Monday, May 5, 2014

Final letter from the mission field

Well now time is running out but we had a great week last week. So we went on splits last week with the Passau elders. And I was with Elder Richmond here in Landshut. We got a lot done. So we met with a guy from Nigeria and he was kind of drunk. But he let us in. So he was a previous investigator. And he was like oh it's the mormons. So we asked if there was anything we could do for him. And he said I need 50 euro. We told him we have the word of God. The apostles didn't give money they gave the gospel. And he praised us for that saying all you need to do is praise the lord but all I need is 50 euro. And we told him we can't do that. And then he was kind of angry at us. And said we are welcome to talk about the word of God. Not the Book of Mormon. He only talks to people from the Church of Jesus Christ. We showed him our name tags but he didn't do anything. So he told us never to come back. So we aren't going to. 

Well the rest of the exchange was pretty good too. We met with V. and then on Wednesday we had a finding day. So we were supposed to have a street display thing set up. But it didn't work out. So we made a list of people to go by on. And nothing worked out well. But one thing did happen. So one of the sisters had to go to the bathroom. So she knocked on someones door to ask if she could go. And he was an ex member and he would like it if we showed up sometime to talk. So little miracle. Maybe that will turn into a baptism in the future. 

Thursday we had mission tour. Elder Dyches came and it was great. He talked a lot about how a mission changes us. All of the things that Germany can do to us. It helped me to reflect on my mission. I've been doing that a lot recently. All of the things I've learned and done. I feel like I've made a dent in Germany. I'm really grateful for the chance I've had to serve here. I don't know. It feels like this is my life. Religeon really seems important now. It used to be more of a hobby or something that's nice. But now it's my life. God is everything. 

Last week we met with a couple R and O. So he got some disease and now he can barely talk and can't move. So she has to do everything for him. And she had soccer on the tv. So he loves religion and she doesn't really. So we said can we wanted to read in the Book of Mormon and he really wanted to. But she said well this soccer game is only on once then over. It's important because if you miss it then it's over. So I said look I have one week left on my mission. I am here to talk about the gospel. And it took her 10 min or so to turn it off. But then we read the first chapter in the Book of Mormon and the spirit was so strong. They said they would read one chapter a day together. I really feel like it was perfect. The elders are going back on Thursday afternoon with Brother Hopf our ward mission leader. He is a ninja master. Well not a ninja but tae kuan do. He got 5th place in the world championships a few years ago. But ya. 

G was supposed to come to church but he didn't answer his phone. I don't think he has interest. He just wants a job. And then we also met with Herr S. He is way cool. He is one of those guys who has life figured out. Family is first. He has an awesome job. Or had one, retired now. He knows what charity means. He would make an awesome member.  So ya we'll work on that. Well I won't but the other missionaries will. 

And we also started running with V. So he has been having some really rough thoughts. I think he might be getting slight depression. He is losing his self worth. So running every morning helps him. And Brother Hopf wants to start teaching the missionaries martial arts for morning exercise. That would be cool. 

Sunday was my last sunday speaking German. It was strange. I gave my final testimony in church. But it still doesn't feel like I'm leaving. I know I am, but at the same time no. Either way I love it here. I'm glad I came. It has been the best two years of my life.

Elder Kinghorn