So this last month here in Bernburg has been AN ABSOLUTE TRAIN WRECK.
So I finally figured out how to use this newfangled technology, and I put 2 pictures and a few videos in the box of dropping. [Dropbox :)] The videos were taken right after John’s baptism. He is so awesome, and so is the ward. All the little old ladies came up afterwards and gave him little gifts and big hugs and talked to him in German even though he can’t understand a lick of what they were saying.
The rest of the week has been really great, too. We found a ton of people, almost all Germans, which is great. One of them was actually a pretty amazing story. We had almost walked past him without talking to him, because we were on train tracks, but last second we turned and talked a little about the Book of Mormon. He got really happy, and after a few minutes, he said we were sent to him from God. Turns out, this Iranian guy came here from Switzerland, where he spent 6 months going to our church and being taught by the missionaries. He even had a baptismal date. He moved here because he just ran out of time on his papers. Multiple people told him there was no Mormon church in Germany. He started meeting with some people from the Evangelisch church, determined to still be baptized. One day they saw his Book of Mormon on the table in his apartment. Sie haben ausgeflippt. (They flipped out). They took it and even tried to exorcise the devil from him, because of the Book of Mormon.
Alot of our investigators come into town this week, so we are excited for that. Elder P. is starting to get nervous about transfer calls on Saturday, because this place is rockin’ now. 🙂 At the beginning of this transfer we had a teaching pool of 4. Now it is 24. This area is on fire, along with the rest of the district.
We also have mission tour, so we get to see President Kosak on Friday. That’s always great. With such a huge mission, we don’t have much of a chance to talk to him.
This week, something I have learned is the power of obedience. There is a special power that comes into your life when you can say you are giving 100% obedience everything you’ve got. Especially on a mission. The Spirit is with you all day long. I know it is the uncool thing to just obey right away, but when it comes to the Gospel, I think the best mentality is “Obey first, ask questions later”.