Monday, November 25, 2013

District Wien 2:  Bodily, Jimenez, Evans, Eaker, Mohn, Halverson, Robins, Botcherby and Mickelson.

Elder Fletcher (left) and Elder Bodily (right) sending off Elder Meilacher off on his mission to Leeds.

November 25, 2013

Well we got transfer calls this week and I am going to be staying another transfer with Elder Fletcher. This will make Wien my longest area with 5 transfers. This is my last transfer - hard enough to believe. It's crazy that it has already gotten to this point. However, they are also going to bring in two more Elders into our ward. Elder Mohn and Elder Talbert are the two elders who will be working with us. They are moving into our apartment and they are making Elder Abbott and Elder Reading move into another apartment in Wien. I am going to miss the two for sure, especially Elder Abbott who has become one of my best friends out here. We will still be able to see each other at zone trainings and what not. In other news Elder Moon is going to Stuttgart as Zone Leader and I am really happy for him.
We had zone conference this last week and what they do at the end is they have all of the missionaries who this is their first and their last zone conference bare their testimonies. Elder Eaker from my district and I were the only two who would be gone before the next zone conference and so we were able to bare our testimonies. It was a very touching experience and very spiritually uplifting. It kind of puts a stamp on saying that I will be heading home soon; so make the most of what is left.
The work is going very well. Cxxx is making a lot of progress. She loves church and prays every day. I feel like she will get baptized before I go home (in any case I am glad to be able to work with her before I go home). In our Sunday School class the topic was about missionary work and we discussed the reasons why we do it and she raised her hand and made the comment that it helps people like her find peace in their lives when there is a lot of confusion and things in the world to stress about. She is too busy to meet this week, but I really feel she is so ready. She has a testimony more than she knows and when she recognizes this it will mean the world to her. I think she will then be baptized and confirmed. Fxxx, her cousin who is a member, has been really good about talking about the gospel with her casually throughout the week and answering a lot of questions.
We found a new investigator who we believe has a lot of potential to make a lot of progress. She is from Columbia and has only been here for a short time, but she wanted to meet and we got talking and realized that there was a language barrier, and especially with gospel terms and trying to explain them. However, the good news is we have a number of Spanish speaking families and so that won't be a problem and we were able to get a hold of Fxxxx during our meeting and he was able to talk to her on the phone a lot about the restoration. We have another appointment this week and I have a really good feeling about it all.
On Monday we had Family Home evening with the Nussbaumer family. They are a younger couple who remind me a lot of Brittney and Brandon with their behaviors and mannerisms and so they are way cool. They have already invited us to Christmas Eve with them (which is the bigger holiday here), so I will probably be skyping at their house for Christmas. The details on that will come later, but the crazy thing is that after I call home on Christmas I will see you all two weeks later.
I hope all is well and that you all have a wonderful week. Enjoy your thanksgiving!
Elder Bodily

Gott sei mit euch bis aufs Wiedersehen

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pictures around the Schonbrun Palace.

We live not too far away from Schonbrun Palace and when it isn't too the mornings....

we would run to it and up the hill.

Moving completed in about two hours.

November 18, 2013
Sorry this email is going to have to be pretty short again, I am sorry about that. As for what happened this week... to be honest not a whole lot happened. We had referrals to contact and potentials to go by, but no one seemed to be home. Elder Fletcher was still sick for the first half of the week. I did get to help one of our members move apartments within our ward boundaries which we completed in two hours or so. I have no idea how it went so quickly to help him pack everything in the truck and then unload it at the new apartment. It was weird, not very many people seemed to be reachable or at home this week, and the same with members because they seemed to all be sick. So we couldn't do much with the missionary member program we have been leading out.
Something that did happen that was very cool is in Wien every Tuesday and Thursday the missionaries teach English or German classes at our YSA center. The student that I have been working with personally, has been taught by the missionaries in another ward for the last month and a half or so and he was baptized on Saturday. That was something way cool to see.
This week we have transfer calls as well as Zone Conference. We also have a lot of appointments filled out that should make this week exciting.
I hope all is well and that everyone is healthy. Love you lots.
Elder Bodily

Gott sei mit euch bis aufs Wiedersehen

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

District:  Elders Nielsen, Smith, Hancy, Jiminez, Eaker, Sonsellar, Riser, Bodily being held and Mickelson underneath
Elder Mielacher headed off to England.
Elder Bodily and Elder Abbott's birthday cake - 21 candles for Bodily and 19 for Abbott.

