Monday, November 12, 2012

"Love At Home"

November 12, 2012
Servus Zusammen!

Congratulations to Brittney Harris and Cameron McGinn with their mission calls (and if anyone else I know got their mission call who I don't know about yet congratulations). I am not sure when you both leave, but I am way excited for you both! Canada should be great Brittney and Cameron, well, let's just say you are coming to the promised land. It might not be the same mission as me, but Germany is simply the best and you are going to love it.

A couple of exciting things happened this week. First of all we got a new family, Familie Hirschmann, in our ward that moved here from Wien. When we get a new family it is a big deal because they make up about a fifth of our ward now. It's him and his wife and his parents and what's even more exciting is that a lady named Liz and her brother Raphael from Peru are living with them as they came to Austria for job and schooling opportunities. Raphael is a new convert as of July and her sister just started taking lessons from the missionaries in the Wien 3 ward. Which means we now have the opportunity to teach someone who has sincere interest. On Sunday we had an investigator/new convert class with Liz and Raphael that Brother Bauer our First Counselor/Ward Mission Leader taught during Sunday school and we were able to get a basic idea of what she had learned so far from the previous Elders. There is a bit of a language barrier since she is still learning German and only really speaks Spanish, but she understands a good amount and we spend a lot of time in the scriptures with her Spanish Book of Mormon. We have a lady in our ward named Sister Ullrich who used to be a Spanish Teacher and she was super excited that she had the opportunity to practice the language and translate for her and her brother. It's very exciting to have an investigator again.

We were invited over to the Hirschmanns house to get to know them better and Liz and Rapheal. Brother Hirschmann asked us if one of us knew how to play piano and when I told him I could he had me go play a few songs. When he found out to what level I could play he and his wife pulled out their violins and said they hadn't had a missionary in their ward for awhile who could play piano and they had been wanting to practice playing the hymns with.  We went through a number of hymns and after about a half an hour we ended up creating an arrangement of "Love One Another"  that we are going to see if we can play in Sacrament meeting here soon. They are a great addition to the ward.

We had a finding day in Wien this week and I got to see a cool example of how the Gospel of the restored church of Jesus Christ really can answer all concerns or question. Elder Moon and I went finding together for a while and we ran into this Seventh Day Adventist who decided he wanted to Biblebash. If Elder Moon and I were better Missionaries we probably would  have stayed away from getting too much into that and just stick to bearing testimony and giving our message about the restoration... but it had also been a long day and Elder Moon and I had gotten a lot of people ignoring us, so we succumbed to the man's desires. He tried pulling a bunch of his thoughts on us about why how our church was wrong or trying to make us puzzled by certain scriptures in the Bible, but the great thing is, that even though he didn't want to hear anything from the Book of Mormon, we answered all of his question or corrected certain principles through the Bible. It then came to the point where he just wanted to be stubborn and right and he eventually just walked off muttering to himself. But the lesson I learned is that, first of all you shouldn't look to Bible bash and you should avoid it because nothing really stems from it, but it is nice to know that when you have that knowledge and clarification that comes from the Book of Mormon and from modern day prophets and with the help of seminary studies the Bible becomes much more understandable and it gives clear testimony of the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Still, use that knowledge on people that want to listen, not those who just want to argue.

I am officially allowed to drive in any European Union country as of today. I got my temporary license and the actual license should be here by next Monday.

This week I have a two day austausch with Elder Moon in Wien and then Friday is transfer calls, but more than likely things will stay the same here because I will be finishing up Elder Chapman's training.

That is about it for this week. I hope all is going well for everybody, love you lots.

Elder Bodily
Gott Sei Mit Euch Bis Aufs Wiedersehen

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