December 9, 2013
Servus! I hope you all had a fantastic week!
So a couple of things that went on this week is we have a new investigator that we are working with named Bxxx right now. Apparently Elder Fletcher had taught him while he was in his first area, but he has now moved here to Wien for the time. He has already taken all the lessons, but we are meeting with him now once a week to help give him spiritual strength He is coming to church and already keeps his commitments and is doing overall really well. He has a sincere desire to be baptized and that will probably take place after a couple months. He is very nice though and is really genuine in his love for the Saviour and his desire to keep the commandments.
Cxxxxxx is doing really well still from what I get from talking to her on Sundays. She has been really busy as of late, but she has time to meet this week and so it will hopefully be a very good appointment.
As of late it has become harder to hold appointments with any investigators or potentials because of the holiday season and so the focus has become more and more on members and less actives. This last week we had another huge split with the four of us missionaries and our ward mission team to go out and visit as many less actives in that night. I went with our ward mission leader again and we ran into two at first that weren't really welcoming to us, but the third was very excited and thrilled by the visit. She wants to come to the ward Christmas party and is working to start coming regularly to church if she can.
We have another less active member that we are working with pretty regularly now named Zxxxx from Sxxxxx. He was offended by a couple of members a year ago or so, but is working to overcome that. He is doing well and he is hoping that soon his wife and father-in-law will start meeting with us.
This last week I had the chance liked I mentioned last week to play guitar with the grandson of one of the members who he himself isn't a member. His name is Bxxxx and his mother used to be a member, but pulled her records out of the church before he was born. It was a really cool experience because he seemed really intrigued by the idea of us doing a musical number together at the Christmas party. He is about twenty years old and has had a harder time in his life and hasn't had too many good influences for friends and it has been hard on him. For some reason though this guitar idea sparked a lot of interest in him and he has taken it to heart to really prepare well for it and you can tell he is very excited. I believe it will be really good for him to have that chance to play for others and get a lot of praise. Tonight we are going to practice together again to finish up the final touches of the song we are putting together. The cool part of it too is that a few months ago the ward council gave us the name of a man that had had a baby blessing in the ward, but was never baptized and that he could potentially have interest and so we should go by on him and visit him. When we went to the address we found out he had moved, but we weren't sure where to and we didn't know how to get in contact with him. Well I found out this last week when I figured out his last name that Bxxxxx was this referral, so it was meant that we were to get in contact with him eventually. Apparently he had just moved out to live with his grandparents. It was a really cool connection.
I hope you all have a fantastic week. I love you lots.
Gott sei mit euch bis aufs Wiedersehen