Monday, June 9, 2014

Angels from on High

Family!! 
It is so great to hear you are doing so well, as I read the letters from you I marvel of how blessed we are. Let us not forget to remember to thank him who has given us all we have. We are so blessed to have a knowledge of a loving God that wants and is ready to bless us with more than we can ever imagine if we will but only follow him and be obedient to that which he has given us. The greatest commandment which he did give was to love God with all we have and are and the 2nd like it in loving our neighbor. This week a returned Sister in our ward here in Stuttgart gave her testimony on how she learned the language of love. Its a neat opportunity to serve a mission and learn this language but truly we can all learn this language and we serve and care for those around us and how neat that no matter where we are or what our calling is missionary or not we can all serve our God and others. 
Things are staying busy here in Stuttgart and it has been a great last week. To start it off I was on an exchange with a good ole friend from home Elder Allan. It was so neat to work together and see how far we have come and what we still want to accomplish. We experienced a cool miracle working together in finding someone new to teach. I sometimes wonder how the Lord does it so perfectly as he prepares those and then leads us to them, but I do know he timing is perfect and as we are obedient and following the soft promptings his work will move forward. So we talked with this guy on the street going to an appointment and he said we could come by later that day if we had time and after our appointment we did have some time so we went by and started talking with him when a couple friends of him walked in and also engaged in the conversation. To make a long story short we ended up making out another appointment with one of his friends who is really interested and whats to learn more. Our day turned out a lot different than we had planned but at the end of the day we knew it was how the Lord wanted our day to go with the people we met and helped along the way. 
We have been in good contact with Lilliana and Steven this last week who are both doing really well. Lilliana and her family invited us for dinner one night and we had some real Portuguese food which was fun. We talked about the blessings of the gospel with her family and they said they have been doing family prayer and have notice a difference, oh the love of our God as we obey. We invited her to baptism but she is not yet ready but knows it is something she desires. She really wants to come to church as well and on Friday when we visited her it was neat because of neighbor or hers was there and also listened in to our message. She wants to come as well but unfortunately Lilliana's boyfriend is the one that is holding everyone up. We hope to work with him and overtime with pray and faith that he will gain the desire to come once again as he is a less active member. Steven is also doing great and I feel we have a great relationship with him. We had a member with us last time so that was also good to get him involved with young single adults. Yesterday as we met with him after church it was neat to have him say that he knows that this path which he is taking is the right path from him, he isnt quite ready for pray but as we patiently and lovely move forward with him his desire and faith will grow and it wont be because of the things we say rather of what he experiences and what he feels and I know that is also why he knows this path is the right path. 
A neat experience for the week going along with Steven was when we met with him earlier in the week and talked about faith. He has grown much faith since the time we first met him and it continues every time. At the end we offered him a blessing as a act of his faith because he is kind of going through a difficult time. He accepted and it was really neat as we did so I imagine Angels also around us in the circle placing their hands on his head. I know that the Priesthood power is real and that it is the power of God. We are blessed to have it once again on the earth, the same power Christ had and has as he leads this church. I am so grateful that we can serve Gods children no matter who they are or where we are to help them reach Gods ultimate goal or having everyone of them come back to live with them. 
I love you all and so thankful for the love you share! I hope you have a great week and especially Alicia for your 16th birthday! Our family is growing up but I love you all the same! 
Liebe Grüße,
Elder Jerman
Sack lunch at Chinese Gardens.

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