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“It’ll Be Tough, But Life Changing”

25 Apr , 2016,
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Family,

What a fun week! Just happy times here in Nürnberg!

On Tuesday the sisters had a baptism of a girl names Zeynep! She has been wanting to get baptized for the past year, but her parents have always said no. She is just 23 and is seriously one of the coolest people I’ve met on my mission! It was such a special day for everyone.  Watching her finally get baptized was one of the best experiences of my mission! I felt so lucky to have been able to take part in it. She was so nervous before, but she was just glowing afterwards! It made me think a lot about how lucky I am to have grown up in this church. I never really took it seriously but seeing Zeynep so eager to become a member helped me realize how blessed I am to have grown up in the church! Such a good day!   Then on Wednesday we met with Adrian lol and he is just unreal.  Sometimes I feel like it’s all just fake cause he cannot be that good. Like he came to the baptism and then afterwards was just like “hey can you guys come over this weekend so we can plan mine? I am just so excited!” Lolol so we have been waayy nervous to bring up the law of chastity and word of wisdom because he’s had a gf and smokes and drinks a little. So we got there and we sit down and we just start out plain and we’re like “we wanna talk about something called the word of wisdom” and he’s like “ya I was already talking to some of the members and stuff and they explained that I can’t smoke which is fine cause I wanted to quit anyway and I don’t wanna drink anymore either. Oh and don’t worry about that whole sexual contact thing cause my gf broke up with me” our jaws were to the floor! I was just so pumped! He isn’t even sad about his gf cause he is seriously so out of her league. But with the word of wisdom stuff he kept on saying “it’ll be tough, but life changing. And that’s what I want” it was awesome. It felt good to bare my testimony to him that the gospel does change us. That its purpose is to change us into who we are supposed to become!

On Friday we had a huge zone training and it went really well! It always involves a ton of planning and a little stress but it all went way smooth so I was way grateful for that! The training was on “our purpose as a missionary” and there was some really good stuff. I think it’s great for every missionary once in a while to just take a little time and think about why they’re doing what they’re doing. I think a large portion of my reasons for being out here have completely changed over the past year and a half and when I really think about these specific reasons it helps me so much to continue to work hard throughout each day.

Then Saturday president was here doing some interviews and so Elder Clawson and I got to have some lunch with him and his wife which is always such a treat! And we also got to meet with a less active named Chris and he is so cool! He is American but has lived here most of his life and he was just baptized last year! He is such a great guy at heart! He is so nice and he is just returning to activity so we are just pumped for him! He said “it doesn’t matter if my best isn’t as good as someone else’s best. I just gotta give my best.” And that struck so true to me! He doesn’t compare himself to anyone and that is the way I should be. Just give my best and everything will work out!

And yesterday Rick and Thomas received the priesthood! It was so awesome! Now they are officially holders of the priesthood! So so cool.  It is all a dream come true! Life really is so good right now! I can’t think of one thing to complain about! I just feel like a lucky boy to be here right now! I feel like when I’m home these will be “the good ‘ol days” lol

I love you guys so much! Have a safe week!

Loves

Hen

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