Christmas in Germany part 2!
I just want to wish you all a belated merry Christmas! I had no clue that our preparation day would be changed to today... I spent my first week in Neubrandenburg and it was awesome! Germans celebrate Christmas for three days!!! I am beyond grateful to have been able to have a second Christmas in Germany.
On Sunday we decided to go street contacting. We turned onto a street and were walking and I was just looking at the homes we were passing. All of the sudden my eyes caught sight of a Christmas tree in the window of a second story home. I stopped walking and pondered whether or not we needed to go klingel this home. Sister Hiatt and Sister Jensen asked if I wanted to go and I ended up saying yes. I am grateful we went. We klingeled and after a couple of seconds a young boy comes to the door and we ask him if his parents are home and that we are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ and would like to share a Christmas message with them. Well, he said he would go get them and closed the door. My immediate thought was that this boy's parents would come down and tell us they had no time or interest. Boy was I wrong. The door opens and we see not only this boy but his 2 brothers and his grandparents come down. They invited us in and we shared a message about serving within our families with them, and they loved it.
I was so shocked once we were leaving because up until that point I had never experienced a walk in lesson. God was just full of surprises that day because we continued onward and ended up in another neighborhood and this time a deep green door caught my eye. I was skeptical about this door because it wasn't easy to get to it (it was a long walkway) but we went anyway. We knocked and a father opened the door. He asked us why we were on his doorstep and we asked him if we could share a Christmas message with them. He said it wasn't a good time but to come back later. We tried to figure out when a good time to come back would be and he ended up letting us in haha. He said we couldn't stay long and that they were not going to change their faith. We shared a video about Christ helping us have faith. It was awkward because his children were giggling and we didn't know why haha but after the video was over they began to ask us what sets us apart from other religions if we believe in Christ.
We briefly shared the Book of Mormon with them. As we were leaving the father had missed out on our discussion so he asked us the same question his children had asked us. Sister Jensen pulled out a Book of Mormon from her backpack and handed it to him. We all bore testament that we live in a world with modern day prophets and that God still communicates with us today. We invited him to read it and promised him he would come to know it is the word of God. He smiled and said he wasn't going to convert but that he thanks us for the Book or Mormon and that he would read it to see what it is about.
I know the Book of Mormon is what sets the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apart from all other churches. I know this is due to the fact that all of God's truths are recorded within it. I know the Book of Mormon is what restores the church Jesus Christ established while on earth. And I'm grateful to be able to share that with so many people every day.
|I don't think I have ever been more full in my life as during this past week! Merry Christmas|