Monday, July 13, 2015

BMWs & Berries - 7/13/15

Rheinfalls, in Schaffhausen, CH (Switzerland)
One of my personal favorites, the X6 M series. Those things are sweeet!
BMW World
Hey Mama and Daddio!

This week has been another good one! Man, I don't ever know where to start. I guess Monday would be best, haha. Well, on Monday we emailed, did the weekly reports, and when we were done we headed to BMW World. It was really cool! Dad would have loved it - haha. There is a really cool BMW SUV these days – the X6 M series. It’s really, really awesome; it looks kind of like a Batmobile. I am sure Dad’s seen it. It's like Elder Dewey's and my new favorite car. But yeah, that was a fun time for sure. The rest of Monday we got haircuts and went finding. It was a pretty cool Pday! Today we are going to go raspberry picking with a member of the ward and the sisters, so that will also be pretty cool!  I love my berries.

On Tuesday we headed down to Singen to do an exchange with the Freiburg zone leaders. We were at their district meeting, and then I went on exchange with Elder Jenson, and Elder Dewey went on exchange with Elder Caldwell (my former companion). It was pretty weird because all of those guys except for me go home this transfer, and old missionaries are pretty rare in the mission now, so we had a pretty old group there. We had a good exchange and at the end I was at Institute and I saw Ann-S from Schwenningen there as well, which was really cool. We got to chat a bit and catch up which was fun.  After Institute, it was time for bed and we stayed overnight in Singen.

The next morning we headed off and went to Schaffhausen -  another blast from the past! It’s in Switzerland, where we used to have district meetings every week when I was in Schwenningen. We went finding there, as they have been needing some help, and we found a good amount of interested people. It was a ton of fun, and we saw the Rheinfalls, which are pretty famous waterfalls in Switzerland. After, we headed back to Munich. We also went by the G family, taught the kids the 10 Commandments and ate some pretty good food, so that was cool.

We had the first part of mission leadership council on Thursday, and it was good. We watched a devotional from an MTC by Elder Nelson on the Book of Mormon. It was really great. It was interesting to recognize that he is now President Nelson and no longer Elder Nelson. We got to spend the night in the hostel this time, and we stayed in the same room with some zone leaders so that was nice.

On Friday we had the main part of the MLC. It was excellent; we talked a lot about effectiveness. Elder Dewey and I had an hour to talk about finding and what we have found to be effective, what's not effective, and such. It was good, and there was a lot of participation so that was great. We actually went overtime as well, whoops. But it was a good training and we got a lot of outstanding feedback. It is also really cool to see everyone. After our part, President talked a lot about effective time usage and showed how efficient planning really helps our success throughout the week. It was all in all a great meeting.

We did some finding on Saturday morning and found some cool people, and then we went to our ward mission leader’s place for a barbecue. He invited almost the whole neighborhood, so that was really cool that we got to meet them all and they got to talk to missionaries a bit. We didn't really teach the Gospel but we had a good talk. Afterwards we went and taught C, and that went well. He should be getting the Priesthood pretty soon, so we are excited about that.

On Sunday we went to church, and sadly the G family didn't show up. But it was still a good church service. Both C and Brother X were there, so that was cool to see some progress. Brother X is still doing well – that’s so awesome! We are hoping he keeps it up. We went by a referral as well and they were there. We met with them and it was interesting. The lady is German but speaks Persian, and the guy speaks broken German and Persian, and they have interest so we will keep meeting with them. It was a good week for sure!

Thanks for everything! You're amazing! Have a great week!

Elder Ridd
I was on exchange in Singen, and saw Ann-S, from Schwenningen at Institute

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