It was SO GREAT to talk to you all on Christmas! I am so greatful for technology! Christmas was absolutely fantastic and I felt your love and the love of the Savior so strong. It definitely was a Christmas to remember! I know better now than I did a month ago, that Jesus Christ lives, that He is my Savior and Redeemer. The ward was so nice to us and really blessed us with TONS of food and treats... we don't need to buy any food at the store today! In German, they celebrate Christmas on the 25th and 26th of December, so yesterday was another holiday, that's why I am writing today.
We received transfer calls on Saturday, and we are switching with the Sisters, so we will be in the German ward, and they in the American Military Ward. Well, that's what we thought when we came to our planning meeting yesterday to switch records and talk about investigators and such. In the opening prayers, the thoughts and feelings came about us four missionaries working fully in both wards. I brought it up right after the prayer, and the spirit so strongly confirmed it to all of us! 4 Missionaries, 2 Wards, 1 Purpose. We are meeting again tomorrow to get all this down on paper and write out this plan, to work with both wards and be more effective that we have ever been! It was so neat to see the conversation and plans develop into what we have now, as a plan and initiative to have us four missionaries work fully in both wards. Of course, that means twice the work, but this is the kind of thing that the wards here in Wiesbaden need! It will be so worth it! When we put up borders and boundries, even put us in boxes, then the effectiveness and efficiency of the work declines significantly. Of course, we need balance and focus, and that is what we will be planning tomorrow. The work is going to roll forward with greater speed and greater power than this area has ever seen, than Germany has ever seen! I know it! It can happen, and it will happen! And it all started with a recognition of the whisperings of the Spirit, and then the collective revelation of all involved. That's how the Lord gets His work done, one revelation at a time. I am so excited! This is going to be a miraculous new year!
Sorry I can't write much, I wrote three large letters to President explaining this new plan, and they were lost and eaten in cyberspace... technology :-)
I sure love you all!
Alles Gute, und schönes neues Jahr!
Elder Nathan D. Garlick
German Frankfurt Mission
"Shall we not go on in so great a cause?" D&C 128:22