Hallo from the Missionaren!

Another crazy fast week, holy cowww. Still rainy and cold for the most part but we saw a little sun! We had stake conference this weekend and Elder Sabin from our area presidency came, and they were incredible. (The one who spoke in conference about the scout not wanting to unroll his sleeping bag.) The adult session was Saturday at our church in Erlangen, so afterwards President stayed and we had our interviews w/him, and got our PACKAGES!!! AHH best day ever. Thank you thank you!!! :)) Sunday was about 45 minutes away in Bamberg. One of the ward mission leaders in Bamberg had legit 5000 cards made to pass out to advertise this thing, so we had gone up there on Friday and walked around the whooole city passing them out hahaha. Who knows if it worked, but they had it in a huge concert hall, and the whole thing was full, and translated to English so that was nice.

Monday we met with our new District for the first time which was fab, then went to Herzogen Aurach for the day (where Adidas HQ is). Lately we have been teaching a ton of men which is great, but have been really praying to find a woman to teach. We got to Herzo and there weren’t a ton of people out but we ran into these girls on the street and I start talking to them in German and they’re like “aaah sorry we only speak English!” And I’m like SAME. They’re from Canada and are here working for a year and are SO darling. We have an apt with them this week and I could not be more pumped. And we met a cute girl from China who is a potential now, as well as this darling girl on the way home, she’s from Iraq, she and her mom came to the church last night for English class, and want to come to church Sunday! Anyway, prayers were definitely answered this week! Hopefully now these actually go somewhere haha. Pray for us!

OK yesterday, cutest thing. We had been talking about member involvement in our studies, and me and sis Yeck read the story about Gma and Gpa Shelline from Richard Peterson’s book, and so I had already been thinking about both of them a lot. Then we had a lunch with the cutest couple so we decided we’d share it with them. They’re a little older, so cute. We had lunch and Eis (ice cream) and shared a little thought about member missionary work and we had this awesome discussion about members’ examples, and they told us they’re starting their mission papers!! Anyway we’re leaving and what does he give us? a SHOE HORN. :’) Germans love those things, and he just died when he heard we didn’t have our own. Anyway the whole thing made me think of Gpa soooo much, it was so neat. :)) good day, for sure.

I hope you’re all doing good! If there’s anything else you’re dying to know…. ask away! I never know what to write about lol. But things are soo good in Erlangen and I really do love bein ein Missionaren 🙂

Love you all, the church is true!!!!!!!!

Good read if you have time: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1993/10/the-lords-wind?lang=eng#p30
1) Cool church in Herzogen
2) Bus stop on our one day of sunshine 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Easter, Snow, Baptisms!

Family!! Hi! How is everyone??? Wow so much this week hahaha. It was so fun to hear from some 😉 of you this week, I hope everyone is doin good.

Ok, the big news this week…. Sunny is GETAUFT! (baptized!!) Saturday was incredible, holy cow. The spirit was sooo strong, he was so happy. The baptisim was at our stake center out in Nurmburg but a ton of members still showed up which was so good. The program was in English, but the whole thing was translated. We made swig & choc chip cookies, the ward brought tons of food and wanted to just stay and chat with him forever so we got some good translating practice. :)) But the whole day, he was just beaming. Sunday (Easter!) he was confirmed in sacrament meeting, and it was so sweet bc he asked elder Draper to do it, and it was his last sunday before he went home. The spirit was SO strong. Afterwards he even got invited to a meal appointment with a member family :)) The ward really likes him (which is unusual bc our ward is all german and all pretty old). Anyway. It went so good, and we have our first Neubekehr lesson with him tonight!. Exciting times.

Ok, so I learned anything this week it is that Germans do noooot mess around with their holidays. They literally celebrate Easter from Friday through Monday- not like, taking work off for Good Friday, but like, life SHUTS DOWN. Nothinggg is open, no one is outside, and they are legit angry if you try to bug them at home/call them/talk to them. Gotta love it. But we’ve done a lot of finding this week, and its been fun! We found the sweetest muslim family in the world yesterday and they invited us in and we taught the whole Restoration lesson and are going back this week. I love our area, its so huge, so pretty.
I cant believe our first transfer is over, time has seriously FLOWN. Elder Draper went home so we now have a new elder in our ward and hes brand new! I was in the MTC w/him for a couple days. He got here yesterday so Im no longer the greenie in the ward lol. Yay! Only complaint is that its winter again hahaha but hopefully that doesnt last long. Anyway, sorry this email is so all over the place! Life is so good out here. I stinking love being a missionary! Everyone have a great day and week and email me as much as u want!!!!!!!!! Love you all!

xoxo
Sister Ash

1: Baptism: Andy (member from Erlangen ward) and Sunny.
2: Sis. Peterson (Dallon Peterson’s cousin :))
3: Last DDM of the transfer

