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!
Gott sei mit euch bis aufs Wiedersehen