Richard's Mission Address

Elder Richard Aufdermauer
Michigan Detroit Mission
33505 State St. Ste. 101
Farmington, MI 48335

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Tuesday November 9, 2010: Today we had a Zone Conference which was super awesome and really spiritual. We all had the pleasure to hear from Elder Jensen of the 70. He is a really cool and has a lot of really cool insights that help out a lot. On the way home, since we are the drivers for some other missionaries we had to make a few stops for them to get some stuff but they are some pretty cool guys. That basically took our whole day.

Wednesday November 10, 2010: Today was full of teaching people, I don’t have my planner with me so I forgot who we taught. But a really cool thing that happened is that we found a full size foosball table that we loaded in the van and it now sits in the middle of our living room.

Thursday November 11, 2010: Elder Fogth went to the temple today for his year mark so I got to go with the Farmington Elders they are pretty cool. Just did the regular with them, go around tracting and teaching. Got back later that night with Elder Fogth and did the same thing back in our area.

Saturday November 13, 2010: We were on exchanges today so I was with Elder Rodgers in Plymouth and it was a really cool day, even though just about every appointment we had canceled on us. We did a lot of tracting.

Sunday November 14, 2010: Not much happened went to Church and did a lot of contacting.

Monday November 15, 2010: Today, helped someone from the ward move and did laundry, write home, and emailed home. Later we are going to go bowling with Shontae.

Because of the possible frequency of transfers, all letters and packages should be sent to:

Elder Richard Aufdermauer

Michigan Detroit Mission

33505 State St. Ste. 101

Farmington, MI 48335

This way even when I go to a new area, It will still find me.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

1st transfer

So it was the first week of a new transfer, so a lot of stuff went down. My new companion is Elder Fogth. Good luck trying to say it :)

Tuesday November 2, 2010: Transfer day. Elder Fogth and I got put together. He’s a pretty awesome guy. After Transfer Meeting we went to the apartment where I could unpack all my stuff. We went to Dinner at the Shultz home. (sorry for all the crazy names, but you try to say Aufdermauer) Bishop Shultz was just released as Bishop just a few weeks ago. After dinner was fun we went to see Shontae, she’s super cool, she’s a less active but she’s doing a lot better as I’m told. Today was the first day that I saw a burned down house. Oh yea my area consists of a little part of Farmington, Livonia, Redford and a little part of DETROIT. Went to go see some investigators but they weren’t home, did some contacting. Pretty good day in a new area.

Wednesday November 3, 2010: Today was full of stuff. District Meeting to start everything off, meet a few new Elders, saw some I knew. After we went to the Farmers home and raked their front yard for some service. and we saw a few people. Taught a lot of different stuff. Lisa got the pre-earth life, Mike got Hope and Faith, and George got the Ten Commandments. I met brother Allen today too and he is a really cool guy. I think he’s around 80, he has lung cancer, he can speak like 7 different languages, and he’s like a multi-millionaire. He says he takes really good care of us.

Thursday November 4, 2010: Another Day full of goodness. We went to the Lee's house and raked their front yard (I’m getting really good at raking) and shared an article in the Ensign with Sister Lee about having a Positive perspective on things. Sister Finklestine, we shared another Ensign article about building character. We went to the Rabaut's home for dinner and they are a pretty awesome family. Guess how many kids they have... they have 9 kids ranging from 8 years old to 18 years old. After dinner we went to the Defrank's and taught them the Restoration, they are a very quite family.

Friday November 5, 2010: Meet with Shontae again and went on a cool walk with her. She lives in the Detroit area that we have and I got some cool pictures from it. Brother Allen took us to dinner for some really good pizza. And I got to meet Brother Legly for correlation. He’s a funny guy, he’s the ward mission leader. That’s all I’m allowed to tell you about him.

Saturday November 6, 2010: Once again a super cool day. We went to Ilura's and helped her, with the Elder's Quorum, we helped her move. It wasn't a far move, just 5 houses down and across the street. I met Christi, one of our investigators, who can’t get baptized for awhile, but she'll stay strong. Tracting was very interesting we were on Burgess St. and the first house we knocked on was the only house we knocked on. The Guy there was Vic and he invited us in and he talked for about and hour and a half on conspiracy theories of how the Devil is taking over the world. Had a lot of stuff down and a lot of it was pretty interesting. Whatever keeps him from doing bad stuff is good.