P4150429image1P4170453

Hi From Erlangen

Family!!!!! How are you all???
This week was so good! Thursday we had the chastity lesson with Sunny, and it went good! Hahaha he is pretty quiet and gets uncomfy with like, anything so we made it pretty quick. His baptism is on Saturday! We are so excited. Its been a crazy week trying to put his baptism together, it’s spring break this week so NO ONE is here/going to be here, and Sunny speaks like zero german, and didnt really have any preference who did anything for the program (luckily lol) and our GML (ward mish leaders) the Zinks (more on them later hahaha- funniest little couple ever) are out of town for 3 weeks. So we’ve been madly trying to find English speaking members that will be around to fill the program, and we finally did it! Im playing the piano, and pullin out the ol “Ill go where you want me to Go” for the musical number hahaha. Tonight is his interview, then well be good to go. Stay tuned!! mainly, PRAY.
Saturday was awesome, we had a street display and it was SO good. We’ve helped other areas with theirs before, but this time was so fun bc it was in our area. It was sunny, there were a ton of people out shopping and eating ice cream, and we set up a ton of appts from it! Basically we just chase people down and show them the Easter vid, ask them questions, get their phone numbers. it’s great. Weve already taught a few really good lessons from people we met out there. And I talked to a ton of cool Indians, that always makes me so happy hahaha. Were teaching these two way cool middle eastern guys, one german one english. More on them hopefully this week.
Honestly I think the hardest thing this week has been just kind of feeling like I don’t contribute anything to my companionship. Yesterday I was just so down, I feel like I want to do more, but Its so hard in lessons and on the street to know what anyone is saying, let alone what to say back, how to phrase it. And that I dont know the members very well still, dont know which buses go where, things like that. I feel bad that Sister Yeck has to do so much. She is so patient and sweet and fun and I literally love her. I just feel bad, I depend on her SO much. But i guess its good, its humbling me, a LOOOT. and pushing me to learn the language haaa. Just frustrating. 😦
Really though, I love it here. and I have NO doubt that this is where I am supposed to be serving!!! I am happier than I ever thought I could be, this month has flown by. People are like “the days are long, the weeks are short” something like that, im like NOPE its all short hahaha. anyway. I literally love it here.
Well, I miss you all so much! I hope youre all doing good, I LOVE hearing from you! So email me all the time! Short, long, spiritual, funny, I dont even care a little bit!!!!!!!!
Just know that I LOVE and pray for you all all the time. The church is true!!!!!

ALL my love from Deutschland!!!!
xoxo
Sister Ash
1. pretty trails! the best for finding :))
2. we always say how we want to go out for a real sit down dinner, so we were out finding by the Adidas HQ, saw this italian place and we WENT FOR IT. this is me spending too much money on fish and mineralwasser. (Dad ur salmon is way better) but we had a good time 🙂
3. our church 🙂

P4120417P4100401IMG_2244

Anotha One Down!!

Hallo! How was everyone’s week?? It sounds like it was a killer #springbreak for everyone!!! How did y’all like conference??? They broadcast it to the church in German in the chapel, English in the RS room, some members were there but mostly they just watch it at home haha. We switched off between english and german with the members but ended up watching it mostly in English with the other missionaries haha. SO many good talks!!!! I loved the first talk from the womens session about “leaning not” to our own understanding, and staying centered in Christ. I also loved Elder Rasbands talk about following the FIRST promptings of the spirit, I felt he was talking directly to a certain missionary who is a little bit scared some days to open her mouth and speak a language she doesnt know to strangers on a bus !!! But overall the spirit was just so strong through the whole thing, and it was such a cool experience knowing that you were all watching it at the same time. My bucket is full. 🙂

Sunny had a final on Tuesday that he had to study for, but he watched some of it from home and looved it, especially the music 🙂 hes doing way good, pretty stressed w/finals but pumped for the baptism. This week we taught him about tithing/fasting, and it went really good! We have this way cool trendy guy named Jerome in our ward that just got home from his mish in Italy- super nice, perfect english- so we brought him to our last lesson with Sunny and they totally hit it off and it helped so much to have him there. So we’re excited that hes making some wardie friends! Tonight we are teaching him the law of Chastity !! Not too worried, but pray 4 us anyway hahaha.

Funny German things !
– they dont kill bugs, and talking about guns/killing animals/hunting/anything is like totally taboo
-they dont make beds like normal! they have the fitted sheet, and a quilt that u just fold in half on the bed sideways. kinda nice haha.
-they eat cough drops like candy, literally

Sorry, I’ll think of better stuff next week lolol. but otherwise, Germany is RAD.

ok this email is all over the place, but I love you all so much! I hope everyone is doing good, email me anytime, I LOVE hearing from u all!!!
have a fab week!!!

ALL my love!
Sister Anderson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA