This experience is unlike any other. I am excited to know I can continue these feelings of love for the gospel and excitement about sharing it for the rest of my life. I think that is where the unsure feeling comes when I assume that when I take off my tag I stop feeling the spirit like I do out here, and that isnt the truth at all. Its just been such an incredible experience to be able to see the gospel change peoples lives. Its a blessing to put aside my own life and be able to put myself in the schedules of others to help them know how to live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love being able to bear my testimony hundreds of times a day, telling people that Jesus is our Savior. God is our Heavenly Father. The true Church and Priesthood of God is restored on the Earth! The power to seal families for eternity is also on the Earth. There is a living prophet today who speaks to God, and God reveals his secrets to him. Ahh I could go on all day, but the point I am trying to get across is that these truths will continue to mean everything to me and I can still say and show that to people, maybe not at the tram gleis in German but just as a regular member of the church.
I am so grateful to be serving with Sister Faerber, we have seen miracle after miracle and two of my favorites happened the past couple nights. We obviously have been praying for the Lord to guide us to the prepared people, or put them in our path and he did! But something we noticed was...we found these two miracles because we were going the extra mile. Omar zum beispeil (for example) we were going with Burcan to teach a family (yes he is now a great joint teach!) and as sister Faerber was talking to him, we saw Omar walk by. Ive seen Omar a few times in the city the last 5 months...he is a tall white man, with a pretty big beard, a white hat and white dress thing (custom Muslim clothing) and ive never had the chance to talk to him. Well....Omar walked past us the other night on the way to our appointment and so I ran up to him to see if he wanted a Book of Mormon, I quickly told him that we believe God has revealed more holy scripture and we would love to give him a copy, and he set up an appointment for the next night! So we went back yesterday at 18:00 and he was home and we taught him in the hallway...because we are two single woman...anyway it was one of the most awesome lessons of my mission! We taught him simply about the plan we believe God has for us and used scriptures in the B.O.M. he said he was athiest 3 years ago and then online read about Islam and then converted, so as we taught him more about why we needed Christ to return to God he was very open and you could see the spirit bear testimony to him of the truth. We read with him the scripture in 3 Nephi when Christ appears to the Nephites....
8 And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up again towards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned upon him, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, and wist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them.
9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.
11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.
12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.
The spirit was so strong after we finished reading and he said in English...yes Im interested. I want to learn more. We were just beaming and are so excited for Omar!
There have been other miracles that I wish I could tell you...but sadly Pday is almost over and we have a Christmas party family home evening put on by the missionaries that we need to set up for in the next 20 minutes. So Im excited to try and see everyone I love here in this next week, find new people for the next missionaries to bring to baptism and pray really hard that the Lord will guide me in whatever is coming up next for me. . .
Love you all. The church is true and brings so much joy.