously that arent willing to listen!
But in missionary work its really easy to get down on yourself, when one of these people yells at you! Something that Elder Holland said once was, "Nothing in life is bad enough to complain about it!" hahha I just chuckled to myself because of how right he really is! Something i've focused on my mission is not getting discouraged! EVER! 
I feel like the Lord has really blessed me too. He has made my mission so enjoyable and I just love it here so much! I challenge you guys to make your days the best they can be! There was a talk at a MTC Devotional that we had and the Sister said, "Choose the plan of Happiness everyday" I love that quote. It's so true! We make our days how they are. And dont ever let anyone change your days for the worse.
haha funny story.... The other night I went to contact this old grandma on the street....(they are EVERYWHERE in Poland! And I said "Dzień Dobry Miss we are sharing a mesage about Jesus Christ!" hahah she is this tiny grandma and she just starts yelling at me and getting in my face. hahaha I was just like laughing and didnt know what was going on. And im like walking backwards cause she keeps getting closer and closer to me. And me comp is just walking off while laughing at me. haha but yeah thats it. Pretty much all these grandma's get really mad at us cause they are really hard core caholics and wanna fight me or somethin....
But Then there are those AWESOME people that you meet! The Lord blesses us with those all the time also!
This past week was sooo awesome! Some awsesome news we found out about Jerzy, (new convert) We met with him on Tuesday and he had awesome news from his Doctor! His cancer had stopped spreading through out his body! Such a miracle and he knows it was Heavenly Father Blessing him! There are just so many Tender Mercies! We have all been so blessed by our Heavenly Father. And I hope you all are looking for all those blessings as you go through out your days. And then at the end of the day, pouring out your heart to him in Prayer!
Love you all so much! Dont every forget the basics!
Ofa Lahi Atu
Kocham cię
one love

Monday, January 13, 2014



This week was awesome! hahaha you guys probably werent expecting this but we had a baptism! This guys name is Jerzy Kiciński! He's the guy that is a Jew and has cancer! He's so awesome and has soo much faith! He was found in Szczecin about 5 months ago. Before I even got here. He's had a baptismal date for a couple months but it never went through as his health kept failing him. And His cancer kept getting worse! He has so much faith though and this Gospel really has changed his life and he has soo much more hope in life and after this life! He was found a couple days after he was told by his docter that he had cancer! And he was just sitting in the Park pondering his life! And The missionaries (Elder Kotter and Elder Hardy) found him! Instantly he was interested and wanted to grow closer to God. I didn't get to really teach him and see him grow as much! But it was still a life changing experience to Baptize him. We usually really push to get members to do the baptism. But Jerzy really wanted a missionary. 
It was the biggest miracle to have the baptism! And it really brought the Branch here in Szczecin a lot closer! I know thats why we are here as missionaries! To simply bring others unto Christ and get them on the Path of Salvation! We can do that through the waters of Baptism! 
I know the Savior has organized us missionaries and sent us out where we need to be through a Prophet and His Apostles! 
1 pic. Us walking from the chapel to the pool. haha yeah a little different
2 pic. Baptism and my new comp! -Elder Blom
3 pic. Baptism
It was such a miracle. We had transfer weeks! My new comp is sooo awesome! He's from New York and lives on Long Island! Most humble and loving kid ever! Is quiet but I got him to open up to me! hahah he's such a stud. Cooks food for dayzzzz!!!! Such a stud. his name is Starszy Blom.
I hope you all can tell how much TRUE ETERNAL HAPPINESS this gospel really brings to everyone of us! And we have ALL been asked by our Heavenly Father to share is with others! Love you all have the best week ever! I hope you all are SEARCHING for oppurtunities to share this great message with anyone! Dont sit around and wait for the oppurtunity to come but get up and go FIND IT! Love you all!
Remember the simple things! If you wanna be good at something then its through MASTER THE SIMPLE THINGS!!! Read your scripts, pour your heart out to Heavenly Father in Prayer, Serve EVERYONE!, and Go to the temple! I miss it so much!


-Starszy Fotu