Working with Elder Liddle

2.19.2012
So we had a pretty good week. Elder Liddle and I work very well together. We are two different personalities, have two different attitudes toward what missionary work is, and have had different ways of working our entire missions. We’re working on finding that balance between him and me, but it’s going well. There aren’t any problems, just ways that both of us can improve. He’s more of the type of, “If I’m not outside talking to every single person that I can see, then I’m a bad missionary.” I prefer working with the members to help them develop their faith and testimony so that they feel comfortable being member missionaries. Like I said, we’re finding the balance so that both of us feel happy with what we’re doing. (Luckily for me, Preach my Gospel says that the best way to do missionary work is through the members…that means that the compromise edges closer to my side). Anyway, we’ve been seeing miracles on a daily basis. It’s amazing how we just kind of run into people who are like, “yeah, Christ is good. I would actually like to learn more about what you believe and see what you’re all about.” It’s been pretty awesome. The ward here is great and supportive. Next Sunday we have Stake Conference, so I’ll get to see all my friends in Krefeld ward! Have an awesome week.

Elder Mayle

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Master and Padowan

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! My birthday was okay, but, like last year, I ended up being in a train all day. First, an Elder came down from Duisburg to join us in Solingen, then we went to Dortmund together to drop off Elder Christensen with his new companion, and then we started heading back. On the way back, we found out that we didn`t have to be in Düsseldorf until 3:30. We had a couple hours, so I said, “Let`s go to Krefeld!” So we did. We went and I visited Karl-Heinz, the non-member who`s always at the genealogy center at the church. It was cool to see him again. Then we went to the Krefeld apartment and hung out with the elders there for a little while, because they were unable to go out and work that day. Then we went to Düsseldorf and I picked up my new companion, Elder Liddle. He has served in Bamberg, in Nürnberg Zone, and Nordhausen, in Erfurt zone. And, he was trained by Elder Anderson II, whom I trained, so that makes him my grandson. We`re super excited to work together. He said that he`s heard a lot about me from other elders, and we were in the same zone for a couple transfers, and he said that he thinks I`m one of the best elders he`s ever met, and now he gets to work with me! That was nice to hear. This is his first transfer as district leader, so he`s not sure what to do, but since I served a long time as a district leader, he said he`ll be able to learn a lot from me. So it`s kind of a Master and Padowan set-up we have here. We’re working really well together, and we`ll continue to do so, I think. We set a baptismal goal this morning for 2 baptisms by the end of April. It will take a lot of work, and a miracle from the Lord, but it can definitely happen. On behalf of all the missionaries in the world, thanks for all the prayers that come our way!

Elder Mayle

Transfers… new companion coming in

Yellow! Soooo…the baptism happened! Everything went as we planned it. Elder Christensen baptized her after church, and we had a pretty good turnout.  I’ll send pictures…crap, all the pictures are on his camera. So, I’ll get those to you some time. But I will send a few photos. On Saturday we got transfer calls, and Elder Christensen is heading out to Paderborn, which is east of here. We’re pretty sad, cuz we wanted to stay together. I’ll be getting Elder Liddle, who has recently been serving in Bamberg. He’s been on a mission for about a year (I think I see a pattern with my last few companions). Other than that, not much is up. I’ll start sending pictures!

Elder Mayle

Reporting in….

