Monday, February 7, 2011

February 7 from Kiel

Liebe Freunde,
    So i just finished the most emotional, tiring, satisfying, wonderful, dope week of my missions ever!  I dont know where exactly to start, so i´ll just go ahead and puke it all out on the keyboard.:)
    So transfer calls were on Saturday, and wow that was a fiasco. Transfer Conference Call is probably one of my favorite things on my mission. First because you all have to check in with a 3 second long name, and i love to say "Kiel 2 standing by" (Star Wars style) :) But also because it´s way fun to here where all your buddies are going and see how everything shakes out. It is also completely nerve racking when you know you might be leaving, which there was a high possiblity of me going, so yes it´s basically an awesome way to take about 5 years off your life span. This time was a wreck though, the conference call network crashed and everybody went into confusion. It was like the Great Apostacy or something. Haha, we had already moved the call from comp study in the morning to 930 at night, so people were already a bit anxious, haha but at about 1045 after calling every one and trying to work thing out, we finally got the text from mission office that the AP´s would be calling us all individually. So yes, they called at 1130 at night haha. But i´m absolutely thrilled to say that i will be staying in Kiel... absolutely thrilled! And my new companion will be Elder H, he´s from the USA somwhere and will be coming up from Braunschweig. He is actually the son from my "godfather" Elder J (really really good friend of Elder B) and he is way way cool. He called me last night and we talked for a bit, and i´m way stoked to work with him. It´s gonna be fun to because he is really young as well, he´s been here 4 or 5 transfers i think, so he´s only a bit older than me, so it will be way fun to work our tails off and grow a ton together. It´s sad to say goodbye to Elder B, i learned so much from him and am going to miss him dearly, but that´s how it is on the mission and i´m excited for a new chapter to open.
     So as exciting as that is, i still have one more thing i think i´m even more stoked about. This last Sunday!  We KNEW something had to give, and the dam finally broke! We had 7 investigators there in fast and testimony meeting and we reactivated a sister from Portugal. She hadnt been to church in over 6 and a half years, and after meeting with her just 3 times, we finally got her back. I cant tell you the joy you feel to see someone like that come back, and smile at you and thank you for "finding" them. She loved the meeting. It was way solid. There was not a second where there wasnt somebody at the pulpit. It was big time.  That´s are third reactivation, and man, it´s a wonderful sight to see. We also had the 3 of the P familie children there, one of them was sick along with the mother, but they liked it for the most part. And then, haha, the B familie came in with style! 15 mins late, haha all wearing leather jackets, with the girls in fur. Haha a member leaned over and said "are you guys teaching the mafia here or something" Haha it was so epic. They absolutely loved it though and want to come every week. The problem with them though is now the concept of priesthood authority. He still thinks if your baptised for Christ it´s all good no matter what, but as soon as we can help him with that, i think we have at least 4 new members.:) We also got J back, and he is very happy now. We got him in with bishop, and things are rolling with him again. Haha he also has a close friend from Ghana who he said wants to be baptised in our church with all of his family. So , Elder H, and I will all be over there on Saturday and we´ll see whats up with that referal.:) It was really a blessed Sunday though. It was awesome.
     After church we got to go over with the Familie H aka the most solid family in all of Germany. Brüder H is honestly like Superman, and is the best joint teach ever. He has a massive family too, and they are all just awesome! Haha oh and he´s also a former World Champion in Tai ?.Kuan... Dough.. fighting. So basically we dont tell Chuck Norris jokes, we tell brother H jokes. He is soooooo solid. It was a great last eating appointment for Elder B and it was a nice rest from a very frantic Sunday. 7 investigator and a reactivation requires quite a bit of running around on a Sunday. The food there is totally hammer too, so it was just super nice.
     Also, our money finally came in, so we are back to eating normally! Haha. I didnt ever think i´d be so thankful for CornFlakes, but it´s really nice to feel more secure again.:)  Haha it wasnt bad actually, it was always more fun than anything, but ya, its nice to be back on top of things again.
     Well anyways my dear friends, ich muss los. But i would first like to thank you for all the fasting and prayers this week, from my family at least, they were absolutley answered. I am soo stoked for a new transfer. It´s going to be a white and wet one. It has to be! Love you all, thanks for everything!
Liebe Grüße,
Elder Ott

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