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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

oktoberfest

 OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH ...handing our pass along cards of coarse!
 FESTIVITIES
 Playing for a district baptism with a little help
 Elder Spencer and Elder Vitel had to move! they have a super nice apartment about 20 minutes from the mission office
 Elder Bauerfeind from Germany and Elder Vitel from Romania
 
the figures in this keep calm and preach the gospel banner are spencer and vitel
The church is true. Everyday i receive a confirmation of the truthfulness of the work that we are doing. Sometimes i feel like one of the sons of Mosiah. When we think of their missionary efforts we usually think of ammon and aaron. But sometimes we forget about the missionaries like Himni! There are no stories of him converting a king, or converting thousands, but he too was a missionary, and took part in the work of the Lord. That is all that he asks us to do. Do our part in hastening the work of salvation. The work will go forth!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a missionaries week

street contacting

 Mission Leadership Conference always happy to see Elder Packer!
 its finally happened...the sisters that came to the mission with these Elders are going home...which means 6 more months for the Elders. Best Wishes to Sister Petersen and Sister Regnier
 lots of train waiting
two by two

 artist on the streets of Munich
 still dreaming to one day play one of these Organs!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Preaching His Gospel and having some fun too :)

 at the BMW headquarters in Munich , Germany BMW stands for : Bayerischemotorenwerke...we'll stick with BMW
 Pday at the museum
 companions
 Roof tops of Munich

 Uh this missionary asked if this could be a welcome home gift ???
 the many faces of Spencer and Vitel


 a photo bombing missionary
 poor Sister Smith, the Sisters are so patient with these crazies......


along with all the fun :
But this week was really good. We talked about how important it is to become a preach my gospel missionary. Not just a missionary that goes through the motions, or someone that has their own way of doing it, rather a missionary that follows the council given to us by the Brethren. Lately i have been listening to the Mission Presidents Seminar. We have on CD here in the apartment, and I have learned a ton about how inspired PMG really is. If you want to be a missionary. Wait, if you want to fulfill your missionary OBLIGATION would be a better way to say it, then Preach My Gospel is the source of revelation that will lead you to accomplish those things that Heavenly Father wants you to. In my Preach My Gospel I scratched out What is my Purpose as a Missionary and wrote What is my Purpose as a MEMBER! So yeah we spoke about that at district meeting and it was really good.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A productive week in Munich

 when you are waiting at a bus stop ...you should do a photo shoot for your mom !! Thanks to Elder Spencer for always brightening my Monday's .


companion selfies are a must

Out for a country drive
 so I don't think these shoes will ever wear out !

 Elder Vitel is Romanian and Munich has many Romanian people living here, Elder Spencer has had opportunities to watch his companion in action as they are now able to reach out to a people that other wise would be very difficult to communicate with . Here Elder Vitel is skyping with a Romanian investigator . Technology is so valuable . This excerpt was an email Elder Spencer sent  to President and Sister Miles:
 I just wanted to send you a quick email about a miracle story that happened within the last couple weeks. So you know Svetlana, the Sister who helped you with cleaning, and cooking and stuff. Well, two weeks ago her mother came to visit her, here in Munich. She was just seeing some sights and stuff, and Svetlana asked us if we would come meet with her mom. The real miracle is, my Companion right now is Elder Vitel. He is the missionary from Romania. He was transfered here to Munich 3 after being a Zone Leader in Bern. President Kohler told us that he didnt know why Elder Vitel was here, but that we were supposed to figure that out.

So we had a Missionary from Romania and Svetlana's mother only speaks Romanian! We (Elder Vitel) began to teach all of the lessons. She bore her powerful testimony that she knew that the Book of Mormon was true...as well as D&C! It was great! So we continued to teach her for the last two weeks. On this last Saturday we got permission from the Romanian Mission President to baptize Svetlana's mom!!!!! So we did the Interview on Saturday night, and then had the Baptism the next morning at 9 in the morning!! She was then confirmed during sacrament meeting. She leaves back for home today where she will be visited by the nearest members. 

It was just such an amazing experience to witness the hand of the Lord in helping his children come back to him. There were too many coincidences for them to be coincidence!

Monday, August 11, 2014

another week


We met this lady with the sisters. She is from South America and she was pretty sick, so the Sisters invited us to go and give her a blessing. So we went and got to know her, and then gave her a blessing. It was really awesome! She has two teenaged sons who are really cool! Hopfully we can help them come to church. It was also really awesome because a few days later this lady called the sisters and told them that she had a miracle!!! She was feeling better, and could do the things during the day with more energy and stuff!! Then she said, "Those two young men must be called of God or something!" hahah maybe?!?!?
 
 

After MLC we met up with our Sister Training Leaders (sister motto and peterson) and we went out to teach a romanian family. Now that I have a romanian comp, we keep getting used! haha it was really fun though. I didnt know what the heck was going on!

 

Saturday we did a service  project for a cool couple in the ward. They are about to get married. Then we headed to the church and did some planning with the STL's about Zone training meeting. That was really good. Our STL's are also really good. Just solid sisters, so thats great!

 

Then we headed out to Soccer!!! Every saturday! And its starting to work! There are about 4 guys who come every week and so we are going to try and get some teaching opportunites out of that. 

 

and then yesterday. Tons of visitors! Lots of americans! Ya know the usual! I got asked to play the organ, and it has been a long time since ive gotten to play in church so I made the best of it! Really pulled out all the stops! Then we came home and did some planning! 

 

So yeah that was my week. It was good. we are just about to hit the middle of the transfer grind. Exchanges every week, meetings to plan and stuff. I love being a zone leader and stuff, but sometimes i just want to go and get a golden, go to a tiny little area and WORK! Not have to worry about all of the other missionaries. But ill give it my best while i can! 

 

So yeah! I love you all! This is the work of the lord! It doesnt matter if other people baptize more just like it doesnt matter if someone on your team scores more points, because we all win the game!!!!

 

LOVE YA

Josh

 At the Marienplatz
 one of the great parts of MLC seeing old companions, happy reunion for E. Spencer and E. Packer
 service day ...helping a family move??? good luck Elders !
 chatting with an investigator
train station selfies

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happenings in Munich

 Alpine sliding on P-day
 looks relaxed and comfortable doesn't he ?
 not sure how they coaxed him onto this tram he is afraid of heights !
Looking a little relieved

 Elder Thomas and Elder Spencer in the Barvarian Alps
 Zone Planning meeting
Waiting to place all the new "Goldens' for this month

 President Kohler's son Tanner turned 17 and invited the Elders to his party what 17 yr old wouldn't want a bunch of goofy missionaries to sing to him ??
 they love having a little bro who is so " BOSS"
President Kohler in front of the Mission home
 Goodbye Elder Thomas
and now welcome Elder Spencer's new Romanian companion Elder Vitel