Friday, March 4, 2016

February 29, 2016

Well this week has been kinda crazy! So the whole deal with our
Persian investigators is that we are moving the baptismal date to the 20th of March. We need to prepare the ward to take them in and also prepare the Persians to progress in church callings after the baptism. We got transfer calls on Saturday and I am staying another transfer in Linz! I am pretty happy about that! :) Also one of the Frenchies from my MTC group is coming to the Salzburg zone!! :D On with my week!

Montag- We went and got groceries then we went to the church to teach one of our Persian investigators, Omid, German. Omid is the best at German out of our Persians. It was a really nice day so we took a whiteboard outside and sat on the grass to teach. After we headed back to our apartment to eat lunch. I needed an iPad case and screensaver so we took a straßenbahn from Unionkreuzung to Goethekreuzung then a bus that went over the Donau to a Media Market. We also went to Interspar to get Elder Walker a pen for his journal. After that it was pretty late so we went back to Innenstadt and found.

Dienstag- In the morning we went to Bahnhof to meet up with the Wels
Elders, then headed to the church. While in Wels, we took the Sisters, before district meeting started, to talk about the whole Persian baptism confusion. It went really well and we settled everything that was going on. The Persians are our investigators but the sisters are always at our lessons. The discussion went really well and the spirit was there. After that we had district meeting. It was one of the more spiritual district meetings we've had and we all had gave a lot of input! Danach I had an Aus Tausch mit Wels (Exchange). So we all ate at Burgerista, then me and Elder Bowers took a train with The Haag Elders. When we got to Wels we went by on a previous investigator. In Wels they don't have bus tickets so we walked for about 45 minutes to an hour. When we were almost there we saw her walking on the sidewalk and she started talking to us. We got her new number the Haag Elders are planning on going back to teach her. :) We walked back to the apartment to do studies and dinner. We had potato wedges and chicken nuggets! Mmmm! Lecker!

Mittwoch- In the morning we had personal study, then we went to
Bahnhof to take a train back to Linz. After we got back we went to the apartment to drop off all my stuff I brought for the tausch. Then headed to the church for our Deutsch Kurs, and lesson. For our lesson we had to tell the Persians about the new baptismal date, why it was that way, and what we were going to do. They took it really well and everything is running really smoothly. We did service for Walter Vogl by helping him clean his garage and he feed us a really good chicken soup his wife made! Then we went back to the church and had GMK (ward mission council meeting?). After GMK we headed home and planned for the next day.

Donnerstag- We didn't feel very well at all so we stayed in the apartment most of the day making out a calendar for the Persian lessons we are gonna have and what we are going to teach them.

Freitag- After studies Emil Ivanovski came and picked us up to go work on his new house! I love doing service for Emil! He is such a cool tupe! Part way through his dad showed up to help and we talked with him for a while. Turns out we didn't even know, but Emil is Macedonian but grew up in Austria. So him and his dad speak Macedonian to each other! We dug out more dirt from his basement the whole day! It was good and I've actually learned to like working since I've been out on my mission! Part way through we had lunch like we always do. French bread, sausage and cheese! Then we came home and did weekly planning.

Samstag- After studies we had another Deutsch Kurs and lesson. The lesson turned out really well. We talked about the three main things that keep you strong and active in the gospel prayer, church and scripture study (the tripod). If you use three fingers to hold up a book it stays but if you take a finger away the book falls. We taught about how you need all three things. After the lesson we had a finding day in Linz with the district because they bought tickets for the baptism that day and didn't want to waist them. I actually when dooring with a recent missionary Kareem! He is super cool and is the only member in his family. He is actually from Egypt but grew up in Austria and served a mission in Johannesburg Africa. Then the district left because they had lessons to go to. Elder Walker and I had a late Mittagessen at Burgerista then found.

Sonntag- In the morning I accidentally turned off my alarm in my sleep so I slept in till 7:40 hahaha whoops! So I hurried and took a quick shower and we headed to church. After choir we went and greeted an African guy that decided to visit our church. He is from Nigeria and is a really nice guy! In our investigator class I had to translate for him into English. After that he left and we had our lesson with the Persians for priesthood meeting. It was about temple work. It started out not as good but ended really well and the spirit was definitely there. We told them that the baptism is not all we are trying to do. That we eventually want to get them to the temple and to be sealed to their children. We also brought them ties and white shirts so that they can wear them to church. After church we had an eating appointment with the Miesbauers! They are a really cool family and always make the best food! :) We had Knödel. We shared a spiritual thought and then went home for studies.

And that brings me to the spiritual thought for the week! It is going to be short this week but I hope it helps you out!

Trust is a necessity in life. Trust is one of the best ways to raise children, strengthen relationships and many other things. Trust is one of the best ways to help someone reach beyond their normal capabilities. I am really bad at trusting people myself but I have really learned a lot out here on my mission. I have really learned to trust in the way God wants things. I know that if you truly let God mold you into the person he wants you to be you can become a greater person than you ever could be on your own. Das sage ich in Namen Jesu Christi Amen.

I hope you guys have a great week and keep being awesome!

Elder Ashcroft
 
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