Diese Sprache

We are already two weeks into Spring Semester and it feels more like a month!

As usual, I always take on a little more than I can handle and end up dropping a few things. I think that is something we all definitely need to get used to in life; we cannot always please everyone all of the time. How does that saying go…? “You can please some of the people all of the time. You can please all of the people some of the time. But you cannot please all of the people all of the time.” It’s hard to not live up to other’s expectations, but the only expectations we must live up to are that of our own and Heavenly Father’s. He has legitimate authority and knows who we must, and will, become.

My most stressful class is, by far, German 201. I can understand all of the grammar and can listen to German with no problem. But DO NOT ask me to speak German. It is so hard for me to put the grammatical elements together in my head and the spit them all out, in the right order and with the right sounds.

But my teacher said that we do not have to think about every single grammatical rule and element as we speak. Most things we already know. We already know how to put on adjective endings and conjucate verbs into the simple past tense. We know more than we think. Simply deciding to just speak the language (responding to questions from roommates or picking a day out of the week to speak only in German) can prove to you that you actually do know more of the language than you now think you do.

The same applies to missionary work and being a faithful member of the Church. Many make the excuse to not serve a mission or magnify their callings because they are not some Scripturian, have only been in the Church for a few years, or could never fully remember the stories and lessons learned in Sunday School. But when we are forced outside of our comfort zone, we learn more about ourselves and see that we are capable of so much more than we had previously thought.

I know this language and, even if I do not undergo a miracle in the next semester and become fluent somehow, I will have a major leg-up going into the MTC and the mission field.

So maybe you can ask to speak German….



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