Saturday, August 9, 2014
hoi zämmä!this week was STELLAR! Man, we have been having a good time indeed. lots of things been going one thats for sure! The first half of the week was kinda hard saying goodbye to elder rozan- pday we went to the Mercedes Benz museum with the district- also said goodbye to edler herog- man im gonna miss that guy so much! Then we were just getting Elder Rozan ready to go for the next couple days... then thursday he was gone! we had to wait all day in Stuttgart for our new companions to get there- then Elder Robertson came! i feel bad for the guy- he spent 8 hours in a train coming up from Bern! but we got home to apartment, threw his bags inside, and ran straight back out the door for our first appointment! it was a great way to start our comp! hit the ground running!
Liebe Familie,this week was dramatic. emotional. but we survive haha.
Liebe Familie,Wow how the times are going- i was reading in my Journal and a year ago this week was when i got Elder Parkinson as my companion, back in St. Pölten! can you believe its been so long! I lot of stuff has happened, but whats important, is that the work has moved forward, and i feel like im a better man and missionary now than i was then. in the grand scheme of things, its all about progression- and that progression can be measured in many ways!
Well, i need to start off by declaring- GERMANY WON THE WORLD CUP! this time i didnt get to live through the craziness really, because by the time they won the game it wasand we were all asleep. So today people are a little more tired... but the excitement is still there. World champions!
And now my reference to winter is because we broke out the winter coats this week because it was FREEZING! i think it started on tuesday night when a huge thunderstorm rolled in, then its rained on and off ever since and the temperatures went WAY DOWN... like from 28-30° on monday to 13° on wednesday! 13°!! it was so cold! (by the way, i mean C°, i dont know what that is in F°) But we are considering it a blessing.. working in the heat is never fun.
This week was super fun! Monday night we made home made Maultaschen with the Zanders- they are teaching us how to cook all sorts of Schwäbisch foods! Tuesday we went out to a small village to visit an investigator- DRAMA. there is seriously a soap opera going on between him, his wife, and his nieghbor, involving lots of money, guns and threats, and probably adulterous relationships. and we are trying to teach the gospel in the middle of all that. i wrote down the whole affair in my journal- its really dramatic haha. In the evening we visited this family called the walters- they are a family of really really quiet white personalities- if you know what i mean. so elder rozan and i had to supply 99% of the conversation at the dinner table. those appointments are always fun.
Wednesday we FINALLY had a ward council- my first one since coming to Heilbronn! It was hilarious, as they always are. many things discussed, feelings hurt, jokes told, not much decided. classic.
thursday we visited a less active in a city on the border of our area- his apartment was FULL of books about philosophy and history, and it was full of smoke- because he wouldnt stop smoking, but he was too cold to open the windows... (i think im going to die someday of 2nd hand smoke) but he talked to us for 2 hours about all the problems in the world, and why his faith is week and thats hes lost hope in humanity. and i couldnt help but ask myself- "why do you care about the worlds problems? you are out of a job, sitting alone in a run down apartment smoking all day, and you are worrying about the worlds problems? GET YOURSELF TOGETHER, solve your own problems, then you can think about how to solve societies problems." of course i didnt say that- but i was thinkin it. we will probably go back this week haha. Friday we had 2 AWESOME lessons- one with a 20 year old guy named Maurice who we havent seen in months, and one with a pretty regular investigator. Both we SUPER spiritual- especially maurice. he is a sincere seeker of truth, and he is the youth that the ward and the church needs!
Saturday was the ward BBQ and hike- luckily the rain stopped long enough for the hike, but the BBQ had to happen inside because of the pouring rain. it was SO FUN! none of our investigators could make it, but the members invited some of their friends and we had some way cool conversations. plus, that evening, we decided to go outside and talk to somepeople (despite the rain) and on the street we chose there was only ONE person- so we went straight to him and told him we were there with a message about the truth- he invited us straight into his house! (which he happened to be standing in front of)- he was a little drunk, but he told us he reads a lot and he searches for the truth. so we left the book with him and told him we will come back when hes not drunk anymore. super cool! And finally, sunday was great. a young couple blessed their baby in the church, so we were full of visitors! Plus, we had an investigator couple come, named Nida and Cicek- thats a really long story. depending on what happens this week, i will explain later :) but it was all good fun. We are really blessed!
I hope we all take a minute to consider how blessed we are to be reading this email on a computer right now- that we even have access to such things! The Lord has truly enlightened the world for our benefit and for the bringing to pass of his eternal purposes! how humbling to know that "the glory of God is Intelligence" and that he has granted parts of that intelligence to us (i hope i didnt misquote that scripture!)
Anyways, I love you family! wish me luck this week!
Adventure is out there!
Liebe Familie,what a week, what a week.
dont worry, i put a smiley face after the Blues because i think its just natural for everything to slow waaay down after a baptism! Even though the beginning of the week looked really really cool- unfortunatley people use their free agency to do silly things- like cancel our appointments or cease answering their cellular phones! Well, whats a goof ta do? We just keep moving forward like usual i suppose!
Naa the week wasnt that bad- im just being mega dramatic. It was actually really fun! We were in Stuttgart on Tuesday for district meeting, and in the evening, we had to clean out a shed at the church that was FULL of old stuff from a deceased member- a little gross, but no big problem for us! That was just the prep for CLEANING DAY- wednesday we were ordered from the mission to lock ourselves inside the whole day and clean clean clean the apartment- we thought we would run out of stuff to do, but we were decieving ourselves! It wasand we were still cleaning... yikes. The next day the Zauggs from stuttgart came to inspect the apartment- and of course they had to open the oven and see that we didnt scrub it out- what else could they expect from two 20 year olds ??
