|Winter in Numemberg|
Taryn, tell Merrilyn hi for me! And everyone else. I am so glad to hear that you think I am going to be awkward when I get home. I will not! Just a little weirder... also thanks for breaking my computer. Now I can get a Mac—haha.
|The Igbinobas...what a great family!|
Heavenly Father uses our talents to help build up his kingdom and I get to go do that. I just need to learn gospel words in Spanish now... but watch out Heidelberg...I’M COMING TO BAPTIZE YOU. Man, I am so excited for this next transfer. Sister Pederson sounds super nice. Also, Heidelberg is bistimmt the prettiest place in the entire mission. It is the one place I really wanted to go to. I am living the dream right now.
As for this week, it has been a great last week in Nürnberg, and I really will miss this place. The ward, my district, and the investigators here are just so amazing. They will always have a special place in my heart.
|Germany after New Year's Eve|
...a ghost town
|Our Young Women...Kathrin is to the right|
of me. She is one of our investigators.
On Thursday, I was on a split with Sister Fuller. She is my favorite. She has so much energy, and she is such a good missionary. That morning, we taught our ten-year-old investigator, Aniyah, about prophets. It is so weird teaching little kids, but they just soak up everything you say, and it also forces you to teach simply. That night, we had a miracle. I had been praying for a miracle, and we really wanted to find more people to teach. We had talked with EVERYONE but nobody was interested. We were going to a less active for an appointment and it ended up falling through. We were disappointed, but said a prayer to see what we should do. We ended up taking out our Navi (GPS) and felt like we should go by a potential in the area. We spent forever looking for the address, but it didn’t exist. We started walking back to the UBahn. On the way there, we saw a giant 61, which was the number we had been looking for. It ended up being the address and we klingled. She let us in, and ended up being so interested! We went back on Saturday, and she said that she just found out that her aunt passed away, and was really sad. We taught her the Plan of Salvation, and she just found it amazing. She is so prepared, and I wish I could be here to see her grow, but I know that Sister Weber will do an amazing job.
On Friday, we had the coolest lesson ever with our member, Sister Hertel. We found a really cool analogy in the scriptures that morning. It was in the story of Ammon and King Lamoni. Everyone always focuses on Ammon and how great of a missionary he was, but they always overlook Abish. In the story, while everyone was fallen to the ground, she remained, because she had a firm testimony. She saw an opportunity to share that testimony with others and ran from house to house, asking everyone to "come and see" what had happened. They all came, and because of her invitation to all of those people to come, so many people were converted and baptized. We told Sister Hertel that this was like us with the members. The members are the ones that invite people to come and see, and we as the missionaries, are the ones that teach once the people are there. We can have so much more success, and so many people can learn and hear the gospel when people invite their friends and neighbors to find out. It was such a cool lesson, and the spirit was really strong. I have great hopes for member missionary work here in Nürnberg.
Saturday, we did a huge chalk activity with all of the missionaries here in Nürnberg. We went to the Altstadt and wrote down "2014! Was haben Sie für Vorsätze?" which means pretty much what is your New Year’s resolution? People stopped and wrote down their goals for the new year with the chalk, and we talked to them and related it back to the gospel. By the end of the two hours, we got a bunch of potentials, and the street had so many New Year’s resolutions written on it. It was so cool!
|I love the Fosters...they are a strength to me.|
Sunday was bittersweet. It was Fast and Testimony meeting, and that was amazing. Brother Foster, our recently reactivated member, got up and bore his testimony and it was so strong. The spirit was so fest there. Sister Hertel got up and bore her testimony on member missionary work. Meine gute, it was so cool to hear. This ward is really amazing, and I am going to miss them all so much, but I am excited to go to Heidelberg and meet even more amazing people. I hope you all get the chance to meet these people (maybe even this year...haha), because they really are wonderful. Today, we really didn’t have a P-Day because we were saying by to everyone. We did service at the Haids again with all of the missionaries, but tomorrow we are taking time to play games, and so that will be great.
I truly love this work. January 4th marked my four-month mark here in Germany. I cannot believe it has already been four months. I have learned so much, yet at the same time, I have so much more to learn! These months have flown by. Meine gute.
I love you all, and I hope that your first week back to school / work / alles ist wunderbar. Viel spaß mit alles, und frohe neues jahre! Ich liebe euch so viel, und ich bin so sehr dankbar für alles daß euch für mich getan habt. Danke euch!
Love you all!!