Geez it is so crazy how fast weeks go by on the mission. Everything just seems like a blur. But there were a lot of great experiences we have had so hopefully I can explain all of them.We have our investigator Jose, he is from Angola and absolutely loves this gospel. He is so humble and loves learning more and more about what we have. We met with him and a member on Thursday night and it was one of the most spiritual experiences I have had yet. We gave him the first lesson and he was so excited. He kept asking more and more. We finally challenged him to pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true or not. He wanted to pray right then and there. So we all got on our knees and he prayed in Portuguese. That is his Mutter Sprach (native language). We didn’t understand anything but he had the biggest smile when he finished. It was silent for a while and everyone was just smiling so big. Ha I have never felt the spirit that strong. I felt so good. It’s amazing how much better my German is when the spirit is there. I felt so calm and just took everything in. I absolutely loved the feeling. Jose came to church again yesterday and is so excited to learn more. We are going to set a baptismal date hopefully next time we meet with him.
Saturday was one of the coolest days I have had so far on my mission. We had this finding activity down in Mainz with our district and also the Mainz district. We started right in the center of Mainz at the single adults building. It was fun. We had to get to the new ward house by only contacting people and asking for directions. We couldn’t use a map or GPS or anything. It was actually perfect because people were so willing to help when we bring up the church in a conversation. It took us about 5 hours to walk and get to the church. But in that time we probably contacted more than 40 people and gave away about 5 Book of Mormons. My German is finally starting to be a lot better. I can finally talk enough where I can have a full conversation. I still mess up because that is normal but I have figured if you just talk to people the language will come the quickest that way. German is a hard language I do have to say. But that activity was perfect. It was a new way to find people and to contact.
That night we went on splits and I was with Elder Noorda. Elder Lindsey is the new district leader so he goes on splits with everyone in the district at least once. So I go on splits with everyone. It is a lot of fun. Elder Noorda is also pretty new to Germany. So it was a lot of fun because both our German is not super great but we still went contacting and talked with a lot of people. I have learned not to have any fear for people. If you just are nice and smiling then some people accept what you are saying. But mostly people just walk past like we didn’t say anything. Some people get freaked out if we talk to them too.. It’s been super fun though. The best way I have found out to work the best if you just compliment someone on something. If you tell them they are nice they get all excited and they talk. We do whatever to help people out. Every opportunity we get we help someone out. It has been awesome.
Sooo yesterday was fast Sunday and it was one of the hottest days that we have had this summer here in Germany. So to get to our church we have to walk a ton. And we have to wear our suits so it was absolutely frying. Germany is humid and was super hot. So we were pretty much drenched going to church. There was one fan for all of the sacrament meeting room. So it was pretty rough. It has been so hot here the past few days.
Yesterday we met with a family named Familia Amtmann that are Born Again Christians. WOW is what I will say. They know the Bible better than anybody. We brought Bruder Brunotte for a joint teach from our ward who actually was a Jesuit Priest before he read the Book of Mormon and was converted. Bruder Brunotte is this 6’7 man that is smarter than anybody I know. He has 5 different majors and his apartment is filled with thousands of books. He is a genius. He is super friendly and every week he wears these awesome suits with these massive ties. I will take a picture then send it home. But they are sweet. Anyways, he came with us to this joint teach with Familia Amtmann.. And he absolutely is the best teacher I have EVER seen. I learned so much from that guy and how to teach. He bore testimony so powerful and so perfect the spirit was so strong. It was incredible. They only believe on the bible and believe all other books come from Satan. Bruder Brunnote bore solemn testimony of the divine power of the Book of Mormon and it was awesome.
This week was a good one. We are meeting with a family of three this week that are awesome also. They are Investigators who love what we have. The work here in Germany is picking up. We just need to continue with the prayers and keep having faith that it will get better and better. Thanks for the support everyone. I love you all.