Thursday, April 6, 2017

Weekly email

So we had a fun week. We got to share the new Easter film with a ton
of people. And general conference was cool. Andreas showed up for the
Saturday morning session. But after the third talk he got a text from
his wife that the water pipe broke in the house so he had to run home
to fix that. They had workers till about midnight. But he's off on
vacation now so I won't see him again till I have WhatsApp. It's been
way cool teaching him because he has a huge desire to follow God.

Today we're going to Frankfurt to be tourist there and then we're
heading up to friedrichdorf to see the temple before we have a meeting
with president Uchtdorf! He's meeting with three steaks and is going
to be talking about missionary work! It's exciting! Unfortunate we
missed our train by a minute so we have a little less time then wnted
in Frankfurt but it should still be fun.

This week we also went on a split with worms. I was in Mannheim with
elder Taylor, he's currently training and halfway through the split we
get a call. His trainie (elder Lichtenberg) forgot the keys so they
came back to pick them up from us. We got to show a lot of people the
video and even got two appointments! So hopefully that works out well.

Bis später,

Elder Flickinger

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Were going to see Uchtdorf!!!

So this week we have general conference, which will be great because
we get to hear from the prophets and apostle, but this next Thursday
president Uchtdorf is visiting our stake for a special meeting on
missionary work! No clue what that means but I'm excited as all get
out. I can't wait till next week!

This week we got to teach Andreas again. He's doing great and is going
to get baptized after I leave which is sad, but I still will be able
to skype. He's practically ready he just needs to come visit church a
few times then hes ready. Its been great to teach him but
unfortunately he goes out of town next week. He just retired so he's
celebrating with his wifi by going to some island (i can't remember
the name) but it's near Madagascar.

Besides that we had a fun Pday today, we ended up going to the
technical museum here in Mannheim. It was great. It's a bit like the
science museum in Washington, so we were basically just kids playing
with all the science things. It worked out because we didn't read
anything. Fun day.

We also had zone conference this week in Kaiserslautern. It was way
wired being back in k-town, and I got to see a few old members.
Although the highlight was the food! They know how to spoil us, we had
costavido burritos! They were so good. And for desert, brownies!!! Way
cool!

Thanks for all your emails,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, January 23, 2017

Wallhalla

This week an friend made us some soup and rice. He brought out the
first plate of rice and I thought it was for all of us to share. Nope
that was mine.... and then he brought out a huge bowl of soup with it.
And than out of nowhere he pulls out some Middle East version of naan
bread! O my gosh man I don't have 7 stomachs. Well I start trying to
dipp the bread in the soup. His friend and him look at me, then each
other, than cant stop but laughing. Apparently im doing somthing
wrong. So they then show me the proper way to eat. Using the bread to
scoop up the rice, and then using the spoon to eat the soup. I still
am working on my naan-bread-rice-scooping skills but I made some
progress.

Besides hat we had a great day today. We went to go see Wallhalla.
It's a random pantheon building that has buffs of all the famous
Germans in it, including Gutenberg, Copernicus and Albert Einstein.
Although einsteins buff was fairly strange.

Spiritual highlight this week was seeing bri at church yesterday. She
was baptized a week ago and it was cool to see how happy she was
simple being at church. It reminded me of Alma 32 where he compares
the gospel to a seed. After someone has tried the seed or let it grow
they can say "It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the
word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth
to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to
me." Which is what bri reminds me of, her parent both day that she's
been way happier since she's been coming to church. Nothing crazy has
happened to let her know, she just started doing and found that it was
good.

Thanks for all your emails,

Elder Flickinger

Monday, January 16, 2017

We had a Baptism!!!

So we've been meeting with this 16 year old since right before
Christmas and she got baptized this week. It's been really cool
meeting with her. Not only has she read the entire Book of Mormon (a
rarity among people getting baptized) she also has finished her
personal progress (the young woman's program similar to scouting but
more spiritual, which is a rarity to have finished at this age among
members). Her parents showed up to support the baptism and they both
have said that they have seen a difference in their daughters life
since she's been coming to church and going to the youth activities.
Her best friend gave a talk at the baptism, she really did a lot, and
I'm sure she answered a million questions, when we weren't there. He
best friends dad was baptized as he met his wife and this was his
first time going through the missionary lesson since his baptism. He
preformed the baptism and I did the confirmation. She showed up an
hour early to be baptism but a half hour late on Sunday for the
confirmation (which gave me a heart attack) Were not meeting with her
this week because it's finals week at her school so next week we'll
start going through the lessons again.

Fun part of living in german, our heat went out last night. Luckily
our apartment was still warm this morning but our hot water was also
out. So in Germany there are these little electric kettles... imagine
a water jug with a metal coil at the bottom. It boils a liter of water
in about 2 min! So I pluged that in the bathroom and used it to shave,
I feel so environmentally friendly, I can shave on just a 1/2 liter of
water. In case you wanted to know.

Hope you guys have a great day,

Elder Flickinger