Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas in Germany

Merry Christmas everyone. I had a great week this week. We got spoiled
by our ward here. The American members know how to cook man. I think i
might need a new belt but I regret nothing.

We had a fun time this Christmas at a members house. We went by after
church and got to eat dinner with them and Skype our families. It was
just a chill day which doesn't happen to often in the mission.
Fortunately and unfortunately Christmas here is three days. Great but
also means all the stores are closed today so well have to do shopping
tomorrow. Luckily we have a dinner appointment tonight so we wont
starve.

We were able to teach someone this week. I always love teaching about
the Plan of Salvation because it just makes sense. It answers the
questions "why am I here?" "Where do i go?" And "where did i come
from?" In such a simple and true way.

Anyways sorry not to write a lot this week. We're going to go try and
hike up to this random Labrayth in the woods around where we live.
Figures crossed that we can find our way back out.

Elder Flickinger

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Markt

We had a fun Pday today and checked out the Regensburg Christmas
Markt. It was by far the best of them all. They host it around a
castle, and have a great variety of vendors. They also had live lamas,
which were fun to watch. We also got to run into a few members. I
swear we run into more tourist members then members of our own branch.
We seem to be a major stop on a Viking cruse.....

As far as this week goes we had a great week. We got to teach our two
investigators again. It was so cool with one of our investigators, we
asked him if he had prayed about what we told him. He did. He got a
special feeling that he hadn't felt before in his life after praying.
It was so cool to get to talk to him and explain that that was his
answer. Our other investigator hadn't gotten an answer but already has
seen how participating in the young woman program has improved her
life.

We went on a split this week, which was nice. I was with our districts
new missionary, he's dang good. Although when a huge tatted up guy
stepped into the buss I was too scared to talk to him so I hit is foot
and nodded my head. He nodded no... I can't judge him.

We have a fun Christmas planned out. We're going to a members house.
I'll be skyping from there. We also have a Christmas Eve brunch
planned out for Saturday. Hopefully one of them wants to watch a movie
while we're there, because this is the only day I get to watch a
movie.

Elder Flickinger

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ping Pong in Feucht

So after a few more adventures p-day we decided to have a bit more
relaxing of a pday and just go play ping pong in our neighboring
church area Feucht. Its been a fun day and definitely nice to have a
relaxing pday. We have a great group of missionaries here.

Cooking adventure this week: trying to make a coconut chicken soup.
Not the best turn out, but still edible. Im not quite sure what the
Vietnamese secret is but I still cant replicate Tom Kai Gui.... one
day Vietnamese... one day. This weeks adventure. Pineapple chicken
stir fry. Fingers crossed.

Bedside that we had a cool miracle this week. We had some time before
our bus came to we went out to go talk to some people. One of them was
a woman from Regensburg. We got to show her the new christmas video
and talked a bit about our church. What was interesting was at first
she didnt show to much interest but after a while of talking she
adentmently told us that she would give us a call. It really cool
being able to see the spirit work in people.

I also had to give a talk in church. Just like the coconut chicken
soup, not the best. But I did have a good outline. I didnt realize how
hard it was to give a talk when you have to pause after every sentence
to wait for translation. I always thought that would be great because
you have time to think, but it has the reverse affect and always makes
me lose my train of thought. So the talk was okay. It was about
Christmas hope. I talked about how the wise man saw the star in the
sky as a sign of hope that their savior was born, that the Nephites
had a sign given to them (a day and night and day without darkness) as
a sign of hope, and how in our day the Book of Mormon is our sign of
hope that leads us to Christ.

Merry Christmas,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, December 5, 2016

Nürnberg

Eating a Nurnburger in Nürnberg

We had a fun week this week. We were able to show some people the new
Christmas video. Which was supper cool because we got it last week but
we couldn't show it to anyone. One girl that watched it was supper
touched. We also made little gifts for our neighbors, which cookies
and a massive candle that a family gave us because they were moving
out (no open flames in our apartment so we'll have to regift). It took
me about an hour to go through our note that we wrote and check every
single grammar principle to make sure it was perfect. Hopefully I
don't get one back with a slaughtering of red pen and grammar
corrections.

