Monday, April 22, 2013

Liebe Familie,
I don't have a lot to say this week as this week was a little uneventful as far as stories are concerned. 
Bobi is finally back from Romania. We were so excited to see him again. We have had a really cool lesson for him planned for a really long time, and we are so excited to finally give it. We want to teach him about the priesthood and about how he can have that same priesthood power. The priesthood is so powerful. Bobi knows it, too. My first lesson with him, he was telling us how he wanted to fly to Salt Lake City to be baptized by the prophet. He also got very upset when he heard that the prophet had been to Romania and no one had bothered to tell him. He thought that something like a prophet visiting Romania was a big enough deal that people should have advertised it more than they did. That has been another cool thing to see here - some people just get gospel principles. Prophets are incredible men! We should take it more seriously when they speak to us. And we should tell everyone we know that he will be speaking to us. Anyway, we want Bobi to know that he can have that power, too. He can bless his family so much with that power. 
This Friday was a little different. In an attempt to get to know the youth better, we will start attending Seminary once a week. Seminary starts at 6:00. So, we had to get up an hour earlier. This year's topic is the New Testament, and we were studying 1 Corinthians 15 this morning. The teacher wrote the names of Cain, Judas Iscariot, Hitler, Laman, and Lemuel on the board and asked, ''Which of these men will not be resurrected?'' The combination of names was a little interesting, but the next day we had a little trouble teaching this very concept to another investigator.  
Later that morning, we sang at an old folks' home in Straßwalchen. We sing two hymns to two groups there once a week. First of all, the old folks' homes here are Taj Mahals. Second of all, there is one particular woman who we particularly like seeing. Although we always feel so good after we leave, this woman definitely makes us excited to come back. She just says, ''Schön schön schön'' after every song. After our last song, she always says, ''Schön schön schön, Danke!'' Then she asks us if we are coming back next week. We love to sing to her because she is so grateful. She makes us feel as though we are the highlight of her week. Maybe we are. But whatever the case, we thought about how Heavenly Father probably feels when he blesses us. He wants to bless us so much more when we thank Him. Then, when it's time to hand out blessings again, He is more ready and willing to bless us first because we thanked Him last time. President Uchtdorf reminded us of another reason to show our gratitude when he said, ''The happiest people I know are ...those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.'' 
Schöne Woche noch!
Sister Stephanie Reid

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