I’m in Germany!!!

HEY Family !!!!!!!!!!

Well Im alive……. maybe… ha ha ha no things are great. So the flight over here was way too long. I was asleep for most of it, but when you’re flying to Germany how well can anyone really sleep. I do still have some jet lag but its getting better. So we got off the airplane and we had to show our passports to get through, well Sister Imbach and Elder Gambal had something wrong with theirs so they couldn’t get through. So we had to wait for like an hour for them to figure out what to do, but as soon as customs realized they were from the church they got a security guy and we all had to walk with him to find President. Once we found him we were all good no problems. Then we went to the mission office and we had to fill out a bunch of paper work and some of us had interviews with President.

Next we went to the mall and sang and did street contacting. It was way cool I got to see Sister Sprouse (she is one of my older sisters from the MTC) so that was pretty cool. Then they took us to President’s house and we did more interviews and we ate dinner. Best dinner ever (mostly because the MTC food was so bad) but we had a really good dinner, we got know some of the other Elders and Sisters, and then they took us to a hotel and told us to go to sleep. I was so excited for sleep and a shower !!! But first Sister Imbach and I had to say goodbye because we did’t get to sleep in the same room. We got put with other sisters who would be trainning us. I had the best night of rest ever on my mission so far, I think it was because I had been awake for like 36 hours or something crazy like that.

So the next day we had breakfast and then we had a meeting to find out who was going to be our new comps….. dramatic pause…….. my new comp is Sister Nieman she is really great. She is teaching me a lot about how to be the right kind of missionary.

(Me and Sister Nieman)

 So the church has this new thing that is called the 12 week trainning program, so we are to be working on becoming missionaries  and learn how to do everything in those 12 weeks from our new comps- yeah. But I just found out yesterday that I only get mine for 6 weeks now 5 because she is leaving .. her mission is almost over. Sad day. And that I will most likely be taking this area over in 6 now 5 weeks. So crazy !!! I don´t know what Heavenly Father is thinking sometimes.

Oh yeah I´m over Wiesbaden and we live in Maintz. Germany is so international its crazy, there are so many different kinds of people here and they all speak who knows what. My comp can speak English, German and Spanish. So everyone here smokes, its pretty gross if you ask me. I get headaches from it all the time, and where we are its pretty dirty; gum all over the ground and things. The buildings here are so big I’m in more of a city-ish area so not a lot green grass, and if they do have grass its very unkept. We don´t have a car so we have to take the bus, train, and trams or any other kind of public transportation, so that has been a fun new thing to learn about.

Okay so we have two wards here, an American one and a German one that we are working with. so I can undersand about half of the time what is going on. Yesterday we went to church and I got to get up and gave an intro about myself in both wards …. the English one was fine; the German one was okay, they all told me I did really well for only being here for 4 days. I think that was them just being nice to me.

So we have gotten to meet with a few people that has been pretty cool. I´m excited to get to know them all. so we teach in English, German and my comp teaches in Spanish (I never know whats going on when we are talking to Spanish speaking people but thats okay) ever one here is pretty nice. We had a baptism the other night for a 8 year old in the American ward and we went but I guess the Elders were asked to fill the font  and they didn´t know it or somthing so we got there and it was empty so that was a pretty interesting night.

Overall things are going well.Mom I get to skype you for Mother’s day so I need your info for that. Also we need to figure out a time that will work for both of us. I think the best time for us is later in the day so that would be morning\afternoon there. Just let me know, we’ll make this work. Oh yeah I have some rocking blisters.

Well I love all so much and I think thats it for now!

Love Ashley( Sister Kingery)

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Last Day at the MTC!!!

