Monday, September 30, 2013

Ich Bin So Gesegnet‏

This week was a really great one, taught a ton of really great lessons and made a ton of personal progress. I have really felt so blessed this week. Thus the title of this email  " I am so blessed " 

So, some of the blessings this week:

Yesterday, we were invited over to a members house for dinner after church. When we got there they had invited their mom over as well, she is not a member. It was a really good thing, but at the same time we hadn’t really prepped for a first lesson that day and it was a total surprise to me. I usually like to study for the upcoming lessons we have in a day during personal study and then talk about it with Elder Brown. So, we eat dinner and then it was time for the lesson. We watched the restoration video made by the church. The entire time we were watching it I was just like ohhhh Heavenly Father, this is your kid I’m about to teach , if you want her to come closer to you and learn more about the gospel , you are gonna have to help me out and put some words in my mouth. The video ended and Elder Brown just looked at me. I was like ahhhhhhhhh and then boom, I spat out the best first lesson I have ever given, it was in flawless German and words were just coming to my mouth. It was a miracle, I felt like I knew just what to say and which questions to ask. After a maybe 15 min lesson we talked about her relationship with God, she said that she has been searching for the true church all her life. Then she said, “I think I just found it”. We will be meeting with Frau Baumer again this week. 

Elder Anderson with some of his friends from the MTC.
Also note: This would not have happened if the members had not done their part. I can’t even stress to you guys how important member missionary work is. Katia was baptized because of it and we met this lady because of members helping out in the missionary work.  Thank you guys for your efforts that you have told me about back at home! You are awesome. 

Elder Ogden and Elder Anderson. 
 Went to High School together and 
Elder Ogden's dad has been Philip's business partner for many many years now. 
Also, a really cool experience that I had this week was the opportunity to drive down to Frankfurt with my GML "Ward Mission Leader" and go to the Temple. Man, that was needed. It is such a good feeling being able to go back after a 5 month dry period. I totally soaked that up. I did the session in German, didn’t use a translator device, and it worked out really well. This was really such a big blessing. After not being able to go through for 5 months, this was one of the most special times for me personally. 

Also a big blessing was the opportunity to go up to Essen for a zone conference this week.  Learned a ton and I got to see some of my best friends from the MTC! It was a combined Düsseldorf and Dortmund ZoCo. So I was a able to see Hawker (see him every week) and then Jensen and Brandner! Also saw Elder Ogden! …..
(This is where Elder Anderson’s e-mail suddenly ended and another picked up)

…..sorry, the keyboards here are weird. I keep trying to capitalize words and stuff but it makes me send an email. And so yeah, that’s why not much is capitalized.  (Don’t worry Elder Nik, your Mama’s trying her best to clean it up before putting it on the blog!)  Haha, but back to the letter. ...

So yeah, I really enjoyed seeing my friends from around the mission. 

I love you guys! Thanks for everything that you do. I gotta bounce. 



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