Überraschung (surprise)- I am still in Passau! woot woot.
I have had a pretty busy week, but let me tell you. This week is crazy. I am VERY excited to see how it turns out!!
So, I will go in order of course :) Sorry it is so long. I had a lot of time today. :)
Monday was Pday. We played basketball with the elders. It was an ordeal to find a basketball and a court, but we did it! Made my mission, and real mom proud! haha. Cool thing that happened on Monday: We saw this guy at the park that had previously set up an appointment with but he didn't show up. We saw him and he explained everything. He lost our number, he even tried calling the number under Mormons in the phonebook. He felt really bad. So we were able to get his number. We are both really excited to meet with him.
Tuesday, District meeting. The cool thing about Tuesday was on the way home, we met this woman. She is from Argentina but is living with her German husband in Austria. She is a sweetheart. We had a wonderful conversation with her, she asked if she could keep the Book of Mormon.... Sister Garrett and I looked at each other, and eventually agreed... haha, when we told her we could get her one in Spanish. She was so excited. When we told her missionaries from Austria could come drop it off, she was even more excited. :)
Wednesday, was Passau's finding day. Well, an attempted finding day at least. We had a great time in our English class because a member was in the church. He loved it, I bet he'll be back next week. On Wednesday, Sister Garrett and I got blessings from our District Leader who was on Austauch (exchanges). It was so cool. The priesthood is such a wonderful thing! Some really hard things have been going on and it just helped us feel so much better! It was great! We are so blessed to have a way for our Heavenly Father to help us in words when we are in need.
Thursday was really fun. We had an appointment with the family in our ward. We had lots of cardboard sitting around, so we made the armor of God. It was really fun! We threw fiery darts, newspaper balls, at him with and without the armor on. Not only was it fun, but S____ said, "That was a great message, it is applicable to many things in our lives." haha. PS, Sister Sagmeister made Mexican food for dinner..... Needless to say, she had four VERY happy missionaries. We also taught a man who doesn't believe in God. It breaks my heart. He has been taught for a long time, he just needs to have some faith and try. He is the cutest old man though. He volunteers at an old folks home and helps his elderly neighbors with chores they can't do. He also made us the yummiest tea. Yes it was 100 thousand degrees, yes, it was boiling hot. One day, Germans will decide to have air conditioning. One day.
Friday, we taught a super cool guy. This guy we had met dooring a month or so ago. We came by a couple weeks ago, and had a long talk about the Law of Chastity and agency. So he is atheist, and had very little experience with prayer. We pretty much taught the first two lessons. He asked very good questions and we had a really enjoyable conversation. When we said, so do you think these things are possible? He said no. So we went to the basics. He decided that he would pray everyday for a week to see if he can feel God's presence. Then we will meet with him and go from there. It was a great lesson. Sister Garrett and I came out SO excited! We then went on another adventure. Trying to get to the woman's house who came to church last week. Very difficult to get there as she is SO FAR from the train. After a two hour train ride, we finally found someone who could tell us where the street was, after an hour walk, we had to turn around. Cute place though (see picture below on bridge). However, my legs are again covered in bites.
Saturday, so that you know, that woman who has been coming to church? We had an adventure trying to get to her house. Well we FINALLY met with her and she is now a new investigator! woot woot. It was quite an adventure, we went to the house that we hadn't been to before. She wasn't there. Because it was Saturday, we found out we would have to stay in the little dorf (village) for 4 hours. While waiting we talked to people. One person said something like " are you kidding me, this is a dorf, we all know each other, and we all have the exact same beliefs." So we were really wondering what we had done. Then we found out that a bus would be going this woman’s other house. So we got on that bus. Perfect timing, and best of all, SHE WAS THERE! So let me tell you a little about her. She is 85. She is super fit, but really frail. She can't see or hear very well. But missionaries taught her 20 years ago, but things never went anywhere. She felt that she needed to come back to church, so she takes the bus, with her little dog, for an hour to come to church, where it is difficult to hear the speakers. Such faith! She is the CUTEST old woman. She owns 2 houses, a farm, and a business (which I think is the farm). She is immer unterwegs (always on the go). We are currently trying to find her a big text Book Of Mormon or a slow audio cd. She is so cool! When she speaks she speaks in German, but then every once in a while, she will throw in an easy English word, with a bunch of hard German words to help us understand.
With all these adventures, I kind of feel like I am serving a mission before phones.
Sunday was good. It was really hot in church, and the speakers spoke really fast. So overall, it was hard to understand... But we did get to finally meet with someone that we have been trying really hard to meet as she has been struggling. She really enjoyed meeting with us. It seems like she was not sufficiently prepared before she was baptized. She may not have some basic understanding of the scriptures. So we have some work to do. :) It was great to meet with her.
And now, TODAY! As if this email wasn't already really detailed. Today has been AMAZING and I am really happy! So here come the details!
This morning, we woke up and cleaned the apartment because the ehepaars were coming to check it. I made Hoot-an-nannies. Sister Garrett opened her Birthday presents. We had some studies, got our apartment checked and went out to teach the Gospel.
The Flash Flood Came Back. During the flood, we helped this lady who also had a neighbor there helping. We had a brief conversation with her. I played soccer with her child and we had a really nice time. Two weeks ago, we went back to that neighborhood but didn’t run into them. This morning we ran into she and her daughter on the bus. They immediately invited us in and offered us water. I am pretty sure we were the most disgusting looking girls she’s ever seen in skirts. It is DANG hot. We talked to her about what we do as missionaries and about her life and what not. We talked about the Book of Mormon and some of her beliefs. She is an great mother. She has really raised her kid’s right. The daughter and son sat down, talked to us about religion for an hour. They are such a AMAZING FAMILY. We had some GREAT conversations. Near the end she said- We would like to invite you over for dinner. How cool! But embarrassing as our next week is CRAZY. We didn’t have any open slots in our schedule until Friday.... Usually we are finding all day, then one week we are busy out of our minds! Oh well, I am so excited. They are also very excited, hugs all around. The son shared personal stories. This family seriously has the best morals of any family I have seen. I am so excited to meet with them again!
Well now, we are emailing and then off to Sister Garrett’s birthday dinner!!
This week, as I said, is so busy. We even had to ask the Elders if they could go pick up our dritt (3rd companion) from Müunchen! They are so nice and willing! I feel bad, but we don't have a way to contact her and change the appointment, and they told us about the dritt 2 days after transfer calls. Anyways, I am excited what this week brings.
Have a great week!