Small and Simple Moments

Bro and Sis C in Erlensee at 10:15 pm

Bro and Sis C in Erlensee  at 10:15 pm

Sister W and I received a referral from Temple Square - the only one I had received my whole mission - so we were pretty excited. We had a name and address, but no phone number. The referred family lived in a small village outside of town. We had never been out there and didn't know what the travel time would be. We had to take the strassenbahn to the bus station, then transfer to an out of town bus to get there.  Once we arrived in Erlensee, we had to walk several blocks from the bus stop to get to their house. No...

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Alex and the flip charts--"Is this how we'll be baptized?"

Alex and the flip charts--"Is this how we'll be baptized?"

In Germany in the 1990s, there were several American congregations in my mission. I spent half of my mission serving in both American and German wards at the same time. It was wonderful!  In my second city, we were teaching an American family who had 11-year-old twin boys Alex and Dennis. We had been teaching them for a while and couldn't get past their hesitation to be baptized. We couldn't figure out what it was.  One evening we were teaching them, and Alex saw the baptism picture in the flip charts. He picked it up and studied it while the...

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Tomato soup, grilled cheese, and A&W root beer

Tomato soup, grilled cheese, and A&W root beer

One of my favorite memories from my first area was a couple of months into my time there. I'd been having a difficult time adjusting. My first several weeks were really, really hard.  One Sunday at Church in the American ward, a young sister invited us over after church for dinner. Dinner invitations didn't happen very often. Her husband had been deployed, and she was alone and lonely. She apologized as she served us canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches with A & W root beer. Yay for comfort food!! She didn't have any furniture, so we sat on the...

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Miriam Eating An Atomic Fireball

Miriam was a member in the German branch in my second area.  She was a young adult with a strong testimony and came on exchanges with us often.  She made us laugh and helped us learn the language and was just fun to be around.  One afternoon when she was out with us, and my companion Schwester W had received a care package from home with atomic fireballs in it.  Miriam had never heard of them, much less ever had one.  I had never had one, but I knew enough to pass on them.  Miriam however insisted she wanted to try...

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Little Phillip

Little Phillip

Phillip was the 3-year-old son of one of our investigators.  One Sunday, as we were arriving for church, we were so happy to see that they were too.  Phillip ran up and grabbed my hand as we walked in the building.  His sweet gesture melted my heart. And by that simple gesture I felt Father in Heaven knew me and knew exactly how to help me feel His love and awareness of me.

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