Monday, January 26, 2015

a poem or two

"The Messiah"

Stricken, smitten, afflicted and wounded,
Was this humble man.
The Prince of Peace, the Savior,
The marvelous great, "I AM".

Surely he hath borne our sorrows,
And carried us along the way.
But who was this man, this being,
Who took our sins away?

Some may say a Prophet,
John the Baptist, Jeremiah,
"But whom say ye?" he humbly asked,
I think he is the Messiah.

Led like a lamb to the awaiting slaughter,
He atoned for the sins of us all.
He was wounded for our transgressions,
That we may overcome the Fall.

Bruised for our iniquities,
Dispised and rejected of men,
Jesus of Nazereth, Jehova of old,
Made it possible to  live again.

All we, like sheep have gone astray,
We've wandered from the path.
Jesus the Christ, the Son of God,
Desires to have us back.

All we must do is follow him,
And partake of his loving grace.
We then one day will greet him,
And be wrapped in his warm embrace.

-Elder Josh Spencer
Ok, and I wrote this one last night:
I dont have a title yet....
Would I have recognized his voice
as he called me from the sea?
His piercing declaration:
"Drop the nets and follow me".
Would I have recognized his voice
as he took me by the hand
healed my feeble, broken knees,
and invited me to stand?

Would I have recognized his voice
As he taught us on the hill,
"Blessed be the ones who hunger,
for they shall all be filled".
Will I recognize his voice
when he comes again one day?
Will I look him directly in the eyes,
and confidently say:
Lord, I've recognized your voice,
I've done what you've
told me to do,
I've tried my absolute very best,
To change and become like you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Last Transfer: staying in Ellwangen , Germany

 I am really thankful for the Sacrament. I dont know if i really understand it all the way, but it is so awesome to have a chance every week to look back at the week and see where we have fallen short, and then ask the Lord for forgiveness and strength to do better the next week. In my book of mormon reading I have read alot about Laman and Lemuel and how they arent obedient but then they repent and the Lord forgives them. The Savior wants to forgive, even Laman and Lemuel.  if we have a desire so be better, to do a little more, and be more obedient, the Lord will bless us with strength and help us along the way. Its really awesome.

 P-Day Fun

Monday, December 29, 2014

Ellwangen Adventures and winter wonderland

Making Burgers

Merry Christmas From Elders Mateer, Spencer, Spratling and Mickelson

 Christmas one Conference

Spencer and Spratling

Gift from Kohlers

 always at the piano

Thoni is Elder Spencer's Oma's maiden name

Merry Christmas Elder Mateer

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Elder Joshua Robert Spencer, in Aalen, Germany
spending days finding, and teaching and training

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Transfer Time back to Ellwangen , Germany

Munich Coat of Arms

A Doner Bar
Ellwangen Coat of Arms

the Munich office crew

saying goodbye to friends
 the Kopischke Family saying goodbye to both Elder Spencer and Sister Harman
 last time as the munich district
For the past several months Elder Spencer had a responsibility on transfer days to see to all the missionaries getting where they needed. the last time in the "PIT "

Munich 1 and 3 Elders Spencer, Vitel ,Sponseller, Kopiscke

some of the little friends Elder Spencer is leaving behind
 Munich Ward building
 the office crew
office buddies Elders Huff and Bauerfeind

 Munich 3rd ward with matching scarves thanks to the sisters, Elder Spencer was transferred and Sister Harman went home
 doing alittle translating!
 Munich ward building
 Elder Spencer will miss very much Elder Vitel, but is ready to welcome his new Golden Elder Mateer from Essex, England as they head by train to open a new area in Ellwangen , Germany

 the life of a new missionary
they dropped off bags and headed right to work !

of course Elder Spencer needs to teach the new companion all about the food , Elder Mateer trying out his first Leberkase!

Monday, October 27, 2014

transfer time

Elder Spencer will be leaving Munich and heading back to Ellwangen , Germany. He will be training a brand new missionary. Details will come next week. but for now some friends he has to leave behind...
last district meeting and sending Sister Harman home

 tow little friends Caleb and Josh Sneddon
 a favorite family the Kopischke Family  saying goodbye to Elder Spencer and Sister Harman

Last walk to Neuschwanstein Castel with Elder Vitel

An investigator

another little buddy Jonas

and this family is anxious to have one of their missionaries returning to Ellwangen !!!
The Mucke Family took such good care of Elder Spencer. HE will be happy to see them again