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Monday, May 27, 2013

Lions, Tigers, and Schnitzel- Weekly Letter

Liebe Familie,
     It was a really fun week for us here in Berlin. On Monday, we went to the Berlin Zoo, which was really fun. We saw quite a few of the exotic animals that one would see when going to a Zoo, but we were able to time it really well so that we got to watch the animals as they were eating. My favorite one to watch was the hippo, since they had it trained to open its mouth when it was hungry, and it would catch the fish that they tossed over the edge. It was like looking into a giant black hole when the hippo would open its mouth, but it was not really the best at catching the cavalcade of fish that they sent to it. Many of the fish hit its tongue and then bounced right back out. It was a well spent P-day though, and of course it is always nice to see the sights here in the capital of Germany going to and from things.
    Our investigators are doing well. We have one guy that we have been working with for over 2 months now, and he will be ready to be baptized hopefully either this week or the next. We have also seen quite a bit of progress with all of our other investigators, including finding a few new ones this week who seem like they will be pretty fun to work with. One of them is a black family that referred themselves, so they were very open to us coming into their home. When we walked in the mother said, "Look, it is the Latter-day Saints! We are very grateful for what you are doing in Ghana." It was surprising to us- mostly because we have grown accustomed to what most people say about us, which unfortunately is in juxtaposition to what they said of us.
     On Wednesday, one of the Zone Leaders had a birthday, so after we had our weekly missionary meeting (District Meeting for those who know the jargon), we went to a restraunt and ordered Schnitzel. A few missionaries decided that they wanted to test their men-status, and ordered an entire Kilogram of Schnitzel. By the end, one of them felt like he needed to throw up, and the rest had already given up hope. Only one person ended up finishing his entire plate- potatoes and all (He had to call in sick the next day though.)
     I love the ability which I have to be serving the Lord at this time in my life. I have learned so much about the gospel and how it can change people into saints. I have been spending the last few months studying the New Testament, and all I can say is that it has strengthened my testimony of the mission and role of Jesus Christ, as well as the purpose of the chruch and prophets. I love how our church is set up- it just works so well!
     I hope that everyone has a great week. Bis nächste Woche!
- Elder Eric Gibson
  Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage 

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