‘Let her go, let her goooooo!’ (frozen soundtrack, words changed.) Well Tuesday snuck up on us and Sister Hansen and I said our goodbyes in the Leipzig train station. In all honesty, it feels like I am missing a limb without her. I guess that’s what happens when you live with someone every day all day for 6 months. Those were the quickest 6 months I have ever experienced! I’m on the downhill slope of my mission, which means I am closer to going home than coming here. If that makes sense.
This week I had a splendid study session. I’m currently reading the Bible in German (language of the reformation, woot woot!) and read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. You know, the story were one guy got 10, the other 5, and the other 1 talent? It’s a primary classic. I found it quite interesting that the man with one talent didn’t do anything with it because he was afraid (v.25) whereas the other two men were ‘good and faithful servants’ (v.23).This man let feelings of inadequacy overrule his faith. He found it easier to be lazy and play it safe than to walk in faith. How often we do use fear as our excuse in missionary work? ‘I’m afraid of rejection’ ‘I’m afraid they will laugh.’ ‘I’m afraid my German isn’t good enough’, the list goes on and on. These are all fears that will prevent us from becoming ‘rulers of many things’ (v.23) if we do not face them. I for one, do not want to let my fears prevent me from progressing (gaining more talents) and entering into the joy of the Lord (v.23). So this week I am putting up all my fears in a little mental bottle and tossing it into a mental sea! Dare I suggest you do the same? Let us make our fears walk the plank matey!
In other news on Black Mountain, I got a new compy comp!! Her name is Sister Sadler and she is a quad! As in, four babies came out of her mother at one time. Ouch. Anyways, she’s shorter than me and so adorable!! And my Dresden bud Elder Ashmead is in my district again. (district= group of missionaries that meet every week to support each other and eat Döners.) I also got to go to Dresden again for stake conference. My goal is to spend my whole mission in Dresden stake. What else happened…I learned self-defense at an eating appointment. I got bruised in the process, but hey, it’s just a flesh wound!