Sooo, it’s been awhile. But there are good reasons. Two weeks ago we were in Düsseldorf to have some fun with the district. Then last week I went to Krefeld! Elder Christensen wanted to buy some stuff at a souvenir shop there, and so Elder Baker came down from Wesel and we dropped off our companions together and took off to visit some members. It was really cool. We’re thinking we’re going to do it next transfer as well. We’ll see. So we’ve only got one investigator at the moment, Frau Rasch, and she has a baptismal date for this coming Sunday, the 5th. Our biggest worry is that she’ll fall back into smoking, which would cancel the baptism. But she’s doing well so far. We’re trying to find investigators between the ages of 18 and 30 (Young Single Adult age), and we might have someone who would be interested. She’s plays in a band run by one of the members, and we helped her move last week. We’re working with a lot of less actives, trying to get them to come back to church. The ward is pretty cool. There’s a lot of ward missionaries, and they are always ready to help, which is not something I’ve really seen on my mission.  I really like Solingen though. It’s a pretty cool sity…I mean, city. I’m guessing that I’ll be staying here until I go home. I got an email about my re-admission to BYU. I’ve got the okay to just do registering myself, so don’t worry about that anymore.  But if you could keep looking for housing, that would be great. Other than that, I can’t think of much else to write. Oh, actually, I was informed that Eckhard is getting baptized! He’s the investigator that I found in Krefeld a year ago. The missionaries have been working really hard with him, and he’ll be getting baptized this Saturday! I need to call for permission to go to it, but I’m sure that I’ll get the okay to do that. I’m super excited to go. He’s the first investigator that I found that will be getting baptized. All the other ones you’ve heard about were found by other people, but I’ll get to see this one from beginning to end! Kind of…aside from the six months of teaching after I left. Super cool! Talk to you later.

Elder Mayle

A Little About Solingen…

1.9.2012
Hey, it’s Monday again! So not a ton has happened, I guess. I’m in Solingen. It’s a ward, and we usually have about 70 people in church. It’s about the same size as Krefeld Ward. It is a German speaking ward, which is a relief, because I got tired of speaking English with the members all the times…I’m not sure how I’ll handle being home. There are a couple people from South Africa and Australia that speak English, but the Bishop asked that we all speak German inside the church building. There’s quite a lot of YSA’s here, so we’re going to work with them a lot and see if we can get them to invite their friends to hear about the Gospel. We think it’ll work out great. I’m working with Elder Christensen, who’s from Spanish Fork Utah. That’s just south of Provo. He’s in the same group as Elder Collings, so he’s been out for about a year. We’ve been having tons of fun. We get along pretty well. He’s one of the biggest Star Wars geeks you’ll meet. It gets out of hand sometimes…like light saber duels in the apartment and such. So goes it. It’s always rainy here in Solingen. Which confuses me because I just came from Regensburg, and if you were to translate that into English it means “Rainy Fortress, ” basically. So it’s weird. We don’t really have any investigators. But the one we do have has a baptismal date for February 5. Our biggest concern is that she comes regularly to church and stops drinking coffee and smoking. And she’s kind of crazy…I always seem to have to deal with those kind, but we’re making it work. Days go by, and we keep moving forward. Other than that, there’s not anything really exciting going on. So, hoorah until next week!

Elder Mayle

New Companion, New Area

Hey, so I’m in Solingen now! It’s pretty cool. It’s super rainy. I don’t think I’ve seen the sun since I’ve been here. It’s just south of Düsseldorf. I’m with Elder Christensen, who’s been out for about a year now. It’s been fun. We get along super well, so I think that we’ll have a really good transfer or two. There’s a lot of young people in this ward. We’re hoping to work with them a lot. We didn’t really celebrate the new year. We had to be inside the apartment by 6…and that’s pm. So we just kind of hung out and made no-bake cookies. Then went to bed. Elder Christensen is a Star Wars geek, so we may or may not have had a couple light saber duels already. It’s a blast. We have a couple investigators at the moment, but I don’t think they’re too promising. We’ll be working hard to get other, more reliable people. Not much is up other than that. Elder Myers was still really sick when I left. It made transfers a little bit of a mess, but we worked it out with elders taking trains all over the place. It was sad to leave Regensburg, but I’m super excited to be in Solingen. Have a great week!

Elder Mayle

Transfer This Week…Going to Solingen

12.26.2011
Hey, comp is sick still, and I’m doing half of transfers today…going to Nürnberg, so I’ll keep this short. I’m heading up to Solingen, by Düsseldorf. Elder Myers and I stopped by the hospital yesterday. He just has a really bad sinus infection. The doctor gave him some pills and stuff, and he’ll be lying in bed the next few days. It put a bummer on Christmas, but that’s how it goes I guess. Next week I’ll send an email from Solingen. Have a great week!

Frohe Weihnachten, und ein gutes, neues Jahr!

Elder Mayle