Monday, July 27, 2015

Germany week 58

Dear Mum,

I was indeed at the temple, in fact for fun I even went into a sealing room so I could be in one of those on the same day as y'all. Also, I did indeed write the emails on Tuesday, but our internet wasn't working properly, so it wouldn't let me send it, so I had to wait until Thursday when we were at the church and then all of them actually sent. Anyway, turns out there are great perks to serving in a ward with your brother's former companion, namely, you get to see pictures of your brother's wedding before Monday! So yeah, Aaron showed me all of Jacob's wedding photos that people had posted on Facebook yesterday. 'Twas exciting.

Also, my week was pretty good. The best part was probably the temple, because that's always great. Also I was on a split in Langen when we met with our way cool investigator, so I don't know exactly how that's going. Church was also pretty exciting because two ladies just randomly came with their daughters. (So only one of them was random, the other was actually one of the sister's investors, but it was still cool that she came.) The Sisters are teaching both of them now, so that should be awesome because they both seemed to really like church. It was awesome to see once again just how way cool miracles are happening, even here in Germany.

Church is true!

Love you more!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Germany week 57

Dearest Mummzypoo,

First off, sorry I forgot to tell you last week, but I'm emailing today because I'm going to the temple and it's not open on Monday, so we have to have P-day today instead of yesterday. Sorry I didn't tell you last week; I hope you didn't think I was dead.

Along with that it's crazy that Jacob's getting married. That's today right? That means I'll be in the temple on the same day as y'all's!

Also, my week was pretty good. Had some nice lessons with some members and some investigators and what not. I think the real story of the week though was being "quick to observe." I started thinking about this at District Meeting when one of the sisters, Sister Riser, gave a Thema about the gift if discernment. It reminded me of a talk by Elder Bednar, wherein he says that a prerequisite to the gift of discernment is the gift of being quick to observe. That in turn led me to thinking about a event from a little earlier in the week.

Elder Blanchard and I were visiting the Baake brothers towards the end of the day and after giving them a short spiritual thought we left, but there was still a little bit of time in the day, so we decided to go by a nearby less active. Turns out the building he's supposed to live in doesn't exist anymore, so then we went home. About three stops before we normally get off the Stra├čenbahn Elder Blanchard turned to me and told me he felt like we needed to get off. So we did. At this point it was a little past nine, so we were having to walk rather briskly though the streets in order to not be home late, but I made sure to say at people and pay attention to whether or not I felt like I should talk to them. Well, Elder Blanchard ended up stopping a man, and giving him a copy of The Book of Mormon. Now I don't know if that's exactly why we were out there then, but I do know that there was a reason, and that by following that prompting, something good came out of that.

Love you more!!!
Elder Cloward

Monday, July 13, 2015

Germany Week 56

Dear Mum,

Sounds like some fun stuff there. So many people I haven't seen in forever. Crazy crazy. And Joseph's back too, gel? Fun, fun.

We had a lot going on with this week. As you apparently saw, the ward had a nice Sommerfest on Saturday. That was a lot of fun. Got to interact with the members in a very different way than normal and got to meet some other people too.

We also had a great Zone Training the other day. We talked all about the Restoration and just how important it is. What's more, we then watched Joseph Smith- The Prophet of the Restoration. That movie is so awesome. It's a fairly simple topic, but it's always good to think more about it because it really is so important. Without it this church wouldn't exist at all, and it really is our message to the world. I know it's true and that's why I'm here.

Love you more!!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Germany Week 55

Dear Mummzy,

Crazy stuff. I don't know if I could say that I'm feeling comfortable here in Mainz, but that's mostly just because it's been about 40 Grad this whole week and no one has Air Conditioning (except for the GML, who's American). But anyway, beside losing probably twenty pounds just in Water weight Mainz is awesome. We've got a lot going on, and the members are all great. I have met the ehemalige Elder Baake, but I haven't really had the chance to talk to him yet.

Also, like I said we've had a lot to do this last bit and it's been way fun. There's this one guy we're teaching that is always interesting. He likes to talk a lot and he's had a very interesting life and therefore has a lot of great insights, but what's best is when he stops talking. Not because I'd rather he didn't talk, but because it's always because he feels the Spirit. There have been a few learning points I guess you could say because of that. You see, when he stops talking, it sometimes creates some sort of awkward pauses, but it's always better to let him think and start talking again than to interrupt his feeling the Spirit.

Well, we also had an awesome Independence Day celebration at the Fugal's (the GML and his family). Wasn't quite as much of a party as it sounds like yours was, but at least we had air conditioning right?

You're great!

Love you more!!!