Landshut – Week 1

Lanshut, DE - Week 1

(week 55)

Hello again!

I am now in Landshut and Passau! We are double covering an area the size of the Fort Worth Texas mission. To repeat, my AREA is the size of an entire MISSION in the states. If you ever wondered what its like to serve in Europe, there you go, that pretty much sums it up. That being said, lucky enough this is a car area! We are driving! I can’t drive yet cause my license isn’t legal here ๐Ÿ™ƒ. Soooooo I get permanent shotgun for now. The area is nice, very pastoral, and we actually have a TON of work to do here, and THREE people who are praying about baptismal dates!! So please pray for them, because all 3 need some help from heaven to overcome their trials! Their names are Christian, Roland, and Joseph. And I love them all already.

I would say that’s been the easiest part of the transfer. It wasn’t easy to move – I was ready to leave Stuttgart, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to be in a new place after 3 transfers (about 4 months) in the same place. My transition hasn’t been the easiest in the world. BUT! I was able to see that I loved these people instantly. And I can already see why I am needed here. So, I feel pretty lucky.

My new companion is Sister McKenna Rollins!! She is from Arizona, the happiest lady I’ve ever met, and extremely loving and understanding. She’s already been a great support. My other major support here, has been a cat named Kao. (Pronounced cow) The members we live with have a cat!! He is the nicest, cutest cat I’ve ever met, and will just snuggle with you for basically as long as you let him. I am not much of a cat person, but I am a Kao person ๐Ÿ˜ป

So, Wednesday I moved. It was kinda sad… especially because it was raining. I rode the train to Munich and then waited for a while to head home. We didn’t have anything going on so I got to unpack and grab some groceries. Ig also got to see our amazing family friends the Mรผllers!! They live up near Frankfurt, but have family who live in Landshut!! They brought me some Christmas cookies and they were SO DELICIOUS ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Thursday we had the busiest day!! First we went and visited Bruder Bachman, who we normally see every Wednesday. He is in his 90s! He and his friend Sister Ulakovic’ love to cook for the missionaries every week. A full 3 course meal of soup, main course, and dessert. We don’t eat breakfast before… or dinner after. It’s a LOT of food. But it’s fun. We also visited Sister Gramsch, who we see every week too.

Honestly, this week was a lot of driving around!! We drive almost an hour or more to get to a lot of our appointments. On Saturday we had a cool experience meeting a referral who the sisters here had emailed with a few times about bringing a Book of Mormon by. He lived out in the middle of nowhere with his family, and had the thickest Bayrish accent I’ve ever heard – I could barely understand him!! But he was super happy to see us, and totally interested. His daughter came to the the door too, and wanted us to come in. Soooooo we might have found a family to teach ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

On Monday we had distriktsrat down in Munich and then we stayed the night with the Munich 2 sisters, because on Tuesday sister Rollins had her visa appointment! After 5 months in Germany! We love being illegal! All was well.

The last few days have been pretty low key, and today we stayed home and had a home day. It was super relaxing.

Alrighty guys that’s all the updates!! I love you all and I’ll talk to you on Tuesday!! Tchรผss!!

Sister Miltimore

Stuttgart – Week 18

Stuttgart - Week 18

(week 54)

Hi guys!! Gosh it has been TOO LONG!! Last week I had no time to write, and this week we had to move our P-day to Thursday! So this week, you will get 2 emails: one from the week of Christmas, and one from the week of new years. Let’s get into it!!

The 22nd: We went to see Iris!! And it was a flop, a bomb, a slight catastrophe. First, it was the coldest day of my whole life. Second, we totally missed multiple buses, which meant that not only did we have to stand out in the cold, but it also meant that we were 2 hours late to our appointment.ย ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ชย big sigh. So, we finally get there, have food as usual, and then go for a walk. As usual, we came around to the very interesting topics that Iris likes to share…. and a long story short, after our conversation that day, we did not feel like Iris was ready to get baptized yet, so we had to take her off-date for now. I’m very sad. Pray for her.

The 23rd: We had a BUNCH of appointments, but the best one by far was with Liridonia that night. I love her sooooo much!! She is a total example of becoming friends and teaching naturally. We worked hard to just be her friend over several months, and then we gave her a Book of Mormon. We asked her later if she had read any of it, and she had! And she wanted to know more! So, we finally got to go over and talk about it. As we did, the Spirit was strong and she was totally engaged, and she promised she would read more. I came away from the appointment absolutely beaming. Sometimes missionary work is literally the best thing ever.

