Monday, May 23, 2011

Week of May 23 from Prenzlau

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Well this week was really one of the least productive weeks of my mission i would have to say sadly. So there´s not a whole lot to report. We talked and talked and talked, but NO ONE was listening. We havent been able to find a new investigator in 2 weeks and all of our other ones are having real problems. Sometimes i feel like i´m losing my mind here, but what else can i do besides more missionary work?

On the cool/new kind of things... I HAVE MY GERMAN DRIVERS LICENSE!!! :):):)  I can now officially drive in Germany for the rest of my life. The cool thing about German drivers licenses is that they are good for eternity. People still drive on like 70 year old crumple up paper licenses. I have a really really cool brand new shiny one though.:)  I was way excited for that. NO ONE thought i´d be able to do it without my original American one to hand in. But seeing as the Prenzlau DMV people probably give out a new license once ever couple weeks and the two workers were two really young cool people, we were able to talk it out and work it out to where i just had to take an oath thing that i lost it. I was excited, i brought my Book of Mormon and Bible and everything in case i needed to swear on it... but it was anti-climatic and i just had to sign a piece of paper. It took like 7 weeks for it to get here, but it didnt cost near as much as the 1500 Euro germans pay and i didnt have to take ANY tests, so i cant complain. It doesnt matter a whole lot at the moment i suppose, even though we have the biggest and spread out, but at the same time least populated, area of the mission with the worst transportation system... we still dont have a car for some reason. But i´m working on that. This area would benefit IMMENSELY from a car. There are SOOOO many cities, even bigger than Prenzlau, that we just straight up cant get to.  But anyways, I gave the worker at the DMV a chocolate bar with a thank you card... a thank you PASS-ALONG card that is! I really hope she looks at the website and gives us a call, she´s way nice and cool.

So the mission right now is having this HUGE push about "fishing with nets" and driving people into our net "the INTERnet" So we have brand new more internet friendly cards and they want us to just get them all out to people as fast as we can. We´re really buying into it here, and in the past 3 days we´ve gotten 1000 of them out. Either just giving them to people after you talk to them, or throwing them in mailboxes along the way. The motive is to use our re-designed german non-member friendly website to drive in media referals. We´re really buying in, because Prenzlau has in the distant past historically had great missionaries, and many many missionaries far better than i ever am have worked their tails off using the old techniques and have produced 0 lasting converts. So this new thing is really all we have. The church uses 0 media here to advertise, so we´re generating are own media so to say. We´re really really hoping that it works. We planning on having a card in every mailbox in Prenzlau by the end of this transfer.

This Sunday was the first sunday i havent either had to teach sunday school or give a talk since i got here, even though i had to be prepared to do both. :I Haha, i had everything prepared and then President Büttner pulled a surprise showing and took everything over.:) I never thought i´d find so much joy in seeing a new presiding authority walk in the room.:) I still conducted sacrament meeting though, i´m getting better at it the more i do it. It´s not like it´s way hard or complex. It´s just a bit different in German.

Well i cant think of much new to report. This is probably the hardest time of my mission to stay motivated at the moment, i have to keep finding new ways to push myself, because there´s not really much else pushing me at the moment.  I just gotta enjoy this P-day and the welcomed rest. I got up at 6 this morning and cleaned for 3 hours, so i´m ready to relax now before having to hit the streets again. Thanks so much for all the support, i set a new PR for mail this week in Prenzlau, so I love you ALL! Haha. Have a wonderful week!

-Elder Ott

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