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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

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It's time for change

3 am time to pick up President and Sister Miles and head to the airport
 Helping President Miles at the airport
 the final end off
 Elder Ward, Josh's greenie or "golden " they call them in his mission just returned after having to go home for some medical attention, welcome back Elder Ward!
 Goodbye Miles, Welcome to the mission field President and Sister Kohler and Tanner and Erika!
 And they are off , back to their home in Utah
 And they will be just as loved and in very good hands

 Thanks Miles Family for sharing your parents with the missionaries of the Alpine German speaking mission !
 A special Welcome Song
 of course accompanied by Elder Spencer
 and now back to work ....

 Elder Spencer was very happy to see Elder Ward, return happy and healthy
 A good and busy week for this missionary

Monday, June 9, 2014

Living the fairytale

A beautiful day sight seeing at the Neuschwanstein Castle



 
A missionary never turns down a photo op, with a Ferrari !


His city of Munich , Germany

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Busy Missionary
 
Our mission has been really struggling with finding people. Like I said, myself included! Then there was a Sister who said that sometimes its just stressful to be a missionary and that we shouldnt be too hard on the missionaries. Then President Miles kind of just went off! hahah He got really fiery and raised his voice to teach us a lesson, that missions are going to be stressful. That we all knew that it was going to be stressful and that if we are looking for a stress free two years, we shouldn't have come. He then bore one of the most powerful testimonies. He just said "He DIED for us!" We have no excuse to complain, or whine, or not talk to everyone we see. Then we all committed to do better, and improve our Zones! It was way cool! 
 
 Elder Spencer at the Mission Leadership Council training in Munich , Germany
 Sister Motto, Sister Henry, and Elder Spencer they have their mom's in common, the Alpine missionary mom facebook page has connected lots of moms. This group loves all the Alpine missionaries as their own!
 Learning the skill of corn dog making
 Neuschwanstein Castle the "Disney castle " Elder Spencer and Thomas
 Elder Spencer played and arranged and accompanied for an entire musical missionary presentation, this gift and talent has blessed so many lives
when a missionary finds a scooter.....

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May In Munich

So, some highlights of the week...


HERE WE GO!

So yeah last monday I got a haircut! That was fun. I already told mom, but for everyone else.....

I went in to the shop to get my hair cut, and for me this was a very new experience! haha I wasnt really sure how to 'order' a haircut! I just told her that I wanted it shorter! Duh, because i would totally go into a hair dresser to get my hair longer......hahah But yeah she then asked me if 9mm was ok. Hate to break it to ya, but we americans dont use the metric system that often.....hahah I asked her how long 9mm was and she just laughed and said about 1 centemeter. HELLO LADY!!! I DONT KNOW HOW LONG THAT IS EITHER!!!! hahah it was way funny though! But I went with the 9mm cut and it turned out ok!

Then we went grocery shopping, cleaned the appartment for a while, then we sent a nice note to our Bishop thanking him for everything that he does. He is such a nice man. He is pretty young, has 3 or 4 little kids, and is just super busy. I saw how hard it was to be a bishop when dad did it, and Elder THomas had a similar experience so we just told him that we understand 'second hand' what he does. So hopefully he liked that.

Teusday was really good. We did some study then headed out to teach Antonio! We taught him the plan of salvation. He took it really well I thought. Nothing seemed to bother him about it. We just really struggle with him because he hasnt gotten an answer to his prayers. We cant force him to get an answer and we cant force Heavenly Father to give him one.....but we are kind of at a stale mate. We have taught him the three main lessons, he comes to church every week and all of the YSA activities, and reads in the Book of Mormon everyday! But he just hasnt gotten an answer. Hopefully soon!

Then we had district meeting at the church. That was good. It is kind of awkward now being a zone leader and going to District Meetings. I am still a normal missionary!!! But our District Leader always is looking to us for approval and stuff. We are just normal members of the district! We are for sure not any better than them. But thats just how it goes.

That night we taught German class. That was really fun! I think it is the most amazing miracle for me to be able to teach other people German! There is no chance that some normal person could learn a language as fast as missionaries! We believe in the gift of tongues! and so do I !!!!!

Wednesday was fun filled! So like i have mentioned a million times our job as Zone Leaders is to train the Dístrict leaders in the Zone. So on Wednesday we went to Augsburg, to visit a district meeting. It was really good. Probably one of the best one ive been to. Elder Pugmire is a really good District Leader. Their goals are right in line with the Zone and Mission Visions. That is something that people just dont understand. The Lord has a purpose.

Mos 1:39- The immortality and eternal life of man

The Church also has a purpose. The point most important to us is: Proclaim the Gospel

Our mission Vision is "We are Obedient, we speak with everyone, we baptize!"
A happy Missionary!

Preparation Day Activity, biking too bad they are not in Austria in their Lederhosen...
( for those Sound of Music people )
 So Elder Spencer is digging the European Skinny slim style, he has altered some ties, because did you know they are only to be as wide as your lapel on the suit ?? And now he found this sewing machine in his apartment and is "slimming down " his  American shirts
 A ward member took them mountain biking this week


Monday, May 19, 2014

Welcome to Munich


 Elder Spencer said goodbye to his awesome Trainer Elder Botcherby!
 A new responsibility as Zone Leader in Munich will be to help with transfer days
Welcome to Munich !

Olympic Park

 New Companion Elder Thomas, taking a moment to meditate
Good Bye Elder Packer!
This was an awesome companionship

And another goodbye to a favorite little friend, Jonas Mucke, in Ellwangen, Germany