- The Sister Missionaries here were at the Church building in Neukölln one evening. They were sitting on one of the chairs in the entrance waiting for an appointment to show up to teach. And a pregnant, hippie lady walked up to the Church, glared at them, and then spit on the ground and left. They weren`t really sure what happened and didn`t really want to get too involved. Funny story, right…?
- We were leaving Ben`s apartment and there was a guy with a bunch of pizzas going into an apartment. He saw us and said, “Mormone, oder?” (MOrmons, right?” We stopped and said, “Yeah. How do you know us?” And he was surprised. He thought we were going to a costume party and found out that we were actually Mormons. Ha! We gave him a card with our number on it and left.
- Offenbarung = Revelation
- Knechten = Secrets
- jucken = to itch/ scartch
- Sinn = mind, idea, conciousness, sense, etc….
- vorbereiten = to prepare
Guten Moregn! Today is Day 20 for me here at the MTC and I officially can say that I leave for Germany tomorrow! SAY WHAT?!?! HOLLA!!!
As great as it is here at the MTC, I am SO ready to go. I have spent the last three weeks within a 3-4 block radius (the MTC, the Provo Temple across the street, and the BYU Marriott Center just next door) and eating cafeteria food GALORE. I am praying that the SLC airport has like a Chipotle or a Costa Vida or something like that. It will be 9AM and I probably won’t even care!
My 4.5 hour layover in Amsterdam will prove to be interesting though. Then my mission president and his wife will pick us up at the Berlin Airport. There will be about 10 of us together headed to Berlin. The other some odd 30 missionaries in my Zone here are headed to Frankfurt on a different flight (SLC to Dallas to Frankfurt) and leave an hour before us. More sleeping time for the Berliners! I think we know who Heavenly Father love more. (Just kidding! He loves all of us just the same :P)
Oh! And there were two sister missionaries behind me in line yesterday at dinner. They are both headed to the Oakland-San Frnacisco Mission! I told them that if they are ever in the Danville Stake or the Alamo First Ward, tell them Elder Hoffman says hi. I didn’t think to get their names.
Our Fast Sunday was pretty good yesterday. All the missionaries who are about to leave have to attend a Departure Devotional on Sunday evening. President Hacking, one of the counselors in the MTC Presidency, spoke to us for a bit. He said that we are going out now to become “somebody’s missionary.” He told a story of a lady he baptized in England. He never was able to stay in touch with and had wondered for years what had happened with her and where she was. One night, her husband found him because his wife was feeling a bit down after her parents passed away. When he called President Hacking he said, “I thought that if I could just find her missionary, then maybe she would cheer up.”
President Hacking asked all the converts in the room to raise their hands and asked if we could remember the names of the missionaries that baptized us. And then I remembered, all the sister missionaries that taught me, I call them “my sister missionaries.” They will always be apart of my life wherever we are and I bet we will probably be something like neighbors or like in the same neighborhood in the Celestial Kingdom. I am so grateful for the opportunity to become “somebody’s missionary.”
Also, last night the former President of the Philippines MTC spoke to us. WOW! There are great things happening in that part of the world! He used the scripture from Alma and Isaiah that reads, “O how beautiful are the feet of those who stand on the mountain tops….” He explained that our feet will enter strange places, kick dogs away, and become very sore. But they will also lead many to the waters of baptism, lead us to find our friends from the pre-existence, and will constantly stand in holy places.
However, something I kept hearing a lot yesterday was something like, “You don’t know how great all of you are. You don’t know what a sight you are. You don’t have any idea about the work you are about to do.”
I do know the power with which missionaries are endowed. I do know what a sight we are. I know how much Heavenly Father loves his missionaries. And I know what the work will be like that is to come shortly. I will be walking shoulder-to-shoulder with the Savior, literally do His work on the earth with His priesthood authority, and I will be lifted up angels (D&C 84). I know all of this and I just felt like I needed to tell people that.
No pictures today. It has been kind of a boring week this week. I am doing a little laundry and packing today.
Ich liebe euch viel! Bis naechsten Montag!
I am 15 days into my MTC experience. I also have 5 1/2 days left here! WOOT!!
Starting Monday morning, my little district will start abandoning me… I mean leaving for their missions. Elder Lee was the last to leave. I walked him and his bags to the Travel Office here at 3AM. I look forward to seeing him again and know that he will do an excellent work in Toronto.
I am in a new branch now. I moved across campus and up four floors with all the other German missionaries. I will be taking German classes now and learning the language finally! My new companion is Elder Nelson from Corvalis, Oregon. We have only been companions for a few hours now, so I don’t know him all too much yet. But since I am in a new district and branch now, my Prep-Day is different.
Hmmmmm…. so what has been happening…? To the outside world, something amazing happens here every day. But I am so used to seeing and hearing new things that make me think differently; I stopped taking notes on everything because I remember everything I learn. It gets filed away and I know it’s still there because it is a part of me now.
Last night Elder Lee and I walked over to the Marriotr Center on the BYU campus for the MTC Devotional. We never know who is speaking until the walk up to the stand to take their seat. This time is was Elder Neal L Andersen of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. He walked into the auditorium when we were singing some prelude hymns and everyone stood up. I stood up too and had no idea why we were standing. Then I looked WAAAAYYYYY down at the floor and saw a little figure that kind of looked like Elder Andersen… And it was!
Here was the punchline of his talk: “We sacrifice for the things we love and love the things for which we sacrifice.” We love things, like friends and family, and we make sacrifices for them because we care them and want their happiness. But we also love the things we sacrifice. We may not intially LOVE saying a certain word less or spending more time with the scriptures, but we eventually seeing the silver lining and learn to love the things for which we sacrifice.
After the closing prayer, the MTC President came to stand and told us that it was raining very hard outside and that there was thunder and lightning. We were being kept in there for a little longer until it all subsided. We sang a few hymns and Elder Andersen went around and shook a few hands. After the lighting had passed, they told us to go back and try not to get too wet. So… there we all were… some 5,000+ missionaries hurrying back to the MTC in the pooring-down rain. It was fun! What an expereince though… listening to an Apostle of the Lord and then running home in the rain with all these missionaries. Not once did I hear people complaining. They, we, all had a fun time that night. My branch came together afterwards and we all talked about the devotional; it was a really great conversation about love being the central message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, literally, the foundation of our work as missionaries.
I just have to say that I have so many small experiences here at the MTC. So many of them are just too sacred to share . These experiences are for me and know else could truly understand them. God’s hand is in my life and has been from the start. God’s hand has been in other’s lives, including Elders Lee, Ojeda, and Lucerna. We all arrived together in the MTC and by some miracle were put in the same district. I should not have been placed in that district or even arrived when I should have. All the other German Missionaries being fast-tracked, like me, came last week. I’m not sure who punched what buttons accidentally, but I am eternally thankful for these new friends in the Gospel.
I leave the MTC here in Utah at 5:30 AM on Tuesday the third. I will land in Amsterdam at about 6/6:30 for 4 1/2 hour layover. I have my pass along cards ready! Then I fly to Berlin, where I will land at 11:20AM on the fourth and my mission president, President Kosak, will pick all of us up. We’ll head to the Mission Home, I think, and do stuff…. I just need to try to stay awake that day!!
My next Prep-Day will be in Germany. So I will send an email then.
Ich liebe euch viel!