Hey y'all! We had a great week here in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany. I don't have a ton of time today because we got up early to help a family paint there apartment, and it took 6 hours, so that's most of our p day, but it was great! I love serving people :) there are just a few experiences I wanted to share.
We had the opportunity to go back to Freiberg this week to visit the temple. Not just once, but twice! We had a zone training meeting on Wednesday, and it felt so nice to be back in my little city. Man, I miss Freiberg sometimes. But Dresden is also wonderful! So amazing, and so pretty! During the ZTM we talked about goals, and how there are a lot of goals that we can control, but there are a lot of other ones that we can't, and we shouldn't always be so concerned when we don't achieve a goal that was out of our control, like for baptism. Just because someone decides not to make a covenant with our Heavenly Father, we shouldn't become mad or upset at ourselves, everyone has their agency, and they can choose for themselves. As long as we are doing everything that we can to help and encourage our friends, then we know we are doing our part. That was our first trip to Freiberg this week, the second one was a bit of a surprise. Do you remember our investigator T****? Well, we had been talking with him about the temple, and on Friday he called us up and said "hey, can we go to the temple tomorrow?" So we hopped back on a train with him the next morning and went to Freiberg. It was such a wonderful experience. The sisters there prepared a very personal tour of the information center and it really helped to answer a lot of his questions about temples today, the Holy Ghost, and baptism. We were so happy to go with our great friend and learn more together about the blessings of the temple, the only problem was that it's the end of the month, so we're pretty low on money, and we had to use the rest of our money to buy the train ticket... Uh oh! We were really worried that we would be eating straight rice for this next week (we only have 3€) and then, that night when we were walking home, we looked on the ground and found 20€! There were no people around, and all of the stores were closed, so we took it as a sign from heaven helping us out for this next week. Now we can afford more than just rice :) And really, this blessing that we had isn't so special, God will always care for his children when we give everything to him. We spent all of our money trying to help one of his children, and he blessed us with just enough so we could eat this week, and we are VERY grateful. I love you, have a great week! Elder Oliphant ️