Saturday, April 2, 2016

2 for the price of 1 Frohe Easter everybody and Frühling!!‏

Hey everybody!

 Frohe Ostern! Happy Easter! I hope you all have had a
great Easter celebration, and a good opportunity to think about the
savior, Jesus Christ and his resurrection. I'm so thankful for the
opportunity that I have to be a part of his great work.

 Everything is going well here in Erfurt, we have found a new
investigator, who had to flee his home country in order to protect his
life, and now he has been living in Germany for about a year. He's is
really cool, and is really excited about the gospel! At our last
appointment he had two other friends come over, then his brother, then
another friend! And we were able to have gospel discussions with all
of them!

 Have you all seen the new Easter video? #Hallelujah? Probably, but if
not, Watch it! it's great! We've had a lot of
success with it, and with talking to people about Easter this week. 

Thursday we went on exchange, and we found a family that wants to
learn more about Jesus Christ, so we showed them the video, and they
really liked it! In th video, you can really see the joy that these
people have received in their lives because of the knowledge that
Jesus Christ suffered, died, and rose again all for us. This knowledge
brings joy! I've seen it in my life and in the lives of others! The
gospel works!

 I hope you all had a great Easter!

 LG Elder Oliphant

Hey hey hey!

 Spring is finally here! Woo-hoo!! Say goodbye to the cold German
winter and say hello to sunshine, sweaters, and smiles! As well as
rain, allergies, bugs, and a sunrise that's way earlier than 6:30.
But let's not focus on the negative. 

We also have easter, with easter
care packages (hint hintWinking face), general conference, and good
sport/proselyting weather! #HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE LORD. 

 So, if you remember, I said last week that we were expecting miracles,
because this week our zone did a WUNDERWOCHE®️ (miracle week). What is
a WUNDERWOCHE®️ you ask? Well, when a companionship is having a rough
time, and is desperate for miracles, he can do a WUNDERWOCHE®️ where
he and his companion come together and set goals and make plans for
things they want to do in order to show the Lord that they need
 Some of the things we did were:
 1. Wake up at 6:00
 2. Five minute showers
 3. Cold showers
 4. Extra 30 minutes of study in the morning 
5. No chocolate (that was hard)
 6. Only spoke German
 7. Only listened to talks or motab 
8. Only took the stairs (which is hard when your investigators live on
the 7th floor)
 9. Kneeled for every prayer we said
 10. Drank green smoothies
 11. Only 30 minutes for dinner. 

 There's probably some more stuff too, but that's all I can remember
right now. Now is course, doing all of this stuff isn't what gave us
miracles, the miracles came because God loves us, he loves his
children, and because we were expecting them. This was a way to excite
us about miracles and to show our urgency and desperation. Desperation
can be a wonderful tool to motivate us for the work, and I even though
a lot of the things we did were hard, I learned a lot about myself and
I was very happy! 
 I love you all, I love the Lord, and I love His work! I hope you all
have a great week in preparation for easter!
 LG Elder Oliphant

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