Monday, January 12, 2015

Farewell to Austria; On to Stuttgart! 1/12/15

Snowy Austria
Hey Mama! Hey Pops!
I’m doing pretty good today, but I’m not really an Austrian anymore. I will be headed to Stuttgart, Germany on Thursday to work as a zone leader with Elder Sharp from Australia! So that will be pretty cool. I have been wanting to work in a big city since I haven’t really yet in my mission, so it will definitely be pretty cool! 

This last week was great! We met with a good amount of people, and the week went really fast, as usual. I was actually on exchange this last week with Elder Lyman in Salzburg after the Zone training. It was an awesome exchange, as we found 3 really cool people who invited us in and we got to know them. They told us to come back with a Book of Mormon in Urdu, and 2 in German. So that was a really good experience. Besides that we also met with one of their less active members and started the "Stop Smoking" program with him.  Church was also really good; HT, L and T all came. I gave my farewell testimony, and said goodbye to a ton of members. Afterwards we met with a member family who invited their friend over. We answered a lot of her questions and it was really, really awesome. She is probably going to invite the missionaries to come and teach her and also her husband. They have tons of potential, so that will be way cool! Afterwards we also met and ate with L’s family, so we are getting fed a lot and saying a lot of goodbyes. We are actually booked every night until I leave with goodbye and eating appointments, so we didn’t have to buy a lot of groceries today - haha.

That is really cool about Luke’s manager/friend. It sounds like the missionaries are really putting in some work in The Woodlands! That is awesome that she is coming to church and stuff. Good prep for Lukas and his mission as well! 

It snowed yesterday but the day before that it was like 70 or 80 degrees. It was way warm! 

The Book of Mormon reading is going great! It has been way cool to go through it slowly and highlight everything that has to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ - Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. 

Thanks for the great email! Of course I love the quotes - haha.

Have a great week! I love you tons.
Elder Ridd
Hitler's birth town in Braunau am Inn
The stone says "For Peace, Freedom and Democracy.
Never Again Will Facism Kill Millions."
Rock in front of Hitler's house. The back of the rock says
"Stone out of the concentration camp - Matthausen." 
Great dessert we ate after lunch with the S family
Our living room

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