This Sunday was a very reflective and meaningful day for me. Since it had been so busy and crazy the couple days before, I was definitely in need of the calming and centering spirit of the Sabbath day. This Sunday was especially uplifting, since it was Fast and Testimony meeting, which is a special meeting that occurs once a month. In the LDS religion, we believe in fasting once a month, which is the process of forgoing food or water for two meals in efforts to communicate our humility and priorities before the Lord. This special opportunity occurs the first Sunday of every month, and just happened to fall upon the day Mom and I returned from Stockholm. On this Fast Sunday's, it is also customary for the church leaders to refrain from prior assigning specific congregation members to speak, and instead opening the time up for members to voluntarily bear their testimony of the truths in this gospel. (For those who would be interested in seeing this unique Sunday firsthand, you are welcome to enter your address into THIS portal on the LDS website, and locate a church near you)
Since it was Fast and Testimony meeting, I was able to hear the testimonies of the humble Lithuanian branch members. Though multiple members bore their testimony, I was especially impressed by one little Polish boy, who bore his simple testimony of God's love for us. In his words, "Heavenly Father will also embrace us, and will always love us". It was a sweet reminder.
|The faith of a child. What a blessing to have them in our lives. Even when there's 40 of them and they don't speak English :)|
Overall, Edward's story is one of faith and complete trust in the Lord - how inspiring to speak to a obedient, who works so hard to draw closer to his Father in Heaven. It was so wonderful to speak with him.
After Mom and I came home from church, we attempted to take a train ride out to Trakai, arriving there around 2. After we got off the train, we were met with downpours of rain, and instructions to walk about 1-2 miles to find the castle. These two factors contributed to Mom and I getting our soggy selves back to the train station, and buying another ticket back home :)
Later that night, Edward called randomly, and asked if we would be willing to feed an American man who had recently moved into our ward earlier that day. We accepted, and made some past concoction for Charles, the California born/British styled man, who appreciated Lithuanian yoghurt as much as Mom and I :)
Overall, it was a wonderful Sunday!