Germany Week 5

Dear Family,

This was very interesting week to say the least …. the Lord had a lot for m eto learn … lets just say it was the hardest week I have had so far.    But I made it through the week and I´m happy and ready to start a new one!

Funny story of the wee,k we went running to a park (like we do everymorning) (ps Travis I have lost 15lbs so be ready to pay up buddy) but we went to the park and I found a balance beam and I thought I bet I could a cart wheel on that …. My companion was just like don´t hurt yourself.   So I jumped up on it and did about 3 or 4successful cartwheels on it.   Then I thought I wonder if I can do a hand stand?  So I tried it …. Well that one didn´t go over so well I fell off really hard and my whole left leg is covered in one big bruise.   But it was real epic hahahaha.

(Practicing My Handstands)

Dad thank you so much for your story!!  That was pretty amazing!!!! ps Brian I got dads story 😛 So it has been so hot here.  I have never felt heat like this before.   I think it feels so hot because it is so humid but whatever it’s hot!  And they have no otter pops here so I´m not sure what I´m going to do about that.

So my companion has been working with this 78 year old lady for the last 9ish months and we get to go with her to the temple this weekend!  I´m so excited that will most likely be the high light of my week!!   I´m also going on a split this week I´m going to Ktown for almost 2 days so that should a fun new adventure.

 

 

(Splits)

 

Mom could you tell Emma Packard thanks for the letter she sent me?   I have a letter to send her but I just need to figure out how?  I thought it was really sweet of her to send me one. Well that’s all for this week!!

 

 

Thanks for your love and support it´s felt!   I miss you and I miss all of your hugs andl ove you all so much!!

Ashley (Sister Kingery)

 

Ps could one of you tell Sarah and Katy Hi for me and that I love them too!   And I hope to be sending a letter soon whenI figure out how!!??

Germany Week 4

Dear Family,

I´m thinking this might be shorter letter, so sorry, not much to report on. I doing great, having a blast working with Sister Nieman. We did a lot of work with members this week, our president wants us to build them up and work with and find people through them rather than pushing kligle boxes (door bells) all day so thats pretty cool, it helps us to get to know more people here.

Well this week was okay most of our work went to making sure that Barbara was ready for baptism on Saurdayt. She was and everything went really well.

(Barbara’s Baptism)

Well we went back to Frankfurt this week for a training meeting and it was pretty good. It was fun so see all the people I knew from the MTC and to talk with them about how thing are for them.

Family I’m learning a lot about the church and the gospel, and I’m just starting to understand how lucky I was to be born into a family that already had the knowledge. Don´t ever take it for granted that you have it in your life; love it, believe it,  live it and then go share it! There are so many people who have know idea what they are even looking for so please find them. (and It dosn´t have to be nonmembers it can be as easy as going home teaching or baking cookies with a message…. just find a way that works for you to share the message that the gospel has been restored !!!

Well thats all for now. I love you all so much !

Love Ashley, Sister Kingery

PS I got my card in the mail it was pretty fun to get real mail…… Mom how did you get my address?? I did´t give it to you!  Travis I got your graduation card with your pic and I was like look at that stud muffen!! WOOT WOOT I hope it all goes well , good luck !!

Germany Week 3

It was so great to talk with you all!!! so because I talked with you all yesterday I´m going to work on sending you some pic so I  hope you enjoy them… Brian thanks for the email!! the rest of you …. i think you know what look I´m giving you ! 🙂

I love you all so much

Ashley (Sister Kingery)

Success Story of the Week: (an email sent out across the mission)

Sisters Nieman and Kingery received a referral from Bishop, und zwar a young adult (age 21) woman, named Barbara Sinnburger. They called her up and Barbara was so excited to meet with them! They met and Barbara already wanted to be baptized!! wow… how cool is that?! SO, they set up a baptismal date for the next week (May 19th). She is totally a golden who has hearkened unto the Shepherd’s voice. And this last Sunday she came to church. This was a miracle that the sisters fasted and prayed for, to find a new investigator to come to church, and the Lord answered the Prayer and more! What a wonderful blessing/success story/MIRACLE!!

Thanks to Elder Ripplinger for being a stud and collecting. Don’t forget to call – 59!

(Building in Mainz) (View from my Apt)

Germany Week 2

Dear Family,

I´m so excited to get to talk to you all this next weekend !! So we will have time here between 6pm-and 8pm I believe that is 10-12  your time … Also I think you might have church then? But I will email you again on Thursday to let you know for sure what time.

