Week 18: Neukolln

So… is eating Ritter Sport considered language study…? :/

Kidding! I have been really good the last few weeks about not eating so much chocolate. I had to get that out of my system.
So, in the crazy storm last week, there was a tree that fell down behind our apartment building. Some people came to cut it up and take it all away. And, because we are missionaries, we may or may not have asked them to leave the very top of the tree for us to use as a Christmas tree…. We have it on our Patio now and are not quite exactly sure how to stand it up in our apartment now. And there are so many pine cones on it!
We asked a family in the Gemeine a while ago o pray and pick out a street or area where we could go finding. They picked out Alt-Rudow Straße. So we have been going there a lot. We have yet to meet with anyone we have found there. But, everytime we go to this street, we see so much success and talk to a lot of people. And the people we talk to have genuine interest in learning more. It just doesn’t always pan out….
BUT! We talked to a random lady one night. And, turns out, that she actually went to the Englischkurs at the Church when she a girl. She looks to be about mid- to late fourties. Maybe her friend was a member and still lives in Neukölln! But I am excited to meet with her and her family! We called on Saturday and she said was not in Berlin. But would LOVE to meet with us this week. HOLLA!!!
We have been so much finding and I am SO ready to finally start meeting with these people. I am amazed at how much God fills up our planners and shows us miracles everyday. EVERYDAY!! We always have stuff to do and it takes the WHOLE day! And we never even get it all done! And then there more stuff to do for the next day, and so on! (Almost like normal life).
Our Christmas Zone Conference was on Thursday and it was very spiritually confirming. We talked about the true meaning of Christmas, having Faith in Finding and getting over those obstacles, and having perseverance. Afterwards, we watched the “17 Miracles.” I had no idea some of the miracles that the early pioneer Saints saw going West. I was amazed and felt the Spirit so much. The last few weeks I have been trying to develop more faith and finding ways to show God my faith. My faith does not compare to their’s. Starving and losing loved ones all to get to Zion. They never lost focus – hope, maybe. But they made it at the end.
This morning I read in Alma 42. It talks about the difference and the need of Mercy and Justice. I encourage everyone to read this chapter and understand our prupose
here on Earth. Adam could not partake of the Tree of Life because he had to have the opportunity to learn, grow, repent, and truly inherit Eternal life.

But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God.

But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice.

Merry Christmas. Remember to share the true meaning of Christmas with everyone.

Watch the First Presidency’s Christmas Broadcast. It is wonderful! I wish evryone the best!

Elder RR Hoffman
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der letzten Tage
Christmas in Berlin!!!

Christmas in Berlin!!!

Germany Berlin Mission

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