Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pinneberg's Poppin!

Elder Spangenberg with Elder Partridge

Hey everybody!  This week was great!  I got my new companion and we are doing great together! We get along so well and work really hard together!  We talk with each other all the time, probably more that any other companion I have had!  And as a result of all that we saw a lot of success this week and now we have lots of people to teach.  This area has totally turned around now and it's great to see that.

We received a referral this week as well and we are really excited to meet with her.  She already knows about the church because she lived in Bremerhaven which used to be mostly Americans at church there because it was a navy base and some of the navy men were Mormons.  We are still living in another city because of the mold in our apartment.  This week looks great because we have lots of appointments which I haven't had in this area.

 Another cool thing is on Sunday we went to a Ukranian family and had Ukrainian food.  It was really good, we had this soup called borscht or something like that .  It looks really weird but tastes really good.

It's really cold here and it snows every once in a while but mostly just freezing cold.
Things are really looking up and we see great potential in this area.

Elder Spangenberg

Monday, January 18, 2016

End of a Transfer and Things are looking up!

 This is a picture of a member we met this week.  She is really cool and has a strong testimony.  Plus the Asian food was amazing at this place!

Hello all!  It's been a little bit since I've written one of these. Here are some highlights from the last 3 weeks:
* Just found out our little beloved Nienburg LDS Branch was closed.  The members are being asked to go to a ward one hour away.  Elder and Sister Gill are also going to be transferred elsewhere.  That was a real downer!  I miss that place more than I miss home right now.

* My bike got stolen even with a flat tire!  So now I owe the mission office $100.

*My companion and I had to be evacuated from our apartment because of the mold.  There was mold between the walls and the paint.  So now we are living in Altona.  At first it was fine, but now the travel time is getting old.

Our District

Well I'm just going to be flat out honest, this transfer was very tough.  My companion and I really struggled with each other and I was coming off of my favorite area.  It was a struggle but I relied on the Lord and he helped me get through it.  Golden busting was probably the hardest thing I have done on my mission.  My companion had just been trained when we started working together.  But this week was actually a lot better.  We now have a progressing investigator and met with some people.  So we ended it well.  My companion was transferred and he is going to whitewash Plauen which is the opposite side of the mission.

My new companion is Elder Partridge and I am really excited to work with him, I have heard many good things about him and he is now my fourth companion that went to Timpview High School.  This transfer we are going to work the hardest I have ever worked.  Our district needs to see great examples of how it's done!  Hopefully that will inspire our entire district.  I look forward to this new beginning and expect great things from now on to happen in Pinneberg.

Elder Spangenberg