At the end of pday last week, we traveled super far away to contact a referral that we got on mormon.org. It is a couple, Patrick and Sela, who is from Africa, but they just moved here from Italy and they have two super cute boys. They are living in a temporary home type place and it reminded me a lot of what we used to do in FCCLA when we visited Pathways. I almost started crying because they were trying to give us all of their food and I knew they hardly had much and it just really touched me how selfless and humble they are. Patrick was telling us about how he found out about the church and the language barrier is a little tough because they don't know German and only a little bit of English. So we aren't quite sure if he was actually baptized 8 years ago or if he just went to a baptism, so we are working on figuring that out! Sela is for sure not a member, but she referred herself and wants to learn more! We talked about the plan of salvation and they asked such good questions! Sister Wadsworth and I had to go home and study them because we weren't quite sure what he answers were. I'm just super excited to keep working with them!
We spent New Years day with the Slopek family. They live in a really tiny town out in the country and I fell in love with it! They actually live in a house (not apartment) and it is 100 years old. They gave us a tour and everything. Bruder Slopek is the only member in his family and he is just so nice and super dedicated to the Gospel! They fed us a lot of food and showed us all around their town. We saw a waterfall and he drove us to the top of a mountain and then we had a good hour long Bible study in their living room. He is so smart and really dives into the scriptures. He types his notes and even printed them out for us so we could follow along!
We missed a lot of trains and buses this week, but we are pretty sure that was all part of God's plan! Every time we had to wait and take a later bus, we ended up talking to someone who would take a book of mormon and we had a bunch of cool conversations. One of them happened to be on a bus and it seemed like the whole bus was listening and participating! Sometimes it feels like we aren't teaching many people and we don't have a lot of investigators, but I hope that the people we do contact benefit from our conversations and actually read the Book of Mormon! I think we don't always see what becomes of all the work we do as missionaries.
This is my last week with Sister Wadsworth and then she goes home! We have a super busy week ahead before she leaves. I am going to miss her a lot! But I am also excited for something new.
Thank you for the pictures and for the emails! I love you!