Monday, May 26, 2014

Was für eine verrückte Woche!‏

"What a crazy week!"


So this week was an interesting one to say the least. I was in 5 major cities in the mission and Elder Brande was gone from Aachen almost the entire week with splits. We spent about 15 hours traveling on Buses and Trains. And we still managed to find 3 new investigators. So bear with me as I go through this crazy roller coaster of a week.

Montag... So, last week we got to just chill and relax in Aachen for P-day. We went through the Aachener Dom (Aachen Cathedral) that was built back 1200 years ago by Karl Der Große (King Charlemagne). It is a beautiful building and it actually has the throne where every King of Germany was crowned. Adolf and Napoleon Bonaparte also did their own personal "I am ruler of Europe" thing in this church. After that we went around just to check out our city. We went to the Fußgangerzone and to a few parks. Aachen is beautiful!! I am taking you guys to this city for sure. After P-day we went back so we could pack our bags for the craziness that lay in wait. We got a train out to Köln and then slept there for the night.

Deinstag... I woke up at 4:30am  and got ready to go to our Golden Trainer meeting in Offenbach. We were out the door by about 6:30 and got on our 2 hour 30 min bus ride to Frankfurt. The Golden Trainer meeting was an awesome experience. There were the 5 Trainers and our Goldens plus 30 or so potential Trainers. Our mission is supposed to be getting over 100 new missionaries by the end of September. But there was a special spirit in this meeting and I can honestly say that it was my favorite meeting that I have been to thus far. Maybe it was because Präsident Schwartz is leaving soon. But there was something special about the group gathered there that day. I’m gonna miss Präs. In the meeting we had a few awesome break out training sessions. I got to see my Trainer Elder McGinn. He was teaching a course on "Asking Inspired Questions". It was great to see him and catch up and have him talk with his mission Grandson for a bit! After the meeting we caught a train from Offenbach to Frankfurt where we rode our bus back to Köln. We got back late and so we slept in Köln again.

Mittwoche... Woke up early again and left Köln on a split with Elder Jack. We headed back to Aachen on a 2 hour train ride. Spoke to a nice man on the way there about families and France. Haha, It didn’t really go anywhere, but hopefully he will remember the pleasant run-in with the Mormonen. We had an appointment with a Herr Malms. Really nice man, going through a really rough patch in life. We had a really spiritual meeting with him where we just got to know him and bore powerful testimony about the Savior and his atonement. He broke down in tears at one point talking about how he could never receive forgiveness for what he has done and how sorry he was. He said all he wanted through out his life was Love and Acceptance, and that on the search for those things he went down the wrong road and messed up. What an amazing message that we are able to share with people. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s amazing. I’m so excited to work with Herr (Mr.) Malms and help him find the peace and love that he has been searching for.
After the appointment we had some time before we had to travel to Düsseldorf, so we went out and did some street contacting. We worked our way into a park and it was pretty empty. There was one lady sitting on a bench and so we went up to talk to her. She asked where we were from and what we were doing there. We gave her a Book of Mormon and basically said, that this is why we are here! We bore some testimony and she agreed to meet us later this week. After walking out of the park, we ran into a member who was having a really hard time. Aachen is a really big city and so when you run into members on the street it is a rarity. But we ran into him and just talked for 30 min until we had to go to Düsseldorf. But all this stuff got me thinking. How awesome is it, that the Lord put those people in our paths. Literally, if we hadn’t felt and decided to go to this little park we never would have seen the Lady and we never would have ran into the member having a hard time. The Lord is so much a part of your life as a missionary. What a blessing to serve him  and receive his guidance.
After that we went to Düsseldorf for our Zone Training. It was really good and it focused on working with members to hasten the work.
After that I saw my Golden, Elder Brande, gave him a hug and heard about him getting lost in Köln, alone for an hour. And then had to go on yet another Split. Elder Bruneel and I went back to Aachen for the night! Horraay for sleepin’ in my own bed!!

Donnerstag... Had a fun split with Elder Bruneel. With us being called officially as University Elders, we have been trying to spend as much time as possible on campus. We went and we had our Language study hour in the Library on the Foreign Languages floor. After that we went to this member family. Lovely people. They cooked us some raw turkey. Yummy, haha. After that we went back to Downtown Aachen and did some contacting. I stopped a lady on the street named Susan, so friendly, she invited us to her house and we talked for a solid 30 minutes. She is from Kenya and she invited us to come to her house next week for dinner! She said she loves Jesus and loves us and is willing to hear what we have to say. She said she reminded us of her kids! Haha.  After that we contacted these 3 French and Romanian guys. Gave them Books of Mormon and got their contact info, we have an appointment made out for this Wednesday! We then went to the church for our weekly GEMICO, not sure what that is in English, but its when we meet with our Gemeinde Missions Leiter (Ward Mission Leader) and talk about the work and how we can best work in unity. It was a really good meeting. We received a referral there named Dania. She is awesome , and comes from Cuba, she is studying here in Aachen. She speaks Spanish and German. After that we were on a bus home. I saw this guy speaking English so we started a conversation. Turns out he was from Columbia and he was studying Communication Technology in Aachen. So him studying that and being South American I decided to bring up Carlos Slim, the Business Giant from Mexico, because his company pretty much is just Communication technology. Turns out this guy actually worked for Carlos Slim before coming to Germany to study and work for T mobile. Really cool conversation. Got his contact info and then gave him a Book of Mormon!

Fritag ... We traveled back to Düsseldorf to split back and when we were there in the Hbf, we saw a guy looking at us very intently. We decided to say hi to him. We started talking to him and found out he is from Ireland! Sweet. So after talking for 10 min Mr. Fitzpatrick asked if he could buy us some Hot CoCoa. We said yes and we just talked life with this guy for an hour or so. It was an awesome time. Afterwards we split back and then ran into a Brazilian girl that just immigrated to Germany, she could speak a little broken German and Portugese and we found out that she is a member of the Church and has been trying to find the local meeting house for her and her family!  So that was cool running into her and helping her out. After that we got on a train back to Aachen and slept the entire way. Once we got home we just had time to go by Susan’s, the lady we contacted earlier in the week. We gave her a Book of Mormon and then mad a solid appointment.

Samstag... It was a slower day. We just had our weekly planning and then went and ate a Döner for Döner Samstag. After all of the planning and stuff we ended the day with a Ward Dominoe night at Sister Elvis's home!

Dania Came to Church! Yay.
Sonntag... Our new Investigator Dania came to church !! Yay. We taught her about baptism and she seemed really interested, she asked if we could teach her 10 year old son too! After church we went and ate at home and then went out to meet Martina in the park. She is an investigator and she is awesome. She is making good progress and she believes in prayer. After that we just came home and I did the weekly call ins with the District! That was our week.  A busy and crazy week! I loved it.

One thing that I shared with my Golden this week was the Scripture in Acts 5 :41. Talking about how the apostles were proud and even joyous that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus Christ. You need that attitude out here. I love the German people but they have got some Sassy mouths! Haha. So when the troubles come, or people are just being a pain. We just gotta square up and say. I got this, because I know Jesus is on my side!

I love you all! Gotta Go!

Have an amazing week!


Elder Nikora Anderson

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