I really enjoyed Conference Weekend. I loved the opportunity that we had to listen to the words of the prophets and apostles and the words which they gave to us. I especially enjoyed the talks from President Uchtdorf in Priesthood session, and the one about obedience from President Monson. What were your favorite talks? It is always really interesting to thing of the time difference, and how when the 6 o'clock session in Germany starts, it is still 10 over in America; when we go to bed at 10:30, everyone on the other side of the world is a quarter of the way through the afternoon session.
Our week was fairly successful here in Berlin. We had some really nice appointments with some pretty cool people. One of them is a lady from Bulgaria. Her German is not the best, but she has a sincere desire to come closer to Christ, which is one of the only things that I can really ask for as a missionary. There is also another man that we are working with who is an older, homeless man who is trying to switch from the Jehovah's Witness church to ours (we are still not sure exactly what his motives are- when we have asked him, he says "because you asked me to"). It's a simple and honest answer, but not really a reason to join a church. Our main focus is going to be on developing his testimony.
The other really interesting thing that happened this week was that we got a referral fromMormon.org. It ended up being from a lady who just moved from the states to here. She is a convert who is still struggling with her testimony, but she really wants to start coming to church and to work out the concerns that she has. We had a really good discussion with her about a few of the more disputed topics in the church. We told her that it might be a good idea to watch conference coming up, and of course, many of those topics were discussed or addressed in just the 4 sessions that I have seen so far. Like I said earlier, the 2 o'clocksession starts at 10 P.M. here, so we can't really see it until later. In summary, the work here is moving forward really well, and I am really enjoying Berlin (save for our apartment from the 80's, but that is another story.)
I hope that everyone had a really good conference weekend and that they were filled spiritually. I love the council that the prophets gave to us, and we need to make sure that we actually apply the principles given and discussed. A good idea stays that way unless we make a plan and follow through with it. Have a great week, and I love you all!
- Elder Eric Gibson
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage