Hey Mom & Pops! We actually were not able to go to the castle this week because everyone wasn't able to make it. So we are planning on going another time - sad! But this week was still pretty awesome! 

And no - I don't think that they have Daylight Savings Time in Germany, as I have not touched any of my clocks. Well, at least I hope that they don't do it or I have been off an hour, haha. Tübingen is awesome! It is getting way warm here and the weather has been spectacular. It is way sunny and it feels like summer today.  There are people out everywhere and the town is definitely alive. 

I am feeling much better! Glad that the cold is finally gone. 

M, our new young adult member, is doing amazing! We have seen him several times this last week, which has been pretty cool! 

We did not get the chance to meet with P. She is hard to reach lately. We called her a few times and nothing. I don't want to bug her but I think we will make her brownies this week and drop them by or something and see how she is doing. 

Bruder A is doing great! We had a lesson with him again on Saturday. We taught it all about recognizing the Spirit. He was way interested and we shared some more personal experiences and he knows that he wants to be baptised soon. I think he is starting to understand how the Spirit works more, so we are way excited.... Except for the fact that he will be going back to Austria this next week for awhile! Dang!

And E (a young adult investigator) is doing pretty good. We didn't get to meet with her this last week because she has been working a lot.  No, she doesn't go to college, but she works at a hotel in a town called Albstadt. We do have a few members going to the college. Dr. S is going there. And yes, I have heard that Tübingen is one of the best colleges in Germany, especially for its medical program! 

The Aus-Tausch was great! Esslingen is about a 45 minute train ride from Tübingen, not too far. We went by to visit some less active members in the area for a good amount of time, and when it was dark we went back to the Esslingen 4-man apartment, had German study, and then ate dinner. It was pretty fun! The next day we just did studies in the morning in Esslingen, then Tausched back to Tübingen.

For workouts, we have weights. A barbell (one of the big long bars), and we have 2 20KGs, 2-10 KGs, so in all we can put around 165 lbs on the bar. That's pretty good. We also just found a cord to our rowing machine. So now we have been rowing on the rowing machine as well, which I am starting to love. We also have one dumbell with around 30 lbs on it. We have been running all day today, so that has been nice. Sadly, we do not have a pull up bar. I would have bought one by now if our door frames could support one. Maybe the next apartment!

Church was really good ! We actually had Gemeinde Konferenz, or Ward Conference, so we didn't teach any classes! They had some recent converts share conversion stories and it was really good. They seem to be very focused on missionary work here as a stake theme, so that is really cool! Another thing that was great was that afterwards we had a Gemeinde Essen (basically a ward lunch). We ate a lot of food there - that is one of the reasons we have been running all day, haha. 

We don't usually play basketball with the young men, but when we are there and they are playing basketball we do! It is a lot of fun. The chapel isn't that big, but they have a hoop out back, which is where we play. 

Some other cool things that we did this week were eating at Dr. S's. He made us awesome Chinese food again from his province in China. This guy is way cool! He was planning on coming with us to the castle the next day, but his professor emailed him and said that he had to come and watch him perform surgery. So he couldn't and we didn't go :(  He was so sorry - he wanted to go pretty bad, so we will definitely invite him again when we do decide to go. 

We also ate with all the youth at the family A's home. It was really good food! It was really cool and M was there too. I totally forgot to take pictures of it -  woops. It was the same food that I had with them the first time I was there and she sent you pictures of it. After we ate, we had a lesson with Bruder A. 

We also ran into the family S when we were in Reutlingen one day. They were like, "Elders, come with us! We will take you to lunch!" They kept insisting, so we went with them and ate some fish at a place called NordSee. It was really good! All of their kids were with them and it was really cool. Our ward is the best in Tübingen!

Anyways that is all that has really happened here! Love you too! Hope you have a great time in Cancun! I bet it will be tons of fun - I'm jealous!
Elder Ridd

 Gemeinde Essen (basically a ward lunch) - after Geimeinde Konferenz