Be Still My Soul

When you move to another country, there’s a lot of paper work that accumulates that you have to submit and make sure that you have everything in order to legally reside in that country. Moving from Austria to Germany wouldn’t seem like that big of a problem, seeing as how Austria is a lot more intense about the paperwork that they have you fill out. But it helps the most when you can remember what days the office for foreigners is open. 

We went to get Sister Armstrong Anmelded this Wednesday, on the other side of town, that takes about an hour to get to by strassenbahn/walking because of all of the construction. (the signs everywhere say that the future is in 49 days, and “Freu dich auf die 15 Dezember”, but I’m really frustrated about all of the strassenbahn changes. Right as I get to understand everything, the universe of Augsburg decides that it’s going to change EVERYTHING.) I unfortunately forgot that the office is ALWAYS closed on Wednesday. It doesn’t matter which European country you’re in, they are always closed on Wednesday. *facepalm* 

So then, on Thursday, we were back again in the office only to get an appointment for the 18th of November. 

Almost a month after the first time we went in. 

Well, that’ll be interesting to do in week 6 of the transfer. 

On Tuesday we were in Munich for our interviews with President Miles, which meant that I got to briefly see Sister Christianson, but that took quite a bit of time out of our week, even if it was really nice to talk to President Miles about life and missionary work. 

Well, the most exciting thing about this week is that… ich habe löschen in meine stieglen…schada schokolada. So, because I have holes in my boots, when it rains, I have to solve the problem by taping plastic bags to my feet before sticking them in my boots…yeah, that’s a lot of fun. 😀 
So today, I will be buying boots. 😀

Nothing else terribly besonderes about this week happened… just a lot of running around and doing a lot of random stuff, and not actually getting anything done…

We did change the time on Sunday, so we got a whole other hour of sleep Sunday morning. IT WAS SO NICE!!!!!!!!!

But the time is just going faster and faster, the nine month mark is coming up really fast and my 22nd birthday is following closely behind. Do I see some grey hairs? 😀

  1. 1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
    With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
    Leave to thy God to order and provide;
    In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
    Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
  2. 2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
    To guide the future as he has the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
    All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
    His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
  3. 3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
    When we shall be forever with the Lord,
    When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
    Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
    Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
    All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

I read this hymn last night and I was just thinking about the beautiful promises the Lord gives us. I haven’t heard this song in a while because it isn’t in the German hymn book, which just so happens to be the only hymnal I thought to bring on my mission. 

But this hymn has carried me through some pretty difficult times in my life as I’ve thought about the lines that it contains. To know that the Lord is on my side and that everything really is possible through Him.  

One of the scriptures in this hymn is Psalms 37:3-9:

Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass. 

And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgement as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. 

 

I just feel that, if we’re doing all the things we should be, trusting in the Lord and remembering that He will watch out for us. Like He promises in Matthew:

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 

“Fear ye not therefore, yea are of more value than many sparrows.”

 

 

I have no idea how many sparrows each one of us are worth, but I do know what it says in the Bible Dictionary under God: 

“Although God created all things and is the ruler of the universe, being omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (through His Spirit), mankind has a special relationship to Him that differentiates man from all other created things: man is literally God’s offspring, made in His image, whereas all other things are but the work of His hand”

 

Remember, you’re a child who is loved by a wonderful Heavenly Father. He will watch after you, guide you, and lead you through even the darkest and most terrifying of nights.

Love you all!

Lillie

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They Are Mine

As a missionary we’re called to do the Lord’s work, called to be the deliverers of glad tidings (not just once a year, but all day, everyday.) I never knew what being a missionary actually meant before I came on my mission. I never knew what being a missionary was until I BECAME one. 

It’s taken me almost nine months to realize that sometime in the process I became a missionary, a servant of the Lord, an Engel delivering the tidings of a life here-after, with our families, forever. 

But I’ve discovered that in the light of the Lord’s love, I have never been happier. 

I’ve never questioned myself so much, never been so unsure of myself and my abilities, but I’ve also never been so close to the Lord. 

