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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Hey mom!!That is so cool that Brock got his call. Now he can speak Spanish with all of his brothers! Tell his to write me! I want to congratulate that little stinker!
I am really excited for next week. There is a family from Idaho in our branch named the B*****´s. They are such a nice family, I love them. They moved to Germany for his work (He´s an engineer) but they go back to America all the time. Whenever they go to america they bring a ton of american stuff back with them. That´s where we got the Hot tamales from.
Well this week they´re going again! And they said they were going to bring us back stuff from america! I´m so excited to see what they bring :) Such a nice family.
Monday, November 17, 2014
I´ll send some more pictures next week.It was so good, the best thing I´ve had in months. And, its only 3€ way cheaper than McDonald's!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
November 8, 2014
My companion is great. He´s a pretty funny guy. Like this last week he needed a hair cut, so he cut his own hair, because hair cuts are super expensive (Like 20€)And he made so many mistakes now it´s grown out a little so it looks ok, but I don´t know what he was thinking. I don´t know what I´m gonna do with that.
My apartment is pretty small and it has standard german doors which are 2 meters tall. Guess how tall I am in meters? More than 2. I hit my head almost every day. IT`S NOT FUN!For morning sport we usually go running. We do a lot of physical activities. We run about a mile every morning, and then we bike a ton every day and walk. We get a lot of exercise in.Money... what do you want to know? we have enough to buy food, and yea.Look at the pictures to see if I´m getting enough chocolate ;)
Honestly, I´m really not that homesick. I´m out here doing the Lords work and I´m loving (almost) Every minute of it.Hope everything is well, keep us in your prayersElder Oliphant
Ok, to quickly answer your questions. The food is good. We cook it all for ourselves, we rarely ever eat out because it´s too expensive. We eat at a members house every sunday, and it´s SOOO GOOD! Yestersday she wanted us to have a little taste of home so she made mac and cheese, and she put bacon and ham and vegetables in it and it was delicious! I can´t wait to have more :) Also, please send recipes for potatoes, we have a lot because they´re cheaper than dirt here.We take 1-2 trains every week, usually to Oldenburg for our district meeting, but occasionally to another city in our area. Also, all the trains here are so nice. The worst trains are nicer than the Frontrunner. Yea. oh and we got our bikes fixed so we use them more now :)
Also, I have a story. So we´re teaching this guy and he has a problem with prayer. He doesn´t understand why he can´t just recite a psalm, and why it should be personal. So we shared with him in matthew chapter 6, where the Savior says don´t use vain repititions. Unfortunately, in the German translation, it says "do not babble"
It´s kind of funny to look back on, but yea, not fun.
It´s kind of funny to look back on, but yea, not fun.
|Sister Kooyman from the MTC|
|Sweater + Dress Shirt=|
|Elder Smith deep in thought|
Monday, November 3, 2014
November 3, 2014
I´m just kidding. I love this area. It´s cold, but I love it :)
Well mom, I made it. I´m here in Germany!! Oh my goodness, so to answer your questions yes, I knew how to use the pay phone, I can´t tell you about the lightsaber, it´s a secret, I tried to sleep on the flight, but I couldn´t really. The flight was SOOO LONG! I still have jet lag, but it´s starting to go away. I gave president Kosak the Taco seasoning, and he was grateful, but how did you know he likes tacos?? Yes I am in Leer :) I plan to visit the castle today. My district includes myself and Elder Smith, Elders Wilde(district leader) and Williams, Elders Youngblood and Rasband(Zone Leaders) and then we have two senior couples the Porters and the Bensons. Everyone in our district is super nice. I love them all.So the Leer area is one of the biggest in the mission, about twice as big as the other two areas in our district, and it´s just us two Elders, and we walk almost everywhere. We have bikes which we use on occasion, but they´re really old and broken. Not very nice. I love this area. The people here are actually really nice for the most part, and I love our branch. All of the members are super nice, and most of them speak English very well. It´s fun, I practice my German with them, and they practice their English with me! All in all I love Germany. It´s funny though. I wanted to serve in Berlin, so naturally I was sent as far away as possible... Cool.
|What I did instead of sleeping|
|The stuff that didn't fit|
|See you later Elder G|
|View from apartment|
|I like the pillow on the floor for praying|
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Norman Oliphant
1 November 2014
Dear Brother and Sister Oliphant ,
We are pleased to announce that your son, Elder Chase Evan Oliphant, is safely with us in the Berlin Mission. We have had the opportunity to get to know him, and he is ready and excited to be here. Sister Kosak and I look forward to working with him and will do all that we can to help him serve a happy and successful mission. Elder Oliphant’s first companion will be Elder Smith, and they will work together in Leer for the next several weeks. If you would like to send letters to your missionary, please send them to the mission office address:
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
We have all discussed the mission goals and agreed that we will start right, work hard, and finish strong in order to fulfill our purpose to invite others to come unto Christ.
We, along with your son, appreciate the support which you give through your weekly letters and daily prayers in his behalf. Thank you for raising your son so that he can be part of this amazing work.
For a glimpse inside the mission, including occasional pictures of your missionary, you can check the blog we maintain at http://germanyberlinmission2012-15.blogspot.com. I’ve included a picture of Elder Oliphant, his companion, Elder Smith, Sister Kosak, and me.
May the Lord bless you in all that you do.
Henry W. Kosak, President
Germany Berlin Mission