This week, I decided to depart from my usual style and to discuss a topic that has really been on my mind. It may partially be due to that fact that I have a new bugle that I purchased for only 40 Euro two weeks ago, but it is of a topic that our mission president introduced to us and really comes from some of the earlier prophets of this dispensation. That is of Crescendo, which means: "an increase of intensity."
What that entails for us missionaries is that we try to always push how we teach, how we find, and how we study; we try to become better missionaries. In a more general sense, it means that we try to push ourselves beyond what we normally achieve. In other words, reach a new potential that you have not yet lived. Of course, such a thing will take some work, but that is exactly what it means to "arise from the dust" and to "put on the whole armour of God." That is what it means to live in Crescendo- not to change who we are, rather to change ourselves into who we should be. That is my challenge for you, family and friends, is to be the person that you hopefully dream of being but have not yet been.
That is what I have been trying to do for the last year, and just the mind-set has helped me to improve myself. It has been a wonderful experience, and I hope that you take a bit of your time to ponder the idea. Are you a better person than you were last year? Last month, even? Try to increase your intensity this week to become a better 'you'.
I would leave it there, but I know that you also want to hear how the week went. Things are looking really well in Hamburg. We have been working hard with people and have been seeing some changes through it. Last week, we focused a lot on how to find new people. The results: we tripled the number of new investigators last week in comparison to the week before. It was really cool to see our new focus and the miracles that followed. We also had a lady that referred herself through the mission office. She has met with the missionaries in Hamburg before, and she decided that she wants to meet with us once again. She seems really honest about it. We are meeting with her today, so we will see how it goes.
Thanks for your support and your prayers. Please don't stop, they really help the work here. Have an awesome week and make sure that you are living in crescendo!