Blown Away

Before I continue to write... I finally found horchata!!!!!!! It's been quite challenging to find any type of Hispanic food so the fact that I found horchata makes me unbelievably happy haha. I just had to share that with you.

This week was literally amazing, and very windy. 

Though this transfer is almost to an end, we managed to squeeze our tausch in with our STLs. I went over to Delingsdorf for 24 hours! I FINALLY GOT TO RIDE A BIKE! I don't think you realize how excited I was to ride a bike. As most of you probably figured by now, I love bread. I promise you that the same excitement I get when buying bread in a bakery is the same amount of excitement I had to ride a bike. It took me like 3 times before I was steady to ride but it was awesome!

in case you don't think I love bread :)
This tausch was quite special for me, special in the sense that God gave me a piece of an answer to a question that I have been trying to understand. While on tausch, Sister Barker and I visited a family. This family comes from Honduras. We got to the door and one of the daughter's let us in. We went into the living room and as we waited the mother came home. Soon enough the whole family was gathered together to hear the message we had prepared for them. They were thrilled that a Spanish Sister had come to their home, they actually thought I was assigned to serve in their ward. It broke my heart to tell them I was only in the area for 24 hours and that I would be returning to my area the next day. The message we shared with them was a beautiful message which I would like to share with you.

119 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
120 That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High (D&C 88:119-120).

Now, read it again.

119 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a family, even a family of prayer, a family of fasting, a family of faith, a family of learning, a family of glory, a family of order, a family of God;
120 That your incomings may be in the name of the Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High (D&C 88:119-120).

The thing that I love the most about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is how the family is a center of our beliefs. We know that we are all God's children, therefore he has given us the opportunity to experience life's best emotions through families. How special is that? God loves us so much that he wants us to experience the same joy he has with us, and he has given us the opportunity to do so in this life. Families are important to God so he has given us the way to live as eternal families through his scriptures. Regardless of how big your family is, God wants us to establish ourselves in Him. He asks us to pray, fast, study, read, learn, and live in faith and righteousness because He knows doing these things brings us ultimate and true happiness. I know the things he asks us to do are for a divine and glorious purpose. What seems like an out-of-the-way choice, is indeed a choice that brings blessings and miracles into our personal lives. I am grateful to know that God is a loving Father who wants the most precious riches for his children. 

Alles Liebe,
Sister Quintana 

P.S. Transfer calls came in and... I am staying in Hamburg! Leider, my companionship with Sister Dempsey is ending. Sister Dempsey is headed to Plauen! I am so thankful to have had a sweet, funny, trainer to break me into the mission life haha. Don't worry Sister Dempsey, you'll get a sappy letter in your Tschüss book (:

In case you really don't think I mean it when I say I love Bread haha

  
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