Sunday, 19 October 2014

Wunderbare Konferenz zwei Wochen

It was such a great experience watching General Conference on the grounds of the temple!!! That's right, we were in Zolikoffen for General Conference Weekend! (That’s right where the Swiss Bern Temple is), They showed conference in 4 languages (English, German, French and Italian I think)! Pretty cool! It was an amazing conference and I loved all of the talks! My favourites were the same as Ashleighs, which is pretty weird but Elder Jörg Klebingat, those 6 steps were just so perfect, they are: 1. Take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being. 2. Take responsibility for your own physical well-being. 3. Embrace voluntary, wholehearted obedience as part of your life. 4. Become really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly. 5. Become really, really good at forgiving. 6. Accept trials, setbacks, and “surprises” as part of your mortal experience. 

Conference Weekend at Zolikoffen (Temple in the background)
Sas you know my trainer is District leader so we have to do work overs with every elder in the district! I had my first Ausstausch (exchange) this week!!!! I worked with Elder Lossau from Germany and we went to his area in Interlaken! Now, Interlaken, Chur and Innsbruck areas are the most beautiful areas of the mission, and no doubt it didn't disappoint! It was stunning although because of this the work is really slow as it is full of tourists or just non-interested people as they just assume you are just a “norsy tourist”! But it was such a great experience and the area is stunning, I hope I get to serve there one day! 

We also finally have our first new investigator- P T. He's from Sri Lanka and we teach in English! we've only had one lesson with him so far, sooo... J we will meet with this week hopefully!!! So I'll let you know next week how that goes! On Friday all of our appointments fell through, Elder Little and Meyer found an amazing family when I was in Interlaken and we had an appointment on Friday, but either Elder Little copied down the address wrong or we got a fake address. However, the great thing about Switzerland is you can track people down, as everyone’s name, address and telephone number is on some directory which we have access to! Mwahaha!!! 

The attached picture is mainly for you Ashleigh- 'I bet your Book of Mormons don't come in this size'! We use this when we do finding days in main cities as a zone! And as tomorrow is zone conference and we are joined with Zürich zone as it is in Zürich and we have a Das Buch Mormon flashmob planned around rush hour time in the city centre. I don't know what exactly is happening but it should be cool with about 60 odd missionaries from the 2 zones!!!

The Largest Copy of Das Buch Mormon
So on Tuesday I had my first Zone Conf. in Schwammendingen/Zürich! It was great to see President Kohler again! And it was pretty inspiring! Wednesday rolled round and we had a DA with the S family again, they are such a hilarious couple in like there 70/80s and they feed us loads.... And we had a brilliant lesson with our Weniger Aktiven Sister D about Family History and temples, so hopefully she'll start FH! Friday we also went to the temple as it was the Gemeinde Tempel Abend (Ward temple evening) It was beautiful, we were on 
the 7pm session with the ward.

The weekend (not that weekends feel like weekends) was great! Football in Zolikoffen which we have every week to build member and investigator relationships was great! I may start to be getting a bit better at it... I hope! haha! Sunday was brilliant. Church was great, and I understood quite a lot this week!!! Happy times! We had a lesson with one of our investigators which went okay. Then we had the CES Devotional from September as we are the JAE missionaries. It was pretty good by Elder Christofferson. 

Then P-day what a crazy day! We went to the Niederhorn near Thun to go Trottti Biking. We basically go up this mountain in a cable car and come down on the trotti bike. It's basically a scooter with bike wheels and brakes. It was a poor weather day to do it as it was raining (this is like the 2nd time it has rained since I've been here) and the Clouds were really low so you couldn't really see anything more than 10 metres in front. Crazy! Probably not the safest thing to do on a day with that weather! We went as quite a big group. The Bern Elders, Biel Elders and Zolikoffen missionaries so 11 in total, It was such a good time! I fell off once and now have a really badly cut knee and grazed hands, but life is great! 
Trotti Biking in Niederhorn