Monday, August 5, 2013

Exciting Times

This first paragraph comes from an Elder Derek Day from our stake here in American Fork.  He is serving in Sweden and this is what he wrote home today.
"So here´s the full story of the Jerman incident.  Here we are on the computers 2 or 3 weeks ago.  My companion is going off and basically reading me his brothers letter home.  So I listen and then he says here is a picture so I slide over to see my comps brothers picture and there is Jason Jerman.  So I said, "Hey!  Your brother's companion is a kid I know from home! (joke)  His name is Jason Jerman and is in my stake."  I said, his name is Elder jerman right?  He said, " I don´t know"  

So he writes to his brother and asks.  The next week it is all confirmed.  Jason wrote home about it last week, but not me.  Sorry!  So mine and Jasons companions are brothers.  They are from Finland and their last names are Lappaleinen. 
Guten Tag Meine Familie! 

I am writing a little later today, we are in Stuttgart right now at the end of our Pday and then we will go back to Heilbronn and go to a members house for Familie Heim Abend. For Pday we were with our Zone at the Stake Center and played some games there that a member had put together for us. One of which was doudgeball which I havent played in a long time, and oh man I forgot how much I love that game. It was great being with our zone and we usually do a zone Pday before we have Zone Training (which is every month) just so we can get to know each other better. This week also we will have Zone Conference which will be awesome too! But for this week we were working lots with the less actives and ward members! It is great to have contact with them throughout the week instead of just seeing them on Sundays at church. Its so important and great to be with them and strengthen them as they help strengthen us as well. We met with our member who has gone blind in these last couple of months. We read him a talk from the last General Conference and it was neat being with him and talking and learning from him. He is so strong and has great faith in this gospel! We are meeting with a less active named David pretty often now which is so fun to be growing and building a relationship with him, he has a smoking problem but we go to his house and help him clean and then read with him in the Book of Mormon, he has been coming to church the last couple weeks too which is so great. Its funny though because he is not a German but can speak it perfectly but loves speaking English with us so he can practice his English. He is always asking me questions about English and I am no English major. (Should of paid more attention in English class, I would have never guessed I would need it like this) Its fun though to speak with him and be with him. 
We also had the opportunity this week to give 2 priesthood blessings, one to a member and then one to a investigator in Ludwigsburg that the Sister there asked us to come and give the investigator a blessing. It is such a neat opportunity to use the power of the priesthood, and I know it is a real power of God. I asked Elder Lappalainen also this week to give me a blessing which was way awesome! I just asked him to give me a blessing so I can be able to fulfill me duty as a District Leader and a missionary, it was a special blessing and I know it was the Spirit speaking through him because the things he said is what I needed! As District leader I have the opportunity to have contact with my district throughout the week, I give them a call at night and catch up on things and make sure all is well. It takes up quite a bit of time at night but no worries I am still caught up in my journal even though I have gotten behind some days. But I love having contact with them and seeing all the work they are doing. I also lead District meetings that we will have every week which is a neat opportunity to prepare for those according to what my district need. It will be a great time to serve, and to show and grow my love for these great missionaries here! 
So on Saturday we had quite an adventurous day! It is a day I dont think I will ever forget! So Friday night a member called and asked if we could help him with a service project the next day and we signed up right away. We werent quite sure what we were going to do, he just said something about going somewhere and picking up a piece of furniture for a family in our ward. So off we went Saturday afternoon and we were driving for some time, then I started noticing signs that were saying Heidelberg and Frankfurt and had the thought, "hmm I dont think thats in our mission" Well to make things short, we had left our mission boundaries! Thats not exactly aloud and we try to stay here but sometimes it happens and when there is nothing to do you have just got to enjoy the journey. Also another exciting experience is one night we got out of an appointment late with a less active so we ran to our bus stop but had just missed it so we decided to walk to the next and one the way the police pulled over and got out and asked us for our passports! Good thing I had mine on me! Elder Lappalainen just had his license but being European he was okay. Well there are some exciting and fun things for you, but we can also all learn from them. Always try and stay in the boundaries and always be prepared! 
I love you guys and this work is the work of the Lord. We see his hand everyday in this wonderful work. 

Liebe Grüße, 
Elder Jerman
Singing a hymn to thank Johann for lunch at Stuttgart Zone Conference

Stuttgart Zone Conference lunch

Stuttgart Zone Conference

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