Monday, December 6, 2010

From Kiel- December 6

Guten Morgen von Kiel!
Hallo. Well i cant believe it, but this transfer is already more than half over! Crazy. I´m already feeling sad about having to say goodbye to Elder B, and we probably still have one more transfer together! That´s gonna be weird saying goodbye to him and having him go home... kinda like in the Berlin airport when we first got there and we met the missionaries going home, that was way way weird. Anyway ya things are really going good here. We had a lot of appointments fall through this last week, but hey they were all right addresses so we´ll keep on him. We picked up 4 new investigators this week too. Man can i just say how diverse this place is. Already i have tought in an actual lesson, a Muslim, an ex Jehovahs witness, a couple Rasta Farians, a Buhdist, a Scientologist and who knows how many catholics or prostestants. Well i take that back, we didnt actually teach the Scientologist, we more or less just talked about it because he lives next to us and we´ve been at the same bus stop a couple times. Haha, but man Rasta Farians are the cooooolest people ever! I cant remember if i said last week or not, but we made friends with a way cool one from a tiny store that sells African stuff from ghana, he gave us some way cool bracelets and invited us over Christmas day to eat Fufu, it´s like some food from Ghana, like this mush everyone eats with there hands. Ha i dont know if we´re actually going to do it Christmas day, we´ll have to talk to him this week when we go back by, but he´s really the coolest guy ever. Oh ha, and one of our new investigators we found is an old guy that´s been a butler like all his life, and he is soooooo crazy awesome. He is like a old creepy guy who wears butler clothes and like talks like a legit butler guy, is name is JZ, i´m way excited to teach him. Then one of our new investigators is a 40 year old Buhdist lady. We were contacting on the street and while we were making an appointment with an african guy, she just made eye contact with me and smiled really big, after we made the appointment i went and talked to her, we found our she had just moved in and when we offered to help she hesitantly accepted our offer, so we cleaned windows and talked about the BOM. After we were done she said she really wants to learn more, and she actually took us to the Buhdist Zentrum here in Kiel and we got to see how they meditate and where they do it and stuff. It was pretty cool, not many non budhists get to go in there, so that was neat, i´m excited to teach her. Throw that all on top of the Dönner man and we´ve really made some sweet connections here! Get to learn see and do lots of cool things. We´ve been teaching lots of Africans too, so far we´ve talked with lots from Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, with some from Togo, Cameroon, South Africa, and i cant remember all the others, haha i love the black community here. So also this week i went on a brief exchange with another new Elder while our comps had to go to a leadership training meeting, he actualll spoke less German than i do haha, it was way scary, but really cool to go do missionary book without a fluent speaker to rely on. I made two appointments tho all by myself! And tought most all of a lesson! It was cool, scary. but fun. We were down in Neu Münster so it was also fun to see another city, we actually toured 2 churches kind of on accident haha, long story, but it was really neat. The churches here are soooo amazing, HUGE. Oh ya, which reminds me... so the next day i was on exchange with the DL and we were working down by the harbor, i had never been down there and he was really quiet and didnt care what we did hehe, so we just did SK (straße kontaktieren) down there. We got into a little discussion with some Zeugen Jehovahs and then we kept walking til we got to a peer... suddenly i saw a Santa Claus guy walking down the pier, it was really suspecious so we stopped to watch. Suddenly he jumped up on a support thing and started to walk accross the water on a tight rope!!! haha it was the most random/coolest thing ever. He almost fell in this one time and i got it all on video with a bunch of pictures, he would have like died the water was so cold... but here´s the most tragic thing ever, i dont know if it was because it was so cold out or what, but while i had my camera out, the screen just went blue and it said memory erased! ALL MY PICTURES ARE GONE! Except for a few random ones from before my mission. But the MTC ones i took to make up for the other SD card and everything are gone! EVERYTHING! I really almost started to cry. The memory card was like full, and now it´s all gone. I snapped one more of the Santa, so i still have that, but the sweet videos and everything are gone. And i had some amazing stuff on there i wanted to send for Christmas... ugh it´s sickening. I should have printed them off i knew it! Ya, so anyway, i dont know what to do now. Just take more i guess. i hope that letter with the SD card gets here too cuz i really need it... dont have it yet. Anyway, that was a long tragic tangent. Santa was way cool tho! I found the red light district accidently on that exchange to haha, that´s another story, good to know now though where to stay away from. These exchanges tho have really made me appreciate my awesome companion much more though, for sure. He´s so awesome. The others were just way awkward and in your face, ive never been beraded or sworn at so much as when i was with them, Elder B´s approach seems to be much more effective and.. nice? Haha i dont know. Anyway, i´m about out of time, but ya things are going great in Kiel. Ha oh ya, my trainer talked with Elder VM´s trainer at the training meeting... Elder VM just got Dear Johned haha, i shouldn´t laugh, but it´s just so weird to me. He´s doing alright though, he got over it in about a week it sounds like, so good for him. But ya anyways, mission´s are really something special, it´s still the weirdest feeling for me to be here in Germany as a missionary, love it though. It´s super hard sometimes, when that freezing wind is coming in off the Baltic and it´s snowing and 2 of your appointments just fell thru and no one´s listnening to you, but there´s just always a flame of comfort somewhere, a tender mercy, a little miracle, it´s really really sweet. Hope everyone back there has a good week, you should alll give the missionaries a referal.:) Haha seriously tho, do it! Love you all, Tchüss!
-Elder Ött <---- (i really want an ümlauted O name tag, but pres isnt going to let me it looks like, oh well) :)

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