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What Are You Afraid Of?

30 May , 2016,
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On Wednesday we had a going away party at institute for the senior couple here. Their name is the Harts and ugh it is SO sad to see them go! They have been so helpful and so kind to missionaries. We had a great turn out at the party though and I think they could for sure feel the love we have for them. We also found out on Wednesday that when the Mormon tabernacle choir comes on July 1st we get to go set up and hang out with everybody and translate lol so that’ll be way sick!  I’m way excited! I’ve never been to a MoTab concert before it’s weird that my first one ever will be in Germany lolol but oh well I’m pumped!

Friday night we got some solid time to go out and find! It’s always nice just to have a few hours dedicated to hitting the streets and doors. Lots of people were out so it was great! Idk why but lately people have just been so nice to me! It’s so weird just like a lot more people have been stopping to talk lately. It’s such a tender mercy when somebody will at least just stop and hear us out.  Then on Saturday was transfer calls…and Elder Clawson and I are staying together. My BFF in the district Elder Merkley got transferred and so did a sister in our area that I’m tight with and also the senior couple Harts are leaving!! Soooo sad! On Saturday night I just had this overwhelming feeling of “UGH” I was just sad. I felt really unsure of the future and just didn’t feel good. But I was sitting at my desk and thinking and praying and got a huge feeling of peace and comfort. I felt the words like “what are you afraid of?” And that just helped so much. Missions are all about change and that’s just the way it is. I don’t want to waste any time dwelling on what “could be or could have been” I have 11 weeks left and so I’m just gonna try my hardest and work! Make the best of everything that comes my way!

I touched on it last week, but I have thought even more this past week about the importance of seeing people not as they are, but as they may become. And the love and acceptance that we allow into our lives when we do so! There is a great quote from President Monson I wanted to share!  “We need to bear in mind that people can change. They can put behind them bad habits. They can repent from transgressions. They can bear the priesthood worthily. And they can serve the Lord diligently.” It becomes more and more apparent to me how happy I am when I do bear in mind that people can change, including myself. It’s beautiful that nobody has to be who they once were. It’s comforting to me that I get to decide who I am today and tomorrow, and that I don’t have to be who I was yesterday. Just the happiest message in the world! I just wish more people wanted to hear it! lol

Life is good I love you all so much! Have such a wonderful week!  Thanks for everything

Loves

Hen

Have You Ever Heard of Mitt Romney? LOL

23 May , 2016,
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This week was amazing! The Mohrs were baptized!! It was so great I wish I could describe it lol

But first omg Tuesday was so dope we had such a miracle! So we got a Mormon.org referral for some guy and we call him and he was down to meet us at the church on Tuesday night! So I was on an exchange with a brand new missionary and I just thought this would be a good opportunity to help him have a great experience. So before he was planned to come, we said a prayer together and asked for a miracle to happen and expressed that we believed it could happen. Then as we finish we heard some voices walking up to the door and we open it and there were TWO guys! He brought his friend!! MIRACLE. And omg these two guys were so classy it was amazing. Their names are Adrian and Max! They just dressed so nice and were so polite. Anyway I just knew it would be a great lesson from the start. I was just asking Adrian how he found the church and he said he had just heard about it through different things. But he’s in to American politics and he was like “have you ever heard of Mitt Romney?” 😏😏😏  lolol and he said he just knew he was a Mormon. But ya the lesson was amazing! They had so many questions and just were way sincere! They’re 23 and 25 and they’re coming to institute on Wednesday! Pray 4 them please!

On Thursday we went down to go do the baptismal interview for Tim! So last week Silke(the wife) had decided that she didn’t want to be baptized which was a huge bummer. But on our way down there the elders called us and told us that Silke changed her mind! I was freaking out I was so pumped! I asked Tim why she finally changed her mind and he said it’s because she was reading in D&C 40 about a man who knew the church was true and didn’t get baptized and she said she did not want that lol you should all go read D&C chp. 40 it is only 3 verses and is awesome how just that changed her mind!

