Monday, March 9, 2015

Blessings of Fasting!

We had a really good week! We really saw the blessings of our branch fast in our own area. We were able to see miracles as we followed plans we had set in weekly planning, and as we followed the council of our zone leaders. 

We got a new family to teach who are really sincere, and will do anything to keep the family strong, even to the point of getting rid of all modern technology and just living off the land! They really liked the restoration lesson, and want to know if it is true, so hopefully this next lesson will go just as good. 

We also started teaching a referral from the other elders who is from Zimbabwe and although he lost his faith in the past, feels like meeting with us will bring him back on the right path. When we taught him the restoration, he asked if he could have a Book of Mormon! 

No Baptismal dates yet, but we are hoping for 3 by the end of the week! We had a bit of adversity at the end of this week, and we had a lot of random things hinder us from having success during the weekend. Because of internet issues, Stake conference virtually didn't happen for us, but we were able to watch a talk with the branch instead. None of our investigators showed up, and a few cancelled the morning of. Probably was a good thing, because it wasn't the most uplifting of our Sunday services. 

Our weekly planning took a lot longer than it should have because we ran out of Kerosene and had to have a guy come check it all out. Doesn't make sense to us, him, or the Kerosene company, because the last time our tank was filled was Feb. 1st, and it was supposed to last us 3 months, and it is all gone! We haven't done anything different, in fact we use less hot water, because it is warmer outside now (the heaters all run on hot water over here, kinda weird) and Elder Kastner usually showers relatively cool (lukewarm-ish). There is no leaking or anything like that though! Really weird! We still don't have hot water. I took a bath this morning, heating up water on the stove. Somehow, we still all made it to studies on time! I will send a photo of all the pots on the stove when I get the chance. So it kinda sucked. Makes things interesting though! We have to be grateful for experiences like these, because without them life would be bland. 

When I was on the main Land I was a part of lots of plays, but the stories take too long to tell, and I never think about writing about them to you. Fun to do though! Just little role plays and things to illustrate a point of doctrine or a method of missionary work. 

You will be very proud to hear that I went to the dentist this week (because we met this nice German guy who went to Utah as an exchange student in school and stayed with members who took him to church for a year, and although he doesn't want to join, he is very appreciative of the church and does free basic dental care/procedures for missionaries whenever he can! I just had him do a check up, and he said for not seeing a dentist for nearly 2 years, I have absolutely beautiful teeth and gums! No cavities, and no problems with any of my fillings or anything! 

We are all excited to fly up to England for Zone Conference on the 11th. We actually get to go there in person this time! Normally it is through Skype, but an Area authority is speaking to us. 

The Camo tank  picture I sent you last time is just an old one left behind by the Germans and now is a historical site.

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