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Monday, April 29, 2013

 This week in Neukölln was one of the best that I have had since being here. We have had a huge increase in the number of progressing investigators, and each of them are very solid people that are progressing well. This week, we had a few miracles happen to us:
     The first was on Tuesday, in which we had about half an hour before an appointment with a less-active member. We had some time, so we decided to do doors nearby. On the second floor down from the top of the building, we had a walk-in with an inactive member of another ward. He showed up to General Conference a few weeks ago, and has since had quite a few questions regarding repentance and how he can come back to full-activity in the ward. He had almost given up looking for the answers to his questions, and that is when we knocked on his friend's door while he was there for a visit. We had a good lesson, and were still able to make it out in time to go to are planned appointment, which also was a great lesson. 
     The next miracle was with one of our investigators. We have been trying to call her for the past couple of weeks without any answer, and so we decided just to go down and make a visit. She is from the Czech, but she has been working really hard to read the Book of Mormon in German. Of course, we offered to give her one in her native tongue, but she has been trying to learn German, so she wanted to keep the one that we gave her. She has already read 60 pages, and not only that, she says that the increase of faith that she has received from reading the book helped her to get a job this last week. She bore to us a powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon, and she says that she knows that it is a book from God.
     We also had transfer calls on Saturday. Elder Hansen and I are not going to be staying together. I will stay in Neukölln, and he will be going to a city named "Leer" (for those of you who do not speak German, it means "empty," haha). He has taught me quite a bit, and so it will be sad to be separated after only 1 transfer. I had a really good pattern established throughout my mission in which I have been with everyone of my companions for 2 transfers and every city for 4, but President Kosak decided to end it. That's what records are for though- so you can be sad when someone else comes and breaks them.
I am loving the chance I have to serve in Berlin, and for all of the miracles that happen to us every single day. The Lord is truly leading this work, and I know that this is the church that he has set apart to lead the saints directly to the throne of God. We can use the atonement to empower us to perform these miracles, and faith is the means whereby it gets accomplished. Do everything you can to increase your faith everyday, and when God needs a mountain moved you will be the one that is ready to do it for him.  
     Have an awesome week and I hope to hear from all of you soon! 
- Elder Eric Gibson

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