November 24, 2014
Wow, thanks for all the support! I keep thinking that I don't feel that far away from home. I'm just in some other land... somewhere. Ha, but not that far. It's really a blessing to feel so close to home.
My title is because it has felt as though I have been swimming this last week! So much mist and water just constantly raining down. I feel as though I'm just swimming, but with honor, of course. :)
This last week was a great one, I honestly can't remember tons of it, so I'll just give you the highlights!
Monday- We went and toured some more through Berlin! Saw the Berliner Dome, went up on top and took pics. Then saw the big huge university here that is an equivalent of Harvard, basically. Saw the Burning of the Books memorial, it's a huge room underground that they have a see-through glass window on top to look down into it. Then we went to the Rittlesport Chocolate Factory store!! It's basically like the M&M stores, where they make it all interactive and fun, to get you to buy more of their chocolate. Ha, it was awesome.
Then we went on Tausch that evening! I went with Sister Jensen, a sister training leader in East Berlin, in Marzahn. It was cool to see that side of Berlin, it's the farthest east I've been so far. And Sister Jensen is awesome, and I learned a lot from her. We went to a few appointments, and did studies. She gave me lots of tips, but also helped me see how far I've already come and see my progress in general, which was really helpful.
Then Tuesday we went to some contacts, not much luck. But as we were heading back to the U-bahn station to Tausch back, or exchange back, we were walking behind this one man who stopped and started walking with us. He curiously looked at our name tags and asked where we were from. I told him we were from America, and we're missionaries sharing a message about God and Jesus Christ. And for some reason he couldn't understand our English, so we switched to German, and he was so impressed by it, that he agreed to continue to talk to us, and basically found out that he's been searching for religion his whole life. Like a Joseph Smith type beginning. So cool! People are prepared to be put directly in our paths.
Wednesday was our district meeting, our cute little district is so fun. We have 8 people total. We had visits, and it was really windy that day... those are my only notes. Haha I did write down that the miracle for the day was the buses came oddly just in time. We were never waiting for a bus for more than 2 or so minutes. Blessing for sure that day!
Thursday we did District Finding in an area about 25 minutes by bus, South of us. It was gorgeous, but... no luck. No one was out so we made no contacts. But we made lots of progress with former investigators and were able to set up tons of appointments. One fun thing that day, we found Santa on the bus. Christmas has come early to Berlin!
Friday was planning, some appointments fell out. We watched the Restoration that night!
One of my favorite thoughts, from Jon Schmidt, (who I was sitting like, 10 feet away from) was "Don't think things are a big deal! Walking up to someone on the street and just talking to them- it's normal. I have been acting like I'm good at this piano thing, and people have been believing me! They still do! Just act confident in whatever you do, and it will become a reality. People won't question it when you don't."
Ah, they are my heroes.
Well, I hope all is well, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving family!!! I hope it is just amazing! Give many thanks to everyone around you, especially to your Heavenly Father!
I am so thankful for my family, for this gospel, for the beautiful earth, for my Savior, for the people here in Germany, for prayer, for the Holy Ghost, for angels, and for the Atonement.
I love you all so much!!