Monday, November 17, 2014

Baptismal Date Set! 11/17/14

Elder Evans and Elder Ridd 
Fortress in Salzburg
Hey Mama and Pops!
Everything is going great today! This week has been really good and has gone fast. HT,P and L came to church. Sadly HY was visiting his pregnant sister in the hospital, but he is coming next week. HT is not in the hospital anymore; we did get to visit him and he is doing well! The Romanian family is also doing great. They are amazing, and it is just hard for us to get them to progress, as half of them need to get married. The family is pretty big. It's hard to explain their situation through email. 

It is decently cold, but yeah I have all my winter gear so I am doing fine. Thanks! I did buy a suit last week. It is dark blue and it is really cool! 

We got to schedule a baptismal date with P! He will be baptised on the 14th of December. We are way excited for that! L is doing well! Her family is way cool, and they are Austrian.  

The Z family is awesome! The appointment with them was really cool. They have 2 kids, and something crazy is that she had cancer but was still really optimistic and trusted in the Lord. They found out last month that she is cancer free. They are such an amazing family, and way spiritually strong! And yeah we had a lot of appointments this last week, but we have even more this upcoming week. Something cool is that the members here are doing a ton of missionary work and inviting all their friends to come to church! 

On Monday we met with F and HY. We had a good lesson, and HY brought up tithing and asked F if it was hard for him to follow it. F said EXACTLY what HY needed. We will meet with him again on Tuesday, when Elder Wasden and I are on Austausch together. We also met with a random couple who has met with missionaries before. We talked a lot and they are way cool, but are also strong Catholics. Oh well, we will see what happens.

Zone Training was on Tuesday, which was really cool. I really enjoyed getting to see all my old mission friends, and seeing my MTC comp. Everyone is doing really great. Elder Badders is way happy that he is serving in Italy now.  Afterwards I went on Tausch in Salzburg with Elder Lyman, Elder Kingery's golden. It was a really good tausch, and he is already a way good missionary. 

On Wednesday we tausched back, and then we went and met with a less-active named Sister F in the town where Hitler was born, Braunau am Inn. Then afterwards we met with the Romanian family on the way home. 

We picked up my Austrian visa on Thursday (now I have both German and Austrian visas) and then we headed back home. We met with a member family that night, Familie S.R. (There are a lot of R families here so I need to specify with first names - haha). Afterwards we played ping pong with members and investigators in the church, which we do almost every Thursday. Then we met with HY, with Brother Z as our Joint Teach. It went really well!

On Friday we did service for the older lady, Frau L.  We helped build another fence and chopped down part of a Christmas tree so she could have it closer to her house. Then we played soccer with HY, and then met with Family L (Patrick's family) . 

Our Finding Day was on Saturday, in a city called Mattighofen. It was really good, and we handed out letters written by members. The letters basically explain what we, the missionaries, are doing here, and ask the people to give us some of their time. We will go back later and see if anyone has interest! I worked with Elder Wasden, the other Zone Leader, with whom I will work with again on Tuesday after District Meeting. 

Then on Sunday we had church where we taught L and HT, and then went to family M.D. house for lunch. (There are also a ton of family D, so I also have to specify) But it was really cool, they have 4 kids and they are a really awesome Austrian family! 

And that was the week! Our Lidl (grocery store) is not too small, but not too big. I wish we had things like Walmart here, haha. Europe is so different, it is hard to explain. It is kinda like a smaller Kroger...probably 1/4 the size. 

The transfer call is on the 28th of November. I am not exactly sure when transfer day is. That is pretty cool that you will be up in Midway next time you email! Send me some pics of the place! I can't wait to Skype as well! you will have to choose whether you want to do it on the 24, 25, or the 26th. We have a choice this year which is pretty cool! 

Thanks for everything! I hope you have a great week. I will send some pics on over!
Love you tons,
Elder Ridd
Familie M.D.
Comps! Elder Evans & Elder Ridd 
Elder Ridd & Elder Holm 
Elder Mourik, Elder Badders & Elder Ridd
Elder Badders, Elder Ridd & Elder Cavin
Elder Ridd and Sister Siems
Unser Auto! The car is an Opel Corsa.

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