Es Ist Gesund

Don’t worry that yesterday was the hottest day on earth and there’s no such thing as indoor cooling systems here in Austria.

I think I’m going to melt. 

Literally. 

It doesn’t get too hot temperature-wise, but it’s wet. Ugh! 

Anyway. 
Everytime we eat at a member’s house I always hear about how ‘healthy’ something is. I think if I have to hear the sentence, “Es ist Gesund'” one more time in my life, I’m going to poke myself in the face. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m from America and in America we don’t care if something’s healthy or not, but I just don’t what to hear about it anymore. 

I just want to sit in the corner and eat my McDonald’s hamburger and fries and overly large drink and not be judged for it! 
But, you know how it goes.
This week we had a wonderful surprise! We got another baptismal date set! His name is Klaus and he’s from Austria and he’s somewhere in his sixties.
We contacted him because he has a cute dog that is one of the most adorable creatures ever. 
We set the date for his birthday 14 September. He’s secretly excited about it. He smokes like a wombat though, so it’s kind of gross, but we’ll work on that. 😀 
“For Behold the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from Heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.” -Mosiah 3:5

I love this scripture because it was written 124 years before Christ.

“And, lo, He shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, execpt it be unto death, for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be His anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of His people.” -Mosiah 3:7

I love this scripture because it tells of everything that Christ will suffer because of His people. Just thinking aout the love that He has for me, that He was willing to, not only die for me, but to suffer for me. 
I didn’t realize until I was on my mission that the atonement was more than just suffering for our sins so we could return to the Father. 
Jesus Christ came to the earth so that He could suffer with us, so that He would know perfectly what we all went through. 
I’ve been really struggling with a few things these past few weeks and I’ve been kept afloat by the fact that Christ knows exactly what I’m going through. And that’s been a real comfort to me. 
He felt every blister on my feet, every sore muscle, every inch of pedal burn from my bike, every ounce of fear and confusion and hurt, and He knows perfectly how to succor me. 
I ran accross a note in my English scriptures a few months ago that had the definition of the word succor. The word succor literally means to run to the aid of. 
I just find that so beautiful. Christ is waiting to succor each and every one of us. He’s standing there, with His arms outstretched, waiting for us to call on him. 
Und ich lasse das in Namen Jesu Christi, Amen.
Love, Lillie

24 August 2013

Well, this week did not go as expected! We have a baptismal date set for the 24th of August!!!!! YAY!

His name is Michael and he’s baptist and just incredibly knowledgeable. 

The Linz Elders contacted him on the street and he asked them who Melchezedek was and he knew all about tithing and that the money should go to God and not to the church.
We met with him and he pulled out a marked up copy of the Book of Mormon  in Romanian and said he’d had it for a few years. I just was sitting there in my chair incredulous. 
He said he needed a month to read through the Book of Mormon to know if it’s true. He says that he believes that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and in our lessons with him he quotes from the parts of the Book of Mormon that he’s read. He’s not reading it straight through, rather studying it. He was ‘teaching’ us about when Jesus showed Himself to the Nephites and they touched the prints in His hands and His feet and in His side and that He gave Nephi the power to baptize. 
It’s all very interesting with him. He says that the Book of Mormon is too easy for him to read. It’s like the bible. We’re loving it.
Yesterday Toster, pronounced wie toaster, came to church with his wife. It was very interesting. He’s from Nigeria and she’s from Wels and it’s just an interesting little group of people that we’re teaching. 
But it’s just crazy to have a baptismal date! That’s something I haven’t had on my mission and so it’s really really exciting to have an actual goal to work toward. But as far as the rest of our week, it wasn’t all that exciting.
Just the usual of things to do. 
And I found out, a couple weeks ago, something really interesting and funny schau:
Besonderes Sister Judd…
Love you all!
THank you for your prayers and support! 
PRAY FOR MICHAEL!!!!
Lillie

What a Crazy Life

I don’t know that there was anything really particularly exciting that happened this week. We gained two new investigators, we rode bikes, rode several trains (as always) went to Salzburg, visited some members…

Well, this week, I think I’m most grateful for worthy priesthood holders. This week Sister Lin and I had a rather scary experience and the priesthood was able to help. Thankfully! 

Life is still plugging along, and the transfer is almost over!

Transfer calls are this Friday and it’s hard to believe that it’s already almost at the end of the transfer! I’ve been on my mission for over five months, and I’ve gotten into the groove of missionary life. 

My biggest issue with my life currently is that the only way to get to our apartment is up a hill. It doesn’t matter what direction you come from, it doesn’t matter where you go, you HAVE to go up a hill at some point. Going down is great, but going up is not so great.

Walking, I don’t mind walking, but getting on a bike, in a skirt, and having to ride up a hill, in the road, with your skirt flying up over your head and holes in your shoes, and your legs are burning, and you feel like you’re going to die before you get up the hill…and by dying I mean there’s the possibility of getting hit by a car, falling off your bike, being attacked by an errant bird, your heart stopping, or just dying from exhaustion!

