Well, first of all, happy thanksgiving! I hope you all had a great week and were able to think about what your are all grateful for in your life :) I'm very grateful that I can be here on my mission, that I have so many supportive friends and family members here and back home, and I'm especially thankful for my sweet mother who is just the best mom ever! I love you!! :)
Once again, we were super busy this week. We had a zone conference, which means we had to drive to Berlin again! That's three trips to Berlin this month! It's crazy, how many different meetings we've had. They take up a lot of our time, but they are always wonderful, spiritual experiences. This time we talked about the new Christmas initiative, "a Savior is born" and we watched the new videos for it. If you haven't seen it yet, then repent, and go look it up! Haha :) but really though, it invited the spirit so strongly, just by sharing a simple message about Jesus Christ. Wonderful :)
After this we did an exchange, and I got to go to Jena with elder weber. Jena is a giant international university city. There are 60,000 students there from all over the world! No joke!! It is totally a party! I was really excited for this, because the senior couple there, the Ybarra's, were making a thanksgiving dinner for institute that night, and it looked really good! But, elder Anderson, elder Weber's companion wanted to be back for that, so we let him enjoy that, and instead we had a nice thanksgiving chili with a wonderful family in Erfurt.
I'd also like to tell you about an experience this week that we had with Edwin, our awesome friend with a baptismal date. On Friday we had an eating appointment with an amazing family in out ward, where they cooked us up real American hamburgers(well, close enough ) and they also invited Edwin, and another one of our friends! We had such a great night, and we were able to help our friends feel the love and joy that comes from living the gospel. So great :)
I am so grateful that I can service here in Erfurt, there are so many wonderful things happening, and we are right in the middle of the Lord's work! There can be no greater accomplishment or calling! I hope you have a great week, we'll here us next week!
LG Elder Oliphant
(Editor's note: I asked Chase what he wanted for Christmas and/or missed. I was expecting something like Root Beer or Mac & Cheese. This is the list he gave me)
10. Being called Chase9. Movies8. TV7. Hanging out6. Driving5. Partying hard4. Music3. Girls2. Family1. Star Wars