This week was a little slower than our others. We had so many appointments fall through and just had trouble making contact with people. We had some good member appointments though!
There is a 92 year old lady in our ward and she invited us over for lunch on Tuesday. She is so entertaining and funny. She is so independent and healthy, it is crazy! When we got to her house, we noticed that her thumb was bleeding A LOT. She said she had just cut it a little bit and she put 7 bandaids on it and said it was fine but it seriously would not stop bleeding. She was serving up our food for us and blood was getting all over our plates and I was really having to make an effort not to throw up! The food was actually really good, I just gagged the whole time. Ohhh the life of a missionary. It finally stopped bleeding when we left and we saw her again on Sunday and it looks much better now! She shared a lot of good life lessons with us. I tried to tell her a story in German that went along with our conversation and ended up saying it completely wrong and she could not stop laughing! She said she will never forget it, so that's good I guess haha.
We also had an appointment with the Telidis family. The mom is a less active and the dad is a strict Greek Orthodox. They have three kids and they are our new investigators! We taught about Christ, ate cupcakes, played Jenga, and gave them each a Book of Mormon. They are super responsive to what we teach and are just a super cute family. We just aren't sure what will happen because the dad isn't completely on board.
I went on a split to Düsseldorf with Sister Hall who is also a new missionary. It was a little rough, but we managed to catch all of our trains and we didn't get lost! We taught a great lesson to a new convert,Claudia, and I loved seeing how much she loves the Gospel. We also got to teach Lucy. I might have mentioned her in a previous email because I met her on my first split to Düsseldorf. She LOVES the Book of Mormon and she is coming to church! She made us drink so much tea and she is quite a talker, but we love her!
We had planned to do a few vorbeis yesterday after church, but I felt like we should go stop by a less active named Marie and so we did that instead. We have called her and texted her quite a few times in the past few weeks, but she never responded. But she answered her door yesterday and we were able to share a spiritual thought with her! She is going through a lot right now and her life is super crazy. We think she just needs some support and a friend, so we are hoping she will keep meeting with us! She also lives on a super pretty street, so my companion and I enjoyed walking on the cobble stone street and looking at all the cute apartments. Sometimes I forget I am in Germany and then I remember when we notice the little things haha.
Quite a few people asked me about General Conference and how we watched it and I totally forgot to respond last week! We watch the Saturday Morning Session Saturday night and then the Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning, and Priesthood or Womens Broadcast all on Sunday. We haven't watched the last session yet, but we will watch that in place of church next Sunday. They broadcast it in the church building in Spanish, English, and German, so I was really happy to be able to watch it in German! It's cool though because Uchtdorf does all of the translations in German. The ward members here take such good care of us, sometimes too much! It seems like the whole ward decided to bring food for us for General Conference. One lady gave us heaping bowls of rice, the Nowaks gave us each two sandwiches and hard boiled eggs (they are really popular here and I still really don't like them), the bishop's wife brought us vegetable pizza, another sister brought us bread and cheese, and some other families brought cookies. They laid it all out for us and just stared at us so we had to eat it all! I felt so sick afterwards, but we managed to eat it all.
We did a good amount of contacting this week but it seems like everywhere we try to contact, we run into a demonstration! And we aren't allowed to be by demonstrations, so it hasn't been very successful. We accidentally contacted a super drunk guy so that was very interesting. He made an appointment with us but we aren't sure if he will even remember! The train system also decided to strike on Tuesday night because the drivers want to be paid more. We were in a little town that is super far away from our house and there was no way for us to get home! We ended up having to call the president and he gave us permisson to take a taxi, so that was a pretty crazy night. The public transportation is super great sometimes and then sometimes it is super unreliable!
We have apartment cleaning checks tomorrow by our senior missionaries who live on the American base, so they bring us each a food item from the base. I asked for peanut butter and I cannot even tell you how excited I am to have peanut butter again haha. Germans have some really great food, but they still need to get on board with peanut butter.
Even though the work seems kind of slow, we are having fun and we are making progress with quite a few less actives. I try to think of a little miracle that happens every day and it is never hard to find one! I feel truly blessed to get to share this gospel and to have so much support and help from you all and from God.
I love you! Have a great week