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Monday, April 22, 2013

Running with Germans- weekly letter


     This week was a bit more difficult for Elder Hansen and I. We had some really cool lessons set up, but quite a few of our appointments ended up falling through for various reasons, and so we had to spend quite a bit of time doing our back-up plan and trying to contact more people that we can teach. I am really liking that the temperatures are heating up, and so are most of the people here. Our investigators are doing well, and we are seeing progress in quite a few of them, so it has been a pretty nice week.
     My main tale of this week comes from a new type of finding idea that we had. You see, we have been looking for new ways to get the name of the church out to the people of Germany and, more specifically, Berlin. So, we decided to take part in a run that was happening in the middle of town. We got some shirts made with our names and scriptures, and the rest of us wore theMormon Helping Hands vest that has become so well known around the world. If you don't know them, they are bright yellow and really hard to miss. It was interesting trying to run since we still had to follow the mission rules of being in sight and sound of your companion, but we had quite a few people ask us who we were and what we were doing. I did the race with an Elder who was also pretty fit, and so he and I did the 4.5 mile race in about 30 minutes. It was the first time I've ever tried to do anything like that, and my quads are still sore! We made it in a good time, and we did it without ever having to walk. There should be some pictures on the mission blog (http://germanyberlinmission2012-15.blogspot.de/) coming up this next week sometime. Certainly not something I ever pictured doing to get our name out there, but it was pretty successful!
     Other than that, mission life is going forward well. Berlin is really fun and there is always something going down. But I have also heard that it is pretty busy in the states right now as well with the bombs in Boston and the threats from Korea? We are all the way at the end of the grapevine, but we still manage to hear a few significant events, lol. I hope that everyone is safe and doing well otherwise. I hope that you are all enjoying Spring like we are here in Berlin.
     Just a reminder, it is transfer calls this next week for us. I am most likely staying, but go ahead and send letters this next week to the mission office just in case. If you do not know what that address is or just feel like sending me a letter out of the blue (highly recommended by the author), the address is:
Elder Eric Gibson
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Have a great week!
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