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Monday, November 18, 2013

Woche 40- well snap. its been 40 weeks

Liebe Familie!
First off, because people maybe occaisionally look at the first lines of my email...
my new address in Göppingen is:

Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Elder Nathan Bartholomew
Garten Straße 15
73033 Göppingen

That is how the mail will come directly to me! But please pay attention to when I leave- we have recieved almost 15 letters for the sisters because they didnt tell people they moved!
I hope that you are all doing great! I am loving life! Let me share a little bit about my week...
Monday night we went to do a family home evening with a member family- on of the kids is leaving on his mission to Scotland in a couple weeks, so we were giving him last minute advice... then we played hide and go seek with the family. they are a goofy bunch!
Tuesday we were the whole day in Stuttgart for Zone Conference! We talked to this guy in the train on the way there who seemed SO INTERESTED! But the number he gave us turned out to be fake :( The conference was so awesome though! I learned so much from President and Sister Miles and the APs- the day was hard though because I have been sick all week and that day i lost my voice! The people we talked to on the train were nice enough to listen even though I could barely whisper!
Wednesday we had interviews first thing in the morning, and it was so good to talk to President one on one! We did an exchange that day and I went down to work in Ulm for the day, and Elder Dickson took Elder Durrant back to Göppingen! He was so nervous for his first Tausch, but im sure he did a great job! Elder Chapman and I were able to meet with some SWEET less active members who were working to get back to church. It was so cool to hear their testimonies, and see the desire to accept the atonement in their lives. Elder Chapman (not the one from Aspen stake) was in St. Pölten right before me, so working with him was fun because we could talk about the members we both knew! He is such a happy missionary- i was able to learn so much from him!
thursday, I came back up to Göppingen to work with Elder Durrant, and Elder Dickson went to Ulm to be with Elder Chapmann. Elder Durrant is a funny guy- hes also a "golden", but hes been out one transfer, so he basically thinks he knows everything. It was fun to work with him though. We baked brownies for our neighbor (who could have huge potential!) and then we prayed about a less active we wanted to go visit! So we hopped on a train to give it a try, and Bruder Schaaf (the man we prayed about) was home and let us right in! We got to know him... super cool miracle! That evening we met with Fritz- hes still being a stubborn old man. He prayed and said he got the answer that he needs to become a pirate. not exactly sure where that came from, but we are working with him.
Friday was AWESOME!!! Elder Dickson came home so the wonder team could start working together again, and we went straight to an appt with a guy from the area book. James Price is an american that LOVE baseball more than anything- but he is also very spiritual and KNOWS that he can recieve answers to prayers. When we asked him to pray about the restoration he agreed and we are way excited about that, because he has the faith to get an answer!
but that evening was the best part. We met a woman in the train a week ago named Stephanie Lehr. we set an appt with her for friday night- and when we got there... the WHOLE FAMILY WAS THERE. Father, mother, and three kids, all waiting to be taught. WHAT?! thats someting people here seriously dream about their whole missions- teaching a whole german family the gospel- together! Needless to say, it was nerve wracking to sit there. But they shared with us their desire to find/make a community that believes in christ and lives according to the bible. WOAH! Unfortuatley they are REALLY busy till the end of December, so we will need to stay tuned to what happens with that! But with the new changes in missionary work, we can email people more frequently, and we will be in contact with the family that way. AH so cool!
Saturday we did lots of service in a town a long ways away... nothing that cool.
Sunday was very nice in the church- we had choir practice after church and we started the christmas stuff! AH! So excited!
Thats was the week. I cant believe 9 months has come and gone, but Im just grateful for the experiences Ive been able to have. its unbelievable- but ive never been so happy on my mission! The gospel is true. Satan is a liar. Thats what we need to understand in order to be happy.
I love you all so much! Thanks for everything!
Adventure is out there!!
Elder Bartholomew

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