Germany Week 51

Dear Family,
Well this week was pretty crazy we had a lot going on, I went on 2 splits this week one in Dortmund, and one in Essen (Sister Miller went to Hamm) and we had a zoko.   So we did a lot of traveling this week.
So we have been teaching this 9 year old boy … his mom is a member and we set a baptism date with him yesterday!   It was so cute he is so excited and he gave his testimony in church yesterday.
Oh man I don’t ever know where to start with all the stories…. man I feel like I never have time. But yeah someday I might have time to tell them all.
Mom I have no idea what mother’s day is looking like right now … there is chance I will be in a different city who knows.   But we got to run so love you all!!  

Love Sister Kingery

Germany Week 50

Dear Family,

Wow what to say about this week well, we had Easter and that was so amazing!   On our way to church we meet this guy at one of the stops and talked with him, we gave him a book of Mormon and then he came to church with us, it was really cool.   Then we went to Frankfurt and got to see everyone!   That was really fun to see all the old friends but now there are so many new missionaries I don’t know them all anymore, also we got two new sisters from the Berlin mission.   They moved over ( I guess the 12 prayed and moved them) one of them was in the mtc with me so that’s cool. Then we got to have Conferences can I just say I didn´t think they could top last conference but wow and behold they did.   It’s so amazing how the Lord works and speaks to each of us so personally, it’s pretty amazing … I took a few questions with me in mind this time when I listened and all of them got answered!

Essen is great we are starting to know the city a little better…. most days 🙂 we don’t get lost so much now…. but it’s still way fun when we do get lost. Sister Miller is just Amazing I couldn’t have ask for a better companion, her love for the gospel is just so motivating it makes me want to dive even deeper into the gospel.   Family you should have the missionaries over and have them teach you the plan of salvation!!! It’s so amazing!

Well I guess that’s it for this week love you all Love sister Kingery

 

Ashley week 50 b AShley week 50 c AShley week 50

Germany Week 49

Hi family,

Well I’m writing to you all today because Monday is a holiday over here and nothing will be opened so we are taking p-day today, because then we have to go to Frankfurt next week for a golden trainers meeting.

I don’t really remember what all I told you last week but Essen is a lot bigger than any of the other cities I have worked in and we have been having a lot of fun ´´getting to know our city´´ aka getting lost and UN lost.   I love sister Miller so much she is such a rock star!   She is such an example to me.

well I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week !
love sister Kingery
Ashley week 49 b

Sisters that were in the MTC with Travis

Sisters that were in the MTC with Travis

Sis/Elder splits we all needed to get to Frankfurt...

Sis/Elder splits we all needed to get to Frankfurt…

Ashley week 49 f

Gabe!

Gabe!

Me and Sis Miller

Me and Sis Miller

Germany Week 48

Dear Family,

Well I got my new companion!   Her name is Sister Miller, she is Awesome and is already such an amazing missionary; we are going to see a lot of miracles together.

But getting to Essen was fun…. so we have two other sisters staying with us right now, because their apartment is not ready yet.   So we had 12 plus bags of luggage that we had to move from Frankfurt to Essen, but we had some great Elders help us and the best part is the ward here …wows Amazing!   They met us at the train station and drove our bags to our apartment, and just really helped us, then we got to see our place oh man it’s the best missionary apartment I have ever seen!   And it’s all because of the members here.   And this ward is just on fire with missionary work they are ready for miracles as well.   And they have been taking such great care of us.

I have already fallen in love with Essen I hope I get to spend the rest of my mission here. …. But it is the biggest city I have worked in yet …that part makes me a little nervous…. But I know this is the place where the Lord wants me to be right now!   There is no doubt in my mind about that!  It is so cool to watch the Lord and the spirit just take over when I can’t do any more He always makes everything way better than I could ever imagine. Well family I love you and I will talk at you later

Love Ashley (Sister Kingery

Germany Week 47

Hi Family,

Well this week has gone by crazy fast!

Well first story of the week Sister Imbach and I had to give a talk thing…. I don’t know the English word any more…. any who … at zone training.  It was about working with less active members and seeing them the way God sees them… well guess what we did.   We made a piñata (a unicorn) and filled it with candy and a smaller unicorn.   We talked about how we have to see what’s inside of them and who they can be the way God sees them, and ended with breaking it open and she was a whole new person( the little unicorn that we put inside her.) it was pretty sweet.

