For lack of something
funny to write- I guess it was just your standard Austrian week! Which
in all honesty, is anything but standard!
Once again I find myself sitting at a computer
trying to comprehend how we got here and how another week is already
past. The other difference is that this week the computers in the church
hause are broken down, so we are sitting in a dingy Internet Cafe being
smoked on by Turks. and we are paying 3 Euro an hour to do it!
Monday, monday, monday...
well it was awesome to say the least. After P-Day we taught Sister
Dressler- a great lesson- then we got a call from Bruder Bauer- He
wanted us to come visit a member with him, but it would take him a half
hour to get to us. SO we were already at our apartment and we had a
choice to make. either we wait 30 minutes OR we go back outside and find
something to do quick. WELL I felt strongly to go outside, so we
decided to take our freshly written letters to the post box around the
corner from our complex. we said a quick prayer to help us find someone
on the way- and the FIRST lady we talked to outside our building was
very interested in taking a book and reading it. she didnt want to give
us the info right there, but it was still a small miracle to see the
power of prayer. After that we went and shared that experience with the
members we visited, and they got so excited too and told us about their
plans with their neighbors- SUPER cool.
was distrikt meeting- very uplifting as usual. We got to share our
investigators, and brainstorm solutions to their concerns- so naturally
we brought up Wolfgang and got some sweet advice. then we went straight
home and taught him! we had an AMAZING lesson- as usual. he has already
read through 2 nephi and finds everything good and says its exactly what
he believes. We made some huge progress, because he invited back again
Thats the first time we have met twice in a week! That night in PFK
meeting, most of the members were absent, due to vacation season, and we
actually had the most spiritual, uplifting PFK Ive ever been to!
we did a service project with the hirschmanns- helping them move around
their house. It was nice to be able to serve them a little after all
the service they do for us! That evening we met again with Erich
Scharner- a very nice less active we just got in contact with. Hes great
and super willing to make progress back to the church.
we went to help Bruder Seitz with his garden- he is probably my
favorite 94 year old man on the face of the planet. He is so funny and
speaks such heavy dialect. Im probably the only missionary here now who
can understand him, just because Ive been around him so long. Me, being
the genius I am, dove straight into a bush of stinging nettle in the
garden. it only stung for a little while! Then we met with Kurt
Haidvogel- and he talked our ears off as usual. Lots of war stories and
such. Poor elder Parkinson fell asleep.
was our finding day in Sankt Pölten! the whole distrikt came together
here and we prayed about an area to go and door- not HUGE sucess- but a
lot of funny stories. Got chased out by a couple dogs and such. BUT
after the finding day, we had a lesson lined up with a potential- Jamal.
We were waiting for him at the park, when an investigator of the other
elders, Heinz, shows up (I had met him before)- and we ended teaching
him a lesson in stead! it was way cool because the other elders had lost
contact with him, but through our lesson, they were able to begin
teaching him again!
was the day for our next appointment with Wolfgang- and it was big,
because Wolfgang finally was comfortable with us inviting a member with
us- so this was his first contact with the church. Bruder Hischmann came
with us and we taught the 2nd lesson- it turned into Bruder Hischmann
teaching all sorts of crazy church doctrine- but hopefully wolfgang
wasnt weirded out. He seemed to take it all well, and at the end of the
lesson, he handed me a journal and said- 'he is my bible study journal.
if you want to know whats been going on inside my head, go ahead an
read' WHAAAAAT!?! It was so cool. Ive been pouring over it ever since,
trying to finding something that could help us.
Unfortunately though, Wolfgang couldnt come to church again on sunday.
that is really the only problem ith him- he is so hard to get to
church! he just says 'im not quite ready yet'- so our next task is to
get him to th church!
Aaaaand thats everything I think! It all just blurs together, but
its just great! Im just happy and content with the way things are. We
are giving our all, and bearing testimony to everyone we see. and most
importantly, im starting to see how christ like service, and
selflessness, is really what being a missionary is all about. Loving
others and Christ, more than ourselves. Then we are truly happy!
I love you all and I cant wait to hear from you again!