We have been teaching members of the church who speak German in addition to our investigators, but tomorrow we will get to skype members who are actually living in Germany right now and share a message! We are excited but also really nervous. Sometimes our teachers will talk to us like people actually talk in Germany (with the accent, quickly, and not incredibly enunciated) and sometimes we have no idea at all what they're saying, so tomorrow will be interesting!
The language is coming. It kind of seems like we aren't learning as many words as we did the first couple of weeks, so we decided we need to step up our Language study a little more. Our prayers are getting much better though and our grammar has improved sooo much. It's a lot more fun now to teach because we are understanding more of what our investigators are saying! Funny story. For some reason I thought one of our companions kept talking about having car problems so I started trying to chat back about car problems and it turns out that he wasn't talking about cars at all! My companion was looking at me like I was crazy! We have also managed to tell people to "castle their eyes" instead of close your eyes to pray, stop reading the scriptures and praying instead of keep reading the scriptures and praying, and we asked where God is instead of who God is. At least we're learning! Our teachers have challenged us to make our Language study more spiritual, so we are reading the Book of Mormon auf Deutsch all together and sometimes we understand what we are reading!
We taught our first "less active" member this week. He has severe depression and so he is in a mental hospital. Our teacher taught him when he was serving in Germany and he says he is one of the greatest people he has ever met. Sister Hyatt and I had a hard time teaching him because our teacher is trying to act depressed when in reality he is incredibly happy and upbeat all the time. We kept quietly laughing, but we are getting better at taking this more seriously, thank goodness.
I am going to be so sad to leave my teachers and my district. I know I say this probably every week, but they really are just the greatest! Every time I am tired of studying or tired of sitting in class etc, I will get to class and the teachers will say exactly what I need to hear. It has been a great blessing and it makes sitting through 11 hours of studying much easier!
We had a great devotional yesterday by a member of the seventy. He talked about the importance of setting goals and then actively working to achieve them. He also stressed the importance of working the hardest you have ever worked in your life. I hope I can live up to that standard!
I feel like my testimony has grown so much over these 4 short weeks. My love for the Book of Mormon is probably what has increased the most. I used to make myself read a chapter or two every night, but now I couldn't be happier to take 20 or 30 minutes of my personal study to just read the scriptures! We got to watch the Joseph Smith movie on Sunday and we also memorized the first vision auf Deutsch. It makes you appreciate the words more when you really have to think about the words and the meaning of what you are saying. Having our investigators read Joseph Smith's own words of the first vision is one of the fastest ways to bring the Spirit into our lessons!
Thank you for all of the emails and Dear Elders! My district jokes that i'm going to go through withdrawals when I don't get so much mail every day in the mission field. But I love them! I hope everyone is doing well!
Love, Sister Funk