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Monday, November 25, 2013

Homeless by the fireside - weekly letter

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was really awesome. We saw some really cool miracles happen to us, and the work is picking up pace.
For P-day last week, we went to the Hamburg zoo and checked out the aquarium which apparently famous. We quickly found out why. Upon walking in, one finds himself in a gigantic, artificial biosphere which is filled with the sounds of many tropical birds. They have, at the very beginning, the Lemurs, which they just let roam free and jump on the guests at will. Needless, to say, the lemurs were just the beginning- they also had turtles, alligators, snakes, bats, spiders, fish, and of course some sharks. I love the zoos here in Germany. They would be illegal in the states, but here they have the animals just running around without fences with signs that just have casual warnings, like: Do not go too near Alligators- they may bite.
The rest of the week was awesome. We have been seeing some real progress lately with the members. One inactive member has started coming to church and working with us. Her son is old enough to get the priesthood, and he asked us last Sunday "what do I need to do to pass the bread and water?" We are excited to see their progress in the gospel. Another less-active had a really spiritual experience with the Book of Mormon, and he is finally understanding a lot of the doctrines of the church and how he can add them into his life. The actives are also doing great with trying to slowly improve their mission-efforts.
We also were able to get in contact with one of our former investigators, and he decided that he is ready to start getting ready for baptism. We want to do it right around new-years. It is an exciting time for us.
On Saturday, we had a fireside for non-members. We have been passing out invitations and working on it for the last couple of weeks, so we were very excited to see how many people were going to show up. We had quite a few members there and tons of snacks, but no investigators!!! We did the lesson anyways, and showed the members how they can use the restoration when trying to speak with their non-member friends. It was a success and a miracle, because through this activity, a member for south Africa was able to finally find the church here in Hamburg. She said that she has been searching for almost a whole year. Such a miracle.
We also got kicked out of our apartment. The mission is going to renovate all of the floors and furniture and re-do the walls, so we will be working out of another area's apartment until it is finished. I will try to attach some pictures of the new apartment next week.
The last bit of news is that I am going to be staying here in Hamburg through Christmas. Elder Becar is heading off to the East, near Leipzig, and I will be receiving someone named Elder Schmidt. He is not a German, even though his name is. ;-)

Well, that's it for this week. Have a good one and I wish you all well!

P.S. I always begin my letters with some kind of catchy phrase that relates to an event of the week, but I have to admit that this one my be a bit of a stretch for those who are paying too much attention.  See if you can find the two points of the week that contributed to this week's letter. Last week's letter?


- Elder Eric Gibson
  Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzen Tage

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