Saturday, August 13, 2016

A crazy old lady and a bridge

Moin moin!!

This week was sooo crazy, stressful, awesome, crazy, and all around
just another week as a missionary. Some crazy things happened and if
you don't read this whole email then that sucks for you!! Haha! Just
kidding, I always worry about my emails being to much me or just too
dorky or whatever, so if they are then I'm sorry you feel that way!!

Anyways, I just have to say this Saturday is going to be a sad day in
the Mannheim hood. We went on a split this week and it was the hardest
longest slowest time of my mission so far. The Elder I was with just
wanted to go sight seeing and I just went with it because he has been
out longer then me. Last time I do that!!!!!! Next time I have a comp
that wants to go sight seeing I'm going to laugh at him and just do
what we are supposed to. But it made me really miss Elder Stiles and
made me very nervous for transfer calls this Saturday. Pretty sure he
is heading out because he has been here since January! So he is due
for a change, but we have gotten so close in these last few transfers!
I can't believe how close we have gotten, I have never opened up to
anyone this much in my life in such short a time that went so fast! He
is a total stud and he is seriously such a homie. There isn't one
thing that I would say bad about him simply because there is nothing I
can find! And trust me, I have thought about it! Hahaha! That being
said, if anyone where to say something bad about him I would
immediately know that that don't know the same Elder Stiles! I'm
really going to struggle with him gone. He is definitely the first
person I have felt comfortable and have had fun with ever since I left
my family for the last time. But it is what it is!

So this week we had not met with Ali. He works a ton with his new job
and because of that hasn't made it to church for a month or so now.
Which is a total bummer. But we had met up with an investigator named
Obeji! This guy is one of the coolest guys I've met on my mission so
far and he is from Nigeria so that makes him even cooler! But the
downside is, he is a refugee which means no lessons and definitely no
baptism. Unless he can get an apartment, job, and visa then we will be
able to. We took him to the church and showed him around. The first
thing he asked was where is the baptismal pool! Haha we showed him and
it was amazing! The fount was closed by the doors that hook together,
as soon as we opened them up it was like the Holy Ghost was just
waiting behind the doors and just hit us hard. It was powerful and he
wants to get baptized so bad. I really hope he can get those things!

Earlier in the week we met with an active member that hasn't been able
to get to church for 4 weeks until yesterday!! But, we were able to
meet with him when he was home and talked to him about how he has been
doing. His name is Saša and he is probably my favorite member here. He
was very depressed from a number of things, we tried to help him with
a bunch of talks and scriptures. Before we left he asked for a
blessing. The Spirit works so powerfully and I would NOT be where I am
without its help and direction. The power of the Priesthood is truly
amazing and I know that it has been brought back onto the earth by a
humble prophet and it was the same power that Christ had while on the
earth. Absolutely amazing!

Now for the funny part of the week, haha. We went by on an inactive
member that had a stroke a year or so ago and can't speak but can
smile huge, and also lives in a senior care home. Usually what we do
is just go in, share a message, talk about the week, and then leave
with prayers before and after. Before we went into the room this time
this older lady was walking down the hall but holding onto the railing
on the wall moving really slowly. She was just outside the door when
we walked in. We started talking to him and she got through the door,
then she slooooowly walked over to me and was about to corner me into
the wall! I kept asking her if everything was ok or if she needed help
and she just starred right at me!! Thankfully she sat down in the room
and we just continued on with the lesson. We stayed a prayer and right
when we got down she was standing right next to me!! It was freaky,
then I helped her out of the room, we had the lesson and left. Hahaha
it was freaking crazy! Haha you really just had to be there honestly!

But, just to wrap this huge puppy up with a spiritual side haha! So
yesterday following church, Elder Stiles and I went finding on the
streets. We eventually got to this bridge that we have crossed only
once before. It's a bridge that doesn't have any road on it so it's
strictly for people walking and riding bikes, perfect for talking to
people. Anyways, the last time we were on it I stopped a guy and just
couldn't put the words together right in German for him to understand.
We had walked away from him and I began to beat myself up. I thought
that I wasn't good enough, that this wasn't for me and that nothing
could help me so I might as well give up. Well, yesterday we stopped
an older couple and introduced who we were and how we want to help
them, they replied and said we are to old. The Spirit told me to
immediately fire back and say that no one is to old! So I did, they
just laughed and said good day. I was bummed they weren't interested,
but I was happy because I had redeemed myself since the last time!

So, just like the first time I talked to that guy and failed on the
bridge compared to the older couple, its a lot like the Atonement. We
may mess up here and there and beat ourselves up. We may say we aren't
good enough to use the Atonement, that it's not for us, and that
nothing can help us be better then we are. Well just like I redeemed
myself on the bridge, the Savior, our perfect all knowing older
brother, redeemed us by giving up His life so that we can be back with
Him and our loving Heavenly Father. He loved and loves us so much that
He was willing to give His life for every single person. Just think
about that for a couple seconds, actually always think about that
because that's how powerful and meaningful it should be in your life!!
His Atoning sacrifice was enough and always will be, no matter how bad
we think that we are! We will always have a chance to be redeemed,
because They will always love us. I know it to be true and I have
witnessed it in my life and in others!! It works! Don't underestimate
the power that the Creator of the world has, no one is greater nor
ever will be!!

Also, just a quick challenge. Every time you say your personal prayer
just make sure it's quiet and after you say amen to close, don't move
and just keep your eyes close. I feel like it gives the Spirit a
chance to talk back to us, and just think about Gods love for you!

Elder Rogers!

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