Monday, November 3, 2014

Austria is Awesome! 11/3/14


Salzburg, Austria
Hey Mutter!
I am doing good! This week has been a ton of fun and a lot of getting to know new things - like the area, the members, and the investigators. But it has been blast and I am really liking it a ton! Yeah, the ride out here was pretty long, but it actually went really fast, as we get to see a ton of missionaries that we haven't seen in a long time and catch up. But yes, Tuesday was a very long day. We had an appointment with an investigator on Tuesday when I arrived, and we also ate with a member family afterwards. So I didn't get to unpack very much - haha. 

We are in a 2-man apartment, which is different. Elder Evans (from Arizona) is great! He's one transfer younger than me, and he is a really hard worker. It has been fun working with him so far! The first district meeting was really good! We talked about a district vision and how we are going to apply it to the mission vision - to have a baptism in every ward by the end of the year. So we are going to talk about that a little bit more next meeting as well. The missionaries in the district are great!  So there are Salzburg 1 ZLs, which are Elder Wasden and Elder Cavin; then there's Salzburg 2 - Elder Kingery and Elder Lyman; and then we have Salzburg Sisters, who are Sister Winters and Sister Wilkes; and then our missionary couple, the Smiths (who are way awesome and also in Salzburg!). I knew Sister Winters a little bit before, and also Elder Wasden (but not like I know Elder Cavin). I met Elder Kingery before - we picked up Goldens together when I got Elder Wilkins 3 transfers ago.

Our home is kind of off of a busy street. But it's not like way busy; we are not in a huge city. From our house we don't have a great view, but in the area there are wayyy beautiful mountains and lakes. The dialect is pretty crazy, but I can understand it. Strasswalchen is the town we live in. We actually live in Steindorf, but I guess the area region is Strasswalchen. We live in an apartment building, at the very bottom. We do have a dryer and a washing machine, plus all the things you asked about (stove, oven, microwave). Spoiled! Haha.

Church went really well! The ward is way big. There are about 180 members every week! The people were really nice and I did give my testimony yesterday. We also taught the youth class spontaneously, which went okay. Yes, we are the only two missionaries in the ward. 
View from Frau L's place
Fence we helped build at Frau L's home
Awesome food Frau L made for us
We have a lot of investigators! And we taught a ton of lessons. We have some investigators that are really close to baptism, which is really cool! We went dooring a little bit but we have had a lot of lessons, which is really awesome. We are meeting with a guy named HY a lot and he is about 28 and close to baptism. He was thinking of being baptised this week, so we shall see how it goes. We are also meeting with a guy named HT, who is really close to baptism. He is working hard. We are also meeting with someone named P. He is in a member family, and is 12 years old. He just needs all the lessons, then he will be baptised. We are trying to set a date this week, I think on Wednesday. We also have a ton of other people that we are working with, but those are the closest to the waters of baptism at the moment! Oh and also someone named L, who has had all the lessons, and we are just working on setting a date with her.

We drive an Opel Corsa, so that's basically a really weird European hatchback, but hey it's better than no car, right? We take trains on Pdays. We are only allowed to drive when it is missionary work, sadly. The train takes only around 20 minutes to Salzburg. So that is not too bad! 

For Pday we played soccer with the district in Salzburg. Originally we had planned to go to Königsee, but it really doesn't work out with our time. We would have to wake up at literally 4 in the morning and start studies if we wanted to do that. We do have daylight savings, but it was a few weeks ago. Tomorrow I will Austausch with Elder Cavin in Neumarkt, so that will be fun.

Thanks for the great email! I hope you have a great week and I love you a ton. You are the best! Thanks for all that you do for me.
Elder Ridd
Elder Ridd & Elder Evans
(Elder Evans' mom sent him a Despicable Me package)
Austrian Hedgehog!
The District, after soccer today!

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