The 24th: Heilig Abend!! Christmas Eve!!ย ๐ŸŽ„ย Here in Germany, the 24th is the day that you do all your traditions and open your presents. We were with one of my FAVORITE families, the Knapeks!! They were so sweet, they even got us presents to help us feel part of the family!! We sang songs, read the Christmas story, and opened gifts. For dinner we had Raclette!!! For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s like a double decker hot plate where you cook meat on top and then you have these little trays that you can load up with veggies and things and put underneath. The big thing is that you put CHEESE on it, and it gets all melty and delicious. It’s a Swiss thing that’s become a German tradition for many families to do at Christmas and new years time. And it is SOOOOOO delicious!! After dinner we played some games and then they drove us home.ย  Once we got home the night didn’t end there!! Sister Halterman wrapped our presents while I made Christmas cookies from a mix my parents sent me!! They tasted awesome, even though I left them in a *little* too long… we spread some reindeer food on the pavement outside so that Santa could find us (hehe) and then crashed at midnightย ๐Ÿ˜…

The 25th: CHRISTMAS!!!!!ย ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„
We spent the morning with the Hoffmans and Bea Sรผss and her brother! We had a good time, played a game and ate some good food.ย  We helped prepare the meal – 2 stuffed ducks, knรถdel, rotkohl (cooked red/purple cabbage), and Rahm sauce. Sister Halterman had to stuff the ducks… she was kind enough not to make me go through the experience.ย  We went home afterwards and called our families. We had the most wonderful time spending the holidays with the people we love most. My favorite part was watching my family open their gifts, just like normal. It was great. My favorite gift was a LIGHT UP CROCHET HOOK with interchangeable hook sizes. Now I can crochet in the dark if I want toย ๐Ÿ˜Žย it’s flipping fantastic.

The 26th: Yet another giant appointment!! We went with the Elders to the Schaals… for like 7 hoursย ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…ย we had Raclette again, and honestly it was kind of awkward.ย  It felt like this weird chaperones double date between us and the Elders, because we just all have a great relationship and by the end of it we were like…. time to get transferred!

P-day: For P-day we met together as a zone, and then that night Sister Halterman, Sister Ebisch, Sister Awerkamo and I went to the Christmas light garden at the Wlihelma Zoo!! It was pretty cool.

And now for the big news!! On Christmas I got the mixed emotions gift of finding out I would be transferred!! I am now in Landshut and Passau in the Munich zone, still in Germany!! I’ve been here for about a week, and I’ll tell you all about the move in email #2 so stay tuned!!

Love you all!

Sis Miltimore

Stuttgart – Week 17

Stuttgart - Week 17

(week 53)

Hallo!!! Wie geht’s euch??

It was a GREAT week you guys!! Let’s get into it!!

We taught 23 lessons this past week. 23!!! For reference, the standard of excellence (the goal) for a week in this mission is 20, and when we were sick we only had 4. So, it was amazing.

Also, happy 1 year mark to me!! I have officially been a missionary for over a year now and it is the best time ever. A little than 6 months to go ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Fun finding: on Friday we had an Austellung as per usual! I went on splits with Sister Awerkamp, and we walked around for a bit discussing how much we hate street finding. Then, she stopped a guy with headphones on. We asked him questions from a survey about the purpose of Life, and he totally got into it! He asked us who we represented, and I said the name of the church. He, of course, was like “eh?” So I showed him the Book of Mormon I was carrying and was like “we believe in this book!” And he just started laughing and was like “Mormons?! Classic!!” He was very excited that two real life Mormon missionaries stopped him on the streets, but he was totally open, took the book and a pamphlet, and gave us his number!! It was a 1 in a 1000 conversation, and the reason we go street finding every week even though we hate it.

Later, we stopped another guy, and as we started talking, this crazy guy walked up and was like “hey I know you!” and yep,Sister Halterman and I had met him a few weeks before. So I pulled him off to the side so I could talk to him while Sister Awerkamp kept teaching the other guy. Now, this dude is kind of a creep and really likes Americans and America. We get talking and I’m determined to keep it focused on the gospel so I was like “Book of Mormon?” And he was like “yeah I have one of those!” So I told him about the promise in Moroni 10:3-5 and flipped to the page to show him. This man comes into my side like, real close, and I swear you guys, I’m pretty sure he sniffed my hair but it’s fine whatever, you know? Just a creep being a creep he moves back and I’m like okay great. Continue the conversation and realize I would love to give this guy a pamphlet, only catch is that I don’t have one on me. So I directed him towards our bike, pointing out where it was. “It’s over there,” I say and he’s like “over where?” So I repeat, and then he comes into my side real close again and guys HE PUT HIS ARM AROUND ME with his hand on my back, like firm hold, and was like “oh over there!” And I was like mmmhmm I am being *touched* *right* *now* I don’t like this…. luckily, he left a few seconds later and I ran to my companion and was like I have been violated we need to be on high alert for the #1 Creep on my Unwanted List!!!

So, long story short, sometimes when you’re finding you find a new friend to teach, and other times you find someone to get a restraining order against. All in a couple hours missionary work ๐Ÿ‘

Other highlights of the week include a lesson on Saturday with our awesome street dude from the story above, Sister Halterman scraping away 20 years worth of grime off an oven door, the last week of zoom church (thank goodness) going out for Chinese buffet with the district for Christmas, and ice skating for p-day today!! Sooooo fun, I had a great time.

I love you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! If you haven’t already, go watch the Christ Child video, we watched it with a ton of people this week and it is totally awesome. Also, hug your grandpas because mine sent me a letter this week and it changed my life. Love you Grandpa!

Sister Miltimore

Video done for Stuttgart Zone conference.

Stuttgart – Week 16

Stuttgart - Week 16

(week 52)

Hallo everybody! Ready for another Rollercoaster week??

I actually don’t have much for you. I got sick ๐Ÿ˜ท not covid, luckily, but I have tonsillitis which basically means that my already very large tonsils (seriously, every doctor I have ever been to called them “rocks”) are EVEN BIGGER and it’s quite painful! Needless to say…. it’s been a weird week.

