Okay, I’m never sending pictures again, so enjoy those ones. Just kidding, but it really took about 30 minutes. Dumb email.
Anyway, this week has been great. Lots of ups and downs. As for Elder Garrett and I getting along, we recently planned our futures together up until retirement, if that answers your question.
This week some really awesome things happened. We kept working with Dee (names changed), who will be baptized this week. She has come to church every week for 18 months, so we haven’t done anything special there. She went with a Mormon friend in France to go see Thomas S. Monson speak. After the meeting, he was walking out, then stopped, turned around, and walked right up to Dee, shook her had along with a 1 or 2 others, then left. She felt a shock, and knew he was a prophet. Then later she literally tried to escape to France to be baptized, because she really wanted her friend to be there. That’s no joke. We got a call from President Kosak about it. He was not amused.
We set a baptismal date with Nannita (I talked about her last time). She was really excited, but she lives 90 minutes away from church. She doesn’t have a car and couldn’t afford a train ticket (30 bucks each week). We talked to the Bishop, because this is a common problem in Germany (well, it has happened before at least). He called a quick ward council. Half the ward thought it was dumb, she should come herself. After talking for a little while, Bruder B., my favoritest old guy ever, said “This is dumb. I’ll just drive her of no one else will.” That would be a total of 2.5 hours driving, and that’s just to get her there. He’s 75, can’t hear a thing. He promptly fell asleep, so he might think that is still the plan, but it shut up a lot of younguns who were trying to argue against it. Eventually, they figured out a plan. I’m truly grateful for this ward. They all work really hard. There is no one that just doesn’t care.
But that meant that this Sunday, Nadine wasn’t there. We hope we can get her to the baptism Sunday!
We were in Lüneburg, which is an area we just took over, a few months ago, after we went through and overhauled the areabook. We stopped by on an African guy who, according to our records, stopped meeting with the sisters because he doesn’t believe in the Bible or the BOM. But when we asked him about it, he said he knew it was all true, and even wanted to be baptized. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE: He finishes his master’s degree in 2 weeks, when he will move back to Ethiopia. So they will be getting an awesome referral. I hope everything works out for him, and I’m glad we found him before he left.
So Elder Draper and I received a ridiculous amount of media referrals this last transfer. 4. That is, yes, 4 more than anyone else I’ve talked to. That is obviously not us, because that is just people going online and saying that they want a BOM. And our area has less people than most. That’s just the Lord, knowing we were awful finders (He was right). But a lot of times they put the wrong address and phone number. But recently, I found their email addresses, really buried in their info, so the HUNT IS BACK ON! YEEHAAH!
I love you guys so much, I’ll be more spiritual next time, especially when I don’t have to send dumb pictures.
But this area is getting so much better, and I’m getting so much better. I’m so grateful to be here on my mission, and I’m learning so much. Have an awesome week!