Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Singing for an Apostle

Snail Races

Ok this week has been crazy. We've finally gotten into the swing of things which is still crazy because every minute you're scheduled to be doing something. I haven't even been able to write in my journal this week. 

So Dad totally nailed it with my companion... He likes to be places on time and I'm constantly late. Or I was up until last week, then we started getting to class early. I was like wow Im getting great at this.... Nope. Yesterday I discovered that he changed my clock so that I would get ready faster. 

Anyways my companion is great he understands my need to bust out into random song and since he can sing and knows basically every song under the sun we have a blast walk to and fro places. 

Speaking of singing I GOT TO SING FOR AN APOSTLE!!!!!! It was so crazy. I was in the choir and the director (Who is super funny btw) tells us that were singing for someone special but wouldn't tell us who. So we show up on Tuesday for the devotional and learn that we get to sing "My Prayer" or more commonly known as "More Holiness Give Me" (Look it up its amazing) to Elder Holland! It also turns out that our director called his secretary and pried it out of her that "More Holiness Give Me" is his favorite song! It was so amazing. He then gave this amazing talk about how in the armor of God our only weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, which is also called the Word of God. So basically he told us that we need to SPEAK as missionaries and we cant remain silent. He also went into how our only guaranteed convert on our mission should be ourselves. It was so cool and spiritual. 

This week has been great. We do a lot of role playing with investigators. We have two right now and our first lesson went great but our second one was a bit more rocky. Were still learning how to bounce off one another as a companionship. But we did these little "teach the lesson in 7 minutes" practice and I have to say I felt like we nailed it. Tomorrow we get to do TRC which means we skype a real family in Germany and basically give them a short lesson. Did I mention that all of our lessons so far have been in German! Its crazy right. Also we pray so much in German that praying in English sounds wired. They actually taught us how to pray in German first. I guess they figure if anyone is going to know what we're trying to say it will be our Heavenly Father. 

So I lost my daily planner this morning. I just found it which is awsome expect for the fact that it was in my pocket..... In the washing machine. :( Guess I have to figure out how to get a new one. 

Snail Racing

So heres my testimony in german.

Mein Zeugnis

Guten morgen Bruders und Schwester. Ich Glaube dass Familien ewig ist. Ich weiss dass das Buch Mormon wahr ist und von Gott ist. Ich glaube Gott seine kinder liebe. Ich glaube der Heiligen Geist leiten. Ich weiss dass Gott unser ewig Vater ist. Wir K├Ânnen durch den Heiligen Geist wissen, das Evangelium wahr ist. Ich weiss den Heiligen Geist gebeten antworten. Ich weiss dass das Kirche ist wahr und ein Prophet leiten das Kirche en unser letzten Tage. 

Basically in English

I believe that families are eternal. I know that the book of mormon is true and it is from God. I believe that God loves us and the Holy Ghost can lead us. I know that God is our eternal father. We can know that the Gospel is true through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost answers prayers. And I know that the church is true and we have a prophet leading us in these latter days. 

Sorry its not that organized it was created based off what words I knew.

Its been great to read all of ur emails. I hope that everyone is doing great and thanks for all of the prayers. 

--
Elder Flickinger

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

First Week at the MTC

Week one at the MTC has gone great!!! I arrived a day early which was scary because I didn't know if anyone would know I was going to be arriving but sure enough there was my two crazy zone leaders who helped me find my room. There seriously polar opposites but they made a great companionship. They both headed out yesterday so hopefully Ill be able to meet them in the field. 

One the topic of companions I have an awesome companion. Were so in sync its not even funny. We cant play rock paper scissors because we always tie. His name is Elder Park and he's from somewhere in Utah (I cant keep track of all of the mini towns). Its awesome because we get along so well, and he's really good and pronouncing words in German so he is constantly correcting my "charming" accent. Hes also from a VonTrop family (did i spell that right? the family from The Sound of Music.) so I'm officially in the MTC Choir which is awesome because you get the best seats for devotionals. 

The MTC is AMAZING. I love it and don't ever want to leave. The food is fairly decent if you know to avoid the orange juice (i still havent tried it, to many bad stories). When you first arrive you get a bright orange dot on your name tag so everyone knows to say hi. I cant believe its been a week already. Everyone is super nice and friendly. I meet an Elder from switzerland today and he spoke german and I understood him!!!!!! 

We gave our first lesson in german on our second day here..... so that first one went... well.. intersesting. Basicaly all i could say was "Gott libt du" which I hope mean God loves you. Our lesson with him yesterday was way better. Every time we pray we pray in german so im already forgetting how to pray in English, it feels wired to pray in english. We also sing all of our songs in German and I can bear my testiomny in German, so thats pretty darn awsome. 

Everyone in my german class has taken german before so were all kinda on the same page (Or at least in the same chapter) Although i freaked out the teacher because i knew what the command form was from spanish class. 

My companion and I have been called to be Sacrament Music People (I cant remember the exact name) Basically we pick the songs we sing in sacrament meeting. Its kinda sad because no one in our missionary ward can play the piano so im trying to learn Called to Serve and my companion is trying to learn Choose the Right. 

One thing that Ive really learned while teaching lessons and study the scriptures is that we have the ability to pray for anything, not just the usual blessings or giving thanks. We can pray for a purer heart or wisdom to fix our faults. You just have to get creative and the Lord will bless you so long as it is righteous. 

PS. It wont let me attach more then one photo

Selfie with my Companion outside of the Provo Temple

--
Elder Flickinger

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Check in From the MTC

So we have some time today to email everyone and let them know that we arrived safely. We have some extrime on the email so I thought I might email a blog post. 

Yesterday was amazing. I slept on most of my flight to be honest. On my flight to Salt Lake City I met a sister missionary going to the MTC. It was crazy! (I also met a kid from Bogota getting adopted)

Time to go.

Im alive and at the MTC Ill have time to write later

--
Elder Flickinger

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Chapter


Its official, Im now Elder Flickinger. I'll report to the Missionary Training Center tomorrow night after a full day of flying. I gave my farewell talk last Sunday about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My father gave a great talk on why we serve missions and because it was Mothers Day my mother gave a talk on moms. It was sad to say goodbye to so many friends, both from the Church and the School, however I know that they are all supporting me on this new adventure. 

For those of you who don't know Ill be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Frankfurt Germany for two years. I leave tomorrow and cant wait to get started. 

It was also great to talk to my sister yesterday for mothers day. She is serving in the Alpine German Speaking Mission. I think she has about one more year left in her mission. It was nice to talk to her again after almost six months of just emails. (Missionaries can only call home twice a year but we can write home every week). She is having a great time in Switzerland. If you want you can follower her blog at mission.lexieflick.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One Week and Counting

Heres a Dino


Its official. I will be leaving in one week for my mission. Im so excited and can hardly wait. This post is just to see if my IFThisThenThat is working and hopefully it will show up on Facebook!! I also needed a Picture to test out some photo awesomeness.

And a second photo for good luck.