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