Woche 46- Happy Birthday Joseph, Ron, and Christ :)
this week i finally have a bit more time- this was probably the LEAST
craziest week so far here in Singen- and thats funny because its still
been wild! and Ill just start tellin ya why-
Last week i was writing from Ravensburg- a BEAUTFUL city- built
all inside a stone wall with towers and castles and old buildings all
over. I didnt take any pictures- what was i think?! But I was there to
lead an exchange with Elder George! We worked there until wednesday
morning. They didnt have any lessons planned, so we had a chunk of time
on our hands! We set the goal to find 8 people to teach- and we found
9!!! It was super miraculous- and really cold haha.
Wednesday Elder Chapman and I passed eachother and worked a few
hours together in Singen before switching ONE MORE TIME- this was an
exchange with the Assistants! I had to lead Elder Bailey around Singen.
Pressure! While Elder Chapman was in the Munich, Elder Bailey and I tore
it up in Singen- we found 7 people and set up 4 appointments! I learned
so much from elder Bailey and his love of the gospel- He really uses
the power of his calling to ask people the hard questions. One kid on
the street told us he doesnt believe in God, he believes in money. So
Elder Bailey turns to him and asks "What does money really bring you?
thats what I thought- NOTHING" This kid was just speechless. It was like
Nephi- you couldnt argue with his authority! So the kid agreed to meet
and learn more about God. That is my new goal! I want to be able to
preach with authority like that!
Friday through Sunday Elder Chapman and I were able work together
again- and we were running ALL OVER the place. So many cities- not
enough time. Something fun we were able to do though- The Gurneys (our
senior couple here in Singen) recieved money from their friends and
family back in the states, and we went shopping to do a sub-for-santa
for a new convert family that is really struggling. When we wrapped all
the gifts it really helped us feel the christmas spirit! Plus we took
the time in the evening to bake some cookies and brownies (yes, elders
can bake- elder chapman is actually pretty darn good!) and we delivered
those to members as well. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE! Can you believe that??
It snuck up on us so fast! I cant wait to skype with yall on wednesday-
I hope we have all taken the time to think on the true meaning of
christmas. I know I have, and we have had the chance to share that
message with many many people. The symbolism of Christmas, is that
Christ, our Savior came into the world, the perfect gift from our
Heavenly Father to us, his children. We decorate our houses with lights
and candles, while Christ was the new light and hope that came into the
world. Truly all things point to Christ, and as we take the time to
notice, we come closer to him. Truly there is something magical about
this time of year- families come back together, people forgive
eachother. in a world full of hate, we all TRY to feel love. That is the
love and influence Christ has. His love changes hearts- it is that love
that changes the world- if only for a short few weeks.
I love you all and can not wait for wednesday!