I guess I just am finally pretty used to the whole missionary life and things aren't as exciting as they used to be? I don't really know how to explain it! I'm trying to find more excitement for the work and just focus on all the little miracles. I still love the work 100%! Sister Knutson and I are still contacting like crazy and finding a potential a day, but it seems like none of them actually went through. We were getting pretty discouraged about it, especially on Thursday. We have a street display every thursday and we tried to talk to everyone who walked passed but no one would stop for even 2 seconds! And then a man came up to us and was saying some really rude things and wouldn't leave us alone. So we crossed the street and I ended up talking to a lady who is already a member. She is from Portugal and I had to talk to her daughter on the phone so she could translate for us, but she invited us over and we were able to visit her on Saturday! This was probably one of the most humbling circumstances I have seen on my mission. It is a family of 6 in a tiny tiny room in a hotel. They have no kitchen and only two beds. I noticed they had an extra mattress but I have no idea where there would even be room for that in this room. The coolest part about the whole thing is that every single one of them was smiling like crazy and couldn't stop expressing their love for God and for His help in their lives.
I loved my splits! It was weird because they were back to back and I wasn't in my area for what felt like forever, but I learned a lot! I'm so grateful for all the sisters here and for the chance I have to get to know them better. I was able to go to Wetzlar and it is such a cute small town! I haven't really seen that at all on my mission, so it was cool to see something other than a giant city.
We set a baptismal date with Paola on Sunday morning! We met her in the city and taught her the restoration on a bench outside. Paola is from Columbia and I met her my first day in Frankfurt while chalking by the river. It was so cool because she was telling us she believes God speaks to all of His children and has done so since the beginning of time! We were able to explain dispensations and prophets and everything. We asked her to be baptized on September 26 and it was really cool because she said that was perfect. She said she needed some time to stop smoking and to just prepare and we haven't even mentioned the Word of Wisdom yet. We are really excited for her!
We met with Amenta on Sunday night. He is the Italian man we met while dooring. We brought an italian member with us and it just went perfectly! He has read in the Book of Mormon and he says he believes it already. He also offered to make us an Italian meal at the church for our next appointment and he said to invite a lot of people.. how perfect is that. We are inviting a ton of members so he can make friends and then we hope he will come to church!
Sister Knutson and I have been talking a lot about prayer and inspired work. So during weekly planning we decided to set an inspired goal. We were way nervous when we set it, but we are ready to make it happen! We decided we wanted to teach a lesson daily to a new investigator that we found through our contacting efforts that day. I hope that makes sense. But that doesn't happen often! So we have been praying a lot and started this goal yesterday. We set aside some time to do doors before on of our appointments. We started with a prayer and then knocked on a door. A nice lady answered and she took a card. So we went to the second door and a 92 year old lady answered the door and invited us right it. That is the first time I have ever been let it from knocking on a door! She is really old but so healthy that she can live by herself. We said a prayer with her and she said she believes in Christ and has heard of Joseph Smith before and would like to know his story. So we gave her a little introduction and will be going back next week! God sure works in mysterious ways. We didn't think our new investigator would be a 92 year old lady, but we are grateful nonetheless!
We were able to go to the temple this morning before it closes for renovation. As we were waiting in the visitor's center I talked to a cute girl from France. She knows Sister Pettitt! But she said, "I hope you know how blessed you are to have a temple." It just really hit me how much of a blessing it is. People have to travel so far to get here and soon both temples in Germany will be closed. We are truly blessed to have so many in Utah.
I hope the kids all had a great first day of school! I love you guys!