Saturday, October 3, 2015

What a great week!!

Well Hello to all those that I love.  
Well, this week has been pretty great.  The weather has been amazing and warm and we are so grateful, but we have also had a chilly wind.  But nothing we can't handle.  Really has been just a good week to be out and about.  Not too much rain, but enough to make things greener.  :)
On Monday we went to a big Pumpkin exhibition here in Ludwigsburg.  It was really cool and I will try to send you some pictures this week.  It was something that was really cool to see and we didn't even have to pay for it which made it so much better.  We had a coupon that we got when we came here to Ludwigsburg and so we got to go in free.  And it was really cool because they have the whole garden with the Castle that you can see, also the Pumpkins and also a garden made for the kids that has fairy tales all around.  So you go and there is a place with a wolf and a little girl in a red cloak and you push a button and they speak and move.  It is like that with so many fairy tales.  And we didn't stay that long, but we could have been there all day.  It was really fun.
Then we had District meeting on Tuesday.  It was really good and we had two new elders in our district from transfers so it was nice to meet them as well.  Then we went by on one of our less actives/part member families that we are working with.  They have been sick so we took them some tea and we ended up staying there and having a really good talk with them.  They are so awesome.  We are going back there tonight.  The dad is trying to stop drinking coffee which is a huge step for him.  He is really amazing.  And the mom and daughter came to church yesterday!!!!  We were so excited!!!!!  We really feel like if they keep being good examples the dad will get baptized here soon.  They are such an amazing family.  Really we just love being over there.  And they are making progress since we have started going over there which is just such an amazing feeling.  

Wednesday was wonderful.  haha.  I just had to look back at what we did, but now I know for sure that it was wonderful.  :)  We made cookies and took them to some of the members to thank them for all that they do for us.  Also for some of our investigators and a few others.  We did it during lunch really fast.  We also needed some to apologize to one of our investigators cuz we had a small miscommunication.  We were so mad at ourselves!!!  We made all these plans to go pick her up on Sunday (last week)  And we told her we would be there and everything. She said that she would call if something came up and she couldn't come.  Well she called us on Saturday but we couldn't answer, and she didn't pick up.  Basically we spent all night playing phone tag.  We assumed (which you should never do and I will never do again) that she wasn't coming.  We even called her Sunday morning and tried to get hold of her.  But because she said she would call us if something came up and she couldn't come to church we just thought she was telling us she couldn't come.  Not the case.  And I was so mad cuz I felt like we should go get her, but I pushed it aside.  I hate when I ignore the Spirit.  Don't do it!!!  She was waiting outside for us and we didn't come.  She ended up going to her own church instead of coming with us.  We felt so bad.  But she is still going to meet with us.  She was upset, but better.  We will see if she still allows us to keep coming.  Pray for her please.  :)

Thursday was good cuz we found out that our investigator didn't drop us.  (See above)  And we then went and met with our other potential old woman in Kornwestheim.  She is super sweet but we haven't been able to meet cuz her upstairs neighbor almost burnt their house down.  Her apartment still smells like smoke, but everything is way better now.  We were finally able to go back and see her.  We are going back this week as well.  She is super sweet.  

On Friday we had a great lesson with our new baptized member.  (From before we got here)  And she is wonderful.  Her little baby is so cute and we just love her.  And we want to hold her but we don't. :)  I really want to hold children.  But I am resisting.  We talked with her about the restoration and she understands things so well and has such a strong testimony.  I am stronger every time we leave that place. She even made us some African snacks.  They are like little....  I don't even know how to describe them.  Like bite size sweet hard cracker things....  I know that is a terrible description.... But they taste good.  :)  
We also had just an amazing lesson with one of our new investigators from China.  He has really no religious background.  We were teaching him about how he can receive answers and come closer to God through prayer.  We asked him if he had any experience with prayer and he said no.  Only from movies (which is one of his hobbies-watching movies...)  And then he looked at us and said "Show me". And we were both a little surprised.  he was just so abrupt and up front.  We sat there for a second and then he said it again. "Show me"  And we both were so excited.  We taught him how to pray and we asked him  to say a prayer.  He was a little nervous so I gave him a simple example.  Then he was still a little unsure, so Sister Cook also said a beautiful prayer.  Then he said such an honest and hope prayer.  He thanked God that he was able to meet us and for the new experience that we were bringing him.  Thanked him that we knocked on his door and asked him for help in finding a job.  He was just so honest and after we asked him how he felt and he just said "really peaceful, I feel peaceful and good when you are talking with me".  It was such an amazing experience.  We are so excited to meet with him again this week.  We really hope he finds a job, but if he does he will move away.  We are trying to not to be selfish and hope that he finds one wherever it is.  And we will just send a really good referral if he leaves.  But hopefully we get to keep teaching him for a bit.  But he is amazing.  People like him make all the rejection and everything else worth it.  The Gospel truly touches people. 

On Saturday we got to do some service.  I almost made it a year and a half without mowing a lawn, but Saturday ended my streak.  We helped a member weed and mow her lawn one last time before winter comes.  It was basically just weeds and things but we got it done.  And it wasn't too hard.  We actually got it done really fast.  I even got to have the experience of using an electric mower.  I don't really care for them, but it wasn't too bad.  You just have to be really careful not to run over the cord.  But Germans don't have sprinklers so you don't have to worry about those.  It is just basically a replacement.  :)  Then we went and had dinner with a family that night.  It was really a great day. I love doing some work every once and awhile. :)

On Sunday we had a baptism of a little girl in the ward.  It was really a great experience.  Sister Cook and I played a musical number for the part where she was getting changed.  It was really pretty.  Sister Cook is amazing at the Viola.  The whole things was really nice.  Something funny was that we asked a member to drive us home after.  Sister Cook asked the wife and I asked the Husband. She said no and he said yes, so it was a bit confusing, but they took us home anyway.  Communication is key.  haha. 

Today we are going to a castle with a big pond with it.  We are really excited.  I was reading today in 3 Nephi chapter 6 and I was just thinking how sad it is that these people allow Satan to have power of us.  We really are more powerful than Satan.  We choose whether or not we let him take control.  Don't allow him to get into your heart.  There are so many things that he does but we can overcome them with God and Jesus Christ.  Never forget that.  I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!!!!!

Sister Poll

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