Saturday, January 31, 2015

Do You Even Lift? 1/26/15

Hey Mama and Pops!
I am doing great! This week has been really good - kind of busy, but it was still great! This week will be even busier. We just have so much to do with the Zone and stuff, but it has been really fun so far. But yeah, I figure you can't control who accepts the gospel, it is their free agency. You can only control if you keep on going with the right attitude. There are always people who are ready to accept the gospel. Our job is just to find those who are ready.

Today we are planning on playing basketball with the International elders at the church. We also have an eating appointment with members tonight, so we are also really excited for that. And yeah, the main attractions here are those two museums - Porsche and Mercedes Benz. Sadly, like you said, they are closed on Mondays.  We are hoping one day they will be open on a Monday.

Our apartment is pretty nice. It is a really good size for just two of us. It is probably about 30-40 minutes from church, and we take the train. The sisters are pretty far, but the other elders are pretty close to us so that is nice. The grocery store is in the area so we don’t have to walk too far with heavy groceries - yay!

We did teach some investigators this week. S is doing better. He really likes it when we come and visit him and talk about the gospel, but he is still going through a pretty hard time. Frau D is also doing well. She had friends over last time we were there so we taught all of them. "A" is really good. We met at his house this time and there were pictures of him all over the walls when he was a pro boxer. He also had a picture where he had 1 million Euro all over a room he was in. Haha - pretty funny guy. We actually asked him if he knew anyone else that we could teach and he referred us to an ex-Mr. Olympia, JW. Google him, he is considered the best bodybuilder from Germany. So we are now teaching an ex-Pro Boxer, and an ex-Pro Bodybuilder. JW had a girlfriend, B, with him as well. We taught them both the Plan of Salvation. They both loved it and committed to be baptised when they know it is true. So that was awesome! We are meeting them on Thursday this week. "A" also asked us what he has to do to join the church, so we will also set a date with him this next week. 

We had another eating appointment with Familie S. Actually, we had 2 more – haha! One of the times we were actually there to help them move one cabinet and also build another one, so I guess it wasn’t considered an eating appointment. 

That is way cool that Luke started at Ace Hardware. I bet that is a pretty cool job. That is awesome that the manager is getting baptised! Alright missionaries! That will be a really cool experience for her and for Lukas, too - to see someone he knows accept the gospel! Good stuff!

That is cool about the new suit, and the new experience that Hayden had blessing the Sacrament! Way to go Hayd! Sounds like some good stuff is going on down there!

There has been a decent amount of snow, but it hasn’t really been cold enough to stick. It is pretty as it is falling though! 

Haha, it is Australian day. And we are getting along great; Elder Sharp is already one of my favorite companions. We have been buddies since the first day. So I am loving life in Stuttgart. It is always easy when your companion and you understand each other.

We do not have to door a lot, because we are in a big city and there are people on the streets to talk to. So that is nice. The Zone is doing well. We had interviews with President in our Zone last week and that went good. We only had one exchange last week, with the Elders in Stuttgart. We went down to Ludwigsburg and had a finding day for their district. They invited the ZLs, so we attended. It was great! This week will be much busier. We will be exchanging twice. Tomorrow we are going to Göppingen’s district meeting, and then have a finding day with their district. Then I leave Elder Sharp in Göppingen and I come back with Elder Weight, who is in his third transfer. We also meet with the Stake President as ZLs, so I will be representing our Zone tomorrow as Elder Sharp won’t be there. Then the next day we have our district meeting, and afterwards we will exchanging back. Then the following day we have another exchange and I go down to Ellwangen. So we are doing a lot more as ZLs, haha. We are pretty dang busy! We also get calls from District Leaders every night. 

Go UTES! Poor BYU.

Thanks for the great email! Being positive is a choice. It is such a better choice than being negative! I hope that you have a great week! I have the best family ever.
Elder Ridd

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