Started out hopeful with a couple of days with actual missionary work! We went and visited our friend Zariah, and she is just GOLDEN you guys, she just drinks up what we are telling her. Pray for her, we are hoping to put her on date next time we see her!

Friday was the day of both my best and worst dreams come true. First WE FINALLY DID A SINGING AUSTELLUNG. For those of you who need a reminder, Austellung means street display: it’s basically when we go street finding, usually as a zone. I have been wanting to do one where I get to sing since I was in Switzerland, and all the stars finally aligned to do it. We got the zone involved, went down to Schlossplatz and did some caroling!! It was SO EFFECTIVE , a solid 10/10 recommendation giving it a try. Tons of people stopped, random members were around and sang with us, and we got some contacts and scheduled lessons. It was AWESOME. My worst dream also came true… this was the day I started feeling sick, so singing was a STRUGGLE. We ended up leaving early because it got really, really cold and I just was not feeling good. That day was the worst, I just laid in bed with a fever but I couldn’t get warm!

The next few days after that were “filled” with canceled appointments, too much time on Facebook, and not enough sleep. As my pain level kept rising, I finally took a look at my tonsils and was like ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ and then had my companion look at them and she was like ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคฏ so next day we took a trip back to the hospital for me this time! Yay!

Also, I love priesthood blessings. They are awesome.

As you can imagine, not a ton of pics from this week, and I will spare you the one of my rock sized tonsils ๐Ÿ˜‹

Love you all!! The work goes forward ๐Ÿ’ช

Sister Miltimore

Stuttgart – Week 15

Stuttgart - Week 15

(Week 51)

Halllloooo Alle! Wie geht’s euch?ย 

This was a CRAZY week as usual because guess what? We stayed home for most of it ๐Ÿ˜… my companion Sister Halterman caught a cold (not Corona! We got tested almost every day) so we were down and out all weekend. My good intentions of catching up on my journal were not realized BUT a long standing goal of finishing season 2 of The Chosen series was, so there’s that.ย 
The week started with a low key Wednesday, and then a crazy Thursday. Thursday morning Sister Halterman woke up and was like “I feel terrible, I don’t think I can go to our super important appointment that took literally a month to plan” nah, that’s not what she said but that was the situation we found ourselves in at 6:45 in the morning. So, we called the international sisters and were like “heyyyy…. emergency exchange???”
So, Sister Ebisch went with me and 2 of our members out to visit Iris! Our messianic Jew friend! We had planned with her to bring a couple of our members to give her a Priesthood blessing, because she has had many health struggles. She welcomed us, and though it was a little longer than we were expecting, the appointment went surprisingly well. The blessing was beautiful, we were able to really help her understand a few very important principles, and we made it out before dark. A true accomplishment.ย 
Friday was another low key day, we planned plenty of activities at home to keep ourselves busy and entertained. We are both terrible at media finding (don’t at me anyone, you all know that stuff is hard to do) so we did some contacting, our studies, we painted our nails, watched the Chosen, took a nap aaaaaaaand…. yeah there were probably a few things I forgot but it was a decent day!
And then the night came.ย 
Poor Sister Halterman finally got up at about 1 am after not sleeping much from pain the was building behind her ear. By 1 am, she was in some of the worst pain of her life, as fluid drained from her sinuses and got stuck behind her eardrum, pressurizing it and causing extreme pain. Thus the situation was worsened by the fear of her eardrum bursting, which it has done 3 times in the past. However, all I knew at this point was that my companion was pacing back and forth, holding her head, and silently sobbing in agony. Long story short, about 2 hours, multiple calls to our mission office, many pain killers, and a heated rice sock later, we finally went back to bed. And then slept in until about 10:30. And canceled all our appointments for the day. And went to the hospital for a check up! Yeah… mission adventures whoop whoop! I somehow avoided getting sick. Thank goodness and the Lord.ย 
Sunday was, as you can imagine, uneventful.ย 
Monday was pretty great! Christmas zone conference whoooooo!!! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„ We traveled to Munich for it, and we even wore our Trachten (special outfits) with many elders in Lederhosen (traditional leather pants) and all the Sisters in their Dirndls (special dresses). It was awesome!! We sang songs, read the Christmas story, ate pizza, did a variety show, had a white elephant gift exchange (I ended up with a very large dinosaur toy thanks to the one and only Elder Wilkins) and concluded with coloring pages with crayons while listening to a talk by Elder Holland.ย  We had a dying testimony from our AP Elder Holland (AP = Assistant to the President) who is going home due to some health issues. It was a fun day, filled with laughter and some very interesting conversations. And of course, some good spiritual feelings.ย 
I think something the Lord has been trying to teach me for a while is to rely on others. For the past several months, challenges have made it hard for me to feel the spirit how I used to, which has caused some understandable frustration for me. Something I recognized this week, and especially after the conference, is the times I have felt God’s love or Christ’s love in the past through the loving care of others, as they listen and do their best to lift me up. I try my best to return the favor, but man, is it hard sometimes! I’m really grateful for a Savior who doesn’t demand perfection in return, who in fact, expects me to struggle and who simply expects me to rely on Him through it. Now, sometimes that’s really hard for me to do because I can’t see Him. But I know I’ve felt Him. I have felt His touch. And I’m grateful for the little moments when I can say that and really feel it and mean it in my heart. For anyone who is struggling right now…. I feel you. I feel like my mission has taught me empathy more than anything else, because for the first time I’m learning what deep emotions feel like. I’m grateful for the way my trials will shape me…. even if I’m not really sure what shape that is yet ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… Christ knows and I guess that’s just going to have to be enough for me
Also… I hit a year next week ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ zoinks guys, the year mark slump is real! ๐Ÿฅฒ๐Ÿคฃ
I love you all!! Merry early Christmas!! Frohe Weinachten!!
Sis Miltimoreย 

