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19 Feb , 2015,
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What up

First, holy shiz Zack Jones! That is seriously the tightest thing ever. I am so happy right now you have no idea!! Just like amazing stuff. Who woulda thought 3 childhood bffs would all go to Germany!!

Germany is getting so freaking nuts it’s crazy. Especially Bonn. Just google Germany Carnival and you’ll see what it looks like over here. Pretty nuts. It is just a weeklong celebration. Carnival just started on Thursday and it’s like 24/7 crazy party drinking and costumes and man it is literally just nuts. One tradition is the girls go around and cut off ties and kiss you. So we have to like bundle up and wear scarves and cover up our ties. Pretty exciting stuff!! Everyone is just happy and partying all day and all night. Everything is closed and all of Germany is just one giant party!

Anyway this week was pretty good!

But sooo many of our appointments have been falling out lately! People just always find an excuse to bail on us. But that’s just the way it goes I guess.

On Tuesday this old single guy in our ward invited us over for dinner. (Lasagna and chili con carne).  Weird combo, I know. And he’s like a pretty weird guy. But super lonely and invited us over so we just said yes. But we get over there and there’s this other lady whom I had never seen before but apparently is a member but is inactive.  This guy started telling us his story and he said back like 20 years ago he was living just a super bad life. Alone, no job, just a real loser. And he was way depressed. And he had picked out the day and the spot on the train tracks that he was going to kill himself. And on that day he was standing at the train station waiting for the train to jump in front of, and then along came two missionaries and contacted him and gave him a plan of salvation pamphlet and he turned around and went back home and was later baptized. Isn’t that nuts? Literally minutes away from dying, and he was literally saved by missionaries. Then after dinner we played some Uno and everyone was so into it and he just had soo much fun. I was so happy just to help this guy have a good night in his week!

Also, somehow I forgot to mention last week that I was going to the temple on Saturday.  So, I went to the temple on Saturday.  Elder Henderson taught this guy a year ago and now he got sealed to his wife and so we got to go see it! We woke up at 4 am and took a train to Frankfurt then went and did a session. It was in English cause the guy spoke English but when I got to the veil I did it in German. Man, that was a trip. Frankfurt celestial room is dope. Then we went and saw them get sealed. That is like one of my fav temple ordinances. Soo sick. The room is way cool then just like what actually goes on and what is said. So sick. I did notice that it was done in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. That and baptism are the only things that I can think of that are done in the name of the three. Just an observation I thought was cool. And bonus, the video we saw was my favorite. Anyway, the sealing was way strong and powerful and just made me way happy.

then that night the sisters had a baptism of an African lady and it went really well! the girl’s whole family was there and it was just a really nice service.

I thought a lot about that and what mom said in her talk. About how we can pray to be the answer to someone’s prayers. I had never thought about that before. Like that would be so sick to be that person that someone has just been waiting for. So I’ve started to do that. As long as I’m ready and willing I’m sure that person will come along!

I’m doing great here. Pretty happy! The next time I write we will know if I’m training or who’s coming here or whatever is happening! I’m a little scared just cause I don’t want some odd duck for a comp, but what happens will be what is needed.

Thanks for everything. I love you all so much! Keep praying for me!

Henry