Germany Week 36

Okay this is going to be short today because we are in a smoker shop today … because everywhere else is closed for New Years.   But the big new of this week is … transfer calls came again.   And I am once again staying in Erfurt… but you will never guess who my new companion is going to be…… are you ready drum roll that’s right Sister Imbach again.  

Man I´m so excited that the Lord is giving us another chance to be companions.   The only thing is this time the people we are working with aren’t pretending like they were in the MTC when we were practicing ha-ah it will be an adventure. 

  Also Sister Mosher is going to Friedrichsdorf to be the mission’s first coordinating sister so that should be fun for her.   So we have to be in at 6pm tonight because they don’t really have rules on fireworks and drinking here so I bet you can imagine how crazy it will get … that should be fun.  

Well I love you all so much.  Love, Ashley

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Germany Week 35

HEY Family,
Oh man it was so good to see and hear you all!!   I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.   Well we had a pretty good one.   I think I told you about this?   But Santa is not so nice over here…. he packs a whip and you have to sing to him to get you gift… ha-ha we sang once there was a little snow man (with actions) to get our gift, this year at the ward party.   It was good Sister Mosher and I spent Christmas Eve together (well we spend every day together) but we read the birth of Christ and then had a sleep over on the couches as we waited for Santa to come.   Ha-ha and at 4 in the morning some drunken guy was singing happy birthday to Christ in English … ha-ha it was so funny.   And we had Oreo’s and milk for breakfast 🙂 the joys of living on one’s own.
But you asked me if we are finding people to teach the answer to that would be yes and no.   The people here are a lot more closed off because of the DDR times (that’s when the wall was up) people were pretty much forced not to believe in God.   We have one member in our ward that didn’t go to college because she wouldn’t give up her religion.   So they have no idea who God even is.   So that makes it a little harder.   But we are still finding people because the Lord would not send us here if there were no people who would listen.   We have started teach this new guy last week and he is as golden as they come, just really ready to make those steps in his life.   And we did a lot of fasting and praying over the last few weeks to get the help of the Lord with our little branch (ward).   So we normally have 40 ish people there on Sunday.   But at our ward Christmas party we had 67 people there and 16 of them were not members. We are seeing miracles happen every day due to the faith of the members here.   And Erfurt is about to explode.

I love you all so much and hope you have a fantastic week!
Love, Ashley (Sister Kingery)

Germany Week 34

Dear Family,
Well this week was great!   So at the start of this month our president decided to have a mission fast for the whole month.   So every day different missionaries are fasting…Sister Mosher and I will be fasting this week.   But it’s so amazing we are see wonders all over the mission because of it.
So we also went to Gothe this week and helped with this street preaching thing.   They are having a Christmas party this next week and want lots of people to show up so their ward made 300 and some invitations to give out.   So we went to help give them out.   It was a lot of fun we got them all out in about 1 hour.   And the cool part was… so we stayed in sight and sound of each other but we talked with people on our own.   So that was really cool because that was the first time I have talked with Germans without my companion or someone standing next to me.   It was a lot fun!
But on our way back to Erfurt (there was another soccer game) and we got to, Bahnhof, the train station right as all of the crazy fans where trying to leave.   The cops were everywhere making a block barrier between us and them.   So that was also fun.
 
So we have 4 priest aged young men in our ward and they just made all of them ward missionaries!!   It’s so sweet they are so excited to do the work!!   Yesterday we went out caroling to kick off the missionary work.   It was a lot of fun!
 
Hah also this week the sun came back! 🙂   It’s like the warmest winter they have had and the Germans are telling us that it’s over and it’s just going to get warmer…. I’m not going to get my hopes up … I’m sure the cold will be back!
 
You know I have been thinking a lot about Christmas and the birth of Christ … mostly because this is the time of year that we celebrate that as a mass group.   But I think it just shows us one more testament that Jesus is the Christ.   His birth is the only one that the whole world celebrates and I find it so amazing how much happier people are at this time of year then the other times as we think of others and our families.   It just shows that with Christ our lives are so much better!   I love my savior so much.
 
