Monday, March 4, 2013

February 25, 2013

Dear Everyone who loves me enough to read this,

So last week started out fairly good. My birthday we had no idea what to do so we went to the zoo. It was really fun. We saw some birds that make alligator noises and a spitting llama, and some monkeys. 

After that we went into the Münster-the giant church. As you walk in you have to go through the gift shop. Inside the church it was enormous, and colder than outside. We saw some paintings of peoples guts being pulled out. And statues of famous saints and everything.

This week has been pretty crazy. But this week will be good. I have no worries about it. We are going to stuttgart today for P Day. Maybe in a week or two we will go back up again and see the Mercedes Benz arena. Tours are pretty cheap. 

Last week was a very odd week. and yesterday we were let in by this really cool family. They were probably around 30 with a little baby. But this family is really cool. They want us to come back. And I think they have real potential especially because they live just down the street from the church (office space).  It’s faster to walk than to take the bus. 

This last week was really hard. It was just really tiring not being able to sleep in our own bed. Couches aren't as nice as a bed. But it was fun seeing the other missionaries. But now it's a new week and things will be different.

This week our goal is to work as hard as possible. So next week I'll tell you how it went. But so far it's looking up.

At the end of P day we got a call from our land lord. He was going to redo our bathroom (the tiles were falling off the wall and water was damaging the wall) and he was starting Tuesday. We wouldn't have a toilet or a shower for quite a while. So Tuesday we went up to Ellwangen for District meeting. Which is a 2 hour journey (this past week there was construction on the rail line so we had to use a bus). After that we had to return back to Ulm for an appointment. Then we had to go back up to Ellwangen. Which was quite a long time. And we slept there. 

Wednesday we went back down to Ulm. Then we went to visit an 80 year old guy named H. He is super awesome. He used to meet with the missionaries like 40 years ago. And he has a testimony that everything is true. A bit ago he called the church to get in contact again. He is an awesome guy. And I think he has real potential. 

After H. we went to a part member family for dinner. And it was on the very south edge of our area. So going back to Ellwangen would have been 3.5 hours. Not exactly a perfect scenario to get back at midnight. But going to a city called Ravensburg was possible. It would only be 30 minutes, but it's outside of our zone. So we called the AP's and they told us to go to Ravensburg. This was super exciting because Elder Hyatt works in Ravensburg. So I was able to see Elder Hyatt. It was pretty awesome. And Elder Pope. 

Thursday pulls up and we needed to get back to Ulm fairly early. So we took a train back. Right as the train pulled away we discovered that we had Ravensburg cell  (they are identical) so we called the Ehepaar in Ravensburg and the plan was to come back that night again. So we were able to stay a second night with them. It was pretty sweet. Ravensburg to ulm is only an hour so the train ride wasn't super long. 

So by this point in the past week I had been in Wien zone, taken a train through Salsburg and stopped in München zone to change trains as we came to Ulm, then went to Stuttgart zone because I live there. And now Sankt Gallen because we stayed with the elders there. 

One of our new converts (A.) in Ulm lives technically outside of our area but Ulm is the closest ward so we went with him to visit a kid with down syndrome. And he lives in Sigmaringen which is in the Zürich zone. 

So, in one day we were in 3 different zones doing missionary work. And in the past week I had been to 6 of the 7 zones in the mission! But I don't think I'll go to Bern Swizerland. It's really really far away. Ulm borders München Sankt Gallen and Zürich. 

Fom Sigmeringen to Ellwangen to spend the night was a really really long train ride. We left at 5:30 and got in 8:45. It was quite long. And it was Elder R’s birthday so we celebrated (he is a missionary there and was a roomate in the MTC) His companion is new to the mission. He is from Ireland. So in the apartment there was 2 americans a Brit and an Irish man all in Germany. It’s not very common. 

Saturday morning we did a street display with the elders in Ellwangen and then got some lunch and then traveled back to Ulm. But this was a Saturday so travel times were a lot different. We had to take a train, then a bus, then another train. And it took 3 hours and 15 minutes to do journey that normally takes half that time. Then we did weekly planning. and finally slept at home.

So Sunday rolls around we were tired of having a bum week. So going to church we found a potential. Then after church we had one appointment at night. So we went finding. We went on splits with two ward members. both fresh return missionaries. One speaks Russian as his native language and English, no german. The other is an American who grew up here and went on his mission to Ukraine and speaks Russian. Together we found 5 potential investigators. Actually we found quite a few russian people. I was with the American. 

We knocked on this one door and they let us in and we had a lesson. It was so cool. That had never happened to me before on my mission. Then we got a return appointment from them. It was super exciting. Then we had dinner with a family and went home to fall asleep.

That was my week. I don't even know how many hours have been spent on trains. Quite a few.

I Love you
Elder Devon Kinghorn

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