You know, it all depends…

Yep, well, I love you so very much! I’m sorry that I don’t have more to share. This week was a quiet one!

Love 
Lillie

Saddle Sore

This last week I rode a bike…I hate it. 

Because I’m a freakishly tall person, when I ride the bike my legs kick up my skirt and then the wind takes care of the rest and…well, let’s just say that by the time I leave Wels, the whole city will have seen my religion. 

But but also hurts…a lot. 

But it’s all good. Nothing really overly exciting happened this past week, well, since Wednesday when I emailed. 

We went to Wien twice because we had to go get Sister Lin’s visa. 

The first time we went down, on Monday, we made it to the place a minute after noon, right as they were closing and locking the doors. It was really very stressful. 

But we got the okay to buy summer tickets, so we pay 69 euro for a sommer ticket and we can get on any train in Austria without buying a ticket with a specific destination. 

And so we weren’t worried about going to Wien. And so on Thursday we set off again, only earlier this time. We got there, got the visa and headed out with no problems. It was just the stress of getting to Wien twice in a week that was the stress. 

And so, on Friday we went to the police station (where Sister Lin was summoned) and they showed the police her visa and everything and it was all good! They just copied it and told her they were done. 
That was a big relief!

Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting, which is really always interesting…

There was a woman that got up and started talking about her grandson in Africa and he came close to a crocodile, and then he saw the baby crocodile and it was so cute! And then she closed her testimony. 

Everyone in the congregation was laughing hysterically. She is just the funniest little woman you’ve ever met. She doesn’t try to be, but she always talks about things like they’re really dramatic and…oh, she’s hysterical. Obliviously hysterical, but hysterical none-the-less.

Anyway…

We did have a really dark and awful lesson on Friday. With West. He brought out things about polygamy. And he had this website that was called, “Remembering the Wives of Joseph Smith.”

I just hate this question. 

I don’t understand entirely why the early saints had a lot of wives. I don’t understand it at all, and I don’t know that, in this life, that I will ever understand it. What I do understand is that that question is not vital to conversion in the church.

I just hate these “How far is Kolob?” questions. They just don’t make sense. And if you dwell on it, you just get confused and shaky and then  you’re not sure what to do with your life. 

Which is why I don’t like to talk about it. When we talk about our lessons people keep bringing it up and it bothers me because it makes me feel uncomfortable…

Anyway. 

Spiritual thoughts! You’re gonna get a lot of them because I have a lot of time to write this email today! Woo!

“I think that if God forgives us, we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it’s almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”

-C.S. Lewis

I love this quote. I found it when I was having a hard time forgiving myself for something that I’d done and when I read it I felt instantly better. It’s amazing when you realize in that moment that you can be forgiven for something,  but sometimes it’s hard when you still don’t feel okay because you haven’t forgiven yourself. 

This quote also makes me a little bit afraid not to forgive myself, because I’m not higher or better than God. 

“I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared tot he world that the Book of Mormon is true.”

-Jeffery R. Holland

I don’t know that I will ever have the chance to declare on world-wide broadcasted television that I know that Book of Mormon is true, but I’m declaring it now. I know that it’s true because I’ve read it. 
I got my answer that the Book of Mormon is true when I was fifteen. 

I had been told that I needed to read it, I had been told that I needed to know what was inside this book was true. And so I read through the Book of Mormon, trying and reading and thinking about it, and trying to decide if it was true or not. I prayed every night about it and I thought that it felt good, but I still wasn’t sure. 

I finished the last verse of Moroni 10 and I knelt down and prayed and I asked Heavenly Father to tell me that this book was true because I wanted to know. 

I sat there and waited for some burning pillar of light, maybe a vision or a voice from heaven. I waited and waited and I merely had the thought to start again. 

A little frustrated I pulled my scriptures over to me and flipped to the beginning:

 I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.

 Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.

And then I came to the verse that changed my life forever. 

And I know that the record which I make is true…

And in that moment I knew it was true too. 

There was no flaming pillar in the sky, no vision, to heavenly angels singing a hallelujah chorus. Just the small still voice crying from words written 2600 years before, I know that the record which I make is true.

“No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.” 

-George Cannon (speaking about the Book of Mormon)

“Have the moral courage to make your actions consistent with  your knowledge of right and wrong.”

“For behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”

-1 Nephi 20:10

“Speak to the critics with confidence and kindness. Do not be angered toward them. Let you life influence the lives of others for good.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

“In my Gethsemane and in yours, WE ARE NOT ALONE. The Savior will not leave us, neither will He sleep.” -Jeffery R. Holland

“If you trust Him enough to ‘go and do’  your trust will grow and over time you will realize that He trusts you too.” -President Henry B. Eyring

“To know someone here or there with whom you feel there is an understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed-that can make this life a garden.” -Goethe

“Through prayer, we borrow strength, love, and light at the very door of eternity.” -Bruce D. Porter

“It is as if we have been sitting in a cubicle in the Great and Spacious building, in front of a TV on which the only thing that plays is a never ending soap opera of our own inadequacy.” -Elder Jeffery R. Holland.

