Monday, July 13, 2015

My best missionary experience yet

Hey everyone, this week was great! I could hardly contain my
excitement this week, so I hope you all enjoy this letter!

Since I arrived in Offenbach, we have been really cracking down on
contacting, and it has actually been going much better than I
originally anticipated. There have been multiple occasions where the
contacts themselves go great, and we end up having fun.

Ok, here's the big story of the week. Basically everything in the
morning on Friday fell out rather unusually. Because we had had plans,
we decided to do a group contacting activity during the time that we
should have been doing our former plans. We had two amazing contacts
that actually wanted to listen! It was the coolest thing ever! One of
them actually thanked us for stopping her and taking the time to talk
to her, how cool! After finishing up, we decided to go by on a woman
in the hospital. The unusual thing about this visit, is that it was a
woman from the ward in Darmstadt, so we dont know why a woman from our
ward told us to go visit her. The visit went ok, but nothing

As we were leaving a woman outside said hello to us, which was really
kind of strange. Well after thinking for a second, it hit us that it
was a lady that Elder Draper had doored and then we had gone by on. We
had visited her and she invited us in but there was not a third man,
so we didnt go in, and when we went by with a member she told us that
she would just come to church sometime. Well, she never did, and so we
called and left a message.

So here we were talking with this lady outside the hospital with her
boyfriend who happened to need surgery the next day, and was staying
in the hospital while this lady from Darmstadt was. They told us how
they had meant to call back, but had never gotten around to it. They
then agreed together that because of our strange meet up they would
start meeting with us. They started saying things like, "We have
researched the church online a lot, and we feel it is the church for
us", "So if we want to join the church, should we get married then?",
and "We like the church because you are always trying to be better, so
we are quitting smoking". Then the guy showed us how he had changed
his phone background to CTR (choose the right) to constantly remind
himself that he is on the way to a better life with all of the
changing he wants to do. How cool! Also, the woman told us how
surprised she was that we didnt come in the first time we met her, and
she explained to us how she feels uncomfortable when her boyfriends
friends are over without him. This setup is amazing and is totally
falling into place.

So he ended up getting his surgery on Saturday and so we went and
visited on Sunday and he was pretty happy to see us. He told us how
his dad had looked pretty seriously into joining the church, and how
hes ready to make changes and settle down. We also got invited to go
and BBQ with them and then give them the discussions! This has been
the coolest missionary experience in my life, and I am so excited to
help these two wonderful people learn more about what makes me happy.

There are other cool experiences that happened during this week, but
this one trumps them all. Never did I ever think that two people would
ever tell me they wanted to join the church before I even told them
about it...especially in Germany of all places! Super happy to be
here, and the work is about to get a lot more exciting I hope! Have a
great week everyone!


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