So its my birthday !!!!!!! Can i get a woot woot ! Thanks for all the birthday wishes. This is so crazy its my last day at the MTC. I’m way excited to go teach the people of Germany, but I’m very sad to be split up from my zone….. there are 21 of us and only 6 of us are going to Frankfurt so its going to be very hard to say good bye. Tell Erika that I’m going to try and call her too. Sorry this is going to be short I have a lot I need to get done to day. Oh and guess what they give us like 20lbs of books to take with us so I’m pushing the weight limit in all my bags. I’m hoping they get through(and I have already had to throw a lot out.) But thanks for the birthday package!!!!! we are going to party it up tonight 🙂

Love and miss you Ashley (Sister Kingery)

Erika,

So I was going to write you a letter but I don’t think I’m going to have time so I’m just going to email you !!! Thanks for the birthday package it really made my day !!! Also the pics of Brooke so cute ! I’m so sad that I’m going to miss her. Also I might call you way early in the morning from SLC if i have time ???? If not it will be later in the day from Texas, so just be ready to anwer when I call deal 😛

I love you so much and hope the best for you.. It’s so crazy that I’m leaving in 20ish hours for Germany ahhhhhhhhhh I’m so excited and so scared all at the same time, but I know everything will be fine because I have the lord on my side.

LOVE YOU !!! Ashley (Sister Kingery)

 

 MTC Sisters!

5th Week at the MTC

Dear Family,
So this week has been really crazy and has gone by way fast!
So this week my comp (Sis Imbach) was playing vollyball and she came down from a block and really messed up her foot, the poor thing has been walking around all week with a limp and she has to be able to jump on it by the end of this week or they might hold her at the MTC till its better. It has been getting better and I know she will jump when they ask because she does not want to stay here.
Mom thanks for sending the glow in the dark stars. Those where just for me to have above my bed as I sleep! I miss the stars I have not got to see them at all sense I have been here.
GUESS WHAT ???!!!!!!!! this is big …….. Drum role …… we got our travel plans this week ahhhhhh!!! We fly out on the 24th ! Only one more week its so crazy and I will most likely be able to call you that day sometime between 11:30am- and 3:30pm because we have a 3 hour lay over. Also Erika I think I can call you too but I’m going to have to check on that?! o we leave here at 4:00am and we leave SLC at 8:20ish and fly in to Texas and that’s when we have our 3 hour lay over and I get to call home. And then we fly straight to Frankfurt !!! We will get there at about 8:30  am the next day, so we will be traveling over 24 hours to get there pretty crazy! Once we are there they give us our new comp, a book of mormon, and we have to go place it, so that will be interesting.
One cool thing of this week Elder Ballard came last night to talk to us. he is way cool.  It’s so strange how we keep getting all of these apostles and they are all so funny. Just way different than I remember.
So we sing everyday in class and Imbach and I have been working on learning “ich brouch dich allezeit” (I need thee every hour) anyways, it was my turn to pick what song to sing and so I picked that one. We started to sing and Imbach and I were really feeling that song and we sang with the spirit; and about half way thought the song I noticed that the Elders had stopped singing and they where just watching us and then I look at our teacher and he had stopped singing and he started to cry. It was really cool because I never thought my lovely singing voice could ever sing like that with the spirit.
Travis I sent you a B-day package it should come sometime this week so let me know when you get it !!!
So we do this thing every week, where we go teach members in German its called TRC ( Brian most likely did this) but this week Imbach and I went and taught 2 older sisters and I thought it went okay but not amazing I know we had the spirit with us but nothing super cool. but Linford and Bohne went in after us and taught the same 2 sisters and they had a little extra time at the end and were talking and they came out yelling Kings (thats me) you rocked it in there! and I was like WHAT?? they said that one of the older sisters had said they could see how nervous I was to use my German as we gave a short lesson to them, but she said as soon I began to give my testamoiny that she could feel the spirit come in to the room and my German just came. So that was really cool and good for me to hear.
Mom my shoes are doing fine I just wish I could wear flip flops here! Everyone in my zone is over being sick so thats good. But mom I can’t believe the one year I’m not there, I make the birthday list thats crazy.
ha ha ha ha ha Brian this is for you, one of my sisters just saw your pick and we think you two should meet someday ! ha ha ha mostly she just told me to tell you that so there you go … and you can take that however you want! but I don’t think it would work she hates Star Wars and I know thats a deal breaker for you 😛
(MTC Fun)
Family,
the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God and will help bring more souls unto Christ than any other book on the earth. The Book of Mormon can and will give answers to questions we have in our lives. It will bring joy, peace, comfort, and happiness into our lives on the darkest of days. It will help pull us out of trials and make us stronger. As we read the Book of Mormon daily we can begin to understand Gods love for each of us; and as we begin to understand Gods love for us we can understand how amazing we truly are in his eyes! Because we are his sons and daughters! This will also help us to become calm and see the bigger picture of life. As we put God first in our live and follow his commandments and obey his word, we will be blessed with the fullness of his love and blessings. I challenge you to read the Book of Mormon everyday and not just read it, but read it with the intent to come closer to Christ. If you will do this I promise that you will be blessed.
ich bezugnes dass Jesus Chrishtus mien Erloser und erritter ist. und durch die sonopfer, zurucken uns zu Gott. ich weiss dass Gott mein himmlisher vaterist, und er lebt mich und alle die menchen. ich wiess dass das buch mormon die wort von Gott ist. ich wiess wenn wir lassen das buch mormon wir konnen ein amfort haben. ich weiss dass wenn wir gebeten zu Gott, durch dem name jesus Christi wir empfongen ein amfort mit der heilign geist. ich weiss dass wenn wir liehren und wieckson im das evongelium, wir konnen glucklich wierden. ich lebe mein familie und ich bin donkbar fur mein mission und ich bin begeister zu germany gayen.
I love you all
Sister Kingery

