Monday, November 23, 2015

Getting Stuck in Dahl

This week was crazy fast. On Wednesday we headed over to a small town
in our area called Dahl. We did checked up of a few people. One of
them took a little longer then we expected and we ended up having to
wait an hour for the buss. So we decided to try to walk half of
it...... We ended us stoping at this tiny little buss station in the
middle of nowhere. There was literally nothing by this bus station,
I'm pretty sure it was the buss drivers first time picking someone up
from there.

We also discovered that after 5 months in Germany I still cannot say
squirrel in German. It's not as easy as it sounds. Eichhörnchen. One
day Elder Flickinger, one day.

A girl in our ward got baptized this week. We tried to go but ended up
taking the wrong buss so we showed up an hour late..... Yup trying to
make a good impression with the ward. We did get to bring some people
with us so that was awesome that they could meet everyone. And see a
Taufbecken, even if it was being drained.

I gave my second talk in German this week. It was over scripture study
so I found scriptures to go along with the song "as I search the holy
scriptures" then I realized the German version was a little different
so I reorganized a small part. Afterwords one of the members told me
that my German has definitely improved since I got here. (Take that
squirrel)

The work is going along great. I have a split this week with our
district leader and I'm excited to soak in as much as I can. Because
Paderborn is so far away we do a two day split to make up for lost
travel time. Which makes the split only more fun :)

Elder Flickinger

Monday, November 16, 2015

One by one

This week was pretty cool. We were dooring at the university and found
a man that spoke English. Soon his friend showed up and said he had
talked to missionaries before. He then invited us in and we started
talking about the gospel. Eve talk another fiend showed up and all
throughout the lesson more people kept joining. It was so awsome! Most
all had the same question, what separates us from other christen
churches, our answer Joseph smith, the Book of Mormon, and the
restored priesthood. Every single one said they wanted a BoM to read!
Unfortunately one left for Frankfurt, so we had to give him to the
elders there. But we get to keep the other four.

This week we have zone training so we get to see the whole zone. Also
were headed off to a tiny town in our area because a member found
someone who want to hear more about the gospel! Our members here are
so cool.

My spiritual through this week: praying always by singing hymns. I had
to give a talk in district meeting about praying always and the entire
way their I was tying to think of a personal experience (I also
through in a few prayers to help me) but couldn't think of anything.
Until finally while giving my talk the idea hit me. "the song of the
righteous is a prayer unto me" and we can pray always by singing.
Which I related to a time in the mtc when I was so happy I just could
help but sing "Glory to God" in the middle of summer. I literally just
gained a personal experience about praying always while giving a talk
about praying always (I call it Gospel-ception)

Thanks for all of your emails

Elder Flickinger

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Analogy King

This week I gave a stab at making analogies. It went like this "Truth
is like a rock, it steadfast and doesn't changes. When we take the
crumbs of this rock and plant it we grown our own personal testimonies
on each truth" this is where my companion stopped me and noted that I
was planting stone crumbs to grow plants. I'll leave the analogies to
alma for this week.

This week was super cool. We got special permission to leave the
mission (that never happens) to go to the baptism of a boy in our
ward.

I also ran out of food so had to resort to fridge soup. It turned out
quite well but ill diffidently be buying more food this week.

Besides that this week went by unbelievably fast.

Thanks for everything,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, November 2, 2015

Dooring on Halloween

This week was great. We we're able to meet with some amazing members. One of our meetings a young man didn't show up so we were unable to go in, (missionaries can only enter a house if someone of their gender is in the house) so we pulled the table to the door and we sat outside and she sat inside and had a great dinner. Eventful her daughter invited some friends over so that we could come inside. They had to explain after we left why we couldn't come in. The man just seemed so puzzled the whole time we were there. 

This week we finished going through all of the commandments with our investigator that is progressing towards baptism. That means we just have to go through the last lessons and we're done! He's made so much progress it's amazing to see the changes he's made. I'm really hoping that I don't get transferred before his scheduled baptismal date. 

Halloween was fairly fun. We were doing some buss finding and had a bit of time to do some doors when we realized it was Halloween as a herd of children walked up to a door..... Maybe not the best day to knock on people's doors dressed up as missionaries. Although I don't think it's a common costume. :p

We're going to spend the Pday with our district. Which will be fun so I don't have a ton of time to write.

Spiritual thought of the week. I was reading the general conference talks and I came across these great questions by Dieter F. Uchtdorf to ask ourselves from time to time. These are just a few that help us, he also proposed others that help us evaluate if we're making things to complicated.
"Does my life have meaning?"
"Do I believe in God?"
"Do I believe that God knows and loves me?"
"Do I believe that God hears and answers my prayers?"
"Am I truly happy?"
"Are my efforts leading me to the highest spiritual goals and values in life?"

Thanks for all of your prayers and support
Elder Flickinger