Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 1, 2016

This week has been so fun! It was a really good week. It hasn't been as cold lately so that's good. I am losing my English even more. So sorry if some of the things I write don't make sense. Some words I just can't think of in English…haha!

Montag- After studies we went to get groceries and then had a döner. We emailed then went to send letters at Bahnhof. Then took a train to Ansfelden to go eat at the Bishop’s house. Bishop Vogl is so cool! We had lasagna, which isn't my favorite. This one was surprisingly good! I eat a lot of things I didn't like before my mission like sparkling water. I love sparkling water now!!!! My companion is starting to get the dialekt of Oberösterreichisch but it's still a little weird for him.

Dienstag- We took a train at 7:48 to Salzburg for interviews with President. Interviews were pretty good. We watched a 2 hour broadcast for all the missionaries with the Brixon Italy district. I got to see Elder Melville again! :D It was super good; some of the apostles talked, and gave great advice! We went to Burgerista, which still doesn't compare to a homemade backyard American burger. At least they try, it was still pretty good. It was also Elder Walker's, my new comp, first time at Burgerista! After we all took a train back as a district. Elder Walker has some of the funniest stories. I love him…hahah!!

Mittwoch- We had the Deutsch Kurs and taught the Persians more about the commandments. It was a good lesson. At first I didn't feel like I wanted to teach them the commandments because had already taught them it. We did anyways and it turned out good! Everything we've taught them this week seemed to tie back to the commandments especially our lesson on Sunday. I know that the Holy Ghost prompted us to teach them the commandments! It's so cool how it all worked out. We ate at sushi at Innenstadt with one of our ward missionary's. I never thought I would see an Asian that speaks German in my life but I did…hahaha!!! It just doesn't seem like they should speak German. Later we had GMK (missionary ward correlation meeting). We were a little late though because the Straßenbahn didn't come! After Brother Mayer drove us home which was nice. He told us his story of how he was converted when he was 18 it was a cool story.

Donnerstag- This morning we got Elder Walker and Sister Michelson registered in Linz and got Elder Walker a Monatskarte for the Straßenbahn. After studies we went dooring in Leonding. It was fun and
so beautiful over there. All the rich people live over there so it's kinda hard. Some of them don't think they need God. :( We took this creepy path through a forest which was fun! It was super dark also because it gets dark way earlier over her then it ever did back home!!

Freitag- We did our morning studies then went finding for an hour. After we had a member eating appointment with Sister Dafalias. When we were on our way I forgot to check what Straßenbahn we were on... It was the wrong one so we had to wait for another Straßenbahn. we ended up being a couple minutes late! It was a fun time there because the Sisters and the senior couple, Graham's, were also invited! Sister Dafalias is known for feeding 7 course meals all on silver platter. It's crazy! The Sisters gave the spiritual thought then we talked about when Sister Dafalias was young. It was right after WWII and they lived 30 minutes outside Linz at this time. There were a lot of Russians in Austria then and they lived with some. Her mom eventually learned Russian. She said "they were so nice but they drank a lot. All they wanted was to be your friend.“ One day one of them took her to a war film. Her mom came home and didn't know where she was. "They wanted to make friends but weren’t very good at it" she said…hahaha!

Samstag- In the morning we helped with the Deutsch course for the Persians. Then had a lesson with them. We have taught the Persians literally everything now…haha! We decided to go through first Nephi Chapters 1 and 2. They have a hard time understanding some of the things in the Book of Mormon because the translation isn't complete. They only have about half of the Book of Mormon in Persian. We taught them how to scripture study. How to mark things, ponder and search words they didn't know. They are all the way through first Nephi but we are going through it again with them. It is really cool how interested in the story they are. All except for 1 have testimonies now! :) After we played ping pong with them for a bit and then they took us to lunch at a Döner/Kebab (Turkish shops that are everywhere) restaurant. It was funny because white Americans were walking around in a posse of Persians…haha! Everybody looked at us weird. It was fun hanging out with them. Iman's, one of the Persians, screensaver on his iPhone is a picture of Jesus! It's crazy learning about how they all got to Austria and what they have went through. One of the families were on a ship coming across the Black Sea and there boat started to sink. They thought they were going to die. They prayed and a minute later the boat was just fine. Omid, another Persian, walked through 10 countries by bus and mostly by foot to get to Austria. Awwweee I love the Persians so much! The Stake President is talking to the mission president about helping them get residency so hopefully that works out!

Sonntag- We went to choir then had church. Church was good and for some reason I just felt great that day! :) After church we ate at Dirk and Manual Erlacher's. Their kids are so cute! We had a very good meal. We gave a really good spiritual thought. That I’m going to share with you this week.;) After when we were on the Straßenbahn the sisters got a call. Apparently the phone feel out of my pocket so we had to go back to the Erlacher's to get it! :P So ist das Leben. When we got home we planned and I wrote in my journal. :)

So that brings me to the spiritual thought of this week! I only have the story in German, sorry, but I'm going to post a picture of it anyways.
This story is really good and relates to a lot of things in my life. The last paragraph says "sometimes when we hear the word of God, we try to decipher gods will for us. But all God wants is that we are obedient and that we believe on him. We should always have the faith to move mountains, but in the end we know it is always God who moves mountains." Sometimes when it seems like none of our work is paying off, we don't look back at how much stronger, and how much we learned from our work. My advice is that if you give your best everyday your best becomes a little better. So why not start today!?

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