Woche 24- Sleeping on the train tracks... like missionaries do.
It was the final week of the transfer, and it was an interesting week
to say the least. Everything was building up to the big transfer call on friday... so I guess Ill just start there with the big news...
Im staying in St. Pölten for a couple more transfers, and im
TRAINING again! looks like Im going to have 2 sons in my first 4
transfers. crazy stuff.
As for exciting things that have taken place this last week...
was Interviews with president Miles... it was my second interview- I
guess that makes me kinda old! President Miles said right when I walked
in "wow elder, already to your second interview! it seems like
yesterday. These are road marks you dont wanna hit!" It was crazy to
think Ive been here long enough to have two.. and I will almost surely
still be in Wien 1 district for my next interview too! The interview
went awesome, it was way cool to spend time with president miles- he is
inspired of the lord!
After the interviews we had a massive lunch at Herbs- Schnitzel. District Tradition.
we had 4 appointments with new investigators lined up... and wouldnt
cha know it. They all fell out. It was rather dissappointing. But a
small miracle- we were WAY out in the middle of nowhere- and we had the
potential of being REALLY late to our next appointment. But as we were
all running (in our church clothes) a bus shows up out of nowhere, and
Elder Horlacher just jumps on! After we jumped on, we asked the bus
driver if he was going in the direction we needed- turns out he was
going exactly where we needed to go! and when we got there, he didnt
even make us pay. Miracles.
was the day of the big call- usually the president calls us early
morning (between 7-8) but this time we didnt get a call until 9:35!
It was nerve racking for sure... and we were actually at a service
project when it finally came! We were helping old Bruder Seitz stack his
wood pile, which was covered in fire ants. Poor bruder Seitz is 94
years old and couldnt even see the ants, so he was picking up the wood
and they started crawling all over him- we kept telling him to be
careful and not to touch it, but he is a stubborn old guy haha. Elder
Mongia is getting Elder Herzog as a companion, I got the news that I am
training one more time, and Elder Horlacher is the new Zone Leader in
Stuttgart! I guess that makes 2 of my companions that have become Zone
leaders. I told Elder Mongia either he or my greenie needs to become
zoneleader in 2 tranfers to keep it a perfect streak!
after we had a bonfire with Bruder Bauer- he invited us to help him
move stuff in his woodshop- then we had the bonfire with a boy named
Florian Räder. He grew up in the ward, moved to america for 6 years,
became Atheist, then moved back to Austria. Bruder Bauer is doing a lot
for him, trying to help him come back. It was sad to talk with him and
hear him pull out every excuse in the book why being Atheist is ok- to
be honest it is all just one big excuse to break the word of wisdom- he
thinks its cool to drink and brags about it quite openly even though hes
only 16. real sad.
we had dinner with the Hirschmanns and the Brunnsteiners- which was
awesome because Herr Brunnsteiner is not a member, so it was good to get
a little closer to him. the members seem to think hes the closest "non
member spose" in our ward to being baptised. Sister Hirschman (the one
from china) cooked us a traditional chinese meal- and you would all be
so proud to know I clean my plate without a single complaint. it was
actually quite tasty. Even the seaweed soup we had was great! PLUS I
learned to use chopsticks, and I ate the whole rice/vegatable bowl with
chopsticks. whats up?
Now the exciting part of the week.
the less active we have been working with alot lately, needs help
getting to church because he is a little anxious to ride alone (its a
psychological thing- but it is a real problem) and we wanted to do all
we could to help him. So we decided to ride the train to him in the
morning before church, and ride with him to church. The catch. There is
only one train to where he lives (a dorf called Maria Anzbach) and it
leaves St. Pölten at 5 am. and then the train rides back at 8 (its only a 25 minute train ride) So... we wake up at 4, get to his dorf by 5:25, and we have 2 hours before we need to go pick him up. So we all layed down next to the train tracks in our sunday
suits and tool naps. It must have looked hilarious, but we were so
tired it didnt matter. It was quite the experience! Plus he came to
All in all, it was a schön week. Plus, earlier today, for Elder
Horlachers last P-Day in St. Pölten, we took this little tiny train
(called the Mariazell) on a scenic train ride through BEAUTIFUL austria.
it was unbelievable- ill send some pictures. WOW. it was incredible.
Straight out of sound of music.
Well, I sure love you all. Please pray for my greenie. He needs it more than I do his first week.