Monday, April 28, 2014

Sugar Coma - 4/28/14

Flowers in Herrenberg
Chapel in Tübingen (photo credit to Sister Miles) 
Elder Badders is in a sugar coma from all the candy. Thanks - we love the package!
Today is rainy and it isn't a good day to do too much. But yeah, it is really weird how far I away I really am. But it is cool to see how we can email and correspond so fast and easily through email on my Pdays! And I did get the package -thank you very much! That was sooo nice. It was literally the best thing to get it, and yes, I did receive it on Friday. (Elder Ridd's Easter package took almost 3 weeks to reach him, so he received it 5 days after Easter. Most of our packages have reached Germany in approximately 1 week!).

I find out about transfers this Saturday! And yes, they will happen on May 8th. People rarely stay 5 transfers in one area, but hey you never know.  But, knowing that Elder Badders has 3 already here, I am most likely leaving. If I don't leave this transfer, then he will. Basically what happens on Transfer call day is that the zone leaders find out about all the people that will be staying in their zone, meaning companionships. So they start calling them all at 6:30 in the morning, and tell them, "Yayyyy, you will be staying in the zone! Woooh!" And then by 7:30 they are done. So when around 7:30 hits, the zone leaders send a text around saying every companionship that is staying together in the same area has been called. Then you are like, "Ohhh snap," if you haven't gotten a call. That means that President or the Assistants will be calling you within the next hour or two. If President calls, one of the people in your companionship is training or going Zone Leader. If the Assistants call, they will tell you where your new area is and where your new companion is. So it is pretty nuts! Can't wait to see what happens!

Church yesterday was really good. We did not have to teach this week! Surprise! After Sacrament meeting there was a sister that doesn't come much who needed a blessing. We gave her a blessing, which went really well and she felt a lot better afterwards! After church we ate with Family R, which was a ton of fun and we had some German noodles and a really good soup and salad. As well as dessert of course, haha. But it was a ton of fun and we left them with a spiritual thought on prayer. After, we headed to Reutlingen (the biggest town in our area) and we visited a member who is in a wheelchair and can't come to church. He is pretty old but really cool. The poor guy has been alone for a long time and is really lonely. So we told him that we would start coming by twice a week and visiting him, as well as teaching him a "Preach My Gospel" lesson. He was so excited that we will be coming by now! Soo cool! It will definitely help our teaching in German as well!

We didn't have any investigators at church today sadly! And yes, Dr. S is in China. So I met with him for the last time (most likely) last Monday. We are writing through email while he is in China, so I guess it isn't too bad! We talked a lot to Schwester A, and she said that Bruder A is going back to Austria for all of May! Sad!!! But the missionaries there are meeting with him, and who knows, maybe I will be transferred to the missionary companionship who is meeting with him over there. He really loves Austria, so he has been spending a ton of time over there. 

E, our investigator, is doing well! We want to meet with her on Friday, but we are not sure what her friend M will be doing, and we don't know if she will be working. We will find out when we make calls today, so I will be crossing my fingers! 

We had 1 eating appointment this last week, I think. It was really good though. And I ate wayyyy too much. Germans love feeding you till you are stuffed, haha. The Relief Society president called us about a sister in the ward who has been wayyy sick. She can't get up out of bed or go to work, and she needed and wanted a Priesthood blessing. So we dropped what we were doing that day and headed up to Herrenberg, where she lives. We met our RS president there and we gave the sister a blessing. She apologized for not having us to eat, and gave us a cake. The poor lady is soooo nice and it's sad that she is so sick! But she was way thankful for the blessing!

Let's see, what else happened this week.... We met with a recent convert who is also kind of less-active, because his in-laws are kinda against him coming. He was baptised last June and he is soooo cool. We are going to start meeting with him every Wednesday starting this week, which will be a ton of fun! As well as great for getting more lesson practice down!

We also helped move some furniture for one of the families that we helped move in a few weeks ago, which took up a big chunk of our Saturday. But it was really good and hey, it's just a little extra sport - right?

We also had an Aus tausch, where I was in Esslingen with our DL, Elder Evans. That went really well. We basically contacted the whole time and had a lesson with a guy who really has interest. The lesson went AMAZING: literally they will probably be able to baptise that guy, he is so golden. Lucky Esslingen! Haha.

But that is all that really happened this week! It has been a really good week and I am excited for this week as well! Tomorrow we have a few appointments with investigators, and Wednesday we have an appointment with a Neubekehrt, or new convert.  Wednesday we go to Esslingen to spend the night and the next day we go to München (Munich) for a Mission Tour.  Elder Timothy J. Dyches of the 70 is coming, and we combine with the Munich stake to hear him speak. We are also doing another big Finding Day in Munich afterwards, so we are way excited for that. Then on Friday, we have ward missionary correlation, and we'll try to meet with some investigators. 

Thanks for all you do! You are the best and I love you so much.
Mit Liebe,
Elder Ridd

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