Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Vienna Austria Week 11

Grüß euch!

Well I have been wanting to write a group update letter for a while but I have not had my full email time in a while. 

VIENNA is still the coolest. The ward is awesome! Full of young cool people that love doing missionary work. We are able to work with them really well. For example, 12/20 lessons this last week were with "a member present" so basically with a member there for the lesson. I don't know is that's good in other missions, but it's pretty high here to have 12. For sure the most I have ever had. All the people we teach feel loved and welcome in the ward which is so important. 

So, after today we have 3 planned Baptisms in the month of March! I would love to explain a little about who there are and how they are doing.

Nikos Antonopoulos:
We are actually in the train right now to his house to teach him. We are just going through the lessons another time so he can be ready. Haha ok now I'm in the train coming home from the lesson. We meet each time at there house after we have dinner with them with his wife and our ward mission leader. His date is the 19th of March and we are confident that he is going to make it. He had to stop smoking to get baptized but is doing great. Has not smoked in 1 month after giving up cold turkey. 

Maybe you remember hearing about how we found her. We just stopped her on this really busy street and talked with her. Found out members of her family are members and that she had gone to church a few times. Ever since then we have been meeting with her and she has totally excepted the gospel. She has tons of friends in the ward and is scheduled to get baptized on the 27th or March! Yay! 

This story is a long story. So Katharina is a 23 year old student who grew up in Vienna. She first got to know the church 1 year ago from a really famous blogger who is a member from New York City. She has been meeting with the Elders for the past 10 months or so but really made lots of progress right before I got to Vienna. Ever since I got to Wien, she kind of started slowing down. She stopped coming to church, reading, and things slowly went down hill. Her doubts overtook her faith. She dropped us hard core 4 weeks ago and told us it was not for her and that she would never join the church...yet here we are. A really awesome sister Missionary in Vienna who is a convert. She helped her spark her faith again. She started reading the Book of Mormon again and doing the small things. She got back from a trip in Rome Yesterday and asked if we could meet today. When we met with us she told us that she wanted to be baptized NEXT WEEK!  So ya she is getting baptized next Sunday. Pretty big miracle and we are soooo pumped for her. More info yet to come!

That's my life! Love you all! 
Elder Lyman 

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Hey Family,

This week was full of cool things and miracles. I would love to share some with you!

Last Monday night, we had dinner with this couple in the ward. Brother and Sister Antanopolas. She has been a member for 24 years and the husband has known the church the whole time, but he never got baptized. For the past 24 years he has been a "eternal investigator".  He had heard all the missionary lessons hundreds of times, come to church for the past 24 years, and even had a calling. He asked us if we had prepared a spiritual thought after dinner. We said yes, then he mentioned that he had prepared something to share as well. We insisted that he go first, which he did. He said that we had been thinking about getting baptized for the  past 24 years, but that he had finally made the decision. He told us he already picked out s date in March with the Bishop, and that now he just needed us to go through everything one more time then we could get in the water! It was so crazy! We did not really except it, but we did not complain! It is really true that everyone has there own timing. The best part was to see the tears of incredible joy in his wife's eyes, who I'm sure was
waiting for this answer to her prayers for a long 24 years:)

2 weeks ago, Elder Mitchell and I went to a car show in Vienna. While we were there, we got to know a very nice young girl who was working there at the Mercedes Benz section. She was one of the info models in theory, (she was drop dead gorgeous if I dare add). She asked us what we were doing here and naturally we started talking about the church and The Book of Mormon came up. She invited to come to her families bible study hour the next week because she comes from a family of 7th day Adventist. We were beyond giddy as school boys to get her number, and of course to come to the study hour. We dropped by this past Friday, to meet her family, that included her Identical twin Sister! It was soooooo awesome! We had a great gospel discussion and talked slot about the Book of Mormon. They are going to start reading. We will see what comes from it.

Last night Elder Mitchell and I decided to go Dooring instead of doing studies after church even though our mission President told us we should do studies first. Call us "rebels". We just started walking around until we made it to a apartment building we both thought was the right one. We footed for 2 hours and got some potentials, but nothing crazy. Like always, we came to the Last door and a young mother answered the door with a cute young girl in her arms. We talked about the purpose of life as families with her on the door then she invited us in. We talked with her and her husband about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it was restored to the earth. They could not have
agreed more, cause they feel like there current Christian faith is just not complete. We had a great first lesson and thy invited us back later in the week. At this point on my mission, I can tell when people are prepared to hear the gospel, and they are. It was such a testimony builder that I am truly a tool in the Lords hands and if we listen to the spirit, he will lead us to his prepared children.

I love you all and hope and pray that we can all continue to use this amazing gospel we were born with. We have no idea how lucky we are.

Much Love,

Elder Lyman