Sunday, 19 June 2016

Wien(Vienna) / Munich 30/5/16 - 13/6/16 Naturhistorisches Museum, Herbs, Tschüss Wien, Versetzungstag, Talente Abend und Pfahl/Gebietskonferenz. Bowling, Tausch, Crashing MLC und mein erste Sonntag in die Gemeinde München 1!!

Woche 97 von 101.5- Naturhistorisches Museum, Herbs, Tschüss Wien, Versetzungstag, Talente Abend und Pfahl/Gebietskonferenz!


Montag! So we haven't received our MSF for the month yet, so we didn't go shopping today, plus I wouldn't need to anyways, so it worked out perfectly! After studies we heade
d over to the Centre to do emails, then we went to print pictures, before heading to the Natural History museum with the Sisters! It was an interesting P-day! Lots of rocks, lots of animal stuff. It was great! Then that took the majority of P-day, before we headed over to B and R, but R's in hospital, so we visited him there. It was kinda sad, but still okay, as he was still cracking jokes! Goodbyes are just so much harder here then I remember them ever being!

Dienstag! Well first I went to Abmeld before we headed back to do a bit of study before going to the centre for DM. Although Frau M came round during the study part to say goodbye and give me a leaving gift.

 DM was fun... It was pretty good, but then one of the district were like, those who are leaving need to bear their testimonies, so then that happened... I love my district! They literally are all the best! Love them! Then we headed to Herbs for lunch... Schnitzel!! Then back to the Centre to sort a few things before Englischkurs to which nobody turned up to, so we headed home. I started to pack, but didn't get far until a member told us that we need to go and give someone a blessing ASAP, so we dropped everything and went. Then headed back to swap washing over so I could pack; and then headed back to the centre to meet with M and B. We had dinner together and then goodbyes... It was sooooo difficult! I hate saying goodbye! Then home to pack and do Tschüssbuchs ... it's gonna be a late one! 
District Meeting Goodbyes

Mittwoch! Transfer Day! So it turns out that I ended up going to bed at like 5 this morning, so with just 1hr 30mins sleep, got up, got ready and headed down to Wien Meidling to catch the train to Salzburg.
Goodbyes at the Bahnhof

So at Meidling we did the whole goodbye stuff. It was pretty sad. I loved it in Wien, even though some things about it sucked. It was a great couple of transfers. So onto the train, there were quite a few of us leaving this transfer so it was a fun train ride, although it was delayed; so there was a bit of stress about catching our next train. So we get to Salzburg, quickly getting stuff off and onto another gleis for the next train, which was luckily waiting for us. A few quick hellos and goodbyes and onto the train to München. Bakewell was on it as he is going home this transfer, cause of some cyst on his lower back which needs operating on. That was sad, cause now the group in München next transfer is not gonna be the same, but it was cool to be able to say Tschüss. Then we finally got into München. It felt so strange, like the next time I expected to ever touch that Bahnhof was supposed to be in 5 weeks’ time.... Weird! So we got in, said a few more hellos, then we went to go help out with luggage and stuff for the Swiss train, which was just coming in. Ahhhh! It was sooo good to see some people again. It feels like forever since the last time. Then we said goodbyes and headed to our apartment. A late Mittags before studying, unpacking and going to a member appointment for the evening! What a day! 

So Donnerstag after dragging myself out of bed (Packing and Tschüssbuching the night before will hopefully never happen again). We did studies and then headed out to a less actives' for Mittags and a quick lesson. Then we popped back home, cause we needed to grab something for our appointment this evening. Then we headed over to the chapel as we were supposed to be meeting a less active there. He didn't show up, so we did a bit of finding, which was pretty bad, as the weather wasn't all that nice. Then we headed to meet the München 3 Sisters who were coming with us to our member appointment this evening. So basically it's a peculiar set up here. So München 1 and 3 meet in the same building at near enough the same time, so it seems like its’ just one big ward. Just that meetings are held separately, but you still see everyone before/after and during breaks. Super strange! So München 3 get next to no member appointments, so our members feel bad for them; so invite them over with us sometimes. It's pretty cool though! So we had Abendessen, played some games and shared a spiritual thought! The München 3 Sisters are pretty cool. It kind of just feels like a strange version of Wien, but it's okay so far, so we'll see how the next 5 weeks go! 

What a day! So after studies Freitag morgen, we headed to the chapel to meet Bruder P, where we cooked Mittags, ate together and then read in the BoM together. So basically he won't go to the Temple until he has read the entire BoM, so we're helping him out with it. That took a good chunk of the afternoon, but it was cool! Then we did some weekly planning, before people started showing up to set up for the Ward Talent Show tomorrow evening, so we went and helped with that before heading over to F. He's an investigator from Ghana and has a baptismal date for 29th June. He cooked us some Ghanaian food and we had a lesson. He's super cool! Then home and that was our day! 

Samstag began with studies, as per usual. Then during Personal we got a call from Sister Kohler. She just felt like she should call us and say hi and see how we're doing! It was super sweet! I love that woman! Then after Mittags we finished up weekly planning and did a load of vorbeis in the pouring rain and thunderstorms, before heading to the chapel for the Ward Talent Show this evening. It was really good fun. We have a pretty cool ward to be fair. Then that filled the evening. 

My first Sonntag in München and we had the Area Conference, so we headed straight over to the Pfahlhaus. It started with the Stake doing their own opening part. The Stake President spoke, which was super short and sweet, cause they only had their Stake Conference here last weekend. Then came the satellite broadcast part. Basically it was sent from Salt Lake and Frankfurt, but I'm pretty certain it was all pre-recorded. It was really good, but I forgot my note book, so I have no notes on it. A seventy spoke and then Elder Kearon spoke from Frankfurt and then back to Salt Lake and Sister Oscarson, Bishop Causee and then Elder Christofferson. Then back to the individual Stakes for their own individual closing parts. It was pretty good, but seemed super strange. Anyways, after that we did the socialise thing. We then had joint comp study with the München 3 Elders and a member from our ward who likes to study and discuss gospel stuff with us after church each week. It's cool! (You have no idea how hard it is to say München instead of Wien when putting a number after the area name). Then home to grab something before heading to Poing to visit a less active couple. That was cool, then home, dinner and a bit of end of day studies (seen as we only had Comp study) and then planning and I had the joy of collecting numbers again.... That’s right – I'm the DL still. Nice to be told and all..... Legit, I got here on Wednesday – we got home and the DL stuff was on my desk, so I asked Elder Kennedy who we need to be giving it to and he's like, ‘Oh that’s for you, you’re the DL! Like I'm sorry, but nobody told me that... But then I guess last transfer was the same! 

Well I hope you each have a fantastic week! 

Alles Liebe, 

Woche 98 von 101.5- Bowling, Tausch, Crashing MLC und mein erste Sonntag in die Gemeinde München 1!!

Montag-  So after studies we headed over to the shop. It was needed; well sort of, not really! We get fed by members super frequently here, so you don't need to buy all too much. After shopping we headed out to the bowling alley to meet up with München 3 Elders (the ZLs) ‘cause apparently we go bowling with them most Mondays. So we get there and the bowling place has summer opening times which just started, so it doesn't open till 14uhr. So we popped next door to Maccies, had lunch and wrote emails on the free wifi, then bowling! That was actually pretty fun! Considering I haven't played in like forever I won two of the four games we played. Not bad! Then we headed to Marienplatz as my brown shoes have a slit in the bottom, so with all the rain recently, here in München, my foot has been getting quite wet! So I bought myself some new brown shoes and they are super nice! Then my comp needed some new shirts, so we popped to C&A and that took a bit more time. Then home to drop it all off and out to a member appointment. It was super cool. He's from Colombia and his wife is also I think. Their kids were born here and they were super cool. We had some Colombian-type thing, which was super goood! Then home! 

So Dienstag began with a bit of studies before heading out to the chapel for district meeting. The district seem pretty cool! The assignments were great and I felt the spirit pretty strong! I still love my last district loads, but these guys are super cool! After DM we headed to J’s with the ZLs for a lunch appointment and uno and a spiritual thought before tausching! So I'm working with Elder Bybee in München 3. We headed back to the chapel (we share the building with the 3rd ward) for a lesson with a guy who’s name I have no idea how to even begin spelling. He was super cool and basically answered all of his own questions, which was just perfect. Then we found up to Hauptbahnhof, as we were supposed to be meeting another guy called R up there. We called him and he said he'd be there in another hour or so, so we did a bit more finding and some sprach before meeting him. We taught about the Restoration and set a baptismal date for the 10th July! It's so cool when you get a date set on tausch! Then we headed home, had dinner and planned! It's been cool! 

