Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This has been a longer week than most, and not just due to the fact that it has been 8 days since the last update. We met with quite a few new people, and so this week the work continued to speed up. It was a great week though, and I got some really exciting experiences just in the last 2 days. Last Tuesday, we met with a non-active member and his wife/girlfriend (they are not married, but live and have 3 children together) for breakfast and a service project. We were able to be awesome missionaries, and strategically, as all missionaries do, brought up religion. By the end of our conversation, his wife said that she would be happy to hear more about us and more specifically, how to pray. We are really excited to teach her next week. Our miracle investigator is also doing great. She is not only keeping all of her commitments, but has already read all of 1st and about 1/2 of 2nd Nephi. On Sunday, we had a lesson with her about the 5 points of the gospel of Jesus Christ (3rd lesson), and got about a whisker's length from asking her to be baptized before our class was interrupted by another one of our investigators. I didn't complain though- it's always a blessing to have investigators coming to church and the last thing I was going to do was say that she wasn't allowed in. Also, we were doing everything right, so I guess God just knew that it wasn't quite the time for her to be asked that question yet. We have a lesson with her in a few days, so we will see what happens. As for not having an E-mail until Tuesday.... We had the wonderful opportunity to clean the Freiberg DDR Temple yesterday, as so we used our Monday by doing service in the house of the Lord. It was a humbling experience to see how careful and particular everything had to be cleaned, including the baseboards of a hallway that very few people use throughout the day. We also lined up the couches and tables in the foyer, which surprised me with how exact and symmetric everything lined up. Afterwards, Bruder Schmidt, a member of the temple presidency, allowed us to go off on our own to study and have some personal time. It was so peaceful and quiet; I didn't really want to go back into the world of adds and people yelling at each other. But so is my calling, so I did it anyways. It is kind of like an idea that our mission president told us this last week when it comes to thinking bad thoughts: you can, like a small ship on the ocean, be surrounded by the waters of sin, but you will never sink unless the water gets in. And that brings me to a quick update on what we did today. Around noon, we had a member's husband call and ask us if we want to help get his bees ready for winter. Talk about exciting! He let me suit up and join him as he took out each plat and carefully studied the hive and make sure that the bees were happy and that no sicknesses were apparent. We then looked at the honey room, where all the eggs were, and looked at the comb where they were trying to build insulation so the hive could make it through the cold of winter. It was really enlightening, and made me realize just how wonderful all of the intricacies of the world are. We were not able to see the queen, but according to how the hive was set up he guessed that she was somewhere in between all of the other bees. I had a blast and only got stung once right at the very end. We then had a nice lunch with him and his wife, including brotchen (a delicious type of bread) with honey that came from the same hive as we had just played with. This week looks like is is going to be pretty busy. We also have a lot of really exciting news for Görlitz and even for Germany. First of all, we are going to be receiving a missionary couple in Görlitz on Thursday! We really need this couple because right now the branch is functioning without 2 councilors, and the Branch President has been really stressed trying to fulfill all of his needed duties. Also, last week we received word that President Monsoon is coming to Germany on October 14th, only a week after General Conference. As a missionary, that means that I will most likely have a meeting sometime where I get to meet him, but we will see. If not, then that is alright because I get to see him in Berlin/Frankfurt. I am pretty excited either way. I hope that everyone is doing well at home, especially those who are going to be relaxing and fishing down at a condo somewhere in Utah, haha. I love you all and thanks for all of your prayers and faith!