This week was really good for us here in Hamburg. We have been working with some people who are making progress towards the gospel, and so we are happy as missionaries for that. We are still working with this couple. One of them is Spanish and has trouble understanding everything, but through the awesomeness of modern technology (Google translator on her boyfriend's phone), we have been able to make sure that she is following along. We typed in "do you know how to repent?" And she got really excited and started going off in Spanish. She finally spoke into the phone, and it popped out "you get baptized." We were both beaming at her. We then said "yeah, and before that?" She spoke into the phone, and the phone told us "you pray to Father in Heaven for forgiveness." It was a really powerful lesson, and they are both really close to making this wonderful covenant with God. Her boyfriend is also a really solid guy. He celebrated his birthday with us in the church, and he brought a friend who he had told about the church. We were able to talk to his friend about the gospel, and we should be able to meet with him next week- he seems to be a pretty awesome guy.
A lot of the other people we are working with are not quite as exhilarated by the Gospel, but are still making some progress. There are quite a few people that are interested, but not quite prepared to make the changes, so we are working with them on developing the seeds of a testimony. It takes some work, but those are also sometimes the members that stay for a long time and have a very deep conversion.
This week, I went on a split with the Zone Leaders. They live in our apartment, so we already know each other pretty well. I was with Elder Lüning, who is in my group, and has been out on his mission just as long as I have. We started our missions in the same district, and so we were able to have a split almost a year after the last time that we did a split together. It was crazy to see the difference that one year has made!! We can both speak the language and teach the Gospel- something that was a bit harder for us last year. We have also grown in our knowledge of the Gospel. The mission experience is one that I would never give up.
Anyways, I love you all and wish you the best for this next week. Remember to brush your teeth, eat peas, and look both ways before cross the street!
- Elder Eric Gibson
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage