Monday, May 26, 2014
Oh my gosh, the sky last night was GORGEOUS! There was this huge cloud that was lit up with the sunset beautifully. Mom, it is BEAUTIFUL here. I just think sometimes, I am living in SALZBURG AUSTRIA! And the best in life is yet to come! I can't imagine my life being cooler and more wonderful than this, but I also know it will be. So I am not worried about the future at all! Sure I cry every now and then, but deep down inside, I know it will all be fantastic.
We'll see where He leads me (in her life/career) ! I really want to work with Kids, actually. So just continuing with children's theater, I just feel like that combines so much of what I love. Performing, children, teaching, and learning about the world.
So this week we had our Stake Schwestern Tag (Sister's Day)! It was a blast as the church building in Neumarkt was filled with hundreds of women organizing themselves into little work shops to learn new skills and make themselves better. I love Relief Society :)
One of the classes was called "Lustige Haare", and it was a class to learn how to do cool braids and new hairstyles with your hair. I had braided my hair into a crown braid that morning, and had even cut the collar off of a shirt and made it a bow. At the beginning of the day, one of the women in charge told me how "Lustig" my hair was. I hadn't looked over the workshop names and so had no idea that she was making a reference to the class.
I thought that Lustig just meant funny, like the direct equivalent of our funny in American English. So I was so confused why she would call my hair funny! I was self conscious for a good 30 minutes...until they were introducing all of the workshops and then realized that that was not only what she was referring to, but that lustig must have more meanings than I thought. Gotta love living in another language! (it also means merry, cheerful, and several other English translations)
So this week went better! We taught 3 INVESTIGATOR LESSONS! Hallelujah we taught investigators again!
We actually taught the Restoration to a family last night, and afterwards I was just so uplifted! I had forgot just how happy fulfilling my purpose really makes me! Teaching people about the Gospel and sharing the good news that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, I just can't help but want to sing and jump around and tell everyone! How cool is that to know that God lives! That His hand is in our lives today! That His Priesthood is on the earth, that He really is there so near and so involved in our lives! I get so excited about it!!
Well, I want to write more but we are going to go out and have some Pday fun! (the Smiths are driving she and Sister Clark on the Sound of Music Tour!) The weather has been BEAUTIFUL! Being a missionary when it is warm outside is so much easier! You can stay out all day, people want to say hello and talk with you! It is phenomenal how much of a difference the sun makes in our lives.
I love you all! Have a great week! Keep smiling!
(Sister Henry's dad wrote this about her, it is such a beautiful description of her attitude toward life and her mission, even though it's been a tough few weeks for her, she hasn't slowed down a bit: You are always so upbeat and happy in your letters and when we get to talk to you, but I know that mission happiness comes through a lot of struggle and hard work, so I know that there are many things that have been difficult for you. I'm super proud of you for working so hard. I remember when you and I first headed up the trail on Mt. Saint Helens together. You took off down the trail like a deer and I thought to myself, we have no idea what is ahead of us or how hard this is going to be so she had better slow down a little and save some energy. You did slow down a bit, but we still kept a very brisk pace all the way up to the top except when I got pretty slow there at the end. I feel like you hit your mission with the same kind of pace and that you haven't slowed down yet and that you are not likely to. Good for you for having such energy, excitement and enthusiasm. I know it inspires the other missionaries around you because we hear from them from time to time.)
I loved the email. I am also so glad that our Father in Heaven refines a little bit, not more than we can handle, to help us get better and grow stronger.
Yeah, I am so happy and so excited, but it is definitely balanced with the lows too. Like you always said, I am a Henry girl with high highs and low lows :) But I am grateful for all of it.
Sometimes I feel like a peace of metal getting thrown into a fiery hot furnace and taken out only to get hammered, to then be thrown in again....but every now and then I get dunked in some really refreshing cool water and it makes it all worth it.
Missions are the best! I am so glad you love yours so much because it really rubs off on me.
I love you!
How is this for a statue! At the horse bath in Salzburg