Hey fam and friends! My first week in the beatiful city of Braunschweig is in the books. It was totally insane! I´ll try and recap it all a bit.
Braunschweig is a very beautiful city with about 250,000
inhabitants. It´s famous for its university and science. I don't know too much
about it really, but it´s super similar to Kiel in lots of respects. I´m working
on getting the bus system down and stuff and trying to figure out where I am.
It´s been pretty hot outside lately and there are just people all over the place. There´s definitely lots of work to do here and we dove in head first this
So the transition from the office to the field is not as hard as I
had pictured it, but definitely not as easy as I had hoped. The rust knocked off
pretty quickly though and we got things rolling off to a blazing start.
Basically there was already a lot going on here, but this week we found
10 new investigators made out almost 20 new appointments, made out 2 new
baptismal dates, had about 7 walk-ins and taught close to 30 lessons. It was
literally INSANE. The Lord blessed us in ways I had never seen before. People
just opened their doors and asked us to come in before we had even said
anything. The hard part is trying to keep all of the names straight and plan for
all of these people at this point. We focused a lot on student housing here at
the universtiy and have so many new Chinese investigators I hardly know what to
do. We´ve got a great ward with about 120 there most Sundays, and I
think the big next step to take is going to be getting them involved in
The new district is pretty fun as well. I forgot what
it´s like to be a District Leader. We have the "sisters district" here in the
mission, so it consists of my companion and I with 4 sisters. It´s kind of fun
to have a little district where you can be every week. It´s a lot more fun to
take numbers from 2 areas instead of 78 as well. :) It will be a good
Today we were in the neighboring city of Wolfsburg at a huge VW
factory/museum like place. It was pretty cool to see the ways the car industry
has effected this are. We were there with our ward mission leader and it was
good to get to know him better as well. There are lots of really cool members
here. West Germany is just still so different from East Germany. It
really has got this feel to it that I haven't felt since I was a golden, so it´s
kind of refreshing in a way.
Well the work is really hard, and every day
I´m getting closer to my goal of wanting to not hate sweating in missionary
clothes, but it´s good experience. My testimony grows every single day. I really
miss my last area, companion, and the office staff sometimes, but I know this is
where I need to be so I'm more than happy to lift where I stand! Hope you all
have a great week back home- love you all lots!