We had another tough week in Köln! It seems to be going the same way for our Elders too. So many appointments were cancelled and not many people are progressing, but we have decided this is the time when we have to really show our faith, so we will keep doing as much as we can.
There were some really great highlights of the week though!
Zone Conference was on Tuesday and we got to have the Bonn sisters stay overnight with us for a couple of days and that was a party. We learned a lot about managing our time and planning well at zc. We also got to watch Meet the Mormons! It was really good and it was fun to watch a movie haha. We might have all cried a little bit at the end when they take their son to the airport though. I just love seeing all the missionaries here and hearing from our mission president. He really is inspired and made us more excited to just be better. Sister Pettitt and I sang a musical number and that was fun too.
Sister Pettitt and I also got brave and decided to dye our hair! We just went a little darker
Yesterday was the best day of the week. I got to sit in primary for two hours and translate for a family from Utah. I just loved being in primary with the kids! Then we were able to get Anita to church because our wonderful ward mission leader picked her up. She is opening up to us a lot more! She said she wants to stay on this good path and we think she will be ready for her baptism on April 4th. Then the Nowaks let us bring Anita to their house after church for lunch and for a lesson. It was so great to have her in a member's home! They both bore such perfect testimonies for her and really said exactly what she needs. I am so grateful for these faithful and selfless members!
I love the Lord and I love this work! I am so grateful to be a missionary.
I love you all!
It seemed like this past week was going to go really really well according to everything in our planners, but basically everything ended up getting cancelled and that made it a bit of a hard week! But I have learned that this is not my work at all and we have to leave it to the Lord.
Sarah has been pretty flaky lately but we do understand that things are a little crazy with her new baby. She texted us and said she isn't ready for baptism and we were not able to visit them at all this week. Things also got a little crazy when we told patrick he needs to be baptized again. There are no records for him and it has been a little difficult explaining why he needs to be baptized again! But we are working on our patience and realize that it is very important to make sure they are both fully prepared for this commitment!
We had a great lesson with the family from Ecuador. Her sons seem more prepared than she is! Her biggest struggle is understanding how God could have a body. I realized I have never thought that he wouldn't have one! She had to work yesterday, but we are hoping they will come to church on Sunday.
We visited those two contacts on Monday. The first lady is now a new investigator and is doing great! The second lady was interesting! It was really cool because she brought her whole family into the living room and prayed for us and everything, but she is very set on the Bible and her religion. She explained that very clearly to Sister Pettitt in French last night on the phone!
Anita is slowly making progess we think. She is very sick with her pregnancy though and her daughter is super distracting during all of our lessons! We brought a new member to one of our appointments with her and it went very well. He said she needs lots of support and we think he is the perfect one for the job.
At district meeting on Wednesday, one of our elders challenged us to take a small rule from the white hand book that seems unimportant and really follow it, so we took him up on that. And we saw two really cool miracles these past two days!
We got home last night and were eating real quick when the phone rang and it said it was a contact that we didn't know. It turns out that sister missionaries contacted this girl 2 years ago and she wants to meet with us! We have no idea who she is, but we will meet on Wednesday!
We were also in the train on the way to write emails and we were just talking to each other and the girl sitting across from us took her headphones out and asked us if we were doing our mission trip here! She worked in Ghana for a year and had seen missionaries there and had talked to them a little bit. We asked if she wanted to meet with us and she wrote her phone number down and said she was excited! I think Sister Pettitt and I were smiling way too hard when we got off the train!
Our ward mission leader shared a spiritual thought with us this week. The topic was how the Lord is preparing people and they will hear His voice, recognize it, and know it. That is something that I really learned this week because if we were in charge of leading this work, it would be awful! I am so grateful that it is the Lord who is doing that and not us. We taught a lot about the Atonement this week and we felt the Spirit so strongly as we shared our testimonies. I know that Christ lives and He loves us and He knows us!
Love, Sister Funk
This week has gone by so quickly and feel like it has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster!
-I realized I have been out for 7 months...I'm not a new missionary anymore and I feel like I have so much left to do and to learn! It's kind of scary haha.
-We got 4 new investigators, the family from Ecuador that I talked about last week! We brought our ward mission leader with since he speaks spanish and it went so well! The three sons sat in chairs behind their mom on the coach and listened the whole time and asked great questions! We really feel like once they read more in the Book of Mormon and come to church, they will progress very quickly.
