Monday, November 24, 2014

You are trusted

The Rathaus Christkindl markt. 

Hey Family!!
The winter has began in Vienna, the cold has hit but there will probably be no snow for a while, well that is what they say at least. They dont get snow until Jan. or Feb. so we can hope for a white Christmas but most likely not. Actually it is planned to be white for the other two Elders here in our ward! They have been working with a referral that a missionary outside of Vienna but lives here, he has been looking for the truth for 20 years and the truth found him! His name is Johann and its great to be in this work together and rejoice from the success of others! This week was on an exchange with the zone leaders who is also working with an investigator preparing for baptism. I was suppose to have a baptismal interview with her but her husband wasnt for it, even though he has now been a member for about a year. We had a lesson with them the night before but they didnt come to the interview, we will hope it will all work out and it will in the Lords time and way. Something neat about the exchange as well is that we taught another investigator of theirs who is making great progress and really like to study the doctrine really well, she had just read Lehis Vision and had some questions about it, I pulled out my picture book I had and we discussed it and at the end in her pray she thanked God that she could better understand the vision with the picture that helped. I am so grateful for the many different tools we have to help people learn and understand the gospel. Its so simple and its so true! 
Things with Daniel are going really well, I told you last week that we were planning to go to FHE and we did make it there with him. At the beginning it was going okay and he met a few people but then someone asked him what he was studying and he told him and the YSA sitting across from him, perked up and said hey that is what I am studying too! And then what happened after that is history! They went off and it was so so good to have him make that connection and get involved with the YSA! He is a great guy and I am glad we have so many opportunities to help him and others! Isnt the restored gospel awesome!? 
We met with a new less active we came in contact with. It was kind of neat how it all worked out, we went by the first time and she said we could come back another time in the morning we she had no time. So we tried other day in the morning and she had something going that day, so we asked for her number at got that and called a few days later, made out an appointment and finally met this last week! Sounds like a lot but it was worth it and it all worked out! She was very open and willing to talk, it takes steps and the first one has been made and we invited her to take the next which she has to do on her own, that is making that effort to read and pray to regain that belief she once had. It was great and I am glad we could meet with her, we also helped a less active family with some service, they are so key and we need to keep working with all and not let it fall back the way it was before. The Lord gives us all many opportunities to serve and help others, but that is only the beginning. There is always the next step that can be made to help them along their path, whether it be their first time or if they are returning. He trusts us all and wants us to serve his precious children, to help them understand the importance of what is right in front of them and what they are missing out on. We are the ones that can be that help, he knows we can do it and as we pray for his help and strength he will do what is necessary but leave us up to the job! And we can achieve it as he doesnt give us anything we can not accomplish! 
I love my family and so grateful for you all, what a great time of year to be thankful. I am thankful for a loving God, his son Jesus Christ and the for the restored gospel which brings eternal joy in this life. Have a wonderful thankful week! 
Liebe Grüße,
Elder Jerman



We had a Thanksgiving fest with the missionaries in Vienna 
p.s. Hey one fun thing, this last week I met a Lloyd Stiles, you will have to talk with the Hundleys about him. He was trained by their son (Corey) in the Holland mission. He lives in Vienna and is in the 2nd ward! Kind of fun to make that connection! 
Love you,
Jay
 Elder Anderson and I brought the sugared carrots.

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