Monday, September 7, 2015

I'll See You Next Week! 9/7/15

Schloss Linderhof's last visit.
Elder Rozan, Elders Croft & Hadfield (Munich's Zone Leaders) and Elder Ridd
Schloss Nymphenburg - a few weeks ago.
Zone Leaders and Sisters Abram &  Berry
Elder Ridd and Elder Rozan in Salzburg, Austria
Hey Mom and Dad!

Hope all is going well for you two. Things are going great here in the best mission in the world. It has been another packed but excellent week.

On Monday we went down to Linderhof again, which was good. We went with the Zone leaders, Elder Croft and Elder Hadfield. They are really cool guys, so it was a lot of fun going down there with them. In the evening we headed over to visit a brother in the ward, who was sick, and did his yard work with another member. That was cool; we haven't done a ton of service recently, so it was good to do something again. Afterwards, the brother with whom we did the work for invited us over to McDonald's - haha - so we went over there and ate and chatted with him. It was cool. He is an American and is here for work. Really great family.

We had District meeting  on Wednesday morning, and afterwards we headed down to Stuttgart to do an exchange with the elders there. I worked with Elder Killpack. It was really cool to be back in Stuttgart, working there for probably the last time on my mission. But yeah, it was a good experience; we met with some new people they are teaching there.

On Wednesday, we finished our exchange and than headed back on the road to Munich. We got home around dinnertime, so we ate dinner and then went to sleep.

We had our studies on Thursday morning, then prepared for MLC a little, and then met with F. He is doing okay; he still hasn't been to church, but he hasn't really been trying. After we went by Brother X, to see how he has been doing. And he is still the same, sadly. We had a good talk to him and then headed off to mission correlation meeting with the sisters and Brother Miller, our ward mission leader. It was a good meeting, and as usual, Brother Miller is always way funny. When we were done there we grabbed a bite to eat at home and than headed off to MLC. All the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders were bussed and trained in, so it's always a good meeting. That evening we watched a MTC devotional from Elder Holland, and than we walked to the hostel, where we slept.

Friday is when the real meeting for MLC started. We began the day with a soccer game for our sport, and than got ready for the day and headed to church. In the meeting we talked about leadership a lot and how the level of the mission will never raise above the level of our leaders. Elder Rozan and I gave a training on leadership and practical things we can do to lift others. We had a focus on exchanges and how we can make them most effective. It went pretty well. Sister Kohler also did a part on leadership and the qualities of a leader, and President talked about the leadership pattern (Christ-like leadership). It was a really good meeting. At the end of the day, Elder Rozan and I headed over to an area to do some finding. We found some amazing people, especially a really cool 21-year old girl, with whom we shared a video about Jesus Christ. She felt the Spirit and we set up an appointment when we could come back later. It was a cool day.

On Saturday we had apartment inspections, and that went well - we passed, haha. We also went down to see C and taught him plus his friends M and U again. So that was a pretty solid day.

Sunday was really cool - after church we were invited to President’s to have a meeting with Elder Leimer, of the Seventy. So we met with him and he asked us all about the mission and the work, and how we do different things. It was really cool to talk with him. Afterwards we drove him to the airport so that he could catch his flight to Frankfurt. Pretty cool! Then we went back and ate with the Kohlers and worked on transfers.

We have interviews today, as well as transfer finalization, so we won't really get a Pday. But I am still excited for this week. It will be a busy one for sure. Thanks so much for all that you do. I love you tons. And I'll see you next week! Weird!

Elder Ridd

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