Croatia – Week 2

Croatia - Week 2

(week 26)

Hallo Alle!!!

Croatia is BEAUTIFUL. So cool being here, the language barrier is sometimes real, but other than that it’s been so easy and so fun. Let me tell you a little about my “vacation”.

First, in news, I leave for Munich on Thursday! Crazy times! I’m apprehensive but excited about getting there and having the best pretzel of my life. I was talking to one of the sisters in my mission this week, and she said she gets on every p-day. I was sitting there like… p-day dude?! Nah! I’mma get one jeden Tag, every day. I just love bread.

That honestly, like sums up my week right there. BREAD. It’s amazing here, they give us rolls and croissants every morning for breakfast and more rolls for dinner, and there’s bakeries literally everywhere sooooo I’m in heaven. I’ve bread to eat and the Bread of Life (aka Jesus) so I am all good.

Anyway, this week was a long one. We have German class every day for 3 hours. The groups have 2 teachers, and ours is Gabriela. She’s very sweet, enjoys learning new English words from us, and plays music for us to learn German. The other day she played a rap song about schokolade (chocolate) that has us all laughing and bopping our heads. The other teacher, Mia, subbed for us one day, and she is super fun, very engaging, and somewhat interested in the gospel! Her group shared testimonies with her, I sang a song for her in class (she proceeded to ask every other class if they’ve heard my angelic voice), and they even gave her a Croatian book of Mormon. I really hope she starts getting officially taught!

We also have time everyday to go out into the city and get food, go shopping, just look around. All the bakeries are pretty amazing, and I’ve had ice cream almost everyday. One day we even went to a pretty authentic restaurant where no one told us the prices, brought us basically whole pots of soup, a huge plate of meats, and bread. So we were there thinking…. how much is this going to cost us?? We got up to the front and it was 285 Croatian Kuna… which is about 40 dollars. So we each had paid only ten bucks each for a super nice meal. I love the strength of the dollar. I will enjoy it before suffering with Euros.

There’s honestly too much to talk about! We watch The Chosen every night – I wasn’t sure about it when it first came out, but I have been converted! It’s so amazing, and though I don’t always know exactly how accurate it is for some things, most of the time I really appreciate the way they portray everyone. It’s very engaging, and makes me think about how the Savior feels about me. Sometimes I’m frustrated with myself with what I see as a lack of faith in myself… I pray a lot during the show.

I want to tell you all about yesterday! We went to the Plitvice National Park, a beautiful nature preserve with lakes, waterfalls, and forests about a 2 hour bus ride away from Zagreb. I’ll include pictures, and while the scenery is gorgeous it wasn’t the most beautiful thing that happened. The tender mercies of the Lord were far greater. My companion and I, thinking we would be getting back on the bus, left our bags there. All we had was my phone when the bus pulled away, taking our stuff with it (it was okay, we got back on later and our stuff was there, phew!). We had no money, no water, no anything. Disaster right?!

Our coordinator paid for our tickets.
Another sister let me borrow her extra hat.
A senior sister gave me her extra brand new mask.
Another sister lent me money so I could buy souvenirs.
When everyone else was buying food after, one of the senior couples had gotten their order wrong, and ended up with two orders of the same thing. They gave us one so we wouldn’t be hungry.
We got back on the bus, our things were still there and the water bottles full – our hearts more so!

The whole experience was fun, peaceful, and beautiful. I would love to go back there someday. I’m grateful for all the small ways that the Lord provided for me, so I could be more comfortable and happy. He tends to his sheep, and clothes the lilies of the field. And so He provided for me. I am so grateful for that experience, especially after watching the Chosen, and seeing how they put everything aside to live with the Lord. It put things into perspective for me, and helped me have my own little temple experience on the bus ride home. I think the best part was that I didn’t get upset. I normally do when things don’t go my way, or are inconvenient. But I was totally calm, not worried at all. I’m so grateful for that too.

Okay, this email is already a thousand years long so I’m gonna end it there! I love you all (shout out to some of my bestest friends who I didn’t get to email. I’m so sorry but now you know why life got the better of me!) Have a great week and see von Deutschland, Österreich, oder der Schweiz!!

Sister Miltimore

Croatia – Week 1

Croatia - Week 1

(week 25)

Hallo alle!!


Sooooo I left the country this week. Big yay!

One seriously crazy thing is that we found out at 8 pm on p-day last week that not only was Sister Rucker going to be moving on the same day as me up to Moroni UT, but that they are also combining our area with the other sisters. Big sad, bigger stress. The last couple of days before I left were spent stressing and packing and basically feeling like my head got chopped off. So that was fun.

Then, I left. Sister Rollins and I (another sister going to my mission in Germany!) went down to St George and spent the night in the Visitors Center by the St George temple. We both got to see some old friends and hang out a bit. Then the next day we got on a plane and began the journey!

First we flew from St George to Denver, where we met a couple of senior missionary couples and got Chick-Fil-A with a solo Elder. Then we flew from Denver to Frankfurt. A VERY LONG flight. I watched 3 Disney movies, because I knew I wouldn’t sleep, and I knew I would need approved distraction, so sorry if some of you don’t agree with my decision but bleh. I totally had a panic attack after watching Incredibles 2, so I bought the wifi and chatted with my mom for a little bit.  I am SO GRATEFUL for technology, I literally wouldn’t survive without it. I felt a lot better after talking to my mom, and continued with the trip.

In Frankfurt we met up with a bunch of other missionaries, including some of my MTC district!!! First I got to see Elder Degarimore who is literally one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. He’s hilarious and we sincerely enjoy roasting each other constantly. I got to see my MTC companion Sister Parker!!! We still can’t believe each other actually exist, and everytime we see each other now, we hug. It’s so awesome. Sister Putnam and Curtis also arrived there, and we all got to hang out for a bit. Then we flew to Zagreb Croatia!

Croatia is beautiful! We are staying in a 5 star (I mean that really literally) hotel with the most amazing breakfast and dinner, amazing rooms, COMFY beds, I’m seriously so pampered right now. The first day my companion had not arrived yet, so I was paired up with Sister Curtis whom I love and adore. She is the best, and we had such a fun time walking around Zagreb together. We got food, a few little souvenirs, and just chilled and talked. It was so fun. We also had interviews with my new mission president! President Naatjes and his wife are seriously so wonderful – I can already tell they will be like a second set of parents for me while I’m on my mission and I am soooo grateful for that.

That night, Saturday, my new comp for the next couple weeks in Croatia arrived! Her name is Sister Marriott, and she is such a sweetheart. We are already getting along super well. I prayed for a companion just like her for these couple weeks, so I’m extra grateful.

Yesterday was Fast Sunday, so we had a missionary testimony meeting auf Deutsch. I shared my testimony, and it went pretty well. We only have one Elder in our district straight out of home MTC, so everyone else has been on a reassignment. We are all struggling with our very neglected, very broken German, but we have made a district goal to speak as much as we can, especially with each other. Everyday we will have a tutor come and teach us for 3 hours… yay. I’m… intimidated, but I’m not going to pass judgment till I have been through a session and see what it’s like. They’ve kind of been trying to scare us into working hard and I’m not sure how much I appreciate it tbh.

Today we are trying to figure out Croatian laundromats, seeing some sights, doing some shopping, and talking to family. I’m excited to see what this next couple of weeks brings.

Love you all!! Thank you for all you do!

Oh also! Pray for my friend Reshell!! Her health could be doing better.

Sister Miltimore