Mittwoch- So after getting up, ready and studies, we had lunch before heading out to visit a member in hospital. That was fun! German hospitals aren't very nice looking. Either that or this one was just especially strange looking! Anyways, it was a nice visit. Then we headed to the chapel to tausch back. After which we headed home to drop my tausch stuff off, before going by on a referral we received from Headquarters yesterday. So we called him and he says to just go by, so we did and couldn't find it for ages, then we asked someone about him and he was like oh yeah, you see those containers over there, he lives there as it's an Asylheim. So we head over it was scary stuff; just these like blue shipping containers meshed together to form an Asylheim. It was so weird. He wasn't even home, so we left the Book of Mormon at the office place for him and will try again later. Then we headed off to our appointment for the evening. So we went to this families and it turns out that she is the sister of Schw. L who was the Branch Presidents wife in Kaufbeuren and I loved their family! So it was a super cool appointment! Then we headed home and on our way back someone is shouting Entschuldigung from behind us, so we turn around and a lady jumps out of her car and is like ‘Are you the Mormons?’ – and we're all like ‘Yeah!’ Then we just have this super cool conversation and her daughter jumps out of the car as well and they tell us how they used to have contact with the Mormons a long time ago when her daughter was a baby, (she's now late 40’s at least) and how they've been looking for the church and wanted to make contact with us again for a long time, so when they saw two guys in white shirts they just had to try and see if it was us. How cool is that! It was sooo awesome! We got their details and gave them our number and stuff, so hopefully we'll be able to start meeting with them soon... Sooooo cool! Then home, planned and that was Mittwoch! 

Donnerstag was such a long day! I am so dead, I cannot even say how many times I had to wake myself up! So after studies we headed into the Stadt, in the pouring rain, to meet a member for a Mittags appointment. He took us to this Steak house. It was soooo good! Then we did a couple hours doing finding vorbeis before an appointments with a less active family. They were super cool, although it was a super long appointment! Then more finding vorbeis before heading home for Abendessen and that was the day! 

So Freitag was a super strange day. I legit died of tiredness and just did not wake up until like 7.50. It was sooo bad! I have no idea what happened! So after quickly getting ready and doing studies, we headed off to the chapel to meet Bruder P for mittags and stuff. That was cool! It took a little while, cooking, running to the shop to grab something he forgot, finish cooking, eating and the spiritual bit, then also washing up. Then as we were writing up a weekly email to Bishop, MLC finished (they do MLC once a month in our mission and they hold it at our chapel as it's the closest and easiest to get to from Hauptbahnhof); so then we got talking for a couple of minutes with the ZLs and STLs in the mission. It was so good to see some familiar faces from die Schweiz! Then finished the email and headed to Marienplatz to meet a former who called us up wanting to meet. Then we headed to a shop to buy a drink cause we were dying of thirst. Then we were on our way to an appointment and they called to cancel, so home to make a start on weekly planning and abendessen!

Samstag- So this morning was an early one and we were out of the apartment before even having the chance to start studies, as we had to travel to meet the München 3 Sisters and head over to Britta for Breakfast. It was super good. I haven't had such a big and filling breakfast in such a long time! Then we spoke for a while and Elder Kennedy tried to fix her computer. Then we had to leave to travel to our next appointment with F. We spoke about the law of tithing and the law of the fast. It was pretty cool! Then we headed off to our next appointment, out in Haar. He's a less active! Then we headed over to the chapel to grab something before heading onto our next appointment with a member from München 3 with the Elders. It was a super cool evening! We had Burgers for dinner and they were super good burgers! Then we chilled and chatted and they did some sort of spiritual thought thing!

Then onto my first real Sonntag with the Gemeinde München 1. It's disturbing to think I only have 3 more Sundays here in the mission..... I don't like that thought.... So we begin our meetings with Priesthood, then Sunday school and we have Sacrament last; as we meet at the same time as the 3rd ward, so they do the reverse schedule, starting like 15-20mins later. It works, but is so strange being with another ward at the same time, but it's also super cool! Church was really good and I got to know some more members. Then after church we had Gemeinderat, followed by joint Comp Study again with the München 3 Elders, Sisters and N. It was a super interesting studies/discussion. Then by the time that finished we headed home, did a little more study and had an earlier (than normal) abendessen before heading back to the chapel for 19uhr to have GMK and that filled the rest of the evening! 

That was basically our week! I also received an email this week from the Missionary Mobile Device department telling me what to do with my iPad, etc. That was weird... and as the end of my mission is getting closer it just seems weird and scary... We also have Zone Conference this week, so I'll be made to give my dying testimony and will probs also receive my death letter... Time is flying by way too quickly! 

Well today is gonna be a packed out day, so have a great week! 

Alles Liebe,

Elder Ammon Robertson xxxxxxxxxxxxxx