Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The spirit was there so strong (Jan 13)

So I don't know exactly what to talk about in this email, so I’m going to do a detailed run down of this week.

Tuesday. We left the apartment at 7.45 to get to Wien for Zone Training. Zone training was fun. Sister Judd and I were in charge of the training this time so we got to talk a lot about faith and finding. It was really fun. Actually, preparing for it was really fun. I just want to find all these elect people! The Elders talked about diligence. Diligence is an attribute that I have always loved :) Elder Jones shared this video with us. (http://www.lds.org/medialibrary/video/2012-01-008-rescued-bychrist?lang=eng&_suid=13896076435750031176634167784545?category=2012-01-008-rescued-by-christ&&lang=eng#2012-01-008-rescued-by-christ?lang=eng&_suid=1389607645872010454535896520622) LOVE it. After the beautiful train ride home, we went to the RS activity. It was about visiting teaching, and since we are visiting teaching, we thought it would be a good idea to go. Well, it was so funny to see the women in our ward laughing and having fun. We did skits of bad and good examples of a visiting teaching apt. Well, Sister Judd, the Relief Society president, Sister Tew and I did one together. Hilarious! We were a bad example, telling other people our sisters problems. It was quite interesting and everyone was laughing at us silly Americans :) 

Mittwoch. SO COOL! We met with our Relief Society president and went over the list of less actives relief society members. SO HELPFUL! It was seriously great. We know exactly what to do now. It was really great and so nice of her to come all the way down to town to talk to us about it. She loves these sisters. We then had a lesson with a member. It actually turned into a lesson with her friend who has been on and off investigating the church for what seems like forever. But real progress was made, because he promised that he would pray about the church. I am really excited to talk to him! Then we met with another Sister in the ward (we are working hard to get to know the members) She is so cool! She got married. They found the gospel soon after, were quickly baptized. Her husband died shortly after. She was remarried but he wasn’t too active and after 40 years she was sealed to the man she found the gospel with. Wow. Her story was amazing. The members here are so great and hard working. Its cool to see the obstacles she’s overcame and how active she is. She proudly caries the title of longest member in our ward. She is just the cutest. She also introduced me to cranberry tea. So yummy. 

Donnerstag. We had our studies and then went out with the Tews. Well, it was so fun! It felt like a spiritual road trip. We were able to go by on our referral! Yes referral, technically my first referral. Unfortunately, she wasn’t there. But that’s okay we left a note :)  We visited a couple more people, including a less active. Well she lived on an alpaca and a horse farm........ everyone was disgusted by the smell of manure..... but you know i was LOVING it. I even saw a girl riding..... mensch.  We got to see Elder Tew in action doing missionary work. They are the coolest eheparr ever! They work really hard and are really dedicated to the work. They have a blog that you may enjoy seeing, including pictures. Its  rickandgeorgiatew.blogspot.com.  After that, we went to the Peruvian less active that we are working with. We had fajitas. Yum. We talked about coming to church and brought her new visiting teacher along. It was really good to strengthen our relationship and talk about Relief Society. She seems really excited to come when she has the time to Relief Socity as well as sac. I also just had a great day this day. IN one tram ride, I had 3 meaningful conversations, was able to bear my testimony over a lot and even get to share some scriptures, I didn’t have enough books to give out! That has never happened. It was really a testimony builder for me on what we talked about on Tuesday.

Freitag. We went out with the Relief Society president on less actives that live outside of Graz. It was a hunt, we didn’t have the house number for one, we were able to find it trostdem! It was a really great experience to get to know her better and do this work together. Well, we also talked to one less active that said we could come back and left a Book of Mormon with him! Our last house was quite an experience. We klingeled and a Romanian lady answered. We told her who we were looking for, she said she doesn’t live here but was letting us in anyway. We were giving each other confused looks as we entered the house. Well, she was a.... IDK what they are called in English but a caretaker for this frail old lady. We sat on her couch and testified of our Heavenly Father. This lady had obviously gone through a lot and told us there couldn’t be a God, or a God who cared and let this happen to her. We were able to tell her she was a daughter of God and that it wasn’t an accident that we came here, even though this less active had never lived here. It was an extremely spiritual experience for me.... I felt so sad for her, and I felt Heavenly Fathers love for her..... Wow. It was so sad. I hope she comes to know hope and her father in heavens love for her. I’m so grateful I was able to have that experience because it really helped me.

Samstag. Well, to Wien again! We had a meeting with the new district leaders. We talked about their responsibilities and tausches. Afterwards, we went to the famous Herbs. It was so fun! We went with a couple elders and ate wiener schnitzels in Wien! I ordered what seemed to be the smallest, but don’t worry, it consisted of 2 that were bigger then my plate! Craziness. The elders went to town. We got home and headed straight to our apt. with Petra. It was awesome! An older brother in our ward came and was able to talk about his experience before he joined to church, which was very similar to Petras. It was an awesome lesson and the spirit was there so strong!

Sonntag. Always my favorite. Both investigators were at church all 3 hours! It was great. A lot of the young adults came. After, we went to a family’s house for lunch. We had a great time there and learned about them. It’s always SO fun getting to know these people! I feel like I’m learning more and more how hard it is to date here every time I here a couples story. hehe. The elders gave a great lesson on Joseph Smith experience. Then we had GMK. That’s always fun. An assistant gml was just called. So now we have one that is over everything and one that focuses on less actives. They are both so great!

Wow. What a great week. We were able to really build some connections with the members this week!

All things shall give thee experience and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all.... therefore hold on. DC 122


Sister Regnier

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