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!
Elder Austin Cassell