Spring in Germany!!!
Liebe Freunde und Familie!
Another week in the Germany Berlin Mission has gone by. Not is the weather starting to change dramatically in northern Germany, but so are the Lord’s servants. I cannot help but be in awe of the amazing Elders and Sisters along whom I serve everyday. This mission seems like a completely different mission than it was when I first arrived one and a half years ago. “In the beginning” daily nightly call-ins from the District Leader were a far away thought, there were no memorized scriptures, and the focus on obedience and dedication was not merely as strong as it was then. So what really changed in these last months? Our mission President is still the same. What happened is exactly what happened when each and every one of enters the gates of baptism and the faithfully endures to the end.
In the Gospel of Jesus Christ we believe and partake in ETERNAL progression. We have a perfect God and His Perfect Son as examples. We strive daily to be similar to them and will never reach that in this earthly tabernacle. But we can come closer – ever closer, dad-by-day, inch-by-inch, and virtue-by-virtue. Thus comes this scriptures into the spotlight: “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass…” (Deuteronomy 32:2).
I am very excited this week to travel to Berlin for our “technology training.” We have no idea what to expect out of this meeting. All I can say is that this will change our mission even more dramatically. It will alter, improve even, the work of the Lord in our little corner of the vineyard. How much? I do not think we can even imagine. But we will continue to “bring others unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ through faith in His Atonement, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, and endure to the end” (Preach My Gospel
, p. 1).
This last week we had LOTS of appointments.
Tuesday we were at a member’s house out in a village called Großenaspe (or Grossenaspe). They are a lot of fun (they are older). Schw. L. made a WONDERFUL Gulasch with Klössel in it. (I know what I am making for my family when I get home now). And for desert: verscleiertes Bauermädchen (veiled farm girl). It’s whipped creme layered with crumbled up Vollkornbrot (not sure how to translate that…), finely chopped chocolate, and cherries. (None of those crazy sweet american cherries, though…) We worked a little there later this week. It is a super cute little town. I saw a tulip tree the size of an oak tree that would normally grow at home in California. HUGE!!! SO pretty!
Later that day we went on an exchange with the Rendsburg Elders. I was in NMS with Elder Lloyd. He was my Zone Leader in Dresden Zone when I was in Freiberg. While we were walking through the city and going by on contacts, we came across several members and all of our investigators! It was crazy!
we were in Bad Segeberg again to visit some members. Then, afterwards, we met with a young man from Eritrea. We talked to him on the street last week and made an appointment for the next time we would be there. He said he spoke Arabic, but read better English. I forgot and brought an Arabic Book of Mormon, instead of an English one. So we couldn’t do much. BUT! We saw that he had an iPhone and then showed him how to download the Book of Mormon App
on his phone. So then we were able to challenge him to read the Introduction to the Book of Mormon
and to start reading 1 Nephi.
we met with a woman whom we have been teaching. She always come with so many questions from her. I find it so great that she does that. She is full of faith and really wants to understand. She was really confused and frustrated as to why so many people would change the word of God. She also didn’t understand why Joseph Smith was called as Prophet. So we explained the Apostasy
and the need for a restoration of authority and ordinances and doctrine.
In my personal study, there has been a scripture to which I keep returning. So much so that I have decided to memorize it (first in German. In English in a few months). It is Isaiah 40:31:
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
I have seen that so much in the last 7&1/2 year years. The world has nothing to offer as far as support. Yes, there is money from the government. We can get a job and provide for ourselves. But when we constantly go the Lord in prayer and ask for help overcoming sin, problems small and large, He will be behind us every step of the way. That is what we have as faithful Christians: wings like eagles! What great promises!
For times of trouble, Alma said to his son Helaman: “… for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.”
But this support only comes when we show our faith – when we obey and show we are worthy of such heavenly help.
Alma continues speaking to his son, Helaman: “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.” It is through daily, consistent prayer, study, fasting, and church attendance that the miracles come. We may not see the blessings now, but they come and we must be faithful enough to keep growing our harvest until that harvesting day actually does come. President Eyring calls it, “The Law of the Increasing Harvest.” We learn the voice of the Spirit little by little. I have come to know Him, the Holy Ghost, even better on my mission
I wish everyone a great week! Can’t wait to update you all on what happens in Berlin this week!
If you have time, check out what we are doing here in the Germany Berlin Mission!
Elder RR Hoffman
Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der letzten Tage
Germany Berlin Mission