Monday, September 21, 2015

 An Amazing Week!!!

This week was literally amazing.  We had some amazing things happen.  I just wanted to run you through them all and let you know how much God loves his children.
So we had a great day on Monday.  We went finding in this building that we found a few weeks ago.  It is full of students.  And we have been wanting to go there, but it has been holiday here so we have been waiting for school to be back in again so that they are home.  We went there for about 2 hours and we found 4 people who were interested in learning more about the gospel.  We set up appointments with two of them for later in the week.  They are all younger men who are really interested.  They come mostly from China so that was fun.  We felt like we went to Asia this week.  haha.  But that was just awesome.  
Tuesday we had a great eating appointment with a family in our ward.  We go over there about every week.  They have such a cute family.  They also have a super cute down syndrome little boy.  We have a blast every time we are there.  This family takes such good care of us.  We love them.  
Wednesday we went out to search for a less active in a town that is about 30 minutes away.  Unfortunately she wasn't home, but we found some other people who we had some good conversations with.  We laughed a lot.  They were mostly old men who were trying to tell us stories from the Bible, which is all good but the way it was happening was just funny.  I love dooring people.  You meet so many wonderful and funny people and it is never the same.  We have actually been let in so many times here.  Actually more than my whole mission.  We have been let in about 5 times in our time here in Ludwigsburg which is more than the rest of my mission put together.  Super awesome.  And the people are really great and we have good conversations with them.  
We then had an amazing lesson with our investigator on Thursday. She is already in 2 Nephi 18 in about 2 weeks.  She is doing amazing.  She is a little stubborn, and says she just wants to meet to learn but not be baptized, but we are wearing her down every time.  She was supposed to come to church yesterday.  We had everything planned out so that we could go early to her house by bus and pick her up.  Then we were going to go together to church.  She was all for it, but she called us on Saturday and said never mind.  Her grand kids were coming into town so that was a little sad. But we will get her there next week.  We really hope she will come to General Conference as well.  We are making a lot of invitations to get people to come watch the broadcast of General Conference at the church.  It is in Stuttgart, but it is really close so it shouldn't be a huge problem.  We are going to give out invitations to people on the street as well.  We really want to get as many people there as possible.  Conference has such a huge impact on people. But Frau B. is doing amazing.  Just reading the book of Mormon. She is a little confused because she is in Isaiah right now. She is reading her Bible along with it and trying to understand.  We just told her to keep reading and it will start making sense again soon.  We told her we sometimes have to learn line upon line with Isaiah and with the Scriptures in General.  It was really great.  
Then we had a great eating appointment with the Elders and a family in our ward.  They are also so wonderful.  We have such a great ward here.  We are so blessed.  And we had transfers this day so there was a new Elder there as well. They had two rabbits and so I got to see some wildlife as well.  Their little girl was so excited to show us her rabbits.  We had such a good time. They live in a place that used to be a base for military so all the streets around them are named after American states.  Like Texas Street and Florida ring and others.  It is pretty funny.  :)
On Friday we had a great lesson with our new member.  She has a cute little girl who is only 5 months but can sit up and stand.  She is from Africa and lives here now. She was Baptized in June before we got here, but we are working on teaching her the lessons again after baptism now.  She is really cool.  She has a great story.  
We then had a great lesson with a couple new people that we have met.  We are meeting with one again this week.  She has a cute little boy.  She is from Romania so it is hard to communicate with her.  She doesn't understand everything but we are going back when her husband is there next week.
Then on Saturday we met with another girl.  She is German and was a Nanny in Colorado.  She was so excited to meet with us and speak English. And we had such a great time together.  And she is interested in coming to church and learning more.  She is AMAZING!!!  We are so glad that we met her the other day.  She does something called walting.... spelling?  It is where you do gymnastics on the back of horses.  Sounds like loads of fun.  She wanted us to come riding with her cuz we told her that we both ride horses and then we had to tell her we can't do that.... But we are meeting her again next week!!!!  It is going to be awesome!!!!!  And she is YSA age. She is wonderful!!
We also met with one of our other potentials yesterday.  He is from China and we had the best first lesson with him ever!!!  He asked all the right questions and is just so prepared.  He took a Book of Mormon and wants to learn more!!!  We were talking to him and said we want to meet with you and teach you and tell you more.  And he said "Ya teach is the right word, I need to learn and I don't really know anything."  So prepared.  He is so excited to meet again and to learn. We took a picture with him and he held up the Book of Mormon so proudly and is just so excited.  He also said the most amazing prayer at the end of the lesson.  He was just so honest and it was beautiful.  The Spirit was so strong.  Just made Sunday the best day ever.
So I think that is everyone.  But really we looked back at this week and realized just how blessed we are to be led to these people who are so prepared to learn about the Gospel.  We have so many amazing opportunities to help people change their lives.  We are so excited to help these people and to make a difference.  You can do the same thing at home as well.  
I was studying this week and realized just how much happiness the gospel brings us.  And we need to be sharing it with everyone so they can be just as happy as we are.  I have never been happier as I see others coming to the knowledge of the gospel.  We are so blessed.  
I love you all!!!  Be a great member missionary back home and help everyone to have a better day after they talk to you!!  I love you all and wish you the best week!!!
Sister Poll

Friday, September 18, 2015

 Been a good week...

