I feel like I haven't written emails in forever! And a lot has happened lately.
Transfer calls were on Saturday! We got up super early and traveled to Solingen to meet our district for a big breakfast and then we listened to the call together. Exciting news is that our mission is getting ipads on the 24th! Elder Bednar is coming to speak to us and they will introduce the whole program, so we are way excited! It will be super different having them but also very helpful to look up train times and directions etc etc. And I am being transferred a whole 20 minute train ride north to Düsseldorf! I have been there quite a few times on splits and of course for all our zone meetings, but it will be a good change! I'm going from the biggest city in the mission to the 3rd biggest! Sister Oliphant will be my new comp. She is two transfers older than me. And Sister Pettitt will be training!!! I am so happy for her. I am going to be a grandmother in the mission how haha.
We had zone training this past week. The topic was the Book of Mormon and the theme was Welcome to the MTC! It was funny because they really did make everything like the MTC. We did a great role play where we saw reading the BoM from an investigator's point of view. It is so clear to us why it is important and how to read it, but for them it is totally new! It was perfect because we taught a lesson the very next day about the BoM and were able to very clearly explain it and we began reading it with him. This investigators name is Abraham and he is wonderful! He actually has been coming to church for the past year and we FINALLY got him to meet with us. He firmly believes that when we learn something, we have to really apply it to life, so he is keeping all of his commitments! He even came to all of the General Conference sessions.
Sad news is that we quit teaching Anita. She believes that a lot of our commandments are just commandments from the church rather than from God and she isn't willing to pray about it to really see if it is true. She only believes what is in the Bible and isn't quite ready to accept new information. We will check up on her later though!
The weather this week has been pretty awful, so that means the trains of course had to completely fall out for an entire day. So Sister Pettitt and I were stuck in Leverkusen for an entire day in the pouring rain! We did some street contacting but that wasn't very effective since it was raining and we ended up going home on a bus to organize our area book and call a bunch of people in it. It was really cool though because we called a few people who have interest again and we should be meeting with them this week!
We have been doing a lot of contacting lately with the Because He Lives initiative and it is wonderful! What we normally do is just street contact with the cards and ask people what Easter means to them. A lot of people just say a day off of work, but we have been able to have some great conversations about Christ and his resurrection. A few days ago we were on our way home and we got off our train to switch to a bus that left in two minutes but I really felt like we should contact and each give out 4 cards before we went home. So we started right there and talked to a couple of people who had no interest at all. But then we talked to a girl who actually talked with us and said she would love to meet with us! We got her contact information and then stopped another girl who talked with us too! She also said she would like to meet with us. I was just so grateful for the promptings of the Spirit and that we followed them. We were able to get 2 potentials in 10 minutes!
We only got to listen to two sessions of General Conference, so I am excited to hear the rest of it throughout this week when we have time. We were able to watch it in English with Abraham, so that was really great. It seems like everything was about the family!
I am excited for some change. It's crazy that I have been in Köln for 7 months! But I am really going to miss the ward here and especially Sister Pettitt. She is such an awesome missionary and I have had so much fun with her! She keeps pulling little pranks on me while I get ready for bed. For example, she moved my bed to the hallway last night, turned music on in the dark, hid my blankets and a bunch of other weird things. She is going to be an awesome trainer! I've learned a lot from her. We have been able to teach a lot about Jesus Christ lately with members, less actives, and investigators for Easter. It is such a joyful message to know that He leaves and I know that as we come closer to Him, we will see so many blessings.
I hope you had a great Easter! It looks like you guys had tons of fun. I want to go camping there when I get home!
I love you!