Monday, April 28, 2014
Menschen Kinder.. Erfurt. Was für ein woche !
"Man...Erfurt. What a week!"
What a Crazy, Interesting, Successful and Memorable week here in Erfurt. Saw the hand of the Lord in my life this week. That’s for sure!
So as of right now, I am in this big sketchy Casino using their computer because the Library that we usually use is closed for the next few weeks. And we checked out a couple of other internet lades but they all cost like 4 Euros per hour. No thanks, too expensive. Haha. So I took a page out of my Golden Cycles and thought, hey we can go to a Casino. (Elder McGinn and I used a Casino in Erlangen) So here we are. Haha the Mormon Missionaries in a Casino. Funny, right?
So this week. Hmmm, where to start. Me and Elder Norman got a referral from Coburg, they said they found a Young Woman named Danna (pronounced Donna) and that she lived in Erfurt and we should call her and make an appointment. We called her up and she was actually really excited to meet with us. So we met with her and had the Erfurt Distrikt Präsident as our joint teach. We answered her questions about the Restoration and then taught her about Der Erlösungsplan (The Plan of Salvation). It was super powerful and seriously the Spirit was so strong. It felt as if you could reach out and actually grab it. So at the end of the lesson we committed her to baptism on the 24th of May. She accepted . So Keep Danna in your prayers. We are meeting with her again this week. So excited. I have never run into someone so prepared on my mission. What a miracle.
Also this week Normy and I were going by a Potential Investigator’s to see if they had any legit interest in meeting with us. Unfortunately they didn’t. So we had like 20 minutes till we had to catch the StraßenBahn to our next appointment. So I said, “ok, lets hit some Doors.” We hit one door. No answer. “Ok well we have time for 1 more Door.” We knock on this door and a young Chinese student answers the door. We just so happened to have a Chinese Book of Mormon on us. We are in Germany of all places, with a Chinese Book of Mormon. We give it to her and ask her if she believes in God and she said "nein, notch nicht" or "No, NOT YET." Key words there, NOT and YET. And then we bore testimony to her about the church and that blessings that come from the gospel. And then I felt to bear testimony that this church has been a great blessing to my family and that because of it I can be with you guys forever. And seriously, it felt as though I was a hand puppet for the Lord. Never ever before has my German been so clear and has my testimony come out so smooth. It just worked out great. So, asked her if we could come back and teach her. She excitedly said yes and asked if we could come back on Tuesday at 11! Yay. So pray for Fangyuan. It was a blessed find.
It was also the first time Ive been asked on my mission if I was from Germany. So yay, my German is going really well.
So this week we had an appointment with a Less Aktiv. We went in and he was pretty Drunk. So we knew we were in for a treat. So he busts out more alcohol in the appointment. And we have told him that when we are there he can’t do that. But he is just Sloppy Drunk. Like beyond reasoning. And so Normy grabs the alcohol off of the table and …. BOOM. He snapped. He got up and started yelling and freaking out and threatening to kill us and what not. And he grabs this bottle like a club and is freaking out at Normy for touching the drink. So I got in between them and looked at him and was just like "Sei Ruhig. Sei Ruhig! Sei Ruhg!" I’m like, “calm down, calm down” ... and he went off on this rant just saying horrible things and still threatening to kill us. So me and Normy start heading for the door and I was still trying to talk it out with him. But he was just GONE. No reasoning with him. So finally I was just like, “What ever. Bye dude”. We walked out as we were walking out he was still cussing his brains out and he told us, “I am done with this church and I am done with you. I never want to see you again”. So we were just like, “Ok, What evs Homie. Tschüß.” So we left. Sunday rolls around. Guess who is at church and a little more sober? Yup . Our buddy that threatened to kill us. Haha, good times. We told the Branch Präsident what happened and he told us, “Don’t give up on him. Visit him some more. He needs it”. And we were like, What the heck?! Really? Ok. So we are meeting with him again this week. Pray that he won’t be drunk this time! Haha, Seriously. Mission Life. Who would have thought? I love it. But its interesting sometimes.
Erfurt is doing really good. The ward is still treating me so well. I am staying nice and busy and new people to teach just keep popping on up. There are so many miracles. I’ve learned that if I keep open eyes and try to maintain an attitude of gratitude that there is never a boring day. And that when you look for them and pray for them, miracles come. I’m not sure if it is a Gospel Principle or not. But I have myself convinced now, after my time in Erfurt, that miracles and good things will come when you are out doing what you can do. Remember my e-mails when I first came into Erfurt? I was a little bummed, the work was not doing very well. There were not very many lessons being taught, and this was and has been the "East, or the Stinky corner of the mission." But now look at it. I am loving life, I would love to stay here the rest of my mission. The work is bumpin’. Normy and I are workin’ it. We have been so blessed. I know none of this would have happened without the help of our Heavenly Father. I have really learned a good couple of lessons on Faith, Hard Work and Relying on God out here. Transfers are this week. Find out on Saturday what happens . I’m praying that Ill get to stay here though.
Also, Interesting news. I’m sorta torn on wanting to stay in Erfurt for a long time. Found out that the Leipzig stake is being re organized and it is taking in our District. Leipzig stake is in the Berlin mission. If I am still in Erfurt when the new Stake is formed then I would most likely be sucked into the Berlin Mission.. So yeah. We shall see what happens. What ever the Lord wants. But I really want to stay in the Frankfurt Mission with all my buddies.
Good job guys at getting your Preach My Gospels and reading from it that is so good. It makes me really happy!! Read and study that as a family.
Thank you guys for everything that you do for me and the prayers on my behalf. I hope you know that I am praying for you guys individually morning and night. I know that families are forever. Thank you so much for always being there for me. You guys are amazing. I love you!!
Bis Nächste Woche!!
Love Elder Anderson