Locked Out

They tell every missionary to lock their hearts while they're on a mission, but when that's just not enough we tend to lock ourselves out of our apartment. What I'm trying to say is that I locked us out of our apartment just now on accident haha. We left to get groceries and we literally had just gotten back. We put everything away and headed out the door. Note: German doors automatically lock once they are closed. I hadn't realized Sister Dempsey had changed jackets and left the keys in the other one, so I closed the door and she looked at me with wide eyes. I asked her where the key was so we could finish locking it and she said she didn't have them. I was sure she was joking with me. Well, it turns out she wasn't. We were homeless, but it's okay now we've found a key and it's on its way to us. I can't stop laughing about this haha.

This week went by really quickly. We had interview with our Mission President! It was nice to be able to speak more German with him than I was able to the last time we had interviews. This 24/7 German transfer is rough. I've spoken more English than German on a couple days. I'm trying to be better though! For Valentine's day we went and heart attacked some sister's doors. We also did our neighbor's door! For Christmas we surprised her with a bowl of chocolates, and now we've done this. We're trying to figure out when to give her a Book of Mormon! We had dinner with another member who took us out to eat. It was awesome to find a good Mexican place here in Hamburg. The members in our ward are so sweet. 

We had so much fun trying to get into apartments without the person finding out we were there

Wunder. Yesterday we were on our way back from our eating appointment. This woman sat across from us and she was on the phone with her parents. I was trying to go through vocabulary so I wasn't really paying attention and Sister Dempsey was trying to recharge herself for the rest of our day. So, this lady hangs up the phone and I'm just sitting there looking at different things on the bahn repeating words and Sister Dempsey has her eyes closed.  Well, this lady then proceeds to ask to see my name tag. I looked down at my tag and noticed my hair had been covering a bit of it. I moved my hair and she proceeded to ask why I had it. At this point, sister Dempsey opened her eyes. We started talking to her and while Sister Dempsey was talking all I could think was Is this really happening? We got off at the same stop and got contact info. As we were walking back to church, we both couldn't believe what had jut happened. I'm still laughing about it haha. God is good. 

These past couple of weeks I have been editing and reorganizing a personal study plan for this month and transfer. One of the things I have decided to do is devote each month to studying and developing a christlike attribute. The attribute I have been studying for this month has been hope. Boy have I learned a lot. 

As I have been studying this topic, I wandered into the book of Romans in the New Testament. I read chapter 8 and fell in love-- it is an amazing chapter, go read it. There were three parts within that chapter that stuck out to me the most. I thought I would share them with you: 

1. Our worth and inheritance (Romans 8:16-18)
2. Hope is faith (24-25) 
3. How much God knows and loves us (28-32)

Not a day goes by where I'm not reminded of my worth. I love these following verses from the ones listed above, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us... He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" I know we are divine children. I know that regardless of how difficult this life can get, the bad days don't compare to what Heavenly Father has in store for us. I know He is a loving God who was willing to give up the life of His only begotten son to save us. I know that if he's willing to do that, he's willing to move mountains for us and give us his promises when we trust and obey him. 

Sister Quintana 

P.s. I found a godiva here and I'm so ecstatic about that!
We went to St Michaelis church and were able to go up to the bell tower