Holy cow my brother is married!! I was beaming the whole week thinking about my family and how much I love you all and how proud I am of all of you. I loved the pictures mommy sent me. You all look SO GOOD! Good lookin family :) You're all the greatest. I feel so blessed to have had the chance to be out on a mission during this time. It has been so much fun being a part of it across... lakes! haha.
So this week has been amazing. I love Sister Von Niederhausern with all my heart! She has such a strong testimony. She is so intelligent, and that intelligence and testimony shows in the questions that she asks, the way she words her teaching, and she is amazing and discerning the needs of our investigators! It is so much fun to teach with her because we work off one anothers thoughts. I'll feel prompted to say something, and immediately Sister Von will say it, and vice-versa. It's so cool! We have been having some AWESOME experiences on the street talking to people. The principle of "teach when you find" is fantastic when you have Sister Von as a companion :) Not to mention we have so much fun together! It was weird adjusting back to a companionship rather than a tri, but we made it work.
So the changes in the District were, instead of having three sets of missionaries in the ward, we have only two. So our area in even bigger now! Our new district is our two sets, and the two sets of Portuguese Elders. Elder Frame became the District leader and he is AWESOME! Our first district meeting was so powerful. We all left on a spiritual high. It's kind of funny because we live in the same apartment building as the Portuguese Elders so when we come home for the night, we all come at the same time, ride the elevator together and talk about our day, and then we get a call from Elder Frame 30 minutes later for follow-up calls haha. It's a lot of fun. And the funny thing is, for ESL, we have a Saturday Morning Training every week, and Elder Meise is the building manager for it (he's a missionary in our ward). Everyone in ESL is in our District so we pretty much have 2 District Meetings each week! It's the best :)
Like I said, this week was awesome. We saw a lot of miracles. Natalie, the 16 year old in our ward has been helping us out a lot and her testimony is SOLID. We love taking her with us. She wants to go on a mission so bad someday.
Sister M... is doing amazing. She has some Psychological issues and it makes it really hard to teach her. But she is a GENIUS and remembers everything we share with her. She knows this is true and she wants to be baptized very very badly. She is coming to church every week and loves it. God has really blessed us with the chance to learn patience by teaching her. And it is so much fun because we have needed to try every possible way to teach her to see what will help her stay focused. Yesterday, as we taught the Plan of Salvation, rather than teaching it interactively, we took Hermana Price's idea (Thank you Sarah :)) and taught it like a story, with Sister M... as the main character. She loved it. The spirit was so strong. She committed to start reading and she is working on the word of wisdom right now and has been doing amazing!
I love teaching so much.
I just want you to know how grateful I am for prayer. Sister Von and I decided that we really wanted to work on our prayer of faith. On acting upon the goals that we set and doing everything that we can to achieve them. When prayer becomes more than a checklist, but rather a lifeline of communication with God, motivation increases, perspective changes, and our purpose becomes clearer. I know that God is there listening, we just need to be willing to listen to Him as well.
I love you all and am so grateful for you. Please keep having an amazing week. Be happy and think about those people that you can serve this week. God has allowed us all to be where we are right now to bless his children in that specific part of the world. Keep your standards!!