|Celebrating it right...|
one year in Germany!
|I think I need a new pair of shoes :)|
Which really is fine with me. We had transfer calls this week, and I will continue to train Sister Heywood in Münster for this transfer... no surprise there. What is really weird for me to think about is that after this transfer (yes, I know it just started) I only have 2 left. I have officially hit the double digits. I am on transfer 10 out of 12. I don't know where the time has gone, but I will definitely make the best of the time I have left. It’s just too great a place. This week though, I realized just how awkward my whole life is as a missionary. Dont get me wrong, it is absolutely wonderful, but I have become the queen of awkward.
|The Vermillions took us Vapianos after our |
cleaning checks on Wednesday.
It was DELICIOUS. I love that place.
Why? Well to start, we had one of our most awkward appointments ever on Tuesday. On Monday, we got a text from a girl named Karina. She said she was a recent convert from Düisberg, and was in Münster for the week, and asks if she could meet up with us and read in the Book of Mormon with us. Sounds cool, right? Thought so, too. So we meet her at the train station and are walking back to the church, asking her questions about her life. She gave one-word answers and then just awkwardly laughed at the end. Then we start reading Enos, and asking her questions, and she just stared at us. Didn’t say anything, except laugh. I had no clue how to make it less awkward. So we kept it short, and then at the end, after the prayer she just sat there for another 10 minutes expecting who knows what. We tried to make some awkward small talk but luckily our phone rang so I ran out of the room, leaving poor Sister Heywood there. Okay, this just doesn’t do it justice. Just know, it was awkward.
|Our gift to Aiyana so that she always|
looks towards the temple...the
Denver Temple and the
San Antonio one!
We also helped out Anna with her newspaper route again. She started a new school and has been really stressed lately, and so we wanted to help her out. She also didn’t come to church for a little while, so we have been worried about her. We tried to have a lot of contact with her and her family this week. I just love Anna. She is just so cute, and I don’t want her to be so stressed out. That has got to be hard, being only 16 and the only one in your family that is a member. We will just keep working with them! We are going over on Thursday to teach them all again, so that will be great. I love the Toidzes. And good news, Anna came to church!
Thursday we had another appointment with Andreas and the elders. They tried to make out a baptismal date for the 20th, but he kept saying that he is not ready. I dont know how to help him, but I just love Andreas. Today we got some more beautiful clothes from him, and ate fruit from Turkey. It was ... interesting.
|I just love this branch!|
When I came to Germany, I expected to have a language barrier between the Germans and me, but I never expected there being so many different languages here. That isn’t even the problem. The problem now is that all of our investigators right now (except Aiyana) aren’t even native Germans...ha-ha. Never saw that one happening. It has really taught me about the power of the Book of Mormon and of the spirit. We may not be able to communicate as well as we would like, but there is power in the spirit and in the Book of Mormon. The language of the Spirit is what really converts them, so I have had to rely on that a lot lately.
Raphael has been gone all week. I really miss that guy! But we called him on Thursday to see how he was doing. He responded by saying that he hadn’t forgotten about us and that he thought about us all the time. He said that he has been reading in the Book of Mormon every night and thinking a lot about baptism...and this was all before we even asked him more than, "How are you doing?" He is so great. I really want him to get back soon so that we can meet with him, because he just makes me so grateful to be a missionary. But in the meantime, we are on the hunt for some more Raphaels and Aiyanas!
|Our last district picture of the |
transfer...time has flown!
Also, yesterday, Charles (my investigator from Heidelberg) got baptized!!! I got to call him after his baptism, and he answered the phone saying, “Sista Teeples! I miss ya so so much. Thank ya for everything ya did for me. I wont ever forget ya." Oh man, I love Charles! And now he is baptized! I couldn’t be happier right now.
Gotta love the mission! Good things happening, and even better things to come.
I love you all, and hope that you have a GREAT week. I will talk to you all next week.