Stuttgart – Week 14

Stuttgart - Week 14

(week 50)

I don’t have much time this week…lots going on!

We had some bomb lessons this week, had a crazy exchange, and oh yeah! THANKSGIVING!!! We ran a turkey trot 5k as a mission, and I even ran some of it!! I walked the rest, but I’m proud of myself! It was fun.

So, also this week, I have a funny story to share. It’s about my new winter boots…..they arrived in the mail yesterday, and I was like perfect! I can take them to the store today and get them extra waterproofed! (They have this machine that sprays them, very cool!). I wore my current pink rain boots with socks and warm inserts.ย  As we came home from the grocery store, I noticed that one foot was nice and warm, and the other one was…. kinda cold. Which made no sense. I thought, is there a leak on the bottom?? Looked, no leak.

We got to the shoe store a few hours later and I finally noticed as I walked around that my toes felt… sloshy in my boot. So, I pulled my foot out and low and behold my sock was SOAKED!! Turns out there was a huge CRACK in the side of the boot! My other one also had some cracks starting, so I’m super grateful I got new winter boots! God was in the details today ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

I also caught a butterfly on a train this week. That was fun.

Anyway folks, that’s all the time I have for today. Love you all and be sure to check out #LightTheWorldWithLove!!

Sis Rachel Miltimore

Stuttgart – Week 13

(Week 49)

Hallooooo Alle!! Seid ihr bereit fรผr meine coole Woche? Gut!!

First, German is great and recently someone who didn’t know I was American told me that they wouldn’t have ever known when I spoke to them.ย  It was possibly the greatest compliment I have ever received!ย  I also had a mail guy today (who I was talking German to) tell me “I don’t speak German” and I was like “oh…. well I speak English too!” But let me tell you, IT IS SO FUN TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE.

Second, to those who sent me emails and voice memos who I didn’t respond to, I AM SO SORRY and I promise to take more time next week to reply. I love you all.

This week was pretty awesome. A little slow on lessons, because people kept canceling on us ๐Ÿ˜… BUT we still did some pretty cool stuff.

Wednesday: Transfers ๐Ÿฅฒ๐Ÿฅฒ๐Ÿฅฒ some of my very favorite people left (shouts out for Sisters Rollins and Lyon) and so we went and ran off the trains. No one wanted to get food after (lame) so we just went home and did missionary work (so boring, I know right? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ jkjk)

Friday: we did a mission wide social media Austellung! (Austellung = Street display) we learned a bunch of different tips and tricks for Facebook and Instagram finding, like looking through hashtags, joining local groups and making posts, or posting free books of Mormon on Facebook Marketplace. We’ve seen some cool miracles!! I had a guy message me for a book of Mormon!! He lives in Frankfurt, but he is super interested, which is awesome. I also made a post in a Facebook group, and in just the hour after it was first posted, I got over 100 likes and almost 30 comments!! It’s been several hours since then and my phone has blown up with Facebook notifications, so I’m looking forward to some serious social media work tomorrow ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

Saturday was my companion Sister Halterman’s birthday!! That night we went to our senior couple’s house for dinner, and I had the greatest gift: Kraft shaker parmesan. You know, the green one? Probably one of the food items I have missed the most since I came to Europe. Don’t get me wrong, the parmesan here is way better quality. But the ease of just shakin’ that good stuff out on my pasta cannot be ignored. Nor can the memories of it from my childhood (Grandpa Kesler – that was for you!) ย But anyway, after dinner the other missionaries in the district showed up and we played Taboo! And had cake! It was super fun.

Soooo this past week a few ward members got Covid ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท so our ward is online for the next couple weeks. The international ward was still in person, so we went to the primary program and to get the sacrament! That night we also called our good friend Iris. As always, the conversation was very “passionate” (by which I mean we were basically yelling into the phone at each other to be heard and get our point across before she could come back with Judaism and history comments that just weren’t relevant)… so our lesson kind of derailed from what we initially intended. So we skipped to the end, and just played the “Hear Him” video from President Nelson, to show that he really is the Prophet. We teach her over the phone, so I literally just held my phone speaker up to my companion’s phone and played it for her to listen to. By the end, the Spirit was so strong, and after a solid 30 seconds of silence, she just asks “what is… faith?” In the most calm, quiet voice I have ever heard from her. My heart just melted, and we talked to her about what faith was and invited her to read more in Alma 32.

Monday: Friends-giving #1! We went back to our senior couple’s house for a Thanksgiving meal and district council meeting! They knew that as the German ward sisters, we wouldn’t really be getting a Thanksgiving appointment, so they pulled out all the stops for us!! It was super delicious, and we played Taboo again afterward.

