Monday, June 8, 2015

Life is Good! 6/8/15

C's baptism! C is 2nd from right, in white, standing next to Elder Ridd.
On the drive from Munich to Graz
The Cavins, with Elder Dewey and Elder Ridd
Hey Mama and Daddio!

This week has been way solid! I am loving the work here in Munich. Here is a quick look into what we did this week.

On Monday, as you know, we were pretty busy. We didn't have a lot of time for our P-day, but it was still a great day. We had staff meeting, which is where the office staff and President and us get together and talk about things that will be coming up that we need to prepare for. We don't go every Monday, just when it is important and President asks us to. We talked a little about iPads rolling out, of course, and about MLC this week. After the meeting we went into President’s office and discussed mission business, which was cool. After, we didn't have a lot of time - we emailed and then met with a new investigator named M. He is a pretty cool guy with whom we met twice this week. He is in a wheelchair because he played so many video games his blood in his legs clotted and he can't walk anymore. But we are starting to talk about faith with him and he is a tad hesitant. He was raised atheist some are working on helping him increase his faith. He is a really cool middle-aged German guy, so we hope he will keep being so open. That evening we went back to the office, and the Elder Cavin showed up with his family from touring around. They took Elder Dewey and me out to dinner. It was really awesome to meet his family better and  to see him again. No worries, I got pictures :)

On Tuesday we drove down to Graz (Austria), to help with a Finding Day down there. That was a really great experience and I got to work with two goldens in a dritt, meaning all three of us were a companionship. We found a ton of people in a short amount of time, so that was awesome. I also got to work with Elder Packer, the Assistant I replaced, and we found a few people. Graz is a beautiful city, by the way. It is where Arnold Schwarzenegger was born and raised. It was a good experience for sure. After, we drove with the Vienna Zone Leaders to Vienna and went on exchange with them there. The Zone Leaders there are Elder Ward and Elder J. Smith, my buddy from the MTC. They are both amazing missionaries. I worked with Elder Ward when he was a District Leader in the Stuttgart zone. This time around I got to work with Elder Smith and we had an excellent exchange. We taught a really cool guy who will be setting a baptismal date next time they meet with him, and we found a lot of people in Vienna as well. That place is also amazing.

On Wednesday, we returned from our journey after we finished our exchange. The drive to Munich is around 4 hours and thirty minutes from Vienna .

We met with a new guy named MD on Thursday, who was a referral. We are not quite sure how we feel about him; at first he just wanted us to help his family come to Germany. Of course we told him we can't help with that at all, but we explained we can help him spiritually and he said okay. So we taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ and committed him to baptism on the 18th of July. We also invited him to church and explained the Book of Mormon. He came on Sunday but had a friend with him, and I think that distracted him a bit. So we will see what happens with him. After, we picked up Elder Evans, our District Leader, and went with him to C so he could do the baptismal interview. He passed the interview and he was baptized yesterday so that was amazing!

I got registered here in Munich on Friday. While we waited, we used some P-day time and grabbed haircuts, and still had to wait an hour to get registered. It is like the DMV in America. But I am now registered and my hair looks okay, so that was cool. We then met with a less-active named F, who we are trying to get to come back to church. He wants to come; we just need to get him there somehow. We met with M again (from Monday, the guy in the wheelchair), and explained the Book of Mormon and how it can help him, which went well. Then we had ward mission council with our ward mission leader, Brother Miller, who is amazing. He LOVES Texas! Everything about it! So I am him favorite missionary - haha. I gave him one of the Texas pens. He is a really great ward mission leader. After we planned a bit for the next week.

Saturday was also good. We helped Sister D move, which took around 4 hours . After, we met with MD, and it was an okay lesson. He didn't mention his family at all, which was good. He knows now that we can't help with bringing them into the country. And we can see he actually has some interest and that he isn't using us. We then met with C, figured out how we will get to him to his baptism, and then we went home and slept.

Sunday was crazy. We were doing a lot of prep for C’s baptism that morning - filling the font and cutting out the programs and such. We also attended ward council that morning. We had MD there with a friend in church, as well as C, of course. It was a good Sacrament meeting. And after church we had C’s baptism, which was really cool. There is a really cool new-ish member named K who got to baptism him. They are really good friends and it was the first time K has baptized someone. So it was an awesome experience for both of them. That was a sweet experience! After the baptism we went home and weekly planned. After, we went by on Brother X. He has a problem with alcohol and we were trying to convince him to go to a detox. Well, of course he was drunk when we showed up, and we tried to convince him to go and finally it worked. So we agreed to walk him over there. He was there around 5 weeks ago for the same reason, so we were hoping they would take him again after such a quick relapse. We walked in and it didn't look like the nurses were thrilled that we brought a drunk in, hah. But we waited in the waiting room for awhile while Brother X was laying flat on the floor and talking really loud. I am sure the nurses were wayyyyy confused at what we were doing with him, haha, but finally a nurse came out and said, “Okay, we will take him again.” At first they kind of said they wouldn't take him, but we kind of convinced them he needs it. So that was a pretty crazy end to the week, but we are happy that he is now in the hospital instead of getting drunk at home all day, every day.

A few things I forgot - the G7 Summit is going on in our area today and yesterday, in a place south of Munich called Garmish, which is kind of cool. We have been headed in that direction a few times and there are just thousands of cops roaming around there. We got stopped and check-pointed on the Autobahn a few times. They asked where we were headed and stuff, so that was fun.

I got your package this week! It was amazing as usual - thank you so much! Elder Dewey's mom also sent us ties over for the birthday so that was cool! I also love the ties you sent, thanks! You know what kind of ties I like! Weird to think that I turn 21 on Wednesday!

But yeah, that was the week. Thanks for everything and for all of the birthday wishes.

Love you tons,

Elder Ridd
Graz, Austria. Elder J. Smith is on the right
Palace in Wien
We slept on the roof of the Wien apartment - haha. 

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