Hallo Freunde und Verwandte!
This weeks was everything except what we planned. It was great!
To start off we had our weekly planning which is very interesting with 3 people. Usually it takes long enough to plan and make decisions with 2 people so adding another makes it worse. So at the end we all tell each other our strengths and what we can improve on (yes cheesy). As a compliment Sister Peck said "There was one time when I was sitting in the bus and I was feeling down and I thought of your face, then I BURST OUT LAUGHING." ............ uh thanks? Haha She meant that she liked the facial expression that I make and that it helped her feel a lot better.
we had just planned our day and we're ready to start our studies and we got a call from Sister Lourido. She said that Liliana (a new convert), Camille (our investigator), Valentina (a potential investigator), and Ahjad (a less active) wanted to go to the young single adult activity in Friedrichsdorf. She asked if we could take them because she's "too old." So after getting permission to go all the way to Friedrichsdorf we packed a lunch and embarked on our 2 hour journey to Friedrichsdorf. Traveling and the activity were really fun. It was funny because when we got there we saw some people in the chapel so we went and sat down. After singing a hymn, someone started giving a talk on the Holy Ghost. I saw a man sitting in the front who looked pretty wet and the thought dawned on me that this was the last half of a BAPTISM. We couldn't leave because we were quite the group. Needless to say I was very worried that there was no activity. So we stayed until the end and then I asked one of the young looking people if we had the right time and place. Turns out there was a small schedule conflict so they just had made the baptism part of the activity. The Friedrichsdorf elders were really surprised that we were there, but grateful that we almost doubled the attendance of the baptism. It ended up being perfect, because Liliana got to talk about baptism with Camille and Valentina.
we went back to Friedrichsdorf for our interviews with President then we ran back to Wiesbaden and took a bus to get to our appointment in Taunusstein. What's crazy is we were going to be 30 min late for our appointment and we had tried to text and call them to tell them. Just as we were walking up to their door they drove up. They had forgotten that we were coming, but we were there late so we were still able to meet the Schappat family! They're awesome! They didn't have a lot of food on hand so the made us nachos haha
Salman has a baptismal date for 9/9 and has recovered enough to meet with us and come to church again! Yay!
Lorena has been doing just ok. There's been a lot of drama going on with her life and she's started to investigate other churches. She's not really sure what she's looking for so we keep praying for her. We're still meeting with her regularly though.
This week we got to teach the Plan of Salvation several times (and in 3 languages). As I've gone through and studied it this week I came across a line that really touched me. The Plan of Salvation is the fullness of the gospel. Sometimes we can get really distracted with other doctrines and commandments, which are very important, however, God's plan for us is to have joy and become like him. He helps us to do that by giving us family, Prophets, and most importantly His Son.
I love you all very much!
|Tree of Life|
|Street contacting with our Tree of Life chalk art.|
|She's an alien!|
|We did a Sister Peck makeover!|