Saints, the Ministers of Sinners

ImageThis last week was an interesting/exciting one. The greatest news of the week is that Evas, his wife, and his son were baptized and confirmed this last week! I taught them when I was still very new on my mission! 
And, yesterday, before church started we were standing out in the foyer of the chapel and I saw someone come out of the coat closet that looked rather familiar. Incredulously I said, “Hannah?” Lo and behold, it was Hannah from Wels. And then, I looked up and saw Rahel, also from Wels. They were in Augsburg for a Single Adult’s activity and they were both rather surprised to see me. But it was good to see them.

We had a bit of an exciting/frustrating experience with a train and an address this last week. We were supposed to go by on a less active that lives in a place called Graben, which, if you know German, should be enough of a warning not to go there. Graben, in English, means grave, as in, where someone is buried….

So, we got to the train station a little earlier than we had anticipated and we were waiting on the Bahnsteig for our train when a train pulled up and on the screen on the Gleis it said, “Landsberg (Lech)” Which was the correct train with the correct time. And so, we got on the train and were commenting on how empty the train was. In the middle of this discussion the train began to move-ten minutes too early. 

We realized very quickly that this train was not the one we wanted and we looked at the destination and then a map and realized that we would be able to change trains in Bobingen and it would be okay. And so, we sat down again and decided to wait on this incredibly empty train. For a few moments all was well, until the train slowed down and then stopped completely. 
In the middle of nowhere. 

Confused, but, still not very worried we simply sat there and waited. Many times, trains will wait outside of stations because there’s another train in the station. But we didn’t move for several minutes. 

Soon enough, the man driving the train came out and said to us, “Was macht ihr jetzt?” 

We quickly explained that we realized we were on the wrong train and that we were looking for the train to Landsberg. He just looked at us and then, speaking to us in very poor English told us that the train was not going anywhere, that it had reached it’s end station in Augsburg and that it wasn’t going back to the station till it was needed. 

We asked how long, and he said, “About ten minutes.”

And so we waited for ten minutes…fifteen…twenty…the train we were supposed to be on went past…thirty…forty…forty-five 

FINALLY we started moving, back to the station where we started and got on the next train heading out to Graben. 

When we got to the Graben stop we got off and were greeted with a giant Amazon factory hub and nothing else.

To get to Graben you have to go to the Lagerlechfeld haltestelle and then walk two kilometers. 

We saved that for the next day considering that it was late and freezing cold. 

When we finally got to Graben we found a less active member who had no interest in coming to church, but had a ten year old daughter who had never been baptized who was VERY interested in coming to church. 

We are very excited for her because she’s excited to come to church. 

Circumstances from this week brought me to the memory of a scripture in Matthew: 

“And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.

“And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?

“But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

I love this scripture because of the idea that Jesus wasn’t going to spend His life among those that were perfect, that wasn’t why He came to the world. He came to the world so that the people could be saved. 
Christ is no longer physically on the earth, but His teachings are. The teachings of life, love, hope, faith, and eternal salvation still remain on this earth. These messages are conveyed to much of the world through people. Not through words, but through actions, through kindness, and through Love.
The Lord has given this world a good bundle of saints, and I consider myself priveleged to know a few of them. He gave this world full of sinners a good bunch of saints to help make them saints. Which makes more and more saints every time a saint reaches out to a sinner. 
This past week I just realized how grateful I am to have the examples of a few saints in my life and to see their works to do what they can to help those that the Lord has entrusted to their care either become saints or remain saints. 
We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Let us wear this title proudly as we become the ministers of those who need it most.
I love you all and I am so grateful for your examples of love to me. 

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