Hey mom! So, this week was a roller coaster! That's the best way to describe it. So, let's break it down. Monday: Berlin! We had a little bit of time to see part of the city, and man, it was so cool! There is a ton of history in that city. We were just in a place called Alexander platz, but in this little area they have giant malls, PRIMARK, and some other pretty cool stuff. It's a really pretty city, and I hope I have the opportunity to serve there.
After our little time in Berlin, we were picked up by the elders that we were staying the night with. We stayed in a part of Berlin called Marzahn. Guess who serves there? Elder Glissmeyer!! And then Elder Winkel also stayed the night with us there. Oh we had a fun night. Tuesday: Zone conference. What a Great experience. Elder Adler of the 3rd Quorum of the seventy came, and we had a great, very spiritual time with him. But it wasn't all fun and games. We also had to say goodbye to president and sister Kosak. It was really sad, I'm not going to lie. President Kosak has taught me so much in my short time with him. He has been a great example to me. I will truly miss him. But really, it's ok. President fingerle is going to be awesome too!
So... The conference was in Berlin. Do you remember what happened the last time we were in Berlin? Well, this time we decided we were going to plan better, and we did. We found a train route that would have gotten us home a little after 9. No problem, right? WRONG! We left the conference, and walked over to the bus stop, but, of course, the bus didn't come! So... We ended up walking to the train station (only about 2 kilometers) and we missed our train. We were a little upset, but we found another train that left an hour later, so we took that one to Leipzig, and funny enough, we were on it with the exact same people as last time. Small world, right? So with this train we would have just enough time to catch our train to Freiberg, and be home at 10. Still not too bad. Well... Our train to Leipzig was late. So we missed our train to Freiberg. We thought we were going to have to stay the night again, but the zone leaders just told us to go home, and we got there at 11:30. Let's just say I hate Leipzig.
Wednesday morning. Woke up, and it was my birthday! And it was one I'll remember! I LOVE the package you sent, thank you, it was really nice :) with the next one you send, can you send me some more inserts for my shoes? I have destroyed all of the extra ones I brought, and I haven't really found any good ones here. Thanks One of the families in my ward brought us a giant pot of soup, and a bunch of chocolate, and then one of our Chinese members gave me a set of really nice chopsticks. We were super tired because of how late we got back, but it was a good day still. Wednesday afternoon - Saturday morning. We had no appointments so we set off and went finding, and man, it was awful! No one would talk to us. Everyone either said "Nein, danke" or "Keine zeit" (no time). It was really hard. I didn't understand why no one wanted to talk to us. And on top of that, the weather all of a sudden decided to be summer and it was 90 degrees in the shade! With no air conditioning. Not the best. Saturday afternoon. We came back to the apartment to take a little break and rehydrate, and it was hard not to just stay in the apartment for the rest of the evening, but I knew that there was something that I needed to learn, and that the lord would send blessing when we just worked hard. Well, I was right! We went out and after 15 minutes met "John and Matt" they're two super cool guys from Ghana! We asked them if they believed in Christ and they got super excited! Then when we told them about the Book of Mormon, they were even more excited! It was so cool to meet them, and we're going to keep teaching them! Then, that night, a man that we met on the street a couple weeks ago called us and wanted to set up an appointment. We're meeting with him on Tuesday :) And finally, SUNDAY. So, in our ward we have a "monat des einladungs" (month of invitation) where the bishopric printed out a bunch of really cool invitations and gave them all to members to pass out. Well, the first week in June was a big success! We had 6 people at church who were invited by members, 3 of which now want to start meeting with us! It was so cool to see all that, but that's not all! Right after church ended two families walked into the church and wanted to learn more about the temple. What??? We asked them why they came, and it turns out there's an exchange program for students in Provo to come to Meissen! Two kids on this exchange told their host families about the temple, and they wanted to come see it, and learn more. Wow... This week was jam packed full of fun. It had its up and downs, just like life. Yea. Loved it! Hope you have a great week! Sent from my iPad