|Sunset in Heidelburg|
Anyways, I am writing this email in an internet cafe right now. I have my big new coat on that I bought last week for a steal deal, and it is so warm and comfortable. I am more exhausted than I have ever been in my life, so sorry if this email doesn’t make a ton of sense. I could sleep for about four days straight right now.But the good news…I am so tired because we did SO much this week. There is so much to do here, and not enough missionaries in the area. We are basically running around crazy every day. We saw some ridiculously cool miracles this week. I just love Heidelberg.
On Tuesday, we hiked up to the castle courtyard and sat there overlooking the entire city while we set goals for the transfer. It was amazing. We were right by this huge castle, and could see for miles. We got the impression to work a lot with the members this transfer - German and Spanish. After just a week, we have seen miracles. Whenever we have a spare minute, instead of doing a random stop at a less active or past investigator’s home, we stop and visit the members in the area. We give a short thought and then leave. It takes a total of 10 minutes, and the purpose is to get to know the members and gain their trust. It has been amazing.
|A stone we found outside of a house...|
7 Jewish people were taken from here to
Wednesday, we met with another less active, Kathy. Sister Pedersen has been working with her for a while, and we had an amazing lesson about patience through trials. She said it was so inspired, and exactly what she needed to hear. Her circumstances right now are really difficult, and do not permit her to come to church. She really wants to. She asked us to pray for her to be able to come to church. She says once she is able to, she wants us to teach her 9 year old daughter and prepare her for baptism.We also went and taught our investigator Melanie again, who is a daughter of a less active woman. Her friend was there and we invited her to sit in with us. Her friend ended up being really interested, and was asking a ton of questions. She set up the return appointment, and is excited to meet with us. She wants to come to church and everything. It was such a miracle.
Throughout the week, we really understood why we should we work with the members. They are so ready to do missionary work that we don’t even have to motivate some of them. The Taylors called us on Tuesday, and said that they knew a girl that wanted to come to church on Sunday. They asked us to take her around...this is a cool story. The Taylors are from America, and he is here as a teacher assistant to a university class about Mormonism. There are about 20 people in the class. For one of their final assignments, they have to attend the Fast and Testimony meeting in February, and attend all three hours. We are going to have 20 nonmembers there! It is going to be insane! One of the girls, Christine, wanted to come yesterday. She is amazing. We ended up setting up a Termin with her on Thursday at the Taylor’s house. I am super excited.
|The Janatas...they live in a nearby small|
Friday was Zone training. It was all about finding…something I usually hate, but now Sister Pedersen and I have so many potentials, it is almost humorous. I feel like I have done absolutely nothing to deserve all of this, and that it is just being handed to me on a silver platter. I think the Lord is looking at all of our efforts in the past four months and really rewarding us. I am so grateful at how merciful he is. We talked about using our talents to find those who are searching. It was another conformation that we needed to work a lot with the Spanish group. We called the Heckmanns up and arranged an appointment to meet with them and talk to them about it.
|Service at the Janatas|
Saturday was also Carmen and Bruder Gurnis' wedding and reception. The ward did an amazing job. They planned the best reception ever, with skits, songs, games, and everything. A ton of people invited friends, and we ended up getting ANOTHER referral with a friend of the bishop’s wife. We are now having an FHE with them and the friend next Monday night. It seriously amazes me how blessed we have been.
|Carmen is a typical German...she is the |
nicest, happiest person...but refuses to smile
for the camera.
|Having fun on P-Day...like |
My favorite quote of the week, something that the Zone Leaders shared at Zone Conference that they heard from President Schwartz (who is the most amazing mission president ever)…“We are not saved by grace; rather we are changed by it". I love that. I read a talk called "The Grandeur of God" this week, and it is amazing. Go and read it.Love,