That night Sister Godwin and I went and taught Wioletta, the girl we doored into last week! At first she wasn't there, so we were way sad, but she pulled up a few minutes later! We taught the Restoration and it went super well. She agreed with basically everything and said she could totally believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet! We're excited to meet again this week.
Then we traveled to the train station and split with the Wiesbaden Sisters. And Sister Heywood came with me in Frankfurt! It was so fun seeing her again and a little weird because she used to be my sister training leader haha. But we had such a good split. We taught Paola and that went pretty well. She is too focused on commandments and all of the stress in her life, to the point where she isn't progressing and I think she has forgotten the why behind the Gospel, so we are going to start teaching the lessons over again. I have so much faith in her that she can do this! We also visited Schwester Heimel, a sweet less active that feeds us lunch every week. She had us laughing so hard with all of her sarcasm. She also told us stories from her childhood and that was super sweet. We joined the international sisters for some chalking and tried to do about family history. We still need to perfect this one. But we had lots of good conversations! Then we visited another less active, Schwester Asare. She is German but is actually a queen in Ghana because she married a king there. How cool is that. Remember how I always said I wanted to serve in Africa or Germany, well I got both! She has a Ghanaian throne so we sat on that and taught a nice lesson about church. She is coming next week:) She has such a strong testimony and has had a very hard life but has never given up in her faith. After a train fiasco, we ended up splitting way later than expected. Sister Heywood and I went to a meeting with our new ward mission leader and I am so excitedddd. They have tons of awesome ideas and now we just need to get them in place. And then we finally traveled to Wiesbaden and got there pretty late. But we met two really cool people in the train and gave them each a Book of Mormon! Sister Heywood goes home in a few weeks and I feel like I learned so much from her in these 24 hours! She is one of the most christlike people I know and she was telling me she was worried about not having become the person she needed to become at the end of her mission...she definitely has. But it was good for me to hear because I have been stressing a lot about knowing if I have done everything I needed to do on my mission. It is also very important to make sure I have grown as a person and have learned all these life lessons!
On Wednesday Sister Godwin and I had to go do something called anmelding. When you're new in a city you have to register yourself basically. So this was our second time going actually and it didn't work again because their system was down! She finally got that taken care of though on thursday. We went by on a potential from some other elders and she was home! She was just about to leave to work though, so we had a short conversation and she said she never closes her door to people of God! She is from Brazil. But we were able to give her a Book of Mormon in Portuguese and set up a return appointment. We also did some doors in her area and didn't exactly get to the most welcoming response. We split later that night with the Frankfurt International sisters. And I got to split with Sister Parker! Who was also my former sister training leader haha. We went to their ward council and it was just so funny to hear everything in English since it is in international ward. A member texted us after wards to say she made too much pasta and to come pick some up for dinner. Members are the greatest. She had like a complete dinner all packed up for us and even chocolate chip cookies. We walked home since the buses and roads are all messed up in that area and then we talked to a few people on the streets before 9:00 when we had to be home. We also went by on a potential who lives in their building and when we got to her door, she was on her way out to take her dog outside. So we just offered to walk with her and I think she felt pretty awkward, but we had some nice small talk and she said we could come back the next day! Then an old man talked to us for like 20 minutes. He has been to our church before and like it, but he is convinced that we as humans can just never know the truth about God or religion. It makes me so sad! people just don't know!
Sister Parker and I also had an awesome split. We didn't exactly have a lot planned but we got a lot done! We studied and then traveled to go by on a potential. She didn't end up living at he address she gave us, but we doored her building and met a nice woman from Ghana. We are going to bring her a book of mormon later. And then we decided to keep dooring in the area. We prayed that God would help us find someone who needed us that day! And then we just started walking to a building that was red because it sounded right. We met a woman on the way who had actually been to Temple Square and had a long conversation. She had the same problem as the other man who just thinks we can't know the truth! But I think we really changed her perception of Mormons. She was way surprised when we told her we were mormons and maybe that is what God needed us to do! We talked to about every person we saw on the way there and on the way back and in all the train stations too. And we got one potential for the day! She was a cute girl from Nepal who is studying here for the year. I just love Sister Parker and was so happy to spend a day with her! We split back Thursday night and then our appointment fell out on us...literally every appointment that we had scheduled with a joint teach fell out! But we had a good lesson with this member and answered some of her questions about the MTC because she leaves soon on her mission!
