This week we did quite a bit of traveling as we bounced around the country–the great thing is that we did a bunch of teaching and training that all went really well. Very good things are happening.
Quick update on Ali–he wasn’t baptized this week because he hasn’t moved into the apartment yet. We can do that after 28 February.
Monday we had our meetings. Following our office meetings we taught an investigator named Sandesh, a student who was referred to us from President Fingerle. He is a stud. Speaks German, English and a bunch of other languages. He also brought his best friend, a guy that studies with him who is super curious about religion. They were loving the lesson and just wanted more and more. When they find out that it’s true, they will be baptized. It was a great time!
On Tuesday we had a street display with the district. It was Valentines Day and we had the idea to make a theme along the lines of God loving His children. The good news is that we had really really good weather. The bad news is that nobody wanted to talk to us. We attempted to talk to a couple hundred people before we had to leave and we only had a couple of conversations. A lot of cold shoulders, but we kept working, we kept grinding! We then got on our train across the county to Hamburg to exchange with the zone leaders there.
Wednesday was a great exchange with Elder Pruett, a new zone leader there in Hamburg. We had a great time teaching together as well as coming up with new ideas to help the Zone.
Thursday we were in Berlin. We went to district meeting in Marzahn and then taught a couple of lesson before heading off to Leipzig. We overnighted with Elder Day (my last companion) and Elder Smith and geared up for a big day in Leipzig. We woke up the next day, had a video conference with all of the Zone leaders in the mission and then participated in the Zone meeting in which the Leipzig stake presidency presided. We loved it. President Schütze talked about working with members. Working with members can become a very “tired topic” as a missionary as we constantly try to see how we can improve it. The Leipzig stake presidency is telling their missionaries to ONLY work with members in the stake who have the desire to do missionary work. Just as it states in D&C 4, those who have the desire are called to the work. We shouldn’t waste time forcing members to do missionary work who have no desire. We should find our team of members who are ready to work with us, our “Dream Team” and go all out with them. I liked this message.
We also taught all of the district leaders via video conference! They are all such studs.
Today was district pday. We went to the legendary Berlin zoo and had a great time. It was my third time being at the zoo in the last three months, but it was fun being with the district. This stuff builds unity.
We are gearing up for Elder Gary B. Sabin from the quorum of the seventy to visit us in a couple of weeks here. We are intensively preparing so that our missionaries here are fully prepared to get as much out of the visit as possible. Can’t wait for that.
A scripture from D&C touched me this week. D&C 58:3 “Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.” The message is clear. God loves all of His children. He also really loves when His children keep the commandments no matter what they are going through. We have no idea what is in store for us because of this perfect plan!
I hope you all have a spannende Woche!
Alles liebe und gute,
1) Distrikt Straßenaustellung
2) “Unser Hamburger”
3) mit dem guten Elder Hsu
4) Distrikt Pday beim Zoo
5) Der Distrikt “am Tisch”