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Oh the places you'll go

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One of the biggest highlights of these past weeks was being able to hear from church general authorities in the semi-annual world wide general conference. Let me just say, wow. All the messages prepared and shared were filled with personal, divine messages for me. I've already downloaded them to my phone to hear while I'm on the go! (If you'd like to catch up with any of the talks given click here).

As I've been working with the young women in preparation for girls camp, we touched on this year's theme: Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. We sat around a campfire and discussed what messages we each received from the wisdom Dr. Seuss shares. I was particularly touched by the ending, because it was really the beginning.

Dr. Seuss illustrates a boy's journey out into the open world on his own. This boy takes charge of his life by deciding which roads to take and adventuring into …

Still

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Hello! I'm still trying to figure out when a good time to write is. Ironic to this weeks title, these past couple of weeks have been nothing but busy. I've begun my last 6 weeks of missionary service and it all feels surreal. If being home while still being a missionary has taught me anything, it's that your service never really ends. I'm grateful for the time I have to learn how to apply everything I've learned so that I can keep going, even after I'm released.

As my mom's health has continued to get better, some assignments have developed even more! I feel like I'm juggling a lot of things haha. But here's the brief rundown!

As a service missionary I have assignment hours and off assignment hours. A service missionary assignment is where a service missionary spends their time serving-- assignment days and hours depend on the missionary. I've begun my service in the church distribution center in the DC area a bit already and am working on expan…

Maybe it's okay

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Dear family and friends,

These past 5 weeks have felt like an eternity while also managing to feel like they've been flying by. I can absolutely positively say that I've been experiencing my refiner's fire more intensively than I have ever before. I've found myself asking God on multiple occasions where he is in my life, and pleading for a glimpse of everything he can see-- that I can't. I felt this way as I was trying to decide if coming home was God's will for me or if it was an idea that came from myself. As I chose to act on my spiritual prompting and walk straight into darkness, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. It hasn't been easy. I've been experiencing a lot of doubt and fear, but somehow God finds a way to comfort me with faith when I need it most. I find myself knowing with surety I'm exactly where he needs me to be.

My mom had her surgery this past week. God gave us the miracle we were praying for. Her surgery went great and her reco…

God's perfect hands

I can't believe I've been home for a little over a month now! Time just keeps getting faster. I don't really know where to start except by saying that I know angels exist and they've been carrying me when I haven't been able to carry myself. 
These past couple of weeks have been trailing for me to have faith. This past week while studying in the Come, Follow Me manual I was reminded of a musical composition my companions in Neubrandenburg sang in one of our sacrament meetings, Master the Tempest is Raging. 
Master, the tempest is raging! The billows are tossing high! The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness. No shelter or help is nigh. Carest thou not that we perish? How canst thou lie asleep When each moment so madly is threat’ning A grave in the angry deep?
Master, with anguish of spirit I bow in my grief today. The depths of my sad heart are troubled. Oh, waken and save, I pray! Torrents of sin and of anguish Sweep o’er my sinking soul, And I perish! I perish! dea…

Hermana Quintana

Hello! I cannot believe that it has already been a little over a week since this transition to be a service missionary. I still don't have an official assignment, but the ball is rolling on that. For the time being I have been working with the spanish program sisters here in the area and that has been fun! I have had 6 companions and 3 areas I've been helping out in. It is different than what I am used to due to the cultural differences, but it's good. I do miss Germany though. I will always be a German on the inside haha.

I think the biggest thing I am grateful for this past week is that through all the changes, the miracles do not stop. I remember one night with one on set of my companions we were knocking on doors and this one window stood out to me. As we were approaching the building we talked to a latino man and exchanged information and found out this same window was where he lives. That was pretty neat and helped me find more comfort in knowing that God does have a…

Dir gehört mein Herz für immer

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Hallo meine geliebte Familie und Freunde,

I apologize for not having written earlier. Things have been quite hectic on my end of things. Some of you may or may not be aware of this already, but I am home. As I write I pray that you will feel the same spirit I felt as everything has been occurring in my life. I know at some points you will feel it stronger than others, you will think "why am I getting emotional?" well, you are not. That is the Spirit of God telling you what I am sharing is true. Remember and hold onto that.

I should probably start by clarifying that I am perfectly healthy. If you have been following my mission, you will know that I love my mission. I do not think I have ever loved something and a people more than I have met throughout these past 15 months. That has not changed and will always be in my heart. That being said, as weeks continued to go by in Neubrandenburg I could not help but feel uneasiness. I could not understand it because I love Sister Jens…

Bees and tulips

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This week has been filled with miracle after miracle after miracle. Yesterday we found 3 people to teach within 2 minutes of one another, it was amazing! This transfer Sister Jensen and I have been striving to follow Christ in a way we have not done before. We have really been stretching our spiritual capacities and relying heavily on the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide us to the exact place where we need to be. And we always have been.
Apart from having teaching appointments suddenly fill our week, the most touching miracle this week involves a member who we are reteaching. She is a warrior and is trying to follow the footsteps of Christ. We knew we had to teach her in a way that she would be able to understand, so we prepared to teach her as if we were teaching a child. We had no clue how we would transition from small talk to a doctrinal lesson, but the precious thing about  teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is that the Holy Ghost will always guide you to what you can say or do. S…

Let the Holy Spirit be your guide

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Hello meine Lieben,
It has been quite a week! We traveled twice to Berlin within 3 days of each other. Our conference with our Mission President was amazing. The main emphasis has continued to be on following our spiritual promptings and having the courage to do so. As humans we tend to feel abandoned or alone at one point or another, but the beauty of knowing why we're here on earth replaces fear and worries with peace and comfort. Some time our eyes will be opened to the realities of God, and we will experience that we have never been alone. This is all possible through the Holy Ghost, the spirit given to us by God to be able to manifest His love and personal messages to us in ways we will only understand.
Following spiritual promptings has been one of my favorite things to do while serving. One week, Sister Jensen and I saw these two men walking and felt a strong impression that we needed to turn the car around and talk to them. We were worried about the things we needed to do to…

His Name

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Hello my beloved friends and family! These past couple weeks have been amazing. Sister Jensen and I have been seen a lot of miracles popping up every second.
We met with a less active sister from our branch a couple weeks ago and it was such a great experience. I had heard about previous experiences with her and I was a little frightened going into the appointment, but her heart was touched the entire time. We got to know her on a personal level that the missionaries were not able to do before! She even gave us African names.
This past week was a little slower than the one before, but we have grown closer to God because of it. The things we pray for has changed and our determination to accomplish His will for the day just grows stronger. It's been a bit frustrating in the mornings though since we will be trying to plan for our day and nothing will come into our mind. However, once we get to the part of our day when we had no idea as to where we needed to be, what we needed to be doi…

The woman on the bench

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I think my favorite miracle of this week happened yesterday. We were on our way home after our church meetings and we were biking through the park. There's a steep bridge were all bikers are asked to get off and walk up of it. As we were approaching this bridge, we looked to our side and the sun just looked so beautiful as it reflected on the water. We decided to stop and take a quick picture. Well as we were doing so, I noticed this woman sitting on a bench by the water (little did I know that Sister Jensen had noticed her too). There was just something about this woman that I couldn't let go of. We started to head on our way as we once were. This woman was getting up and walking toward the path we were about to leave. I just kept looking at her and she was looking at me back. There was just something in her eyes I couldn't let go of. However, Sister Jensen was getting further and further away and I knew I needed to catch up to her. The distance was pretty long enough to …