Well I guess I´ll just cut to the big news of the week….. Drum roll….. I will be training!   Ha-ha but we already knew that was coming.   I will be opening Essen for sisters.   It will be all kinds of crazy a new place and a brand new companion.   Also another set of sisters will be staying with us for a few weeks until their apartment is ready for them, in some other new city.   It’s so crazy and Sister Imbach will be staying in Erfurt and she will also be training.   Erfurt will also be getting 4 Elders!   Wow this is so crazy.   I´m going to miss the east so much, I feel like the Lord loves these people more than others some times, but I know that’s not true because He loves us all the same.   I´m very excited for all the new ahead of me but, I will miss Erfurt Greatly it will always hold a very special spot in my heart.
Oh and I finally made one of my goals!!   That is I finished reading the Book of Mormon in German this morning!   You know all I have to say is if there is anyone who wants to learn another language all they have to do is read the Book of Mormon in that language and it will come.   Now I’m not fluent or anything but I know how to teach the gospel and I can (most of the time) understand the people which is a big deal because for a long time, I didn´t even know if i would be able to do that.   But once I really started trusting the Lord and just opening my mouth … good stuff just came out.   It truly is amazing how the Lord works and He does it in such simple ways.
Family I love you all so much!   Hold close to the Lord He loves you!   Family I have been learning a lot about the love of Christ.   Christ truly is my best friend He is always there for me, and not only that He takes it all away it’s so amazing.   It is a love that is never ending, and because of that love, He Christ Himself gave His life for us that we might have the chance to grow and become like Him someday.   It’s such a herrlichen (glorious) blessing that is free to all of us.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love Ashley (Sister Kingery)

Germany Week 46

Dear Family

Well this week was grand, we did lots and lots of finding…. and it paid off, not in the way you would think….   I don’t know how much of a testimony I have of doing streets and doors, but I do have a testimony of doing it because when we show the Lord we really are trying our hardest, he just makes everything so much better then we could ever imagine it to be.   But at the end of the week we ended up with two new people to teach so that was sweet!

You know what I love?   I love being able to read from the scriptures every day and remembering every day that I am a daughter of God that I am His princess, and I´m learn what that really means, that He loved me ( and all of us for that matter) enough to give us the opportunity to grow and become just like Him someday.   That´s what I want more than anything to become who He wants me to be, the person that I am meant to be.   And it all starts with faith, believing in God and our pre-existences with Him.   I love this gospel so much and I am so grateful that I can help others come to the understanding that they too are loved by our loving Heavenly Father.

I love you all.

Love, sister Kingery

 

So Grandma, this is what my president said, he told me to be patient (because he didn´t answer my email so after waiting a week I called him) and he told me wait till after transfers which is like a week and a half… he said you never know where you might end up, and then he promised me that, no matter what happened with transfers he would make sure I get the chance to go, and do some family history.   But here is the thing like less than a week before at the training meeting he was saying stuff like we might just have 4 sisters in Erfurt…. so we will see what happens.   I think he just enjoys messing with me.

 

Cleaning Queens

Cleaning Queens

Germany Week 45

Hi Family,

Well what to say about this week… we went back to Frankfurt this week for another trainers meeting, it was really great to get to see and be with everyone again.

I´m so excited to meet the sister that I will get to help train, because I know she will be the one that the Lord has been preparing me for, and He has been preparing her for me.   Working together is going to be so amazing. Later in the week we had a combined RS activity with the Gotha branch, and we really wanted to go, but we can only go if we are bringing someone. ( so a less active or an untersucher) so there is this really sweet less active lady that we have been working with for months from like the time I got Erfurt and so I called her up and invited her to come with us… and guess what she totally came!  This was the first church thing she has been to in about a year so cool.   And she told Sister Imbach and me that we both were not allowed to get moved from here… we most likely will but it was still very nice of her.

Cool well I think I will be getting a Dress then but not for another week… and tell grandma that I will keep her updated on what I find…. I need president to say yes first so pray that he will.   Sweet, love you all so much. Love, Ashley (Sister Kingery)

Germany Week 44

Hi, Family

 

So this week was fast and slow but still good, so this is going to be short this week because we went bowling with the elders today and need to catch a train in about 30 minutes and I still have to write to my president.

But cool story of the week, we were with a less active sister and we were reading from the Book of Mormon and I asked her how she knew that Heavenly Father is really there and loves her, she looked at me and said because He keeps sending me you, she said every time you come back it lets me know that I’m not forgotten and that he loves me.   It was the sweetest thing in the world my heart just melted.

We had a baptism this week for the elders….. We had to use buckets to fill the fount…. needless to say we had fun.

Sadly that family has not called us …YET … I still have faith that she will.

 

I´m glad you got the package 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. Mom, question would I have enough money to buy an old school German dress?   They usually cost a lot normally 300 or more but we found a shop that is going out of business and so it would only be like 100 something… let me know…. also I can maybe get permission to go to that church that has our family records in it but that would be another 100…. I could go on a p-day if I pay for it all and president says yes…. but I don’t know what I have any more I can´t remember…. so just let me know.

Well I guess that´s it for this week love you all!!!