So this week has been pretty good a lot has happened this week so I hope I have time to get it all in. First story of the week, we had to go to Frankfurt to get me anmailed which means registered to live here in Germany, it takes too long and is too much work to do it out of Maintz so they just have us go to Frankfurt to do it. I had been having a hard week and I really just wanted a hug from someone that cared. At this point in time my comp and I lived together, but we didn´t really get along yet (we are great now we have lots of fun … we both just needed time to figure out how to love the other person) anywho Sis. Imbach is in Frankfurt, and so that morning before we went running (Travis be ready to pay up buddy because we go running every morning ) I was praying and I told Heavenly Father, “you know, we are going to Frankfurt today and I know Sis Imbach is there and I don´t need to see her but it would be really nice to see her and get an Imbach hug.”

So we got ready for the day and it ended up being a strange day. We missed our train and so we were about 30 min behind in our day because we had to wait for the next one.

 (On the bus) 

Then we got to the place and they were closed because of some meeting they decided to do that day. So we were like great now what . (earlier that week we had got a letter for a different sister and so we had brought that with us) So we decided go to the mission office and give them this letter and see if there is a different place we can go. Well we got to the mission office and they told us where we needed to go and then 4 other new missionarys showed up and some how we got put in charge of them and helping them find where to go. Anyway, we found the place, got every one registered and then we started to head back to the office to drop off the other missionaries becasuse they didn´t know how to get back without us.

So at this point it’s about 2 in the afternoon and we had already pland on being back in Maintz by 1 so we were running way behind. And then we were about 1 block away from the mission office and Sis Imbach and her comp rounded the corner and were walking towards us. At that point we see each other and started running toward each other and  I got my Sister Imbach hug. It just reminded me how much the Lord really does know each of us and he loves each of us for us and how willing he is to bless us. For me, getting that hug that day was a tender mercy of the Lord and I’m so grateful for it because I just felt so love and understood by the Lord in that moment.

So a few days after that we got a call and it was from this MTC guy who had come to see how I was doing …. I got picked … lame. I will have someone coming all throughout my mission to see how I compare to others who got 9 weeks at the MTC. Once again we had to go to Frankfurt ( it takes about 1 and half hours to get there via train or bus). Once again we were running late but the train had not left and my comp jumped on and I jumped on behind her and the doors closed as I was jummping and my arm got stuck in the doors. (“ahhhh” thats what I was thinking 🙂 but it came out just fine and then we walked way like nothing happened becasue everyone was looking at us like we were crazy and once we got to a different cart we started laughing because it was just too funny.

This week I got to try out a bakery they have got some good stuff ….. I am going to have to stay away even though we run so much . I also got to try the ice cream here, oh man its so much better then the stuff back home. I had spaghetti ice cream, and I also found this really cool push pop ice cream that had gummy bears in the stick. I´ll send pics of these. So yummy.

 

(Push Pop) (Spaghetti ice cream)

 

We eat with someone every day for either dinner or lunch, the Germans feed you so much and its really rude not to keep eating, finish whats on your plate, and then to have seconds, so normally we don’t eat very much so we have room to get it all in. When we eat with the Americans though, we can say we are full which is nice.

hahaha other funny story, we were going out to see a family and my comp and I got talking and we missed our bus stop so we had to stay on until the next one. Well it took us out to the middle of these big fields it was so much fun and so pretty! That part of Germany is amazing, I don’t care for the city. We had fun taking some pics while we waited for the next bus to come get us and take us back to where we needed to be.

(Missed our stop!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Mom I have been having pain in my lower stomach and I’m wondering if I might have an infection. I really don’t want it to be that because if it is, someone is going to make me see a doctor, so pray that it’s not and that it will just go away.

We are have a mission-wide finding day on May 25th and we will all be fasting on the 24th so if you would like to join us that would be great.

We have got a lot of rain this week! Lets just say my unbrella has seen a lot of action.

So Dad question for you. Will you write down your conversion story and send it to me. Mom will you ask Grandma Jordan to do the same. Also Dad where does our last name come from .. everyone asks and I don´t really know ? Oh and all the Germans love my blue eyes its the first thing they say when they meet me . “Your eyes are so blue and then they say and your hair is so dark so prett”y.

I have had two different people talk to me, one German and one American, and after talking with them for a minute they stopped and looked at me and said “I know you from some where! how do I know you ?” ( I´m thinking… like I don´t know I have never met you before…. pre-earth life maybe …) but these are my people I just need to learn how to speak there language.

Well thats it for now  I love you all so much !!!

Love Ashley (Sister Kingery)