Hey mom, your emails are a lot longer and more informative than dads, this week was really fantastic, Sunday was such an amazing day! I'm getting to know how the city is laid out, I'm also enjoying the little hill like mountain things, it should be fun here for the winter. The last time I saw Zeifi was my last full day in Heide, he's breaking up with his girlfriend because she's too controlling and stuff, she also was not helping at all with residency so that shouldn't de a worry. I can't really have contact with him, I'm not allowed to call and he cannot read or write, but I hope everything is going well for him.
Monday was a pretty lame p day, we stayed in for most of it, we had a guy bring us new bikes a new bed and a rug and yeah, I've never been in an apartment that actually gets new stuff so that part was kinda cool. Then we did emails and after that we had a lesson with Remon, he's an art dealer and likes English, and his grandfather was a Mormon ( he thinks) it was a really cool lesson! Then we came home and that was the day.
Tuesday, today was a pretty good day. First we went to go finding in a town a little ways away from Bautzen, our bus was late coming, and then the driver was being supervised so he went way slow, we ended up being about 45 minutes late getting to the town, so our hour of time was basically over and we had to get on a bus back to go get our hair cut. After haircuts we went to an appointment but the lady wasn't home. After this we had another appointment with Frau Dahmler, we asked if she would be baptized, she said that she will pray about it, but seems to really like the idea.
Wednesday. Today started out with district meeting in Görlitz, it's a little bit weird to only have four of us in the district. But it makes it a little easier to end early. Then we went and ate with the other elders, Elder Kräftner loves to cook so he makes us food. Then we went to Bischofswerda had comp study then went to a few contacts. Then we went to a lesson with a man and it was so awesome, he's a very smart guy and has studied quite a bit of philosophy. It was nice to just be able to talk with someone who has put thought into religion, I haven't really had many of those conversations.
Thursday was a pretty busy day. First we went to the auslanderamt to work on getting my residency permit extended, so I spent a few hours there trying to figure out German legal terminology, my comp waited outside and read revelations, I'm not sure who was more confused. Then we came home and had lunch then went to a lesson with our new convert. That was good she just wanted to get to know me more, I think most people think I don't have a mother because I can't show a picture of her, but they know I have brothers, a silly looking dad, but no mother. Then we went to another lesson this time with a less active, he was drunk and didn't want to meet with us so we went home had dinner and that was basically the whole day.
Friday! So today we got a text at 8 about a conference call at 9:30. It said " don't be late we have an exciting announcement" so we called in and after all the problems of a mission wide phone call were figured out we got an exciting announcement. Elder Kearon of the seventy, and member of the area presidency is coming on Sunday and wanted to meet with some missionaries, but President Fingerle wants all the missionaries to go, because he will have Elder Ballard with him. So we were told to start preparing for a mission conference in Berlin in two days. Aside from that, the rest of the day was pretty boring, we just rode buses and walked and then did our weekly planning. At the end of the day we went got the plans and bought our ticket to Berlin and back. That took all my money, and then we went to the apartment and did a little more planning, had dinner, and went to bed
Saturday. We tried to go places but busses were stupid, so we printed the Book of Mormon for our new convert, she needs it in bigger print so we have to print it and then she puts it in a binder. Then we went to a little dorf and did some work then spent an hour walking to a train station because our bus never came. Then we went home and got ready to go to Berlin.
Sunday was such an amazing fantastic awesome day. So first we went to church and that was a pretty normal thing. Then we went and got on a train, and went to Berlin. That was not fun at all. We got on the train and there were no seats left, so we stood in the doorway for the whole two hours, then we got to Berlin and went to the church there. That was a ton of fun because I got to see all my mission friends, and it was so many more people than it was in April. Then we went and sat down, got some instructions then we went and got to shake Elder Ballard's hand. Then we went and had the meeting. It was a really good meeting, there were two members of the seventy there and elder Ballard. It was a really good meeting. We talked a lot about how we need to be better teachers, how there's a lot of things competing for people's attention,( but we still don't get Facebook) and that we need to be interesting. Then after the meeting we went to some elders' apartment and stayed the night in Berlin.