Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 23, 2016

Howdy y'all! How's it going this beautiful day? This week has been interesting! I'm sorry I haven't had to much time to write any weekly's lately but I have time now.

Montag- at 12:30 we had a member appointment with Claus and Manuela in Neuhoffen. It went really well. The husband, Claus, is only really active in the church because his wife tells him to go to church. we are working with him and have already made a lot of progress! :) After meeting with them we had another member appointment with the Anreither family but it fell through because their daughter came over to talk about some problems. So we did a little emailing instead.

Dienstag- we had a really good district meeting and then ate as a district. After that we had an austausch with the Wels Elders. I stayed in Linz with Elder Bowers. First we went grocery shopping because Monday was a holiday and the stores were closed. Then we made a Fortschritts Bericht für GMK. Then we went to GMK. We have a new GML now so GMK is quite different. It is better and shorter! After that we walked home.

Mittwoch- we did studies and then went finding until 14:32, then took a train to Wels to tausch back. When Elder Bensing and I got back to Linz we had an appointment with an investigator named Axel Tigges, from Germany. The lesson went well, but if he doesn't start progressing we might have to drop him. :( After that we took a Post Bus out to Galneukirchen and walked through the Austrian forest to get to a members house! It was a cool little trail and it even had a little stream. We had a really great lesson with the Vogl family. After we got a ride back to the Straßenbahn, then rode home from there.

Donnerstag- we had lunch at the church and watched some videos because my comp was pretty sick and we didn't really have a p day. Then in the evening we went to Subway because one of our less actives works there.

Freitag- we had a member appointment at the Obermayers. So we took a train at 12:36 to get there. The Obermayers are such cool people! We learned about their conversion story. It's so cool!! Especially because they have a big family in the church now. After the appointment we missed the train back so we doored two houses then did some weekly planning on the Bahnsteig. The cool thing is that the second and last house we found potentials! After we got back to Linz we had an appointment fall out so we went home to finish weekly planning.

Samstag- on Saturday we had a finding day as a district in Linz. So we all met at Bahnhof then split up. Elder Wiberg and I went to Leonding for about 3 hours. When we got back Elder Bensing and I went back home because he was sick.

Sonntag- church went really well, and the weather was beautiful. After church we had an appointment with Anneliese and Günther in Galneukirchen. It also went really well. It was just a good relaxing day in its self. After we came back home to do studies and I had the most in depth craziest scripture studies I have ever had!!! It was amazing! And just what I needed.

Here is my spiritual thought for the week. It has helped me quite a bit!

“The ability to turn everything into something good appears to be a
godly characteristic. Our Heavenly Father always seems able to do
this. Everything, no matter how dire, becomes a victory to the Lord.
Joseph (of Egypt), although a slave and wholly undeserving of this
fate, nevertheless remained faithful to the Lord and continued to live
the commandments and made something very good of his degrading
circumstances. People like this cannot be defeated, because they will
not give up. They have the correct, positive attitude, and Dale
Carnegie’s expression seems to apply: If you feel you have a lemon,
you can either complain about how sour it is, or you can make a
lemonade. It is all up to you.” (Hartman Rector, Jr., “Live above the
Law to Be Free,” Ensign, Jan. 1973, p. 130.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 9, 2016

Hello everyone! How's it goin!? It has been a great week, even though I was sick for two days! Aber so ist das Leben! I'll try and wrap my week up.

So on Monday we went shopping, emailed, then took a train to Bishop’s house. Then went to Benjamin Mielachers 22nd birthday party! Tuesday we had district meeting then ate as a district. We went home and did a lot of area book work until our appointment with brother Viekbauer, a member. Our lesson went pretty well and we plan on meeting with him more often now! On Wednesday we ate lunch at Tokyo Running Sushi with Klaus the Sisters and the Graham's. After that Klaus came with us to teach Mario Meixner, another member. We taught the restoration because I wanted to practice it more. It was really good! The spirit was so strong when we got to Joseph Smith’s vision! Then we had GMK, which took the rest of the day. On Thursday we met Lukas at Bahnhof to give us a ride to the sport day in Salzburg that the Salzburg stake was doing. We spend all day there and it was so fun!!! It was also really beautiful because we were right next to an alp! It was really good because all of the new converts came and we were able to introduce them to everyone. They got a lot of support. I played a lot of soccer and volleyball. Then I taught people how to throw a football and played a little bit of rugby. Friday I was sick! :( It was really awesome! Saturday we had a finding day in Wels, which was fun! Elder Bakewell, from England, and I went finding together! :) After we came home I rested because I was still sick. But in the evening we went with a bunch of ward members to a play to support one of our less actives! :) Sunday was really good and beautiful weather. After church we ate at Sister Wagner Hachenberger's it was sooooooooooooo goooooooooooooodddd!!!! Awwweee!! Then we came back to the church and skyped! :)

Well that was a short basic run down of my week! :) So here is my spiritual thought for the week.

It is a simple truth that all of us have heard but do we believe it? God loves us and we are his literal children. I am a Child of God is one of the most sang hymns in the Church.

Romans 8:35-39

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation,
or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we
are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him
that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

3Nephi 22:10

10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my
bkindness shall not cdepart from thee, neither shall the covenant of
my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

Monday, May 2, 2016

In Memory of Charlie Sefita

My heart goes out to the Sefita and the Yardley families. Charlie has had a very big impact on my life. His passing has torn me up pretty bad. He's had one of the biggest hearts I've ever known. I would like to ask everybody to pray and fast for these families. My mission president called me last night and told me of the news and talked with me for a while. It was really heartbreaking and I couldn't think straight. Then today when we came to the church to write emails I saw a picture of him and just started bawling. That was when it really hit me. The hardest part is that there was no warning. When Brian Scott died, Charlie was there for me and we cried together. Now I feel as if Brian is on the other side helping me cope with Charlie's death. Charlie will always be in my heart and in all the hearts of the people of Hurricane.

Be still, my soul: The hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my sou: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
-Be still my soul.