I just love this so much! Cause there are times when I’m feeling particularly low about myself that I just feel so awful and it’s because I’ve let myself only see my weaknesses. And then it gets so frustrating! But it’s just because when Lucifer can’t get us through sin, or even when he does, he just wants us to become even more low and he just feeds us pitty pie on a silver platter. 

But as Elder Holland also said, “The race is against sin, not each other.” 

When I think of this I just imagine a bunch of runners trying to take down the bully and they just tackle him to the ground and drag him off the track. 

But that wouldn’t be Christlike, so…I guess that’s not how it would go down. 😀

“No force in the entire world can stop the force of God.” -Thomas S. Monson

When I think of this I think of the missionary force in the world right now! Oh, it’s so crazy! How incredible is that!!!!!! 

I love it so much! I can’t believe that the gospel is going out into the world in such great numbers! I think it’ll be really interesting to see the convert numbers next year at the April General Conference!

“And He gathereth His children from the four corners of the earth, and he numbereth His sheep, and they know Him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and He shall feed them and in Him they shall find pasture.” -1 Nephi 22:25

This is probably one of my favorite scriptures. Even though I hate sheep, just the idea of it is really beautiful. I just can see myself feeling peace and love in a warm cozy field of grass and living and being happy. That’s what Christ offers. Except it’s eternal life. 

“There is nothing that we are enduring that Jesus does not understand, and He waits for us to go to our Heavenly father in prayer. I testify that if we will be obedient and if we are diligent, our prayers will be answered, or problems will diminish, our fears will dissipate, light will come upon us, the darkness of despair will be dispersed, and we will be close to the Lord and feel of His love and of the comfort of the Holy Ghost.” -Elder Robert D. Hales

“We are too easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord…we forget that if we are righteous, the Lord will either not suffer our enemies to come upon us…or He will fight our battles for us.” -President Spencer W. Kimball

Things are hard, but I know that the Lord is there for me. I can always have faith in him.

Love,

Lillie

Sister Hammock und die Taufe, die Farrhad, und die waschen machine‏

Well, I had a crazy week! We got a new washing machine because our old one decided to call it quits and die.

And so we had to go and purchase a brand-spanking new washing machine that seemed so nice and shiny and new. Until it was delivered and it cost thirty extra euro to have it installed. Poop.

So Elder Weidman came and installed it until we discovered that we needed an adapter for the water thingie thing. And so we headed out to the Bauhaus on the other side of town to buy the part that we needed. But then, guess what happens. We bought the wrong part. Poop again.

And so then it was Elder Weidman who went to the Bauhaus to get the part that we needed and yesterday we had a new working washing machine! Yay!

Or so we thought.

We set it up, put some much needed laundry in and headed downstrairs to try and fix the bikes that we had so that we could ride them and not die. (I rode a bike for the first time in a LONG time yesterday!) When we returned from our little frustrating excursion with the bikes we returned to find our apartment flooded. 
Poop.

The pipe that drains the water came out and it got soapy water everywhere.

And so we fixed the pipe, and cleaned up the water and ran another load only to have another part of the washing machine leak….

Poop.

Well, we won’t have a working washing machine till Friday and I don’t know what to do. 

ANyway…

Last Wednesday night, while I was on austaush with Sister Jaynes and it was Sister Allman in Munich! So we set up a time to skype with one of their investigators who is from Taiwan and got baptized on Sunday. So, we ended up going to Munich last minute for the baptism and we got stuck outside in the pouring rain. We were trapped outside the Sister’s apartment because they were at a lesson at the Mission Home with the Miles with one of their investigators and Sister Miles brought them home at like 10! But the baptism was nice. The girl was actually baptized ten years ago into our church, but was never confirmed. Super cool. She came out of the water and was crying and there was a little three year old girl who was watching it and after she came out of the water, the girl, in English, screamed, “That was so COOL!”

It was super cute!

Angela is just one of those golden investigators that came to church three weeks ago and told the missionaries she wanted to take the lessons. 

Super cool right?!?!?!
And then on Monday we had to go to Wien to pick up sister Lin’s visa because she has to go to the police station in Wels to prove that she’s legal to be here because they’re doubting if she is legal. 
But we missed the open hours by a minute. THey were closing the doors right as we walked in so we have to go again tomorrow and pick it up then.
But it’s all good because we have summer cards and so we can get on any train anywhere for free. So that’s nice. 
Oh, but it’s just been a stressful week. But that’s okay. At least we have a good deal of humor to light our way.