This week completely flew by, but I was so ready for pday! We are tired and needed a little break haha.
-I had my last split with Sister Madsen last Monday. She goes home this transfer and I am going to miss her! We had a bit of a boring split, but we had fun and ate an entire pizza from pizza hut, so it was great. One of her dying words of advice was to be grateful for things every single day because the days come to an end before you know it.
-We had our street display in Köln! The Elders really got creative on the wheels part and literally stuck it in a suitcase. It worked great though and you couldn't even see the suitcase when it was all set up! The district came and joined us and we played contacting BINGO. It probably was the greatest idea Elder Dean has had. You basically make a bingo card for every person with things we have to contact. For example, someone eating fries, someone wearing an animal shirt, mom pushing a stroller, group of 5 people or more etc etc. It really gets rid of contacting stereotypes and it's of course always fun to add a bit of competition! We were able to get information from 4 people so that was fun and successful.
-I gave my first Zone Training Theme! The topic was family history and contacting...I know nothing basically about family history. And I was also supposed to show everyone how to use familysearch.org. But I learned a good amount very quickly and it was really fun giving the theme! I used Parker's talk actually (thanks, pfunk). We also got to watch a clip of Mulan during zt and played ninja with bandanas the Sister Training Leaders made everyone. It was a good zone training!
-We had lost contact with Sarah for the past two weeks, but everything is great and wonderful now!! Apparently some other sisters in the mission were trying to contact her too which really threw Sarah off, but we cleared it all up. We have moved her baptismal date to the 28th..but her baby is due just a few days after that, so we will just see how things play out! We read 2 Nephi 31 with Sarah and Patrick and I loved hearing their questions and also seeing their excitement about the Gospel.
-Sister Kozma from the ward came and taught Patrick with us on Saturday. It is a really big struggle to get joint teaches and we were SO happy to have her with us! She was one of the first missionaries in Hungary. She even baked them cake and drove us to the appointment. I felt like we were almost like the missionaries from the District with everything picture perfect! Sister Kozma has been a huge example for me since I have been here. I look up to her and I guess she has just really touched me! She is an amazing mom and member of the church.
-Our Ward Mission Leader met with us on Friday and challenged us to talk to at least 10 people per day while using the public transportation. That is something we always try to do, but it is good to make it a set goal. After our meeting with him Sister Pettitt and I got on our bus and didn't sit next to each other so we could both talk to different people. I just complimented the girl sitting next to me on her shoes and she said thank you and got quiet again. Buttt I wasn't done talking to her so I just kept dragging the conversation on! (talking to random people is a lot easier for me now, the hard part is getting it to the topic of the Gospel). Turns out she has read the entire book of mormon and she said she would be excited to meet with us! It was just really cool to see how the Lord blesses us when we exercise a small particle of faith and then act. He blessed me right away!
-There is a member in our ward who was less active until she got an invitation in the mail from her visiting teachers and just all of the sudden came back. We love her. We had an appointment with her to meet at a cafe and she just surprised us and brought two non member friends! She is also bringing them to church on Sunday. And she bought us the best cake in the world and made us laugh super hard.
-We just finished making our ward's new mission plan for the year. Part of it includes having every family come up with its own mission plan. We are starting our first member appointment with that tonight and I'm excited to kind of change the way things are done around here! The members, the Manzke family, are making us Mexican food and we are over the moon excited!
-Sister Pettitt and I tried to contact one of the people we met at the street display the other day. It was late and pretty dark and we were just trying to find this house address! We finally found the street but there was just an empty plot of the land where the building should have been..so we walked through the dirt to a fence type thing and discovered basically a shack that had the right number on it. I think this was like the first time I have actually been scared! I wrote a super super quick note on a sticky note and we ran right out of there and brought the Elders back with us yesterday! We learned that this dirt pathway goes back further and there are more buildings back there. It is a place for people who are running for safety basically from dangerous countries. We met two cute girls from Albania who tried to help us find this person, but we never found him. The two little girls made our night though!
-I was feeling really tired and just done yesterday after church. Our appointment got cancelled and we were just doing some work on the computer when I heard the front doors open, so I walked out of the office and there was a random man standing there! He said he walks by the church often and wanted to come in. Good thing we were there. We gave him a tour of the church and he loved it! It really made my day to have someone come in of his own free will to learn about the church haha. We didn't get his information or anything, but I was just happy to give him a tour!
-Sister Pettitt and I have started reading Our Search for Happiness. I absolutely love this book and would recommend that everyone reads it haha. I would like to hand it out like we hand books of mormon out!
Sometimes it feels like we aren't making much of a difference here and it has been bothering me a lot. It's hard to balance not being complacent with the work but also not beating myself up because we are no where close to how things are in South America or some place like that. But everytime I write in my journal or really think about each and every day, it is easy to find a bunch of small miracles that we see daily. I am so happy to be here in Germany and I love the people here!
Happy Valentines this week! I love you!