Tuesday, January 27, 2015
But there has alot that has happened this week. Where to start off....
Thank you for your email.
I am intensely saddened at the news of Matt's accident and his passing. I am
so very sorry for your loss. Matthew was my friend, my brother, and my
beloved companion, the thought of him being gone breaks my heart. You should
know, that of all the companions I served with, Elder Bretzing was the best
and I loved him the very most. His service as a missionary was exemplary! He
loved the people and the Lord and he had a powerful testimony. Serving
together as Zone Leaders he saw to it that we worked hard, he loved the
Elders and Sisters in our zone and did all he could to help them be
successful missionaries. He was a dedicated missionary who loved to teach
others about the Gospel - he walked 50 mph and since we spent most of our
time proselyting door to door he literally wore me out trying to keep up! I
can't believe it has been almost 36 years since we served together.
Obviously, by choosing to stay, Drew is following in his father's missionary
footsteps, you be sure and tell him that I said his dad was the best of the
best. As a District Leader, Zone Leader and Assistant to the Mission
President, at one time or another, I worked with all the missionaries; so I
am not just saying that, I know it.
I have thought of him often and am grateful for the evening we enjoyed
dinner together at PF Chang's 15 or so years ago when I was in Newport for
some meetings. Regrettably, I have been traveling to Orange county
frequently these past few years and have often thought of Matt yet failed to
reach out to him again. Interesting how looking forward we always have
plenty of time to do things and then before we realize it the time is past.
Robbin, I remember you approaching me at the fund raiser for his brother a
few years ago at the Harley Dealership in Orem, I was grateful to make your
acquaintance and to talk to you briefly about Matt. Perhaps on one of my
next trips we could meet somewhere and you could tell me all about your
family. I searched for his obituary but only found a few references to the
accident. Would you be so kind and forward one to me.
Again, my heart breaks and I feel a profound personal loss knowing he is
gone. However, I know that God loves each of us and that He is kind and just
and merciful. I know that He has prepared a path for the salvation of all
His children and take great comfort in the knowledge that one day I will
enjoy Matt's company again.
Love to you and your family,
And now we come to today, were we are again invited over to an Ortlieb house to spend the second day of Christmas with them. So we will have fun their tonight.
I wish you all a wonderful christmas time, and my prayers are for you. Thank you so much for your prayers, they give me strength during each and every hour that I am here.
Monday, January 26, 2015
This came from Elder Schmalz letter home to his family, he writes:
So this week I turned 19 but that wasn't the biggest thing that happened this week. On the 13th we woke up to a phone call from our mission president and we were told to be in Berlin by 3:00pm. It took five hours of train rides and walking through cities we didn't know why but we made it to Berlin. The whole reason for the call and the rush to get to the city was some sad new, Elder Bretzing found out that his dad had passed away in a car accident on the 12th.. my birthday.
He was able to skype his family for a few hours and that helped him to decide to stay on his mission. Elder Bretzing is a stud. Can you all keep him in your prayers this week? You can also shoot him an email and tell him how awesome he is!
While my companion was skyping with his family the office Elders gave me a tour of Berlin and I got to see all of the sights. Loved it!!! When we returned President asked me to help give Elder Bretzing a blessing. the spirit was soooo strong. yesterday we go driven back to Meissen and President Kosak attended church with us.
My sister found this blog and shared it for me. upon returning home from the funeral she felt compelled to send a note to his blog site, here is what was said:
You don't know me and I hope commenting on this blog site is not inappropriate. My Name is Denise Newhouse and I am Elder Bretzing's Aunt. I live in a different state than my sister and her family. I went looking the other day on the internet about my brother in laws accident and Google brought me to this site. I cried as I read it and knew instantly that i had to share it with my sister and my nephews.
It brings them such comfort to know that Elder Bretzing is with such a caring and amazing companion during this difficult time.
We just wanted to say thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Merry Christmas to your family.
This is so sweet to hear Denise. I just want to scoop your entire family into a big hug. I am so sorry. Just know that you have been in our thoughts and in every prayers, especially that sweet Elder that is so far away from home and his family. I am so proud that my son could have such an awesome trainer and companion. WOW! what an example to all of us. Merry Christmas. so proud of that young man.
I love you all and I am so grateful for all those who are supporting my family right now and being able to hug and crack the stupid jokes that I cannot do right now. Well, I could crack the stupid jokes, but I do not know how people would like my sense of German humor.
I love you and you are all in my prayers. I am grateful for those who I am in their prayers. I cannot wait for our time to skype on Christmas and get to see everyone again.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have another homework assignment for you!!!! Did your cousin, Gregs brother serve a mission in Germany? I thought you told me that one of your cousins were in Germany. If so, ask him about if he served in Bielefeld, in West Germany. And ask him if he baptized a man named Phil Williams? That is our 2nd counselor in the branch presidency. We had dinner with him and he told us his story and he said that an Elder Sanders baptized him. He thinks his name is Scott . He came from California. If so, Brother Williams would love to get back in contact with him.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
I love you all back at home and you are all in my prayers and thoughts,
I love you all,
This week, we were also able to get into contact with a former investigator, a family from Africa that have been in Germany for about 15 years. The best part about it, is that WE CAN SPEAK IN ENGLISH WITH EACH OTHER!!!!! It was great, the first time we called them, the first words out of his mouth were, "Hey, how are you doing." Germans do not say that. And so we have an appointment with them this week and I am pretty excited for that.
Also, a milestone, is that I am no longer a trainee. This is the last week of the transfer, and we are assuming that Elder Larsen is being transferred, but we have no idea yet. For all we know, he can stay. It has been a milestone for me to look back and to see the progress. Now, it is much easier for me to understand what people are saying. And it is really funny to think that certain people I had no idea what they said, when I first got here, that I can understand them alot better now. It is a little scary to think that I may not have my trainer anymore, in fact, I could be a trainer, but I do not let it get to myself.
And yes I know you love me. I hope you all know that I love you too. Your all in my prayers
P.s. can you ask aunt judy a little more about our indian line and if we know our tribes and what not? we have a few investigators that are just completely fancinated that I am of Native American decent.