the devil away!
We are finding like crazy and God has really blessed us every single
day because we really have been finding a potential daily! Granted, a
lot of these potentials have not shown up to our appointments...but
when you find a new one every day you have enough solid ones that
actually meet with you!
Frankfurt feels like home now. I still haven't seen a ton of the city
but I know our house, the church, and the main shopping area really
well! We start doing splits this week so I'm looking forward to that.
I'm a little nervous for the splits when I have to stay in Frankfurt
though because I don't want to get us lost! Yesterday was also a lot
better than last Sunday. We got to know some more members and things
just seemed a bit friendlier haha. It's interesting though because
between us 8 missionaries, it's a race to try to make appointments
before someone else beats you to it! We're going to try to coordinate
that better. Sister Knutson and I were waiting in the foyer for a
little while because one of our potentials was supposed to come to
church, so I sat next to a young mom and got to know her better while
we waited. Turns out she had a referral,for us! The girl we were
waiting for never came but that was a great surprise instead!
Sister Knutson and I have been talking a lot about being more
consecrated, more diligent, and more inspired. It's frustrating
because you can't really measure that, so it's hard to set goals for
it! But that's what we are going to try to focus on this transfer.
There is a talk called the fourth missionary and it talks about how we
have a lot of good desires, but some of those need to be out in a box
while we are on a mission so we can just focus on the work and give
everything to the lord.
We had zone training with the Friedrichsdorf zone this week. The focus
was role plays, so we based it around the Olympics(because you
obviously have to practice/role play for that) and the Your 4 Minutes
general conference talk. Everything turned out really well! president
and sister Stoddard came so that was great too. Sister Knutson and I
were supposed to lead a role play, so we ended up doing like 20 role
plays to role play for our role play if that makes any sense. We're
getting pretty good at them!
I had a cool experience on Monday. We decided to go by on a few people
and do some doors. We got more potentials doing doors than I've ever
gotten on my mission and then we started heading home. We were walking
to the train station when I noticed two people looking at us and
talking and laughing. That happens prettyyyy often and then I noticed
they were drinking beer so I was ready to just keep walking and ignore
that but for some reason I felt like I should talk to them, so I
turned around even though I really didn't want to and asked if they
had seen missionaries before. Turns out the guy lived in Utah for 3
years right by temple and the girl was a past investigator. We got
talking and they were very nice and the girl said she would love to
meet and started telling us what she knew from the restoration. She
has to work a lot for two weeks but we will meet with her after that!
Last Sunday we did some doors and a giant shirtless Italian guy
answers the door with a really intimidating dog. He said he knew all
about our church and his coworker is a member. He said he would love a
Boom of Mormon and we told him we would bring him an Italian one two
days later. So we did but he didn't answer. We went back last night
though and he apologized for not being their earlier and set up an
appointment with us! We are so excited!!
We had one of the greatest lessons of my mission on Saturday. The
sisters found a girl named Viviana through a weird sequence of events
before I got to Frankfurt and we got to teach her for the first time
on Saturday! We brought the cutest ward missionary ever with us
because they can both speak Italian. Viviana is a single mom with two
boys who remind me a lot of Parker and Landon. She is catholic but
isn't too convinced that it's right and is very open to learning. We
were going to teach the restoration and we did, but we ended up doing
it in a way we had never done before! It was a weird order of
information and we mostly talked about the priesthood and somehow it
was just perfect for her. Her eyes got all teared up and she kept
thanking us for meeting with her. We are so excited about her! But she
is going to Italy for three weeks so we have to wait a while.
We had a big learning and humbling experience at district meeting this
week. Our whole district is made up of missionaries in leadership
positions and we basically just learned that we need to raise the bar
and step it up more. Sister Knutson and I talked about it for a long
time afterwards and that's when we decided we wanted to focus on
consecration and dedication. I love my mission so much and it's going
by so quickly! And I'm grateful that I continually learn how to give
more and more of myself to my Heavenly Father and to this work.