Today: Friends-giving #2! We did a zone friends giving today! No one brought meat (because that stuff’s EXPENSIVE) but we had TONS of food. The highlights were my companions’ banana bread, Mexican rice from Elder Altamirano, and German pancakes with Nutella and powdered sugar from Elder Stank. Soooo delicious ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š then…. maybe you can guess what we played?? Yup, MORE TABOO!!! We played as a whole zone and then again with just some of us sisters who didn’t want to play soccer. It was super fun! Then we went to do some shopping, I got winter boots – finally!

Aaaaaand that’s the week folks! Tune in next time for more German adventures. And pray for Germany… Covid here is getting pretty bad, and though I believe in miracles… I am no social media finder and I do not want to quarantine.

Sister Miltimore

Stuttgart – Week 12

Stuttgart - Week 12

(week 48)

Hallo meine liebe Freunde und Familie!!

I am MORTIFIED that I missed a weekly last week. Gosh dang it. I don’t even remember last week, but miracles and events I can remember!

ALSO! First things first…. Sister Halterman and I are staying together for another transfer here in Stuttgart!!! I literally couldn’t not be happier about it. And I get to stay for Christmas!! Whoop whoop!! and as of today I have officially been a missionary for 11 months!! I have a lot I still want to accomplish and the fire under me has been lit Emoji

I will try to catch you up on the week I missed – We have had some AMAZING appointments with some AMAZING people happen. ATHA FINALLY RESPONDED to us and turns out he was sick the whole time!! It is a big relief that he didn’t lose his testimony or anything. He’s doing a lot better. We had a really fun time on

Monday of last week going to do service on the military base!! Another sister and I were tasked with getting rid of TONS of old printer cartridges… btw, the military can kinda be hoarders! So much old stuff – we found printer toner from 1992! Needless to say, we threw it out ๐Ÿ˜… That day was also Elder Altamiranos birthday, so we all sang to him and the military personal got us Pizza Hut, all the -itos (cheetos, doritos, fritos, and tostitos), cosmic brownies and other diabetic inducing sweets, and even a pazookie for the birthday boy! It was super fun and I definitely felt sick after from eating all that nice American processed food but it was so worth it.

BIG MIRACLE ON P-DAY LAST WEEK!! We had visited some other sisters to watch a movie, but for our working hours we wanted to take a Book of Mormon out to a referral we got. But we realized, that we needed to leave IMMEDIATELY to catch our train. We left, and with 4 minutes before the train left, we RAN to Bahnhoff and got there right as the train pulled up. So amazing right? Well, later as we were trying to find our bus, which was impossible because it was dark and bus stops are basically impossible to find here, we saw it across the street and YET AGAIN had to run to catch it. And we made it again! So, at this point, we are like wow, God really wants this guy to have a Book of Mormon tonight! We get all the way to his address… and his name isn’t there. So we’re thinking… oh no. We check 3 other houses, but we don’t find him. Knowing there had been too many miracles to give up now, we said a prayer and rang the bell of the family who lived at the address we’d been given. A lady comes to the door, we ask about the person, and she says “oh yeah, he lives below us. The bell is broken, that’s why his name isn’t there.” So we go down and find him and bring him the Book of Mormon!! He was so excited to see us! He’s probably going to come to church this next Sunday. The experience was probably my favorite from this transfer, and really strengthened my testimony that God is willing to use us to do His work when we are willing to give our all to Him.

Now moving on to this week:
Such an awesome week!! My mental health is high and man is it nice to feel good again!! Yesterday I felt like a little kid again, and I felt so happy!!

The week started off with…. drum roll please…. ALL MISSION CONFERENCE #3!!! Yup, you heard right. Our third all mission conference in as many transfers. This time, Elder Allioud (of the Seventy) and his wife who serve in the European Area Presidency came to speak with us! They were literally just the sweetest ever. It was so amazing to see all of my friends from far and wide across the mission. I got to say some bittersweet goodbyes, but it was amazing. Of course, from the spiritual side, I had many uplifting moments and the remarks from Sister Allioud touched me the most. Everything she spoke about just applied directly to me. It was very cool. When one of the elders asked me at the end of the conference what I learned, I said “God is still there.” And He is. I still have a lot to work on with my testimony, but this week has seen some very amazing improvement! After the conference, I realized what blessings of the gospel I want, and what that meant for my faith and my actions. I need to have the faith AND do the actions necessary to receiving those blessings. As I gain more hope in the promise of those blessings the fact that I desire them, it gives me the strength to make some small but powerful changes in my life!! And every day, literally every day since, I have seen INCREDIBLE improvement. The kind of improvement I’ve been praying for literally for months. It’s been so amazing to see, and I literally am SO EXCITED TO BE A MISSIONARY which is just the best feeling in the whole wide world.

Another big thing from the conference… I GOT TO SING!! I sang a solo of “O Divine Redeemer” by Charles Gounad. It went PERFECTLY, and I am so happy with the performance. It just so happened to be Sister Allioud’s birthday that day, and she told me later that my song was her birthday present. It also made her (and many others) cry which is the best compliment I can ever receive for my singing. Being able to bring someone to tears with the spirit as I sing is a very special gift, and not something I ever take for granted. I may joke about it, but it really is something I consider an accomplishment in the way that I’m so thankful I have the talent or ability to move someone so deeply towards the Savior that they cry. I may be weird for that, but it’s one of the things I love about the experience of singing at events like this.

