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My Golden

29 Jun , 2015,
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What a week! So crazy. Busy busy busy!

So, on Wednesday I took a 3 1/2 hr bus ride down to Frankfurt. It was great. Frankfurt is awesome! Then I saw Ad at  president’s home! We ate dinner there and all that stuff and had a meeting. Then we went to the hotel and got our room together! For like the rest of the night it was just me & Ad in a hotel room just chatting about life. And I gotta say, that was one of my favorite experiences as a missionary and my life. We were just sitting on our beds, and we were just talking about missionary work and our mission life and all that stuff. Well we ended up just kinda bearing our testimonies to each other. And it was so sweet. Ad has such a strong testimony! I just kinda stopped and thought “ok here we are. Me n my bff. On our missions. In a hotel room alone in Frankfurt Germany. What more do I want?” I am so grateful for that opportunity! It was so great! I love life!

Then on Thursday is when we found out who our “goldens” (that’s what they call new missionaries here, so when I say golden I’m talking about my new comp lol) were. My new comp’s name is Elder Ewing! He’s from Springville! All I wanted was a Utah kid. So great. But anyway he’s a way good guy! Then I saw one of my fav Elders and we got to ride a bus another 3 1/2 hrs up to Dortmund! So I got to talk to him the whole time! Then we got back to Unna and we just talked a little. I told him that whenever he feels like he’s not having fun, just tell me. I told him by the end of our time together he would love his mission. So now I just get to focus on making this kid’s mission great! Fun & effective! The best way to do it!

Ugh and on Friday it was my very first day driving the car. And I was pretty nervous. I haven’t been behind the wheel for almost 10 months now. Little rusty. Well, this Audi comes speeding up behind me and so I speed up and right as I do I see this flash. In Germany instead of cops pulling you over, they have these boxes on the side of the road called “Blitz boxes” and when you’re going too fast it takes a pic of you and you get a ticket. Well I got a ticket. It was only like 14 kph over and that’s like nothing (15 euros) but ugh I’m pretty embarrassed.

Anyway, Saturday was soooo much fun! We had a ward party and it was just a blast! Tons of people and we had 7 investigators show up! There was this way crazy moment though. Lol I was playing ping pong with a member and all these kids were watching and the member spikes it and it NAILED me in the forehead and as that happened this little German 9 yr old goes “Head shot Bitch!” …..I was so speechless! LOL part of me wanted to laugh but part of me was just like woah! Like these kids can’t speak English at all but somehow they just know those phrases.  So nuts. But it was great! It was just a nice relaxing time and Elder Ewing met the whole ward. He gets along. I feel bad for him though. I remember starting my mish out and it wasn’t too easy so I just have to be patient with him. It’ll get better!

One thing I have noticed is that we don’t have anything in common! He’s a way nice guy and isn’t a jerk or anything. But it’s all good!! Life goes onnnnn!!

My back took a drastic turn for the worse this week. Really bad. Can’t stand straight for a few minutes after standing up. The pain has extended lower and gotten bigger. Sheesh just can’t catch a break. Lol.

Love you all, and keep me in your prayers!!

Henry

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15 Jun , 2015,
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Hey everybody

Lol feels sooo good to be using emojis again!!! Lolol loooove it!!

Anyway this week was pretty interesting haha!

Soo on Tuesday we went to a zone conference and there we received our iPads and I gotta say they’re pretty sweet. I’m liking them so far! Like it really is pretty cool to have all these vids and scriptures at the swipe of a finger! Miracle lol!

Anyway at the zone conference they just kept talking about the work and stuff and again I just kept getting this overwhelming feeling that I’m just not cutting it. That I’m not trying hard enough and that I’m not succeeding. So, on Tuesday night I said a prayer asking Heavenly Father what I can do. And, I got the feeling to go dooring. Now, guys I NEVER go dooring. Ever. It is my least favorite part of missionary work. I hate it. But for the first time ever I got the feeling to go. So, I ran with it. I told my comp that that’s what I felt like we needed to do the next day.

