Hey y'all! We have had a very exciting week, but first of all, the activity we planned for this week of going to the art museum fell out, so we ended up making a makeshift ping pong table in our apartment, and we went to globetrotter, the cool store with a cold room. They also have a little pool where you can test out canoes and kayaks! It was a ton of fun! We've been super busy, and it's awesome! Our work has started to pay off. We met with a less active member this week who joined the church a few years ago, but then he moved to New Zealand for work, and wile he was there it was really hard for him to stay active. He came back a few weeks ago, and we finally had the opportunity to meet with him! He is super cool! We talked about the restoration with him, and asked him how he ended up joining the church, then his mom came in to the lesson, and we started teaching her as well! It was very spiritual, and then he came to church this week! One other thing that makes this guy super cool is... You ready? He's a RAPPER! And he can rap his testimony! So cool! The church is true, and it's for everybody! We've been doing a lot more work with less actives recently, and we had three less active families that we teach come to church this week. It's been great to be able to work with the other ward members here to help fellowship them, and help them feel comfortable coming back to church. We had several other appointments this week, members, less actives, and investigators, but the highlight of the week was Definitely this weekend. On Friday we had three appointments, plus weekly planning, and then On top of that we had to go to the city of Görlitz for a stake missionary weekend. Görlitz is a really cool city. It was built around a river, which after World War II became the border dividing Poland and Germany. So half of the city is in Poland, and the missionaries there have permission to go to Poland. For this weekend we had 10 elders and 4 sisters come to the city and we went on splits with all of the young men and women from 16-18 in the stake. I got to go out with a young man named Jeffrey Lehmann, and we had a blast together. We went out for a few hours and just did missionary work in Görlitz for a few hours. It was great, and we really helped these kids prepare for their missions!
I have had a great time here in Dresden, it has been wonderful to serve here, but, sadly, all good things must come to an end. I have been transferred, and will be going to Erfurt, the Capitol of Thüringen, where I will be the district leader. It's not too far away, and it's still in east Germany. Plus I've heard that the best bratwurst in Germany comes from Thüringen, so, I'm excited :) my new companion will be elder Griffen, I don't know him at all, so we're in for an adventure! But, I'll have a car! Woo hoo! (Yes it is still DDR, my comp is elder griffin, and he will be driving because i don't have a drivers license yet, but ill get one when i get there) As I got the call,
I'll be honest, I wasn't very happy. I love Dresden. I love the members, I love the other missionaries, I love my investigators, I just love everything about it, and I really didn't want to leave! I didn't know why I had to go, it didn't seem fair. Then, as I was sitting in church listening to the prelude music, the organist started playing "Ich gehe wohin du mich heißt"(I'll go where you want me to go) and it just reminded me that this isn't my mission, it's the Lords. He is sending me their for a reason, and I don't need to know why, I just need to go forward in faith. I will truly miss Dresden, but I'm excited for a new experience in "uncharted territory" (Erfurt was added to my mission only a few months ago). I love you all, and I am so thankful for your prayers and support. Have a great week LG Elder Oliphant
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