today is day 700 of my mission! thats right- 100 WEEKS! wow that seems like a crazy amount... ups, downs, some parts fly, others drag... thats just how it goes- but here we are at the end of another week!
oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR again. its 2015! what the?? i never really thought this year would come! I kinda just thought the world would explode or something... or atleast my brain. But then again, people thought that in 2000 and 2012 as well... and we just kept going haha. thats life.
This week was full of adventures! Last monday i went and bought some shoes... i guess i need to get my european cloths fix before i come back to the state haha- but im realizing i dont have that much room in my suitcases so i need to be careful... and in the evening we went to teach Mario! we wanted to show him the restoration DVD with his neighbors... but they all bailed on us so we watched it with mario alone- and he was very... very... drunk. hmm... not sure how much he got out of it. But he seemed to really like it (if he even remembers it now)
New Years Eve we went to the same family who invited us over for christmas eve- and we played some games- and then we had to be home by ten and asleep by 10.30... it was a little hard and the fireworks woke us up at... did i ever mention that new years in germany is INSANE. like BEYOND INSANE. its a night of do whatever you want and blow up everything- i kid you not. it wass like constant bombs going off for 2 hours haha. kinda fun to watch from the balcony.
so as district leader, i was able to do a baptismal interview in Freiburgfor the sisters there- their investigator got baptised and is SO COOL! Madleen is here name- she was so prepared. she was introduced and fellowshipped by a girl from the ward and was able to come through her example to see the blessings of the gospel in her own life. that just goes to show how powerful our examples can be in the lives of those around us if we will share the gospel with them! so cool!
Vladmir and Mario both came to churchand enjoyed it- we are meeting with Vladmir tonight! night after fasting we were both SO TIRED- but we prayed for strength to know where to go, and chose a name from our "go-by List" and started out into the cold night. and what do you know- the first guy we talk to on the empty streets of Lahr asks for something he can read, gives us his info, and invited us over ! even when its hard, when we do what the lord wants he will bless us! I may not be there, but im excited to hear about the elders visiting him.
Well, thats the past week. we have some awesome plans for the coming week too! just working hard and staying focused! this is it!
oh, and GUESS WHAT?! i got a call..... it was JAN FROM HEILBRONN! He called me to surprise me and tell me that he and Brother Zander are driving down from Heilbronn today to take me out to lunch! IM STOKED! i love those guys so much- i cant believe they would drive 3 hours just to come see me and say goodbye. they are some of my greatest friends. they will be here in just a few minutes so i need to go!
I love you all! this is it!
Adventure is out there!