4th Week at the MTC

Hi Family !!

So this week has been crazy, a lot has happened !
So for Easter we had one big sacrament meeting, it was so cool, they had 50 some elders passing the Sacrament to all of  the missionaries. Elder Packard came and talked to us, he is a pretty funny guy! The spirit was so strong in that room and its so amazing to see so many good young men willing and ready to serve the Lord. Then we had a testimony meeting and I gave mine in German which was really cool because I was scared out of my mind, but when I got up there the words just came to me it was so amazing!!
I also had a pretty crazy learning experience this week. So my comp and I (Sis. Imbach) went to teach a lesson (in German) and at the end I just blurted out you need to know that families can be together forever and you can have that for yourself. Then we left. Well I felt a little strange about me saying that and my comp was a little mad because she didn’t know why I said it. So the next time we went back to teach that same person Imbach and I had it all planned out and I was going to be teaching most of it. So I started to teach but then I just stopped and no German would come out of me it was crazy! the Lord took my German and my comp gave that lesson without me and I was the one that had prepared for it. But in that moment that my German was taken away I felt the Lord tell me “this is my work and I will give you German when you say what I’m telling you to say and you back it up.”  I knew telling that man about families was done by the spirit not me and I will only have German when I do what the Lord wants! After that lesson my comp and talked about it and we prayed that we might be able to have the spirit with us all ways and in that moment I could feel all the German I know come back in to my head. so I know the gift and power of tongues is real and that is the only way I can learn this language and that I can’t do this with out the Lord because this is his work and his time I’m just tool for him to use!
Thanks for the Easter stuff !! there is no Easter bunny here at the MTC …. sad day !
Mom will you send me Grandma Kingery’s address so I send her a letter?!
Dad and Travis that is so cool that you get to go to a Jazz game ! WOOT WOOT I hope to act like crazy people!
All of the sisters got comfort bessing yesterday and its just so amazing to watch 19 year olds give those. Our Elders are so good us! and my blessing was so amazing I was told what I need to hear. P.S. keep praying for my sisters !
Brian good luck with finals those are always gross !! don’t die ! and It’s true we have lots of fun here. people here know we are the Germans and that we are the loud crazy ones its pretty great !
oh yeah I sat across from that David A. kid at dinner the other night that was pretty funny because he wouldn’t talk to us at all. It was like he didn’t want us to know it was him.
So we only have 2 more week and we are all starting to feel that and we are starting to freakout a little.
Oh mom the reason the mail was so slow this week was because we are on lock down right now no one can come in or out because we had an out break of the flu. (I’m hoping I all ready had it and don’t get it a gain ) if you do get it they make you stay locked up in your room for 5 days to try to keep it for spreading to every one!
I love all the sisters here I feel like they have been my friends for a long time. Its pretty crazy how that happens out here.
So funny story of today! Linford and I put are towels in the same washer and we got up for 1 min and came back to change them to the dryer and and all of her towels where gone but mine were still there…… so we looked threw every washer and dryer in the building and still couldn’t find them. (and we are thinking what kind of sicko steals at the MTC) so we went and checked with Imback and Bohne to make sure they did do something and they didn’t . So we go to the temple and come back and there the towels are just hanging out to dry…. so it’s game on!!!!! We are going to find out who punked us and are going to get them back! Also some one put dryer sheets in my dryer and so I’m going to have to re-wash everything !!
German just keeps getting more confusing and and harder but whatever thats fine, our teachers told us that the goal with us guinea pigs is not to have the langue like the other groups before us did till after we have been in Germany for 9 weeks so whatever…. I feel like i’m going to get over there and be like thats not what they taught me in the MTC .
Erika I didn’t have time to send you your own letter this week but know that I still love you ! Also thank you for your letters and packages they make my day every thime I get one!
Also Erika can you find some good pics of the fam and of me and my friends and send them to me. I’m realizing that they would be nice to have.
Grandma if your still with Erika when she gets this know that I love you so much !!!!!!!
Well my time is out but mom I’m wondering if you can send me some glow in the dark stars 🙂
I love that sun is coming out so much !!! I just wish we didn’t have to sit in a class room all day and miss out on the sun.
I love you all so much the work is hard but its worth it the Lord is making me the person he wants me to be !
ASHLEY !!!!

