Date

May 2, 2016

Area

Gera

Companion

Sister Gunther

This Gospel is so simply wonderful, and so wonderfully simply

Guten Morgen meine beauiful family and friends!
Yet another week has come and gone. This week was superb. As always, Sister Günther and I had many adventures, testimony builders, and laughs of course.
On Monday, after p-day we went to Bruder Krause´s for dinner. He is our ward mission leader and he's super awesome! We of course, had a lesson with him and his family afterwards, and we talked about the temple! The morning of, Sister Günther and I were trying to figure out what we wanted to teach them. We were both looking for something we could share, and we both said " We should talk about the temple" at the same time! Soooo that we did (:
If you have a temple near you, take advantage! I never realized how lucky I was to live so close to a temple and to be able to go whenever I wanted. Germany has 2 temples, but both are at least an hour to get to and are closed, so the members don't get the chance to go as often. But, none the less we had a really awesome lesson about the Temple and what it means to us.
On Tuesday, naturally we had a lesson with Steve. It was actually a really awesome lesson! We taught the 3rd lesson, aka the 5 principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was baptized evangelisch and in that church they don't teach about the gift of the Holy Ghost. So we talked a lot about that and read Acts 19 where it talks about Paul asking the people if they received The Gift of the Holy Ghost after they were baptized, and they say no. So they are re-baptized and gain the Holy Ghost with the laying on of hands. Because we wanted to explain why and what happened in Acts 19, we studied a lot about the higher and lesser priesthood and what their roles are! Something, I actually didn't know a ton about, honestly to say. So that was really cool, that even though we are teaching Steve about these things, we ourselves are actually learning a lot. Anddd that's why missions are awesome.
It also snowed on Tuesday..... Germany weather is really confusing me. Last week we didn't even have to wear a jacket, and we were eating Italian ice cream (which is pretty much the best thing on the planet) and than this week..its snowed. But, it shows who REALLY WANTS to meet with us, if they willingly walk to the library in the snow.....dedication people.
Thursday we were in Jena! We went with the Jena Elders to an appointment with a couple. The husband is ex communicated but getting re-baptized soon, and the wife is a non member. They were the cutest old couple I had ever seen. We taught them about the Holy Ghost. A common things for this week I suppose. The Elders did most of the teaching but the spirit was really strong, and it was cool to see the husband bearing witness and teaching his wife about the gospel and the Holy Ghost.
Jena is a college town and the Elders there are always sooo busy with appointments! It's awesome actually. Apparently college students in Germany think its awesome to talk about Jesus Christ with Americans...
Sister Günther is learning Chinese right now so we went to an appointment with the Elders to teach a student from China. This guy is getting his masters in theology.....and says in his free time he likes to learn about phenomenology...yup. Superrrr smart guy! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to know about the Gospel and we get to teach even the smartest people about the most basic principles of our existence here on earth! How freakin cool is that?
After our lesson we went and did some finding.... its actually really fun in Jena! We always have the most random, coolest, funniest conversations with people.
For example:
*We see a cool Asain guy with a cool mustache and a weird stick looking thing* so we decided to talk to him.
Sister Günther: "Hey, can I ask you what that is?"
Guy: " A hiking stick....why?"
Sister Günther:" Oh cool, why do you have it?"
Guy:"....I just went hiking.....why?"
Sister Günther:" Oh cool....just wondering. We just wanted to talk about Jesus Christ!"
mission life..its the best.
And last but not least, we had a few miracles on Sunday! It was fast Sunday, and we fasted for a new investigator. That evening we called Nikita, who we gave a Book of Mormon too but he didn't want to make an appointment. We asked if he read the book, and he said no ( because it was a holiday here and he was drunk......okay...) and if he had interest in meeting and he said that he actually did want to know more about our church and the book! And apparently he wants to bring his mom....hey whatever works :P Then about 10 minutes later, we got a call from a random number, and it was Ali! We meet him on the street 2 weeks ago and he said he didn't have interest but we gave him our card with our number. Then on Sunday he called and said he wanted to meet and talk more about our religion! Okay, if you haven't been on a mission than you don't know that when you give people your number, 99.5% of the time they don't actually call you with interest! The power of Fast, it real.
In Church this Sunday we learned about the simplicity of the Gospel. Something that I want to share in my email today. President Uchtdorf gave a talk about the simplicity of the Gospel. He says : "Brothers and Sisters, if you ever think that the gospel isn't working so well for you, I invite you to step back, look at your life from a higher plane, and simplify your approach to discipleship. Focus on the basic doctrines, principles, and applications of the Gospel." He also says " I learned in my life that we don't need to be "more" of anything to start to become the person God intended us to become. God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord". I love that last part. Start exactly where you are, and strive to became better than you are right now. All it takes is a willing heart and trust in the Lord, then you can reach the potential that God sees for you, which is The Celestial Kingdom! This Gospel is so simply wonderful, and so wonderfully simply! (:
-Sister Leavitt




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