Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Awesome Members & Another Baptismal Date Set! 11/24/14

Thanks for the package, Mom!

Elders Ridd & Evans - trying out their Santa hats
Hey Mama and Pops! 
I hope you had an excellent week! I am doing great. This last week has flown by, like all of the other weeks! Church was really good today. We had 4 investigators in church - P, L, HT, and Frau D. Sadly, HY didn't make it due to work. But everyone is doing really well. HT is doing a ton better, which is amazing. We set a baptismal date with HT for the 10th of January too! 

I did get my Thanksgiving package - it was amazing! Thanks so much. Hahaha - I think the Thanksgiving dinner will be great. We are actually going to be eating one in Salzburg for Institute as well, so we will get a double dose. And we will decorate for sure!

On Tuesday, we are meeting with one person from Finding day. I will actually be in Salzburg but E Evans will get to meet with her, which is really cool! 

The Austausch was really good. Elder Wasden is a way cool guy. We found the lady that E Evans will meet with on Tuesday as we were following up on the Finding Day, so that was cool. We also met with HT and with F, the Italian investigator. 

Yesterday we met with L and her family. It was a ton of fun and we ate with them. They are cool and the dad is really into frisbee so we can relate well. L is really cool. She is 16 and technically lives in Salzburg area with her grandma because she works through the week, but her parents live in our area and she loves our ward. We just need to strengthen her testimony and set a date and she will be baptised!

Sadly, we haven't had any snow yet. I am really wanting some snow! I think the area would be even more beautiful. 

Eating appointments this last week....Where do I start?!??! Haha, we had about 12. We started the week off eating with the S family (our former GML and his wife); we ate tacos and had an awesome family home evening. 

We had District meeting on Tuesday, and the Smiths, the missionary couple, fed us. It was way good Italian food! Then in the evening we were at F's home and he fed us more Italian food, as he is from Italy. So that was also really great! Afterwards we were at an appointment at HT's home.

After we tausched back on Wednesday, Elder Evans and I ate with the R family, who are way cool members. He was a mission president in Bulgaria, and also served in the 70. He said he knew Jon Huntsman a little, but Jon probably wouldn't remember him, haha. Afterwards we went over to the Romanian family's home and talked with them. 

On Thursday we were at a member's (Brother D's) for lunch, and we had Schnitzel. It was WAY good! Afterwards we had Mission Correlation meeting with our new GML (Ward Mission Leader) and ate there as well. His name is ER, and he is 19 and preparing for his mission. He is way cool and we had a really good meeting. After we went and played ping pong with investigators and members. The whole ward doesn't come but a decent amount do. (If the whole ward came that would be crazy! There were 190 people in church on Sunday).

On Friday we did service again for Frau L, and we cut down another huge pine tree so that she has another Christmas tree. They are both outside, but she wanted one out front and one out back, haha. Afterwards she fed us Zwetchgen bovesen again. Then we met with HY, we weekly planned, and then met with HT again. 

We met with Patrick and his family on Saturday in Mondsee. The lesson went really well. They love object lessons over there! Afterwards we went to Braunau and met with Sister F again, who is doing well! 

On Sunday we went to church and then after we met with Bischof and his family. They are really cool! We shared an activity about the Book of Mormon, and the kids paid really good attention. Then afterwards we went to L's house and visited with her family. It was a really good day!

Transfer calls are actually on Saturday, November 29th and transfer day is going to be Wednesday, December 3rd. Yeah they come really fast! 

P's baptism date is now the 21st of December. It works better for his family so we moved it one week later. We are also trying to meet with him twice a week. 

Today we are headed to Salzburg, and we will be checking out some Christmas markets as well as some cool things in Salzburg. 
Have a great week!
Elder Ridd

PS: Oh yeah, this week we are having interviews with President on Tuesday. That will be fun. I will be in Salzburg over half the week!
Elder Wasden on Tausch, grating cheese at F's home (F cooked us amazing Italian food!)
Authentic Italian food at F's home - SO GOOD! 
Schnitzel at Bruder D's 
Bischof mit der familie! (Bishop with his family!)

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