Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ruins, Service & Switzerland - 5/27/14

We visited some ruins last Monday for P-Day
Climbing on the ruins with Elder Garrett, one of the Zone Leaders
We all climbed to the top
Elder Cavin & Elder Ridd 

Elder Ridd & Elder Abd El Moeti
Mütter! Pops!

Yeah, another week down! So weird! But it was great! This week was way cool and very different than any other week I’ve had on the mission. My second district meeting went well also so that’s great!

Church yesterday was really good! We had a few less-actives there, as well as 2 really awesome investigators! I actually got to teach an investigator from the other two elders, as one of the elders was picking up a less-active, so I got to help them out by teaching the Plan of Salvation. That is cool about the missionaries fellowshipping people there, too. So weird that I really didn't notice the missionaries in our area too much and now that I’m on a mission it's way cool to hear about them! It sounds like your lesson went pretty well, so that is superb! 

Hahah, I know, right!? Schwester S is the most healthy 95-year old I have ever seen or met (Schwester S made Elder Ridd and his companion a cake last week!). Frau B is doing amazing. She visited Sacrament meeting, and we had R, another investigator there as well. She didn't make a baptisimal commitment, and I missed the lesson as I was on Tausch with another Elder in Switzerland. We did not get to meet with Frau B's friend yet.

I taught a ton of different lessons this week, but not really too much in my area as I was in 2 different areas for part of the week. But the Aus Tausches were great. I got to meet my district members and get to know them a lot better, and it was tons of fun. I did get to stay in Switzerland, which was a really neat experience. The missionaries in my district are doing great! I have already tausched with a few and I have another tausch coming up tomorrow. And they are working hard. I stayed overnight in Schaffhausen, Switzerland this last week and worked with Elder Toropainen, a former Zone Leader. Then the day after I tausched with Elder Abd El Moeti, also a former Zone Leader. So I had an awesome week working with way experienced missionaries. 

That sounds neat about the temple session. I want to go to the Bern Temple really bad while I am here! And cool thing, Elder Toropainen, who I tausched with, is from Finland! 

That's so cool about the Journey/Steve Miller concert - sounds like it was an absolute blast. Sounds like Pops will be have pretty cool trip this week! Let me know if you guys move by the time I get home. That will be awkward if someone else is in the house when I come home - haha. Reminds me of a movie. And dang, Mama! You are going to be alone for awhile! What are you going to do?

To answer Mom's question:  We don’t have too many dinner appointments with the members - actually we haven’t had any since I’ve been in the area, but the members are way cool. I am getting to know them better, which is really good as well. I am doing pretty good health-wise, except I think that I am allergic to like everything out here. My nose is itchy and pretty stuffy; I am taking the allergy medicine you sent me, so it's not too bad. 

Another cool thing we did this week includes playing football (soccer) with the youth of the ward on Friday. That was so fun. I am starting to like soccer a lot again; they are obsessed with the sport over here. In addition to that, we have a pro soccer player in our apartment - Elder Cavin played for Dundee, which is a professional team in Scotland. Way cool! The ruins last Monday were amazing; the Zone Leaders and their district were there as well, so it was the Schwenningen apartment and the Singen District that were there. I will send pics - it was a blast! I got to celebrate Elder Toropainen's birthday on Tausch with him! That was cool - the Schaffhausen sisters composed a song for him in German and sang it to him. My district is awesome! I am loving this transfer so much. Definitely one of my favorites so far- my companion, the area, and the 4-man apartment are just so cool. Elder Plumb and I are just on the same page. He is way ambitious, and so am I and we just want to improve as much as we can together. It will be sad to see him go, which I think he will after this transfer. I can still pump out around 30 pull-ups, which I am way surprised about. And of course I can keep doing sets. I haven’t done them in awhile so it’s not as easy as it once was, but I will get back into the hang of it. And you are like the most athletic Pops ever. Pumping out 20 is amazing. Those quotes are way cool! I wrote both down in my planner. 

But this week was great! And yeah, President Miles sadly will be headed home. He is soooo cool. I will miss him and the way he runs things, but the next president should also be good!

