ICH GRÜß EUCH! 😀
Today we are writing emails a little late. We spent a rather long Pday with our Ward Mission Leader, Bruder Schürer. It was such a great day of exploration and fun. I think we visited almost every single major city in our Zone as well, except for Kiel – we go there every week for District Meeting anyways!
First we headed out towards Heide, then Rendsburg and drove through the beautiful, VERY flat, farm country. Then we reached our destination of Büsum, which is known for its “Watt,” whatever that is called is English…. Then we went a saw a Dyke, which was super cool. And then we made our way over to a canal between the Elbe River and the North Sea. We got to watch a huge cargo ship leave the canal and go into the sea! That was fun.
The wind was SO strong in Büsum though! We walked a long the water. Normally one can walk along the ocean floor there and looking for critters and what not. But today there was a meter and a half of choppy, grey, scary water. It came all the way up the stairs that lead to the “Watt.” There was a continual 30 mph wind gusting. I thought, “When I go back to Rexburg in the winter, I will NOT complain!” Bruder Schürer was SUPER nice to take us all over the place and get us lunch. It was one my best Pdays!
This last week a pattern than has been occurring continued on. We plan every evening for the following day. Appointments, study plans, goals, things to accomplish, etc. Lately, they haven’t been working out so well and we end up having to do something different. Slightly frustrating when things don’t work out as planned (and for those who know me…). I have been learning a lot of lessons – or BLESSONS – about dealing with, what I call, IMPERFECTIONISMS throughout the day. These really are crucial testing point where our patience, ability to forgive, capability of staying calm, and potential for maintaining a spiritual state will be tested. They are hard and we often do not see them as tests while found in such said moments. But who said life would be easy? It is even said in the scriptures:
“And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them….”
We study as a mission the Doctrine of Christ as taught by the prophets of the Book of Mormon. We are reading in Mosiah now and begin to read of the many wars between the varying “-ites:” the Nephites and Lamanites and Jaredites and so on and so forth. We walked through a memorial park this week, upon which we stumbled. It was a memorial for all those who were involved in the World Wars: refugees alike soldiers alike. I thought a lot about war this week and I collected a few scriptures about war which we can compare to our day and what we need to do:
- Mosiah 9:16-18: “And it came to pass that I did arm them with bows, and with arrows, withswords, and with cimeters, and with clubs, and with slings, and with all manner of weapons which we could invent, and I and my people did go forth against the Lamanites to battle. Yea, in the strength of the Lord did we go forth to battle against the Lamanites; for I and my people did cry mightily to the Lord that he would deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, for we were awakened to a remembrance of the deliverance of our fathers. And God did hear our cries and did answer our prayers; and we did go forth in his might; yea, we did go forth against the Lamanites, and in one day and a night we did slay three thousand and forty-three; we did slay them even until we had driven them out of our land.” May I replace these handy weapons of war with modern-day weapons against the adversary, or Satan, himself: scriptures, prayer, church leaders, a modern-day prophet, a patriarchal blessing, and all the many small reminders we can create throughout the day.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-6: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
- Mosiah 11: We see that the strength of the Lord, even in such a modern world, is what is most important. It lasts forever. It can we take into the eternities.
Thank you for you support and emails and letters and everything! I can really give testimony to the power of prayer. The trick I give is to listen and be sensitive thereafter to what the Lord will say to you. He speaks in multiple ways: scriptures, good books, feelings and impressions, dreams and visions, and other people (member and non-member, righteous and righteous, strangers and friends). Test him.
Elder RR Hoffman
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der letzten Tage
Germany Berlin Mission