Monday, August 31, 2015

Museum Hide and go Seek

Last p-day was awsome! We went to the Heinz Nixdorf Museum. It starts
off with accent record keeping and works though human history till
about 10 years ago with technology. They had ancient calculators and
mores code. Some way old telephone router that was massive and supper
loud but you could call someone on the other end of the museum. And my
personal favorite part, robots!!! They had these robots that you could
play hide and go seek with. They would also take you to different
parts of the museum. It's awsome. Their kinda Dalekish from Doctor Who
so hopefully no bad wolfs show up. (Hehehe doctor who joke)

I also gave my first talk in German yesterday! I gave it over the
restoration and a member told me it was great, so I'll take her word
for it. I think my German was fairly understandable. Afterwords we
sung "Joseph smiths first prayer" or "O wie lieblich war der Morgen"
it was so cool. I also gave the last talk and finished right on time.
Boo yaa. And we had two investigator in the congregation, which was
awesome because a member just showed up with her friend. Awesome
right?!

This week we're going to try to go find a castle, fingers crossed.

Elder Flickinger

Monday, August 17, 2015

Setting up an iPad for a Priest

This week's theme seemed to be reverse missionary work. It started by
dooring into a Jehovah Whitness who, after a short conversation, ended
up giving us pamphlets. Then while street contacting we ran into a
lady going to church who was extremely persistent that we should walk
with her to her Church. And it ended with meeting with a priest of
some religion (probably catholic) who after he saw our iPads went and
got one and is having us help him get the bible and the Book of Mormon
on it. Why yes this week was a bit odd. But we did get in a few
amazing lessons.

We have one investigator who is flying through the lessons and came to
church yesterday! He's awesome. I don't know how else to say it. He's
the best in lessons and reads from the Book of Mormon every day.
That's honestly the best way to know its true. He hasn't received an
answer over the Book of Mormon yet but I think he said he knows the
church is true (I'm assuming I understood that German)

We also had an amazing lesson with a family from Nigeria. We found
them my second week here and they've been slowly progressing. This
week the father finally opened up to us (with some help from his wife)
and asked us a few spiritual questions which lead perfectly into the
second lesson (the plan of salvation aka Gods plan for us) and at the
end he said he had some more questions about forgiveness and being
made clean. Which fits perfectly into the third lesson (the gospel of
Jesus Christ). It was so amazing that he opened up and asked
questions. (Always ask the missionaries questions, trust me it makes
our day to have some good questions to ponder and study)

Asking a missionary questions is a bit weird I imagine. But I can't
put it better then how our recent convert Paul said while convincing
his mother to ask us a question "they've come all the way from ____,
saved their money to pay for a mission, and wear white shirts every
day for two years, to just answer questions. Ask them! that's why
there here." It's truly why we're here as missionary's to answer your
questions, whether it's "what does this scripture mean?", or a
question of the soul like "why am I here on the earth?" Small or
large, we love questions. There are no stupid or silly questions to
us. Trust me we know our religion is a bit different then others (it
what makes it true too). The questions that we don't have time to
answer or that we have to look into are my favorite. As missionaries
we will spend hours (while on our bikes or while eating) pondering
about your questions, please throw us a bone, ask us a question! If
you don't want to in person you can always go to Mormon.org/chat to
ask a question. (Ps feel free to email me one)

This week I also got a package from my awesome family. Thanks, my
companion has literally read the "The extremely effective missionary"
three times in the last two days..... I've only been able to pry it
away from him long enough to read half of it. But it got me thinking
about how we need to always be trying new things to see what works.

This week I have my first split where I'm hosting! (a split is where
you trade companions for a day with another missionary) It's scary but
I'm excited and it's going to be fun because Elder Ewig was in my MTC
group. Which means neither of us can speak German. Jk my Germans come
a long way I'm now able to understand almost everything someone says (
of what people are saying.

Thanks for all your emails

Elder Flickinger

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Baptism in Paderborn!!!

