We took a bus on Wednesday afternoon to Frankfurt with 5 other elders who were training too. We kept ourselves super entertained on the drive down. Missionaries in this mission do something called "foresting." They ask you questions and then you describe what you see and then it somehow all interprets your life. They did it to me and another Elder and it was defnitley very entertaining!
We ate dinner with the new missionaries and then had a training meeting with President Stoddard. Then it hit me all over again what a responsibility this is! The new missionaries were already sleeping when we got to the hotel. They give each trainer a room key to the hotel and then we just have to creep into one of the golden's rooms that we don't even know and sleep! Then we had the pairing meeting on Thursday morning and my new comp is Sister Pettitt! She is from France but she also speaks perfect English. I am so excited to work with her and I feel like we will get along great. It's really fun having a comp from Europe! We spent some time at Bahnhof in Frankfurt with all the missionaries invovled in transfers, so I got to see a lot of missionaries from my MTC zone and that was great. And then Elder Dean, his golden Elder Priest, Sister Pettitt, and I traveled home on another bus. We took our goldens contacting on a giant shopping street and we met some cool people!
It was a little bit of a harder adjustment than I had expected. It is so weird going from being with my trainer to being a trainer. Sister Wadsworth was definitely a security and we were together for so long! I had a lot of anxiety for the first day or two, but I think that was just because everything was so different and I'm feeling better now. I think I am going to be learning a lot from Sister Pettitt and it's good to have change. Since I am training her, we get to go through the 12 week program and I think that will be really good for me too!
We saw quite a few miracles yesterday. We got an investigator to church! I talked about her earlier as Sela...but turns out her name is Sarah. Every time she said it it sounded like Sela and I finally asked her how to spell it yesterday and she wrote Sarah. We laughed so hard haha. But she lives forever away and the buses come every other hour and no members live by her. I decided we were going to pick her up ourselves even though we would miss RS and Sunday School. Somehow we managed to work it all out and make all our connections and Sarah and her two boys made it for Sacrament meeting! We then taught her the first lesson after church (we taught the plan of salvation first). She understood everything so clearly and even bore testimony to us at the end! She also prayed and that was wonderful. She told us about a dream she had of her brother who was standing in heaven (he is a member) but she wasn't able to go in and join him. We were able to explain the importance of baptism as a step to heaven and then set a baptismal date for Valentines day!!! She is excited and we are excited and it was basically just a perfect perfect lesson. It really strengthened my testimony that God is preparing people. I hope that during this next week we will be able to find more prepared people to teach!
Love, Sister Funk