Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pictures of the week!

We had  6 appointments with investigators this week, all of which fell out;  typical but all is still good here in the North!  These cows came running to us, guess they need to hear the truth!

We were walking down the road and a lady stops her car and yells,  "Hey Elders come here!"  So we ran over, she hands us 20 Euros and says, Go get a nice dinner tonight!"  Turns out she is a member from Pennsylvania here visiting her sister.  So that made our day!  This is us enjoying Indian food with the money.

We had an eating appointment with Familie Krienke.  We have a 5 km walk after the bus ride.  It was beautiful, then the rain came and pounded us.  Nowhere to hide!  We showed up to the appointment looking drenched.  Sister Krienke was so good to us and got us dry clothes and made us the best food!

Being District Leader is good, I like having contact with all of the other missionaries every day.  You are able to build some pretty good friendships too.
I got an American flag for July 4th.  I love the good old U.S.A.!
Wish I was going to Nauvoo with you guys.
Elder Spangenberg

Monday, June 13, 2016

Exchanges, Planes Shows and Ferris Wheel!

Hey Guys!
This week was pretty good! We went on 2 exchanges this week and that is always fun to get to know other missionaries.  We were able to find a couple of new people this week!  Right now we are working on getting an English and German class started for the refugees as service, but also as a way of finding more investigators.

We had a lesson this last week with a guy that is Catholic.  We explained to him that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament, that was hard for him to understand.  We make progress with him every week and we gave him some passages in the Book of Mormon to read.  Our other investigator is probably going to have to be baptized in her next area, but we are still teaching her and preparing her for the elders in her new area to teach her.

We got invited by a family to go to an opening of a military airport.  It was super cool!  I was really surprised that President let us go, but at the same time it was a really good opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the members.  There were so many people there, I think they estimated 80,000 people would come..it was crazy!  We took plenty of photos, it was super cool!

There was a huge fair like thing in the city of Neumunster this week so it was pretty loud outside.  But a member gave us money to ride a ferris wheel and it was great!  My new companion and I get along great, it's literally such a blessing.  Well, I don't have anymore time, but I will talk to you next week.
Elder Spangenberg

Monday, June 6, 2016

New Companion!

Hey Everybody,
I am doing great!  I love my new companion, he is really nice and awesome and we just get along great.  He is actually a convert of about 3 years.  He is from Arizona and I'm the only one in the district that is from Utah.  It's like the most multi cultural district I've been in, usually Utah is the majority but now I'm the minority.

This last transfer week we didn't really teach anyone because it was so hectic with transfers.  We had our Ward Party on Saturday and that was really fun.  There were a billion mosquitos out and I decided to wear shorts, so I got bit all over my legs and arms.  I also stepped in some poison ivy playing capture the flag and that really hurt.  My legs used to be like tomato red, but now I feel better after using some oil from a member.

We did have a lesson with our recent convert and she has to move back to Hungary for family reasons, but the good thing is there is a branch in the town where she is moving to and it's only 15 minutes walking distance away!  So she was excited to hear that.  It will be good for her because then she will have church in her mother language so she will understand it much better.

It's super hot here, like approaching the 90s and it's really humid.  I feel like I'm always in a sauna because I sweat so much.  We were outside walking and talking to people and then we passed a grocery store.  So we decided to go in and

get something cool to drink or eat.  Well, we bought a package of popsicles because it was really cheap, there were 11 in the package to be exact and we sat down and split them.  So we each had like 5 popsicles!  After that our mouths were super numb, but it was a good break.

My companion is just really chill and I haven't had someone like him for a while.  We enjoy each other's company.  He doesn't like to go running in the mornings, but hopefully I can change that!
Now I'm really busy with district leader stuff and organizing things for the young men.  I'm always super stressed but it keeps me alert and on top of things!

Elder Spangenberg

Friday, June 3, 2016

Spring Zone Conference in Hamburg

Bruder Apel (German Companion) on front row far left, Elder Spangenberg next to him, then Elder Adler of the seventy and his wife, then President Fingerle and his wife of the Germany Berlin Mission.