More than a name
I thought I was done running after bahns once I left Hamburg, turns out I'm not. Sister Saalman and I probably ran 1/2 a mile today to catch a Straßebahn. This week was a good type of strange week. We spent quite a bit of time in Königstien helping a family learn English and German. We've also run into a lot of Americans this past week. It's led to a lot of good conversations.
I'd have to say the highlight of my week was an appointment that we had with one of the people we are teaching. A couple weeks ago he showed up enthusiastically to our church service, ready to learn. Sister Saalman and I had no clue whatsoever as to who this man was. Within these past few weeks we have become really good friends with him. He's just such an amazing person. We met in a cafe and had gotten into a really good conversation and he suddenly asked me why Jesus Christ's resurrection was important to me. I was caught a little bit off guard, but I just started to talk and I think I surprised myself with my response.
I bore my testament of the blessings that were made available to all mankind because Christ resurrected. The resurrection of Christ is everything to me. Because Christ rose from the dead, the bands of death are broken. And that is priceless to me. I'd have to say that's one of the sole reasons I'm serving a mission. I've found so much comfort and love in knowing for myself that Christ lives. I know there is a life after death. I know Christ needed to come to this earth so that he could break the bands of death. In the book of Moses we learn that God's purpose is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). I know this is why Christ died for us. Without Christ, there would be an end to everything. However, because he lives we are only left with life if we choose to follow him.
The work here is progressing. I love being here, it's definitely tough, but it's worth it. My eyes continue to be opened to the ways of God. My knowledge and understanding of who He is continues to develop. If you've never prayed or haven't done so in a while, I invite you to do so. I promise you that if you pray to God in faith, asking him for a witness that he's there and that you are his precious child, He will answer you. That knowledge is priceless. Discover it.