Monday, October 14, 2013

Deep Cleaning and Transfer Calls

Hey Mom!
Well, you were correct, we had transfer calls this week. I am staying here and have been called as district leader again; the district is us and the Michelstadt Elders.  I am also getting a new companion, an Elder Brown. He will be in his 5th transfer, and he has been his whole mission in Solingen so far, so at least we have that in common. I hope he can help us move on the work here. Elder Young is going east to Nordhausen. Another interesting thing from transfers: Elder Watts, my last comp, got called as a zone leader in a brand new zone, the Wiesbaden Zone. It used to be part of Frankfurt Zone, but I guess that zone got too many missionaries and had to be split.

We had an alright week this week. We had to spend about the first three days of the week cleaning our apartment. The mission wants us to do deep cleaning once a transfer, and you can imagine with a bunch of 20-year-old missionaries, not much cleaning ever gets done. We had to clean the apartment super thoroughly, and it was really disgusting. Years of nastiness just built up all over the place. We got time to do other things on those days, but for the most part, it was just cleaning. 

I had a split with Elder Parkinson in Darmstadt on Thursday. We gave a blessing to a member who was getting an operation the next day. After that, we took a bus out to some members and ate dinner with them. We shared a lesson about sharing our favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon and invited them to pray for opportunities to share those scriptures with others in need.

Friday was great. We have been trying to start this Bible study course since I got here, and we finally had our first one this week. There were 5 members there, which is a pretty good start in my opinion. We should have even more this week, and one of the members already said he could give the lesson next week. We are trying to make it so the members eventually take it over so they are more committed and excited about it. 

Saturday was transfer calls and weekly planning. We were going to have an appointment with a less-active sister after that, but it fell out. 

Sunday was good as well. We got to give a short lesson about sharing the gospel in primary and also had a Q&A kind of thing about missionary work in Relief Society. After church, we went to our branch president´s for lunch. Sister Kempener made some beef casserole and after that some crepes. It was a good appointment. We shared a lesson about going forward and praying for missionary opportunities, kind of referring to Edward Dube´s counsel to look forward with faith. 

Well, that is about it for this week. I am sure there will be a lot to tell you next week about the new companionship and everything. Elder Young and I are meeting up with the district for the last time today to play soccer, so we have to get going to that. I hope you have a great week!

LG, Daniel

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