We do have an appointment that I'm excited for this week. We're
meeting with a new investigator, but he dosnt speak English or German,
but we got an appointment set up at our ward mission leaders house,
with a Skype translator. Every thing is slowly falling into place.

Regensburg is definitely a lot colder then my last winter. Ist already
getting into the negatives and appartnelty this is just the start
according to the locals. Yikes! But in bundling up and it's okay.
We're slowly starting to take tempeture into our planing, by making
quick buss rides to heat up or do apartment dooring (because the
stairways are heated) so it will be fun to see what happens in winter.

This week in church I got to translate again. This time it went a lot
better. But it was a little comical because the whole lesson was based
on the difference between praying to the lord and crying to the
lord... in the German translation of the scripture it had about four
different words for that, so I got creative. But it worked out great.
And I get to give a talk next week about Christmas.

Spiritual thought comes from Enos 1:12 "And it came to pass that after
I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I
will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith."
I wanted to point out that he prayed and after praying he works
diligently to accomplish his request. Then it was granted unto him. It
reminded me of a quote on a bookmark I saw that said "get on your
knees and pray, then get on your feet and work" it's a great principle
in the gospel that we believe in a balance of self work (what we put
in) and divine help (what God does), both of which are based of faith.

Elder Flickinger

Monday, August 29, 2016

Last week's email

So this last week we had transfers, which means that my comp got
transferred to Mannheim, and my new comp arrived Tuesday, his name is
Elder Van Dam, he's from South Dakota, and has been on his mission
about a year now. So this week was fun showing him around Mainz and
introducing him to everyone. His German accent is way good so
hopefully I can pick it up from him.

Today for Pday we had a fun time. We went over to Offenbach so that my
new comp could take with some old friends of his. It was also cool for
me because one of my old comps was there. So we got to catch up and
swap stories.

Spiritual thought this week is about the love of God. I always think
it's cool to recognize that God loves us all, a lot. He created this
world so that we would have a place to come to and to have families
and learn and grow. In the Book of Mormon it says 1 Nephi 17:36
"Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited;
and he hath created his children that they should possess it."

Elder Flickinger

Monday, August 15, 2016

Laser tag

Super fun Pday
We played laser tag for Pday. Which was super fun. My comp got
transferred to Mannheim. Besides that we had zone training which was
realy good. Got me pumped for the next transfer. Sorry but we have no
time to email

Till next week

Elder Flickinger

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hiking a Hill and Meeting an Atheist

This week was great. We got to go to this relay cool tower this week.
Which took a bit of a walk but it was worth it. One thing that will
never stop amazing me about Germany is how many ancient buildings
there are here. It's such an amazing land with ancient history. We had
great weather which made it even better. It turns out that next to
this tower there is a restaurant that has tigers that they bring out
while your eating..... It was closed today but it defiantly has my
interest peaked.

My favorite lesson this week was with this atheist, who we got talking
about some experiment that he had studied in his science class (he's a
nuclear science major). After he explained how they were able to prove
certain facts, it was supper cool to be able to relate that to how we
can prove spiritual facts. We set up an experiment and watch the
results. However unlike an experiment on a rat we need to experiment
with our lives. We need to change them according to the teaching of
Christ and if they help us, then we know their true.

Take care,

Elder Flickinger

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Crazy cool miracle week!

So we went to the Gutenberg printing press museum today! It was so
cool, I was like a kid in a candy store, although I could seriously spend
hours there. It was so cool. They even had a presentation and I
volunteered. Man those printers people back then had to have
muscle. But I got to keep the paper, which has the first page of the
bible. It was so cool how he made the printing press (although the
Chinese had it figured out years earlier). I'm happy. :)

Other great moment was teaching a guy from Brazil, who told
us that he got on a wrong buss three weeks ago and we were on it
talking to a lady and he was super impressed about how strong our
testimonies were and so he decided to meet with us when we talked with
him on the street. How cool is that.

