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Monday, August 6, 2012

 I am pretty sure that as long as I have been out in Germany, this is the least amount of time I have spent in my city during the week. We had 2 splits, a street display in a city named Forst (one of the Elders in that city hurt his leg, and so they have to spend the next 3 weeks in their apartment) to keep their program alive, and then we had President Interviews in Dresden, totaling in us having little to no time in Görlitz. Because of that, I don't have too much to report on. Our investigator who ran out of church last week is not answering her phone or her doorbell when we stop by, so we are afraid that she has decided to drop us, which is really sad since we have seen the effect it was having on her life. Other than that, we are hoping to get plenty of finding time to increase our number of investigators. All the ones we normally teach are on vacation or we had to stop teaching because they are not making any progress. Thanks unfortunately all the news from Germany right now. We are definitely struggling being able to find people to teach with everyone on break or vacation, so we are hoping that once people start coming back home that the work can pick up again.
     Oh, and here's everyone's funny story for the week: A few days ago, we were doing some street contacting in old-city on the day of a huge festival in town, and we met this really nice lady who has a relative that is a member. While we were talking with her, a man in his 50's (clearly a bit drunk and very interested in talking with us) came up and joined the conversation, saying how awesome he thought the Lutheran Church is, which kind of turned her away and made her leave pretty quick just because of the way he interrupted. And after she left, he quickly asserted the reason why he wanted to talk to us. He described his homosexual relationship (in more detail as I would have liked to know) and wanted to make sure that we were of the same opinion. We told him that we did not really agree with what he was doing but that it was his decision, which did not really make him happy because he wanted to prove his point, and as we tried to leave, he grabbed my arm and shoved it into his chest, attempting in his drunken state to hold me back. I tried to tell him calmly that we needed to go, and he just grabbed me tighter. Finally, I just wriggled free and we continued down the road. He stomped his feet as he headed in the other direction, but he decided not to yell at us since there were already about 20 people that had seen him try to hold me back and didn't want to make it an even bigger show. There are definitely some really interesting people in the world. It was a great journal entry though, haha.
     But in all honesty, please say some prayers for Germany- we really need it. But even with all of the difficulties in Görlitz right now, we are able to appreiciate the small miracles that happen in our lives, as well as the people that are being touched by this work. But even when we feel like we have done all that we can and have not gotten anything for it, I take into account the promise that the Lord made to Joseph Smith while he was a prisoner in the jail at Liberty. It is Doctrine and Covenants 123:17, and reads "Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God..."
     Have a great week!

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