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Monday, February 18, 2013

Hey Family and Friends,      We had a fairly difficult week. The number of lessons that we are able to give to others seems to have dropped significantly over the last month. I am not sure the specific reason for it, but most of our investigators just are not able to meet with us. I feel like I can change the scripture in Amos 8 to apply pretty well: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of [teaching investigators]: And [the missionaries] shall wander from [the north sea] to [Poland], and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek [more investigators], and shall not find it. We have had a few potentials, but most of our regulars, like last week, are not available at the moment. We spent most of the week doing finding in the various towns in our area. We have seen some success in each of these cities, but most people are really afraid to set up a time to meet.      Elder Gerberding and I are getting along very well. He is a hard worker and a really obedient guy, and so I really respect him.       I really have enjoyed the reading of the Book of Mormon that our mission president has assigned to each of us. I would highly recommend reading it. It is an amazing book that has an indescribable power in it. The main highlight of this week occured yesterday, in which we had District Conference in Neubrandenburg, the central city in our District. We wanted to get there for chior practice at 9, so we had to leave the apartment to catch a train at 6. All went well until we had to catch our connection in a fairly small town named Pasewalk, pretty close to the Polish border. We had about an hour and a half layover, and so we just stayed in the waiting room doing studying. Suddenly, about 40 minutes before our train was to come, the German police came in and asked us to show them all of our identification. We were pretty surprised by their forcefulness, but showed them our cards and mission papers. Elder Gerberding, since he is still very new and the mission office still had his passport, almost got taken away by them, but fortunately we were able to get out the situation without any issues and caught our train to District Conference. It was a really good conference, and we are now going to have a brand new District President for the area here. It was certainly an interesting way to start the morning though. So that was our highlight of the week- almost getting taken by the German's version of border patrol. I hope that everyone is doing really well. Thanks for your letters and your love! Just as a reminder, you can check out more about the Germany Berlin Mission at germanyberlinmission2012-15.blogspot.de it is a really good sight and shows quite a bit about our mission. Enjoy! --   - Elder Eric Gibson   Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage

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