Meet with our atheist investigator and on our way to a bench
to sit down we ran into a Colombian Independence Party and a member
was there who joined us for the lesson. Which was cool because we had
set the goal to have a member present at our other lesson and our
member snuffed lasst minute. Thank you miracles :) it was great to
have her testimony about how she found the church.

Old guy go by. Went by on this less active (no background info just a
name and address) well we show up, it's a retirement home. So we find
his apartment and knock on the door, we go in and start talking. It
was supper cool cuze I felt inspired to read Lehi's dream with him.
Which was so cool cuze the beginning part related to him so great. At
first Lehi's is following the Angel but then gets lost, and after
wandering in darkness for a long while, prayed and then saw the tree
of life and the iron rod. So we got to relate that to his life and how
he just needs to pray and start reading the BoM, we asked if we could
come back and he said he wasn't reading because he doubts to much.
(Slap in the face, that's why you meet with the missionaries) well we
left and then I realized that I had left my BoM there. So we have a
legitimate reason to go back.

Thanks everyone for everything,

Thanks care,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, June 6, 2016

Crazy miracles


Awsome name of a dipper company.... (Poopeys)


So many dippers.

Elder FlickingerSo this week I had a crazy miracle, so we were in a town where we had
been let in dooring, but when we went back later to this house the
wife answered and quite frankly slammed the door in our face, allowing
us no time to talk. So finally I scrapped up what courage I could
muster to knock on the door, on our way to the door I saw the husband
in the window. He let us in and we talked a bit, best part, his wife
saw us in the house.
Bo'ya! Then another crazier miracle. We went to the train station and
while waiting for our train I started talking to an American lady from
Utah. Who's picking up an old foreign exchange student that came to
live with her in Utah for a year. Well the bells and whistles didn't
go off till the train doors pops open and I recognize an investigator
from
Paderborn! Then everything clicked. We missed our train to say hi,
but they had to go quickly, I at least got to ask if she ever met with
the missionaries, nope, but with how many miracles are going into this
girl she'll get converted one day.

Also a great scripture this week is from the Book of Mormon is Mosiah
14:6 where it says "All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the
iniquities of us all."

This week our church put together some hygiene packets for the
refugees. So many diapers...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day

Hey everyone,

This week was supper cool. We did a couple of go bys, and almost everyone was home! We got to teach a lesson in German. My comp was the best. On one go by, I talked with the investigator while my comp played soccer with the grandkids so that she could just talk. It turned out really well. She's going on vacation to the states for three weeks and she said she would read it so fingers crossed that she feels the sprit.

Spiritual thought from D&C 21:9
"9 For, behold, I will bless all those who labor in my vineyard with a mighty blessing, and they shall believe on his words, which are given him through me by the Comforter, which manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful men for the sins of the world, yea, for the remission of sins unto the contrite heart."
Christ really did suffer and die for our sins and when we bring our contrite (or remorseful  and changed) heart He blesses us with a remission of sins. It's an amazing promise that I can definitely say I've seen in my life.

Bis Spater 
Elder Flickinger

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Sonntag

Easter was so cool! Germans have this cool tradition of hanging Easter
eggs on trees! How cool is that. Don't worry the eggs are hollow so
they don't stink. Some of our American members have even adopted the
tradition.

We got to spend Easter at a members house. They made us fish, bread
and honey. It's a cool tradition they have that they took from the
bible. And man did they know how to cook salmon. They use to live in
Alaska where apparently you eat a lot of salmon.

Church was cool. We had a great program, lots of musical numbers,
including a cool song about a Roman soldier who witnessed everything
but ended up believing on Christ and repenting. Really interesting
song. One cool point that a speaker pointed out was that we know
Christ had to be dead for three days according to prophesy, but he was
only dead for about 40 hours, because he died late in the evening
Friday night, buried all day Saturday, and was resurrected early in
the morning on Sunday. It's a cool fact that also shows that, Christ
didn't want his loved ones morning for more then necessary. He rose
from the dead as soon as possible and told his loved ones.

