Monday, September 10, 2012
We had an amazing week filled with some awesome miracles. The work is finally picking up again in Görlitz, and we are starting to find and teach a lot of new, very promising people. Among all of the amazing things that happened, here are a few of the highlights this week: are the Familie Hanisch and a lady named Jana Nocke. The Hanisches are a family that has been investigation the church for a while, and the wife was baptized about 3 years ago. Her husband was actually the one investigating the church, and now we are meeting with him again and trying to help him on his path to repenting and coming into the fold of Christ. The miracle is that he has become much more open since earlier this year, and that the conversations that we have had are turning less into him not agreeing with the doctrine, and more of him realizing that he has not yet developed the desire to find out if he believes it or not. This week, we met with him, Sister Hanisch, and a friend that they had invited over. The friend, asked us a lot of questions about our views on war, killing, homosexuality, and the existence of God. We were able to keep it really doctrine based, and I felt like we were Paul having to answer the questions of the Sanhedrin leaders. God allowed us to be his tools in answering their questions and quieting their concerns, and Herr Hanisch invited us over this next week to help him out in his yard as he gets the beehive ready for winter. He has told me a lot about them, and this is all I can say: bees are so cool! I feel like he still has a lot to do before he is ready to join the church, but that we took a huge step in helping him to accomplish it. Our second miracle, Jana Nocke, is a contact that Elder Bangerter was able to find in the phone, and we set up an appointment with her for this last Saturday. We got there, and gave a very solid first lesson; easily the best that I have given so far on my mission. She seemed really excited, and is investigating the church for really good reasons (her daughter asked her if there was a God, and she was not quite sure what she believed). We then invited her to come to church, which happened to be the next day, and she told us that she would see what she could do. Well, to our wonderful surprise, she showed up at church for all three hours! They had some really great lessons set up at church, and so she had a great time and said that she wants to come back next week with her 11 year-old daughter. My German is also coming along great, and so the miracles just continue. It is amazing to see the growth in myself as I testify to others. I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and that no one forgot that Grandparents day was yesterday (September 10). I love you Grandma and Grandpa! And if you did forget, you can still call them and tell them how sorry you are. Have a great week!