So Wednesday comes around and right as we are about to go dooring, we get a text from our office saying that we have a Mormon.org referral…..lol WHAT. That never happens! We got an address and number. So, we went and tried to go by him but wasn’t home so we called and we set up an appointment for today! His name is Adolf. And by the time that was done, we had to go to the next appointment and we had no more time for dooring. I thought I had escaped it! That night, however, I got the feeling again, that we NEED to go dooring. Ugh. So, I told my comp that was still what I wanted to do.

Then on Thursday, we didn’t get any referral or anything and we went and knocked on some doors for a few hours. And ya know guys, we didn’t talk to one person for more than 6 seconds.  Not ONE person even let us get a second sentence in lol. All we heard over and over was “keine Zeit!” Und “kein Interesse” lol (no time and no interest). But that’s about average in Germany lol. And it was GREAT. I felt totally at peace the whole time. Because I knew that I was doing what God wanted us to do. And ya, it does stink to walk for hours on end seeing literally no success. But sometimes we just have to be patient before everything falls into place and we receive the blessing God has in store for us.

On Friday we met with a guy named Fouad. He is from Lebanon. He is fleeing from ISIS! It’s crazy. Back in Lebanon he wrote a book calling out ISIS and saying how awful they are and they came and shot up his car and his house while he wasn’t home. He took his wife and now they’re here in Germany waiting for things to cool down with the war and all. Fouad is so smart. He knows everything about the Bible there is to know. About most world religions actually. And he doesn’t believe there is a God. He says science gives him all his answers. And guys I’m stumped. Elder Watts and I have tried every approach to see what can get his soft spot but he’s so tough. He shoots down everything we say. And really we have tried sooo many things to work with him! But I think we will just have to have some patience. But the point of me telling you this is that some people just need love! These people are all alone in a very foreign land and have no friends and don’t speak the language and are hardly getting by in life. He was way wealthy in Lebanon but lost it all now. We helped these two paint their apartment and move in and we cooked for them and just talked with them. These people really need our help! And sometimes as a missionary we just need to take our eyes off the statistical part of missionary work and just love and serve people. And I have received so much happiness just serving these two! Keep Fouad and Afaf in your prayers!

Then yesterday we had the opportunity to visit a member who is in the hospital. I’m not sure exactly what happened to him because he was using some giant German medical terms, but he had like 2 tubes coming out of his stomach and it is just not going too well with him right now. But our bishop went to go visit him on Saturday night and he asked him what he needed, Bruder Kaiser said, “just a blessing from the Elders. Then I’ll be fine.” So, on Sunday afternoon we traveled to Dortmund and we gave Bruder Kaiser a blessing. The spirit was so strong in there we literally started sweating! It was so so hot in there. As we left, he thanked us in tears! It was such a great feeling I had leaving that hospital knowing how much that simple act meant to that man!

Last night I opened up a letter from myself from 6 months ago. And all it said was “Henry, please be happy. For the both of us.” And that’s all I’m trying to do!

Life is good guys, life is good.

Don’t worry about me out here I’m doing juuuust fine.

Love you all have a great week!

Hen

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Mama’s Boy

8 Jun , 2015,
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Yo yo yo

This week really really flew by! Pretty great!

Sadly, I just don’t think there’s much to report!

Nothing crazy exciting happened this week. Elder Watts and I are just kinda pushin along!

Clayton is still doing well, but he is just like kinda depressed. He has no job and no friends and every day his family calls him getting mad at him because he isn’t sending enough money back to Nigeria! Crazy- he is literally out here just to support his fam. Way sad stuff. And on Wednesday we were just chilling in his one room apartment with no furniture and he was just sitting there on the verge of tears just telling us how hard life is. I almost cried with him! I just wish there was more I could do to help him! But still, every time we talk to him he thanks God for everything he has, even though it is so little! So inspiring!

