Monday, July 27, 2015

And Suddenly There Where Sheep

Door in Germany, turn the corner and suddenly there where sheep staring at me.

Role plays are not an uncommon thing to do as a missionary. There a great way to practice what your going to say and how to make translation and bring in scriptures. Well yesterday me and my
companion decided to do some dooring role plays (dooring is when you knock on someone door and try to talk with them). We were also trying to practice dooring with "unity in our companionship" basically helping and supporting what each other says. But we still wanted
someone to talk to so we drew Spiegel Mutter (mirror mother) to talk to. So what to missionaries do before knocking on your door? They talk to a drawing on their bathroom mirror. Yup mystery solved.

Apparently I've not written anything about my comp. His name is Elder Crittenden, he's from Utah and left on his mission after graduating. All of his friends are on Spanish speaking missions, so I write sentences in Spanish in his emails so his emails can start with a Spanish sentence like everyone else's.  He's a hard worker, funny and a great trainer. Also a good chef.

This weeks miracle was brought to you by a dropped appointment. We were suppose to meet someone in the park but he didn't show so we were walking around and I recognized this guy who my comp reminded me was a deaf guy that we talked to two weeks ago. Crazy running into him again. So we sat down and asked him about how his reading in the Book of Mormon was going and gave him a few pamphlets because reading lips is hard. Random question of the week, "What sign language do you sign in Germany?" Im 90% sure it's not ASL.

This weeks scripture is John 10:14-16
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
This really teaches us that we can put our trust in Christ and he will lead us. Also it reminds us that Christ knows all of us individually, wherever we are in the world and no matter who we are. It also reminds us of Christ huge sacrifice for us and all he asks is for us to be his sheep and to follow him.

Thanks for all you love and support, and funny emails,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, July 20, 2015

Declaration of War on Fruit Flies

So this week we had a small fruit fly infestation.... That's what I get for trying to eat fruit in Germany. Apparently they have a small attraction to orange peals and have now taken over half the kitchen. But little did they know that we would not give up this land so easily. Hence the war of the kitchen has began. It started with some smacking of flys. Seage started with the throwing away of the garbage bag and it quickly escalated to moving all fruits into the fridge. Offensive moves were necessary so the electric fly swatter was brought in, but even that would not scare them off. We have no choice now but to use extreme measures, a homemade fly trap! Our district leader gave us specific instructions on how to make one from a plastic bottle. The bad part: in Germany you get money for recycling some of the bottles, which means this fly trap is going to cost us 18 cents. O flys how you force us to desperate measures. But this is our land and we will fight to the euro to defend it. (🍊 = fruit fly lighthouse )

This week was a big milestone. I was upgraded from cart pusher to speed bagger. German checkout ladies are the fastest in the world. The catch, you have to bag ur groceries. Not being proficient in the art of speed bagging yet we decided to start with simply just trying to get all the groceries into the cart. Still not an easy task but I survived my first round.

This weeks miracle was brought to you by have a question about Mormons? Go to for all your Mormon related questions. This week we got a referral!!! Which was awesome except were pretty sure he's met with missionaries before because he was a pro at giving us as little info as possible while still receiving the Book of Mormon. Well try to get ahold of him this week, but he seems like a pro at this...... Hmmm.

Today I was reading in the scriptures about Alma the older and how they were delivered out of captivity. It's a great read and really relates to relying on the Lord, and went along with this talk we were listening to about daily bread and how God only gave the Israelites Mannan for the day. Which related to God giving Alma instruction on how to escape the day they were to escape. (Mosiah 23-24)

This week I also tried to plot out everyone in the Book of Mormon that had ahold of the records of the people. I have everyone but I was trying to match it with scriptures and could not find when Mosiah gives the records to Alma the younger (or the older) It's been driving me nuts so if you find a scripture for it please send it my way.

Thanks for all your emails and prayers,

Elder Flickinger

Ps. Anyone from biology class remember the fruit fly lab..... What was the best way to attract red eye flies?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cheating at Bingo

So this week we got to eat lunch on Sunday at a members house. It was great food. They made potatoes with a rhubarb sauce on top. Afterwords we played bingo where the loser has to share a scripture. So halfway through this speed round of bingo I'm completely lost on which numbers he is calling out so I peak over at the board with all the numbers on it and he completely calls me out for trying to cheat at bingo. The funny part, I still lose. Moral of the story, you will never win if you cheat, especially if a German catches you. 

This week we also had a great lesson with an investigator. I think that I learned more from it then the investigator. It was our first member present lesson with this investigator so I was excited for that. About 20 min into the lesson though I was getting a bit upset with our member because he was always talking and not letting the investigators say anything. But after a few short prayers I started to pay more attention to what he was saying. The spirt was so strong and he was helping our investigator so much with everything that we had been trying to do for a week. It was crazy so I sat back and let the member do the talking. Afterwords we asked our investigator what he thought and he said that it helped him a ton.

While studying the scriptures this week I found a cool relation between scriptures and missionary work. In D&C 11:21 it says "Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men." Which is cool because a part of mission life is studying every morning before we go out and speak with people. I always thought of that as a long term kinda thing, but it also works great for a day to day practice.

Another cool spiritual thing was the article in this months Ensign,  "Filled with Life and Energy" by Randal A. Wright. It brings up some interesting points about waking up early which has been a fun adjustment to missionary life :| no smile.... But it has been a great blessing. 

Elder Flickinger

Monday, July 6, 2015

Water and Fire

So this week was great. Saturday was crazy hot and then on Sunday it
was raining cats and dogs while we were on our bikes.... Yea we kinda
got soaked, to the bone. My comp made some homemade mac and cheese
that was so great! The work is going great, we meet with quite a few
people this week. And this Sunday our investigator came to
church!!!that was so cool. Also one of our recent converts is doing a
great job at sharing the gospel so we might get a few more from him.

Funny story for this week. Here in Paderborn a good 50 percent of the
people think that we're Jehovah Witness (even though I have yet to see
one) so earlier this week we doored a street and some guy yelled at me
(I have no clue what he said) and the next lady said that we where
here yesterday. So we decided to door a different area near the
British base. After a few doors this guy came out to his back yard
with two glasses full of ice water. He asked if we were filling in for
the usual missionaries, we told him that we were Mormons and from a
different church and he then asked us a few questions. So moral of the
story; being mistaken as a Jehovah's Witness will get u yelled at and
ice water. Totally worth it

Sorry to keep it short but we're kinda busy today.

Elder Flickinger