Monday, April 21, 2014

Frohe Ostern

Happy Easter!
Happy Easter! I hope you all had a wonderful day as we celebrated the Resurrection of our Savior and Redeemer. I know he lives and his Atonement is real. It is for all of us no matter who we are or what we have done. True joy and happiness comes through him and what he has done for us. I am so grateful for him and this great message that we have to share to the world, all because of Him. It has been a great week with lots happening. We had a great Easter Sunday yesterday. We woke up to great weather with birds singing and it felt great as the last few days the weather had been dark and cloudy but it was a nice start to a new day! We had a lesson in the morning with a less active we have been working with and we had a member come with us. It was great to have him there and be bold to invite him to join us on this day to celebrate what Christ has done for us. It was very bold and powerful and there was a wonderful Spirit there. Unfortunately he didnt join us but still a great lesson and to have a member there! Then we took the street train further to church and in the train was Imanuel! You dont now Imanuel but let me tell you about this great Easter Sunday miracle story that has developed over time. So about a month ago we visited the Schaal family in the ward and the dad has a brother who is on a mission right now in Berlin. This Elder had found someone who actually lived in Stuttgart so got his information and emailed it to his brother. When we were over there he gave us this number and told us to get in contact with him. We tried but couldnt ever get a hold of him. I finally got a hold of him one day and invited him to General Conference. We later found out that the International Elders here had received his information in the mail and had just started contacting him and he had actually came to church last week to the International Ward and wanted to meet me as I was the one that spoke with him on the phone, so they introduced me to him and that was that. Then yesterday I saw him in the train and went to sit with him. He said he was coming to church to the German ward. He is here in Germany and wants to learn German so thats what is best for him. At church we introduced him to the Schaal family and it was such a neat connection to make! We had a great Easter service and then afterwards we went to an older single Sister in the ward for Easter dinner. We had the great treat of having the Bensons there (missionary couple in Stuttgart) And also President and Sister Miles!!! They have been in Stuttgart this weekend for Interviews and was going to stay for Sunday so we had the great opportunity to have an eating appointment with them. It was such a great time as we ate some traditional Schw√§bisch Food and as we also sang hymns together and shared our testimonies. It was a great Easter Sunday!
As for the rest of the week, it was also good. I was a few days because of exchanges in other areas but things here in Stuttgart are moving along. Its great also to see the work moving along in the areas I go and visit and work in. The Elders here are great and good to be there and help them out. For one of them I was in G√∂ppingen with two other Elders. They have 3 Elders in their companionship so I worked with two of them there. We experienced something way neat that has been taught to me over and over again on my mission that as we give our best and go out and do his work he will look after us. We had just taken a bus and we got off and a little down the road one Elder realized he had left his wallet in the bus. It had already left and it would be an hour till it came back. We said a prayer that it would still be there when it came back and then we went out and contacted. Its a little tricky to figure it out with 3 but we did it none the less, sometimes staying as 3 or 2 going and talking with someone. We werent seeing much success at all but we were determined to work and so we kept going and we came up to someone and I told the other two they were up. They had a great contact as they spoke with him for a good 20 minutes and received his information. We were blessed from that and then the bus arrived back and the bus driver had the Elders wallet! What a miracle that someone had turned it in because that never happens here. We were so happy and we prayed again a pray of gratitude and I truly do know as we serve others the Lord will look out for us in all we need. What a great promise that has been given to all of us, as we love one another and God we will be blessed with what he knows we need best. I love how we are here on this earth learning these things and will one day know it really is for the best of it because God knows who we can really become! I love God, my fellowmen and my family! 
Hope you have a great week! 
Alles gute!
Much love,
Elder Jerman
District Picnic with YSL on her way to BYU

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