Home is where the Heart is

Guess who rolled her other ankle not just once, but twice this week? Me... Someone might just want to send me a wheelchair. This past week I rolled my right ankle twice and I don't know how. I'll just be walking and then somehow I'll end up on the floor trying to heal my ankle. I kid you not when I say I've fallen more times within these past two weeks than I have in the past 2 years.

The only other thing that hurt this past week was my stomach haha. We had an eating appointment with an Albanian family in our ward and man, Sister Saalman and I came out in so much pain. The food was amazing and if I physically could have continued to eat I totally would have, but since leaving Hamburg I'm sad to say I haven't been able to keep up with meals. We may or may not have had to adjust our clothing to be able to breathe and walk properly...

Apart from that, everything is good! Yesterday we heard from general authorities in the area via broadcast. The messages they had to share were amazing. They centered on personal knowledge and what matters most in the end.

There is nothing more priceless in this world than your personal testimony and faith. There is nothing more priceless than understanding your worth, divine heritage, and purpose in life. And there is nothing more priceless than being determined to make it home.

During the broadcast, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf brought up an essential point we often tend to overlook-- There's something that always draws you home. Home. I think it's safe to say within all of us, there is always something that stirs within us a desire to want to go home (wherever that is or with whoever that is) when we need it most. It's innate, a part of who we are as a species. In the same manner, all of us have a desire (whether it's subdued or not) to understand where we come from, why we're here, and where we're going.

When we search for answers, we will find them. It's a promise given to us since times of old (see Matt. 7:7, Luke 11: 9-10, 3 Nephi 14: 7-8, D&C 88: 63). There are small things we can be doing every day to build our knowledge of the greater things in life. Things like praying, pondering, reading, studying, and listening. These build a basis of faith for us. Having a witness of personal worth, divine heritage, and your purpose in life is the most priceless knowledge for anyone because once that witness is obtained, nothing else matters. Your world could be crumbling and shattering, but it's ultimately your faith that will save you. My faith has saved me.

As I've continued my journey, my longing to return to my heavenly home has only grown stronger. The world is filled with so many distractions, making it easy to lose sight of the things that matter most. Don't lose sight of the glorious treasure being stored for you. What seems important now, may not be the case in a couple of years. I know there's so much more to this life than the temporary. So my invitation to you is to ponder on where you are in life and what you can do to make it back to your heavenly home. Discover those treasures, they're worth it.

Bis nächste Woche,

Sister Quintana 
Yes I ate the whole thing by myself
P.S. Transfer calls came in... I'm staying in Dresden and I'm "greenie breaking" (;