elder caleb greaves

Holding to the Iron Rod in Germany

Funny picture week.

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Hey guys! This week has been meh. Great things have still happened, though! We had really great lessons with J and M They are both making a lot of progress. It’s been fun working with them.

We had a Zone Conference last week, and it was so much fun. At about the year mark in your mission, you know absolutely everyone, and most everyone knows you, so big group gatherings are a blast. You can just talk to everyone. Six months from now, I won’t know anyone because they will all be home.  That’s how it works….

But this time was a ton of fun. I got to see Elder Garrett and Elder Riddle, which is obviously great. It was probably the last time I will see President Kosak, because the new president comes at the end of June. It was pretty sad. I’m going to miss him a ton and I’m really grateful to have met and learned from him.

So this week, I’ll use the time I have to talk a little about J. I don’t think I told you, but we had a REALLY good lesson with him before Elder Casperson left. Like, maybe the best lesson of my mission so far. I started off by apologizing, because the lesson before we weren’t really focused on the Spirit at all and we didn’t really work on getting there. We were more interested in what we had to say.

So we said we were going to do it differently. We read in the Book of Mormon together, and spent the whole lesson just bearing testimony. It was so awesome, and the Spirit was so strong. He was really affected by it, and we ended with answering maybe his biggest question:

“Why should I get baptized, since this church doesn’t seem much different from mine.”

We bore testimony about eternal families and decided to introduce the idea of temples, because he really saw no blessings that would come from changing religions.

Then, we didn’t see him for 2!!! weeks.

I hate that.

He was out of town. We finally met again last night, and it was another really good lesson. He is finally starting to catch on to what we are saying. We started talking about the Plan of Salvation, and he was surprised to find out that if someone were to actually study Christianity, they actually have very similar beliefs. He had no problem believing in the 3 kingdoms of Heaven, for example. It was also very interesting when we would talk about things like the Godhead. You would expect someone who graduated bible school to have a very strong opinion on the Trinity, but when we asked him if he believed God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost were 3 beings or one, who was stumped. He was like,

“All I know is 3 in 1!”

So that was kinda funny. The one thing that was completely different was premortal-existence, which was actually great because from that, I think he finally understood the role of prophets and revelation. He asked us for our biblical support of that, which we gave, but then explained that there are only traces in the scriptures, and that the plan come from direct revelation to a prophet of God just as it has in times past, and it wasn’t just Joseph Smith pulling together all these random scriptures to make this crazy theory. We asked him if he actually wanted to find out if it was true, and he said yes, which just by admitting that, shows how far J has come. He’s so great, and I’m excited to keep working with him.

You have a great week!

Fun with Ipad

Fun with cameras!

Frankfurt Oder from Caleb

Frankfurt Oder

Elder Allen

Elder Allen enjoying every German missionary’s favorite-a doner! Best street food ever.

Elder Allen big head

Elder Allen has a big head. 🙂

Elder Greaves

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