Well, the Christmas feeling is in the air! We have the warm crisp air to prove it! We are already doubling up on like EVERYTHING that we possibly can! This week, Sister Jones and I went street contacting together for the first time! She was so nervous, but did extremely well 😀 We started talking to this one woman about God’s love for each of his children, and that was a really great (and interesting) conversation! Sister Jones stopped someone for the first time while street contacting! She stopped this one really cute woman named Jasmin! We asked her what is important to her, and she said Family! We asked her why (because we are curious beavers haha) and she said that she loves how she and her children can constantly be learning together and from each other! We got so excited because #ThatsWhatOurMessageIsAbout!!! We talked to her about why we are here on the Earth #OurPurpose and how we can continue to learn and grow with our families after this life! We asked her what she thought about the ability to be able to live with her family for Eternity, and guess what she said?! She told us that that makes her so happy inside and that it is such a blessing!! The conversation just continued to get on from there 🙂 I also stopped these three young adults about my age (Sister Jones was begging me not to because 3 people was scarier than talking to one, and me being the person that I am ready for a challenge walked up and stopped them haha). There was one guy who couldn’t talk English or German, a really really sassy girl, and then this other guy that was really nice and polite. The sassy girl started questioning us on why we were asking what Jesus Christ means to them and how everyone has all of these different beliefs on Christ and how we should just let it be, and then she said, “Was meinen Sie?” I then explained to her that yes, while there are so many different views on Jesus Christ and many other things, we are not here to tell everyone that they are wrong, but we are here to help everyone come together so that we can grow our faith together and that us showing them this video about Jesus Christ was us wanting to help them strengthen their faith about Jesus Christ, and then I said, “Das ist was wir meinen :)” Yes, I did smile at the end 🙂 As Missionaries, we are not here to push people into a corner and tell them that they are wrong and that they don’t have the truth. Our purpose is to help others come unto Christ and help them receive the Restored Gospel and help them strengthen their Faith on Jesus Christ and to learn how they can follow Him and His example. I am so happy that I am here doing what I am doing! I am so happy that I get the chance every single day to share this beautiful message every single day about everything that we have BECAUSE GOD LOVES US 🙂 This week was a very blessed week and I thought I would give y’all a little splash 🙂 I hope y’all have a good week now 🙂 (Enter Southern Accent Here lol)
Oh my goodness everyone!!! IT SNOWED!!!!!! For like 3 hours and you can’t see any evidence of it, but nevertheless IT SNOWED!!!!!! It has gotten to quite the bitter cold over here in the windy Vienna haha It sort of reminds me of winter in Sachse, TX haha You can deal with the cold, but then you add the intense winds that cut the cold straight to the bone xD That’s when it gets to you xD Do you want to know what else is pretty awesome from this week?? Our lessons with Masoud and Milad!!!!! They are totally brothers and they are both investigating the church! They both are on different levels, for example, Milad totally knows who God is and has a great relationship with him, and Masoud is still working out on finding who God is. It is so incredible to have seen them both grow over the course of just this week! Masoud asked us how to pray the other day and We were just so excited to tell him and it was just so much happiness all at once! He wasn’t just saying that he doesn’t know who God is, but he is wanting to create that relationship with God and find out for himself who God is! Then in another lesson, we asked Milad how he was doing in his reading the Book of Mormon, and he had read 1 and 2 Nephi! He had stuff highlighted and he was telling us that he will most likely be baptized earlier than January 22!!! That was just so great!!! These guys are so great!! We are thinking that Milad is going to get baptized soon and then he will baptize Masoud 🙂 That would be so special!!! They also both came to church and they were just so lit up and happy! They could not stop smiling!!! It has been a very special week 🙂 OH WAIT!!!! I totally just realized that I haven’t said anything about my new companion xD Sister Jones is absolutely amazing!! She is from South Weber, Utah! She is absolutely so great!!! It is funny because with her I don’t feel like I am training a brand new Golden from the MTC… I feel like I am greenie busting again xD She is so great 🙂 We have been working really hard at becoming Masters of the Message this week! We have gotten like everything memorized except for the scriptures for the lesson points, but that is our focus next week! We literally quiz each other every chance we get! We have been working so hard at helping Sister Jones to get up the courage to say just one or two sentences to someone on the train:) It reminds me of when I was fresh on the mission! I was absolutely TERRIFIED out of my mind!!! But I’ve noticed that the more I do it, the less terrified I am! Face your fears! Satan only puts them there in front of your face in order to try to stop you doing what you have been called to do! But yea, this week was a really really great week 🙂 I hope you all had a really great week as well!! Also, I updated some stuff on my blog! Go and check the “About” section on my blog! I added some stuff on there for any ideas if some one you are wanting to send me packages but are having a difficult time trying to figure out what to send me haha 🙂 Have a blessed week!