Cool to work with with youth who are going on missions.

November 11, 2013
I hope you all had a really good week. This week was kind of interesting, of the 18 missionaries in the city of Wien, 11 of them got sick. The good thing is I am still going strong. Two of them that got sick, however were Elder Fletcher and Elder Reading, and so Elder Abbott and I just did a big long austausch for the majority of the week. It was super fun and we had great time and we had to cover both areas so we kept pretty busy. The Wein 4 Elders have a lot going for them right now, so it was really cool to work with a number of their investigators and do activities in their ward with their youth who are going on missions. We were able to meet with some of the people we are working with as well, but the highlight of the week was an appointment with a dear lady named xxx. She is the cousin of a member in our ward who has been coming to church for the last little bit. We were able to finally meet with her on Thursday and the appointment went super well. She was very open and absolutely loved everything. She told us how when she goes to church she feels a peace that helps her make it through the rest of the week and she feels it has a great impact on her son as well. We met in xxx home and it was possibly the most spiritual appointment I have had in a long time. We talked about the Restoration with her and she swallowed it all up and was super excited to read the Book of Mormon (she has already come along pretty far). We felt we should invite her to set a date for baptism then and she told us she would not like to set one quite yet until she is completely confident about it being true, but that she would let us know when she gets her answer because she would like to be baptized into the church. She has a really sincere heart and I think it's going to go really well for her.
Unfortunately I do have to go already because of weird time scheduling with meeting up with our district, but I hope you all have a great week. For those doing the Book of Mormon challenge, I am not sure where you should be exactly because I am a little ahead, but I have 59 days left so just keep with it wherever you are at so that you can finish before I am home. I love you all.
Elder Bodily
Gott sei mit euch bis aufs Wiedersehen

Monday, November 4, 2013

Moving pianos!

November 4, 2013
So this was kind of a different week than normal. The 1st and the 2nd of November are holidays here and for whatever reason there were a bunch of people who needed to move and they all decided to put their moving day on those two days so that they could have others help support. There was at least one move in every ward in Wien. We had two in ours; the one was just moving from one part of the city to another, but another was the Zickbauer family who is moving to a town called Neumarkt close to Salzburg. They were one of my favorite families here and helped me a lot while I was sick and when I didn't really have a companion two transfers ago. He will be in Elder Young's ward and told me he will make sure to invite him to dinner each week until he goes home. Besides the two in our ward, we helped our roommates and missionaries in our district's ward with moving people in their wards families. All I can say is I am never buying a true piano until I buy a house that I plan on living in for awhile. People seem to think that the big guy should be involved with lifting the heavy stuff. It was a good work out.
We are going through a finding period right now and we had a number of dropped out appointments, but we did have a really huge success this week. A few months ago a member from our ward named Fernando moved into our ward and at the same time his cousin Cecilia started coming to church. All of us thought that Cecilia was a member because she seemed to know a lot. However, in October she went to Germany and Italy for a the whole month and Fernando was called as a ward missionary at this time and told us during a meeting that he believes his cousin was ready to be taught when she got back. We were all surprised that she wasn't a member, but yesterday was her first Sunday back and I was able to talk with her. Before I even completed asking if she would like to meet, she asked if it were possible that she could learn more about the church because she really likes it here. We have an appointment for Thursday and I really expect great things to happen from this. Fernando and his family was baptized about two years ago in Italy and they have been hoping to have the rest of their family join the church. I believe we will have a great experience at the appointment on Thursday.
Something fun we were able to do this week is we had a "young men preparing-for-their-mission activity" with the Wien 4 ward (E. Abbott and Readings ward) that their bishop invited us to go to as well. The point was to talk with the youth about missions and get them excited for them and then we went and played basketball with them for awhile. The 4th ward is the international ward and is mostly made up of Filippinos, Africans, and Americans and so they were a lot better than your typical European at basketball - which made it a lot of fun.
I hope you all have a great week, love you lots!
Elder Bodily

Gott sei mit euch bis aufs Wiedersehen