Hey grüß euch!
Wow that was a fun week this week, and what was the cherry
on top? Getting to talk to my most beautiful and amazing mother last night!!!
What a great day that was indeed, and for more reasons that one.
I really need
to do a better job with writing down my miracles every week so I can structure
them better in these emails, haha but I´ll give my best shot to account for what
all happened this week.
Our biggest success this week was getting the
members more involved in the missionary work. We more than doubled our joint
teaches and member lessons this week, and still managed to get all of our
investigators taught. We just finished dooring out the biggest student dorm
building here in Braunschweig with like a little over 600 doors or something, so
now we just kinda have to sift through the pan a little bit and fish out all of
the gold we´ve found. I´m learing more and more every day how tough it can be to
teach more and more people and try and plan for them versus merely knocking on
doors and finding new people. Normally in missionary work tracting is what you
picture as the "hard work" but when you're teaching like you should be, it´s hard
work as well.
This week we did a street display with our new street
display equipment we recently received. We got a permit and set up down in the
middle of the city and got a couple members to come out and help us represent
the church. Displays are kind of a bitter sweet thing. Yes, you can sometimes
find lots of cool people, but having a banner and a table with the name of
Christ and stuff also intensifies the people's feelings of hatred towards
you haha. Despite the 200 cold rejections, we managed to place about 5 Books of
Mormon, make out 2 new appointments, and invited a couple people to church. I
was sitting there looking at our members and how discouraging things would get
sometimes, and it was easy to question, "Is this really worth it?" But the words
of "every soul" having "great worth" in the eyes of God were stuck in my mind...
and what is the "worth of a soul?" I´ve thought about that a lot lately. The
worth of a soul truly equals the potential of becoming like
Yesterday was one of the greatest miracles I´ve ever seen on my
mission though. We were just greeting people in church when a kind of scruffy
man came walking in and sat quietly on the back row. I hustled back and
introduced myself to him and sat with him throughout the church services. I got
to know him a little bit, and during the second hour of church the thought came
clear, "Take him and teach him in the 3rd hour" so when it came, I grabbed a
member (my companion was already teaching another class) and we went back into a
little room and taught him about the Restoration. At the end the thought came,
"Invite him to baptism," so we did, and he totally accepted and said he had been
looking for a place to get baptised for quite some time now... HOW COOL IS THAT?
Just a walk in from off the street, walks out of the church with a baptismal
date! He gave us all his info and we´ll be meeting with him this week. Now
that´s what we call a Plan A miracle. Plan A being praying and hoping for
miracles and success where people are led to us. Plan B being working hard to
lead ourselves to them. When you work on Plan B as hard as you can, then Plan A
miracles still come along as well. I love Plan A AND Plan B miracles.
I had my last interview with President as well this week. That was
kinda sad. It was great to share a few last moments of one on one time with
him. I´m really going to miss him when he leaves here soon!
all that comes to mind right now. The Work is super hard, but I wouldn't want or
expect it to be any other way! Have a great week back home, love you all sooooo