Aaaaaaand now onto the rest of the week!! Some highlights include:
Standing in the freezing cold for 2 hours in line for my companion to get her covid shot
Painting candles for a service project at the stake Relief Society activity. We also learned about the 5 languages of love
Making s’mores over wet coals with the Hamilton family
Dying testimony meeting for all the missionaries going home tomorrow…

Are you ready? There’s more miracles to share!!

Monday, aka yesterday, aka one of the best days of my whole freaking mission so far: the Parable of the Enchilada Sauce
We wanted to make taquitos with a friend that night for dinner, and so I asked the others sisters to bring me the can of enchilada sauce I knew was at their apartment. I lugged it around most of the day and then FORGOT it on the train! I was so sad. One of the elders told us about a Mexican store we might try to find some at. As we are there, the guy at the register starts talking to my companion about who we are and why we’re here. Literally our favorite question ever!! We ended up getting his number and giving him all the info to come to church this Sunday!! Never would have happened without some unfortunate events that led up to it like forgetting the sauce on the train… but the Lord uses everything to our gain! It was definitely not a coincidence.

Then! Later that day as we are coming home late from an awesome appointment (where I used the enchilada sauce to make some bomb taquitos), there was this lady sitting across from us on the train who was just point-blank STARING at our tags. She pulls out her phone, looks at the tag, types on her phone, LOOKS AT THE TAG AGAIN, and types some more. She was totally googling the church!!!! As we left, I pulled out our card and gave it to her, and she thanked us. I hope she finds us!! (We aren’t allowed to proselyte on the U-bahn, so we couldn’t approach her even though we were dying to!)

This week was just awesome you guys. Seriously, so much fun. Today we all hung out as a zone, played games, I crocheted a hat, we shared testimonies and said our goodbyes. It was awesome and I’m looking forward to a great transfer ahead!

Till next week! Tchรผss!!

Sister Miltimore

Stuttgart – Week 10

Stuttgart - Week 10

(week 46)

Dear loved ones and friends,

Are you ready for possibly the longest email ever because this was possibly the longest, craziest week of my whole mission so far. And I am actually not exaggerating this time.

Let us begin….

Wednesday: the day began early. We needed to get ready, because we weren’t only having interviews with our mission president, we were also doing exchanges with Sister Lyon and Ebisch! Interviews went great, and I had a wonderful day with Sister Ebisch. We went to an American family’s house for dinner, they fed us an copycat Olive Garden soup and we played a game with all 6 of the kids!! It was crazy, but I was impressed with myself and how well I dealt with the kids. I’ve definitely grown since the beginning of my mission in that way!!

Thursday: yet another EARLY morning, we had to be out the door by 7 to exchange back. Then Sister Halterman and I went to Bea’s house and made cookies with her! It was fun, but her house is really messy sooooo yeah. We helped a little with her laundry, and there were *maggots* in the wet laundry because she’d let it sit out for who knows how long. I’m glad I decided last minute to grab some gloves to wear……Then we went to the cutest old couples house who we were really hard to understand…. and then later again to Sister Castelli’s house!! We go every week to teach her daughter, but it was just her that day! So we had a little member lesson with her and OH MY GOSH it was just what I needed. I’ve struggled hard my whole mission with really bad anxiety, but something about her and her love…. I felt lighter coming out of that appointment than I had in a month. I literally cried I was so grateful and felt so much better. Things have been going a lot better for me mentally ever since so I’m looking forward to continuing the momentum!!

Friday: austellung day!! We did zone finding here in Stuttgart! We got some referrals, gave away a book of Mormon in LITERALLY the 1st seconds after we said an opening prayer, and talked to a lot of people. It was super fun. Later that day we went with the Elders for an appointment with Sister Schaal and our ward mission leader Bruder Staiger!! She made us quite the meal… Lox (the fish) in a creamy sauce with beans and rice and salad. And it was all really really good!! The appointment ended up being 3 HOURS long though, because the elders accidentally scheduled a zoom appointment with a new potential DURING OUR APPOINTMENT so they went into another room for an hour ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…. We made small talk and watched a video about this week’s Come Follow Me lesson, had a nice spiritual thought once they got back and ate some ice cream. We walked her dog and played on a play structure in the pitch dark… and then they drove us home. We arrived at 10pm. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

Saturday, aka the longest day ever, aka the craziest day ever, aka the funniest day of my whole life. Let’s just say we had chips and brownies for dinner cause we were just so done that there really wasn’t anything else to be do about it. The stomach acid and nightmares afterwards were worth it.


