Its been a great last week so far. We had our Tuesday devotional and the speaker was Richard G Scott. We finally got a member of the Quorum of the 12!! It was so crazy, as soon as he walked in, when everyone stood up, a wave of the spirit just washed over everyone and the whole room felt different. Such a great experience. He is so chill and it was way awesome. He even gave everyone a huge thumbs up at the end and waved the whole time he walked out! We get to watch the Ogden Temple dedication as well which will be fun. We are definitely leaving off a spiritual high.
This week we also had 2 people show up for Skype yesterday! One was Jusuf, an older guy that Brat Bell baptized about 2 years ago. The other, the one that we talked to, was named Haris. He is 22 years old, was baptized 5 months ago, was previously Muslim, and lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He is currently serving as the first counselor in the branch presidency already which is insane! It was funny because at first he thought he was supposed to act out an investigator and told us he was from Zagreb, even though his profile said Bosnia. When we asked him how long he had been a member, he was like "Oh! Oh!" and then in accented English told us that he had just received a message on Facebook and didn't know he was being himself and told us he was actually from Bosnia. Then he went back to Bosnian.
It was crazy how fast he talked but it was also crazy that we understood most of it! At the end when we were getting ready to end the call, he said, again in English, "The Lord's vineyard over here is ready for you. We are all waiting for you to get here. I am helping to teach Muslims now, and my mom and sister are being baptized, and a few others. We now have 10 members in the Sarajevo branch, and we can't wait to have you here to help us build the Lord's kingdom." When he said that I got the biggest chills, and felt the Spirit so strong, and almost started cheering and crying at the same time. And now I am even more excited to go.
Along with that, another time this week when I almost started crying was a similar experience that happened to my friend, Elder Roe. There are 31 missionaries that have had their visas delayed, and it is the first time this has ever happened for Taiwan missionaries, and this is the biggest group that has ever gone to Taiwan. They were supposed to leave 2 weeks ago but left yesterday morning and are now on 1-2 week assignments in the US. He was on a Skype call with a Taiwanese girl who was on her phone, and he asked her to show him Taiwan. She switched around her camera and showed him (she was outside). He then told her that it was beautiful and commented that he should be there. She said "Oh are you one of the 31?". At first he said "Wait, what?" and she asked again "Are you one of the 31 missionaries who haven't gotten their visas?". He replied yes, and asked how she knew about that. She told him "Every member in the country knows. We have all been fasting and praying for every one of you for the last two weeks. We need you here and the authorities here are doing everything they can to get you here." When he told me the story, and even now writing it, I started tearing up a bit. It is such an awesome thing that is happening, with both that story and the thing with Haris. The members in other countries are seriously so solid and I can't wait to work with them. I know that this is the true church and that it will make people's lives better. I know that any idea that will bring together every member in a country is something inspired from God and I can't wait to serve the people in Croatia starting on Tuesday. I love you all, and this is the last email you will get from me the United States for 2 years. Peace.