Things are going really great here.  We got transfer calls this week and we are both staying.  I am really excited that I don't have to leave so soon again.  And I will be with Sister C which I am so excited about.  We get along so well and it is such a riot.  We are the new Sister Training Leaders so we get to go to Munich as well which will be nice.  
Things are really good here. Our investigator read 18 chapters in the book of Mormon in the course of 5 days.  She is doing really good.  Said she doesn't ever want to change religions, but loves reading.  haha.  But she is such a sweet person.  We also found a really cool family this week.  They speak Persian and very little German, so communication is really fun.  But they have two really sweet kids.  We are trying to get somethings set up with them so that we can Skype with someone who speaks Persian.  Hopefully it all works out. 
As far as other things this week.  We had a really good zone training on Tuesday.  We were in Stuttgart and at the end it turned into a bit of a testimony meeting.  We were talking about why we came on missions and why we stay even through all the hard times.  It was just such a powerful meeting.  I loved it.  
We also had stake conference this weekend.  President Kohler came and spoke with Sister Kohler and it was so good.  We got to sit by their daughter through the meeting.  Erika is just awesome.  I love her. The meeting was so spiritual and talked about how we can support the members of the Ward council and also how we can help one another better understand the gospel and become stronger.  I loved it.  And President talked about the Atonement and taking the Sacrament.  How important it is and how we should miss it when we aren't able to take it at Stake Conference and General Conference.  Which is true.  I miss it.  But the meeting was really good. 
Not too much else to tell you about. This week has been really full of meeting with new people.  We have some really good things set up for this coming week as well.  We are hoping that we have some new investigators this week.  We are loving the area and working hard to make it the best that it can be.  
Miss you all and hope all is well.  
Sister Poll

Monday, September 7, 2015

 An Amazing Week

This week has been so amazing. We found this really amazing woman who we are now teaching. We watched the Restoration video together and the whole time she kept asking questions that the video would answer in about 2 minutes if she just waited. But it was so cool because she just said, I have that same question. He was right to ask God. I think he really saw what he said he saw. Why are all the other
preachers telling him to not talk about it. If God came to me I would talk about it. I want to know what is right too. There are so many churches, I want to know the right one." Then we talked about how
reading the Book of Mormon will help and then we taught about prayer. She then prayed right there and after said "I will keep reading and waiting on God for an answer. I know He will give me one if I keep
searching." She wasn't able to come to church on Sunday, but we are going back to her this week. We are so excited. Something really interesting is the day before when we met her she wanted to give the
Book Of Mormon back because she couldn't understand it. But we asked her to read a specific chapter and we came back the next day. And she had completely changed. And as we read he first chapter together and
explained it, the Spirit was just there. God prepares His children and we want her to make it to baptism. Even though she told us she will never change on our first visit. Haha. People always say that, but who
can't follow the Spirit? ­čśÇ She is wonderful. I will keep you posted on her.
We also had a wonderful time with this great family this week. We are helping them come together as a family and trying to help the husband see that the church will bless their lives. We got to
hear a lot of Italian language while we were there because their mother was there. She speaks no German. It was interesting to hear a language and totally expect to understand and you have no idea. Took
me back to when I was first learning German. Now its weird when I don't understand German. The Lord qualifies his children. I know it without a doubt.
We also met with a cool family we met on the street his week. She had a lot of questions about the Plan of Salvation and we really had to teach simply because her English was limited. It went well and we are
going back this week.We have also had so many miracles here with finding. The Lord has his
hand in all of our lives. I have never had so much success with dooring and finding my whole mission. But your attitude really makes a difference as well. We just expect to find people and we do every day.
Even if we just lift their spirits and help them have a better day that is a blessing. We have had such good conversations with people on the streets and at their doors. We started using a survey and people
are really responsive to it. I am just on this spiritual high. I love being a missionary. Some days O just never want to come home. The change you see in people as you talk about God is worth all the
rejection, worth all the pain, and all the long days. The joy of seeing someone smile back at you and seeing that you have helped them to have a better day is priceless. I just feel like I have finally
figured out what true happiness is. I never want to loose it. It is amazing. The Gospel is amazing. I finally am figuring things out and I have so much more to learn. Makes me wish I knew these things before.
We are meeting with the man we met last week hopefully next week. He is a bit busy.
But that was my week. Things are wonderful here.
Love you all
Sister Poll