And Saturday was the day. It honestly changed my life. I feel like all my wildest dreams of a mission came true. I got to the church early and Tim and Silke showed up shortly after and we talked for a just a little and then we got dressed! It was so amazing to see them in their white clothes! They were already shining before they even were baptized! We took some amazing pics. I can’t help but feel like crying every time I look at the picture of us and them and their kids. Their kids names are Johanna and Samuel. They are so cute! But the baptism was so beautiful I wish I could just describe it! There was a great talk on the baptism and then we all went and did the baptism! An Elder named Elder Summerhays baptized Silke and I baptized Tim! I was so excited I really slammed him in the water it made quite a splash but it turned out great I loved it! We were all changing in the bathroom after and we were like “how do you feel?” And he was just like “just like new” lol and then we were straightening our ties in the mirror and he was like “so, when you first met me did you know I’d be baptized?” And I just smiled and was like “I knew eventually it would happen…eventually.” Lol then there was a talk on the Holy Ghost and we wrapped up the service! The whole thing was just incredible I am so so happy.

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Tim Mohr Baptism

I have thought a little bit about what makes the Mohrs so special the last week or so. I thought a lot about the concept of seeing people not as they are, but as they may become. I just think back to when we very first met the Mohrs and how excited we were. Elder Vorimo and I would just always talk about them in their future callings in the church and them giving talks in sacrament meeting and most importantly, getting sealed in the temple. We taught them and treated them with all of that in mind. I know the ward was doing the same and that increased our love for them so much which only helped us teach them effectively. And I know that the Mohrs really do have such a bright successful future in the church. Their faith and kindness and example have changed my life! I love them with all my heart! I feel like the luckiest boy in the world for the opportunity I had to witness their solid conversion to the gospel. I am so grateful for those times when I do look at people not as they are, but as they may become. When I remember that people can change and that no one has to be tied to their previous mistakes it gives me such a feeling of freedom I just feel light and happy.  I’m so grateful for the changing effect of the gospel and the happiness it has brought into my life!

I love you all so much! Thanks for the love and support. It’s way crazy this past week I hit my 3 month mark till home! I have 12 weeks left so I’m just trying to enjoy everyday!

Have a wonderful week!

Loves

Hen

Overcoming Stereotypes

16 May , 2016,
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Whatuppppp.  This week was sick again! Lol just happy

On Tuesday we had a big zone training which turned out really great! A lot of people got involved and I think had some fun! The main theme was for everyone to have a vision of where their area can and should be in the future, and to work for it. I feel like so many areas here have so much potential but they have a stereotype about them that they’re really hard or something and elders just get it in their head that they can’t build up their area. So we wanted to focus on that and what we can do to change it. We talked about seeing it and achieving it lol so we bought piñatas and did a little analogy lesson which was way fun lol. It had been so fun serving in Nürnberg and just getting to interact with so many missionaries!

On Thursday to Friday I was on a split with an elder named Elder Diederich. He went to Olympus and I didn’t know him in high school, but we know a ton of the same people and he’s way sick. We talked a ton on the split about just life and it was just great. We taught our investigator Mohannad, and usually we teach him with a translator over Skype but that fell out so we kinda had to use just basic English.  Well the sisters show up with this other Arabic speaking lady who is interested in Christianity and so we totally used Mohannad to bear testimony to her about Christ, the church, and the Book of Mormon! It was so dope not to understand anything, but to feel the spirit while he was talking. It’s amazing to have an investigator bear powerful testimony to someone he’s never met before.

On Saturday we had a street display in the city and it was SO good!  Idk why this one was so special but like 75% of the people I talked to were actually nice to me. It was awesome! Obviously not all of them had interest, but a lot of them actually heard me out and talked with me.  It is so nice just to smile and talk with people. And plus we did pick up 3 potential investigators for only like 3 hours of work. So that was amazing. Then that night we went over to Rick and Thomas’s house and ate with them.  It was awesome to hear them talk about the changes they’ve seen in their lives! I love those two so much I’m just happy to know them. But ya Saturday was just a good day.

