Happy New Year! I’m feeling great right now, a healthy mix of tired, a little homesick, and crazy missionary brain.
I hope all of you had a great new year and started it off with a big bang. We sure did here in Germany and I’m being serious. We really started it with a BIG BANG! Germans go very hard on New Year’s Eve. They start lighting fireworks on the 30th and then the 31st they go all day long. I mean ALL DAY. We had to be inside at 6 PM unless be were with a member at their house. So all of us Sisters and Elders in Lankwitz went over to the Snows (they are a senior couple) and hung out there. We ate and played games until 9 PM when we had to be escorted to our house. So let me tell you about New Year’s here:
1-they throw fireworks at windows, so our windows have to be shut
2-they throw fireworks in mail boxes and anywhere else possible
So we went to sleep at 10:30 PM like good missionaries and woke up about 12:10 and IT WAS SO LOUD. We had been warned that it sounded like World War 3. But I thought it was a joke. DOCH it was not a joke at all. It was so loud and I could not sleep so naturally I opened the curtains and looked outside and laid in bed till I could fall asleep. I realized what it sounded like…guns going off for about 2 hours non-stop.
This week as we were doing doors, Sister Miesbauer and I were just going hard and talking to everyone we could. Finally we get to a door and the guy talked to us for about 3 minutes then all the sudden he said, “Oh, I have something for you.” And he brought four 2-kilo bags of sugar to the door and he insisted that we take all four. We told him we could only carry two so he gave us two and sent us on our way. You can imagine we were LAUGHING SO HARD THE WHOLE TIME. Then we got to the bus stop, and seeing that I’m still focused on my New Year’s goals, I say. “Hey, we can use these for sugar sport.” So we started to lift them like weights and have been doing sugar sport every day since then. I don’t know if we will ever use them for food but at least we use them for sport. Another sport thing: as we are doing doors, we do sport to keep us warm and to give us something to do because not a lot of people want to talk to us. It has been totally helping, just so you know.
Wednesday night we were walking home from the bus stop and being our normal missionary selves, saying ‘Guten Abend’ to everyone. We said it to a mom and dad and a little boy who was maybe 4. When we said Guten Abend, the little boy replied Guten Abend meine Schwestern (good evening my sisters)! It was so adorable and I mean he doesn’t know we are Sister Missionaries, so it just made it that much cuter!
This week was a very good one and we had so many miracles of random people walking up to us on the street. We also had some investigators bearing testimony at church yesterday!
Last story: So on Saturday we received transfer calls. I will be staying here in Lankwitz with Sister Miesbauer. Sister Turner will go somewhere. Sister Hansen will stay here too and receive a new companion. About 10 minutes after celebrating that Sister Miesbauer is staying with me, we get a call from the Elders telling us to come to the mission office as soon as possible. You can only imagine what was running though my head.
- Is my family not wearing their bubble wrap and someone got hurt?
- Did we do something wrong?
- Did my Dad really email President Kosak asking him to send me home?
Nope. We walk into the office and sitting there on the desk was Sister Miesbauer’s flight plan to Salt Lake City. So she is on the plane right now to AMERICA. I will go back into a drit [threesome] with Sister Hansen and Sister Shelley.
Now for something spiritual. So this week Sister Hansen taught us about what she has been learning in personal study and I wanted to share it with you. The story comes from Mark 14:70 and Matthew 26:73 about how they know that Peter was a follower of Jesus Christ because of how he talked and many other things he did. It really made me think. Can people tell we are followers of Jesus Christ just by looking at us? Can people tell I love Jesus Christ by how I dress, speak, and act?
I want all of you to think of these things and see what you can do better so people know you love Jesus Christ. I have done that and it has helped me so much this last week!
Jesus says this in Matthew 4:19 ‘…and he saith unto them, Follow me…’
Are we following him?
I also thought of this scripture and it can really help us focus on this. Moroni 7:48 ‘Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure.’
I love you all so very much and hope you have an amazing week and remember to let the light of Christ that is in you SHINE!
Also please listen to this song because I love it and it is just beautiful!
I Iove you all !!