Monday, October 1, 2012

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God ....

Thanks for all the pictures of mum and the party and of Emil and Fidel and the piano, super neat! I'm so glad to hear that everything went perfectly for Mumma and that she was so happy to participate in the whole process. I most certainly made sure to pray for her this week. Thanks for sending me so many pictures. I am just shocked at how beautiful the family looks and that Eli is a giant. I miss you all but no worries I'll be home before we know it.

I wasn't able to send Eli and email in German but I wrote him a letter that I'll mail out soon. I'll be sure to email in German today. I forgot about it last week.

No, I haven't gotten my package yet. Did you guys send it to Halberstadt or the office? It'll eventually come. I have packages for Mum, Andre, and Eli all waiting to go but no debit card so I hope that no one gets upset for late gifts. Yes, we have a CD player in the car and in our house. I'm really excited to get the Nat King Cole Christmas CD. Thanks for listening to Christmas music in July. Just one of the many reasons that makes you the best dad in the world. The glass blowing date sounds fun. I hope you guys are able to go and do it soon.

Well this week we had tausch and Sister Olsen from Bielefeld came to serve with me in Halberstadt for the day. It was neat to see how someone else teaches and how the things they said are really needed for the people we visit. This week Sister Tidwell and I got a lot of referrals. In this last little while we have been getting a lot and it really is a blessing. We go out finding everyday because we only have two progressing investigators and no one is interested to talk to us so it starts that nasty cycle of no one to teach which means very few lessons which means our numbers are not so nice. But the referrals are the key to get everything up. President Kosak called us this week and gave us a referral from the Idaho Falls temple visitor center. It was an older couple who live in Wernigerode. We were able to set up an appointment with them and visit them this week. We stayed for two hours and answered a lot of their questions and seemed to hit every topic under the sun like equality between men and women, the priesthood, Joseph Smith, keys, Prophets, restoration vs. reformation, temples vs. churches, tithing, Mitt Romney, etc. It was a really neat meeting and the couple was really interested but not willing to make out a new appointment with us. At least they are more informed and know where to go and who to get in contact with when they want to know more. I'm so glad that you have been pushing referrals and member missionary work. You're doing a great job!

This week at ASB, the dementia home we serve at, we just walked around to a bunch of different rooms and talked to people we never met before. It made me think of you and how much you would have enjoyed talking to everyone and also of all the times we went to visit Dot. Bruder Lau gave me a classical CD this week that has the Chopin Waltz that you play all the time at home. I like to listen to it over and over and over again because it reminds me of being home. I hope you're finding opportunities to play the piano.

I love you dad. Thanks for all your love and support. Can't wait to talk to you soon!!!
-Ariel Nell

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