And this Saturday is the baptism of Bruder Mohr!! I couldn’t be more excited! This is the most excited I’ve been on my mission! I feel like it’s the climax or something like the moment I’ve been waiting for.  Everybody please keep him in your prayers!

Love you all! Thanks so much for everything.  I couldn’t do this without you!

Loves

Hen

The Lifestyle of Discipleship is the Path for All of Us

2 May , 2016,
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YOOOO one of the best weeks of my mission!!!

So, Monday thru Wednesday I was on a split with one of my fav missionaries out here! His name is Elder Merkley.  He went to Skyline but I never knew him back home. He is so sick we just get along great and did some good work together! On Wednesday we were able to teach Adrian the plan of salvation and it was so cool to see someone just embrace it so easily. Everything we teach he just loves! We talked a lot about why we’re here on earth and the purpose of the gospel. And we had a really good discussion about living the gospel and the happiness it brings into our lives. It’s cool cause he is only 19 and just about every 19 yr old in Germany smokes drinks and parties. But he has told his friends that he isn’t doing that stuff anymore and that’s the way he wants to live! The spirit was there as we bore testimony about living the gospel and experiencing the happiness that comes with it. I really do know that the lifestyle of discipleship is the path for all of us.  And I know God blesses us as well as our loved ones, when we try our hardest to love Him and serve Him!

On Thursday morning, I got the best phone call of my life. I was sitting at my desk just preparing to leave the apartment when I get a call from a random number. I pick up and I immediately recognized it as Bruder Mohr! Idk how many of you remember but the Familie Mohr were like my golden investigators back in Feucht. It is the two parents and their two kids. A 3 yr old and a 9 month old. We found them (they found us) back in January. Just the best little family ever! The elders in Feucht have continued to teach them while I’ve been 20 minutes away here in Nürnberg. Well Bruder Mohr called me and just asked how I was doing and all that stuff then said “well, in case you haven’t heard I’m getting baptized. I have a testimony!” And I was just freaking out my heart was pounding. Then the best part came. He said “weil du dabei am Anfang warst, es ist mir wichtig daß du der Täufer bist.” Which translated is simply “because you were there at the beginning, it’s really important to me that you baptize me.” My knees just buckled and I laid down while on the phone with him. I was seriously speechless I think I spoke the worst German ever just cause I couldn’t think straight lol. I was so overwhelmed all I could keep on saying was “Ja” lolol.  It turns out that on the 21st of May, Tim and his wife Selka are going to be baptized! It was seriously the best news I have received in my 20 months out here and probably in my 20 years on earth lol. I am so excited and so blessed to be able to play a role in this eternal family’s conversion to the gospel! Hopefully in a year or so, Tim and Selka will go to the temple and be sealed together forever! I can only dream of coming back and witnessing that.  I just want to bear my testimony that I KNOW God loves and loves his kids. There’s really not a doubt. The gospel is so true and it changes lives. No happiness I have felt before has matched up to that which I feel every day. I am the luckiest boy in the world!

On Friday we went to Frankfurt for a meeting with other missionaries and I got to see Ad so that’s always a highlight in my week! It’s so crazy how little time he has left! Spending all this time together and for my final 6 weeks he’ll be gone! Crazy stuff. But it’s awesome I’m thankful every day to serve my mission with my BFF.  Then Saturday we went and did some service at Rick and Thomas’ house!  It was so much fun lol it is quite a big project but I just love it. We like chopped and pulled down a tree and power washed their deck and mowed the lawn. lol The house was beat up but it’ll look good when we’re all finished! Rick and Thomas are so great I just love being around them!

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And I’ll get to see you all on Sunday!!!! So pumped!! It’s gonna be sick we are actually going over to Rick and Thomas’ to Skype! So we’ll introduce them to you for sure! That’ll be awesome. I’m so looking forward to it!

Well I guess I’ll talk to you later! Literally lol. Have a great week!  I love you all a lot.  Thanks for the love I feel!

Loves

Hen