Monday, September 28, 2015

Baking Bread and Buying Chocolate

Fun news. The food nanny (from byu tv) came to our zone conference.
She taught us all how to make bread in under 30 minutes. (Whoop whoop)
along with pizza dough. We're trying it out as a zone. She also sent
us all some new recipes that work in Germany. Speaking of recipes
anyone have some good potato ones? My comp is from Idaho and potatoes
are about as cheap as the dirt they come from.

So this week has been a bit chaotic..... Just a bit. We have had one
to many meetings, on Tuesday we had zone conferences, on Saturday and
Sunday we had stake conference. Doesn't sound like a lot until you
factor in that it takes about 2 hours to get to stake conference and 6
to get to zone conference (and who knows how long to get back). So I
got to spend a lot of time in transportation this week. Which is good,
I got to read a bit in the BoM and take some time to ponder over some
of its teachings.

We did get in some great contacting this week. I started talking to a
man on a buss, who then looked at me with the most puzzled look on his
face and says "I don't speak German" ENGLISH!!! O sweet English. We
got talking about religion and he wasn't to religious but we had a
great conversation about prayers. I was talking about how prayer is
really important to us. I forget what he said but basically he was so
shocked that I believe God does answer prayers. I then told him that
normally we don't get to hear a voice but we do get a feeling of peace
and joy. Unfortunate it was then his stop. But it got me thinking
about how some of the things I take as so simple(like how we recive
answers to prayers) some people have never even heard of.

On more worldly news we got permission to update to iOS 9!!!!! It's
awesome!! I'm slightly obsessed with the new notes app. I must admit I
don't know if I like the fact that the keyboard changes letters when
it capitalized but I think it will make it easier at the MET when kids
learn typing. The new notes app is the best! We don't get to download
any apps so we can't get a good note taking app so I was so happy to
see that we can now add drawings to my notes! It's so cool.

More worldly news, our grocery store had a %50 sale on
chocolate....... May have stocked up for a while.... I regret nothing.

My favorite daily thing about a mission so far is just having the
coolest conversations with the most random people about their beliefs.
I have to say my favorite part of a mission though is when they
finally know that the Church is true, and when they have enough faith
to act.

Till next week,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, September 21, 2015

Transfer Week

So I'm staying in Paderborn! However my trainer has left to coburg. My new companion elder Blau last served in Kaiserslautern, our English speaking ward, so between the two of us we have about a 2nd grade German vocabulary. He comes from a town smaller then glenwood somewhere in Idaho. 

We have zone conference this week which is interesting because we will be overnighting in Gelsenkirchen and spending some time with our zone up there. We're going a Zone Pday there so that will be fun. 

This week was defiantly interesting, I got to be babysat by the zone leaders while waiting for my new companion. His bus was a few hours late so as soon as he got off the buss my first words to him were something along the lines of "hi, I'm elder Flickinger and we have a train leaving in 7 minutes, grab your bags and let's run" we caught our train and made it to Paderborn with enough time to get in some quality contacting. 

We had a great amount of termins this week. Our kinda catholic preist investigator has decided to read the entire Book of Mormon and drive us to stake conference (which is great because there are not that many train times on Sunday). And our investigator with a baptismal date is already at Mosia 17!!! He's flying through the book. Besides that not a lot happened besides transfers. 

Scripture this week is 
3 Nephi 18:1-12 when Jesus introduces the sacrament among the Nephites. It's great to be able to partake of the sacrament each week and be able to bring it to a member that can't come to church. 

I hope you all have a great week, thanks for all the emails, 

Elder Flickinger

Monday, September 14, 2015

Chinese Food in Germany

I went on a split with our zone leader this week. That was cool to see
him in action. Elder Crittenden celebrated his year mark, and got
transferred to coburg. He leaves on Wednesday. My new companion is
Elder Blau..... Hmmmm interesting name and that about all I know of
him. I'm excited that I get to spend more time in Paderborn. The
branch here is amazing. We had quite a few member appointments this
week. It's great that I can now understand all of our members.
(Including the older ones that I swear speak a different German) I'm
getting to the point where I can understand a lot, but at the same
time I tried to street contact and someone asked me what language I
was speaking..... Hmmmm might have to work on the accent.

We got to teach this guy in the area who says he doesn't want to be
Mormon, but he asked us about our view on the after life so we'll
answer. We had a member present and she not a great testimony, she
shared a bit about her conversion and how at first she didn't want to
be a member either. Hopefully our next meeting will go good.

For Pday we went to a Chinese buffet. They had peanut sauce! I forgot
how much I love that stuff!!

Sorry for the short email this week I'll try to write more next week.
Any question or writing prompts?

This week while studying charity I realized how important it is and to
receive it we just have to pray. (Moroni 7 is a great chapter to read
about it, especially the last five or so verses)

Thanks for all your prayers and emails

Elder Flickinger