I love ya tons, and thanks for all the support you give me while I am out here. You are the best and I will keep on trying to do the best I can to further this wonderful work!

Elder Mitchell Ridd

Elder Plumb & Elder Ridd

Service project we did for our investigator (below); we cut a shed in half & moved it onto a van! 
In front of the church with our investigator
Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Area, New Opportunities & New Pull-Up bar! 5/19/14

The apartment - crammed onto our couch.
Elder Abd El Moeti, Elder Cavin, Elder Plumb & Elder Ridd
Cool town we did service in the other day!
Sister Miles and me in Schaffhausen for the District Meeting

Mama!  Pops!

I am doing awesome! It was a pretty busy week, but it all went well. The District Meeting was way good!  It literally went the best it could go. I have 2 former Zone Leaders in my district, so I gave them both assignments and I took an assignment too. But it was way good and I am excited to have more. The interview was great. President Miles is soooo inspired and such an awesome president. I love my district and my apartment. My apartment is the coolest; we are so close already that it is unreal. I really hope Elder Plumb stays another transfer.  We all get along so well already; we all feel as if we've been together for 3 months, so that is such a blessing.  And I bought and installed a pull-up bar...turns out I can do the most pull-ups, haha, yay. 

That is awesome about the church cleaning and how Dillon took Lukas and Hayden out for donuts afterwards. Dillon is a champ!

Church was good! The turnout wasn't as big as before, but there were still a decent amount of people there. It is so amazing to meet a new ward, and see how different and how similar they are to the last one. It is sooooo cool though, because my German is a lot better than it was in my start of the last ward, so everything is way easier.  We did not have to teach any classes, so it was just a nice Sunday!  We did give a blessing to a 95-year old member after church though....then she made us a cake.

The highlight of the week besides District Meeting interviews would most definitely have to be our lesson with Frau B. She is soooo cool! They have tried to get her to set a baptismal date for the last 2 lessons, and she wasn't way into it. This time we went in there, and we were going to talk about the Word of Wisdom, because she is way into health and she would have loved it, but we ended up having a deep discussion about the Book of Mormon. We got her to open up to us and she said she knows it is true. We had a wonderful lesson and the Spirit was really there. We talked a little about baptism and we think she will commit to it the next lesson. Sooo cool! We also had a member there, and Frau B also had a friend. Because of the awesome lesson, we will also be meeting with the friend.

I am getting used to the area. I had an Austausch with Elder Cavin this last week. It was really cool. We went to a town called Rottweil, where Rottweilers come from, and we found tons of people. It was a really good Austausch.

I have several Austausches this next week. The ZLs will be in my District Meeting, and after I will tausch with Elder Toropainen, a former Zone Leader in his area in Schafhausen, Switzerland. So I get to spend the night there, yay! Then later, I also will get to tausch with Elder Abd El Moeti, who is in my apartment and he's also a former Zone Leader. So, busy week ahead of me!

As for what I read, I am in John of the New Testament, and I read a few chapters from there every morning, as well as a little in the Book of Mormon. I am in Mosiah in the Book of Mormon, and am just reading it because it is one of my favorite books. I study a Conference talk every morning too, as well as read from Preach My Gospel. Normally I also study a tad for District Meeting. So lots of stuff!

I am way happy! Just a little tired! It has been a busy week and it will be another busy one, that is for sure!  For P-day today, we are going to some sweet ruins in Singen called Hohenwiel.  It will be way cool!

Cool about the ward members headed off on their missions! It will change their lives!

And I love you so much! I appreciate all that you do for me and I love you more than anything! 

Liebe Grüsse,
Elder Ridd

A church in Rottweil

Elder Cavin & Elder Ridd on Tausch
Scottish drink that Elder Cavin made me on tausch
Swiss train and Schaffhausen sign in Switzerland

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

1st Week in Schwenningen & Mother's Day Skype - 5/12/14

Transfer Day - Off to Schwenningen! Elder Ridd,  Elder Badders, Sister Wunderli  & Sister Motto
(photo credit to Sister  Motto - thank you!)
Train station sign of my "mission birthplace"
New Comps! Elder Ridd & Elder Plumb
Elder Ridd's first night in Schwenningen.
(Elder Plumb played for Nebraska football prior to his mission!) 
Donaueschingen. We went by someone here the other day.

