elder caleb greaves

Holding to the Iron Rod in Germany


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April 2016

Hey guys!

This last week was fantastic! We actually had very little time for the normal missionary stuff, though. Monday was “Easter Monday”, which has about us much to most Germans as Labor day to us. Many have no idea what it is about, so it’s just a day off of work. Have I mentioned before about how crazy Germans are about not working? It’s their favorite thing. It’s not really that they are lazy, it’s just they think there’s this terrifying bubonic disease called “burnout”, ravaging the poor helpless people that actually work a full 5 days a week occasionally, and leaving them incapable of ever being happy again.

No really.

I think most German members’ favorite scripture is “thou shall not run faster than thou hast strength.”

But anyway, that meant everything was closed. So we had to do all our shopping and stuff on Tuesday. We also contacted a media referral we got. He lived in Pocatello, thought Mormons were great, and wanted a Book of Mormon.

We stopped by on G – i actually just realized I haven’t said anything about G before! He is so awesome! He’s a newish convert, and probably one of the best people ever.

He’s from Columbia, and he is insane.

He moved here in the 80’s to experience what communism was like. He wears a bright blue fedora everywhere. He hangs out mostly with 14-16 year olds – which I guess makes sense because he’s only 12. He just wants to hang out with the big kids, you know? (He was born on leap day).

He has this little book that he carries everywhere and writes down literally all of his thoughts.

Typical escapade: There’s a speed camera in town that gets anyone going over about 15 miles per hour. Super lame, so G taped a picture over it one day, wearing a cape and a hat and a giant styrofoam battle axe. the cops saw him and started chasing him (they know him well) and he had to run, so he hopped on his bike and rode away, battle axe in hand, yelling at the cops the whole way.

Anyway, he was in the hospital, which come to find out, was because he was climbing a tree (he usually yells “freedom” in trees), and he made the roomie mistake of not nicely greeting the tree before beginning. apparently, he usually gives the tree a hug and whispers a poem to it, and then climbs. But he forgot this time, so the tree threw him out.

And he broke his tailbone.

Just a day in the life, I think.

Tuesday we met with A, the 18 yo we found last WunderWoche®. He is so awesome. He started praying on his own, and has noticed a huge difference.

We visited a part member family to teach the wife again. She is doing really well. Her husband is way too forceful, but it’s just because he’s scared for her. She agreed to try praying out loud.

Then we met with M*. He’s doing a million times better. We started helping him make his own personal plan, and it’s changing him. He set a goal of praying every day, and he’s doing it. He said as soon as he
set the goal, it was like he couldn’t forget. He would lie down in bed and have to get back up and pray.

Then we were in Berlin again for MLC. It was good. It was April Fool’s day, so we did a couple things. We told all the zone leaders to bring a water melon to give to President, but most didn’t, because they didn’t believe us. For those who did though, it was awesome. I love this picture with all my heart:

It wouldn't have been the first of April without a good-natured April Fools-Day prank! Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and have brought forth much fruit;  and how great shall be their reward! -Alma 29:15

From the mission website:  “It wouldn’t have been the first of April without a good-natured April Fools-Day prank!
Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and have brought forth much fruit; and how great shall be their reward!                  -Alma 29:15

Saturday and Sunday was, of course, General Conference. I really loved it. Among my favorites were Pres. Eyring’s Saturday morning one, Bonnie L Oscarson’s, Elder Holland’s, Elder Renlund’s, and basically everything in the Priesthood session, especially Elder Nelson’s. I think his talk will he known as one of the most important talks given in any General Conference for a long time to come.  [Want to see General Conference?  Go here!]

My favorite lesson of the week was with M on Sunday. We were pretty spiritually fed after 3 sessions, and we had an awesome lesson plan. We talked about finding answers for ourselves, and he LOVED it. A was there through Skype as a joint teach, and it was just amazing. M was almost child-like this time. He has so much potential.

So this week, we weren’t able to meet with a ton of people, but our investigators are making huge bounds of progress, and I’m really excited for them.

One of my favorite quotes is from Dieter F. Uchtdorf (quoting Lincoln) “Most folks are just about as happy as they choose to be.” This is definitely true. We have the power to base our happiness on nothing but wanting to be happy. We shouldn’t connect it to success, recognition, or things going the way we imagined.

I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Greaves


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