And It Came to Pass…

mary's pic

A picture a friend drew of Sister Gardner to add to the wonderful collection from High School.

And it came to pass.
That sister Gardner and Sister Strihavka did go out among the children of the Tübingenites and did seek to bring about much righteousness among the inhabitants. Yea, they did raise their voices to the people. In hope that they might bring some part of the land to an understanding of the falseness of the traditions of their fathers. For behold the people did go forth with all manner of loftiness. Rejoicing in the false traditions of the fathers.
And it came to pass that as the sisters did work with all manner of heart and mind, saying many truths unto the inhabitants, their schedule began to be very full and the cup of potentials did overflow, and yea, the sisters did rejoice.
Yea, they did rejoice greatly for the glorious work that they had been given among the children of the land.
And yea, it came to pass that they did teach in the homes of those from many cultures and histories. Yea, even many who had been taught by their brothers and sisters and
had already been pressing forward on the way to God.
Yea, and one brother did enter the waters of baptism thus beginning to follow on the ways of the Lord more fully.
And it came to pass that the sisters did run for many trains and looks at many google maps,
and thus we see how the sisters in the land of Tübingen did live out their days in the service of their Savior.

Tübingen and Sis G

Sister Gardner in Tübingen

 
I decided to write that because of what one of our investigators said this week. He just started to read the Book of Mormon from the beginning. We asked him what stood out to him, what he felt. He said what he loved is that it said. ” and it came to pass”. He talked about how Gods will always will come to pass. He loved that that is how the story went. Which was something that I had never thought about. But I loved it. His work will go forth, He is there. He has a plan and he will execute it.

District meeting

Elder Maw, Elder Erickson and Sis S

I liked this scripture to add to this thought…
Jacob 4:13 Behold, my brethren, he that prophesieth, let him prophesy to the understanding of men; for the Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls. But behold, we are not witnesses alone in these things; for God also spake them unto prophets of old.

The spirit testifies of truth, simple as that. I was surprised Saturday night when I found out that I should give a talk the next morning. What was my topic you may ask? The topic was conversion. I really only had about half an hour to prepare it because I was also teaching the investigator class in German the next day. So I thought of some ideas and found a few quotes and then I had to leave it up to the spirit. And it works. It does, he lets you feel what you should say. I talked about my own personal conversion to this gospel and also really what that means. It is not just a onetime experience. Yes, the knowledge of the ( I can only think of the German word right now…) …. Confirming power of the Holy Ghost will always remain but we choose everyday to stay converted to the gospel. … This was a quote I used.

You have [the] primary responsibility for your own conversion. No one can
be converted for you, and no one can force you to be converted.” (True to the Faith)
Conversion takes place as we are diligent about saying our prayers,
studying our scriptures, attending church, and being worthy to
participate in temple ordinances. Conversion comes as we act upon the
righteous principles we learn in our homes and in the classroom.
Conversion comes as we live pure and virtuous lives and enjoy the
companionship of the Holy Ghost. Conversion comes as we understand the
Atonement of Jesus Christ, acknowledge Him as our Savior and Redeemer,
and allow the Atonement to take effect in our lives.

For example. F. He has been baptized in other churches before, but
now feels at peace. He has been working on his conversion even before
he knew. But now he is joining the massive army of new converts. Those
who seek to continue on the path they have chosen. We can choose to
build upon that conversion our whole life.

Sis S in T

Sis S in Tübingen

Good things this week
* International food night:
* R’s are back from vacation
* District meeting in Esslingen
* S and G together for family home evening
* Y’s first prayer
* Wet baptismal clothes
* German food
* A coat with a hood
*V’s awesome new African hair
*Team Felix
*Applesauce

Things I have learned
* Sometimes Satan makes things hardest for people who are giving their best
* Sometimes it is faster just to run than taking the bus.
* I can’t handle American sugar anymore.
* The Book of Mormon is true… Wait, knew that already
* Sometimes primary songs are the best
* I pray in my sleep. And then Wake up and realize what I am doing
* I can’t sleep past 6:20am

I am feeling good. Really. I love being a missionary. I highly recommend it, no matter what you think you have got going for you in this world. It is breathtakingly beautiful to do this great work. I know that this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and that He lives and loves us.
Farewell dear friends.
Sister Gardner

Sis S

Sis S Kegling from last weeks adventure.

baptism

Getting ready for the Baptism.

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