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Monday, May 21, 2012

Word of the Week: Prüfung (prue-foong) - A test or trial. 
     This week was pretty dang busy. We taught over 21 lessons, and made out tons of new appointments with people. I have made a lot of headway with the language ever since I got here, and I was able to see fruits of that labor (I think it's only about the size of a grape, but it is still a fruit, right?): We had an Ausstellung- kind of like a street display- in Cottbus in which we set up a cool table with tons of pamphlets and books, and then went out and talked with people to bring them towards the table and try to set up a time for them to visit the Sisters (Cottbus is their city). We had all of the missionaries in the district, and so when we split up, they thought it would be funny to leave both of the Goldens to fend for themselves. Both of us have been in Germany for only a little over 4 weeks now, but we decided to go for it anyways, and started trying to talk to people. About 5 minutes later we had handed out about 5 conntacting cards and had given a very promising couple a Book of Mormon and a way to meet the Sister Missionaries for a follow up appointment. All of the other, more experienced missionaries, did not have quite the same amount of success. One of the Elders met a man who loved history and wanted to just talk about how we are not worthy to actually know the truth of religion unless we have read all of the Bible, the Qur'an, and know all of the histories of each. We told him that he could find out by actually asking God, and I think that we made him wonder a little bit. I think that our challenge for people to find out for themselves that this Church is true is one of the biggest reasons that the Church is true. We don't try to trick people by sending out all of our best rhetoricians to convince people of our book, but we send out 19-year-old goofballs (that still don't even really know the language in my case) to give it to people for free.
     Other than that, this week is going great. One of our lessons was to a Polish family, and we took a member that speaks Polish, and then sat there not understanding a lick of anything for about an hour and a half. I felt like it was day one in Germany again. We also had one of our progressing investigators drop us because he is still unable to get the answer to his prayer of if God is really there, but I think he knows that he cannot get an answer unless he really tries, and he's not willing to take the time to do it. Also, the work here is a little slow here because of how closed in all of the people are. I think that a lot of it comes from the fact that most of the older people lived here during the Berlin wall and Communist era, so they are very closed off to things that seem nice or friendly, because those were the kind of things that really screwed people over. We are hoping to get some new investigators coming up this week, so we'll see what miracles Heavenly Father has in store for his children in Görlitz. Best wishes for this coming week!

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