I went to Düsseldorf on a split with our Sister Training Leader. It was fun just to see another area! We taught a great lesson about the plan of salvation to an investigator. She has a really hard life and her mom is probably going to die of cancer very soon. It was really cool to be able to listen to her talk about the peace she felt and hope she has that everything will work out. We also got to go to a job/welfare place with a sister from Peru. She is here in Germany simply because she wants to learn German! She is in her 50s and it's not easy, but she has a ton of faith and I think she is pretty brave for coming here alone! We went with her because she needed a translator in her appointment. I definitely couldn't have translated at all, but it was cool to see how much of it I could have translated!
We started working with another less active in our ward. Her name is Schwester Nicolli and she has been inactive for about 10 years. She is one of the most prim and proper ladies I have ever met! She gave us tea in legitimate tea cups and we had little chocolate cookies and my companion and I just felt so fancy haha. She has had some tough family situations but she opened up to us and we were able to share a spiritual thought and then she even came to church yesterday! I sat next to her and she just cried the whole entire time. I didn't really know what to do, so I handed her tissue after tissue. She told us afterwards that it is hard to be back, but she also knows that it is where she needs to be. We are really happy for her and we are going to visit her again this week!
We had a little miracle this week. We were on our way home when our train suddenly stopped and made everyone get off (we still don't know why). But we got off and realized we were on the street of a less active we didn't know anything about. We knocked on her door and she answered! My companion said she has never answered the door before. We ended up walking and talking with her for about 30 minutes and she told us that her mom passed away a year ago, her brother is very depressed and she has to take care of him, and she just started a new job. She has a lot on her plate and I think God knew that she just needed a little visit and someone to talk to. She is coming to a baptism the elders have on Friday and we are going to do some service for her. Hopefully she will come back to church!
We met some more really cool people this week on the trains. One guy spoke 6 languages and turns out he is actually studying to become a priest right now. We talked for a really long time and shared beliefs. He didn't have a ton of interest, but he was just a really awesome person. We met another lady who accepted a Book of Mormon and we are hoping to have an appointment with her later this week.
We had a giant Golden and Trainer conference call yesterday. It was really nice to hear more from our mission president since we didn't get to talk with him much when we got here. He reminded us of the importance of faith in this work and that is something I think we could have more of here in Köln! My companion and I set some new goals and some new ways of doing things, so we will see how it goes. We are working with the Elders in our area to organize a street display. Köln is the perfect place to do one, it is just hard to get approval from the city. Hopefully we can do one in the next week or so!
We had a dinner appointment with the Reißig family yesterday. It was quite the experience!! They are new-ish converts and their daughter, Margarette, loves the missionaries. She is so cute and makes her parents invite us over. Germans are really great hosts and they have a way that they want things done and it is just so interesting to me! I don't really know how I could explain it. But Brother Reißig is a talker and he is also probably the biggest Elvis fan you will ever meet. We spent the entire time looking at his scrapbooks of Graceland and hearing all of his Elvis stories. He even named his son Elvis and his hair is exactly like Elivs'! They are a really great family and they have had to do a lot to get to where they are now in the church.
Our plan for this upcoming week is to spend a lot of time on the Rhein contacting people! Our numbers aren't even close to the standards of excellence and it says that in order to achieve the standards of excellence, you have to contact for 90 minutes a day, so that is our new plan. I know without a doubt that there are people here that God has prepared and we really just need to find them. I'm learning a lot about patience and also about turning the work over the the Lord. I like to be in charge and I like to do things my way, but this really isn't my work! I've been reading in Alma lately about Ammon and all of his missionary work and I love how he says how much of a reason we have to rejoice because of missionary work and because of the Gospel. That really is so true and I'm grateful for the answers we can find in the Book of Mormon.
I hope that things are well at home. Have so much fun in Paris! Thank you for all the support and for everything you have done to help me be here on a mission. I love you!