Monday, April 20, 2015

Muscles & Service - 4/20/15

Elder Ridd with Jusup Hercules Wilkosz -  "the man, the myth, the legend."

Jusup, in his prime
Zone training with a few missionaries! E. Wiberg, McKendrick and Clark
(Clark is McKendrick's Golden)
Hey Mama and Daddio!
The week went well. It was a little crazy but hey, I am living! Zone training was good. Everything ran smoothly - it was organized and it flowed. The Lord helped us for sure. So that was really cool to see how everything worked out. There are only 34 missionaries in our Zone now, so not as many as last time, but still that is a decent amount of missionaries! We talked about many different topics. Elder Ringger and I taught on “How to Begin Teaching.” I also gave a last transfer recap of what we accomplished and what our vision for the next transfer is.

Teaching went okay this week when we got the opportunity to teach. The parents in the B family (T and M) committed to baptism. We are still going to ask if the kids will get baptized as well. We went by on JW and I got a picture with him, and we talked and made an appointment for Wednesday. Not too much news on new people, except that we ate with 8 guys last night and one is pretty interested. We also had Zone Conference. It went well!

Elder Bednar comes on Saturday. We will ride a train up there on Friday and spend the night. The meeting has to do with technology for sure; President has been telling us to read the white handbook and see how it could apply to technology; so the ipads will be coming soon, if not Saturday. 

Yep, we did eat with the Ward Mission Leader. It went really well! We ate homemade pizza, which was so good. Then we played a few games. I had an exchange on Wednesday with Elder Young, the District Leader from the Ellwangen District in Stuttgart. It went really well; besides the fact that our appointments fell out, we found 17 people. That is definitely a record number of people found on an exchange, so that was awesome! The missionaries are doing awesome. The Goldens are doing great, and their German is already really, really good. One of them studied German for 9 years...man, that lucky guy! 

The service project was really good. I changed all the lights hanging down in the chapel and we also cleaned the gym. It was good to have American BBQ again. It is really cool how there is an American ward here. I get the benefits of American food and people, without losing my German in the ward I am in! Haha. Score! 

Church was good today. The only person that made it this week was someone new! Well, new to church. Z came, so that was cool. I think the ward is noticing all the different people we have brought to church and getting a little more excited. We have brought at least someone new for the last 5 weeks in a row! But our other investigators didn’t make it. :( Hopefully next week. 

Thanks for the ideas on some things we can do for Pday. We will go to Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival) today, which is a huge party, kinda. People wear traditional Austrian/German clothing and drink and eat and ride rides. So we are excited to check it out (Click here to learn about Frühlingsfest in Stuttgart!)

Thanks for the great email and all that you do for me! I love you tons. Thanks for being amazing parents and teaching us the gospel. It’s true! You two are my inspirations! I hope that you have an excellent week!
Love,
Elder Ridd
Elder Spencer & Elder Ridd
 "Elder Spencer is back in the Zone! We were in the same district at beginning of mission - he was in Esslingen and I was in Tübingen. He finishes his mission in 4 weeks." 
Elder Young!
"He came on exchange to me this week and we had a great exchange.
He finishes his mission in 4 weeks as well."

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