Monday night was a bit rough. We had no appointments so we hit the
streets and the doors! We gave a Book of Mormon to someone we
contacted because the last name on her door was Jesus. She gladly took
it! The. We met a cool girl on the street who's sister is a member. We
will meet with her tomorrow! Then it was 8 at night and it was already
dark but we kept doing streets even though it was a bit sketchy.
Honestly we wanted to go home so badly and had no desire to be there.
I gave a card to a guy and he crumpled it up and threw it on the
ground so that was just the cherry on top:) but we stuck it out and
survived the night!
Tuesday was a weird day, haha. We did studies and then we
went by Enna who served us a cup of her milk tea and talked a lot. Haha, we
had tried to buy some chalk before going in but couldn't find any, but
anyway, by the time we got out of there, we had missed our train and were
going to be late to our next appointment with Barbara Miller. But, we got
there, and that was an awesome appointment. We got to know her, ate some
delicious healthy food, and she was really wanting to do better with her
missionary work. She is from Hungary and served in this mission and
even served in Düsseldorf! We did our little restoration sentence
committed her to give the Book of Mormon out, and she accepted. She
definitely wants us to continue helping her do missionary work, haha, and
that's awesome. Unfortunately, our appointment went longer then expected
and we were way late to the chalking activity we had invited everyone to.
Then we walk up to the Main river, and there was no one there. Like
seriously, so empty. And then we're like great. So we made the decision to
go to the middle of the zeil (a street going the
middle of the city) and chalk there. So we head over. We wrote, "Wofür sind
sie dankbar?" And then started inviting people to write what they were
thankful for. :) we started having some pretty cool conversations, and I
met a less active/no longer member from Korea.
Then I split with Sister Lyman on Wednesday and we went to Wiesbaden
in the American area. These sisters serve on the American base! It was
really weird to be with Americans. I had kind of forgotten how there
actually is a difference in cultures! We went to an appointment with a
Pilipino lady and a family from the ward was there as well. She cooked
us A TON of food and is just the most friendly woman I've ever met.
Sister Lyman and I went running for exercise in the morning on
Thursday and I hadn't ran in forever. It might have been the highlight
of my week. Then we did something I never thought I would do on a
mission. We went to a Zumba class! These sisters have to get pretty
creative in their finding methods because they can only teach people
from base but cannot contact on base. A member teaches the class and
it's a good way to meet other people and talk about the gospel in a
sort of round about way:) then we joined the Frankfurt sisters in
Frankfurt for the street display. Sister Lyman and I were able to
teach a girl, Anastasia, the restoration right there. She seems really
Friday consisted of some good less active appointments and our weekly
appointment with the relief society president. She made us really good
pancake things and I just admire her! She's a single mom and has such
a love for relief society. I feel like I can learn from her example!
On Saturday we went by a potential we'd met at the street
display. Turns out he was interested cause he wanted us to help him get a
visa to America by sending him an invitation! Not cool.We even went
all the way to his hotel where he answered the door in a towel and
then took our book and asked for a visa. But, we did get to teach
Anastasia that night. She is way cool.
We gave her a tour of the church and talked about the restoration some
more. She was
way solid and seriously asked all the right questions.
On Sunday we met with Paola again! We showed her the gospel
library app and she loved it! She texted us that evening that she'd watched
some videos and really enjoyed it. It was a good appointment and made
up for our disappointment because Anastasia didn't come to church.
We had transfer calls on Saturday and sister Knutson and I are staying
together! We are so happy! And sister Parker is coming to Frankfurt in
the international ward. It's going to be a good transfer!
This week I have just been thinking a lot about what motivates me as a
missionary. I've decided I want to work on having more love and
charity. We are contacting a ton and finding a ton of potentials..but
not many of those potentials are becoming investigators. I feel like
we need to approach our work in a different way and really become
better at member work. I want to love the members and get to know them
better and support them in their work because we all kind of know
that's the best way to do the work!
I hope you are doing well and I love you!