This last week was crazy, yet again! God once again blessed us with miracles to help us achieve our transfer goals! I really have such a testimony that God pays attention to each and every single one of us. He cares about this missionary work. He is definitely working with Sister Papritz and I :) The key is that we keep working and doing our hardest-- and it all works out, with His help!
Despite scheduling new appointments with new people (most of them cancelled), we found ourselves in the same boat this week as last week. We needed one new investigator to make standard!! We had a very busy week, full of programs and ward activities, so we didn't have a lot of time to go tracting. Yesterday, though, after church and in-between programs, we went knock knock knocking and met the cutest old man! He was super curious about the Book of Mormon, but doubted that we, as the young people we are, would be able to teach him anything new. He actually asked us if we really thought we could teach him something. We confidently told him yes. He kind of looked at us doubtfully for awhile haha, but, as we continued to affirm our belief, he grew curious. He challenged us to come back next week and teach him something new. He is excited and so are we! He told us how a lot of people in his life- his wife, his son, his grandchild- have died in the past few years and how he is all alone now. It is so sad, but we know that the knowledge we have can help him! How much peace and comfort will the Plan of Salvation bring him! We believe that this life is not the end and that there is opportunity for us to live with those we love forever.
We also had the opportunity to go to Kecskemét this week and help the sisters there. It was very interesting because it was a little different type of help than in Békéscsaba. In Békéscsaba, we handed out tons of Book of Mormons and really helped the sisters with their work. In Kecskemét, we were able to help the sisters themselves a little bit more, I think. We still helped them out in the work, of course, going to programs and finding with them, but both Sister Papritz and I were able to talk to and give some good advice to the sisters there. Missions are interesting and kind of hard sometimes. They are definitely growing experiences! In my mission, we are all spread across the country, pretty far from each other, which can be really hard for younger companionships, who don't really know the language very well or haven't been missionaries very long. It is such a growing experience, though. We all really have to rely on God's help out here. And, it was actually really neat because we got to meet some really cool investigators of the Kecskeméti sisters and we both had our testimonies reaffirmed that there are prepared people everywhere for the gospel. It doesn't really matter how well we speak (although it definitely helps), it doesn't matter how young in the mission we are, there are so many people that need and are searching for our message. It is really just so important that we do our best-- God really will take care of the rest.
I decided to include lots of Gordon B. Hinckley quotes in my emails this week (Gordon B. Hinckley was the prophet for a lot of my life. He died a couple of years ago, but he was an amazing man!) and I decided to share this one with all of you: “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” I hope you are all finding the joy in life! It is okay if your life isn't perfect. Whose is? We are here to be happy :) I definitely believe that!
I love you all! Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful week!
Kramer Nővér aka McKenna