Saturday, June 7, 2014

May 26, 2014

Familie! Schön euch wieder zu schreiben.

I feel weird that it is Monday again.  It will be June at the end of this week.  That just is crazy.  I am just glad that things haven’t changed much back home.  Except for the whole “Troy being married and talking about babies thing,” things seem good.  Taryn and Matt are taking BEAUTIFUL selfies, you are all playing Bananagrams, and then there is dad.  I think that Dads letter was my favorite this week.   "I would actually like to leisurely ride around and am even thinking about getting a roll-behind carrier for dogs so that Sparky can join me.   He doesn’t do so well with long walks anymore, so this may indeed be a good solution.   It just costs money.   Oh well." Oh man, I died laughing when I read that.  The entire Internet cafe just looked at me.  I can just see dad with a little carrier and sparky inside.  Too good. 

Anyways.  My week…

Monday, we had Sport Night, after going on a hike for P-day.  Damien brought his friend with him, which was really great.  His friend had come to church a lot and is the one that I gave a Book of Mormon to about a month ago.  He lived in Dortmond, but he is down here all of the time, so we thought, why not, let’s just try to start teaching him.  So we talked with him a lot on Monday, and he showed a lot of interest.  But then he was suppose to come to Institute on Thursday with Damien, and Damien told us that he ended up leaving to go back to Spain super sudden.  Now he is gone.  I was crushed, but hopefully he will find the missionaries there and start to meet with them. 

Tuesday was a good day.  Cathy and Michelle finally found a new place to live, and they are so excited about it.  That is a miracle if I have ever seen one.  This week we have been helping them move and everything, and then we teach Michelle.  It’s been great.  Tuesday, we went to their new place in Eberbach, and helped paint.  Cathy had another friend there helping, and we ended up talking with him a lot.  He isn’t a member and had a lot of questions about why we are here and what we are doing, and we had a really good conversation together.  Afterwards, we went back to town, and went and taught the Erbs with Sister Keil.  We taught the Plan of Salvation, and it was a great lesson.  She had SO MANY questions, and while we couldn’t answer all of them, we were able to definitely teach by the spirit, and help her understand.  It is amazing how when I am teaching investigators, the language just seems to flow. Frau Erb also read all of the chapters that we asked her to read in the Book of Mormon.  She also said that she prayed but didn’t get an answer.  Sister Keil explained how she got hers and that it took time, and Frau Erb said that she would continue to pray. 
An adorable guinea pig...

Wednesday, we met with the Onigkeits again.  Afterwards, all of our appointments fell through again.  Surprise.  We decided to go finding, because all of our investigators seem promising, and then disappear off the face of the earth.  We decided to hop on this bus and ride it until whenever.  We sat down and there was this Asian guy sitting right across from us.  We had three different Books of Mormon in Chinese so we thought, well, what the heck.  So we pulled out the books.  They were all different translations…and asked him which one made the most sense.  We were curious.  He pointed to one, picked it up, and then asked if he could have it.  Uh, yes please.  He said that he really doesn’t have any religious background.  When I asked him if he would be interested in meeting with us and learning more about what we believe and about the Book of Mormon, he said yes.  I was a little dumbfounded, because we never really get that far.  But we got his number and he said to call him beginning of June when his finals are over.  So we will do that. 

The next day, we met with Carla.  She served a mission in the Alpine, German speaking mission, and is living here for the summer working.  She told us a lot about her mission, and gave us some ideas that were successful for her.  So since our appointments fell through again, we tried some of her suggestions.  We were able to give out a couple of Books of Mormon again, so that was cool. 

Freitag war erfolgreich.  We went and met with the Roses, a family in our ward.  He is a character.  He reminds me a lot of Grandpa Keyser.  The only English that he can really speak is what he learned from Romance and joke books.  He likes to practice his English, and so what he tells us is just hilarious.  He told us all of these jokes, and they were just awful.  They were really long, and then there was no punch line, but I just laughed because they were so bad.  But Sister Rose was able to help me a lot.  I made this Plan of Salvation thing in English, and the elders want me to make it in German, and so she helped me translate some things.  So now I am almost done!

That night, we got to go and see Frau Breitenhuber.  We brought a couple from the ward along, and taught the Restoration.  After the lesson was over, we overheard her talking to Schwester Vogt.  She was saying how since we came, she has noticed an inner difference in her life.  Ah, she is so cute.  I am so grateful für sie. 

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Saturday morning, we helped Cathy and Michelle move again.  I was amazed at how much stuff could fit into two rooms.  But we got it all packed up.  They are all ready to move into the new house! 

Yesterday at church, the Spanish bishop came up to me and said that the person that was suppose to give a talk couldn’t and asked me to talk during sacrament.  Uhhh....  It turned out surprisingly good, though.  The spirit definitely helped there.

Two weeks ago, we challenged Sister Dabron to invite a friend over for our next appointment with her.  After church, we went to the Dabrons, and her friend Haike was there.  It was great! She has a ton of potential.  She lived in PA for 12 years, and had a lot of Mormon friends there and went to church with them a couple of times.  She was sad when she had to move back to Germany, and so one of her friends contacted our bishop and our bishop invited her to an activity last summer.   Through that she became really good friends with some people in our ward.  Aren’t church connections great! We got her number and are going to start meeting with her next week. 
To the top....

 Well, thank you for all that you do, Family (and friends).  Your letters always make me so happy.  It is always a good reminder of why I am here.  Ich habe euch Lieb! 

And Troy...good luck on the MCAT.  I pray for you every night and know you will do great.



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