So, transfer calls happened.
Moral of the story before I tell the story: do not try to predict transfer calls.
|Half of the Distrikt is leaving for other assignments. Back: Elder & |
Sister Parker, Elder Anderson, Sister Freimann, Elder Pingel
Front: Elder Eldredge, Elder Pugmire, Sister Bushman, Sister Smiley
|Wiener Neustadt at night|
|The "dritt" in shadows ... soon to fade to just two companions.|
We all laughed a little when Sister Smiley got her transfer call, because our Visas literally came in this week. But hey! Now we`re legal in the country. So that's nice.
Before my mission, I made 4 goals I wanted to accomplish in its duration. Some are pretty serious and others not so much, so here they are, in order of importance...
1. Invite others to come unto Christ.
2. Personally grow closer to Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ.
3. Take a Sound of Music-esque `Hills are alive` photo twirling in the actual Alps.
4. Buy a dirndl.
|After 6 weeks together in Wein and Wiener Neustadt,|
Sister Bushman must say good-bye to Sister Smiley
Guess who accomplished #4! Dirndls can be really expensive, but if you scout around some second-hand shops, you can find them for a fraction of the price. I found this dark blue (my favorite color) dirndl my very first P-day, and found a blouse to go with it this past week. I still don't have an apron, so I borrowed Sister Freimann's so we could all wear Trachten (a traditional national costume in German-speaking countries) to church our last Sunday in Wiener Neustadt. The apron is a few inches too short, so I'll have to keep looking, but I seriously wish I could wear my dirndl like, every day. Trachten is SO FUN. (I should be on the look out for lederhosen, eh?) :)
|Sister Freimann with Sister Bushman and |
Sister Smiley in their new dirndls.
|In my new dirndl (although the apron isn't mine)|
in front of the big statue in the main square of Weiner Neustadt.
|Walking to our GMK's (ward mission leader's) house|
We saw a really cool miracle this week. We had an appointment fall out last minute, and were none entirely sure what to do with our time instead. Sister Freimann felt like we should stop by this one particular less-active. We walked toward her house, and I noticed this man accross the street in his yard when we walked. We said hallo, and he did as well. As we continued to walk to the lady's house, I felt really strongly that we should go talk to the man. The other Sisters agreed. The lady wasn't home, so we walked over to him in his yard, where Sister Smiley struck up a conversation with him. He was super friendly and said he has had some trouble believing in God recently because he has been really sick - he doesn't know if God is keeping him alive, or if it's just the doctors. We talked to him for a while and ended up giving him a Book of Mormon, which he took and said he would read. We'll be telling the Elders to stop by when they get to the area. It was a really cool experience, because all 3 of us came together to speak with him - if Sister Freimann hadn't said we should go to this area, or if I hadn't said we should speak to him, or if Sister Smiley hadn't initiated conversation - the experience woudln't have happened.
I was reading this morning in Alma (in the Book of Mormon), and found some scriptures that I really, really love. Ammon, Aaron, and others had been preaching among the Lamanites, and had brought the gospel to tons and tons of people. Ammon goes on and on about how happy he is that so many people were brought to repentance, and brought to the knowledge of Christ. Alma 26:10-12 then states:
How cool is that? I have already seen so many miracles and felt just a slice of this similar joy, and I am no way anything close to the type of missionary that Ammon was. I hope I can try and follow his example, and more importantly, Christ's example, every day!
Have a wonderful week! Tschüß!