Um die Uhr Deutsch Versetzung

GUESS WHO FINALLY GOT SICK. ME. Sister Dempsey and I were both sick on Friday bis Saturday. We don't even know what we had, but we had something. We were told to stay inside for the rest of our day and it was quite interesting. It was nice to let my body finally rest but after a while I was tired of being inside. 

On other news, the second transfer has begun! Sister Dempsey is finishing my training and we are staying in Hamburg for this transfer. I'm quite content with staying here, it reminds my so much of home, except... everything is in German. I have begun my 24/7 German transfer, and Sister Dempsey has been so kind enough to join me. It's pretty self explanatory, we speak in German for all hours of every day of the week. So far it has been alright, but it's challenging not to speak in English with other missionaries. I have had to tell Sis Dempsey to not speak to me in German after 9 because my brain cannot process German anymore at that hour. I'm picking up on German quickly, but the language is still difficult. It also doesn't help that we can only communicate with our investigators in English, darn haha. I've made it a goal to come home with a German accent. This will happen.

While we were confined to our apartment for health reasons, we were scared to death when our klingel was rung. We're never home during the day so if anyone does klingel us we wouldn't know. We were in the middle of Sprach Studium when the klingel rang. We both immediately looked at each other and our faces had dropped. We didn't know who it was, so Sis Dempsey answered the klingel. Lo and behold, it was a man from another church proselyting. He asked us if we would be interested in learning more about the bible. We said we wouldn't mind if he didn't mind us sharing more about the Book of Mormon haha. Later in the night I tried to make a cake. I promise I know how to bake a cake. What I didn't know was that the oven settings were on Celsius and not Fahrenheit, can ya see where I'm headed....? So I set the temperature to the highest setting in Celsius (in my defense I thought it was Fahrenheit) and stuck the pan in. I went back to my desk to journal and I suddenly heard, "Uh.... Sister Quintana... I think your cake is burning." I sat there really confused because it had been less than 5 minutes. I walk into our kitchen and see smoke coming out of the oven and Sister Dempsey was standing there so confused. It was a sight to see. The top was burned but the rest of the cake was good. 

Although the top is burned, I managed not to set anything on fire
I also have a surprise to announce, but I'm going to wait a couple weeks to actually share it with you all (: 

On another note, I'm so sorry to everyone who I haven't answered. I promise you I read your emails but this time to email is stressful for me haha. Plus, I tend to take a lot of breaks after I send my group email out. I'm trying to be better at it. But seriously, thank you to those who email me, it brightens my day throughout the week when I get updates on your lives!

Not a day goes by without me thinking about how much I am grateful to be here serving. In all honesty, this is what I have always wanted-- time to actually devote to my faith and service. I have met so many amazing people so far, and I have only been out 3 months. It never ceases to amaze me how magnificent God is and how he perfectly places people and trials into my life to help me become better. In a general conference talk from October 2017, Elder John C. Pingree Jr. speaks about the individual divine role that we all have in this life. Among many things, Elder Pingree Jr. speaks about how we are all given gifts by God to help fulfill our purpose here in this life. I know God has a plan for all of his children. Most importantly, apart from this big plan he has for us, he also has a plan for each of us individually and it is up to us to figure out what that is. Elder Pingree Jr. quotes in his talk something that Mother Teresa once said, “It’s [God’s] work. I am like a … pencil in his hand. … He does the thinking. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it. The pencil has only to be allowed to be used.” I know that if we open ourselves to God, we can see what gifts he has given us and we can see how we can use them to help build others up. I know He has many rich blessings in store for his children, we just have to let him in. 


Sister Quintana

This is how we begin our finding time