Monday, September 17, 2012
I hope that Aspen and Sage both had beautiful birthdays! They are both so big now, I can't even believe it. It was such a great week here in Görlitz, and the days were so packed that we were just running to and fro the whole time. No complaints here though- that is what missionary work should be about. Well, let me start off with an extension of our miracle from last week: Frau Nocke, a contact that Elder Bangerter found in the phone, came to church again this week, and this time brought her 11 year-old daughter. They both had a great time, and she keeps all of the reading assignments that we are giving to her (which happened to be quite a bit this week thanks to yours truly). We are hoping to make a baptismal commitment with her in a lesson or two. Also, we had a bunch of new investigators that we got to start teaching this week, and quite a few appointments for first lessons, so the work is finally picking up here in Goerlitz. I have a few stories from this week that I thought you guys would enjoy. The first is the Kremser family. It is a senior couple that is very rich and has a library most likely just as expensive as the rest of there home. They were both very knowledgeable, and talked to us in about 5 languages over the course of our dinner with them. They served us an imported Italian spaghetti dinner complete with bitter olives while showing us books from the 1700-1800's. They were very supercilious about it all, and had very little interest in us or our message, but it was a pretty fun experience. We got to test our formal dining skills and I had quite a bit of fun analyzing their Rhetoric both in relation to each other and us. The next story is the Turkish girls that we help in the city of Zittau. We met them while helping them move their fairly heavy bags through the underground walkway and up the stairs. They asked us in an English-German combo language if we knew where the school was, which happened to be exactly where we were going, or so we thought. Elder Bangerter asked a nearby bus if a bus drove to where they needed to go, and she told him "no, you will have to walk" (it turned out that there was about 3 buses that went through it). About 3 miles, a broken suitcase that we had to finally haul around, and an hour later; we finally found their apartment, which was on the complete other side of the city. Then, we spent another 40 minutes trying to call one of the building managers so they could get in. They were really grateful for it all, and we both had a good time doing service, because if we did not just happen to be there on the same train. I am not sure if they would have been able to find their way all the way to where they needed to go. On Saturday, we had Familiefest is the middle-city of Goerlitz, an event that the city puts on annually to support the family. There were quite a few other organizations with us, but most were trying to sell products. We were handing out free Heluim-filled balloons with "I <3 Familie" on the front and our website on the back. We were defiantly the Hotspot of the event, and we had kids coming multiple times to get more balloons. When we looked out at the square, it was filled with red balloons, really happy children, and even a few teenagers that had really high squeaky voices. It was super successful, and we finally had to stop when we ran out of balloons. We also had 2 of our investigators show up, so it was just a day filled with miracles and lots of fun. On Sunday, we had multiple investigators show up, including one of the people from our English class. I love being a missionary and for the opportunity I have to serve all of the wonderful people here in Germany. It is such an amazing experience, and I am really excited to see the work as it is finally picking up here. I hope that everyone has a great week and remember that your Heavenly Father loves you and is always looking for ways to bless your life. Have a great week!