Monday, August 17, 2015

Busy Benches - 8/17/15

 Bern Switzerland Temple at night

Elder Ridd and Elder Rozan at the Bern Temple
Photo credit: D. Schroeder, of Bountiful, Utah
Bern, Switzerland
Shönen guten Morgen liebe Eltern!

I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was really good! Let’s see, what happened this week...

We did the reports on Monday morning. I went through them pretty slow so I could show Elder Rozan how to do them. As we finished, we talked to President and his family a little bit and said goodbye to Tosha. It’s a pretty crazy month right now for the Kohlers; Tosha just left for BYU and Tanner is leaving this week to go to MTC Provo for his mission in Moldova. So they are losing two kids, and Erika will be the only one home. So that’s a pretty crazy, eventful month for them! But yeah, after we did that, we finished up some work there at the office, and then we headed off for our exchange in Bern, CH (Switzerland), so we didn’t have a Pday. But it was still a good day! We ended up sleeping in Zollikofen and not in Bern that night (Zollikofen is around 10 minutes from Bern; it’s where the temple is). Oh yeah, I also got my haircut before we left Munich.

On Tuesday, we woke up, got ready for the day, and then headed to the 8:00am temple session. It was really good, and was my last time on my mission at the temple. So I took a lot of pictures. When we were done there, we headed down to Bern and then went on exchange with the zone leaders, Elder Dooreman and Elder Vasicek. I worked with Elder Vasicek. It was a really good exchange, and we taught a few people and found some really cool people. We actually found two girls around age 25 on the street and taught them on a bench for around 1 hour and 30 minutes about the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation, so that was cool! We also were able to set up some other appointments with people.

We did studies on Wednesday morning and then went finding for our last bit of the exchange in Bern. Then we headed off on the trip back to Munich. We had to make a few stops on the way back, as there were a few things we needed to drop off to missionaries in Switzerland, so we made a stop in Zurich and dropped off a suitcase for a missionary. We also stopped off in Winterthur. We eventually made it back to Munich and then did a little work in our area, and then the day was already gone!

On Thursday, we went to the city hall to get Elder Rozan registered in Germany. That always takes forever, even longer than the DMV in Texas! Haha. So we grabbed our number and went out on a bench and did some studies. Turns up we ended up having 3 or 4 really good conversations with people. We greeted one guy on the street, and he muttered something about church, so we talked to him for a bit and he wants to come to church. That was cool. We swapped numbers and talked a little about the Book of Mormon. After him, we ran into another guy who had seen missionaries before. We sat down on a bench with him and taught him who we are, what we do and how our message can help him. And of course we introduced the Book of Mormon and gave him one. We will be meeting again with him this next week, so that was also a great experience. After we met these people, we walked back to the city hall to see how we were doing with the line in front of us. We weren’t close to being next, but we waited for a bit and then sparked up a conversation with the security guard there. We talked about God and basketball – haha – and then got his number as well. We will meet with him sometime in the near future. So it was a pretty great experience near city hall! After we were finished we met with K, who is doing alright; and then also with M and his family. They were also good lessons. Our van ran out of engine oil, so we borrowed another mission vehicle from the office. We have an inspection on our car next Friday.

We did some studies on Friday, as well as planned for our next week. We had an interesting experience with a person who invited us over, but sometimes we meet funny people out here, haha.

On Saturday we had some good lessons. We met with a new guy named TH. He is from Macedonia and played pro soccer, but now is here in Germany. He is around 25 and is a really cool guy. So that was another awesome find, and we are excited to meet with him more. We also met with C, who is doing well! We read in the Book of Mormon with him and then headed to K’s place and taught his friends along with C. It was a good lesson and we had around 10 people listening in! So it was also a good Saturday!

On Sunday we had church, which was great. I translated for some American visitors. Sometimes we got a lot of American visitors in the German ward. Probably because we meet in the morning and that’s easier for them to make. They were good meetings. We also went finding on Sunday and doored a really cool family. They let us in and we taught them a little about who we are, about Jesus Christ and also the Book of Mormon. So that was another good find!

The week was really good and pretty busy. Haha, nothing new! We are heading down to Graz this week, and also to Wien (Vienna) to do exchanges. We will have zone training here on Tuesday, so it will be a good, well-packed week!

Love you tons! Have an amazing week!
Elder Ridd

Bodensee view from Dornbirn, Austria

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