Monday, December 9, 2013

Hope on

My wonderful Family!
What a wonderful time of year, oh man I just love everyday of it! There is so many great things going on at this time and what a special time of year. Its especially special I think because of Christ and how we can remember him and give service to others. That service spirit is that Christmas spirit and we all are involved! I love it and I love that we can be members of his church and take his name upon as we serve and do our best everyday in becoming Christlike. I love how its a life long process and we can always be improving our Christlike qualities, our service to others and the knowledge we receive. I love CHRISTmas! 
Well it has been quite the week, lots of highs but with that (just like life) there comes the lows. We will start on Tuesday  we visited Rita and actually had an exchange with our District Leader so we could do the Baptismal Interview, that went great and we also shared a great lesson with her. That night we had Ward Council and it was an exciting time to be planning for the upcoming things as we also have less actives progressing and actually a family we are working with called the Ojo family from Nigeria, the father just got the Priesthood last week and they are making progress to get to the temple. So it was a great night with the Leaders in the ward talking about the progress of the ward at this time. I enjoyed it very much so. Wednesday rolls around and we meet with Rita and our Ward Missionary Leader and make out the schedule for the Baptism which was way awesome and it was a great exciting time. We go by on Thursday with Bischop and asked her how she is doing and feeling and she wasnt doing so well. She has decided to not get baptizedon Sunday. We are very saddened for her and its even tougher because we know she knows its right and that she is ready at this time. She explained to us further that she knows it is right as well and that baptism is needed but the church part of it is her concern. Especially with her family she feels she cant do without their support and love. It sure is tough and we hope she will come around, I know she will! Its been neat to learn about how the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning, and he prepares a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men. ( 1 Nephi 9:6) Even when we dont know why we can trust in the Lord he does and everything will work out in his time. We are still praying for a miracle and still have the hope. We will not give up and we will press on in faith. 
Our other investigators are doing pretty good, we have met with Samra again this week and its so neat to see her progressing as she reads in the Book of Mormon and what was really cool is she said how she has realized when she is at church as well just being around the members she has realized that there really is more of a purpose in life than just working, eating and sleeping. So neat the example we can all give without even knowing about it, just how we live. Marius are other investigator has been coming to church the last 3 weeks in a row and we have made a baptismal date with him for the 12th of January! He is a very humbled man and we have a great relationship as he is one that comes to our German class. That is going well and we usually have Marius and then the Vantic family (Samras family) coming to that. Who knew I would be teaching German in Germany instead of English but its great to help those learning German as well from around Europe. 
Enjoy this great time of year where we can give back to Christ for all he has given us. I love that we can serve and give that joy, hope and light we have experienced in our lives and give it on to others. Even when times get hard we hope on and trust that after all we can do we will receive his grace and help! (2 Nephi 25:23) 
I love you all very much and hope you have a wonderful week! 
Elder Jerman
Elder Smith and I up in the mountains

Up in the mountains over looking the lake of Chiemsee and the city of Bernau

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