Date

February 27, 2017

Area

Osnabrück

Companion

Sister Gladney

Gooooood morning Arizona!

A lot happened this week so I'll just skip trying to start off with something clever and just get to the goods.
So this week we had another HARVEST DAY! We had one last August and did another one this week. Just as the scriptures say over and over, "The field is white, ready to harvest". So as a mission, we dedicated Thursday to finding and harvesting the field of Northern Germany. We started the day with a fast, so we can find all the people who are ready to here the gospel!!
Alma 26:5 says " The field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yeah all the day long did ye labor, and behold the number of your sheaves!..." We dedicated all day to finding and expecting miracles. the next verse ironically says "Yea. they shall not be beaten down by the storm, at the last day, yeah neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds,, but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm can not penetrate to them..."
So, even though we were fasting and hungry, the weather consisted of Rain, hail, hurricanes winds, more rain, and more rain, we were not beaten down by them. We were so excited to talk to as many as we could, knock as many doors as we could, and try not to get blown away in the 110 mph winds! It was such a cool day. As a mission, many many miracles were seen and so many new people were found to teach!
Its amazing how much we are blessed by just the little sacrifice that we give. Going without food for 2 meals, and working as hard as we could despite everything against us made up for the fact that we could work for our Heavenly Father. (: Ahhhhh the gospel is sooo cool.
One of the less Actives that we have been working with, Bruder Monkidiek, came to church this week for the first time in over a year!! I love love love being a missionary and seeing people coming closer to Christ. I love being able to see people partake of the sacrament for the first time in a long time. I love seeing people use their agency to better their lives!
We visited a Family this week called the Gossels. Probably one of my favorite families here in Osnabrück! We went over for Family home evening and watched a Mormon Message with them. We sang a opening song written by Karl G. Maeser and the dad asked "This was written by Karl G. Maeser, do you know who that is??" ahhhhh klar. I told him that he's my grandfather and he freaked out haha. He thought it was THE coolest thing ever, and told me he was going to write in his journal that night that he knows a direct descent of him. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY HERE. Its so so so so cool to be able to serve in the same country where my family was introduced to the gospel.
This week was also full of random German holidays that I still haven't quite figured out. Thursday was Altwieberfasching which is basically just Woman's day. The elders had to be careful that day because woman go around a cut men's ties...and apparently their shoe laces?
Friday was Karnival. I think its almost the equivalent of halloween (actually it is Mardi Gras, the day you do everything that you won't be able to do during the month of Lent). Everyone dresses up and gets drunk (welcome to Germany). Not sure what exactly they are celebrating but the Germans love any excuse to celebrate. We went outside and were soooo confused as to why everyone was dressed up. We quickly went back inside after we saw the whole city trashed and drunk....Good ole Germany.
That's about all folks,

I love you all so much" thanks for all your love and support every week. Don't forgot how very blessed you are to be a part of this church.




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