Hope that all made sense

Elder Flickinger

Monday, March 21, 2016

District challenge!

We have a small competition this week as a district. We're seeing who can get the most people to watch the Easter video. It's two minutes and you can watch it by going to followhim.mormon.org As soon as you watch it email me saying you did so I know how many people to count. It counts for every person who watches it so if you show it to your friends or family let me know how many people saw it so I can win! 

This week went realy great. We got to be a part of a miracle! We decided to do a Wunder Stunde with one of the member families. (A Wunder Stunde is where you pray with the family then work in their neighborhood for an hour looking for a miracle) They gave us a street where a friend of theirs lives on then sent us off with a heartfelt prayer. We contacted their friend but they politely informed us that they were very happy with their religion. We continued to work on that street. About the third door we met a man, obviously Christian from the cross he was wearing, who let us share the video with him. After the video he told us that he was just messaging a friend of his who was going through some tough times, he told us it was supper wired that we knocked on his door right as he was messaging his friend, and that this video would be perfect to show her. It was so amazing to be a part of this miracle. I love to seeing that God doesn't care about where we are in the world, the friend of the man we showed the video to lives somewhere in the states, God works though the people we know, even if messaging you from a little street in Germany. Cool to see how miracles can work through our social networks. It reminds me of the scripture in the Book of Mormon that says "For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them" 

This week I also got my fill of biking around. I love the rolling hills in Germany and how beautiful it makes the country. But my perception is quite different on a bike. It's great downhill but the up hills are everywhere I rode up them one to many times this week. 

Thanks everyone have a great week and don't forget to watch the Easter video. 

Elder Flickinger

Monday, February 8, 2016

Red sock

So you know how we all have a red sock story. You know you have a load
of whites in the wash and you realized that there was a red sock in
there the whole time and now you have a load of pinks.... Ya that
happened this week. I was doing a load of just towels and my apron
(white) when I found a red blanket that hadn't been washed yet.
Perfect I can thow that in too. Oops, forgot the white apron was in
there. I am now the proud owner of a pink apron. :)

I heard the supper bowl was this week. Go Broncos. Way to represent my
sudo home town Colorado.

Take care this week. One scriptures that stood out to me this week was
in first Nephi chapter 1 verse 20 "But behold, I, Nephi, will show
unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom
he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto
the power of deliverance." I like how Nephi sets out to show us the
tender mercies of The Lord on those that put their faith in Him. And
he does over the course of the entire first book of Nephi. And
throughout the entire Book of Mormon we can see these things. It also
reminds us of Psalms 145:9 "The Lord is good to all: and his tender
mercies are over all his works." We are the children of God and he
loves us and helps us, this is my simple testimony.

Thanks for all your emails and prayers,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Mystery of the Nameless Member

This week we had a "Meet the Mormons" showing. Which included snacks
and a lot of invitations. The two weeks prior to it we invited
everyone we talked to, I mean everyone. We passed out invitations, the
whole nine yards. Day of the show, practically no one showed up :( a
few member family's (maybe 7 people) and the ward missionaries. Then
at the last minute a man walks in with two friends. Now I recognize
the man from church so naturally I introduce myself and find out that
their here in the military and are going to be here in Germany for
three more months. So we watch the movie and afterwords I go to our
ward missionary and ask him if he knows the members name "I think it
starts with a m" after quizzing a few others we discover that he has
been here for three months, his friends are on the same rotation. He
always sits in the back, (probably why we recognize him) and never got
his papers moved to our ward because it's all temporary. Cool but the
problem is we have no clue what his name is. Nice to know that the
member with no name is bringing friend to church activities.

That's my funny story of the week. If you want, you can see meet the
Mormons on Netflix, Amazon, and I think it's on YouTube, not sure to
be honest.