I love you family and hope you have a fantastic week!!
Love, Ashley

Germany Week 33

Dear Family,
Well this week was great!   I got to go on a split in Heidelberg with Sister Stoddard she is way cool!   But she has only been in the area for about a week and half so we had a really grand time getting lost and re found ha-ha so much fun.   I love jumping on a train and having no idea where we are going to end up. We talked to a lot of people that way… and I learned I need to learn how to read the maps better ha-ha 
So we got to watch the Christmas broadcast last night it was so amazing!   But they sound really funny in German because it’s not their real voices.   I tried to watch for Brother Miller … no luck.
Well the snow came this week…. ha-ha and everyone thinks I’m just going to freeze its probably true.
So mom all of the clothes you are seeing me in are ones that I have been getting for free.   Some have come from sisters who have gone home and no longer need them.   And another good group of them came from a lady in Friedrichsdorf that I was working with she loved to give us her old things!   So yeah it’s pretty grand.   I see it kind of like it was in the scriptures when Christ told his Apostles to just go and not worry about what to wear or to eat,  It is so true people just love to take care of us.
Oh so I´m doing this super cool thing with one of the less active sisters here in Erfurt.   So we are trying to help her stop smoking.   And I had this idea that I could giving up something with her so I’m giving up English. Now I have said that before but this time it is different because I know I need to be the example in showing her that it will work.   So what we do is every day we keep track of how long we can go without and then that night I call her and we tell each other what we were able to accomplish that day!   It’s working!!!   I’m so excited to see how it goes we are starting week 2 this week!
Man so we have another zone training meeting this week.   President is really trying to get us ready for the new missionaries that are coming.   The first big group will be the group that comes with Travis.   We will be getting 40 new missionaries that transfer and I believe 12-16 of those will be sisters.    That will be so crazy!!?  
Well I think that´s it for this week love you lots and hope you have a fantastic week
Love Ashley (Sister Kingery)

Germany Week 32

Dear Family,

Well this week was one hundred percent crazy, we had sister conferences this week that were super Amazing.   It was so grand to be able to be with all the sisters and see old friends and faces.   It was great we had a testimony meeting the first night, and then the next day we did lots of training… it was a very long very spiritual day.   But the best part was getting to go back to the temple I LOVE the temple, I feel like I´m going home every time I enter those doors, our Heavenly Father loves us so much.

So the first story of the week happened on our way back home from the sister conference.   I may have gotten us on the wrong train.   So then we got to the main train station late and missed our big train back to Erfurt.   So we went to talk with the ticket guy to see what we could do about it.    He look and our tickets and asked what train had had a problem (because sometimes train are late or get stuck and that would also make us late) but we did not have that problem, we told him we just got on the wrong train.   He looked at us and was like well we don’t normally do this…. (we are thinking but you’re going to because we are the Lords missionaries and we need to get home to night, and not spend more money) and then he was like okay you had a tur lift problem, signed the papers printed us new papers and sent us on our way.   Its way cool sometimes I feel like we have the force, people tell us all the time, we don’t normally do this….. But today for us they will so that was cool.

Ha-ha so we were doing doors the other day and because everyone here lives in apartment buildings it is more like ringing door bells until someone lets us in.   But this lady let us in and we went up the stairs and she looked at us and was like are you Jehovah witnesses, (people think we are them all the time) and she was about to shut the door and we were like NO we are missionaries…. but then she didn’t wait hear any more … but at least we have a better standings with the people then the Jehovah Witnesses.

So they do lots of really cool things here for Christmas they have what they call a weinachtsmart it is out in the streets and they have lots of little stands with crafts and food and beer in them.   Dad I think you would really like it.  They also have rides and things so it’s kind of like a small fair.   But we walked past part of it this week and ha-ha there was a beer stand ahah and you will never guess what we saw ha-ha that’s right baby Jesus was on top of it…. and the rest of the nativity set. Yup these people sure do love Christ but only on Christmas and they celebrate him with beer.   It made me laugh a lot… I got a picture of it so someday I will get that to you.

Next funny story so we also had zone training this week, in Erfurt, so we had to be to the building early to open everything up.   So we were eating our lunch and such and I had taken off my shoes because it was more comfy.   But then people stated coming so I jumped up to open the door and such.   But before I could get my shoes back on president went in that room with other people and started doing interviews. So I was just walking around doing my thing without my shoes on.   But then one of the members from our ward showed up.   Ha-ha it was so funny he looked at me like I was so crazy!!   I really like watching the Germans try to handle me and my craziness.   So he gave me a hard time about it the rest of the week. But that’s okay because he just this cute little old man.

mensch…. I have so many other stories to share but not the time so I guess that´s it for now because I need to go, but I love you all so very much.

Oh yeah we are going back to Frankfurt this week we get to go to MLC, I don’t know how much of this training I can take ahahah but the Lord knows.

Love, Ashley

Me and Sister Mosher

Me and Sister Mosher

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