this week was a pretty good one! It's almost the end of the transfer, but we are still going strong over here in Osnabrück!
We have found quite a few new people to teach, but now we are just working on getting them to progress.
Things aren't going as smoothly with Innocent as we would like, butttt we are working our hardest, and leaving the rest to Heavenly Father. We haven't been able to meet with him in a few weeks, and he had a rough experience at church involving the members, so its been hard trying to help him progress. But we do have an appointment this week and are hoping to clear some worries and concerns up. Prayers are always appreciated.
We met with a man named Khalid, from Pakistan. He insisted on letting him cook for us, so he made us Pakistani food, and we taught him about the Book of Mormon. We handed him over to the elders because well, we can't meet alone with him since he lives alone.
We had interviews this week with President which went really well!! It was sort of weird hearing him talk to me about going home and future family and what not.....Wasn't ready for that one hah!
But we talked a lot about goals for this new year. Something cool I liked that he said was tracking your successes and not your failures. It will help keep you motivated, and always progressing. That's something I'm definitely grateful to have learned on a mission, and am continuing to learn. Every day, week, transfer, etc brings a set of failures, but many many successes and learning moments!! Sometimes it feels as if we are always burdened with trials and challenges to strengthen us. But after studying the scriptures I have come to find that he doesn't give us trials to see if we can overcome them, but he gives us specific trials specific to what we need to learn ultimately to become perfected. Sometimes he has to "cut us down, so we can grow into something better".
Something I read in my personal study this morning that touched me was in Mosiah 24:13-15. It's the story of Alma and his people when they are in bondage. They were told that if they prayed to their god, they would be killed. SO, they prayed in their hearts, and God heard them. God told them he would lighten their burdens but wouldn't necessarily bring them out of bondage right then. It says that "They did submit cheerfully and with patience to ALL the will of the Lord."
Richard G. Scott once said "Problems or trials in our lives need to be viewed in the perspective of scriptural doctrine. Otherwise they can easily overtake our vision, absorb our energy, and deprive us of the beauty and joy the Lord intends us to receive here on earth....The Lord is intent on your personal growth and development. That progress is accelerated when we willingly allow him to lead you through every growth experience you encounter, whether initially it be to your individual liking or not...".
I also gave a talk in church yesterday. Haha it's funny to look back and see how scared I was to give talks in church or to even stand up and bare my testimony, but now after doing that all day, everyday IN GERMAN none the less, I can conquer just about anything :P
Dang, I love the Gospel. It's so cool.
It snowed a lot this week, so prepare yourself for the "I'm obviously from the desert" pictures!
I love you all. Don't forget to count your blessings, say your prayers, and read your scriptures. They make life great. Tschüßi!
Xoxo Sister Leavitt
P.S Its my one year mark this week....so that's weird.