Elder Aaron Baxter
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Kirche Jesu Christi
Corneliusstrasse 18
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Monday, May 26, 2014

In Trouble with the Police

Hello everybody!  So I ended up buying a new camera, so the pictures will start again next week.  This past week I played a lot of volleyball, went to zone training meeting, drew the plan of salvation on the street in chalk, and was involved in a street display.

With the street display, the other elders in Offenbach and us teamed up, bought some chalk, and drew out the plan of salvation on a busy street.  We did it next to where people would get off the trains, so we constantly had people walking by it.  It was fun, a little girl asked me if she could write family in Italian along with everything else we were drawing or writing.  Then the police came and got our info because they thought the chalk wouldn´t wash off, which of course it did the next day after it rained.

A few days later, we went to a area in our district called Hanau and helped out in a street display.  It was nice to be with a group of missionaries there to support each other.  A few Book of Mormons were passed out and the missionaries from the area got a few potential investigators.

On Sunday, we went out to the streets to talk to people, because our appointment to go to the church we visited last week was cancelled.  The first guy we talked too exploded when he found out we believed in God.  He pulled the "starving children in the world" card on us and wouldn`t stop yelling at us.  Not fun.  Later though we found a man that seemed interested and we set up a time to meet with him, hopefully this guy follows through.

So, that was pretty much my week, until next time!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Strange Week

Hello Everyone

This past week has been interesting.  For P-day I went shopping for a watch, I ended up buying a Swiss watch (a Swatch) for 55 euros, which was cheap compared to everything else.  Then the next day I had a district meeting, and during that time I realized I lost my camera!  I really have no idea where it went, but I have not yet given up looking for it.  It stinks though, first week in the field and I lose my camera, not fun.

I had two splits this week, because my companion is the district leader.  I was with an Elder who is currently serving in the Hanau area, we got along together pretty well, and the other split was with one of the APs.  Both times I was on a split, we were able to pass out a Book of Mormon, so that was cool.

I had two lessons with investigators, which were both interesting.  They were both good, but one of them is a Muslim and isn`t progressing, so we will likely stop meeting with him.  What was really interesting though was a meeting we had with an investigator and her mother on Sunday.  We originally were going to meet with her in our church building, but then it got changed so that we ended up going to their church in the evening.  It was called the Church of Jesus Christ, and it was pretty much a evangelical church that had some pretty heavy Indian and Muslim influences to it.  It was pretty strange, with a lot of loud shouting and singing, but afterwards, we talked to the minister and when we talked about our church and Joseph Smith, the room went dead quiet and everyone was listening.  That was pretty cool and we apparently will be returning this week.  The people seemed really interested in what we believed.

I hope things go well this week, but until next time, I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Aaron Baxter

Monday, May 12, 2014

The "Goldens" with their Trainers

Finally in Germany!

Well, I am finally in Germany!  The last day at the MTC we said goodbye and went our separate ways.  Those going to Frankfurt went to the Dallas airport and then to Frankfurt. It was a long day of travel, and I didn`t get any sleep.

Getting to Frankfurt, my watch broke just barely before I met the mission president and other missionaries waiting at the airport, I also lost a zipper on one of my luggage units, so that is my damage report.

I got paired off with my trainer, Elder Weidmann.  He is from Switzerland and is a native speaker.  So I pretty much help him with his English and he helps me with my German.  Speaking of the German language, it is really hard to understand what ANYONE is saying, they speak so fast!  I have had a few meetings with members, and a bit of street finding, which didn`t go to well, and bore my testimony in church.  The language is going to kill me these first few months!  The area I am in is called Offenbach, there is a nice church building there, friendly members, and we play a lot of sports with investigators here.  I am told that Offenbach is pretty much the ghettos, but we are only 10 minutes away from Frankfurt, so that is cool.  There are two other elders in Offenbach, and no sisters, both my companion and I are new to the area.

Mothers Day was nice, I got to skype with my family and get to know the ward mission leader, he is a nice guy from America and has a funny personality.

Anyways, the work is hard (especially in a different language!) but I am looking forward to improving and getting to know the people better.  These next two years will be a whirlwind!

Pictures from the MTC to Germany

Aaron at the LDS chapel on his first Sunday in Germany
Aaron with his "Trainer"
Aaron with his district at the MTC
Aaron with his cousin Matthew at the MTC