So we set a goal as a district to only speak deutsch. So I try to say everything in German and if you could not then in English. So let us say it was interesting.
For pday we went to lunch with a member of our Ward and all the missionaries in Wien. He took us to the tennis club he is apart of. He is the longest member and it is the oldest tennis club in Austria. It was delicious food as always. I had the venison, which was well prepared. Later we went to the family Garcia and taught Leo. It was a wonderful time and great food I am so grateful we could share with them.
On Tuesday while teaching a German class all these that came were on very different levels so we each took a person to help. And since some wanted to learn English too. So I tried to teach a man from Afghanistan who does not speak English or German. It was an interesting time for sure. Hope he know how to count to 30 know.
This week was the change of weather and sicknesses. It started out with me, then Elder Monson shortly after so we were both sick. And now it has hit the Wien 1 elders. Both Elder Spratling and Yost were sick. We also went on exchanges for a few hours with the Wien 3 elders, Elder McLean and Elder Buckly. Elder McLean and I were able to teach Sonny and oh my golly wholly it was a wonderful lesson. We ended up having a member from the Wien 5 Ward come. He stayed after German class asking us what we were doing so we shared how we had a lesson and Alexis offered to stay and be a joint teach.
There was such a wonderful spirit felt there. This week as missionaries here in Vienna we were able to get together with Ward missionaries, investigators and such and play sports.
We played basketball for a little bit but then we played volleyball. It was so to play with other missionaries and to cheer on Sonny and Niship who came with us. Others were a little bit shocked of that I actually could play sports. I was asked by a member how I served like it did. I'm not sure, I just serve. But he complimented of how well I played.
I loved being the one though that helped cheer on others. To encourage them and see the success they had when they got the chance to make their part by hitting the ball. It is the same with missionary work, sometimes we judge others that we think may not be ready for the gospel. We should not search for the people that would look like they "fit" the church but rather all no matter what they may seem. We are all learning and together when we encourage and play our part we can have great outcomes. While at church it was great to visit with members.
I love members so much! Bishop Picard really cares about his fellow brothers and sister of the Ward. He cares so much for us missionaries and what we do. He is a marvelous man.
It was interesting after sacrament I was able to talk to a sister of the Ward that speaks Spanish and German. But she likes how English sounds so she comes to our Ward. I was able to talk with her and find out more about her. She is so amazing she is from Cali Colombia I believe or at least from South America and her son lives in Colombia and her home city is Cali..so I put pieces together but we had such a nice little chat about faith and how we really need faith in this world. When we have faith in God and Jesus Christ and by doing so we really can have a happier life. We just need to keep looking forward to the future and not focus on the negatives of the past but the bright things that are awaiting us.
Elder Seth Bowers