Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waiblingen nicht Weiblingen

Received February 13, 2012

Yeah, so here I am now back in the Stuttgart Zone. Still no word on my Austrian visa, so we'll wait to register me here. Luckily, my German visa is still ok if I really need to use it. As promised, here is the new address (before I forget):
Elder Andrew Neumayer
Kirche Jesu Christi
Benzstr. 10
Waiblingen 71332
Yes John, as in Mercedes BENZ. The apartment is across the street from a horse butcher....of all things. My new companion is Elder Smith of Idaho Falls. He was Elder Daybell's companion in the MTC. That's the second time that I have had two companions that were together in the MTC. Great news from the "Alpen"ländische Mission: we got a new country! Yes, that's right, we have received Süd Tirol which is in the mountains of Italy. I bet you didn't think that they spoke German there. There are a couple missionaries learning Italian right now so that they can go there and start preachin' the word. We're all way excited about this addition.
The transfer was kinda crazy, but we still had a good time, even freezing in the Munich train station for 3 or 4 hours. This first week we only met one of our investigators. The rest of the time was spent with eating apointments with members. The members are very Schwäbisch, but very kind. I don't have a ton to talk about, but I'll probably write more next week. I hope everyone has a great week and that everything is nice and easy getting Karen ready to leave. Bis später, Tschüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüßle! (That's Schwäbisch)

Monday, February 6, 2012

So, uh, just kidding....

Received February 6, 2012

Na ja.....I told you that I probably wouldn't get transferred. I was wrong. I'm being transfered back to Deutschland to Waiblingen near Stuttgart. I've been there before because it used to be part of the Heilbronn District when I was there. Now it's part of the Tübingen District. My companion Elder Smith and I will be "whitewashing" the area. It will be interesting. So I have to get all my packing in and get ready for that lovely train ride back to Stuttgart. The nice thing is that I get to have a Stuttgart Netzkarte which means that I can use any transportation in the area without having to pay every time. This week we went to the most wonderful city in the world, namely Wien. We went to hear from President Kopischke of the Area Presidency. It was wonderful listening to him and his wife and also President and Sister Miles. We had a great time learning about working with the ward and giving invitations to come to church or to read the Book of
Mormon. We ate Wiener Schnitzel and potato salad for lunch as always
is the case in Vienna. One cool thing about this Mission Tour was that
I got to see two of my old companions Elders Pexton and Sills. Elder
Chandler and I got a picture with them since I have been companions
with all of them and they were all in the MTC together. It was really
cool. They all go home this week, which is crazy to think about.
I'm sad to be leaving Linz, but it has been a great time here and I
know that it will be great in Waiblingen too. Wherever the Lord sends
me. I hope everyone has a lovely week and that it's not -17 Cel there in
California (I know there's no chance of that, but yeah). Think warm
thoughts for me. Tschüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüß!!!!!!

NOW it's COLD!!!!!!!

Received January 30, 2012

So this week the forecast is calling for Thursday to be -6 H -12 L Celsius.
Just something to think about. This week was a little crazy since we found out one morning that Elder Gubler of the office would be coming to us this week. We were caught off guard since Elder Chandler is going home this transfer and we figured it would just be us until the end of it. Instead we got a call a week early to tell us that all three of us would be working together in Linz. We had to do some preparation for his coming and yesterday he came to us at about 6 in the evening. So it's back to three of us in the apartment for this last week. I'm still not safe from transfers though. It's very possible still that I could be transferred still since the real transfer calls are tomorrow. I don't expect it, but we'll see. I have been here for a while. The other day we went to eat with Klaus Haindl and we got a 300g schnitzl and fries for 3,60 €. It was pretty good. We also had Chinese food twice this week, which is not something that happens very often. This was a good week. This week we will be going off to WIEN!!!!!!!!!!! So excited. We've got a ton of stuff going on this week. Hopefully I'll write more next week. Have a great week. Till next time Tschüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüß!

The Members Come to the Rescue

Received January 23, 2012

So, the members of this ward are pretty much just awesome. The other day I found out that my shoes are no longer so weather-proof as I would like them to be. It began to snow a TON on Saturday and we had to walk through it to get to an appointment. After the appointment it began to rain. At that point, slush everywhere, I figured out that it really was not fun to walk around in my shoes anymore. I mean, they sure are water proof; that water on the inside, it ain't goin'nowheres. So yeah I decided that I would need to get some new shoes. I figured that I would buy them with the money that I got back from buying my Visa. Yesterday Klaus Haindl called and said that he and Dietmar Adams were going to some place that actually has size 47 shoes (something that's not easy to find in Austria) and that I could come
with if I wanted. We met this morning and went to the shoe store. After finding a good pair of shoes Klaus surprised me by saying that he would pay for my shoes. He is one of the nicest men in the world. I don't have a ton to talk about this week. Shout out to the Washington Kennewick Mission: Look out, my sister is going to tear it up there. Just thought everyone should know that. Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week. Listening recommendation: Robert Merrill sings Avant de quitter ces lieux. It's one of the best interpretations of that song in existence. Anyway, Tschüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüüß!