Greuzli mit einand'!!! (thats swiss german... for whats up?!)
again, Im proud to say that I am still within the realms of the living.
No idea how, but Ive learned not to question these sort of things! We
just pray and trust God, and somehow everytime we come out on top!
So... last week I told you the news that I was going to be
recieving my brand new greenie this week. I guess now Ill recap the
events leading up to that, plus the adventures of our first few days
we spent the first part of the day catching up the Area book with all
of our potentials and such from the last transfer... it was kinda fun to
look over all the people we had found! We HAD an appointment with
Andrea, but she wasnt feeling well so that fell out, but we needed to go
to the store anyways to print off photos for the Tschüß book! A Tschüß
Book... Im not sure if they do this in all missions, but in our mission
they are like mini blank yearbooks... and at the end of every
companionship, you print off pictures of your adventures together, and
decorate a few pages of the book in any creative way you want, then
write down all of your inside jokes, cools memories, and just
testimonies. They are really cool! I had no idea to how to do it really,
so my entry in Elder Janis' book turned out to be really lame and
plain, after I saw how cool he did mine. I guess Ill just need to up my
game next time we trade comps!
we finally had an appointment with Amanda at her house, with her
husband! She made us lunch, as a kind of goodbye to Elder Janis... is
was kinda a sad parting! She really means a lot to both of us, and it
was hard to say goodbye for him, but They will see eachother in a year
when he tours the mission with his parents.
we had Zone Training in Wien all day (the first of three days all spent
in Wien this week)- and we learned a ton about love,and seeing the
potential in others before looking to judge! It was a great meeting, and
it really got me pumped to get out and work!
That night, Elder Janis and I left the apartment for the last time
together to go teach Kurt and Edeltraud. It was bittersweet, knowing it
was our last time together, and knowing how excited he was to move on
to the zone leader in Singen, and I was excited to get my greenie. The
lessons went great though! Kurt, we watched 'Finding Faith in Christ'
together, and the spirit was SO STRONG. Elder Janis bore his testimony
one last time, and it was a little dissapointing to hear Kurt once again
deny what he was feeling. We dont really know where to go with him.
Edeltraud was a good lesson though... she bought Elder Janis a little
gift and we all bore testimony one last time. That night Elder Janis had
to stay up till midnight
to pack.... I guess you need to do what you need to do! Some
missionaries I heard were up till 3-4, so elder Janis got tons of sleep
Thursday was the big day. We left for Wien early in the morning, because the transfer train with all the Elder from our zone left at 8:20!
There were some bitter sweet goodbyes, and then they were gone! My
training was officially complete as Elder Janis handed over the keys to
the area (literally and firguratively!) and hopped on the train! Crazy
I spent the day in Wien partnered with Elder Sponsellar in the
Wien 5th ward area- We basically just did a bunch of finding, and taught
German class. We found 3 really sweet potential investigators that day!
Too bad I cant contact any, because they are all in Wien. darn. The
train with all the new Elders was supposed to come in aroun 7, but the
train was CANCELLED! So after about a 100 phone calls, we found what
train they got transfered too, and they got in about 8:30.
ELDER WOOLSEY! He is my Golden (Greenie)! My Son! He is from Snohomish
WA, a little town 30 min north of Seatle! He is actually older than me,
as far as age goes... but thats not a problem!
was our first day together! We had to drive into Wien ONCE AGAIN,
because we had a special meeting for all those who were training and
being trained with Zone Leaders. We talked about how we can show love to
our companions and how thats how we can make the biggest impact on our
greenies, is by finding ways to serve them so they know we love them!
That night we taught Edeltraud in the park, E. Woolseys first lesson! He
didnt understand a word he said haha. He gave a good testimony on the
end though. Br. Bauer was sick and called us for a blessing that night,
but we had an appointment with Amanda, so the other elders ran out to
him. Elder Woolsey was so drained by the end of that first night!
we didnt have any lessons lined up, so I took Elder Woolsey for his
first contacting and dooring experience! I wish you could have seen the
look on his face when I turned to him and told him he was going to talk
to the next person we saw! He was so nervous! And the first lady we saw
was Turkisch anyways so they REALLY didnt understand eachother! haha it
was a great day.
elder woolsey gave testimony in church. You could really feel his
excitiment through his broken german. It was really good, and we went
and met all the members after church too. And that afternoon we found
three potentials! Great day.
Thats basically the sum of my experiences this week! Its hard to
do pretty much all the talking and teaching sometimes... but its a good
way to practice my german I suppose! I have high hopes for Elder
Woolsey. He has a lot of potential, its just helping him see it and
helping him believe he can reach it! We set some pretty high goals for
this area, and we are really going to need to stretch ourselves to reach
them, but I believe that with prayer and faith we can do it!
Thats about it for this week! Thanks for the prayers, Im going to need them. Elder Woolsey too. Pray for him.
is out there! Sometimes is comes up behind you unexpected and gives you
a greenie for a companion, then the real fun starts, and the worries of
being a leader kick in. Wish us luck!