I am not quite sure if I believe it... but on Thursday I hit my 6 month mark! These past six months have felt like six years wrapped up in six weeks. There have been happy times, there have been sad times. There have been hard times, there have been harder times haha. And I am grateful for every single second. And I am so excited to see what the next year has in store.
Now for a little story:
This experience is proof that as we follow the Spirit we are blessed with the opportunity to witness and take a part in miracles. A member (Sister M) said her friend would like to meet with us and learn more about the church. This friend, Frau L, lives in a little dorf (town) outside of Nürnberg. This means we had to take a train that comes only once an hour and then walk for about 30 minutes to get to her house. Sister M had told us to go between 9-2 and Frau L would be expecting us. We got there around 11:30 and klingled (rang the door bell). No answer. We looked at the house and no lights were on and it appeared as if no one was home. We called Sister M and she was surprised, she said she had just gotten off the phone with Frau L. She guessed Frau L had left for a bit to pick up her kids. We got Frau L's number and called. No answer. Now we had a choice: We could leave right away and catch the train back or wait for one hour and get the next train. I felt strongly prompted that we needed to stay and wait. This worked out perfectly because our appointment right before had given us sandwiches, so we sat down on the curb, ate our lunch and read in the Book of Mormon. About 45 minutes later we get a call from Sister M. She asked if we were back in Nürnberg, we told her we were still in the dorf. Sister M said that was perfect and we should go now to Frau L. We klingled again, no answer. We called Frau L and this time she answered! She said come to the door her klingle is broken. We were able to teach a lesson where the Spirit was incredibly strong and Frau L accepted baptism after she learns more.
And that my friends is what I like to call enduring to the end in patience. We can't speed time up, and we can't slow it down, so we may as well make the most of it and enjoy it!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and hope that you will take a few moments to ponder the real gifts in your life, not just the ones waiting under the tree.