Sunday, November 22, 2015

Prayers for Our Friend

Hey there!!!
I also can't believe that it is time to write again. Really it is insane how fast the time goes. It feel like just yesterday I was writing. This week has been really good. We had good and sad moments but overall one of he best weeks of my whole mission. Let me tell you what happened. Well we spent all of last Monday with N. We walked to the lake and castle that is here in Ludwigsburg. It was great. We had a great talk as well about making time for things and what our priorities are. N said when she goes back to Bochum it will be hard to find time for church maybe and the missionaries. We told her she didn't have to meet every day like with us but at least once a week and also how you need to go to church. And then we talked about how you can always have time if you make time. And she really understood it and said she would make the time. She is awesome. We then were able to skype with the missionaries in Bochum on Wednesday. It was sooo great. She felt so much better after she saw them and got to talk to them. They were going to pick her up at the train station. It was so good. Then after we talked with N and the member who we were with who is a convert it really helped N. It was awesome. On Thursday we also went to a members house with N and had a fantastic lesson. She is really nervous about being baptized since she may go back to China and she wants to be able to follow the commandments. She probably wont get baptized this month just because she is struggling a little. But she definitely knows it is true. She will be baptized for sure. I just think it will be next month sometime. She will be ok though. I got the ring the day that she left but I will send it to her. She was really excited to get it. She will love it. We knelt in prayer at the end of the lesson and it was such a powerful experience. She is amazing. We said goodbye on Friday and it was hard but so peaceful at the same time. She will be ok. Please keep her in your prayers that she can find a job here in Germany or if not that she will be ok when she goes back to China. Where she lives the closest church is about 6 hours away. It just depends on where she goes... Prayers would help. Thanks.
As far as her boyfriend things are good. He is just really busy unfortunately. But he will be ok. I know it.
We are also working with some other great people. They are making slow progress and not wanting to come to church so that is something we are working on. But it is going really well here. I will miss the people
when I have to leave. Nothing else too interesting this week. One of the little girls in the ward got baptized this week. She was so cute and there were a lot of friends and non members there. It was wonderful. She loved it. Sorry this email is short and a bit vague. Things are awesome. We are doing awesome work here. We are trying our best to find more people.
This next week is going to be busy. We have exchanges and I'm sure this week will fly by. I love and miss you all!!! Have a great week!!!!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 9th

Well folks,
Sad to say that our dear friend Nan is heading back to Bochum this Saturday.  It is very bittersweet.  It is sad because we love her.  Not only because we meet every day, but also because we have become best friends.  We spent basically all of our p-day together today.  She will leave a huge hole in our hearts, but we are going to keep in contact.  She will be baptized in Bochum on the 28 of November is the plan.  And she should have no problem making that as long as she meets with the missionaries and goes to church when she gets there.  Which she is nervous about it but we are coaching her through it.  It is really good though that she is going back now so she can get to know the ward there before her baptism.  It will really help her.  Unfortunately we will not be able to go.  It is about 5 hours away by bus and isn't even in our mission.  But we will be there in Spirit.  She is going to have one of the greatest experiences of her life.  We talked with her the other day about the Temple and talked about how she can help others come to the knowledge that she now has and she was really excited about it.  She is also excited to go home and help all her friends to meet with the missionaries.  They will just love her there.  She just gets it.  We will seriously miss her.  But it is better for her.  She can't get baptized here due to the fact that she has no house here.  She is going to go back eventually and after prayer we feel that she needs to go back.  It is really good.  Today was our last p-day with her and we went to a castle and walked around and took a lot of pictures.  She is awesome.  We will meet with her until Friday, she goes home on Saturday.  But then her Boyfriend will have more time to meet with us.  haha.  We ate Chinese food with them on Saturday and it tasted really good.  Chinese food in America is not real Chinese food.  We had a wonderful time together.
We also had  great time at MLC this week.  We learned a lot from President and we are trying to improve ourselves so that we can be better missionaries.  It was very uplifting and I am so glad that we were able to go.  In the morning we played some sport with the other missionaries.  We played Foosball and it was wonderful.  I am terrible because I haven't played in so long.  But after we played some touch rugby as well.  The grass was wet and I slipped and did a total belly flop.  My shirt can prove it.  It was fun though.  It was nice to see the other missionaries as well. 
Things are great here.  Our people are progressing and even though Nan is leaving us we still have a lot to do.  We are working hard and I am so grateful for your love and support.  I hope you have a wonderful week!!!!  Love you!!!
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Short on time today.  Sorry it is short.  Love you!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Halloween Week

Well this week has been so full of wonderful things I don't even know where to start.  Basically it is really all about N..  She is amazing if I haven't mentioned it before.  She is so ready to hear about the gospel and she is making so much progress in just the week and a half since we have met her.  She is so wonderful.  I love her.  And we get to see her every day!!!  It is just the best.  We are working on getting her in contact with the missionaries in Bochum where she lives so that when she goes back she knows who they are and isn't so surprised and everything.  We talked with her today about that.  She has had almost all of the lessons. We are just teaching her the Word of Wisdom this week and a few other things.  But she really just accepts things really well. But not in a way that she is just blindly following.  She likes to study the topics before hand so that we can have a discussion. And she basically teaches us and just asks us the things she didn't understand.  She is so prepared.  We just have to figure out a few things so that she can be baptized either here or in Bochum.  We set a date with her though!!!  It is going to be the 28 of November most likely.  We just don't know the location yet. Never had that problem before.  haha. We are working closely with our Mission President so that we can make things happen.  It is going to be a wonderful day when she is baptized.  She is really amazing.
We are also going to meet with her boyfriend this week and get his date reset.  He has been really busy with work because one of his coworkers is leaving and even though he has no experience he has to take over his work load.  So he is trying to learn all the things for his coworkers job.  So he has been really busy.  We hope he will have time for us this week though.  He is also really wonderful.  They both came to a baptism of one of the kids in the ward this past weekend.  And they both just loved it.  They also both fasted for the past Sunday and really want to follow the things that we are teaching.  The great thing is that even though S isn't meeting with us right now, N tells him everything that she learns and he tries to learn things from when he has some spare time in the evening.  So he is doing ok, we just need to help him come back to us a little.  haha.  
We also met with a new man this week.  We met him a few weeks ago at his door. We gave him a book of Mormon and he said he would take it but most likely not really read it.  We went back this past week and he is in 1 Nephi 10.  He said he thinks it is interesting and wants to read the whole thing.  We are hopefully going back this week.  :)  He is really cool.  He has a catholic background and wants to learn more. He doesn't believe that the catholic church is true.  He is wonderful.
Frau B is doing good.  Just kind of at a standpoint right now.  Her family now has book of Mormons and some of them are reading.  She just doesn't want to come to church and take the next step, but she is reading the book. So that is really good.  We are just hoping that she comes to church this next week.  
On Halloween we were with a member and normally there are not that many kids out trick or treating here since Halloween isn't the biggest holiday here.  But they ran out of candy since last year no one really came.  It was funny.  They were rummaging through their pantry for candy.  But some of the kids were not dressed up.  They just knocked on the door for candy... Really funny actually.  But we had a good time with them there.  We ate Leberkäse.  You can google that.  It tastes really good.  It is kind of like American hot dogs but waaaaaaay better.  It was a really good Halloween.  Next year will be strange.  
There are so many other blessing that have happened this week.  Really you can see the hand of the Lord in your life if you just look for it.  I love you all and hope that you have a wonderful week!!!  Try to talk to someone about God this week and help them know that He loves them.  I love you all!!!  
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