Monday, November 11, 2013

Letter #16 - How Does God Love YOU?

So honestly, it's hard to put into words how much I have grown this week and how much I have learned and everything that happens. I honestly love my mission, and it needs to slow down. But I know without a doubt that this is the place I need to be and what I need to be doing. is the weekly update :)

Monday: On the request of my mother, I must tell what we do on P-day :) I need to do more tourister-ing, so I think we will do that next week. But we had a great day of getting haircuts and also shopping for some things and making a bike wheel, cool finding activity. I can't give it away or fully explain its awesomeness now, but I will show pictures when we do it this upcoming week. :)

Tuesday: Ah, the best day and hardest day (I feel like that every week). But this day, wow. So since we have been struggling to find investigators, and no one is calling us back, we decided to fast and really try to find out what the Lord has in store for us. We had an idea for contacting that we would bring a piano from our church, to our Fuß and then play and sing and what not, to see if people will come talk to us. If the Lord gives us talents, we gotta use them right? And so we brought the piano on this moving thing that was solid wood and built in 1960 and basically dragged this piano on cobble stone brick, 30 minutes to our Fuß. My hands were numb by the time we finally got there. And then we went to the bürgermeister, so the mayor, to see if they could open a plug outside so that we could plug in our electric piano. Then we found out that we actually needed a music license to play outside and couldn't play. So we had to bring the piano all the way back, and I just, I was so frustrated. I just thought,"Why? I'm a missionary fasting, Heavenly Father, shouldn't we just have people flocking to us wanting to be baptized?" But I know that's not how the Lord works. He always lets us go through trials to test our faith, and if we prove our faith and stay strong, we will be blessed. So I prayed in our church and just asked,"What do you want us to do? What do you have in store for us?" And so we had the impression to call our investigator, Nick, who we haven't actually met with in like 2 months. And so he answered and said, come over! Ha and so obviously we hustled our way over there. And even though it was a 45 min walk to his house, after fasting, it was worth it. Nick had a friend, that he introduced to the Church, and he wanted to know more. His name is Sven, and he is 17 years old. And is awesome :) We taught the first lesson in PMG and he just was so excited! He was so glad that we have answers to questions he has had his whole life. And then he knelt down and prayed at the end of the lesson. It was a great prayer and his willingness to do so was fantastic. Nick said that he is done investigating the church, but he still wants to be with us. And I think that as he sees his friend find out this truth, he will want to also. AND Nick's mom is really interested and wants to know more about our church and find out what we believe. It was a great, wonderful day. I knew that the Lord knew of my faith and blessed me. And that even though we fasted 24 hours, it was honestly, totally worth it.

Wednesday: We didn't do too much today, but we did some service, one of my favorite things :) We served a familie, the Billers, who love us and it was great to see their smiling faces after we left. They are a super sweet familie. And then, we served a potential investigator, Nikol, and she is single mom that is always super happy, even with 5 children to care for. It was good to help her and just express love. Then we had basketball, which was ok. Mario for some reason didn't want to talk to us at basketball, so that was hard. But we are friends with all the players now and there are some that are interested in us and what we have to say. So we will see. Basketball always bonds people together, I'm tellin' ya :)

Thursday:Not too much to say here. A good solid day. I just love waking up every morning, working out, and then reading in my scriptures. There is honestly nothing better. I just always grow, and my testimony has strengthened so much by what I have learned and applied. I can testify, when we apply this gospel into each day of our life, it'll be sooo much better.

Friday: We had Zone training. It was so great and the Spirit was super super strong. Our zone is awesome. I have created some good friendships here. We had a testimony meeting, and I bore my testimony on faith. I cannot recall the words I spoke, but I know that I needed to share my testimony. I felt like the prophets in the scriptures, that the Spirit constraineth me, and I could not stop my mouth from opening. It was one of the most powerful testimonies I have given. I am just grateful that I am able to share what I have learned and I am grateful for knowledge and the faith I have for my Savior.

Saturday: TEMPLE DAY. Oh my goodness. So 3 hour drive there and then 3 hours back. I went to two sessions, one English and one German. And I just, I cannot describe the feeling that I have when I go to the temple. I know, without a doubt, that we are going to return to our Father in Heaven. I love the feeling of peace that I always feel at the temple. I love the plan, the perfekt plan that our Heavenly Father has given us. It is hard to understand and to fully comprehend, but as long as we always continue to grow, having faith in Christ, we will return to him someday :) Ah the temple. I just, it is an amazing place. How grateful for the wonderful blessing and covenants we make at the temple. I always receive wonderful insights and blessings, when I go to the temple. I wish I could stay there all day. All. Day. But I am grateful for these holy houses we have on this earth and how they are the way we can return to our Heavenly Father.

I have learned that this life is hard. It is not easy. And we are given so many trials and tribulations in this life. But they are there for a reason. Our Father, loves us perfektly. I watched a Mormon Message about Fatherhood the other day and it really touched me. I recommend you all watch it and think, how does Heavenly Father show YOU his love? I also recommend, as my lovely mother did also, to write at least 5 things that you are grateful for, each day. Especially around this time of thanksgiving and loving. But I want you to think when you write down these things, how has our Father shown his love for YOU. I have been doing this for a month now, and it has changed my life. Never never think that He does not care about you. He does. He has a plan for you. He wants you to grow and become like him someday. He will always be beside you. We can be closest to the Savior and his love, even in the most tragic, miserable times of our lives. Of this I pray, that we may notice His love, for each and everyone of us, and that we may never look back at times of hurt and sorrow, but look toward a bright and untainted future, with faith, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love Elder Mayne

I LOVE MY FAMILY. The temple is really an eye opener for how amazing God's plan is. I know He lives and loves me. How grateful I am to be sealed to such awesome family. Have a great week and change someone's life this week ok? And let me know if I can do anything for you :) Love you guys so deeply and eternally much ha :)

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