Thursday, July 16, 2015

Zone Conference with a New Mission President!

Elder Westbury and Elder Spangenberg
Hello Everyone!
This week  we met our new Mission President!  The Zone Conference was in German, before with President Kosak, it was in English.  President Fingerle also brought his kids to the Zone Conference as well.  He has 5 kids. His daughter is in Salt lake City at Temple Square serving a mission right now.  His 10 year old daughter, 16 year old daughter, and his son who served a mission to England two years ago, were with us.
We are now focusing on the Temple, our new mission motto is: Faithfully we baptize, focused on the blessing of the temple.  Now we encourage our investigators to have two dates; one for them to be baptized and the other date for them to take a relative that has passed on, to the temple.  Many Germans do not know their family history and many of their grandparents are not living.
He also spoke a lot about inviting people to come to church to all of the events.  His son spoke about his mission.  I really like his son.
This week went by so fast.  One of the days we had planned to go dooring for about 2 hours in the evening.  We weren't  having much success until we knocked on one door and we said we are the Mormons.  He said, "Oh come in!"  It turns out he went to Utah a year ago and went through Zions  and also went through the St. George Temple Visitors Center.  He had a book of Mormon and papers about genealogy.  We taught him the 1st lesson.  We invited him to come to our ward party this week.  Sadly, he didn't show up, but we have his address so we will definitely be going back this week.
We only met with our investigators on baptismal date once this week because they were pretty sick.  All of it depends on whether he will read the Book of Mormon to his wife and if she prays about it.  She can't read, so her husband has to read to her.  In the past they haven't, but we have faith that this time they will read together.
One of our investigators wanted to give something to one of our members.  So she decided that she would call the missionaries and we would deliver it.  Well, there was a little bit of confusion involved and we ended up delivering it to the wrong member's house. It was a bag of magazines and still has not been found!  We are planning to bake her cookies and hopefully things will be well between us.

Saturday we had our ward party.  Only like 50 ward members showed up total, which is not that great.  But one of our investigators came.  He made lots of friends in the ward as well.  The only problem is we aren't sure if we can keep teaching them because of his family being Muslim.  But we will find out this week.
We also received a very promising referral this week. She was an exchange student in the U.S. and she learned about the church there.  Also you could say I'm getting better at soccer cause I scored a goal!
I got the birthday package, thanks!  I haven't opened it yet, but I can't make any promises since there is beef jerky in the box haha!
(Mom asks what's the best thing on a mission  and what do you miss about home)  The best thing about a mission is seeing the change that people make and also the change within yourself.  I do miss sports at home!
I hope you all have an amazing week. Remember that is isn't just the missionaries job to share the gospel, it is every member's job.  Our mission President talked about that at Zone Conference as well.
Love you!
Elder Spangenberg

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