Monday, December 13, 2010

From Kiel- December 13

Howdy ya´ll, how´s it going? Well just had another amazing week here in Kiel! Really though, it´s like every week has so much in it i cant even begin to describe it. I´m going to try day by day this week, probably won´t help, but here we go anyway... :)
Monday- Had a really chill p-day, didnt do a whole lot, just cleaned and went shopping mostly. Every Monday we hav our weekly teaching appointment with UB though, the ex JW russian lady. She is super nice, and really wants to understand the Gospel, but she keeps getting held up on dumb little things. She still cant understand for the life of her why Jesus Christ had to die, she thinks that it´s ´thou shalt not kill..... PERIOD´ She just cant believe that! It´s really bizarre, she just doesnt think God would deliver his son here to be killed, and that he would never kill anyone. We have been going about it so clearly and simply and nicely, i dont know what more we can do, it´s hard not to just pull out all the OT scriptures about God killing hundreds of people, and threatening to kill people. I mean Moses killed somebody, and Paul too. Ya that´s probably not the best way to go about it, but i mean ha, people die all the time, God just works like that. Last time i tried explaining how death is really just a short thing that can lead to an eternity of glory and happiness, it´s really just perspective to me, but until she understands the atonement better i dont know how she´ll progress. Christ had to die to loosen the bands of death! I dont know, we gave her Alma 7 to read, so we´ll just keep working.
Okay this day by day thing isnt going to work, that was like the most uneventful day of the week ha and it took forever. Well anyway, so Tuesday was awesome. There´s a member who is good friends with my trainer named Luckie. He´s like a millionare from Jamaica... hands down one of the coolest people i ever met. Haha he got on a train and came all the way up to Kiel to see his ´grandson´ for three days. Haha he´s such a dork. So quirky and hilarious, and so generous and nice. We still did missionary work of course all those days, but he´s help us get around and eat with us and stuff. He is really the bomb. I´ll have to scrounge up some pictures of him, but ya we had a LOT of fun.  It was kinda frustrating this week though, we had a LOT of appointments fall through, so it was tough, but we´ve talked to a TON of people this week. Thursday we had Mission Conference which was amazing. Haha got the full story from Elder VM. He was at a members house talking about his GF and the member wanted to see her so they got on Facebook and bam, haha her profile pick was her and this guy. Haha so funny. Next letter of course was the dear john, they are getting married this month. But it was WAY cool to see some old MTC friends. There was only 4 there, but it was way cool. Got to talk to Sister W again, my good volleyball friend, and it was just really nice. Mission conference was off the chain too. Elder Texiera from the 70 straight up challenged our mission to lead Europe even further into the fight. Our mission is the biggest in Europe and is just behind England in Baptisms. But we are doing a lot better than the other Germany missions, and he told us to blow our own numbers and standards of excellence out of the water until the ´dont even matter at all´  It was pretty cool. Midway into his lecture he straight up stopped and said ´do you want to see what im talking about´ and sent out 2 companionships and the AP´s to go pray and contact for 30 mins and come back and report. Ha 30 mins is like way hard to get anything in. They came back though and had made 10 APPOINTMENTS placed 2 BOM´s and committed 2 People to come to church!!! Those are like weekly numbers for Germany. It was simply amazing. He said that was all by the spirit too, he hadnt planned it, he just felt to do it and that he would ´be sharing that and talking about it for a long time´ While they were gone we all stayed and prayed for them. It showed us the power of prayer, faith, and specific goals.  Yesterday at our eating appointment we invited the family to pray for us throughout the day to find success, we had made the Specific goal to make 5 Appointments with people with our finding time. We made 6! It just always works! Specific goals, with specific prayers, that´s the secret. :) Oh and to be held accountable, we had to report back to them of course.  But ya it was pretty cool. 
 So the senior couple that works at our outreach center here went home today, we just got a new couple, havent met them yet but they sound really cool. I really like the C´s. They spoke 0 German, but they really loved the people here. Ha we took them out to eat with the ZL´s before they left, but the dumb ZL´s planned it right after one of our eating appointments... oh my gosh... worst essen termin ever! Haha we had rice covered in mustard with Sardines and Kod nuggets in it... it was like fear factor status. Haha it was just this way way old lady, Frau B, haha it was soooooooooooo bad. I ate it all though. Haha and when we left she gave us both chocolate bars, which we of course totally broke into as soon as the door shut, but haha they tasted really funny and as it turns out they were loaded with alcohol! Ya they have alcohol filled chocolate bars all over here. We just assumed she was a member and wouldnt give us them though, so ya we repented. It tasted nasty though. But ya, not the best day for food. But the rest of the weekend was pretty slow as it turns out. We did a LOT of contacting. We kept track and walked 25 kilometers saturday, it´s crazy. I really like talking to people on the street now though. Ha, i whipped out the digital recorder too, so i´ll try sending that today, cought a street conversation or two. I´m not sure how legal that is, but hey im just making some voice journals.:) so ya i´ll try to send those.
Well what else can i say? Another great week up here in Kiel, i just love it to death up here. i could serve my whole mission here i feel like sometimes! But ya, time to go limp out onto the street (we´ve already been walking a lot, and we played squash for a couple hours this morning, which is like my first athletic activity since the MTC, haha i think i sprained my anke and pulled my groin, it was way way fun though, it´s like the handicapped cousin of racquitball, i really like it) but ya. Onward, ever Onward! Love ya all and have a good week! Hoorah für Israels
-Elder Ott
p.s. I´m making a list of all those who write me here, and im checking it twice... lots of people on the naughty list. :)

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