Busy like a Bee
So much happened this week that I don't know if I'll be able to share it all. Let me begin by apologizing for not remembering to include last week that I wouldn't be writing on Monday haha. We changed our pday to be able to go to a museum.
|At the Hamburger Kunsthalle museum|
Our week was filled with appointments! This week we met with a man we talked to on the street. He was interested in learning about the Book of Mormon but was short on time. After a couple days we contacted him and were able to set up an appointment. Well, we said we would meet in at Hauptbahnhof. Hauptbahnhof is HUGE. We agreed we would meet by a KFC and we got there and didn't see him. We realized there were two KFCs so we walked back and forth between the two at least three times. He called us and asked where we were and we explained to him that there were two KFCs and we figured out where he was. The whole time this was going on, we were both thinking that this guy was playing a joke on us and that he wasn't really at the train station. We were wrong! We went to the Subway he says he was by and we met him for our breed lesson! Even though it was crowded and noisy and short, we had an amazing lesson about the Book of Mormon with this man.
A couple weeks ago I mentioned I had a surprise to announce. It's not really a surprise, more of an exciting and interesting experience. This past week, a journalist student spent a day with us. He shadowed us for the entire day haha. He was doing a project on Mormons and Sister missionaries. This topic peaked his interest because of the increase of missionary service since the age change-- especially among the Sisters because it is not obligatory that we serve. Our day was really just like any other day, just with another person. Because the journalist student was shadowing us for the day, the other Sisters in our district overnighted twice! It's was a two night sleepover!!! Our apartment may be tiny, but we had a blast.
As if this week were not filled with enough, I gave my first talk in church on Sunday... of course, in German. That was a new experience. Our bishop sent us a text Saturday morning asking if I would be able to speak the next day. I could not just say no, so of course I agreed to do it haha. I spent about 2-3 hours on it. When the time came to actually give my talk in church, I was all fine. I was halfway through it when I suddenly got anxious. It was not too bad.
Yesterday was a magnificent day. We had 3 Wunders happen! The first was in the morning. This woman was lost and needed help with directions. We not only helped her find the building, but we walked her to it! She was not too interested in learning more about our religion, but we were an answer to her prayers-- she would have been even more late to her appointment than she already was.
The next Wunder was later in the day as we were getting ready to head back to our apartment to study. We had been stopping people and talking to them, but we needed to catch our bahn so we were just walking. We were about to get to the bahn station when I felt the need to stop this lady that was about to pass us. As I reached out to get her attention, Sister Dempsey did the same thing. We realize now that we really needed to talk to this lady. We asked her if she believes that there is a God and if she believes in a life after death. She immediately opened up to us explaining that she had been wondering about what follows death. She shared with us that her parents and younger sister have all passed away. She said she had hope but that she had a lot of doubts too. We tried to get contact information so we could set up another time to meet, but she expressed she wanted to find out more before. In that instant I remembered I had The Plan of Salvation pamphlet with me and I took it out and gave it to her. We good her a little bit about it and she thanked us tremendously and said she would read it and call us if she had questions.
Later that day, we messaged a contact we met last week. We have been using Facebook messenger as a resource to teach her a bit. It has been amazing. We messaged her because we know she is looking for religion and our role as missionaries is to share our beliefs and help others understand them and reach their own conclusion. So, we messaged her to see if she had time to meet with us. She did! We were so excited we set up an appointment with her and it was not until after finished our conversation that we realized we would not be able to make our own appointment haha. Luckily, God does not let us foil His plans. We were able to reschedule for another day (:
As this month comes to an end, I have concluded my study of hope. If there is one thing that I have learned about hope it is that it coexist with faith. Without faith, there is not reason to have hope. This takes me to a chapter in the Book of Mormon that I just recently read and depthly annotated. This chapter is found in the book of Alma. Alma the younger is the one who is speaking and teaching. He was actually against God for a while, until his heart was changed by an experience he had. After that he devoted himself to missionary work! Anyhow, in this chapter, Alma teaches about faith (Alma 32). Please take some time to read this chapter before continuing reading! As I read this, I was able to better understand why we go through suffering. We have to experience hard times because we need to be humbled. It is only when we are truly humbled that we are able to exercise faith.
"And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things... Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold... it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me. And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good... the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand. After ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good... As the tree beginneth to grow... nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit... And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit. By your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it... behold... ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst." (Alma 32:21, 28, 33-37, 41-42).
Just like Alma says, having faith is an experiment. It takes diligence and patience and hope to be able to strengthen your faith. What I love the most about this chapter is that we are promised that if we choose to experiment with developing our faith, we will see it flourish-- into a tree. I know that faith and hope must coincide in existence. We cannot live with one and not the other. It is through having faith and hope that we will be able to endure the winds of the world. It is through our personal efforts to nourish our own faith that we will see how we will not only change our lives but also impact the lives of others for the better.
So, I leave you with this question: What more will you do to help your faith grow into a tree that leads to eternal life?
|We love food. I particularly love bread|
|We decided to live a healthier lifestyle, bis später Brot|