3rd Week at the MTC

Dear Family,

It is so good to hear from you !! I just got back from the temple and I feel so much love for you all . The temple is an amazing place and its a place where we can truly become closer to the Lord.

This week has been a little crazy with my comp roomies and myself all getting sick, but we are all better now and I’m so ready to teach the gospel the people of Germany! Brian your right conference is better as a missionary, except for breakfast! I was already to get my BIG conference sunday breakfast and what do we get- cold cereal!! I was not very happy about that one. As for David Archeleta the camera people messed up, he was not suppose to be seen but whatever. I haven’t seen him yet but if I do I’ll let you know.

Mom I so MISSED our girls night out during the priesthood session !!!!!!! they made us watch the YW conference….. and we didn’t even get ice cream after LAME!

Dad good luck with garden you should plant some watermelons for me.

Will you tell the ward I love them and thank them for there prayers. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing support system and I thank you all for it !

Brian it was good to hear from you I thought maybe you had died or BYU had eaten you or something like that. P.S. I now understand what you went thought at the MTC and maybe some of the feelings you had on your mission. Thank you for being such an amazing example to me. I love and respect you so much for what you have done. You are a true and mighty man.

So Elder Gleason’s family lives right next to the MTC and two nights ago his family threw Easter eggs over the fence for us to find. So after we found all 125 of them, we put all the candy in one big bag and then we put “April Fools” notes inside all of the eggs and put them all over the MTC ! It was pretty great to watch people get excited about finding an egg and laugh because we got them. ha ha ha ha

I’m learning a lot about myself and the parts of me I need to change to become more Christlike. Realizing these things, are the hard parts about the MTC, this place is made to break and humble people so that way they are ready to give their all to the Lord before they get to the field. TRAVIS do everything you can now to be ready for mission before you get here and the Lord will bless you greatly.

German is still the hardest part and its frustrating because when we are teaching I can feel the spirit and I know what needs to be said but I don’t have the German to say it yet. I think I’m at the level of a 2 year old in normal talking German and maybe like a 5 year old in LDS German. I memorized my prompts in Geman this week, well most of it, I have a hard time remebering the last line.

We are all hoping they will open the outside fields soon! So we can play outside and not in the gym. Over all it’s been pretty great this week I love you all so much.

PS one of my sisters is haveing a really hard time and is ready to go home please pray for her!!!!!!!

LOVE Sister Kingery (aka Ashley ) (aka KINGS) (aka giggles)