Geschichte Zeit (story time):
On this fateful Saturday, we went to visit our friend Iris. Some of you may remember our Messianic Jew friend? Yeah that’s her. She lives 2 hours away by train and bus… so we went out to see her! We walk up to this house we’ve never seen before in this town we’ve never been to before to meet a woman we’ve never seen in person (this sounds crazy and dangerous but it’s literally what we do EVERY DAY but we did let the elders know where we were in case something happened) and knocked. The door opens and this tall woman in a green sweater, 2 skirts, and bright yellow floral scarf says “Hello!!! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ” and we’re like “hello!!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„” and go inside.
Well, turns out she’d tried to call to cancel and even though we’d tried calling her back 5 TIMES… we showed up anyway and she had us stay. She prepped some food for us, and made ready for the Shabbat by laying tablecloths over all the various little messy piles around the room. Not cleaning. Just covering. And what did we end up eating? Butternut squash with a mysterious foreign garlic sauce with an even more mysterious bowl of unidentified fruit also from some foreign land (anyone heard of a Quince??) with bell peppers that did not look like bell peppers, nuts, rice cakes aaaaaand oh yeah, a bowl of blueberries. The squash and sauce actually tasted pretty great, but after seeing my comps facial expression eating the fruit I politely moved it around to make it hopefully appear as though I ate some…
So, she gets us the food, then says a little Hebrew prayer and says “Amen” so we say “amen” and start eating. Later, we’re talking and she asks some great questions so we start the lesson we brought. It was THE MOST BOMB LESSON I think I have given on my mission. Because the appointment was in English, we were able to really go in depth on each point. It was super great, she asked amazing questions and the spirit totally led me to remember scriptures that were super clear about the topics we were discussing. It was AWESOME.
Alright stay with me, the story’s almost to the funniest part.
So, after the lesson she leaves the room and we’re like “okay, we’ve been here for like, 2 hours or so, we should see when we need to get home” so we look up the train schedules, and it’s like, leave NOW or leave in an hour. So, we opt for the first one and apologize and get ready to go. So we’re saying goodbye at the door, and she’s like “oh, I think I’ll just go for a little stroll, but you go on ahead” and we’re like “…okay…. bye!!” And walk quickly away. We get down to the bus stop and realize it’s still about a 20 minute wait. So we settle in to wait, when who comes down the road? Our friend Iris, scarf wrapped around her head and walking sticks at the ready. She acts surprised to see us, looks at the bus schedule with us and then is like “well, we have time for a stroll!” So, we go for a stroll up to the little Presbyterian church, see where her father in law is buried, and then back down again. The bus comes. And doesn’t let us on. Because APPARENTLY you have to call ahead and reserve a spot for some buses…. *sigh* at this point, we’re thinking we’ve got 3 options:
1: have the Waiblingen elders come pick us up in their car
2: walk to bahnhoff
3: stay the night
Obviously, 1 of those really wasn’t an option, so we we were just like ehhhhh when Iris says “oh for crying out loud, I’LL drive you to bahnhoff!” And then turns and starts SPEED walking back to her car and I mean ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ speed walking. We are literally jogging to keep up with this woman and her walking sticks. And then SHE starts running!!! At this point, we can barely walk we are just laughing so hard at the whole situation.
So we pile into her tiny car, she pulls out typical German style (which means FAST) and as we’re driving proceeds to tell us how she really shouldn’t drive because of a problem with her legs. So we’re like hmmm maybe we should have walked! But don’t worry, we made it okay… to another 20 minute wait for the train. Iris says, “we have time for another stroll!” So, we go for another stroll up the steepest hill EVER. We finally reach the top and she checks her watch. We only have like, 10 minutes before the train comes… so we go back down. And wait. Another family comes and waits too, so she starts up a conversation and tells them all about all the religions she’s joined. At this point, we start backing up a little, honestly not really wanting to be associated with her. Luckily, the train comes before she can tell them about how Christmas is paganism, so we say goodbye and get on. As we sit down, who’s there’s waving through the window? I’ll let you guess. THIS WOMAN LITERALLY RAN THE TRAIN OFF. Honestly, the whole experience was crazy but she was sweet in her own unique way. 8 hours worth it.

Did you think that was the only crazy thing that happened this week?? Oh ho. No No. Es gibt mehr (there’s more).

Sunday: church was great, Gabi didn’t come to church (sad) we had a GREAT appointment with one of my favorite families in our ward aaaaaand… we discovered that our broken house phone has been SPYING ON US AND LEAKING OUR SECRETS TO THE WORLD. So, our house phone which is like an intercom that lets people in and lets us talk to people outside has been broken long before I got here. Literally wires hanging out of the wall (don’t worry, no electricity I found out because I lost my balance and accidentally stuck my hand in it one day). Turns out, the button for us to talk to people outside was on the whole time… which means that literally anyone who walked past out apartment could hear us talking INSIDE our apartment AT ANY TIME. We got it fixed though. Good ‘ol duct tape to the rescue. We still check to make sure it’s okay every few days though. And we’re talking to the landlord soon.

Monday was pretty chill, distriktsrat and weekly planning. Literally the only remotely normal day. Oh yeah, except that I almost got deported. Just kidding!! I got fined by the ticket people on the U-bahn!!! Ugh. It was sooooo stressful, and I’m mad at the ticket people and the way they handled it because it actually caused me to have a low-grade panic attack before they’d even gotten off at the next stop they could. So, our mission pays for us to have monthly tickets, but the catch was that they couldn’t put it in my name. I didn’t know that, and so when the guy took my ticket and then started asking me all kinds of questions in German, I just got really nervous and stressed out. Then suddenly there were 3 of them surrounding us, asking me for my name and birthday and address and not listening when we told them our office bought tickets for us… needless to say I got fined 60 euro, and they took my ticket too!! At this point, I’m so overwhelmed that as soon as they turn their attention away, I can’t help but crying. My comp tried to calm me down, but the stress just had to run its course. There was this lady sitting across from us though, who scooted over and explained in English what we needed to do about the ticket, commented on how that was very mean of them to treat foreigners that way, and then pulled 60 EURO out of her purse and insisted that we take it. We tried to refuse, but she wasn’t having it. Saints exist, and they ride U-bahns. We gave her our number on a card and thanked her before getting off.

