The trains decided to strike for 4 whole days, so we had to get super creative with our travel plans! Needless to say, it was a miracle that we made it to the majority of our appointments! I think my favorite appointment we had this week would be with Erik. He is our 11 year old investigator who I think I wrote about last week! We taught him about the plan of salvation and he was answering all our questions and getting excited about it! He came to church yesterday and has made friends and he is just making great progress! We also played some more duets on the piano, so of course that was way fun. I miss being able to just sit down and play whenever!
We had zone training on Tuesday. It was just nice to be with so many other missionaries! We watched a great video about the last few hours of Christ's life and President Holland talks about how much He did for us. It really put things in perspective for us as missionaries. There is no reason to complain about anything and there is no reason to hold anything back. Christ overcame everything for us and it is SUCH a small thing to be a missionary.
I went to Duisberg (also known as the dirty D) on a split with our new Sister Training Leader! Sister Madsen and I basically had a blast even though there isn't much going on in Duisberg because the Sisters are just barely opening the area! We enjoyed a 2 hour long ward council, eating cereal, getting lost, looking at crazy statues in Duisberg, and talking a lot.
I got the surprising news on Friday that I would be giving a talk in church yesterday! I think you will all be happy and suprised to know that I really didn't stress about it and that is a new thing! I think being a missionary really helps you get over talking to people. I got to talk about charity and missionary work and successfully took up the entire 8 minutes all in German. The best part about it, was that I told our investigator I would be speaking in church and that she reallly needed to come. AND SHE CAME!
I love being a missionary because I seriously feel so much love for these people! I am pretty sure I wrote about that last week, but I am going to have to say it again. There are just little moments with so many people that I love! I played hand shake games with a 60 year old, drank blueberry tea with the cutest family, visited a lady in an assisted living center and escorted her to church on the ubahns, helped another old lady practice her english, laughed so hard with my companion because I misunderstood some german, dropped off flowers to a lonely widow and made her day, and helped a 5 year old do her hair during church. It really is just the little things that make missionary work so great!
I love you!