I'm pretty cut off from the world, but through emails today, one thing is for certain....
This was a really fun week. First of all, we had a lot to do. We have a big list of investigators - but often it doesn't work out to meet with everyone. We met with basically every single person we know this week, minus one - because we met with her last Saturday! We had one afternoon where we went by on a couple of people (very often nobody is around or wants to meet with you) and every single person we went by on was there, happy to see us, and let us come in to teach them! It was so cool! No idea if all those lovely people will want to see us again this week - but we had a lot of fun during this past week. :)
We did a lot more with dooring students this week. We didn't quite have as much success this week as we have had in weeks past...but we had some funny experiences, as one would expect. :) We knocked on this one door and we heard somebody inside, but it took a second for them to get to the door. Eventually, this guy with a pony tail opened the door, and there was kind of a funny smell coming from the room...we asked if we could share a message with him (or something like that, can't quite remember that conversation super well) and he just stared at us with these super wide eyes. Eventually he was like, "Ich.....glaube.....nicht" ( "I ... think ... not") and then slowly closed the door. He was 100% super drugged. He looked kinda scary for a moment, but we laughed about it later.
I'm so grateful for the Spirit. We had Stake conference, and since München is 2 1/2 hours by train, our stake is too big to all fit in the stake center probably, they broadcast it to Landshut and Augsburg in addition. So we only had to go on a train for 1 1/2 hours for it. :) To be honest, I wasn't super excited...I feel like when I've attended locally-broadcasted church meetings in the past there are technical problems more than not (dang it, Satan!) that get in a way and are frustrating. But, it ran pretty smoothly - and it was cool, because a couple of the speakers talked about how although we were in different locations we could all take part of the same renewing Spirit. I totally felt that. There was this super cute college girl who spoke and told her conversion story and I literally got shivers half way through - she talked about how she was invited to a baptismal service and just cried. And she had no idea why and felt like an idiot but it just felt so good to be there, and she couldn't stop crying. And it made me think about the spiritual experiences in my life, and how I've felt pieces of that. I'm so grateful for how the Holy Ghost can renew and heal us in that way.
We carved pumpkins for FHE last week, and they rotted after like 3 days, because this is Germany and they do that here. Hm, what else. It's really foggy at all times and in all things and in all places in Passau, we've learned.
|"A foggy day . . . in Passau town"|
I'm grateful to be alive. I'm grateful for the strength that comes from exercising faith. It's not that we exercise faith and then miracles happen that strengthen us - the very act of holding to faith and hope and love buoy and strengthen us in themselves. I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ and how he's felt everything - and how though Him, we can become clean and always start again.