My first flight out of Salt Lake was about 2.5 hours to Houston, TX. I was tired, which was expected since I was up at 4:30 a.m. I got on the plan and was tired so I kinda slept for takeoff and really until they came down the aisle to give out drinks. I was minding my business, expect for asking the elders behind me where they were going (Scotland and Ireland). I had been reading my missionary question book that uncle Mckay and aunt Jodie gave me and the lady sitting next to me (it was just the two of us, cause it was a TINY plane) said that she noticed my book and what we were talking about. So she started to ask what we were doing and who we were, etc. She had been asleep but then just thought she'd ask what we were about, and she said she doesn't ever talk to the people next to her on planes. So after explaining that we were missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints she said that she had heard of us before and that some missionaries had knocked on her parents door before. She started to ask what we believed and stuff and I tried to explain. Thank goodness one of the Scotland/Ireland elders had come prepared with a Book of Mormon (BofM) and a pass along card. So long story short, I, without planning it, placed a Book of Mormon within 12 hours of being a missionary. She said she had a layover for 3 hours in Houston and said she would read the BofM then. She was really interested and we ended up talking for the whole plane ride. I got her name and info so I'm going to keep up with her. It was really amazing, and a great experience. But there is definitely a reason Heavenly Father sent me to preach the Gospel in German. I was a little taken aback when she started asking questions and didn't really know how to start talking. Hopefully, that will be different in German next time.
So yeah German. IT IS HARD. but my district has a saying "Mit dem Hiligen Geist, shaffen wir dass!!" which means, "With the Holy Ghost, we can do this!!" We teach an investigator every night expect Wednesday and Sunday. But the investigators are really just our teachers. On Friday our lesson went miserably and it was really hard to make it through. About half way, we were just, " like just get me out of here". We were extremely discouraged and I kind of had an emotional breakdown. But thank goodness we have Sunday. Sunday was MUCH better and we were really boistered up. I think they do that to help us realize how much more German we need to learn and how we really can make it through hard times. Monday our lesson went MUCH better and we taught with the spirit and got her to read some of the Book of Mormon and it was great.
YESTERDAY was the best day. We went into our lesson planning on teaching on eternal families and got in the lesson and taught on the restoration, the Book of Mormon, and prayer. The gift of tongues is real ladies and gents cause we taught a totally unprepared lesson with only 4 days of German. And it was amazing. The Church is, gott ist gutte, and the spirit really does teach.
Please write me! And please pray for the misisonaries. We need your prayers. I love you all!!
p.s. the pic in front of the temple is my district. There's only one guy!!!