|Easter in dirndls with a YSA from Salzburg|
So I had a funny experience this week as I was reading in the Book of Mormon. Starting my 3rd transfer or so, I decided to only read the scriptures in German to help not only my language skills, but my ability to teach out of the German Book of Mormon and Bible better. Nowadays, I open up my English scriptures when I have a question about the meaning of a word in a verse or something, so it's seldom that my English scriptures even come out of my desk drawer.
The other day, I was reading in the beginning of the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 15 or so. I finished the chapter, paused for a moment, and realized...the people in the scriptures didn't speak German! They spoke English!
Okay, in reality they spoke reformed Egyptian or at least wrote that way, I don't know what the heck their original speaking language was. It was just so funny because I have heard the scriptures in English my whole life and it hit me that now when I think in my mind of the stories in the Book of Mormon, I always think of them speaking in German to each other!
I also had another funny moment like that. We were waiting at Bahnhof and I needed to use the restroom. I put my coin in, went through the door, and then realized....in America, we don't pay for the bathroom. WHAT THE HECK?! That is so weird that anyone can just walk in and use a public restroom without putting in a coin! That just blows. my. mind.
Due to Easter Holidays, we didn't have a ton of lessons this week, but the one investigator lesson we had was awesome! We met with the H family and they are just the best! He's a less active, she's an investigator and also their Grandson, R, who is 10 and lives with them, is also an investigator. Ever since the first moment we walked in their door I have just felt this overwhelming swell of love for this family! Honestly, I can take a pause from typing, sit here, think about them, and my heart swells up! I love them so much!
The lesson was just a blast. We taught the plan of Salvation and all of them participated, even R had some really great answers! We were laughing, smiling, and just so happy together as we talked about the truths of the Gospel! We meeting again tomorrow, and I am counting down the hours I love them so much!
I also had two awesome Austausches this week! First with Sister Peterson!!!!!!! It was so fun working together! We just fell right back into rhythm and worked together as smooth as silk! It was like no time had passed since we were companions! I love Sister Peterson so much, she really is just one of my greatest friends. She made me feel so confident and good about myself! There is a reason she has trained so much, she is going to be a fantastic Mom.
I also got to work with Sister Starns, she's a golden (brand new missionary) from England. I had never worked with someone so young on the mission (about 2 weeks) and it brought back a lot of good memories. We had a blast together and I learned so much about just being bold and courageous! We taught a woman on the train from Wels to Salzburg the first lesson! It was awesome! Sister Starns participated the whole time, even with her limited German she taught big parts of the lesson! It was really cool. Gosh, I love Sister Starns too!
I am really looking forward to this next week, too. It's probably partially because the sun is out right now, but I just feel so optimistic! What a great day and a great time to be a missionary! Sometimes I just think, "Woah! I am a MISSIONARY! that's cool.." I love it here in Salzburg. I LOVE working with Sister Clark!
I love Jesus Christ. I love Him so much! He loves us so much! I feel that love daily as I talk with others here in Salzburg. He truly loves each and every soul here on this earth perfectly. Just an absolutely perfect love. No ifs, no buts, just love. We are never alone.
Well, I am going to wrap this up! Oh just btws, S(the investigator she had Mom write last week) is doing great. She gets back from Holiday today so we should be meeting soon. I love S!
Q and A:• What has been your biggest challenge this week?
My biggest challenge this last week was probably just being stressed. I gave a talk yesterday in Church and also one of the members in the ward wanted to do a musical number. I told him to pick a song and then he picked an aria from Bach's Matthäuspassion (St. Matthew's Passion)...and so we spent 6 hours saturday trying to put it together and it was really hard. We ended up moving it to next week thank heavens. So yep, I just felt a little stressed and just really worn out and tired. But that happens every now and then. I think about how stressful life is outside of the mission and then think...I'll stay on the mission with this stress! Haha
• What has been your biggest concern?
My biggest concern is just that I'm not doing all that I can. I want to make sure I go away from my mission with the same attitude in Jacob 5:47, what more could I have done for the vineyard? I want to make sure I am doing all that I can. No regrets! Haha (this was her Senior Motto--unfortunately her senior class had "partying" references for it, but she applies it to her life in the right way)
I think my other big concern is that I am really worried for these people over here. I see what sort of path their culture is trending and it's really sad. It breaks your heart to see those you love exercise their agency to do those things that will hurt them.
• What has been your biggest success?
I think the biggest success in my mission is just the conversion that I have made. Not only that, but I have learned the tools to make that conversion last after my mission and developed the skills required for that diligence. Of course we won't know for sure until a few years down the road the end result of that success, but even being able to achieve the progress made so far is a success.
• Who has been your favorite person this week? Why?
Sister Clark. We just really love each other. I love having a companion with me 24 hours a day!
Or Alois, Monica, and Rennie. A family we are teaching. I really love them too and we are meeting twice this week! I really REALLY love this family.
• What are you looking forward to this coming week?
We are meeting with the family we are teaching twice this week!
• Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it.
Wendy is just the best! Let her know that if she just puts my name and also Sister Chelsey Clark's name on it, then it will get to me fine even if I do get transferred. Or she can just send it to Munich. There's a chance I would get it later, but I would definitely get it. I don't feel like I am going to get transferred out of Salzburg yet.
I am glad that Sam hasn't forgotten me :) (Sam Marrott, her 8 year old "boyfriend")
Thanks for sending those pictures (of the Halders last autumn). I printed some of them off for her too, before I had left the area. I just had felt impressed to do it, and now I know why! I am so glad the funeral went well. Man, I am so glad that Elder Root is in Freiburg! He has really helped that area so much, I can see it! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of Francis. It's so cool, Mom, to see how much progress Francis is making. I met Francis his first time he ever came to church. I am so happy Elder Root is in Freiburg! Man!
I go to Vienna MONDAY!!!!!!!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!I did get a letter from Britt! He does write me the best letters on the mission, I think!
Janosh is at the piano. He is the really talented pianist. I just thought it was funny, we rehearsed the aria from Matthäuspassion for 6 hours (Sister Clark is playing piano, him organ, me singing) and Sister and Elder Smith sat in the chapel and babysat us. It was like parents at dance practice, so I took a picture.
The hymn "Oh Savior Thou Who Wearest A Crown" is from music from the St. Matthew's Passion.
I feel like Sister Clark and I have really just crossed the just companions line and have become great friends! Oh by the way you should find her mom. We keep talking about that :)