Well, we had another week full of fun! A lot of stuff happened that made this a week to remember. First off we got to help with two different moves this week, both with different less active members. One was with a super sweet older sister in the ward. She moved about a month ago, but still needed help organizing everything. Most of time was spent trying to hang cabinets on walls, which was really hard because her building was build in the GDR, and is basically a big concrete block, so we had to drill a bunch of holes into concrete walls. The other move was with another less active, who lived on the 5th floor of his apartment, without an elevator. Wahoo. Haha, good thing I've been doing my exercises.
We also got to go to this super cool city called Arnstadt. It's in our area, and we got to do some work down there. But arnstadt is one of the oldest cities in Germany, it's been around since 705! Over 1300 years! Crazy! While we were there we got to visit a less active family, and have a lot of really great conversations along the way. We talked to one lady who was super excited to see us! She was born and raised atheist in communist east Germany, but later found faith through reading in the bible. But after she decided to become a Christian her family shunned her, and now she's all alone so she was very happy to talk to anyone about religion and faith. It's so nice when people actually want to talk about God, most people here just say "what? Church? No thanks." Of that was good.
We had stake conference this week in Leipzig, which means we had another road trip! President Fingerle was there and he talked about the promises that have been given to Germany. These saints were promised that there will be 100s of stakes here. There are currently around 20. Some of the members here have started giving up hope that this promise will come true, because there hasn't been a ton of growth lately. What president Fingerle said was very profound. He shared the story of Abraham, and how he was promised lot of posterity, but became very old to the point of not being able to have children anymore, and still didn't have children. At this point it must have been really hard for Abraham to continue to have faith in the Lord's promise, but he continued in faith and was blessed with a son.
The Lord honors his promises!
I know it! I've seen it!
I hope you all have a great week!
LG Elder Oliphant
|Elder Teuscher, Chase's trainee|