Well, this week was one of the best ones that I have had here in Hamburg. Our program is really picking up some pace, and we are finding quite a few people to teach the gospel to. We experienced quite a few miracles and we were able to have some amazing lessons with a few of our investigators. Alex, whom I have been mentioning in and out the last few months (he is the one who checked out all of the anti-stuff and then stopped investigating for a while), met with us this week for the first time in over a month, and we had one of the best lessons of my mission. We taught him about the Atonement and really focused in to how all of this "baptism" stuff and all of the things that we have been teaching him is really pertinant and applicable to HIM, and how we aren't doing it to get more people into the church, but because he needs to be cleansed from sin and be baptized so that he can actually start on the path to salvation. He finally started to understand it a bit more, and since then his interactions with us have gone back to what it was before he looked at all of these things. He still has a long way to go, but he is doing so much better!
We also had a Special Zone Conference for our mission, in which we had two 70 members come and teach to us. The main one was Elder Kearon, who is a member of the 1st Quorum of the 70. He taught us so well, and he explained so many wonderful aspects of the church and how we can do better as missionaries. I learned so much from him! If you want to learn anything about him, here is the site: http://www.lds.org/church/leader/patrick-kearon?lang=eng .
I wish that I had time to share some of the other miracles that we saw this week, but I really do not have very much time, so I will just have to end the week here. In short, we had a few lessons on the street and even had a walk-in appointment with an English teacher who was very skeptical about all of our beliefs, but is very open to what we teach and how he can find the truth for himself.
Keep praying for us and being the type of members and people that the Lord asks us to be. "What manner of men ought ye to be? Even as I am" - Jesus Christ
Have a great week!
- Elder Eric Gibson
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage