We currently have 4 investigators right now. It's funny because none of them are even German.. Makes sense, right? Ha but we have 2 of them that are progressing so that is good. It's been a lot of fun teaching them and the 2 that are progressing both committed to a soft baptism. So we will see how that works out. We just need to keep them going on the right path. It's hard because they both smoke.. But they both want to quit too. So we are keeping our hopes high. We know that if they keep the commitments we give that they will follow and find the true path of happiness. It's been so cool teaching them. But we need to find us some Germans to teach. Our lessons are in English and with German it depends on who we are teaching.
The ward here in Darmstadt is really strong. We actually got some of our ward just split off to go into Langen's ward which is just North of us. So that lowered the numbers but we are still up at 200 members active. That is considered a huge ward here in Germany. This ward is very missionary oriented. We also have a lot of young families in the ward with a bunch of kids. It almost reminds me of a Utah ward. But of course a lot bigger area where all the families come from. I love this ward. Transfer calls are already again this Saturday so we will see if I get transferred or not!
I talked to Thomas and Shirley the other night. I don't know what it is but every time I talk to them they are always so happy! The gospel has changed their lives and they have changed my mission. That family means a whole lot to me. It was cool talking to them. They went to do baptisms for the dead on Saturday. Thomas has a lesson next week, AND is also speaking in Stake Conference already... They are really strong and its been such a cool thing to watch. I talked to both of them and they are so happy. I am so happy for them. And I am grateful for them that they can be in my life.
The hardest thing on my mission is just accepting the fact I need to change. I felt like I was really selfish and wanted things in my life my way. But that has changed over the course of my mission. I have to accept the Lord's will on things. After I have accepted that I have seen how much happier I am too. It all comes with patience. I know that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ we can find that happiness in our lives because I have seen that in my life. There are still some weaknesses I need to fix but it's all a process.
Germany has been really cold lately. But Germany has some of the prettiest country I have seen. I have learned to love the people here. That has also been a hard thing but the people here are really nice people. I know I am serving here in Germany for a reason.
I am super excited for Eric this week. I am excited to hear where he gets called. I know this is the right thing for him in his life and he will absolutely love it. You don't really know what a mission is like until you come out and serve one. I am super excited for him and can't wait to hear where he gets called. And then when we are all finished up here we will be playing again with each other in the future. I love those boys and I am proud of them and the success they have had on the court and off the court as well.
I am doing well. My toes are healthy. I can walk and run again. Everything is just falling into place when I just let the Lord guide my life. I am excited for this next year I have out on my mission. Like Jackson always told me: Live in the moment! And that is what I am currently doing. The mission is awesome. I love this gospel. I love you all.