Friday started out well with a good district meeting. We are really focusing on role plays, so we did 2 of them. Elder Nilson had us each bring a random object with us to district meeting and then we all pretended to sit in a bus. Then we took turns pretending to be the missionary in the bus and we had to use their random object as a conversation starter and then get to the gospel in 45 seconds. It was actually really good practice because I can talk to people in buses and trains all day, but sometimes it is a little harder getting to the gospel! We were supposed to have a lesson with kai later that day, so we got our joint teach and traveled to the meeting place and he was there...but he was leaving because he was called into work. So that appointment fell out too! Sister Mollemans fed us dinner that night and it was so nice visiting her! She told us that there was a point in her mission (she served in temple square) where all of the sisters were constantly looking for opportunities to serve one another and just had tons of charity and the people who visited temple square noticed it and felt it! It was a really good reminder for me because I think I need to work on my charity and love and spirit of service for everyone around me. Our appointment with a joint teach fell out later that night as well haha. But it gave us enough time to finish weekly planning, so we won't complain!
Saturday was a good day too. We started the day off with our new tradition. We run to the bakery and pick up some breakfast and then run back to the apartment for our exercise. We are trying to run 3 miles every morning and I am loving it. We are only at two miles though because we need to leave the house earlier in order to have enough time haha. Then we met with the Friedrichsdorf zone leaders to plan zone training. The theme is Christmas and I am already so excited! It will be next week. We get to introduce the church's new Christmas initiative. Then I got to do a mini split with Sister Bakker for a few hours because Sister Godwin and Sister parker went to a hand off lesson with an investigator. Sister Bakker and I did language study and then did some doors together! This Sister just has the best enthusiasm I have ever seen! We knocked on the door of someone named Bieber just for fun and actually got to give him a book of mormon and then we doored into a man who speaks English! Which is perfect for their area. Then we all ate lunch together and then parted ways. I love having other sisters here! Sister Godwin and I taught Agnieszka. She isn't doing as well as we had hoped:( We talked very openly about baptism! She didn't shoot it completely down, so we are determined to help her realize herself that she wants to be baptized haha. We also visited Schwester Hickathier and she was doing much much better than she was last week. She at least knew what time it was and sang along with us when we sang her a hymn. Our appointment with a joint teach fell out that night, so we decided to do street contacting. We really needed to find a new investigator and we prayed...and found one! She is from the Dominican Republic and we asked her on the street if she believed in god and she said absolutely. Turns out she has been to our church before but had a way weird experience. We ended up asking her if we could teach her about the Book of Mormon on the street for a few minutes and she said yes! We are going to give her on in spanish later and she even said a prayer in spanish at the end. It was our best miracle of the week! God sure did answer our prayers.
Sunday was rather stressful but really good at the same time. Sister godwin made pumpkin soup and even made bread. And then I felt like I was going to throw up because I had to play the piano for the choir to sing last minute...and this song changed keys 4 times!!! I was so nervous, but it turned out pretty good I think. The Galz family came to church, including their daughter who isn't a member and her cousin! The missionaries just love this family. We took them to sunday school and relief society and things went well. We get to meet with them later in the week! Sister Godwin led the music and I played the piano and we were just a mess haha. I think my piano skills have gotten worse since I don't practice these days:( The topic in RS was missionary work and there was a little bit of time at the end left over, so I got to share some cool miracle stories that we saw this week with the sisters in the ward. Funny thing is that a bunch of sisters came up to me afterwards to ask if we could visit them..so we won't complain about that at all!
This week I just enjoyed every single hour of studies. I am almost finished with the Book of Mormon in German and loveee reading it every day! I've been reading it with the focus of how it testifies of Christ and really all I can say is that the whole book obviously testifies of him! He really does live:)
And I love you all and hope you have a good week!
Love, Sister Funk