To begin this post, I thought I would show a pic of Family Home Evening. We have been getting alot more people attending and it helps to have our young missionaries there as well.
Elder Tew teaches the Institute class every Wednesday.
Before Sister Pentz was transferred to Switzerland, Bernhard Kober our Ward Mission Leader had us all over for Pasta at his apartment.
One of our assignments is to check all of the four missionary apartments in our District every transfer. We check to make sure everything is in working order, if they need anything, if the apartment is clean, etc. Here are our great Graz Elders Mitchell and Wasden greeting us with towels over their arms like waiters.
So... Elder Mitchell let us know that for some reason all of the previous Elders had been storing their empty jars in a cupboard and it was filled and spilling over. Meine Gute!! We disposed of them all!! Now these Elders have more space!
After our Leoben apartment check, we stopped in a little town called Frohnleiten to look around.
Town square in the evening.
Very quiet and very interesting. We loved it!
At District meeting we celebrated Elder Mitchel's birthday and also Sister Pentz who's b-day is in February but she is leaving us.
We had four investigator friends at this FHE
It is always hilarious when Ben comes. He brings alot of energy.
Sister Bishop, Sophia from Sweden, and Sister Pentz.
We just received the family Walters to Home teach and Visit teach. They live quite a distance away and Sister Walter and her two youngest daughters were excited for us to come. Sister Walters is an American and her husband is Austrian. This is Melanie who was baptized a few months ago and is quite entertaining. She tried on all three of her new "Frozen" dresses for us and danced around to show them off. In Austria the name of the movie "Frozen" is "The Ice Princess". Melanie sang us the "Let it Go" song just like our own granddaughters sing it. It was fun!
Our cute friend got BAPTIZED on Saturday January 17 in Vienna. This is the beautiful baptism font in the Stake Center.
Eight Missionaries with her.
Elder and Sister Parker treated us all to Pizza afterwards.
Sister Bishop and her new companion Sister Poll from Mt. Green Utah.
Our friends Elder and Sister Smith came to Graz so we could show them our beautiful city. They serve in Salzburg which is about 3 hours drive from us.
One of the first things we did was to go up on Schlossberg and who did we find there? Our young missionaries were there for a P-day excursion. Who knew?
We went to visit some old friends at the Armory.
This time we had a guided tour and found out that all of the 32,000 pieces housed here (enough to outfit 5,000 men) were ready to be used, but never were. A few pieces have dents in them, from testing the armor for strength. They are on display in the original 600 year old building, on 4 floors!
We also found out that this horse armor was used in parades only.
A couple of unusual characters! The spears in the background were actually about 19 feet long originally but had to be cut off to display.
Our guide let us hold these sword replicas.
Another FHE with three investigator friends. Ramin from Afghanistan, George from Nigeria (both in front) and our newest Alice from Syria (She is in the striped sweater in middle). Alice is 22 and came here to Austria with her family to excape Syria. They are Christians which is unusual for that country. An older adult member of our ward met her and invited her to come to our JAE group. She speaks some German but no English. We all want her to feel loved here. Ramin has quite a story also. The Smiths actually took this picture for us and they enjoyed our group.
We took our friends to see the Kalvarienberg Church with its interesting statues depicting the last days of the Savior's life. This church and the surrounding areas with various displays of Christ's sufferings, are built into and on top of a huge rock mount.
You can see...why it is called...
Mount Calvary Church!
We ended our two days with the Smiths with dinner at the "Häuserl im Wald"(Cottage in the Forest) resturant. Here is our dessert called the Salzburger Nockerl, a sweet egg souffle'. We thought it fitting since they live in the city of Salzburg, that we should order this dessert.
This is the cutest couple!! Lukas and Amrei from Vienna. She is the one who took us on a walking tour of inner city Vienna when our Bryan and Lindsey were here.
Amrei is the neice of our dear Eva Muhlberger and we have become such good friends to them all. Lukas and Amrei will be married in September and it appears that they are becoming interested in knowing more about our Church. We love talking to them and the Sister missionaries in Vienna are planning to visit them. Also, in a year or so, Lukas and Amrei want to come to Utah and visit us! We hope they will be able to do that. They are really great and we love them very much!
Rick took this pic of me to check out a different setting for our camera, so I will leave you with this and say Auf Wiedersehen, till next time.