Humility Check

Well this Pday ended up being pretty boring. We had planned to go down to Nürnberg for the day so that we could go and finally buy our Lederhosen, but alas fate had other much more lame plans in store for us. So on Friday we got a letter from the city government that said that we had to be in our apartment at 4 because some workers had to come and check our water or something stupid like that, or we would receive a big fine. So that kind of messed up our day. But whatever – we’re just gonna chill for the day.

This week we picked up two new investigators which we are pretty happy about! One is the neighbor of one of our members. We go to this ward member’s house like every week to do some service for her since she was moving apartments and needed a lot of help with a bunch of stuff. Well, we were helping her last week move stuff out of her basement, and then the neighbor came and helped a little too, and then we helped him move some of his stuff while we were there. Then later, we went to invite him and his wife to the little musical that the sisters are doing in the ward on the 21st (I wonder if there is anything going on on that day that I am supposed to remember. Probably not.)  (Mom’s note: This is a reference to my birthday!)  Well he didn’t really seem to have much interest in coming to the musical, but then he let us in and we talked to him for a long time, shared some spiritual thoughts, he cried, and then he asked if we could come back and visit him this week, so that was really cool.  He’s a way nice guy.

The other new investigator is named Kelly, and she is 21 and from Kenya. She is here for school, and she has been a potential investigator for forever, and we were just able to start meeting with her. Hopefully some cool things will happen.

Nothing too interesting has happened other than that. We asked Karen if she would commit to baptism, but she said that she doesn’t want to make a decision until she knows 100 percent that the church is true. Even though she said no for now, we feel good about it, and we know that she will be baptized sometime, it’s just a matter of time.

I gave a talk yesterday in church. My topic was “How does the knowledge that you are a child of God influence your thoughts, words, and actions”.  In true Elder Cassell fashion, I quoted something. Not Harry Potter this time, though. This time I used Lion King. I talked about the part when Simba talks to Mufasa in the clouds and goes through the whole “you have forgotten yourself and so have forgotten me” thing. It was awesome. The members loved it. I love giving talks in church, because people come up to me and tell me how good I am at public speaking, how good my German is. It always boosts my self-esteem and makes me feel good!  President Schwartz’s sister said that I have really good German and thought that I was out a lot longer than I was.  I was happy. I do feel like I am good at speaking and doing presentations and speeches, so I am not sure how I am going to use that talent for the rest of my life – like for a career and what not. We’ll see. All I know is that I enjoy it.  I’m also feeling a little prideful about it right now, so that’s some prime time for the Lord to send me a humility check!   So we will see what happens!

Transfer calls are this Saturday so we will see what will happen with Elder Rock and I. We have no idea what is going to happen. This will be an interesting transfer call.

Well I gotta go, so I’ll talk to you guys next week! Love you!

Love Elder Austin Cassell

Ps. Did Brock and Sarah have the girls yet? Send me pictures when they have them!

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Ich bin ein Kind von Gott (I am a Child of God)

Hey sorry if this email is not going to be very long. I don’t have a ton of time today, because we have a pretty planned out pday since we are having it here with the whole district, so it should be pretty fun! I only have time to write until the sisters come in here and kick us off of the computers.
No, we haven’t moved into our new apartment yet. Everyone keeps asking that. No. NO! We can’t move in yet because we don’t have a washing machine or a kitchen yet. When Germans move out of apartments, they literally take everything, so our kitchen right now has absolutely nothing. We have to install all of the sinks and all of that stuff by ourselves, and the office hasn’t sent us the stuff yet. I’ll tell you guys when we move in, no worries!
That’s cool that Elder Lilo was able to come back into the stake. He’s a cool dude. Where is he actually serving? And I already knew about those scripture jokes, a missionary showed them to me during like my first transfer I think. Still funny.  Tell him hi for me.  I need to email him.
I know when your birthday is mother! The 21st, the same day as the musical that we are doing here in Coburg.So yeah we are doing a musical thing that the sisters wrote. Called “Ich bin ein Kind von Gott” Or “I am a child of God”.  They are having some of the members and the missionaries in it, and they started advertising it like crazy. I am a little skeptical about it, but we will see. We had a street display about it this Saturday. It went pretty well.  I am officially the best balloon blower out of all of us. I blew up a lot of these little balloons that we have and then we passed them out to kids and they say “Ich bin ein Kind Gottes” on them. They are pretty cute, and make it easy for people to accept flyers.

We also had our culture night this last Friday. That was a little disappointing. We invited a ton of people, like the whole Hochschule, but not too many people other than members came. But whatever, it’s exam time, so that’s hopefully the reason why so many did not come. And we got into some pretty good conversations with some students about it, so we will go back and visit some of them to see if we can start teaching them.  Hopefully we will see some good things come from all of the work that we put into it.

I gave a spiritual thought this week at district meeting. It had to be about ten to 15 minutes long, and my topic was “Finding Joy in the Work”.  I gave a decently spiritual and good talk about it for most of it. But then at the end, in classic Elder Cassell fashion, I made a Harry Potter analogy. I quoted Dumbledore when he says “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” and told them how being happy is a choice – and then I talked about dementors (Harry Potter thing), and how they come and suck the happiness and the hope and light out of peoples lives, and how one has to get rid of them by casting a patronous. I talked about that for a little bit, and then I made all of the district, and the Zone Leaders (since they were also there), take a pen in their hands, lift it up in the air, and then shout “Expecto Patronum!” It was awesome. It made me so happy, and I think mostly everyone else loved it too. One sister thought it was “too much” though. But that’s sister missionaries. No fun. I think it’s important to have fun, and to laugh.  I laugh at myself and my dorkiness all the time!

Well that was my week, I gotta go now!

Love you!
Elder Austin Cassell