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Anyways, this was a crazy, kind of stressful week, but really good. Troy, you are right. I really do feel like my German exploded and I am loving ever minute of it. I feel like when I started training, a wall just came crashing down, and now it is just getting better and better. Teaching in lessons has become so much more comfortable and easy, and I feel like I am finally becoming the missionary I wanted to be. Obviously, I have a lot more to learn, but I am able to understand so much more and say what I need to, and so it is just awesome. And being with a native this week and hearing and having to speak German all week long has really helped. It was exhausting, but I have definitely learned a lot just in the past week alone.
So yeah, this week was my first full week with my golden and also with a mini missionary. It was quite interesting, because Sister Nabrotzky could speak barely any English, and Sister Haywood struggles with German, but it went a lot better than I thought. Sister Haywood is awesome. She is really outgoing, so she doesn’t let the language barrier stop her. Her German got so much better this week alone, because she was constantly talking to Sister Nabrotzky and people in buses and stuff that she is learning quickly. I am thoroughly impressed!
Wednesday made for some good stories. We had an appointment with Anna again, and her mom and aunt were there. I don’t know how much I have talked about Maikl and Maia, but they are hilarious, and crazy. Well we were sitting there talking with Anna, asking about how EFY was and she was telling us all of these cool stories. Then Maia came and pulled out this jar that looked like Vodka, and this black stuff. I asked her what she was doing, and she told me she was "making medicine". She held up the bottle and said that it was like Vodka and 100% alcohol, and that the black stuff was beeswax. She started cutting up the bees wax and putting it into the bottle and told me that you let it sit, it became medicine that can cure anything. All you have to do is drink a little bit. Sorry to break it to you Maia, but I think it just makes you so drunk that you don’t remember anything. Not quite sure what the beeswax does though. It was quite interesting. They also fed us this Georgian treat that was really gross. It looked an tasted like a candle. It was on a string, and you dipped it in this grape juice / flour mix until it was thick and hardened. Mmmmm…yummy!
|Our mini missionary, Sister Nabrotzky!|
|Sister Nabrotzky teaching |
Sister Haywood German
|We finally had warm water!|
Saturday morning, we did service here in Münster. Because of the storm a few weeks ago, everyone’s basements were flooded, so everything has to be thrown away. So trash has been littering the streets and so we helped clean it up. It was crazy fun. And an interviewer came and interviewed us and took pictures. So I got to tell them who we were, where we came from, and what we are doing here in Germany. She got the name and address of our church, and so maybe I will be showing up in a German newspaper soon! I also found a German silver dollar in the trash that is brand new so I took it and will be adding it to my collection!
|"Is there life after death?" Sweet |
finding during our street display in Hamm
That day, we traveled down to Dortmund and had our "closing ceremony" for the mini missionaries. We all shared our testimonies, and it was great. It really was a week of miracles. Sister Nabrotzky was awesome and I already miss her.
Sunday, the youth that went to EFY went up and bore their testimonies, and Aiyana got up and bore hers! She told the branch she wanted to be baptized. I couldn’t stop smiling. We are meeting tomorrow and setting up a fast date.
This really was an awesome week. We saw so many cool miracles, and I learned so much, and we also had our interesting moments. I have never been so tired before, but it is worth every moment. I love my mission. I love the people I get to meet and serve with and work with. I love feeling and learning from the spirit every day. The mission is a special place. I never knew I could be so tired and yet so happy all the time. Its weird, but I love it.
I hope you all have a great week, and I cant wait to hear from you all again. But until then, stay safe.
Ich hab´ euch lieb!