Mom: What do your days look like now? What have you gotten to do so far?
Elder Lingen: We usually drive to a town, walk to a house (street contacting on the way), and see if a former investigator lives there and whether they're still interested. We have a huge area, so we get a car. Elder Holm has some good music and talks that we listen to in the car on the way. That's what we've done so far, that and go to church, where I got to übersetze some of the Abendmahl versammlung ansprechen for a neu bekehrt (translate some of the sacrament meeting talks for a new convert). He's pretty cool too, about our age and doesn't speak much German, like me!
Mom: What is your companion like?
Elder Lingen: Elder Holm is awesome, he also likes Simon and Garfunkel, and peter Paul and Mary, and other people I like. He has a guitar, and we're both learning to play now. He's chill, which is good, and we get along pretty well. He also likes to cook, and I'm learning that from him, so far I've made a few noodles and a smoothie.
A- Tell us about your area.
Elder Lingen: "We are in the Schwennigen area, and we're having loads of fun. It's nice small German villages across the black forest, so its amazing. We don't have any investigators right now, but we found quite a few last week, and we're looking forward to teaching lessons this week! We are also in a car area, because Schwenningen area is so big, it sometime takes us somewhere around a half hour to two hours to drive to where we need to go in a day. For instance, we just got some contact from a less active member that lives an hour or two away by car, and we're trying to plan a way that we can get over there to visit him. Just because we're in a car area, doesn't mean that we don't spend our half hour of exercise every morning (almost every morning) running!
A-What was church like yesterday? Where did you meet? What were the members like?
Elder Lingen: Church was fun, the members accosted me after and made me play the piano for them. I like the branch here. We met in a ward building, it's a little small, but its cool. The members are all really nice, there are two big families and a bunch of old couples that make up most of the ward.
Dad: What do you eat for breakfast now?
Elder Lingen: We eat cereal many days, but sometimes we whip something together with the fruit we have here, and with the yogurt. Oh, I also sometimes have different things for snacks, such as PB&N(eutela or honey). Elder Holm is also a very good cook, so we don't go hungry.
A- How's your German out in the field?
Elder Lingen: My German is ok, tonight we're giving our first lesson in German, which will be fun, but of course I can use improvement. I am having a great time!
R- Tell me a story I can go tell my friends at school this week.
Elder Lingen: We found last week a Woman named M, who came from Mexico. She stopped us on the street and was glad to see us because she hadn't seen the church in the area, and she had been looking for it, and she was excited that she now had the opportunity to come to church. We think she's an investigator too, which is extra exciting! It was super amazing because we didn't stop her, she stopped us! If we weren't in that place at that time, we wouldn't have found her. It's awesome.