|Meet the new Resident Assistant at the FLSR (she will live in the German House) at BYU! (the one in lederhosen)|
|Sister Henry with good friend Elder Mohn! An awesome missionary who knows how to work hard with JOY!|
|Elder Sanft, a good friend from Konstanz, and Sister Henry who looks very short and very white haha|
Now as I was looking at this cooked fish head I thought to myself, "I only have five weeks to do make crazy mission stories" and therefore dug right in. Eventually I got to a brown squishy part, honestly I think it was the fish's brains. It could have been the gills, too, though. Then, working my way up the head I realized that the fish still had both eyes! The Konstanz elders were with us and I looked over to Elder Sanft (he is Tongan) who said, "It's just like the Islands. You can eat the eyes too!" So I did it! Check it out world, Sister Henry ate for the first time in her life not one, but TWO fish eyes! It was awesome. Didn't even taste bad!
i don't think we mean to be judgmental at all. We are just human, all of us, and naturally we have to discern the needs and in a way make a judgment when we interact with others. But sometimes as a missionary you can get a little frustrated when you feel like your ward or branch is sort of rejecting your investigator.
Well I will tell you why this little Singen branch is defying the norm and is just a little fire here in Southern Baden-Wurttemberg. I was talking with our branch president and he mentioned that in their last branch presidency meeting they talked about 3 Nephi 17:6-9 and that no matter what, everyone is welcome into our branch. Everyone is welcome into the church.
The verse says:
6 And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you.
7 Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.
8 For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you.
9 And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.
I just thought that that was so cool. I feel like that scripture really echoes the heart of a true christian mindset. Everyone is welcome to come unto Him. I would much rather get in trouble after this life for having too much hope in people's ability to change than getting in trouble for having too little.
I just was so impressed. So impressed!
The gospel is good, it is for everyone. It is the only thing in this world that is truly one size fits all. I just love being a missionary, I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I love simply being alive! God really loves us, I know he does. Even though sometimes it is hard to feel, he loves us.
I love you!