Hahaha I’m so funny xD Ok, so really it was Sister Moore that thought of this subject line xD But still 🙂 So today is Halloween, and Sister Gunderson and I have decided to wear our Dirndls! We had our Distrikt Pday today! We went to this Catholic church where they were having this Michael Angleo exhibit! It was pretty cool. The church was ginormous!!! Apparently it is President Kohler’s favorite church in Wien! So there you go! 😀 This week we met with a member named Schwester Strobl! She feeds us the most adorable breakfasts! It is heated rolls, eggs, cucumbers, meat, cheese, guacamole, nutella, and of course you have to have your hot dogs! xD It is all in separate bowls, so not like all together haha But she even puts out ketchup and mannonaise! It is so great! We get to eat that once a week! Pretty much every saturday 🙂 She is a member, but her son, Rafi, is an investigator of ours 🙂 Sadly he hasn’t been making much progress lately, but we have a plan to get him interested again! Anyways, so after our breakfast and our lesson, she decides that she wants to walk with us to the bus stop. She took us this way by her house where there is a huge hill and you can see the whole city of Wien! It is so great!!! This week we also got our Essen List for eating appointment with members throughout the week! It is so great! We passed it around for the first time yesterday, and we gained 6 member appointments for the next three weeks from it! This will be a great way to get to know the ward and give them spiritual thoughts all at the same time! I have come to learn that this ward really loves doing missionary work and wants to help, but they are a little bit scared to invite the missionaries over. Everytime we ask someone to be a joint teach, and it doesn’t work with their schedule, they tell us that they will most definitely do it next time 🙂 But yea, those were the highlights of this week!! OH YEA!!! We just realized that we are having PUMPKIN SOUP on HALLOWEEN!!! How perfect is that?!?! And we are also having FHE with Milad, Schw. Schade, and Ralph! It is going to be so great!! 🙂
Well you are probably guessing from the subject line that this week was a little bit confusing… haha ok, so here is the story!! We have this investigator that Wien 2 gave us last week. His name is Milad… He is a pretty cool guy! 😀 Ok, so we remembered that we had a Sport Abend at the same time as our lesson.. So we called him to move his appointment to right before the Sport Abend and then go together and play some Sport!! Sooooo we get our ward missionary, Ralph, to come. And we meet before to go over the lesson and everything. We go to meet Milad… it wasn´t Milad… It was this guy whose name was ALSO Milad, but it was some other guy… So we teach him and his friend that he had with him about the Book of Mormon and we got his information and we set up another appointment to meet with him! Then we head over to the church with Ralph for the REAL lesson with the real Milad, and he didn´t show up… But he did text us his brother´s number and said that his brother wants a Book of Mormon in English and to meet with us, and then we reset our appointment with Milad for tonight! It was so cool!! So then we called Milad´s brother last night to set up an appointment, and his brother sounds JUST like Milad!!! It was so great! This week was another difficult one, but it had a really great output!! I just love it when that happens!! 😀 So yep! I really need to email people back haha I hope that you all have a wonderful week 🙂