Then on Friday we were at this family’s house and this punk inactive 17 yr old starts talking about how he was at the mall and saw a teenage boy shopping with his mom and he was just making fun of him saying how dumb it is a boy that age still wants to spend time with his mom and saying how gay the kid was. Finally I just had so much built up steam listening to it.  I was just like “you’re so dumb! That’s the last thing I am embarrassed about!! You’re so dumb!!!” I was so mad! And this whole time this kid’s mom was just right there listening to him talk about how dumb loving moms is! UGH! I wanted to slap him!

Then on Sunday we went to an Albanian ladies house and she always insists on feeding us tonnssssss of food. Well, she gave us like these lamb hot dog type things and for a side dish, she gave us a whole stick of butter! Crazy! Like idk what she expected us to do with it! I couldn’t handle it. So I waited till she went to get us some drink and I tossed that thing right out the window. But, then I heard a splat that was too loud. Well I look down, and there was a car parked right outside the two story window and the butter landed flat on the windshield. I was so scared. But nothing happened! We just hurried and got out of there. Lol

I’m doing pretty good! I talked to Ad for like and hour last night. Having him in the mish is the best. Love it so much. It’s crazy just to think how long we have been out. I’ve been out for 9 months now! So wild. 9 whole months.

Well I’m all good. I love you all. I’m praying for Will and for dad. And I guess the rest of you too lol.

Have a great week!

Hen

Broken Window

1 Jun , 2015,
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This week was pretty alright!

I have been able to laugh a little here and there and it feels pretty good.

So, on Thursday we are just studying and our apartment is on the first floor and our windows are right next to the sidewalk n stuff. Well, this group of like 6th graders n stuff is just walking by on their way to school or something and Elder Watts wants to scare them. So, he’s like I’m just gonna slap the window. And I’m like “you’re wearing a ring, (promise ring from his GF) it’s gonna shatter the window.” Well, he didn’t believe me. So as the kids are walking by he just reaches back and smacks the window wayyy hard and BOOMM just shattered lololololol. I haven’t laughed that hard in soooo long it felt sooo great! There was glass everywhere and we just heard screams of kids and running! Lololol it was sooo classic. Elder Watts was so worried n stuff and he had to call the office and explain what happened. (He lied and made up some story). But oh man. It was awesome.

But other than that this week was kinda slow. I was kinda struggling a little. I just didn’t have a good feeling. Like kinda just a feeling of like not good enough and all that stuff. It’s pretty scary knowing that any mistakes I make have an effect on other people’s lives. And certainly I have made a lot of mistakes out here. And this week all of them just seemed to come rushing back! But then, I was reading in the BoM. And I read two verses that hit me harder than almost any other verse ever. I legit felt like it was talking directly to Henry. I read Alma 42:30-31. It was crazy. I feel so much better now. I’ve just been reading lately to try and get that solid testimony I want really bad and that helped so much! It was like a burden being lifted right off my shoulders! Really a crazy experience. So nice to know that God has my back!

Ooh ya and on Friday our investigator invited us to his taekwondo class that he teaches. Well, holy crap! He didn’t even invite us to like a beginner’s class. I had to fight these like 25 yr olds and just got the crap kicked out of me. It was crazy. People were like trying round house kicks and tried sweeping my feet. Then he finally paired me with a 13 yr old and that was closer to even. Got in a few good kicks to the ribs!

But ya other than that this week was kinda boring. We didn’t have any outstanding lessons or anything. I’m doing better though! Trying to be happy in unhappy circumstances! Can’t get better than that!

I’m alll gooood!!! All sounds better at home n stuff. We’re getting iPads next Tuesdayayyy!! Gonna be dope as.

Well I love you all and I sure do love being a missionary!

PS today I found a sale on deutscher fußball jerseys so I’ll be buying one. That’ll be sick.

Love you

Be careful, it’s a jungle out there.

Hen

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