My travel to Flensburg was quite long and interesting. On the train ride to Hamburg I sat in a cabin with an elderly German woman. Little did I know that she spoke Spanish! She sang to me for like 5 minutes in Spanish haha, it was quite an enjoyable journey.
I've had quite the luck of serving in some of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The closest thing I could compare Flensburg to is Cape May, New Jersey. After having spent the entire summer away from the ocean, it's refreshing to be back on a coast. Sister Vreugdenhil is my new companion; she's from Austria, so I'm expecting to be fluent in German by the end of our companionship haha. She really is the sweetest and we're both setting a foundation here in Flensburg. The Sisters program was just barely put into the area last transfer after the Elders were moved out. We have a lot of work and finding to do, and we're excited!!
This week my testimony of God has grown just a bit bigger. Europe has just launched it's "21 days with the Book of Mormon" campaign-- it started on September 1st and will go until the 21st. Every day there will be a question shared on the official The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints country Facebook page. These past 3 days the following questions have been asked: Is there a God, how can I find joy in my life, and does God hear my prayers? In coordination with these questions, there are paragraphs from the Book of Mormon given where you can read and find the answer. I've been studying the passages for the questions that have already been shared, and I was touched by the third question.
Does God hear my prayers? Enos 1:1-12
Enos was a man who made a lot of mistakes in life. And he was trying to make his wrongs, right. His father had taught him about God and the mercy he gives to all of his children through Jesus Christ. Enos says,
"I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins. Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart. And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens. And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed. And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away. And I said: Lord, how is it done? And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole" (Enos 1:2-8)
I'm sure something touched you as you were reading that, because it touched me. And I want you to know that it was the Holy Ghost telling you that what Enos said is true. That feeling of warmth, peace, and hope, is the Holy Ghost testifying to you that God hears you. He knows you by name. And He wants to answer all of your prayers-- said and unsaid ones-- you just have to believe in Him. I know He is there, and I know it is our faith that saves us.
|Back by the coast and loving every minute of it|