Living in an Amish Paradise

Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 2:12 PM

Hey Everyone :)

Another day here in the middle of one of the biggest centers in the world. Missionary work keeps going. Even when an old man yells at you through his doorbell on Saturday and tells you he will press criminal charges if you ever even try to talk to him again. Missionary work still keeps going.

Today for our P-Day activity a member talk us to make a traditional German food, which was really fun and educational, and it was delicious. What more could you ask for? It's called Kohlroulade, if any of you are interested in spicing up your week with something scrumptiously new.

Most of our missionary work right now has to do with working with a less active member who has to clear up some things before he can receive the Melchisedek Priesthood. That has been really cool, because we have been experiencing some actual changes in his life and demeanor. That's something that keeps me going. 

We've taken it upon ourselves to go through our ward list and try to come in contact with every single member in our ward and get to know them in an effort to get to know the ward better. One of those phone calls went like this (names changed to protect people's identity)

Elder Peck: Hi, here are the missionaries from Marzahn ward. Does Mr. Chan live here?

Person on Phone: Who? What?

Elder Peck: Does Mr. Chan live here?

Person on Phone: Yes. Who are you?

Elder Peck: We are from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Person on Phone: Never heard of it. 

Elder Peck:...?

That probably sums up my life pretty well for the past 3 weeks. 

We also had a super cool mission conference this past week with Elder Massimo De Feo, the first Stake President in Italy and the first Italian General authority. It was amazing. We learned a lot, shook his hand, and some got interviewed by him. I just like the occasions too because you get to see your old missionary buds too. I saw Elder Brewer, my trainee, and his companion, among many other friends. What a joyous occasion.

Also, I accidentally left almost my whole wash of whites in Neum√ľnster three weeks ago. Needless to say, I was washing my clothes very often, until I got a Christmas package from my main man Elder Wood, which not only had almost all my white clothes fit into two cereal boxes, but he also managed to fit In a pack of ramen, my tablet charger, and some interesting tasting cough drops from a member in Neum√ľnster. Easily one of the best gifts this season.

That pretty much sums up the week. Christmas is coming up fast. I hope you all are doing the Light the World challenges. They're super cool, and I really feel that they help us to connect to those around us in a way like none other, especially at this Christmas time. 

I love you all. I hope you are doing well. This life is a gift, and remember, there's no present like the time.

Elder Peck


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