In a cafe in Glatt, with my Kirschkuchen (Cherry Cake) - after the funeral we attended
Hey Mama! 
It was awesome to talk to you on Skype!  You look great and I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!  It was so weird how fast it goes, and yeah, sorry I can't talk longer!  But Christmas will come before you will know it - so no worries there!

We are in the Schwenningen Branch. Schaffhausen is a completely separate branch in my district.  Our branch is awesome. We had like 100 people there on Sunday, which I'm told isn't normal. Usually there are around 60-ish people there, but there were a lot of people there due to Mother's Day as well as the funeral visitors.  I did get to bear my testimony, and we have 4 Elders - Schwenningen 1 (Elder Plumb and me), and Schwenningen 2, Elder Abd El Moeti and Elder Cavin. They live with me in the 4 man apartment.

Parker said he talked to you guys! Sounds like he is doing really well and enjoying his time over here in Europe (Parker is on a study abroad in Barcelona, Italy, Romania and Greece). He had some aweseome pictures as well. That is funny about the sketchy flight... Nice.

Dang, that sounds like an amazing dinner that Dad made! And no - we didn't have anyone invite us over for dinner, but I hear we do get a decent amount of dinner appointments. The branch is way cool, and it is like as big as the ward in Tübingen, so that is pretty awesome. 

We are not doing too much for Pday today besides preparing for the week and stuff. But next week we will be doing some awesome stuff for sure! Oh, I also get to have interviews with President again as my district didn't get them yet, so that will be fun. President will be in my District meeting this coming Wednesday.

I didn't take any pics of the apartment. I will try this week. It is near everything, so that is great. Not too far from the bus bahnhof, so we don't have to walk too far!  The apartment building isn't too big though. I am on floor 2 and we do not have a dryer but we have a washer. (To answer Mom's  questions...) We do apartment inventory to figure out food for the next week, and to figure out Pdays; as well as make sure nobody is having problems with anyone else in the apartment. I live with Elder Plumb, Elder Abd El Moeti, and Elder Cavin. Elder Plumb is from Nebraska, Elder Abd El Moeti is from Holland, and Elder Cavin is from Scotland. Elder Cavin is new in the apartment as well.

Elder Abd El Moeti & Elder Cavin - they also live in the 4-man apartment with
Elders Ridd & Plumb (in front of the cafe in Glatt)

We are tausching with the other Elders in Schwennignen this week, so that will be cool! But the next week is where we get to start doing some fun different tausches, and we will be going to different areas for them and stuff. So that will be cool! Schwenningen isn't the most beautiful, but the area around it is way beautiful.  Glatt, the town I will send you pictures of, is wayyyy pretty.

We sent the other Elders to shop this morning, and they shop in a store called Netto. It saves time just sending two people to shop.It is a way small store haha, not like Walmart at all.

But yeah I will have Pres. Miles in the DM this Wednesday. He won't really be in it, but interviewing people while we are having it, and Sister Miles will be in it. It will be really good - I have some questions to ask him and stuff so it will be fun to get a 2nd interview with him.

I already explained basically what we did this week, but I will give ya another summary. We got to the area, and unpacked and stuff, and then it was Friday, haha. Then on Friday, we weekly planned, and also had a lesson with an investigator named A. He is interesting, and has some really weird questions.  They have not been teaching him for very long, and we also have a lesson with him tonight. Hoping that it will go pretty well. We also found an amazing lady while dooring before our lesson with A. She said that God sent us to the right place and such, and her name is R. She is from Siberia, so we will bring her a Book of Mormon before our lesson with A tonight. We will also talk to R about meeting, and if she has friends that are interested (which we call 'Goldmining'). It will be good.

