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Monday, November 18, 2013

Plan of Salvation - weekly letter

     We, the Hamburg Elders in Wartenau, had a fairly good week. We are very busy with the consistent things that we are trying to get done and people that we are trying to work with. The work is moving somewhat slowly here at the moment. We still do not have a very large teaching pool, but this week we were able to see some progress. There a quite a few people who are interested, but just are willing to take the time out of their day to meet with us. We are working with quite a few of the ward members who are ready to do the work with us, and we have already seen some movement their.
     We found a new investigator this week, Andreas from Poland, but he did not come to church yesterday, like he said he was planning on. That has been are biggest trouble the last few weeks for us- we make out appointments, but then the people cannot make it or just don't come. I think that a big part of it is that they just don't have true interest, and we aren't going to drag anyone to the gospel. We just need to find the people that are ready to accept what we are trying to give to everyone. I know that they are out there just looking for this exact thing.
     We had a really good appointment with a less-active this last week. He is from Chicago, so he speaks English, and he asked us for some help learning German. Afterwards, we talked with him about God and what God has in plan for him and his life (the Plan of Salvation!). It really touched him, and by the end of the lesson he said that he had understood the Plan of Salvation for the first time in his life. It was awesome to see that his heart was open for it, and the spirit was really strong in the lesson.
    This week, I learned quite a bit about how faith has to be a very active role in our lives. Due to the faith that the Nephites had in the Lord, they were protected in many situations from the Lamanites and the attacks that they were doing against them. The 2000 stripling warriors, because of their unwavering faith, were able to leave all of their battles without any loss of life- all because they had faith that God would protect them. Faith is truly a force that can accomplish mighty things, even if others might not trace it as the source sometimes.
     I know that this is the Lord's work. He has given His children so many opportunities and tools for us to be able to return to live with Him. The more time that I spend praying, studying the scriptures, and teaching the gospel to other, the deeper my appreciation for these gifts grows. I have felt His spirit and His love, and I have gotten very real answers to my prayers. I am so grateful for the short time that I have as a full-time witness of my Savior.
I love you all and wish the best for you once again. Until next week!

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

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