It happened...


... it actually happened.

To really understand my title, we have to go back to when I arrived here in Germany. When I first got to Hamburg, my district was made up of 1 set of Elders, 1 set of senior couple missionaries, and 2 sets of Sister missionaries. Among the Sisters were Sister Dempsey and me, and Sister Saalman and Walker. My transfer was filled with so much laughter and good times that when we received our transfer calls and found out Sister Saalman was among the missionaries being transferred, her and I made a joke that one day we would be companions. Well, fast forward to the day all the missionaries went to Berlin for a conference with Elder Rasband... Sister Saalman and I were placed by each other while we were waiting for a group photo to be taken of us-- keep in mind that later in the day we would be receiving our transfer calls-- and we jokingly said again that one day we would be companions. Well, the day has come. Sister Saalman and I are companions here in Dresden!! This entire first week has been full of moments where we will just look at each other and laugh because we can't believe our mission president actually put us together haha.
 
Reunited and it feels so good
This week has been amazing. I love Hamburg and it will always have a special place in my heart, but boy is Dresden beautiful. I had always heard that there is quite a big difference between West and East Germany, so I was a little bit nervous about being sent over to the East; however, I have fallen in love with Dresden just as I had fallen in love with Hamburg when I first arrived there.

On Saturday Sister Saalman and I were in downtown Dresden talking to people on the street. We had started our walk by Hauptbahnhof, and progressed toward the Frauenkirche. We had reached a point where we felt as if we weren't accomplishing what God wanted us to be doing, so... we prayed. Immediately after praying for guidance with regards to where we should go and who we should talk to, we decided to stop a woman who was crossing the street toward our direction. We talked to her and she randomly invited us to her Frauen Gruppe meeting, and we politely accepted her invitation. We walked and talked with her until we arrived into this cafe. We waited a bit until all of the women in the group arrived. It was awesome! We didn't understand everything that they were saying (because they were speaking in farsi) but the parts that were in German were splendid. We ended up inviting them all to our German class and to learn more about our beliefs-- they loved us and even invited us to come to their meeting next month!

Yesterday we met with a girl we had spoken to on Saturday, right before meeting the Frauen Gruppe. She joined us in church and shared with us moments in her life when she has felt like God has intervened. She shared with us her story about how she was able to come to Dresden to finish her masters program. As she was speaking, I was reminded of moments in my life where I have felt and recognized God's divine intervention to help bring his blessings into my life. I love in D&C 84:88 where it says, "I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." I know this promise that God makes to us is real. I know he is always there, and that he is maneuvering us toward many things in our lives that will help us feel his love even more. I know God intervenes in our lives to help us personally become better than who we are now.

Alles Liebe,

Sister Quintana

P.S. I FINALLY HAVE A BIKE
 
Fit transfer here we come

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