I went through my contacts and updated my groups. Some may be getting my email for the first time. Something I have been meaning to do since FOREVER.
It is so hard to believe that another week has gone by. The time flies too fast!
This week wasn’t filled with quite as many appointments as I would have preferred. We tried meeting with a few people, but our schedules just never matched up. I don’t feel bad though. We tried and have plans or appointments for next week.
I really like the plan for our goals that Elder Fisher (my companion/district leader) developed for us. Our lessons are completely centered on the commitment. It’s not just something we slap on the end or insert in the middle so our lessons have purpose. The lesson is the commitment and the commitment is the lesson. I am excited to “execute” the new lesson plans we have this week with our investigators and less active members.
Everything here is just so spread out. Normally the members are all located in one city in the area. But here, everyone is everywhere. And it is hard to find time to get out to these places with the trains and buses that leave every one or two hours. But this week we have been better at planning and making sure we make those train times a priority. I feel good just going out to an area (like Wrist and Kellinghusen on Saturday) and just “exploring.” We talk to people, do doors here or there, go by on contacts or less active members. Even going by on active members!
- “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn” by Elder David A. Bednar
- “When the World Will Be Converted” by President Spencer W. Kimball
- “To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood” by Elder David A. Bednar
- “Seeking the Lord” by Elder Josè A. Teixeira
Liebe Freunde und Familie!
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!
“17 And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment, while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of he world.
18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and amen circled about by the everlasting chains of death.
This is what the Gospel of Faith brings to us. It makes me whole and can make all whole, if we humble come before Him, willing to change and obey. God is not only the Author and Finisher of our souls, but (as I learned from President Packer last Conference) He created our bodies and knows how we are to use them best. Let us listen to Him in our prayers and studies.
A member of the Quorum of the Twelve assigns every missionary to his or her mission, Elder Ballard said. “Although this is done without a traditional face-to-face interview, technology and revelation combine to provide an experience that is remarkably intimate and personal.”
Explaining the process, he said the prospective missionary’s photograph comes up on a computer screen together with key information provided by the bishop and stake president.
“When your picture appears, we look into your eyes and review your answers to the missionary recommendation questions. For that brief moment, it seems as if you are present and responding to us directly.
“As we look at your photograph, we trust that you have cleared in every way the ‘raised bar’ required to be a faithful, successful missionary. Then, by the power of the Lord’s Spirit and under the direction of President Thomas S. Monson, we assign you to one of the Church’s 406 worldwide missions.”
Elder Ballard said it’s time to raise the bar not only for missionaries but for the entire generation. He asked them to ponder these questions:
1. Do you search the scriptures regularly?
2. Do you kneel in prayer to talk with your Heavenly Father each morning and each night?
3. Do you fast and donate a fast offering each month? …
4. Do you think deeply about the Savior and His atoning sacrifice for you when you are asked to prepare, bless, pass or partake of the sacrament?
6. Are you honest at home, school, church and work?
7. Are you mentally and spiritually clean? …
9. And is there anything in your life you need to change and fix, beginning tonight?”
So… I may or may not have counted the number of weeks I have left. (19 weeks…) YIKES! I swear I was in Berlin with Elder Fuller and everyone just a month ago. I never thought I would get attached to this country. But I walk around and see or think of something I will miss and “catch myself” falling in love with Germany. I think, “Dang it, Elder Hoffman! That just makes it harder for when you leave!” But that is the inevitable when one serves someone: you develop a godly love for them. King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon even said, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are in the service of your God.”
Happy Spring, everyone! IT’S HERE!!!
Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you;therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.
But what of our religious traditions? Do we remember WHAT brought these people originally to the “New Land?” They wanted to worship their one and true god according to their own dictates and interpretations. I think we busy ourselves so much with fighting for this right, that we have come to forget what it is that we are actually defending. We stand outside, on the perimeters of a large fortress and within is this treasure from those before us. It’s time we “turn our hearts to our father’s” and find out what made THEM tick. Could what was so important to them also be of such value to us?