June 22, 2010
On April 14, Iceland’s EYJAFJALLAJOKULL volcano began erupting, spewing volcanic ash over most of northern Europe. All air traffic was cancelled, transfers postponed, and we could see a hazy mist outside for days.
D&C 121:45-46. The greatest confidence one can possess is confidence before the Lord. I would certainly like to be in that position, so how do we get to that point? I finished reading and marking my new fresh copy of the Book of Mormon (assignment from the Mission President). Red – every name or pronoun referring to God or Jesus. Blue – every principle or teaching. Yellow – every direct quote from God and Green – every attribute of God. This was an amazing project and my comprehension was increased and I could see the message of the book over and over again. 1. Repent 2. Be baptized 3. Come unto Christ.
World Cup Fever is taking over. It’s almost as much fun as being in New England when the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins are all doing well. Tomorrow for the German game we’re going to show it at our Center and it should be great fun. People are the same everywhere.
Anya, a women with two adorable kids, is trying to help me with my German. She comes from East Germany and wasn’t even allowed to believe in God as a child. She came to a baptism last week and as she watched the baptism and the curtains close afterwards, it reminded her of capital punishment and watching an execution. She kind of freaked out. Ausflipped. Ausgeflippt. I think she believes in God much more than she lets on.
We’re doing well and I can’t believe how busy we are. Joe and Audri spent last weekend with us and it was so much fun. We went on a cruise down the Rhine river to Rhinefels Castle (with the other senior couples) and then to an authentic German restaurant. After three hours of listening to German on Sunday they kind of had a glazed look in their eyes. Like me.