I guess we have two huge announcement from the week...
1) MARIA GOT BAPTISED! WOOO! It was so spiritual- we'll talk about that later
2) I got TRANSFERED! Im going to the lovely city of HEILBRONN! It
is the farthest northern city of my mission, and is directly above
Stuttgart. It is a small branch (what else is new!) but the chapel is
awesome i hear. It will be the biggest city ive served in- with 110000
people! Super exciting- and the best part- my companion is Elder Rozan!
He is black and from Spain, and he speaks russian! I have now had a
Romanian, and Italian, and a spanish companion! pretty exciting stuff!
The week was pretty wild- it rained alot. But we had Elder Dyches
from the Seventies come and visit us last week- it was sweet! We had an
all day meeting down in zürich on wednesday- and he just spoke to all
the swiss missionaries (we get added in with the swiss just cause we are
so close) and then he spoke to all the leaders of the mission on
thursday and friday in Munich. We had two elders spend the night tuesday
night before the meeting, because it started so early, and we live only
an hour away from Zürich- one of them was Elder Phillips! He replaced
me in St. Pölten way back in the day- so we were able to talk about all
the people from back then :) It made me so happy!
thursday, before the leadership meeting- we had a massive finding
day in Munich by the Frühlings Fest! ever heard of Oktober Fest? well,
its a HUGE festival in October in Munich, and its a MASSIVE fair ground
in Munich called Theriesen Wiese- well that is about 3 minutes from the
church house! and in the spring, they do the Frühlings Fest which is the
same this, just bout half the size. so as everyone was coming and going
from that, we did a big publicity thing, and opened the church for
church tours! we got lots of people in Lederhosen and Dirndl coming
through- because thats the traditional dress at festivals. Elder Garrett
and I talked to some way cool people! Friday, when the seventy talked
to us, he talked all about Agency and Responsibilty. My favorite quote
from his talk: The Determined man finds a way- the other man finds an
excuse. NO EXCUSES! It was so powerful- and thats the meeting where
president Miles announced transfers- and i found out i was going to
and then Saturday was the baptism!!!! It wasnt very well attended
by members... but those who came really had a good experience. Maria
asked me to baptise her, so i did- it was the first time ive ever
baptised anyone! The water was REALLY low in the font for some reason-
but luckily maria is very short, so it wasnt so bad. I was just 2/3 out
of the water myself haha. On Sunday she recieved the Holy Ghost from
Elder Garrett- the ward is really ready to recieve her- she will need
tons of support to stay strong!
Saying goodbyes in the church was hard... real hard. But I know
its not forever. I have LOVED my time here in Singen! We have been so
busy, it has seemed to just FLY by. I wished i could have developed
deeper relationships with the members, like i did in St. Pölten- i think
i was just so busy with Zone Leader responsibilities that my mind wasnt
always 100 on the area- im very excited to fully focus on the ward and
the investigators in Heilbronn!
I uploaded all my photos- i hope you enjoy them!
I love you all, and I love the mission! It is SO worth it!