Then on Saturday, we had the District Leader meeting with the Zone Leaders in Singen. That was tons of fun and I learned a lot. After that we headed back to Schwenningen and were picked up by the other Elders. Then we headed over to the funeral in Glatt. (Mom, GOOGLE GLATT. It is like the most beautiful place ever). After the funeral we headed over to a cafe for cake and such. The cafe was right next to a small castle, in a valley between two hills covered in Black Forest.... Talk about most beautiful town ever.

On Sunday we went to church and Skyped home, and now it is Monday! Pretty sweet week. I will send some pictures later, but thanks so much for all the quotes and pics. It was awesome Skyping with you guys!
Elder Ridd
Pic from our Mother's Day Skype session with Elder Ridd.  It was so fun. Elder Ridd is healthy and happy and very obedient to the mission rules, which include 40 minutes on Skype.  We love him tons and we're so proud of him!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Auf Wiedersehen Tübingen, Hallo Schwenningen! - 5/5/14

Elder Timothy J. Dyches, of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy, with Elder Ridd
All of the missionaries who have ever served in Tübingen (who are currently serving in the Alpine mission)
Haha, nice German, Mama! (Mom used Google Translate...)

I have been transferred to Schwenningen 1, as a District Leader, serving with Elder Plumb from Nebraska! It will be pretty cool! It is south of Tübingen, and is still in the Black Forest...even moreso than Tübingen. So I am way excited. I will also have a 4-man apartment, which will be tons of fun....and I think the other companionship is European. Oh and Elder Badders will also be DL in Tübingen. So - cool stuff!  The branch I'll be serving in is Schaffenhausen. The area is bigger than Tübingen; from the sound of things I will have less people in my area, and more little towns, or dwarfs. My zone is the Freiburg zone, which is part of the Zurich Switzerland stake. So I will be going back and forth to Switzerland a lot.  

Investigators are doing good! Well, we didn't get to meet with too many, because of traveling a lot this week to Munich, but we got to meet with a newer member who hasn't been coming too much. We also taught his wife the Restoration with him, so that was way good. We met with another investigator named K; sadly he doesn't really understand German and he doesn't really have too much interest. But cool thing about Doctor S is that he called us this week from China. He basically said that he misses us tons, and asked where I would be going. I told him I will just be going a little more south, and he said when he comes back he will come visit me in the new area - haha. He also said that I should talk to his wife, so I talked to her on the phone.  She thanked us for looking out for Dr. S, and said that she is so grateful that we meet with him and have helped him so much. It was soooooo sweeet! And she also said that when or if we come to China, that we can stay at their place and they will take care of us. Soooo cool! 

Bruder A is still in Austria. Dangit! 

We visited the older guy in Reutlingen again, and he loved it. (The one who is in a wheelchair). We read from the Book of Mormon and he listened. It was really good and he wants us to come back every day. Sadly we don't have time to visit every day, but we will still keep visiting him! 

Saying good-bye to friends & members of the ward

We did get some really good interest from a lot of people this week. We actually had 4 people say that they want to meet with us, so Elder Badders and his new comp will be pretty busy.  I was in Esslingen on Wednesday night. It was really fun and Mission Tour was also a blast! Elder Dyches shook all the missionaries' hands before Mission Tour. His message was wayyy good, and after I got a picture with him. Pretty cool!

The Finding Day was also good. We spoke to a ton of people and we had a sign. The sign that I carried around stated - "Gibt es ein Leben nach dem Tod?" Which means, "Is there a life after death?" I talked to tons of people about it and it went well. It wasn't a very long Finding Day, but still fun! We also had mission correlation. We basically talked about our area, what we can do and who we should focus on. We usually have it once a week with our Ward Mission Leader. 

Yeah, I have nooooo idea about Skype details yet. It will be great to talk with you on Mother's Day though.

I have been crossing my fingers that Schwenningen will have a pull-up bar. Or strong door frames, so that I can buy a pull up bar, haha. Hopefully!

Thanks so much for your email! You the best. I love ya!
Mit Liebe,
Elder Ridd

Elder Ridd with his mission "Dad" - Elder Stilger