that but it sure wasn't easy. Basically the story of this week is that
everything fell out:) even the street display fell out and that's a
big deal! And on top of that the weather just poured rain on us all
week. Normally we could have just contacted our hearts out when our
appointments fell out, but that's a little harder in the rain when no
one is outside. And then we couldn't get contact with some
investigators and everyone kept saying they had no time...and it is
preferable when they are just honest with you and say they have no
interest because then you have to keep calling them and bugging them
until you figure the situation out!
But we survived the week and did our very best! We did some go bys and
no one was home...literally no one. But we contacted people on the way
there and on the way back. That's something we have tried to focus a
lot on this week, talking to people in the trains. And we have seen
miracles from that! We were able to give out lots of Books of Mormon
and just have great conversations that made me fall in love with the
German people all over again. They truly are amazing people and I feel
blessed to be here. We also met a polish lady on the street and set up
an appointment for the next day to bring her a polish Book of Mormon.
So we waited outside in the rain for a good 20 minutes and she never
came. So we got in a train to go visit someone and I started talking
the lady next to me anddd turns out she was from Poland! We were only
able to talk for about a minute but I quickly grabbed the polish Book
of Mormon that was conveniently in my bag and gave it right to her.
God works in mysterious ways!
Our week turned around on Saturday. We met with a guy named Rai. We
had meet him the week before and got his phone number and made an
appointment for Saturday. We were a bit nervous that he wasn't going
to be too serious about the whole thing, but he sure did surprise us!
He brought the Book of Mormon with him and asked the sweetest thing.
He had already read a ton and asked us if he could please just borrow
the book a little longer because he wasn't done yet...I had to smile
so big! Then we explained he can keep the book. He was an orphan in
Africa and was adopted by German parents and just is so kind and has
good manners! He said he was so glad we talked to him in the train
because he was too shy to ask about our name tags. We will meet with
him again on Wednesday!
This was also transfer week so we ended up doing some crazy split
arrangements, sleepovers in our apartment, and meetings at the mission
home. It has been my dream to go to the mission home and I finally
made it there! We picked up one of the brand new sisters on her first
day and got to take her outside a bit after she finished orientation.
It made me feel old. We were also able to go to the testimony meeting
with the three missionaries who were going home. I got to play the
musical number and the spirit was so strong. One of the missionaries
said a really cool quite that stood out to me: "the teacher is always
silent during a test." And that is how I felt this week! I was
wondering where the success was and where the answers to my prayers
were. But now I am so grateful for the lessons I learned this week and
the chance God gave me to exercise a bit more faith. I have a
testimony that He is there and He never leaves us.
I love you!