We have had some really great contacting experiences this week. Since we spend a ton of time on buses and trains, (our area is huge and it takes forever to get places) we try to talk to everyone we sit by. We have met some really awesome people and gave out quite a few Books of Mormon. We also had a guy come up to us on the street and telling us how much he admires what we do. He said that we have a light about us and that was really cool to hear! We ended up talking to him for an hour and he is going to start meeting with the Elders who serve in our area.
We also received a few referalls this week, so hopefully we will be able to find some new investigators! We have one new investigator who has been having dreams about the Gospel and God is telling her to learn more but things just keep coming up that are keeping her from meeting with us. You can tell that God is preparing her and we hope that things will work out and that she will continue to learn.
The relief society president asked us to visit quite a few ward members this week and we had some interesting experiences! There is a bit of drama in the ward and things are a little crazy because they just got a new bishopric. I´m learning that people feel very comfortable and just open up their whole lives to us as missionaries! It´s pretty interesting. We visited one lady and she spent the majority of our visit teaching us how we should speak to people and how we should enunciate our words and try to speak like Thomas S Monson does in General Conference. She is also a hoarder and she gave us a ton of nuts and plastic bins. We weren´t really sure what to do with them!
We are working with a less active couple and they are so nice and funny. The girl served a mission in Washington DC but she hasn't felt ready to come back to church. And he just doesn´t know if he can handle coming to church due to some past experiences. We teach them every week and they love having us come. They still pray every day and read the scriptures and we are hoping that with time and with a little support they will come back!
Yesterday was my first day in the Köln ward. We sing in the choir and that is quite an experience! It´s pretty much composed of the old people and they like to sing their songs really quickly. The organist also likes to add his own chords and runs and introductions to the music. We had some good laughs! I got to give my testimony in sacrament meeting. The ward members told me my German is really good, so that made gave me a little more confident and just need to focus on buidling my vocabulary! We had dinner at the bishop´s house after church with some investigators, the elders in our area, and a high counselor. The bishop´s wife is super funny and she made enough food to feed an army. We got to eat Käse Kuchen (cheese cake) and it is way better here in Germany! I am learning that Germans have their own sense of humor and I think it is going to take me a while to figure it out!
I just feel so blessed to be serving a mission to be having all of these experiences! I am learning so much and I feel like I am becoming a better person as I help other people learn about the Gospel. I´m really glad to hear that things are going well at home. I hope it´s a good week! Love you all