Ich liebe euch mit meinem ganzen Herzen! Herzlichen Glückwunsch Anna!!!! (Happy Birthday Anna) cue the orchestra and flashing lights... „Zum Geburtstag viel Glück! Zum Geburtstag viel Glück! Zum Geburtstag alles gute! Zum Geburtstag viel Glück!“ that's the happy birthday song in german! to pronounce the "z" it is a "ts" sound. probably one of my pet peeves, just ask elder hall :) Or you can just sing it in english with a german accent saying an "s" sound for any "th" "Happy birsday to you, happy birsday to you! haha, I probably shouldn't make fun of german accents :)
Did I mention that I love all of you! Every single one of you reading this email, or not if you forgot about me already. I love you.
As the title of my email reads, this week was filled with miracles! This was the most successful finding week of my mission (numbers wise). We found 5 new investigators! Erstaunlich. I am so grateful to the lord for his help this week. We worked really hard.
The week started out a little rough because everyone was cancelling on us. Members were a big help this week. I love the members of this branch! They are always so good to us. Every week one of the german members gives us some cake she made, and other members always bring us american food from the Base. We may have eaten an entire bottle of spray cheese this week. That stuff is actually quite tasty. Oh food is my weakness... However, Elder Hall and I go running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week, plus running for trains and busses. Or running 5ks home to get home on time before we had to call the mission president. oops. But, we made it! Success.
On thursday, we had an appointment to meet with the syrian man we met last week contacting along the Danube river. We took a 50 minute bus ride to get out there, and weren't expecting to teach his 3 friends as well! When we got there, they had chairs all set up around their table and offered to make us tea. when we explained to them ghow we don't drink tea, one of them ran to the store and bought some fanta and mini cakes. we ate two bokes of these little cakes. (Imagine eating two entire boxes of oreos in about ten minutes) They just kept stuffing our mouths with food and handing us more when we were done. Meanwhile, only one of them speaks english, and all of them speak arabic. So, we taught them the restoration using many pictures form the Jospeh Smith's testimony pamphlet, and from the book of mormon. As we spoke, the syrian who spoke english translated for us. they all seemed very intent and were amazed at the answer Joseph recieved to his prayer to know which church is true. The spirit was so strong. And then we taught them how to pray and used an Arabic pamphlet. Teaching people to pray is one of my favorite things to do. We are so excited to start teaching these faithful people. And next time, we are going to bring Khalil along with us.
So, I have gotten 4 new investigators on my misison a couple of times on my mission, but have never broken it. We were determined to break 4 and get 5. unexpectedly, on saturday night, we taught the step mother of a recent convert who was visiting his family in regensburg for the weekend. Remember a long time ago when we helped with a move for a recent convert's non member dad? Well, this is the same family. When we got there, the step mom asked us if we were americans or germans, or half. She is from Africa, so she can't here our accents when we speak german :) We explained that we were misionaries and she got really excited and told us that she had met with missionaries like us with name tags in berlin 15 years ago. They came over and read the bible with her once a week. So, she told us that she wanted to read the bible with us again. We sat down and started teaching her! Africans are such a faithful people. I feel so priveledged to meet so many wonderful people from everywhere on my mission.
I love you all. I know this church is true!