Monday, March 28, 2016

Germany Week 93

Dear Mum,

This week was kind of a blur. I feel like it just gets more and more like that as the weeks go by. They're all basically the same anyway.

The best part of the week was definitely Sunday though. In Sacrament Meeting the bishop asked Z and R to come up and bear their testimonies. So they came up and bore their testimonies in Persian and then H translated it into German. Their testimonies were pretty simple, but the Spirit was super strong, it was awesome. Probably my favorite part was when Z was talking and talked about how when we first asked him to read and pray about The Book of Mormon he was mostly just a little weirded out, but then he did it and he received an answer and now knows that it's true. Couldn't ask for anything more than that. Then after church Bishop then interviewed Z for the priesthood and H gave him a white shirt and tie so he can pass the sacrament and stuff. It's so exciting!

Anyway, that was my week.
Love you more!!!
Isaac

Monday, March 21, 2016

Germany Week 92

Hi Mom!

From left to right: R, Z, H, me, Elder Davis
Well, our baptisms went off more or less without a hitch, but the one the Sisters had was a little more interesting. Actually the baptism wasn't that interesting, but the confirmation was. You see about two minutes before Sacrament Meeting started he wasn't there, so the sisters called him and he informed them that he was trying to come, but the trains weren't working properly and he can't speak German, so he wasn't totally sure he what was going on,but he was going to get there as soon as possible. So they let bishop know, and bishop being the boss he is, and having the last talk of the meeting, started stalling at the end of his talking to give G more time to get there. He did finally get there and they confirmed him just after Sacrament Meeting should have ended, so we ended up having three awesome confirmations.

Same stuff, but with the Sisters and G. 
 You can probably figure out which ones those are.

Also, after the baptism we met with one of the other Persians that came to the baptism and we set a baptismal date with him, so hopefully that will also happen in a few weeks. Also, on Sunday two other Persians, that are members, brought their friends and we'll probably teach them sometime this week, so that should be way cool. We should get a Persian Branch here in no time. We just have to wait until enough of them have the Melchizedek Priesthood and then it will totally happen.

That was the highlight of my week. I can't think of anything else.

Y'all have a nice week now, ya hear?

Love you more!!!
Isaac

Monday, March 14, 2016

Germany Week 91

Dear Mum,

It was mostly a good week this week. We had some great lessons with R and Z, two of the Persians, this week and they seem excited about their baptism this Saturday. Naturally we are as well. The whole baptism is probably also going to make this week full to brimming with all of the preparations we have to do for it. Sadly this week we also found out that for various reasons the two other Persians that we're going to get baptized on Saturday no longer want to. We're hoping to still be able to meet with them and help them get there a little later though, they just want a little more time to prepare and what not. But the good news is that I really feel like they're earnestly seeking the truth and when that's true, The Lord will guide their path, just as he has done before.

The rest of the week wasn't too exciting. We talked to a lot of people, including a few crazy ones that told us that the bible proves that NASA didn't actually go to the moon and things like that. Life as a missionary is always exciting, that's for sure. Well, that's about all I can think of. Have a nice week!

Love you more!
Isaac

Monday, March 7, 2016

Germany Week 90

Dear Mum,

This week was pretty dandy, though a bit stressful along the way. We had a million things that had to all be done in the mornings throughout the week and that started with transfers. My new companion is Elder Davis. He's from Payson. He's been out for about a year now. (Fun side note about transfers that I don't think I mentioned last week, this transfer they moved the Zone Leaders to Duisburg, which means I totally get to go on a split there, and see a bunch of people, including, hopefully, one of the investigators I had, who should be get baptized this month!)

The next thing we had on a morning was an appointment with some Persians and an appointment at the Auslanderbeh├Ârde. So Elder Davis on his second day in Bonn got to take over the area and go to that appointment with one of the Euskirchen Elders while I went with the other to get my Visa extended. Everything worked out there and now I just have to wait for them to send the hard copy in a few weeks.

Then, the next day or so we met with some other Persians. They're all doing super great and are really excited about their baptisms. They're the coolest people. Sunday was Stake Conference, which meant that everyone had to go to D├╝sseldorf and even though it's almost a two hour trip everybody came! Well, F and N didn't, but that's because they ended up being sick. Anyway, after Stake Conference the Stake President wanted to meet all of the recent converts and investigators, so we had a little meeting. Probably about half of the people there were Persian, and about half were from the Gemeinde Bonn. 'Twas awesome.

That was the week!

Love you more!
Isaac