Well, I can't believe the year is already come to an end. I can't still remember back last year when I was still in the small town of Leer for the new year. That feels like it wasn't that long ago, but at the same time it feels like a whole other life! Time is strange on the mission, the days are long, the weeks fly by, and each transfer feels shorter and shorter. I'm sure these next few months will just fly right by.
This week was just a wonderful week of Christmas cheer. We had a white elephant give exchange at district meeting, but we did it German style where in order to get a present you have to sing a song, or recite something. But for us, instead of singing or doing something like that, we used this opportunity to practice our memorized scriptures ;) and we all got gifts from "Der Weihnachtsman!" (Santa) 🏻🏻🏻🏻
We also spent a lot of time with the amazing members here, which was awesome, because the members here have so much love, and they're so nice to us. Honestly without the members this would've been a sad Christmas. We got to spend last Sunday with a family, and they fed us, Wurst, then Monday with a family, and they fed us, more wurst. Then again on Christmas Eve, with more wurst. Each Wurst was about twice the size of a Normal American hot dog, and I probably ate over 30 of them this week... So this week we only bought vegetables to make up for it, and we're doing a "vegetarian week" to give ourselves a break from all that meat.
There was one other moment this week that was just hilarious. Yesterday Elder Day gave a talk in sacrament meeting about inviting friends to church activities. It was a really good talk, but he didn't get to finish it, because right in the middle of it, he fainted! We all rushed up to the pulpit to make sure he was ok, and then after we helped him out of the chapel and made sure there was no real problem we all just busted up laughing. It was so funny! He just locked his knees, but when the members came to ask what was wrong, elder Day didn't know to say that in German, so he said it was the spirit! Hahaha! Oh, such a funny day at church :) but Elder Day is totally fine now. Some members even took us to the hospital because they wanted to be sure he was ok, so we went and sat in that awful hospital waiting room for two hours, just to have the doctor tell us he was fine and that we should go home... Oh socialism
Well, that was my week. It was great talking to you on Christmas, I can't wait for Mother's Day to roll around. And if you have any more questions, just email them :) and I will answer!
LG Elder Oliphant