Richard's Mission Address

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

Monday, April 25, 2011

#34- Almost to Ferndale

This last week has been a good one. As you may know I got transferred on Tuesday to Ferndale, but here I am still in Livonia because they still have not found an apartment for my companion and I. Living in a trio is pretty fun. It's hard to party with 2, but it's always a party with 3. Don't worry we are being good. I have been showing the other missionaries around, Elder Kitchen and Elder Lewis. They are pretty cool, but I still want to go to Ferndale.

William is getting Baptized on Saturday April 30th at 5pm. I hope that if I go to Ferndale before then that I can come back for that. I'm so excited for him, he has learned so much.

Other than that it has been a pretty normal week. Introducing the new guys to everybody.

As far as Elder Turley, He went home on Wednesday. So sad :(

Sorry it's not much, I'll have more when I go to Ferndale I'm sure.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

#33 1/2- Stuck

My situation is kinda weird. My new area is Ferndale, and my companion is Elder Adair. The only problem right now is that this is a re-opened area and we don't have an apartment yet. I'm staying with the two new Livonia Elders for a few days, until we get an apartment in Ferndale. I'm showing them around and introducing them to the people we are teaching here. Elder Adair is with the Zone Leaders for that area. So basically I don't have a place to live yet and I'm not with my companion. Oh also Ferndale is a biking area.

Monday, April 18, 2011

#33- Q & A

It's been another average week with teaching and helping others which is always fun, don't get me wrong.

William is on date for April 30th. Savannah and her mom felt like they needed to wait a little longer so she did not get baptized yesterday. Transfer call came on Saturday, I am leaving Livonia after 6 months being there. Yes Christian this means I'm getting my 4th companion and I'm 7 1/2 months out. Want to know something wrong about today.....It's April 19th and it's snowing right now as I type, I can look out the window and see white stuff falling from the sky!!! It hasn't snowed for like a month and its Spring!!! That's Michigan for you.

I don't think I've said much if at all about Elder Turley's back and shoulder problems so here is the debrief. Two months ago his back popped, didn't think much of it, it hurt for the rest of that week. The next week it was gone, the week after it came back. It was on and off for awhile then a month ago it became more constant and he finally saw a doctor. He had an MRI last week and we went to the doctor today to get the results. Bad news his shoulder is super messed up, shoulder muscles are freaking out and starting to shut down. Shoulder is still grinding (really bad). I think the doctor said he tore his Labrum and some other stuff up in there. Some of the plates on his spine are kinda messed up to due to their size. Today the doctor said that he needs to go home and get it fixed there now so that he can get his scholarship back to play Basketball. Not 100% sure on what's going to happen right now. I'll let you know when I know.

Again here are some Questions that Molly has asked and my answers to the:

Has your testimony grown? It has grown a lot and it is still growing. Some of you know about my 6 month problem and my testimony was diminishing slowly, but since then I have been able to pick myself up again and growing it back up.

Do you feel like you've changed at all? I have changed so much but at the same time I am still me. I think I've changed more spiritually and matured a lot but my personality is more or less the same. I just don't have anyone around to quote Futurama as much with.

If so, how do you feel you've changed? The last question I answered as a two-fer.

What gives you the most strength during the day? The most strength definitely comes from faith, prayer and loving support from your companion.

How can we help you? There isn't really anything that I need right now, I'll let you know when I do need help.

What's the most challenging thing about being on a mission? The most challenging is probably when people cancel on us at the last second because we schedule our day around our set appointments and it sucks not being able to teach the people we need to, sure we have backup plans and it sucks in general when people cancel. Also I'm trying to have more charity and when you cancel it's hard to say, "I love you for cancelling on us," Figure of speach.

What's the most rewarding thing about being on a mission? Seeing people change. Also change in myself.

What would you say to the youth who are considering going on a mission? People say it's the hardest thing you'll do in your life, and it is so true. But it also brings me so much joy to be able to help these people. It has been so rewarding (like last question) and so difficult at the same time. I'm so glad that I'm out here right now.

That's it for now. I hope that you all have an awesome week, I'll let you all know the details when I find them out.

Monday, April 11, 2011

#32- Anticipation

I have some bad news. This week was not very eventful, so once again this is a very boring update.

Nothing has been different from our regular teaching appointments except a lot of cancellations this week. Nothing awesome or crazy has happened. I don't know how I'm going to be able to revive this email from being super dead, but I'll try.

As you all may know, we spend time every week with Brother Allan, super awesome man. His son, Larry, came over when we were there and was so thankful of all the things we do for his dad, he bought us Tiger tickets for Tuesdays game(Tuesday meaning tomorrow), the next day we realized that we can't go because Elder Turley has his MRI scheduled at the same time :( we had to tell him that we were sorry and hope that he can sell them.

This is the last week until transfers on Tuesday of next week. I have no clue what will happen. I think I'm going to a new area, but at the same time I can stay because they want us in areas longer. I may stay if Elder Turley's MRI turns out bad cuz he my have to go home. We are both anticipating what will happen.

I dont have anything else for you. But I love you all :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

#31- Christi's Back

Im really sorry but this week hasn't been very eventful. So it's going to be very boring today.

Monday March 28, 2011: We taught Christi at the Lavely's today. Christi is an investigator that fell off the path a few months ago and has finally had a desire to come back and have us teach her. If you don't remember her, she is the one who is on probation and won't be able to get baptized for 2 years.

Nothing really has happened through out the rest of the week except our normal teaching.

The great thing that happened this week was being able to watch all 10 hours of General Conference, which was really uplifting and spiritual. So many great speakers and so many amazing things said. I still think it's weird watching the first session at noon and the second session at 4. I sure do like the 9am and 1pm times better.

Once again I'm sorry for the lame boring update this week. Hope that next week will be a lot more eventful.