Love Sister Kingery

Germany Week 43

Hey Family,

Well this week has been great…. the miracles are just rolling in!   So this last Saturday our branch had a branch game day.   So the whole week before game night we had been giving invitations out on the street… hoping that someone would come.   So Thursday roles around and we don’t have much planned for that day because that day is transfer day and we need to be able to get to Bahnhof and help the elders get where they needed to go. (Ps. Sister Imbach and I are staying together) so it was a nice sunny day and I was like lets walk through the park, I love walking though parks.   So we did and I saw this lady with two little kids and I was like we have to invite them to our game day!   So we did and we just kept walking.   And then I decided that I was going to try and get a smile out of everyone we passed that day.   So I was like just being my loud American self…. when this man came walking towards us … and I was like Hello!   And waved at him, he stopped and looked at us and was like kennen wir uns? (Do we know each other?) I was like no we don’t.   I just wanted to say hi….. the man just smiled and was like wow that is really kind of you thank you that just made my day and he just walked away…. then these two little old ladies came walking down the street and I was like oh boy they are next so I do the same thing and said hello and waved and they stop and she looks at me and is like … warum bist du so freundlich? (Why are so friendly) I smiled and said weil ich bin glucklich ( because I´m happy) and she just looked at me and then she saw my name tag and was like oh the church of Jesus Christ ( but in German) and smiled and was like good and waved and walked away, it was pretty fantastic.   I got a lot of people to smile that day. But cool part of the story…. the day of the game day comes and we pray that someone we met off the street will come…. and that’s right about 30 minutes  into game day the lady from the park shows up !!! Woot so cool!

Other cool story of the week so yesterday Sister Imbach walked up and was like we are getting 4 lessons today!   I was like okay ( thinking we only had 3 planned and one called last night and canceled…. but okay) so we go to church thinking that no one would be there and this guy that we had been talking with just randomly showed up !! Sweet!  So we got a lesson with him them, we went to the two lessons we had planned they went well.   But before that we had stopped at the house to drop some things off, an on the way out the door I saw a proclamation to the Family, and was like we are going to need that and grabbed it.   So now it’s after our two lessons and we are well now what…. Sister Imbach and I have this game we like to play its call follow the spirit…. so I was like hum and she was like we need to get on ther strassen bahn number 5 and I was like good because I was think we need to go in the direction of this person who lives at the end of the number 5.   So we get on it and ride….. and then I look at Sister Imbach and I’m like what now… right now we are going to do whatever the spirit tells her to do so we get off at a stop and walk down a street and we get about half way and she is like we need to turn around, and get back on the 5 so we turn around and get back on the 5.   We look at each other and are like we need to ride this thing to the end and stay on and ride it back.   So we get to the end and at the next stop on the way back a lady with 5 kids get on … and the spirit just hit me you need to talk to her…. then Sister Imbach looks at me and is like you’re on  remember we follow what I say… so I just looked at the family and was like how am I going to get over there from here without it being weird and stuff, and then I remembered that I had a family proclamation in my bag and was like that mom needs this.   So I waited until the bahn stops and pretend that I had just gotten on and go and sit across from this family.   Well one of the kids had been walking up and down the strassenbahn and came and sat down right next to me and just started to talk to me.   It was way cool I talked with all the kids they were so excited to talk with me it was kind of funny.   And then I gave mom the proclamation to the family and told her about how the gospel has helped my family and she promised to read it.   And she took our phone number…. sadly I didn´t get hers so the only way we can have more contact with this family is if the mom calls.   Pray that she will!!   They are so ready for the gospel.

 

Oh mom all the new missionaries will be coming with Travis’s group.  So in about 4 weeks!!   Woot woot we are so excited for them.   Also tell grandma I would love to go on a trip with her and dig up some info. And Travis sends me his email and I send him mine so you don´t have to worry about that.

 

Man I love you all so much!!  I hope you have a great week.

 

Oh yeah I forgot to tell you but last week we had to give talks in church…. ahahah we totally gave it together because the 1st counselor guy was joking that we should do that … so we did it was fantastic … at first the branch didn´t know what to think of us but then they loved it.

Well love you!! Love Ashley (Sister Kingery)

Germany Week 42

Dear Family,

Ha-ha I love that Brookelynne has ´´my´´ old Sippy cup.   Tell her I want it back  … 🙂 haha jk.   Oh and mom my hair is not like flaming red really you can’t even tell that I did anything to it unless I am in the sun and then it just gives it a little red highlight it looks good.   And it’s still growing out … I´ll have long hair again when I come home, it was just a trim.

 

But this week was crazy fantastic, so first story we went to go see one of our members who lives in an old people home, and they can’t get out much.   So we were getting ready to leave and we get in the elevator and this older lady was like … can I come with you?   Sister Imbach is like oh yeah of course, so she helps her into the elevator, and then right as the doors start to close like 5 workers look over and are like NEIN NOOOOO so we stop the doors from closing.   They get the old lady out and are like she won’t come back if she makes it down, she is always trying to escape.   Ha-ha so yeah we almost aided in the escape of an old lady from the old people’s home. Epic

 

So I got to go on a split this week, Sister Garlick came to work with me in Erfurt it’s the best split I have ever been on.   We just seemed to be going all the places where the Lord wanted us to be.   We ended up running into this man who is an American soldier, and it was cool because his mom is sick and he told us how he had been going into the churches to try to find someone to talk with but there was no one. So what do you know we show up … I am pretty sure we were an answer to his pray because not only could we tell him about the plan of salvation we could speak English.   So he said he would be coming to church next week!   Yeah we just kept seeing miracle after miracle it was so cool.

 

Well I guess that’s it for this week. Love you all!!!

Love, Ashley

Ps. Sister Imbach and I get one more transfer sweet!!

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