Hola liebe Familie und Freunde!
So first things first. Yes i am totally sitting in a little internet shop underneath the Hauptbahnhof here in Dresden. I can hear the trains rumbling across the tracks above me every so often... and I LOVE THIS PLACE! Kiel always had a special place in my heart, but Dresden is coming on pretty quick.:) This is hands down the most beautiful i´ve ever seen in my life! Honestly... my first day we were walking through the center of the city, and i was literally BREATHLESS! I have to send you some better pictures this week, i didnt really get to take a lot, because i´ve got too many people to talk to now on the street, so i cant afford to look like a tourist with a camera.;) Really though, it´s like UNREAL how beautiful it is... but the most beautiful part is that there are so many people here who are willing to recieve the restored gospel!
So my first day i was picked up and handed the keys to the car and sent off instantly into Dresden traffic haha (i´ve got it down though mom, no worries) and we navigated our way back to the apartment where we were able to stay for about 10 minutes before we had to go pick up the other new elder (there are 2 elders in our apartment as well) and then it was off to the races. After we brought him back we went and got day cards for the city transit because our august kilometers were about up so we got to see Dresden on foot for a day.:) My new italian comp is great! He basically overhauled the entire program here so we´re finding lots of new people. So ya, we had an entire day of finding from 1pm and we didnt get home until 10:40 at night haha. Made out lots of appointments though.;) I was so tired i had a glass of water and fell right asleep haha. The next day was a long one too, and so basically i didnt eat for my first 30 hours in the city, so it was pretty crazy. We just work all day long and try not to let a second go to waste!
Friday we had to wake up at 5am to catch our train back to Berlin for Zone Leader Council, which was a really really interesting meeting. We get tons of charts and graphs about the numbers in our zone compared to the other zones, the mission, and the entire german area. We then have a couple minutes to review everything, and then we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of our zone and what we want to do to make it better. I just sat back and took in most of it and tried to learn as much as i could. We had some round table discussions about different areas of concern in the mission, followed by some workshops by three of the zl programs, we were one of them btw, and that was good. Overall the transition to being a ZL hasnt been too bad. It´s just weird having your own phone and having people constantly calling you and asking you questions, or for permission and stuff haha. But ya, it´s good, i love this zone and all of the wonderful missionaries in it! We then concluded with a workshop from President, and headed back home. We didnt get home until like 9pm at night, so that was a pretty intense, but interesting day.:)
Saturday we had a Stake priesthood meeting, followed by a GML Schulung (ward mission leader training) with all the ward mission leaders in the stake which we got to sit in on. Learned a lot from that about our Zone and the concerns of the different areas in our zone. It was great. Then the next day we had a normal sunday, haha 150 people at church was a bit overwhelming for me, but i got to introduce myself, and of course the ward is thrilled to talk all about the story of Joseph A. Ott here, everyone seems to know it pretty well. We had 3 investigators at church as well, which wasnt near as much as we had hoped, but still progress.
There are so many people here who are so ready! I cant wait to go even further and consecrate myself even more to seek out and find those who are there to be found! We´ve seen so many miracles already this week and i just know it´s only the beginning! The church is true! And lots of people here in Dresden are about to find out about it.:) Have a great week, love you all so much!