Sunday November 7, 2010: Pretty long day. Daylights savings, didn't really feel like I got an extra hour. Before church we went to an old peoples home and gave Brother Lessin's a blessing. Church was good. The President is in my ward so I have to be extra good. Jk, I'm already good. Brother Legly invited us for dinner, it as so good especially after fasting all day. Contacting was good. We walked through Downtown Farmington and that is basically my week.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Rotten Tomato

Monday October 25, 2010: Got to go on exchanges with Elder Matthews after P-day. Elder Attwood and I drove to their place to do the swap, and guess what. Elder Matthews and Elder Dawson got a foosball table so we had tournament for me. It was Elder Matthews and I vs. Elder Attwood and Elder Dawson. Elder Matthews and I won 5 out of 5, well it was mostly Elder Matthews, I helped a little bit. He’s really good at it.

Tuesday October 26, 2010: Elder Matthews and I got to do some service today, and it wasn't like what I did back in Waterford. we went to the Cooper's home and we finished burying their sheep that died. The hole was way deep, well over 6 feet. Then we helped set up some stuff in their small barn to help them get a little more organized. After did some tracting and we had to exchange back early. On the way home from the Zone leaders place, we saw a truck hit another truck. It happened right in front of us. It wasn't bad, the truck slammed on his breaks and the truck behind (following to closely) slammed on too but was still to close. We also passed a church, it has the board out front so that they can spell out phrases. It said " Stop, drop and roll. That wont work in Hell" I wish that I would have gotten a picture of it. When we got home we went to dinner with Brother Myer and his wife, they took us to the Outback and got us both a Melbourne steak, 18 oz, it was awesome.

Wednesday October 27, 2010: Its Sister Jones birthday tomorrow so I baked some brownies and brought them to the district meeting. After the district meeting I went on another exchange with Elder Hidalgo, in Fenton. It was lots of fun. Got to their place, get ready and we took the bikes out and went tracting for a bit. After tracting we went to go see Brother Gooss, his family is super nice and friendly. He’s an investigator that the Fenton Elders have, we taught him and his wife the Plan of Salvation. He understands but at the same time he has a lot of questions. I felt the spirit a lot there and I know that over time after receiving the lessons, I know they will get Baptized.

Thursday October 28, 2010: Fun day, Did some service at Sister Miler's home with Elder Hidalgo and Brother Mason. We did some yard work in her garden pulling up lots of weeds and stuff. It was fun because Elder Hidalgo and I kind of got into a food fight using the veggies in the garden but they were kind of old and rotting. He hit me with a nasty tomato which smelled really bad, but I got him back. Yes we played but we also got a lot of work done in the garden. We got back to the Apartment and exchanged back. On the way home we stopped at Wal-mart and I bought myself a GPS. NO MORE GETTING LOST AND WASTING MILES. we went to the fireside that night which was great. It was for investigators, and less actives. Saw a lot of other Missionaries and got to catch up with Elder Johnson.

Friday October 29, 2010: Not much happened. went to the bike shop, the guy helped my out "fo free" my bikes all fixed up now, took some links out of the chain when I got home. Then we crashed the ward Halloween party, had some awesome pie.

Saturday October 30, 2010: Left the house on our bikes and my chain broke :( but I fixed it again during out break. Biked to the Giddings for dinner (like 5 miles away) stopped and did some tracting and found a potential. Left the Giddings a restoration DVD. Biking home from the Giddings. The chain broke!!!! oh but it wasn't my bike this time, it was Elder Attwoods. Brother Robinson came and picked us up and took us home.

Sunday October 31, 2010: HALLOWEEN!!! Church was cool. Brother Cornell spoke on how Halloween used to be a very spiritual day. After church just spent the rest of the day tracting and when it got dark we started trick-or-treating. Kind of, more like talking to people sitting outside of their houses, we did get some candy though. I was dressed up as a Mormon Missionary. It was a super fun day and we got to talk to quite a few people.