We had breakfast with Sandra on Tuesday and nearly froze to death on our walk there. It is getting so cold here! Breakfast in Germany is wonderful. It is basically like lunch for America but it is way better here. Sandra and Besmir just got married a year or so ago and we just LOVE them. They are always taking good care of us and invite us over all the time. Advent calendars are super big here and they gave us some yesterday and we happily ate our piece of chocolate today!
We ate Mexican food with Erik and his mom! It was almost Mexican food but it was kind of plain. It was Erik's very first taco, so that was exciting. We made Erik an advent calendar but as a countdown to his baptism and we added scriptures for every day. He has been doing it every day and even memorized the Book of Mormon page to his favorite scripture so far. He really liked the scriptures in Moroni about little babies not needing to be baptized. We also met with Erik and his mom yesterday and we made guacamole for them! His mom is from Brazil and apparently she has only ever eaten avacados with sugar and milk basically like a smoothie. We tried that too and it was sure interesting. I love visiting them because you can really feel the spirit in their home. They have so much faith and are truly Christlike.
I tried some kind of special cookie thing they have here in Germany for the holidays at our zone training. The theme was Christmas, so we all wore super great Christmas sweaters. We talked a lot about the "He is the Gift" thing the church is doing and we are SO excited! We have been trying contacting at the Christmas markets and this time of the season is just perfect for sharing the Gospel!
We got rootbeer at a less active appointment! It doesn't exist here, so she bought it from amazon! We also contacted two great people on the ubahns on the way there and back. They said they have been wanting answers for a long time and that it couldn't be a coincidence that we met them! We hope to have appointments this week with them.
A couple of weeks ago, I gave a Book of Mormon to a guy on a bus and didn't think much of it, BUT THEN HE CALLED US! That never happens. We met with him at a bakery this past week and tried to set some expectations etc. It is a little tough though because his German isn't very good and neither is ours. We aren't quite sure if he is a little creepy or if he is just nice, but we hope to be able to meet with him again and we will bring a member along! It was just really cool to see that there are people out there who are looking for the truth and God is making everything work out!
We had a pretty great Thanksgiving here in Germany. We visited Oma Jo and that is one of my favorite appointments of the week! There is a little foodstand outside of her house that sells whole chickens and fries and they had turkeys! So we bought ourselves a turkey and celebrated thanksgiving with Oma Jo and the Elders. Then we had an appointment with the Nowaks. Sister Wadsworth and I decided we would try to make a little thanksgiving for them and it was quite the experience! We are getting really good at just using what we have and somehow making it work! We wanted to make those cookies with a cake mix and pumpkin, so we found bottled pumpkin in the store and decided we would just puree it. Turns out it was pickled pumpkin... only in Germany. We ended up putting that over the turkey and potatoes and then we used apple sauce for the cookies. It turned out pretty okay and we had fun making it.
Sister Wadsworth and I were in charge of the ysa activity this week and we decided to make caramel apples! No one had made them before or eaten them before, so that was really fun with the members. I love being with the ysa members and seeing how much they do to be a member of this church. It really isn't easy for them and a lot of them are converts with unsupportive families. It is amazing because they are the ones who are most willing to go on joint teaches with us or to do their visiting teaching or home teaching.
Yesterday we dropped a little gift by Schwester Schumaker and she ended up making us dinner! I think I have written about her before. I can't even really describe the kind of woman she is and I wish you could all meet her! Her husband had a stroke 6 months ago and she takes care of him all day without complaining and also with so much love. She has such a strong testimony and is one of the most humble people I have ever met. We noticed that her advent calendar was set up but it has nothing in it for all of the days, so Sister Wadsworth and I are going to fill it for her tomorrow! I have decided that if we are ever having a bad day on the mission, we just need to go visit one of the old ladies in our ward and it truly fills us right up with the Spirit and makes me love what we are doing.
We spent our entire pday today going to all of the Christmas Markets. We ate wayyy too much and are probably going to go through all of our money way too fast this month! They are so cute and it really makes it feel like Christmas time. We are hoping that we can bring ipads some day and share the He is the Gift video with all the people walking by. I think mom and all her sisters need to come and they would probably all die because it's even better than Swiss Days...
Sister Wadsworth and I had some pretty intense and interesting lessons this week with other investigators that have really caused me to internalize the Gospel even more. Everything about it is becoming so much more black and white to me and I am realizing more and more each day that Christ is the only way and we have to choose to follow His example and live the Gospel. My testimony of Christ and His Atonement has grown so much already and I am so so grateful for Him! Sometimes I just feel like a 19 year old girl sharing scriptures, but we are really trying to remember that we have power and authority to be here and to preach the Gospel. I hope that as my mission goes on, I will become a better teacher!
I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great week and I love you!