Well, another week has passed. It's been a pretty good one. Really it just slipped right by. We've been really trying to get to know this city as well as we can. It's a big city, and for two brand new missionaries, it's pretty intimidating. But, we're making really good progress! We can now get from our apartment to most major places in the city with the buses/tram. Taking public transportation is a lot different than biking and walking everywhere, which is what we did in Freiberg and Leer, but it's also fun, plus it gives you the opportunity to take little 5 - 10 minute power naps every once in a while but, yea, Dresden is really great! We had an exchange this week with our zone leaders, and I was able to work with elder morales (don't let the name fool you, he's from Austria). And we got to work in FREIBERG! It was cool, but also really weird. We came in Friday night, and we had their weekly GeMiKo (ward-missionary correlation meeting). So, I got to sit in one more of those meetings. Yay. Super awkward. The new sisters in Freiberg were also on exchange with some of the sisters in Dresden, so half of the missionaries there weren't even in the ward. But, despite the awkwardness, I really enjoyed it. Freiberg has really changed. The ward seems a lot more excited about the work, and the sisters. Well, mostly the sisters. But hey, it is what it is! :) We had the exchange so I could show those elders around Freiberg, and so they could show us around Dresden. So, yea. I showed them around, met some members, said hi to some former investigators, ate some delicious Freiberg döner, and yea, just had a great time :) There's one more thing I want to tell you about this week. So here in Dresden there are a lot of refugees from a really small country in east Africa. We try to talk to a lot of them, but most of them speak a little German, a little English, and some random African language. We met quite a few of these people this week, and normally we would just give them a card, because we can't teach them. Well, we gave a card to some guys, and it just so happens that they have a roommate who just made it to Germany last week, and who was looking for a church to attend. So, they gave him our card an he called us! This guy is super cool (I can't remember/spell/pronounce his name) but he's a really nice guy, and he speaks english! He came through church yesterday! We taught him, made out a return appointment, and he helped us find a Book of Mormon in his native language! The lord knows that there were all of these people coming here who need the gospel, and he's given us a way to share it with them! The church is true! Well, that was my week. I just learned one more thing that I would love to share. As I was in Freiberg, I had a lot of people ask me why they couldn't go into the temple. They were upset because in the bible Jesus says to love everyone, and exclude no one. Well. I've been thinking about that and studying it, and I've come to a conclusion. Jesus Christ does accept everyone, and we accept everyone too. We love all of our brothers and sisters, and that's why everyone can't go into the temple. In Leviticus, it talks about the tabernacle that the children of Israel had, and how not everyone could go inside. It says "Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;" (lev. 10:9-10) If just anyone could enter into the temple, without being worthy, then these people would suffer spiritual death, and we don't want that for our brothers and sisters. We want them to have the blessings of the temple by living worthily and following Christ. Love you, have a great week!
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