Hallo Familie! Frohe Ostern! I hope that you all had a great Easter yesterday. Germans, like always, love their holidays, and so things have been closed since last Friday... all of the shops are still closed today. We had to get someone to unlock the computers at the church so that I could write you today. It’s like Christmas all over again—haha.
|We walk under this everyday on the |
way home from the train station.
First things first, yes, I have seen the video Because of Him. Probably a hundred times by now, and every time I watch it, I get goose bumps. I just found it in German, and watched it again, and now I am super excited. Which means that we will be showing it to EVERYONE now. Watch out Germany. In case anyone doesn’t know what I am talking about, go check this out, NOW. http://easter.mormon.org/?cid=HPTU041514694
Also, I got the Easter Package! The elders brought it to church yesterday, and as I was walking out with it, Damien and his mom came over and saw it, and were just like, "Oh Hermana, there are probably Reese's in there, huh?" Hahaha, I just started laughing so hard. They are just great. Also, I am wearing my new purple skirt as we speak. Thank you, so, so much. It is great.
As for this week, it has gone by pretty quickly. Sister Wrathall and I are finally figuring out how we best work together, and things are going well. This week, we were able to meet with Danielle and we had a really good lesson with her and Martin. I have just grown to love them so much, and it makes me so happy to see the progress and joy that Danielle has made. She is so much more confident and happy now, and I just love it. We also had some really great member appointments this week. Like I said, we have just gone crazy with the Because of Him video, and showed it to practically everyone that speaks a little English…that, and He is Risen. We invited them all to bring a friend to church on Easter, and surprisingly a few did. It was really cool to see them put their faith forward and invite their friends.
Cathy was in the hospital this week...I still don’t know what exactly is wrong with her, but she is internally bleeding, and it is really serious. I am nervous, but I also feel at peace that it will all work out. We have visited with her a couple times this week, and she is doing a little better. She still wants Michelle to be baptized, so once Michelle comes back from her camp, we will go over and start teaching her.
|Our weekly street display|
This week, Sister Wrathall and I were getting desperate about finding people to teach (like I have been pretty much my entire mission—haha), so we have been praying and fasting about it. This week, we have seen some really cool miracles. We made about a million phone calls to past investigators, and potentials, and were able to set up three appointments for this coming week. We also found two people on the street that want to meet us to learn more. That is something that has never happened to me before. I am constantly amazed at how much Heavenly Father blesses us. This Saturday, we had another street display, and I started talking to a man about the Plan of Salvation. When a Jehovah Witness came up to us (that happens A LOT), he was telling us how wrong we were. The man just turned to him and said, "Stop, I want to hear what she has to say.” That was a really cool moment. We got his phone number and made out an appointment with him for this week.Our latest project that we are working on right now is getting big volleyball night for May 5th started. We are meeting with our ward mission leader and his wife tonight to plan out the details and get fliers made and everything. I am excited, and hopefully it will be a big success.
This week is going to be sweet. As I said, we have a couple new people that we will be meeting with and we are meeting with Kristin. Also, I get to have a split with Sister Lyons! I am super excited about it. We will be down here in Heidelberg, and it will be great. She is just my favorite. Two of the young women also want to go out with Sister Wrathall and me, so we are going to do a mini split with them on Friday. It’s going to be great.
I just want to let you all know how grateful I am to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that this is the true church, and that it is Christ’s church. As I study the lessons that we teach people, I have come to realize that our real message is God's love for His children. That is the first point that we teach—the nature of our Heavenly Father, and who he is. Everything else that we teach is centered on this fact. It tells people the blessings that He has given us, how we can obtain more blessings, and everything He has in store for us. That is our message…God's love and how to receive blessings. How great of a message is that? Why would I NOT want to share it with the world?!
|Beautiful as always, right?|
So, I give you all that same council. Never forget who you are. You are God's child. I know that to be true with all my heart.
Love you all!
Oh, I forgot to tell you all about another cool thing that happened this week. On Sunday, we went to the Spanish sacrament (which is always my favorite), and there was a guy there that I had met a couple Sundays ago. He lives in Dortmund, which is the top part of our mission, but his family came down here for Easter to stay with Damien’s family. He isn’t a member. Well, anyways, last time he was down here, I gave him a Book of Mormon that I had written my testimony in (in Spanish, of course). Yesterday, I asked him if he had read in it, and he said that he had. He read the part that I told him too, and he really liked it. He then continued to say that he was so grateful that I had given it to him. He said that he had met a lot of missionaries before, but none of them had ever given him a Book of Mormon. I was so grateful for the opportunity to share with him why it was so important to me, and that he was so glad to have it. I wish he lived her in Heidelberg, but wherever he lives, he now has the book.
Just another cool experience I wanted to share. Oh, also check this out! It is our carolling activity from Christmas in Nurnberg. Sweet, huh? http://frankfurtmission.blogspot.de/