Thursday we were able to teach Desuja (our investigator from India) and he really opened up to us- so we taught a lot about repentence- it was really a cool moment! then thursday evening...... we watched DEUTSCHLAND v. USA FUßBALL!! we watched it with the Zanders- and in the pictures, even though im wearing my germany jersey, i was still cheering for USA dont worry! Stars and stripes forever baby! But we lost :( We will still be playing Belgium tomorrow- so life goes on!
Friday nothing really worked out like we wanted... until we taught Herr Krausse in the evening. he is making REALLY slow progress. but he cooked us some AMAZING italian food- oh my goodness it was so good. it was rosemary bread rolls, with green olives in the middle- it was to die for it was so amazing!
Saturday we did a finding day in Pforzheim- of course it poured rain and i forgot my umbrella- but thats what makes life fun!
All in all- its just another week in the life of a german missionary :)
I love you all!
Adventure is out there!
Dear Family,Well, i used a lot of my time writing a lot of people i didnt write last week... foolish decision? maybe- because now i dont have much time to write about the best week ever! It was seriously so cool!
Well, today i dont have time to write many people personally- we spent the day in the Black Forest hiking around! So... ill be sure to attach some pictures next week :) But ill do what i can to write many people- from your emails it sounds like youre all packed to the brim as well with summer activities... its good that we are all staying busy!
As for me- this last week was pretty fun, i must say!
Tuesday we were in Stuttgart for a farewell conference with President and Sister Miles- oh my goodness i cant believe they are leaving!! they have had such a major influence on my mission... i cant even express how grateful i am for those two! They gave us a CD with ALL of the their pictures from the last two years- so ill be sending that home so you can have a lot of pictures of the mission :) :) :) They talked to us about consecration as a final goodbye thought- its was really really good. it got me so pumped! then i went on exchanges and worked in Ludwigsburg with Elder Allen- he was in the MTC with me- it was fun to work with someone "my age" so we could talk about all our experiences up to this point- missions are so cool and teach us so much! we were pretty much able to bear testiomony to eachother all night- so cool!
Wednesday we switched back and went to the Zander family- yes dad, they are pretty much our adopted family. they love to have us over and ask us to come at least once a week. Br. Zander is working on coming back to church, so we love to come and support him in that. And no mom, im not depressed in those pictures haha- its a look of serious concentration! thats what happens when you eat Raclette! Raclette is a swiss dish- you have a little griddle- and you cook all sorts of different things on top, while roasting a special swiss cheese underneath- its so yummy! I really love that family so much!
Thursday we had a PACKED day! We met with this man from India- he is an honest seeker of the truth- so sincere! We have a lot of hope with him- and right after we met with these two 20 year old girls we met in the train..... i think they came to the appointment with other intentions- but we tried to just bear testimony and invite them to church- we'll see if they have interest in meeting again haha. Then in the evening we met with Brigitte- she is SO COOL! Im so pumped for the baptism this saturday- pretty much all the plans are set in stone, and its definitely going through- ill write more about her next week.
Friday we had transfer calls... we are staying 6 more weeks! and im so grateful- elder rozan is a BEAST! we met with a less active named Br. Kästle- his story is really sad. he was really active in north germany for many years, been to the temple and everything- and then he moved, didnt like the ward and just stopped coming! now he doubts his testimony of everything! AHH! i dont understand how that just happens! i guess its like Alma 32- if you dont water the tree its gonna die! But he was really nice and its looking like we can help him make progress towards coming back!
Sunday in the church finalized all the plans for the baptism with the ward- its looking like a lot of members are going to be there and are helping! Im so stoked! this is a way cool baptism for sure!
Well, that was pretty much my week- today was way fun hiking in the black forest- this place looks like its in a fairy tale- it really doest feel real! that feeling hasnt even worn off the last 17 months.... haha i dont think it will!
Well, I love you all- thanks for everything! i promise to write more next week!
Adventure is out there!
Beunos Dias! <- that is the extent of the spanish elder rozan has taught me. he just likes to speak german haha. But i also learned to say- hallo, grandma i love you- in russian! But i dont know how to spell it in russian... so i cant write it to you.This week has been crazy... and when i say crazy, i mean all our plans got chewed up and spit out right in front of our faces haha. But weeks like that happen on the mission! We just do our best to keep moving forward always!
Guten morgen liebe geschwister!Wow what a good week. Elder Rozan is working me and himself to the ground! He actually caught a cold and isnt doing so good now- but i think thats a sign that hes working hard enough haha. its really inspiring to watch him.
I love you all! thanks for all your support and everything you do!
Guten Morgen Liebe Familie!!!!What a week. first of all- is the weather in Utah being bi-polar too? almost everyday here, the weather switched between cold and rain, too really... reallly hot haha. a couple nights we slept without blankets and a fan on, and the next night we were sleeping with extra blankets because it had gotten so cold! This flip flop is making me tired i think haha. But despite that, we had an awesome week!
I also gave a talk on sunday, but nothing else really exciting happened.
Well that was the week! Man!
Well that was the week! Man!
I sure love you guys! thanks for the letters and the prayers!
Adventure is out there!