So, as you can probably guess from the title, we had an interesting week... Friday morning we got a text message from the mission office inviting us to a conference call a little later, where we learned that The Elder Kearon, Elder Christiansen, and elder Ballard would be coming to Berlin on Sunday, and president wanted all of the missionaries to be there for it. Haha, that was exciting! Elder Ballard came, and we all got to shake his hand. As I did this, I truly felt the happiness and joy that was radiating from this man who has devoted his life to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is truly a modern day apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to meet him. He shared several of his own experiences and gave us his advice for how we could start baptizing more and more. He reminded us that before we baptize someone we need to teach them, and before we teach them we need to find them, and before we can find them we need to talk to them! I feel like we do a pretty good job of talking to everyone wherever we go, but I'm sure that there's room for improvement. It's time now to take this apostolic advice, and use it to make a change! That's what we should always do when we receive counsel from our leaders. They receive revelation for us, but it will only help when we choose to act!
So, as for the work, we are really picking up in Erfurt! This week we taught 11 lessons! Normally throughout my mission I've averaged around five! We also found 5 new investigators! We have just been working so hard, and we're actually seeing fruits of this now! Haha, we are so busy with our 11 lessons, and Christmas is coming! They've already started setting up the Christmas market here, and I'm so stoked! Haha, man! I love Erfurt! I'm having a great time here, and I can't wait to experience what's coming this week!
I love you all!
LG Elder Oliphant
|Another picture of food, once again no vegetables|