Elder Flickinger

Monday, January 18, 2016

Turning Necks

Missionaries have a crazy ability to learn languages. Within two days a missionary can give a simple prayers, within one week you are teaching a lesson, and by six weeks your able to have some basic conversations. Within six months you get to the point where your able to understand everyone (and everything they say), and by one year your fluent in the language. Or at least that's the average for our mission. Personal results vary but usually that's how it goes here for the Frankfurt mission. 

This week's funny story goes in hand with that. I'm currently in an American military ward. People are usually here for about three years then continue to travel the world, naturally lots want to learn a bit of the local language while they're here. This week in priesthood class we announced from the side of the class room that we would be starting a German class for everyone that wants to learn a bit of German, nothing to strict or rigorous, just a simple little German lesson here and their. You should have seen how everyone turned their heads, at the exact same time, and looked like little owls with large eyes. It was as if their was an inaudible "Ohhhhhh" I have the faint feeling that we will have high attendees for this class. We mighty even need to get a bigger boat (thats right I just put a Jaws reference in their;)

I also stumbles across a great old Mormon Message called Create (1:53) I like how this one invites us to make something, anything. To make the world a better, a more beautiful place. Let me know what your think about it. 

Good luck this week creating something

Elder Flickinger

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hey family and Friends

Sorry to be writing so late in the week. It's been a crazy week. 

This week seemed to have a theme of law enforcement. We had dinner at a couples house, the husband worked private security, and the wife worked in hospital security. They had some pretty funny stories, let me say that. Then later we were storing our bikes in a members basement to keep them out of the rain. When we went to get them  their neighbor called us out for stealing them. Her exact words were "what do you think your doing? those aren't yours" She did not believe my "doch (German word that kind means yah-ha, but in a grown up way and not rude), these people are our friends, we were keeping them their to stay dry" story, I wouldn't believe it either. Until I offered to ring the door bell. Then she seemed somewhat satisfied. And to top it off we got lost in a small town so we stopped for a bit in a neighborhood and we're trying to find ourselves on the map when conveniently a cop cruiser came on by, and again in 5 minutes. We decided it might be best not to door that street :) moral of the week Germans keep Germany a very safe place to live. Like extremely safe, they will go out of their way to make sure no one steals your bikes or anyone suspicious is on your street. If you want a safe neighborhood live next to Germans.

We also got to teach some amazing people. Our ward missionary went teaching with us and was amazing. Sometimes you just want to skip the learning process and go to being great at something, but that's not how it works, so I get to spend some time on learning how to teach. But it's fun to be in the learning phase because everything is new and shiny.

This week we got to play a fun new game with a member. It's called pie face. It's basically Russian Roulette for kids. You have an plastic contraption that has an arm with whipped cream on it and you have to turn a dial that randomly flicks it into your face. Sounds fun right?

This week's scripture is D&C 93:36 "The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth." I love this short scripture in part because I love learning. And learning in a way is becoming more Christlike. We know from the Bible that Christ learned "grace from grace" and we too can do that when we learn. We're here, on earth, to learn. Isn't that amazing!


Thanks for everything 
Bis später, 

Elder Flickinger

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year

Hey everyone, how's life going? This week was great. We got to spend New Years at a members house and play card games. We had to leave early but we got to see some fireworks from inside our apartment. Unfortunately there was a ton of fog so we couldn't see so much. 

Also i got to celebrate my birthday! First one on my mission. We had a super awesome member invite us over for pizza (with pumpkin pie) it was so good! The members here know how to cook. 

We also had zone training, I got to give my first tema there. (I don't know how to describe what a tema is in English, it's like a talk but you can also make it into a discussion or activity ect.) It went great but I started running over time. we're going to play volleyball with the zone today, insert sarcastic shout for joy here. Good news is my comp is a total nerd to so we might ditch out early :)

This week's spiritual thought comes from a hymn 

193
I Stand All Amazed
1.I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
2.I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
3.I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.
Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!


So this hymn is amazing if you take the time to slowly read it. It has so much depth and truth to it. It is by far one of my top ten favorites. You can listen to it at https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/i-stand-all-amazed?lang=eng

Thanks for all of your emails this last week,



Elder Flickinger