In Germany and Austria there are many tunnels that one must pass through while traveling by train. Depending on the size of the mountains crushing down on this small space carved by skilled hands, the tunnels could be long, or they could be short. Many feel the pressure on their ears as the air pressure changes, and it’s almost as if the world is pushing down on you physcially. 

This past weekend we were in Munich for Pfahl Conference where 46 missionaries were present. The hottest topic in the church was discussed, referencing the 80,333 missionaries in the world. And the 15 million MEMBER MISSIONARIES. 

But I was just thinking about the awesomeness of this work and how great it is that I have the opportunity to be here on my mission. I’ve gone through many tunnels on my mission, figuratively and literally. But you know, the great thing about the Lord is that He’s not the light at the end of the tunnel. He’s the light that’s right there next to you that gives you the courage to keep moving forward and to keep going and to make it through the tunnel. 
Love you! 
Lillie

Seek that ye may find

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how unpredictable this life is. Since I’ve been on my mission it’s been particularly frustrating, not knowing if the next phone call could send you into another country, or send you to another city to meet some unknown person. Or the next call could just send the person that you’ve become really good friends with off to another part of the country. 

But that’s just how life is as well. Due to outside forces life can never be predicted, managed, or controlled.

We as humans must simply adapt, something that thousands of years of evolution to climates, cultures, and oppression has proved that adaption is something at which we excel. One moment your life could be perfectly happy and nothing could be wrong in your world, until the wrong jenga piece is pulled out of the tower and it comes crashing down. 

From our human perspective, the crashing of the tower of normalcy, or life as we know it, is distressing and puts us off course. It makes us doubt everything that we’ve ever known and we become victim to the darkness of the unknown. Many times we find ourselves alone, wandering for hours, following some hope or dream or flicker of light somewhere in the distance. 

We can wander around for hours, in impenatrable mists of gloom and confusion because we are unsure what to do with ourselves and this situation we’ve found ourselves in. But just like Lehi, we find ourselves praying to God, asking for his help. When the confusion and the darkness of the world pushes in around you, you just have to remember to pray. 

Lehi says:
And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have amercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies.

 9 And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious afield.

After he prayed he could see again. Things came to his light and knowledge and it’s only after we’ve prayed and asked for the mercies of the Lord to take care of us that we find ourselves in the position to see the tree and to see what he’s asked of us. It’s then that we realize our goal and where we need to go. What our goal is. 

If we have to look back, let us look back simply for the cause of motivating ourselves to see how far we’ve come, but let us not forget that the Lord has greater things planned ahead than what He has already given us. 

We must first seek, so we can find. 

Love

Lillie

PS: Sister Christianson is going to Passau to work with Sister Smith, the Sister Smith from the MTC that was my saving grace. Sister Armstrong is coming to Augsburg from Graz. 

Kings of Righteousness

On September 28th and 29th, respectively, Herr D was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will be returning to China in the next couple of weeks where he will cheerfully ride a bus for four hours on Saturday afternoon to stay the night and go to church the next morning when he will make the return trip home that afternoon. He is very excited for this opportunity to be a member of this church. 

During the fest and outside of the trainstation in Munich I diligently searched for a Dirndl but never found one. But upon our arrival at an investigators home, I was surprised with the opportunity to purchase one from an investigator’s wife for only twenty euro (80 euro cheaper than I had anticipated to pay).

This week I decided I was going to read through the bible for the rest of my mission. I started in Genesis and…I’m still in Genesis. But as I was going through I noticed a footnote next to the name Melchizedek. Upon my arrival in the bible dictionary I was greeted with the meaning of Melchizedek. Kings of Righteousness.
 
I thought of all the worthy Melchizedek priesthood holders in the world, those at home with their families and those out on missions. TheseKINGS of Righteousness are changing the world for good and influencing them in ways that you could never imagine. 
I just hope that all of the men, young and old, go out and be worthy of the title KINGS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Love you!
Lillie