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

Monday, March 30, 2015

Meet the Mormon Who Has Reached His Year Mark

Hello Everyone!

I hit my year mark on my mission, and it has gone by fast!  My week started with Pday, and for fun we (the Schweinfurt Elders) found an euro shop and found a bunch of ties for only one euro!  Tuesday was Zone Conference, and there we were shown the new movie from the Church, "Meet the Mormons."  A few months behind America on this movie, but at least we got to see it.  We also learned about the new initiative from the Church that started this week, #BecauseHeLives, that was fun to learn about.  I also got a bunch of packages from back home and got to see a few other Elders I knew earlier on the mission.  [Mom's note:  Aaron found out here that Herr Vogt from his last area did get baptised!]

Wednesday I had a split with one of the other Schweinfurt Elders.  We had an appointment with a family in our ward, and tried to talk to some people along a river.  The following day was my year mark.  In the morning I and the other Elders did service at our Bishop´s, and then we played basketball for a little bit with a guy the other set of Elders had found.  In the evening we had planned to go out to a nice German restaurant, but it didn´t work out, so we did that the next day.  For the first time on my mission, I went to a real German restaurant and got real German food, which was a giant Schnitzel.  It was a lot of food, but it tasted really good.

For the weekend there was a fun game night at the church, and we got to show the new video from the Church initiative, and for Church the next day someone we had invited to Church actually came!

Well, it has been a good first year, and I look forward to all the great things in store for the second year!  Ultron is still around also.  Until next week!


Aaron celebrating his year mark

Ultron in Schweinfurt

Monday, March 23, 2015

St. Patrick's Day and Street Display

My favorite holiday came and went on my mission, and I got the elders in my district to wear green ties and have a little bit of fun for our district meeting on St. Patrick´s Day.

Service at the Bishop´s has started wrapping up.  It was good to see all the progress that was made there.  I have enjoyed doing service, and think that you can never get enough of it out here as a missionary in Germany.

I was able to go on a split with another Elder in my district in the area of Würzburg again, and had a good time, we ended up meeting with a member there that we were not expecting to meet.

The area of Schweinfurt had a street display this past week also, which was an adventure.  We met some nice people, a lot of unfriendly people, and some crazy people.  There was one woman who surprised us by buying us some food at a grocery store, which was unexpected and very kind of her to do, especially because we had never met before.  I was also given a flower from a cheerleader during the street display, just because I waved and said hello.

It was a pretty fun week, and this upcoming week I have a zone conference to look forward to.  Let you know how it went next week!

Green Ties and District Meeting

Street Display in Schweinfurt

Monday, March 16, 2015

Splits, Splits, and Service!

This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to go on splits and do service for the bishop in Schweinfurt, and that pretty much sums up my week.

Monday I went on a tour with the Bishop and other Elders through Schweinfurt and got to know the city a little better, and in the evening my companion and I worked on walls at the Bishop´s.  Tuesday I traveled to Würzburg for district meeting, and then going on a split.  District meeting was good, and the split was a lot of fun.  We traveled with the missionary senior couple to visit a part member family and have an eating appointment.  This family had a son that just returned from a mission, and they fed us a ton of food.  I also got to explore Würzburg a little, and there are a lot of cool things to see there.

After the Würzburg split, I did service at the Bishop´s and worked on a ceiling, and then went on a split with one of the other Elders in Schweinfurt.  Our split for the most part consisted of doing service for the Bishop.  Friday and Saturday, my companion and I met with a less active member, and we also had a meal appointment with a member family, which was fun.  We also played Uno and Ping Pong for our weekly game night in Schweinfurt.  Sunday, we had no investigators at church, but my companion and I gave a short spiritual thought in the primary.

As for service goes, things are starting to wrap up now, and it will be nice to see everything be completed.  My companion was able to find some people on his splits so it all worked out with all the time spent helping the Bishop.

Until next week!

Touring the area

Monday, March 9, 2015

District Leader, Brownies, and Migraines

For my first full week in Schweinfurt, I got to get more familiar with District Leader responsibilities through a mission wide conference call for new leaders, a district leader meeting in the city of Nürnberg, and leading my first district meeting!  It all was fun, and was a good learning experience.  For a first district meeting, it went well, and it is fun to have a senior couple in the district.

As for normal missionary responsibilities, we knocked on some doors, went by and tried to meet with some potential investigators, and deliver brownies made by Elder Wilde.  As for getting Brownies out, only one person we intended to get them to received brownies.  That was cool however, and the lady was really happy about getting a treat for her and her daughter.  We also had a game night where a friend of the church showed up and we played Settlers of Catan together and got to know the guy who showed up.

One day, after a meeting with the Bishop, my companion got a migraine, which knocked him out for the rest of the day.  He just rested in the apartment, and I went about getting unpacked, shining shoes, etc.

On Sunday we had a service missionary come down to help translate for a Russian investigator, and another potential investigator came to church also.  In the evening, when Elder Wilde and I went out to do doors, the first door we did let us in, and we got to meet a prisoner of war from WWII who was in the Hitler Youth and we got to learn a little bit about WWII history.  The man and his wife had friends who were Mormons, so it was a cool experience.

As always, I will keep you informed next week about everything concerning my mission. Until then!

At the church on Pday

Monday, March 2, 2015

Welcome To Schweinfurt

A new start to a new transfer (the 8th transfer, to be exact)!

For my last Pday in Paderborn my companion and I found a place to go bowling, which was a lot of fun, and before I left Paderborn I got to say goodby to Br. Seeger and Herr Vogt, and go out to eat with them.  It was a good time, and I am happy to have served in Paderborn.

Transfers was busy, did a lot of traveling, getting little sleep, and trying to carry three suitcases of luggage with me, glad it is all over now.

Arriving to Schweinfurt, I met my new companion, Elder Wilde, and the other two Elders in Schweinfurt.  The next morning we spent a lot of time at the Bishop´s house doing renovations, and our entire district was there to help out.  It was a good time, and it looks like we could be doing a lot of service there these next few weeks.  The days following involved a lot of knocking on doors, because that it what you do in Schweinfurt.

On Sunday I got to meet the ward, which is the size of a branch because the American Military base closed down recently.  I would say it is about the same size of Paderborn, maybe a little bigger.  Everyone is friendly, which is good.  Sunday evening I got to do my first call ins with the elders in my district as district leader!

Schweinfurt is an interesting place.  It is small, and feels different from anything I have done before on my mission.  There are multiple Elders here however, and the bishop here is a huge help in missionary work, which is cool!  Should be a fun time serving in Schweinfurt!

Until next time!

Last Pday in Paderborn

Saying Goodbye to Elder Crittenden, 
Brother Seeger and Herr Vogt

Aaron and his new companion, Elder Wilde