Monday, 11 March 2013

March 11, 2013, Kiel

Hey Family,

    I'm so glad to hear that you all had an awesome week! It was great to hear about how the temple trip was and that you were all so deeply affected by the spirit and had a wonderful time. I miss you all and I'm super excited for every one of you. Time is moving fast!

   Well like I said before, we're still trying to build Kiel up from scratch again. It's going to take a lot of work and time on our part, which has been difficult lately because of bad health and bad luck. But we're doing the best we can. We don't have colds, but there have just been some other problems lately that we're trying to take care of.

   On Wednesday, we had the Elder's from Glückstadt come to Kiel so that we could do a split with them and do some work. The day was pretty roughly planned, but planned as best as we could with what information we had. Elder A and I went to do contacts from the Area book that I organized the day before, while Elder C and Elder G went to 2 appointments. It worked really well, and man it was so nice to be out again, talking to people, and being able to do some missionary work.

   On Friday we were in Berlin for another Zone Leader Council. It went really well, and the lesson was on Planning. We want to make sure that all the missionaries are taking the time to do effective planning. It was really good. It reminded me of how we need to start taking more time again, to start planning better, with backup plans if things fall through.

   V can't stop drinking. He didn't come to the service project but we're going to invite him again to the one on Tuesday. He really wants to stop but feels helpless. We've got to help him wake up somehow.

  The sisters have an investigator that is getting baptized on Sunday, and he's asked me to baptize him. His name is M, and he's from Iran. He's around 28yrs old and he's been taught for about 5 weeks. He only speaks Persian and a little bit of English. They've taught him with google translate, haha! J He also has the Book Of Mormon in Persian (not a full translation), and Gospel Principles in Persian, which he's read completely through. Its amazing how much he actually understands and how much love he has. We are always supposed to look at the evidence of conversion in our investigators, and it is amazing to see how much he shines and how excited he is for his baptism. It took the sisters a while to get permission to teach him, to make sure that he would be safe if they did, and it's all figured out. It's really exciting.

  I'm going bowling today for P-day with some of the YSA, and know it'll be fun. I love you guys and keep up the good work!

Love Elder Luening

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