Week 24: Schwarzenberg

Hello Friends and Family!

This week was an interesting week. The work here is definitely not like what it was in Berlin. Pretty much starting a new program entails a lot more than I had anticipated.
Last week we had found a lady on street that was very interested in what we were talking about. In order for us to be able to count someone as an “investigator,” we have to teach a lesson and extend a commitment for them to keep and make a return appointment. We find a lot of people of the street, but we can never really count them as an investigator. So we determined that we were going to actually teach the message of the Restoration (First Lesson) on the street, extend a commitment, and make out an appointment with someone. Well, we found someone and did that. She was very interested in meeting with us.
We called her the next day to get her an English Book of Mormon – the language made things a little easier – and she said she told her friends about us. Then she starting coming up the silliest excuses not to meet with us. We think she talked with her friends and they talked her out of meeting with us. Satan works fast! I think about everything that I probably could have done better and there really is not much. That was completely her own decision. After that, I kind of hit a downward slump personally.
This week we will travel to Berlin for Zone Conference. We travel Tuesday, spend the night in Berlin, and then Conference is on Wednesday. I am so excited to go back to Berlin and see familiar sights. I hear it is finally cold there now. Maybe there is snow!! But this will be a good morale booster for us all.
Plus we will finally be able to move into our apartment in Aue. That we will be nice: to finally settle into a place and get to work. I can unpack completely now!
This week’s spiritual thought is from our Zone Leaders in Chemnitz. They visited our District Meeting. It is about setting goals. We need to set goals that stretch us and are according to what we need and want; they knew to be attainable, realistic, and strengthening. The Zone Leaders asked us to questions: How does God see me? How does God see my potential? When we can understand our worth, when we can understand how important we are and what we are capable of doing, we can stretch ourselves and meet new goals.
Doctrine and Covenants 128:22 “Brethren, shall we not go on in such great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad.”
Good goals makes us better. I know how effective it is to always set goals personally and as a couple, a family, ward, neighborhood, etc. and to continually better ourselves. Eternal progression is what it is. There is no limit to growth here on the Earth; there is far too much to do. Don’t be satisfied with “enough.”
Elder RR Hoffman
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der letzten Tage
Germany Berlin Mission
Early morning snow in Schwarzenberg

Studying Scotland at English class. We celebrated the birthday of my favorite poet, Robert Burns. We even had Haggis (take that Elder McGee!! : )
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