Showing posts from May, 2018

5 things Dresden gave me

One... an Indian wedding. Two... a wart. Three... a sprained ankle. Four... a bomb. Five... faith like Emma Smith.
Well based on these five things, I'm quite sure you can tell it's been a strange, packed week. It's been a great week though. Our week began with an Indian wedding. We did quite a bit of finding throughout the wedding, and now I'm teaching a girl Spanish haha. Then there's the wart. I have no explanations for that, but if anyone knows how to get rid of one please let me know. The sprained ankle... I also don't have any explanation for that except for I was trying to figure out a title for my weekly and I said I needed one more thing to make my list five. I've learned my lesson. I'm not sure how well known this news is, but construction workers found a bomb in Dresden this week haha. Apparently, the workers were digging in an area by the main train station and they came across a fighter plane bomb from World War II. Talk about history. That&#…

More than a name

I thought I was done running after bahns once I left Hamburg, turns out I'm not. Sister Saalman and I probably ran 1/2 a mile today to catch a Straßebahn. This week was a good type of strange week. We spent quite a bit of time in Königstien helping a family learn English and German. We've also run into a lot of Americans this past week. It's led to a lot of good conversations. 
I'd have to say the highlight of my week was an appointment that we had with one of the people we are teaching. A couple weeks ago he showed up enthusiastically to our church service, ready to learn. Sister Saalman and I had no clue whatsoever as to who this man was. Within these past few weeks we have become really good friends with him. He's just such an amazing person. We met in a cafe and had gotten into a really good conversation and he suddenly asked me why Jesus Christ's resurrection was important to me. I was caught a little bit off guard, but I just started to talk and I think I …

The Purest Love

This past week I have begun to devote a lot of my efforts to my studies, this being composed of reading in a lot of gospel related sources. Something that has really stuck out to me the most has been the purest form of love, or otherwise known as the love of Christ. 
I guess you could say this all started with an invitation to write a poem about what the Savior means to me. I promise I'm working on it Sister Lay, it's just not there yet! I was looking for inspiration to write and I came across a talk my late stake president once gave. In his talk about Christ's atonement, my stake president bore testament of Christ's perfect love for us and his ability to heal. Though he may no longer be in this life, his teachings still live on within me. His testimony of Christ and the atonement took me back to when I was 14.
When I was 14, I was in a car headed to my high adventure trip with my stake president-- at this time he was a ward bishop. We had a long trip ahead of us, and in…

6 months

Wow. My heart broke just a little writing down this title. I hit my 6 month mark tomorrow, and I think I am beginning to experience my midlife crisis. I honestly cannot believe how fast time is passing by, it terrifies me. It feels as if it was just yesterday that I was being dropped off by my family at the missionary training center. I feel as if I just arrived in Germany, but I have not.
These past 6 months have been filled with laughter and tears, joy and sadness, faith and doubt, confidence and fear, and lots of bread. As I reflect on these past 6 months, I see how far I have come. I think the most notable change has been with the language haha. I went from knowing kein Deutsch to being able to maintain a conversation, teach, read with understanding, and even send texts. Honestly, I have surprised myself with how rapid I have been able to pick up the language, but I still have a lot to learn-- the gift of tongues is real!
My knowledge of the gospel and my father in heaven has contin…

Mamasita, Señorita

Well this week went by like a bolt of lightening. Every night Sister Saalman and I will be laying in our beds asking ourselves what our favorite part of the day was, except there's always a huge moment of silence because we struggle to remember what exactly happened haha.
During my personal study time I came upon these following verses, and this is Christ speaking, "Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me; And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost. Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall (D&C 50:40-42, 44)." I love how personal Christ is. I know there are many times in our lives where we want something immediately, but sometimes we just aren't ready. …