So the normal day would be:
Personal study - 8.00
Language study - 12
Then it depends on the day, but generally speaking here are some essential parts:
- Either finding or digitizing the area book (current event in the mission, we are digitizing all the area books into the app on the iPads.
- Lessons (ideally one a day with either a member, less active member, or investigator, but it ranges from 3 some days, to sometimes one a week!)
- Train time. Shorter rides are usually decent finding opportunities, in Wien I got pretty good at bahn contacting, but here I've lost some of the ability.
- One hour for dinner (usually at 8, but if we have a evening lesson then we have it at 6 or so.
- And then we plan for the next day, study/journal/crochet/talk and then go to bed.
And I've got a pretty exciting game from pres. Fingerle. Who's who, Book of Mormon style. You think of a person in the Book of Mormon (book of ether excluded), and the other person asks questions in an attempt to guess the person. It was fun, with easy people like Nephi, harder like teancum and Shiblon, and even harder like second Nephi (Jacob 1:11), gid, or Antiparah...
So, I heard about the release date, and it seems exciting! We'll have to see what my last area is of course! But, in any case, have a great week!
Love, Elder Lingen
Elder Zeller and I are doing great, but the problem with improving his language is that, more often than not, we are teaching people in english. And those germans that we do teach are all germans with really complictated questions and discussions. When elder Zeller teaches though, it definately helps to simplify the lesson, and they have to pay attention to understand what he is saying. We don't have the discussions any more, but he has a pretty good grasp on how the doctrine from the lessons go so far.
Normally, after studying in the morning, and then eating lunch, we either go out finding, or more commonly we go to an appointment, member or investigator. if its monday it's different naturally, tuesday is district meeting, wednesday is open, thursday we go to heidenheim, so we have to catch a train, friday we used to have an eating appointment and an investigator (we'll see this week), saturday is also usually free, and sunday we have church and sometimes an eating appointment too.
We also are working on digitizing the area book into the area book app, so sometimes we spend some time doing that.
We did just have a great zone training from president (as part of interviews), where we talked about missionary rules. How the rules don't come from President Kohler, but rather from the bretheren and the Lord, and although it would be easy on his part to just say "There are no rules," that wouldn't bring anything, so instead we keep the rules from the white handbook, and trust in the Lord.
Love, Elder Lingen
This week on Thursday we were finding in Heidenheim, Elder Andersen, the zl, was with me. We were discussing how far away Heidenheim is from Göppingen, and how hard it is to teach investigators there, and all of a sudden (we were thinking of stopping finding) I felt like I needed to talk to this one guy. I stopped him, asked him a question, and before we knew it we had given him a Book of Mormon and had a return appointment next Thursday! It was only a short conversation, but he was way interested!