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