Woche 62: Finden gehen, und dann nochmal finden gehen
Another week gone, just like that. Time seems to fly by when you are kept busy with a plan everyday!
MontagWell, on Monday we just relaxed for the most part. And after we relaxed, we went out finding. we walked through the city center and around town.
On Tuesday we had the opportunity yet again to go to Vienna. Except this time we were having our Zone Training. We had to take a train there and then some U-Bahns. And then Elder Bates went to McDonalds and we met up with the Wien 5 Elders. Well, we actually saw all of the Graz and Bruck missionaries. But they didn't buy tickets for the bus yet, so they had to wait for the next one. And then we got to the church and ate lunch. And then we started the meeting! It was pretty good. We talked about the Book of Mormon. We talked about it's importance and the power it contains! We also did a cool little activity. So we pretty much either had to spin around 30 times holding and staring at a football(soccer ball) or a basketball. I did the basketball one. And then we had to bounce the basketball or kick the soccer ball around some chairs and then shoot a goal or put the ball on a chair. It was pretty crazy and lots of fun. But then they compared it to missionary work. They asked us if it would have been better or more effective without the spinning. Well, of course! And then they said that the goal was our missionary purpose. Then they asked us what were doing that made us spin and not be as effective as we could be? And that could totally apply to regular life. Our goal is to return back to Heavenly Father and enjoy eternal life, or exaltation. What are we doing that is making us spin. What keeps us from our goal. It was pretty good.And then we came home, and had to do some more meetings with our ward. so many meetings!!!
Well, Elder Bates is now officially waiting on his visa. So hopefully no problems legally this transfer! We also saw a ton of people going to some festival thing. It was called Frequency Festival, in English! But there were so many people going there! Like 200.000 people! Wow, but anyway. We were supposed to meet with a lady but she never showed up. And we were with Bruder Bauer, but we helped clean up the church. And then he bought us Schnitzel. It was so good! and then we went out finding and tried going by on someone in the rain. He wasn't home unfortunately. But we did get some interesting comments from people! Haha, just mumblimgs or a weird comment about JWs or Mormons...
Thursday we went by on someone in the morning. She wasn't home. so on our way home we were talking to people, and we ended up talking to some cool Muslim man. He was super nice and really respected us. He said he was thankful that God sent two believers in his path. He was way nice. And then later on we went to Neulengbach. It was pretty down there. We went dooring. the first door we knocked invited us back when they didn't have guests over. So that was way cool!
Friday we did our weekly planning and met with "J". We discussed a lot of things. We bore testimony of life after death! And a couple of other things. But yeah, Friday was that and more planning and a little bit of finding.
Saturday we spent almost our entire day in Hainfeld. we ended up having to take a bus down there, because the train lines are being worked on or something like that. But we eventually got there and started dooring. We doored so much! We doored like half of the little Dorf(village)! It was crazy! We were at one house and the lady came out from the garden and so I accidentally called Elder Bates my boyfreind(Freund in German means boy friend and boyfriend, just depends on how you use it. And I used it wrong on accident!) and then we introduced the Book of Mormon, and she said "Na Danke!" No thanks. So we told her to have a good day then. "Schönen Tag noch!" To which her response was the same. "Na Danke!" No thank you! Haha, some poeple!
Sunday was normal. We went to church and had really good classes. Sacrament meeting was really good. I have really been tying hard to focus more on the Savior and what exactly the Sacrament brings me personally. And what it means to me personally. The effect has been huge! I feel like I really appreciate Him more now than ever! And the Spirit is so much stronger during the Sacrament itself. I feel like I can actually imagine the Savior speaking to me personally throughout it and giving me encouragement. It isn't always easy as a missionary, but I know that with the Savior I can keep going forward. I am so grateful for the Savior. He has taught me so much and continues to teach me everyday. That is the great thing about the Gospel. We can change and improve no matter what. Our Heavenly Father wants us back and wants to help us so bad! The Savior wants us to use the Atonement in order to be perfected! How amazing! Well, have a great week! Tschüß!!!
Siehe, ich bin ein Jünger Jesu Christi, des Sohnes Gottes. Ich bin von ihm berufen worden, sein Wort unter seinem Volk zu verkünden, damit sie immerwährendes Leben haben können -3 Nephi 5:13