Today came back full swing with even more weirdness!! So, my comp is not geimpfed (vaccinated) and so in order to go into a couple museums, we needed to find her and another elder a schnelltest (quick test). But… the elder let his comp go into the museum, and he drove us around Stuttgart. Sooooo we were alone with an elder for like… 2 hours. Not my favorite situation. We ended up going to 3 different places before we found one ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ but, we finally got it and still got to hit the Porsche museum!! It was SUPER cool, we even made little soap Porsche cars!! I also did a little Virtual Reality activity for the 1st time, and let me tell you A) doing it without my glasses was not very successful and B) I’m glad I never bought into it, because I had to stop my little simulation early cause I was losing grip on where I was in the room and I didn’t like that. I couldn’t see my own body and I was not a fan of that. But the cars were cool.

Okay guys, we made it. Thank you for reading my novel today. It was a GREAT week, but definitely am looking forward to a little bit of a chiller week ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… this week will definitely go down in the history books though.

Oh, also, Happy Halloween everybody! Hope you had a great time. We listened to the Disney Halloween parade music, the Monster Mash, and even got visited by some trick or treaters.

Love you all!! Please send me updates on your lives, I love having things to read!!

Sister Miltimore

Stuttgart – Week 9

Stuttgart - Week 9

(week 45)


This week was pretty fast and slow at the same time. Not my fav week if I’m perfectly honest… but we’re gonna make up for it this week because we LITERALLY COULD NOT BE BUSIER. We have had to start booking people 2 weeks out. Crazy – good! Tomorrow we have interviews with our mission President, then we are exchanging with 2 other sisters, then we have tons of appointments… all good stuff.

Highlights reel:

The Hoffman Familie. Seriously, my favorite people ever. Last week we went over, listened to Bruder Hoffman’s favorite Christmas music, had a little spiritual thought, and then I taught them how to play one of my family’s favorite dice games. So much fun. They invited us over for Christmas, and I will be sooooo mad if I get transferred before then!! The next day at church he came up to Sister Halterman and was like “I’m so excited for Christmas!”, sooooo I think it’s safe to assume they like us and we are definitely excited for Christmas too.

Die Zehn Gebote (the Ten Commandments): this week we taught 2 people the 10 commandments using hand signs as an object lesson. It’s SUPER effective, especially for kids. It really helps them remember them too! The first person we taught it to was Jessica, and she’s 10. It was by far the most engaged she has ever been in a lesson. She loved it, and totally understood and could remember all 10! Then we taught them yesterday to our less active member Bea, and she also thought they were hilariously awesome and effective. We will be giving both of them a Prรผfung (test) next time we see them so… they’d best remember!!

Food: this week Sister Halterman and I did some serious cooking! We made snickerdoodles (which were pretty good considering I had to substitute lemon juice for cream of tartar ๐Ÿ˜ณ) and baked goulash. I have since been informed by a German sister in our district, that it is NOT in fact goulash… but MY goulash is veggies, sauce, noodles, cheese over the top and then BAKE HIM UP!! It was SO GOOD and we were SO PROUD of ourselves, and our future boyfriends better watch themselves cause we are SO gonna pull that recipe out and knock their socks off. And our future children will probably tell their little friends that a staple meal in their house is baked goulash because guys IT WAS SO GOOD ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Also, my comp Sister Halterman gave a BOMB talk on Sunday. One of our bishopric members called us on Friday night and asked her to do it… so with about a day to prepare to give her first ever talk in German, she was a little stressed. But it went so well, she didn’t even read, she just spoke and let the spirit guide her. I really needed it. As she spoke I felt my mind and heart clear, and remembered what it feels like to be a “normal” member of this church. My anxiety is often triggered by religious subjects (kind of inconvenient as a full time missionary I know) because my brain likes to jump to all kinds of conclusions about where my testimony is at and other doubts or fears I don’t want to have. It’s been pretty rough, and I still don’t know why this is my trial in life or on my mission. All I can do is be brave enough to push through the anxiety and keep going. People often remind me that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to keep going in spite of it. As hard as it’s been and as hard as it may continue to be, I WANT TO BE A MISSIONARY. Even if some days it’s only because I don’t want to give up. Throwing in the towel?? I don’t think so!! If I can’t bring myself to Christ as quickly as I want to… I can at least chuck some people as far in His direction as I can. Just, throw ’em at Him. Great thing is, he’s really good at catching people. I’m sure he’ll catch me too.

Take heart! Every day is a new day… and even if it’s the same as yesterday… it’s one more day on the road to heaven. Because at the end of it all, that’s where we will all be.

I love you! Thank you for all your love and support! And Happy Halloween everyone! Go eat some candy for me!

Sister Miltimore