Monday, August 1, 2016

I Ate Fufu!

OKAY WOW, SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED THIS WEEK HOLY COW!  But I will start from the beginning so I can make sure I don't forget anything :) 

So Tuesday evening we had an appointment with our investigator Herr Mach, and his wife came this time!  We had a great time getting to know her better, and the lesson went really well!  Basically they're both going to be baptized sometime in the future, hopefully sooner rather than later :)  

Wednesday went a little different than we had expected. Sister Abram was sick, so she rested for most of the day, and I got so much done!  Journal writing, area book work, organizing, cleaning, reading Jesus the Christ, it was great!  Until like 12, when I ran out of stuff to do.  Then I went a little crazy being stuck inside all day. There is a reason we are supposed to have a meaningful activity planned for every hour of the day!  Otherwise we go crazy!  Luckily though, I didn't get sick at all!  

Thursday Sister Abram was feeling a little better so we did a service project at the Memendov's (less active's) and cleaned out their attic!  Then we went to visit an old lady friend and played Uno with her, and then we went to Ingolstadt to help the elders with a mutual activity!  They loved our idea from a couple weeks ago of doing a big missionary night with the YM, so they copied us and invited the YW in their ward to come be missionaries for a night!  Sister Abram and I got to go on splits with two 16 year old girls and it was super fun!  I went with a girl named Vikki, and it just so happens that her mom is from Peru!  So I learned more about Peru and a few Spanish words, and throughout the night we found two awesome families that want the elders to go back and teach them!  So I hope that now that she has seen how fun missionary work can be, she will decide to go on a mission!  Deciding to go on a mission has been the best decision of my life so far!  If you're thinking about going, just go!  You won't regret it :)  It definitely won't be easy.  But it will be worth it!!

Friday was my 9 month mark! Half way!  Holy cow that went by fast.  I can't even believe it! But it was the best half way mark day ever!  We went by a referral from a member, and it turns out that she is this 90 year old lady who only speaks Bairisch (the dialect here) and she never stops talking!  She is very peppy, very fashionable, and knows a lot about a lot of things!  So we let her talk our ears off for a good two hours, and then we decided that we couldn't understand half of what she was saying, and that we needed to get back to doing other things, so we set up another appointment for next week, and hopefully we can teach her a little about the Book of Mormon!  I don't know why we meet with so many old ladies out here haha :) They're cute though!  Then that night we went to Prince's house for dinner and a lesson with Stanley!  A recent returned missionary, Lena, came with us and we all just had a blast!  Prince is from Nigeria, same with Stanley, and they decided that us white girls needed some fufu in our lives, and man were they right!! Fufu is so weird but so good! It's just this sticky doughy stuff, like a combination of mashed potatoes and play dough, and you dip a chunk in this soupy SPICY stuff, and then swallow it whole! So strange, but it was so fun!  And we had a great lesson with Stanley, too :)  He is SO a prepared, and I just know he is going to be ready to get baptized soon! 

We came home later that night, and decided to roast marshmallows over candles on our porch and make s'mores!  It was a little more complicated than I thought it would be, but we finally got it to work and they were delicious! And then we sang songs outside and played our ukelele that Maile bought for us :) Best half way mark ever!

Saturday morning we helped a family in our ward move, and it was super fun!  I've actually come to love carrying heavy things up and down a bazillion flights of stairs :) ...the things that missions do to you!!  There were a ton of other ward members there, and even a few helpers who weren't members!  So we had a great time talking to all of them and getting to know them!  After our service project we went to a member's house for lunch, and they were so fun and cute. They love us and we love them!  We had a great time, and they helped us perfect some of our new spiritual thoughts we have been trying out :)  Then for dinner we went to a member family, the Achter's, and they are so awesome!  We played some games, had a mini piano recital, quoted some funny movies, played with their bunny, and just had a blast!  This is the best ward! :)  

Sunday was also a great day. Stanley came to church and we started reading in the Book of Mormon with him a little, and he basically said that he wants to get baptized and be a missionary!  So yay!  I'm excited!  During the 3rd hour we went to YW's because we had a brownie competition!  Everyone had to make a pan of brownies (including Sister Abram and me) and we judged them for the best ones! I'm proud to say that ours tied for first place :) because American brownies are just hard to beat! 

After church we had a giant ward lunch, and we made sooo many member appointments for the coming week, it's gonna be great!  I really think that we are starting to connect with the ward more and gain their trust, because we are getting more and more appointments and more and more referrals!  The Lord is definitely blessing us!  Sunday evening we went to hang out with Maile and teach her how to play the ukelele a little and she let me do her hair for her :) She has quite a lot of stress right now, so we are trying to help her as best we can!

For pday today we went to Ikea! It was super fun, and after we walked through the whole thing we ate a Swedish lunch, which was delicious!  In the checkout line at IKEA we ran into a couple who randomly started talking to us and asking questions about the church!  They had been to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, and so they knew a little about Mormons, but they were just so friendly and nice, I was so happy!  The wife is from the Philippines and the husband is from Germany, and they're both Jehovah's Witnesses!  We had a nice chat with them for a while, and then we parted ways outside, but then a few minutes later as we were waiting at the bus stop they pulled up in their car and offered to give us a ride to where we needed to go!  My heart was just so full of love for these nice people :) They showed us one of their JW videos about how important reading the Bible is, but we didn't bash at all, they were just thanking us the whole time for giving up part of our lives to serve the Lord!  I have been studying charity lately, and these kind people were just full of that stuff.  Such great examples to me and to all of us of what a disciple of Christ is. A disciple of Christ is one who serves and helps others out of the pure goodness of their hearts!  Let's all try this week to have just a little more charity! 

Well, I love you all!  I hope you have a wonderful week and that you always remember that Heavenly Father loves you and wants what is best for you!

Liebe Grüße,
Sister Thunell

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