Sunday, May 29, 2016

Two for One!

Hey hey hey!

Well, this last week was pretty good. It started of with an awesome
trip to the monkey forest. It's a park way up at the top of our area
where monkeys roam free! The whole area is fenced off, but once you're
inside there are no more boundaries, and the monkeys are free to come
up and climb all over you. It was so cool! The best part though were
definitely the lemurs! They were so curious and friendly, they would
just come and jump all over you! That was a ton of fun. Then, right
after this we went to Nordhausen, and got the best pizza EVER! Back
when there were missionaries in Nordhausen this pizza place was
frequented by the elders, and the owner loves missionaries! He has
pictures on his walls of missionaries, postcards from salt lake,
invitations to weddings, etc. While we were in Nordhausen we got the
opportunity to meet with two different "investigators" (because there
aren't any elders to meet with regularly they don't really make
progress) and both of them already have a testimony of the Book of
Mormon. We talked to them, and they told us they know the Book of
Mormon to be true, but they don't join the church because of personal
reasons. One doesn't want to get married, even though she's living
with her boyfriend, and the other works for her current church and
doesn't want to lose her job. I think there's a valuable lesson to be
learned here. Every day we have to make choices, and these choices
effect our lives. President Monson talked about this in his last
general conference talk. He reminded us to always be ready to choose
the harder right instead of the easier wrong. Both of these people
know what they need to do, but they're not willing to do it because
their previous choices have led them down a different path, and it's
much harder to leave their current, comfortable state and come into
another one that can be a lot harder. But, once we're on the right
path, we know exactly what we have to do to stay on it! So, stay on
the path!

I was also sick for a few days this week, I was having some stomach
problems, but I feel a lot better now. But we had to stay inside for a
few days so I could recover. I hate being sick on the mission, it's
the worst. On Saturday I was feeling better, and we had an appointment
with one of our Arabic investigators! He's wanted to do this with us
for a while, and this week we finally had the chance. So we made
peanut butter sandwiches, he brought Arabic pizza, and we went to a
park and ate. It was all fun, until as we were eating, he reached in
his bag and pulled out a big hookah! Hahaha, it was so funny. He
started to set it up, and it gave us a good opportunity to teach about
the word of wisdom. He still ended up setting it up, and using it, so
it hasn't totally set in yet, but we're working with him.

Well, that's all from me. Hope you all have a great week!

LG Elder Oliphant

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