Monday, January 9, 2017

The Week of the Grand Re-Shrekening

I don't usually insert text on Elder Glenn Johnson's emails, but I am "My Missionary's Mom," and I just couldn't not do it today.

Those of you who read his letter last week, might remember he mentioned that he and a visiting Elder were doing splits (and Glenn was left in charge of Oldenburg because there are only 2 missionaries in Oldenburg). They handed out 6 Books of Mormon, which was highly unusual! Word got back to the Mission President, and he called Glenn​ early this morning to talk to him about it. The conversation was completely in German (Glenn has been in Germany for just under one month and the mission president was probably testing out Glenn's German). He asked Glenn if he could put Glenn's success story from last week in his weekly letter that he was sending out to the entire mission! 

WOOHOO! That's my missionary! 

In addition, the Mission President just did interviews in Oldenburg and decided to stay overnight and work with the missionaries directly. This story may be continued next week...

Hola Familie and Friends. 

If you are wondering what the subject of this email means, I'm sorry. Haha nah I'm just kidding I will explain. So our district is obsessed with Shrek, because how couldn't you be? Along with that, our favorite place to eat, known as Mom's Diner, has been closed since the middle of December. This place has the best American food in all of Germany no joke. They have the best hamburgers ever, and we had been without it since mod-December, we barely survived. BUT on January 6th, they reopened. And you know we all celebrated the Grand Re-Shrekening of Mom's Diner this week with an American music playlist, a pool tournament, and everything else American you could ever think of. You could definitely say we were all properly re-shrekened. 

The Famous Mom's Diner

Yesterday, we went to a baptism that was in another area in our district so we went to it, and when we went back to their apartment there before, we took an elevator. Hahaha some of us began to jump because its a really old elevator and we're a bunch of 19 year old guys and THE ELEVATOR GOT STUCK!! Haha it stopped and we were waiting for the door to open but it never did and we realized we were trap​ped between two floors. Hahaha soo we used the emergency button and the firemen got their 45 minutes later to pry the door open so we could climb out!! It was hilarious haha but definitely a bad idea on their part, lol I for sure wasn't involved..... 

So aside from the reopening and the elevator, not too much this week was very eventful, we went knocking on a lot of doors, got a lot of rejections, but there was this one door where I told Elder Mehr that I was going to talk this time, and not take no as an answer. So we rang the doorbell, and a nice lady answered it and usually I would start off by talking about how we are from the church and have a short message or something like that, but this time right in the moment I just told her that we are from our church and we would like to share how families and be together forever and that stuff. She, like most other Germans, told us that she didn't have time. So, as I had previously said, I asked her when we could come back, and she said next week at a certain time, so it actually worked!! We are excited to go visit with her.

Lastly, we got to be apart of a miracle this morning! So me and Elder Mehr left a little late from our house this morning, so we had to like sprint to our bus stop to make it on time (which is like a half mile away)! We got there too late and we missed our bus to the bus station thing so we had to walk/run like a mile there, and we missed that bus too!! So the next bus didn't come for like an hour and we can't be late to church!! So we decided to take a different bus and get off before it goes the wrong way and then walk like a long time to get to the church. Then when we got off and were figuring out which way we needed to go, this random van comes and pulls over right in front of us, and we realized it was one of the families from our ward! The crazy thing is that only 5 people in our ward drive to church, and we were far away from the church too, we got to be on time!!

Anyways I hope you all have a great week and enjoyed my stupid stories from this week, 

I promise I​'ll give you all some better ones next week. 

Love you guys!!

  First Snow wearing new German birthday jacket​ 
(he now has multiple jackets...but had to have this one)

Graffitti:  "Racism Kills"

Solved his first Rubik's Cube


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