|Sunset from our Porthstrasse balcony|
Janet has adopted a routine of walking early in the morning with another missionary sister who lives on the same floor as we do. They go out before 6am and walk about 3 miles or so around the large Hauptfriedhof (Main Cemetery). It is the largest cemetery in Frankfurt and is beautiful. It contains the graves of many prominent Germans, including Aloysius Alzheimer. Dr. Aloysius "Alois" Alzheimer (14 June 1864 – 19 December 1915) was a Bavarian-born German psychiatrist and neuropathologist and a colleague of Emil Kraepelin. Alzheimer is credited with identifying the first published case of "presenile dementia", which Kraepelin would later identify as Alzheimer's disease. We haven't been able to visit the cemetery, yet, because the hours don't correspond to our schedule, but we want to walk the interior. We'll post pictures when we visit.
They pass the US Consulate as they circumnavigate the cemetery, and Janet is really enjoying the exercise and Sister Bausman. Jeff has opted to stay in, do some calisthenics and use the time to study the scriptures. But he may join the ladies next week. Elder Bausman had knee replacement surgery recently, so he isn't up to walking much yet.
We had an interesting week in the office. There is much to learn. What especially pulls at our heart-strings are the young missionaries who lose their bankcards or fail to use their money wisely and run out before the month is over. One young elder had his card account hacked and emptied. The card was canceled, but through a series of miscommunications, he has now gone for more than 10 weeks without a bankcard. We have helped get money to his companion's account so that he has access to cash, but it has been discouraging for him. Elder Jarrard was ready to drive to the missionary's area Saturday afternoon and take him $100 from his own pocket. We're learning what we can accomplish quickly (almost nothing) and what takes time -- most things generally take at least 3 business days. We are gradually learning whom to call for help. Unfortunately, sometimes the only way we can resolve an issue is to call an office in Salt Lake City, and that means that we have to wait until late in the day here and hope that someone is in the office there who can help us.
On Thursday, we dropped the Newmans off at the office and drove about 30 minutes north to Bad Homburg where one of the area offices is. We spent the entire morning with the fleet manager for the area learning about cars. Whoa! There is a lot to learn and do. The area fleet manager looks young, but he and his wife have 5 (almost 6 children), and he is the president of the Offenbach Branch (German). One of his counselors is a senior missionary who lives across the hall from us.
After our morning of training, we left with a new mission car -- a small Hyundai. Ikea was close by, so we stopped there for lunch and some shopping. It turns out that most of what we bought will be returned. Oh, well.
Janet suggested that we start each day in the office with a short devotional. They had not been doing that, and it has been a real blessing to everyone working in the office. It's a tender way to start each work day.
We have a wonderful German couple who work with us as Church Service Missionaries a couple of days a week. Their story is wonderful.
|Two wonderful people -- our German missionary friends|
They are both completely dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Elder Fingerle puts it, many people -- including him -- grow up in the church and are happy to participate, but they are converted to the church and not to the Savior. He found himself in the same place 40 years ago and experienced a deep conversion to Christ and to His restored gospel. We are inspired by the Fingerles and their love for the gospel. During our little devotionals, they radiate the love of the Savior and His teachings. We are honored to get to know them and work with them.
|Our office from the windows looking in (I was inside the window)|
|The reception area and office that the Newmans use|
|President Stoddard's office (he only uses it once a week or so)|