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Holding to the Iron Rod in Germany

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Hey guys!
Sorry, I don’t have a ton of time to write this week, because I spent a lot of time answering Sawyer’s questions (because they were fun).



Ok wait wait wait. I have a serious question. Imagine a line in the 3D Cartesian coordinate system, which is 45 degrees from all the lines. Or is y=X only on three axes, eh? What is the equation of that line??? Also can there be a triangular prism with 3 right triangles? Also how do you turn a circle inside out? AHHHH!
Love, Sawyer

These aren’t real questions. These are your homework questions or something you watched on Youtube… But I had fun answering them, so:

1. A line that is has a 45 degree angle from all other lines on a 3D plane would have the equation 2Z=X+Y, or perhaps more revealing, Z=X=Y. You can check this by checking the slope of the line. (I have forgotten all equations, so I had to derive this one myself) but (y2-y1)/(x2-x1)=m, with m being slope. When the m=1, the slope of the line must have a 45 degree angle to the 2 axes. (y=x makes a square triangle with 45 degree angles where the hypotenuse connects to the legs.) So. When x=1, y=1 and z=1. Same when x=-1=y=z. So (1–1)/(1–1) = 1. The ones on the left side of the equation could represent x and y, x and z, or z and y, but no matter what, the slope is 1 and therefore the line has a 45 degree angle with the axes involved. There are 3 other lines that meet the requirements as well. Their equations are: -2y=x+z, -2x=y+z, and -2z=y+x.

2. Triangular prisms only have 2 triangles in them, and the rest are rectangles. So no. However, if you meant a pyramid, yes, I think if you had 2 identical right triangles with the similar legs forming one edge, both faces making a right angle from each other, then the base would also be a right triangle.

3. I don’t even know what that is referring to, but instinctual, that sounds like something some mathematician would say is impossible.

That was fun! I’m jealous that you get to go to school!

Actually these were my own questions. Also you answered my questions better than anyone else. Thanks!]

Thanks for letting me know about registration dates [for school].

Aspen: Make sure as you pray about where to go, you don’t wait too long for an answer before answering! The most revelation happens when we pray about it, think about it, and try our best to make the best decision we can, God helps us to make the right decision. We usually notice it later, though.

This last week we were gone for 3 and a half days, so with church and p day thrown in there, we had really almost no time to work.

The reason we were gone so much is we we had a leadership training meeting in Berlin, and the day before we went on exchanges with the AP’s. I like both of them. I’ve known them both for a long time. But that was actually what has to be the WORST EXCHANGE of my life. It wasn’t their fault. They are ridiculously busy. They basically don’t live in the apartment they have in Berlin, since they travel almost the entire week every week. So they were excited to go on exchanges with us, because then we could work to try to get them a program going.

We planned an awesome day, but then during comp study, they found out there was an emergency (There’s always an emergency) and they had to leave Sunday night, which long story short meant Elder Weber and I ended up doing crafts for several hours as they planned the upcoming zone conference.


Then it was really awkward, because when they asked what they could do better, I explained that although I didn’t blame them at all for what happened, because it was completely out of control, we all knew that that happens all the time. Rather forcefully, I gave my opinion that I thought it would really be a lot better of an idea for them to go on exchanges to other areas, to escape the grasp of the mission office. (it sucks you in with little projects and you never escape). They kind of awkwardly avoided that subject, and I couldn’t figure out why.

But then the next day, there was this great big leadership training meeting, and the biggest climax of the meeting was announcing that the missionary department has just changed some policy, and all zone leaders and AP’s should bring missionaries to their areas to work, so they have enough time to have a model program. This is really quite different, and there were a lot of skeptics. And of course, they had just given us a big whopper of a reason why that would be a really bad idea. But actually, I think the positives outweigh the negatives.

Zone leaders have too much to do to work, so their areas suffer, and are constantly on the brink of collapse (they are usually better than most areas, because they are in the best cities and have the best wards – usually – but well below where they should be). This gives leaders [the resources] to make their programs awesome and hopefully inspire other missionaries to follow the example and do the same. So it actually switches the focus from developing areas to developing missionaries, which I really like.

This Sunday, we had church. And our one piano player wasn’t there. Which means we were singing a capella. And one of the branch counselors is morally opposed to hymn accompaniment playing from a phone. And also our music conductor was gone. So guess who had to bravely step forward?

This Elder.

And that same counselor decided to pick a song that

  • no.
  • one.
  • knew.

I can honestly say it was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. I have never heard such a caterwauling. It was like having my soul threshed publicly. I have never sweat so much in my life. I could pick out the tune later, but everyone was so panicked that I didn’t have time to figure it out, so we torturedly made our painful way through 4 verses.


Anyway. That was awful.

This week Elder Weber and I are doing something we are calling Wonder Week. That means that we are showing the Lord how desperate we are for miracles (see Becoming the Person You Were Born to Be, by Wendy Watson Nelson) https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-devotionals/2016/01/becoming-the-person-you-were-born-to-be?lang=eng by doing lots of really crazy things for a week. We have a lot of different rules, and we kinda feel like Nazarites, but here are some of the big ones:

We shower for 5 minutes max
We pray only on our knees
We take half time on lunch and dinner
We get up half an hour earlier
We speak only German with each other from 9 am to 9 pm.
We don’t use the elevator. And we live on the 9th floor.

We are expecting a big miracle this upcoming week!

Love you guys!

Elder Greaves


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