I'm sorry to miss the Halloween party, but we'll do something here for sure! We have a member appointment tomorrow where we will be carving pumpkins, and we might do something with the AP's on Monday. In other news, I bought lederhose today! I just need to get a Trachten hat and start collecting pins!
It was definately a suprise two days ago, when John and Cathy came with your package. Thank you so much for the decorations! I'm going to be honest with you, last year I didn't rreally know what to do with them, I only ended up using some of them. However, we spend so much time now in the appartment and office, and the group here is so cool, we are totally going to deck the place out!
Anyway, two days ago here's how it went: Elder Leinberger and I were at McDonalds with a member from a german ward that he's good friends with. We were talking with her about the gospel and her situation, and then we finished up and started to head back. On the way Elder Leinberger sent a text letting the others know we were on our way. We then, next to an intersection, recieved the following text: " Elder Lingen's family is coming in 45 minutes." I was shocked, called and he said just that someone was coming with a package. We rushed home as fast as we could with the public transport, then we rushed in to an empty office. Bit of a letdown. However, the others got back, I talked to Elder Gildner, who said it was a female voice (up to that point I was thinking either my trainer, Marc, Alice, or Jeannette, and that ruled out Marc and my trainer). We waited a little bit, got some work done and the bell rang. I was excited to see who it was. When Cathy and John walked in it made total sense, but I was super suprised! We talked for a bit, took some pictures, then walked them back to bahnhof. The crazy thing was, they knew Elder Hanson, the senior missionary in charge of apartments and phones! They had been neighbors in payson, which was crazy! They spent some time talking too, and he gave them his suggestions for what to do while they were in town. it was a nice suprise, and there was a funny part at the end when John mentioned that he was my dentist.
We're really enjoying teaching with S, I feel like that might be one of the reasons I'm here, to teach her. That is a good feeling to know I'm here for a reason, and for that I'm thankful.
Note: One of the people Elder Lingen taught was baptized today a week after he was transfered.
"The baptism went great, and the skype call afterward was also pretty cool. I got to meet the guy that introduced her to the church. He seems super cool. S said that she felt like she had wings afterwards or like she was floating, which was, needless to say, good to hear."
To answer to your question, the office...
It is so great! I love it here, the environment is so great, the other three elders are so funny! Basically Monday to Friday 10-5 the office is open, just like any other office, and then after five we can go out and do missionary work. We are teaching quite a few people, but I've not gotten to know many yet. My position is more or less supplies, and what I do is basically anything that isn't tickets or finance. That means everything from cars, mail, orders, to drivers liscences. We don't deal with visas and stuff like that, and I don't think we do apartments either. Otherwise we BOTH are still learning what our job is, and writing it down so people will know in the future. We do kind of trade off comps, actually we are a four man companionship, and we trade off who goes to which lessons. Like i said, I love it so much! Elder Meiners and I are super similar.
The appartment is right next door to the office (next door in the building), and its pretty big. The four office elders in the apartment are me, Elder Meiners, Elder Leinberger, Elder Stähle. So far we're all great with each other.
Man, the time has been flying by since coming here to the office! I can't believe it's allready been a week since our last pday!
Here in the office it's definately diffferent on different days. Our job is basically, in addition to all the vehicle and supply and device stuff, to do all the other random stuff that pops up. That means we do a lot of crazy stuff! Like helping sister Kohler. Usually it's lessons or other field trips in the morning, then we come back in the afternoon and evening and enter in whatever needs to be entered into the computer, and then we take care of packages and other stuff around the office. I guess we could be better organized though.
I'm definately learning things about myself here, like what I might enjoy doing one day as a career.
We're going to be getting the missionary christmas packages ready for everyone. We've already recieved two packages (one a week ago, and one today), so it's already starting!
The three hours for procelyting are sometimes not enough. We usually go during the day to lessons as well, and when we don't manage to get the office work done then we do that in the evening, since we were teachign lessons all morning.
We are more or less teaching everyone who needs to be taught though, it helps to have four missionaries. The other ward's elders can help, but I don't think they need to usually.
The november date for P will probaly have to be moved back, since he's not been coming to church, but we had a really great lesson on Friday with a member, where we discovered that his month ticket can get him to the church by nine on Sundays, which means he hopefully will come this week!
I'm lookiing forward to going to the flea market again this week! And to getting another package through customs at leibzig this week (customs are rediculous!).