Teaching - Elder Jerman, Elder Nielson and Sister Winters.
Great to hear from you and to hear your summer is going well. I love hearing from each one of you and hearing what is going on with you as you grow up. I love all of you very much. It has been a great week here in Stuttgart, I have really enjoyed the time here but my time has come to an end and I will be moving on. We got transfer calls on Friday morning and President Miles called and said that I will be transferred to.....Vienna Austria!!! I am going to Austria!! Its hard to believe after being in Germany my whole mission but the time for me has come and I have mixed feelings as I will be sad leaving Germany but at the same time exciting to be going to Austria. Also something to that is my new companion is from Spain! I will tell you more next week but this next week will be a time of many new experiences and I am ready to take it all with full commitment. I have learned a lot here in Stuttgart and overall so far on my mission and it will be neat to be going to a new area to apply those things and recommit myself to this wonderful work.
Well with that exciting news, this past week has gone really well and there is much going on which I know will move forward and no progress will be lost. Monday night we were for a short time at the YSA center and we were surprised when we saw Damaris there! She just cant stay away, even if she doesnt recognize it or doesnt want to I know she knows this is right. Her goal has always been telling us something that will change our way but as she keeps coming we have seen progress of her changing her view. We met with her later in the week with a member as we had a main goal of her feeling the Spirit and recognizing it, which is always the harder part. We sang "I am a Child of God" with her and prayed to start it off and right after we knew she had felt the Spirit. It was really neat and we also have sang some hymns with other investigators as we have met with them this past week. I am so grateful for the many ways we can all feel the Spirit confirm the truth. At the end of lesson with Damaris she prayed! She has never prayed and so there is a new hope with her and we will see where it goes from her. Lilliana is also doing great as we met with her and what is neat is that Filipe (her boyfriend) joined in with us. He usually just sits on the side but we invited him to join and they both had great questions and know it is the best as they progress together.
Yesterday was a sweet and sour day, being the last time here in church in Stuttgart. These members are wonderful and I have learned to love them for who they are. I am grateful for their efforts and support and hope I can work with the members in Vienna effectively. No time with members are wasted as they are so important in this work. It was neat to have the young men come up to say goodbye. I am going to miss them all but I know the future holds much good with new people, area and land. All which is in need of love, I hope to do all the Lord expects and I know we all can do what the Lord expects as we get on our knees and go to him in pray.