Friday, December 30, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
~ Look on Facebook for a video clip of her arrival.
Finally this day arrived! We came to the airport wearing our yellow, with our yellow balloons and signs.
Monday, December 26, 2016
|Christmas Eve dinner at Lucy's house|
This past week has been a very humbling and sacred week. I cannot even express my joy and love for the people here in Lithuania. I feel as if the Lord has overflowed me with blessings and opportunities everyday. I am just so extremely happy and rejoice to know that God is our loving Father and that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. They love us, each and every one of us. Heavenly Father answers every one of our heartfelt prayers. I have seen that and know it to be true. He will answer.
One of the many miracles this past week involved meeting with new investigators, members, and less actives. It was amazing how many people were home and let us in! We were able to have a few lessons with some less active people, even those who are hard to reach. They were all at home at this Christmas time and let us right in.We had the tender mercy of being able to truly testify of Christ's purpose here on earth. That He was born, lived, died, and lives again for each one of us. That we can not only live again with God and our families, but become clean through the atonement each day as we repent. What an incredible gift. This gift has truly lifted and filled me. I know that it is real because I have experienced it!
After having a conversation with a person on the bus, a man leaned over to ask if I really was a believing person. He said that he had just learned about God a few months ago and was trying to do his best to follow him. We were able to have a lesson on Christmas eve and talk about the mercy of God and how He has given us the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He is a pure follower of Christ that just wants to give back to Him because Christ saved him from his addictions in rehab. He came to church on Sunday after attending his, and stayed the entire time. He plans to come every week and stay to learn all he can. He is already reading a few pages from the Book of Mormon each day and is excited to be able to better follow Christ. This person is so prepared by the spirit. I am so excited to see where the doctrine of Christ can take him. God is preparing His children to accept the gospel because He loves them. He gives us the opportunity every day to share that special gift of the atonement that He gave to us. It brings so much joy because it is true joy.
We were also able to meet with a past investigator who hasn't been in contact with us. She suddenly decided that she just really wants to know why we have the Book of Mormon with the Bible. She desires to know the truth. I know that she and all of us can through prayer and study and acting. It will bless us more than we can know.
I know that this is God's true church. I love His work because I love Him and am so grateful for His sacrifice to us. He is our father, and He will help us and strengthen us to be better than we can imagine. I love you all!
Monday, December 19, 2016
|Sesuo Dzerman and Sesuo Walles quilting in Klaipeda|
This week was really fabulous and full of miracles.night we went knocking and got to have a short lesson with an older lady who let us in her house. She was pretty old but accepting of our message we had to teach. Her spirit was very strong and sweet. For our english class we played charades and discussed the importance of communication in our lives. We learned how communication truly makes our relationships with others. We have to learn how God communicates with us and constantly communicate with Him through prayer. This builds our personal relationship with our loving Heavenly Father. we went by a member who is struggling with depression but has been able to slowly overcome that with her true faith on Christ. She has been doing a lot better, and we were able to see her great knowledge and testimony of the gospel. That night we met with Victoria to talk about sharing the gospel with her family. We first knit a quilt to take by a member who cannot leave her house. She explained that she is a little nervous to invite her family to church but knows how the Book of Mormon can bless them. She plans to share one with them over Christmas break while she is in Spain!
Love Sese Dzerman
I am happy and so so grateful for every day I have here.
I am happy and so so grateful for every day I have here.
|Lithuania Christmas Devotional Photo|
|Merry Christmas, Elders & Sisters!|
|Look at these gorgeous, light-filled Sisters! We love you!|
Love, Sister Harding #LIGHTtheBALTIC
Here’s another Sisters photo—including Sister Hodson this time!
Monday, December 12, 2016
|This is President Harding with his white elephant gift from the christmas devotional, haha maybe don't post that one for his sake :) It worked out perfectly though that he got the santa suit|
|All of us with our white elephants|
|Even a poster of Elder Karlinzey, probably not to post this one either|
|All the sisters :)|
|Actually now all the sisters together|
|And a funny one too|
|Well, Here is my MTC group together here at the end. They are all such awesome elders|
|They lit this Christmas tree last week as a celebration for Christmas. We heard that it was packed in this little square|
This week was a miracle week. We were able to meet with a lot of people and talk to so many new ones on the street. We had a Christmas devotional with the entire zone and President and Sister Harding. THe spirit of Christmas is so strong. I am so grateful for this special time that we have to focus on the Savoir and His birth, life, sacrfice, and resurrection for us. So that we can also be born, live, and rise again. It is such a hopeful message that so many people need. He is the true light of the world and is the only source of true joy. I love that.
This week we were able to meet with Victoria to talk about temples and family histroy. She is getting started on collecting her family history and do some of that work! It was an incredible spirit in the lesson that we felt. The spirit of elijah is here on the earth, and this work is so important so that our families can be together forever, starting now. She hopes to go to the Spain temple this Christmas season, which will be an amazing experience. I testify that families can be sealed for time and all eternity, and that is why we are here.
Love sese Dzerman
|Outside our restaurant in old town of Klaipeda|
|We are walking down the street to the Christmas tree at the end of the road|
|And we made it|
|It has sail boats on it?! That is Klaipeda for you|
|This could be the Christmas photo for you|
|And then just me|
|Here is the Christmas market center, a huge snow globe :)|
|They set up a carosel and other little houses that sell food|
|Klaipeda has so many lights down the streets of old town. It is so pretty. I have never seen so many lights though!|