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 sp├Ąter, 

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 

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

Thanks for all of your emails this last week,

Elder Flickinger