-We spent part of Tuesday with Rebeka, the only yw in our ward. She is such a cool person and I definitely was not like her when I was 16 haha. We brought her to teach Sarah with us and it turned out to be quite an adventure. We missed our first train, so we had to wait a long time for the next one. And then once we got on our bus it was snowing and we were going to a new place because Sarah's family moved. The sign thing in the bus that says which bus stop it is at wasn't working, so I just had to look out the foggy windows and try to find it and listen to the announcer thing. We pressed the button for the bus to stop, but he just kept on driving a few bus stops later! We had to get off and walk back on the side of the road in the snow and rain. She had such a good attitude though and we made it! The lesson was great and Rebeka bore such powerful testimony. She even talked about it in her talk in Stake Conference on Sunday. We were really grateful to have her with us! Sarah is making great progress. She will definitely be ready for her baptism next week!
-We were able to meet with some members in the ward that we have never visited before. They are older ladies and live alone. They were so cute about making us lunch and giving us a ton of cake! One of them showed us all of her mission pictures from when she served in the Frankfurt temple and it was really sweet. I am just so grateful for members like them. They are over 80 years old and still travel on the train to church on Sundays. They both do family history work and are amazing examples for their non member families. We introduced the mission plans to them and said they are already praying every day to find someone to teach and they even put fliers in mailboxes sometimes..that is some serious dedication!
-Our elders in Köln moved a few floors higher to a better apartment this week, so we got to help them move! Elders had been living in this apartment for 35 years and there was a ton of stuff in there.
-Stake Conference was this weekend. We had to travel to Düsseldorf on saturday to practice singing since we were the choir and then again on Sunday for the meetings. It was really fun to see the whole zone and the Bonn sisters got to spend the night! We even had to take a taxi Sunday morning because the buses didn't run early enough.
-We went to Bonn for pday today and I love this city! There is a lot to do but it isn't so big like Köln. We saw Beethoven's house and walked along the Rhein and shopped a bit. Apparently there is a boat that goes from Bonn to Köln and we are determined to do that for pday soon.
-We met two women on buses this week and we are going to visit both of them tonight! Hopefully they will become new investigators:)
-My testimony that this Gospel is true is just growing every day. Sometimes I get so frustrated because I feel like we are not making much of a difference here, but I know that I am learning so many things that will help me later on in life! The Lord truly does work through small and simple things.
Love you and miss you all!
So many wonderful things have happened this week!-We have been working quite a bit with one of the new investigators we got last week. Her name is Anita and she has a cute daughter and is also pregnant! We seem to have good luck with pregnant women haha. Our first few appointments were a bit weird. It just felt like she wasn't listening and the Spirit wasn't there. But we were able to get her to the church and had a lesson with Sister Nowak there too and it was so much better! She came to church yesterday and we also set a baptismal date!!
-Probably the sweetest moment of my mission so far happened on Wednesday. We had scheduled an appointment to teach Sarah and when we called to confirm she said she was in the hospital. We just assumed that she wasn't feeling well with her pregnancy and everything and she said we could come visit her there anyways. So we found the hospital and went to her room and talked for a minute or so and then she wanted some water so Sister Pettitt walked over to her bed to pour her some and almost screamed because she realized there was a tiny baby next to Sarah! Turns out she had her baby only few hours earlier and we were the first people to even see her! Her name is Deborah and she was 2.75 Kilos! Apparently she had tried to tell us on the phone that she had her baby but it was really hard to hear haha. We got to teach her about eternal families and it was seriously the sweetest thing ever. Her husband Patrick and her boys came half way through and he was saying how grateful he was for our presence haha. I just love them! We of course had to move her baptismal date, so it will be the 21st of March now!
-We were sitting in a train the other day when some random number called our phone so I answered it and it was a man asking if we were the people with the name tags. Apparently we gave him a mormon.org card on a bus and he said he wants to meet with us and learn more! We will be meeting him tomorrow.
-Erik is doing so well! He had been sick for a while so we were not able to visit the past couple of weeks, but we finally got to visit again on Thursday. Sister Pettitt and I made a game to review the plan of salvation and it was just so cool to see how much he has learned!
-We met with Rosa, the girl I wrote about last week, just a few hours ago! She seems so so prepared to me! She is from Ecuadaor and has three sons. We somehow managed to meet them all at 3 separate times when we kept stopping by to try to set up an appointment.. She is really excited to meet with us and we are so excited to teach them haha.
Something I have been thinking a lot about this week is the fact that we have a prophet. We have been listening to a lot of general conference talks lately and have been reading ensigns and I am just so grateful for the words of the prophet and apostles! It is something that really sets our church apart and I know that they truly are called of God.
I love you and hope that you are all doing well!
I've been called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Germany Frankfurt mission.
Dear Sister Funk:
You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Germany Frankfurt Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the German language.