This week was amazing! We had a baptism here in Paderborn! To clarify
usually baptism are in a font inside a church, but because the church
building is small here we don't have a baptismal font. So usually
people go to Hagen or Unna or Dortmund to be baptized. However, our
investigator was determined to be baptized in the natural spring water
of Paderborn ever since he learned it was an option. So on Saturday he
was baptized in here in Paderborn. It was so amazing and all of our
ward showed up for the service.

What also amazing this week is we got to talk to Paul's mother (Paul
was the one baptized). She was a little worried about what Paul was
doing, so we helped answer some of her concerns. The amazing part was
that almost every question she asked Paul would answer before we
could. Her first question was if Paul was moving into a gated
community (life lesson there's a lot of crazy lies about Mormons on
the Internet) so we told her no and as far as we knew he had no plans
of moving. Then she had a few doctoral questions and Paul bore an
amazing testimony of the Book of Mormon. She also asked to meet with
us again this week.

At the baptismal service some of his friend and family said how much
they've seen Paul change and how great this church has helped him.
They were all so supportive and the ward was amazing about making
everyone feel welcomed.

And another amazing story this week. A few weeks ago we had a
Mormon.org referral which we gave a Book of Mormon too. Last week we
texted him if he wanted to meet and talk about it. Eventually we got a
meeting set up. The first one was a bit strange but the second one was
really spiritual and I think he said he knew this church was true (I
still don't understand all German) and we invited him to be baptized
and he accepted! Which is so cool because this was about 3 hours after
Paul's baptism. Done with one investigator onto the next.

This week was so cool. I know this church is true. And the best part
is it's simple to know for yourself. Meet with the missionaries to
learn what we believe, read the Book of Mormon, and then pray about it
all and I know God will let you know, I've seen it it my life and in
others. If you want to know more go to www.Mormon.org and request a
meeting with the missionaries or chat with them online at
Mormon.org/chat you won't regret it, it will bless your life beyond
measure. Don't believe me, just try it. What do you have to lose? An
hour of ur time? (low risk, high reward, sound like a deal to me;)

Thanks for all your prayers and emails,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, August 3, 2015

Finished my First Transfer!

As missionaries one thing we do is prepare people for baptism. Our
purpose is to help people and invite them to do this along with the
necessary steps leading up to it. Everyone moves at a different pace
and one of the scariest things for me to do is ask people if they will
be baptized. This week we met with a man in a park and we start
explaining what we do as missionaries and get to know him and he just
comes out saying he want to be baptized. Ok awesome, we say that's why
we are here and we want to help him prepare for that. He then asks if
we can do that this Sunday (it was Friday that we were talking with
him) we then had a good conversation about how it's important and some
preparation is necessary. Like learning the commandments (as he's
smoking...) and some important principles of the gospel. It's amazing
that he has such a strong desire to be baptized.

Speaking of baptism.

We have a baptisms scheduled for this Saturday!!! This man where
teaching is the most amazing person every. He started out not really
believing in anything but a God. Now he has a super strong testimony
of the savior. He scared me every time we met with him because he was
so concerned about so many things, but slowly, his faith grew along
with his understanding. Then one day he just told us he was ready for
baptism and finally understood why we were always happy. Following the
commandments is the best way to be happy. We don't have a font here in
Paderborn so we're going to tauf him in a lake. Good news baptism, bad
news, one foot of water which is really cold.

As I finish up my first transfer I want to reflect of some things I've learned.

You never actually figure out what your doing. You kinda just go with
it. Your plan for the day almost never works out how you thought it
would, yet everything that needs to happens happens.
Germans are the most paradoxical people I've ever met. They're
perfectly polite yet brutally honest, they are supper professional yet
know how to party. I can't explain it but their awesome.

There is no such thing as sharing the gospel in one language. In a
single day you can lose track of how many languages people speak that
you run into. Luckily German and English are the most predominant.

I know this church is true and that the Book of Mormon is the best
book on earth. It truly is scripture and helps us come to know Christ.
He is at the head of his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints. We have prophets on the earth and he is inspired to help
and lead us.

Thanks for all your prayers and emails,

Elder Flickinger