Monday, October 6, 2014

What is your passion? Learning from people everywhere! :)

I had an interesting discusion with a cute old German Lady on the bus last Thursday- we were talking about what makes people interesting- and we both came to the conclusion that it is a persons' passions. I was able to share with her my testimony and the excitement and enthusiam I have about serving a mission- but the more that I have thought about it, the more I have really begun to internalize that thought. Being a latter-day saint is not just a title that I wear, or even a name on a badge. Everything that I am and everything that I want to become is made possible through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I've decided to talk to people about their passions, when I meet them, because when you find out what someone really cares about you really learn a lot about who they are.

I loved listening to a part of General Conference this weekend- we will get the rest of it next week- but it was awesome hearing the guidence and direction that the Lord wants us to hear. We wanted to get a couple investigators to show up... but... they flaked on us- oh the sad life of a missionary- haha  

A sequel to last weeks ambulance incident- Marlies is in the urgent care and is still in a coma. I am really worried about her and her family. But I am just amazed at how the Lord is guiding his work here. Her son and sister who had previously not had any interest at all in the church let us talk with them for over an hour about the Plan of Salvation, and they both asked us to come over more often and teach them the lessons. I walked out of there just shinning- 

Once we get out of industrial Wetzlar the countryside in Germany is Beautiful! We took a train out to Marburg this week and there was a gorgeous castle and cathedral that we saw on our way to visiting some less active members. Sometimes I wish I had canvas and paint to be able to capture the beautiful scenery of Germany. I know that I have been here almost a month but it doesnt feel like it, sometimes I walk out of my apartment and still laugh and think- "echt? bin ich wirklich in Deutschland??" *am i really in germany?* We have several apointments a day and I want to keep that up and actually increase the amount. I just don't want to waste any of the lords time while I am here in germany. 

My German is getting better although there are lots of little things that I still need to work on. My companions are helping me with that, they are great. We have such awesome discusions and I am learning so much from them! - Although I think I am wearing them out, they are constantly telling me that I have way too much energy!! haha but I can't help it! I just get so excited and want to keep going and do more things. Sister Petersen wants me to let her know if I ever get tired so that she can take a picture and document the rare occasion haha. Thats been most of my week so far! I can't believe that it is going by so fast! I miss you all and am so greatful for your encouragment and prayers! 

Love Sister Shurts

From the Scribbled Notes of a Sister Missionary

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