This week has been a little tougher because we are all getting sick, but we just keep waking up and studying and learning more every day anyways. Our teachers don't tolerate much English anymore. Whenever we speak English, they make a face and pretend they can't hear us! Our German is getting so much better but we still have a LONG ways to go. We have been learning a lot of grammar this week and it's hard to get the sentence structure right for German! We don't use any notes in our lessons with our investigators now, so that's nice! Sister Hyatt and I made a lot of progress with Gabriel. He even said our message was very nice and he could feel the Spirit. He is having trouble understanding the priesthood, so we are working on explaining that! Our other investigator is just downright intimidating, but then again you can't help but just love him. He is a bit of a know-it-all but he is very willing to learn new things and to pray about what we tell him.
Our district decided that monday would offically be all Deutsch day. We did our best to only speak German for the entire day and you really have to get creative to get your point across sometimes! It was good practice though. We also decided to all sing in the MTC choir. It was really fun, so I think we are going to keep going!
Jenny Oaks Baker came and spoke to us on Sunday. She and her kids played a lot of music for us and they are all so talented! Then the General Young Women President spoke to us yesterday. Her talk was amazing! She used stories from her kids' missions and her own mission and put together a list of things they all learned. What stood out most to my district and me is the fact that we are on the Lord's time. This is the only time in our lives when we get to dedicate every second of every day to Him! We want to make the very most of it and work as hard as we can and give Him 100%. I don't want to come home from my mission with any regrets, so I'm going to work on studying harder and learning more so that I can be a more effective missionary. I only get to be a 19 or 20 year old missionary once in my life!
I'm so grateful for the chance to serve a mission and I'm grateful for the gospel in my life. I can't wait to meet the people in Germany and to share the message with them that Christ lives! Yesterday one of our teachers was going over the plan of salvation with us. He had us summarize it into two sentences, then one sentence, then 5 words, and then 1 word. I think that sometimes all the little bits and pieces of the gospel become overwhelming, especially when you have to teach them in a different language! But he helped us realize that it's simple and that we just need to teach with the Spirit.
I hope everyone is doing well! I'm grateful for all the support.
Love, Sister Funk