Landshut – Week 11

Landshut - Week 11

(Week 65)

Halllllllllloooooo alle!! Ich habe euch vermisst!

Die letzte dreu Wochen waren laaaaange und ein bisschen Stressig aber gut. Wir haben viele Wundern gesehen, und viel gelacht Emoji

**(Hallllllllloooooo everyone!! I have missed you! The last three weeks have been long and a bit stressful but good. We have seen many miracles and laughed a lot)**

The last couple weeks have been pretty good! Strap in, we’ve got quite the update to get through!

Okay, so I have to talk about Bruder Bachmann for a second. This man has us over every week, where his friend and fellow ward member Sister Ulakovic, makes us a 3 course meal. For scale, we don’t eat breakfast before and we never need dinner after. It’s a food coma inducing meal every time, and I have actually had to turn down dessert a couple times because I was soooooo stuffed that I physically couldn’t handle it. Another thing to know is that Bruder Bachmann is quite well into his nineties, having been born in 1930. He lives in this little old folks home and loves to sing still… and he was recently inspired to starting a little singing group with us to perform for the other old people at their little Cafe. So, there’s your background and now onto the actual story of the catastrophic choir.

So, we go and set up in this little Cafe, and I’m playing on the little keyboard we brought with us. I set up, sit down, and look over and see this woman sitting in a big upright chair. And I swear, she looks DEAD. Like, head flopped, mouth open, not moving, absolutely just old as dirt dead. And I’m like “EmojiEmojiEmoji” and just start playing for the group. We get a few songs in, and now we are singing traditional Bavarian folk songs. And I hear this voice from my right, and the woman is singing! Her head still flopped over, mouth still agape, but singing along! And I’m just thinking to myself “OH OKAY, NOT DEAD, DEFINITELY NOT DEAD” and you know what?! She actually had a really nice voice. Still older than dirt though. We sounded horrible and none of us Americans knew the songs sooooo yeah. We will be doing it again tomorrow EmojiEmojiEmoji

We also got to meet again with our friend Angela! She found us through Finde Christus, and is progressing quite well! We taught her the Plan of Salvation, using a very cool wooden puzzle I picked up while I was at the Swiss Temple (best 25 francs I’ve ever spent). Now, 2 things you need to understand: 1, she is catholic. 2, the puzzle is round. So, we teach her the whole thing, answering questions as we go along, and at the end she tells us that she believes in reincarnation. And I’m just thinking, “You’re catholic, why the heck would you believe in reincarnation?!” We try to explain it to her and we ask her to explain what she believes to us. She looks at the puzzle and says “look see? It’s a circle, you just start at the beginning again!” So basically that we go from the celestial kingdom, back to the pre-mortal life. And we were like “nooooooooo that’s uh…. that’s NOT how that works EmojiEmojiEmojiEmoji” I’m still not quite sure that she gets it. We’ll fix it later

For p-day last week we went thrift shopping and bowling! I did surprisingly well, but my awesome comp got 2 strikes! There was this professional lady there though, and we all COULD NOT figure out how the heck she was getting such good scores because her technique was the WEIRDEST bowling I have ever seen. Just imagine with me: normally, you swing your arm back as you walk all the way up to the lane and then try to carry through to get the ball to go fast right? Well, this lady did all of that, UNTIL she got to the lane, where she would stop short suddenly and pull in her arm like a t-rex and let the ball just go “PLOP!” on the lane and then slooooowly roll towards the pins….. and then she’d get a STRIKE?!?!??!!?! I do not know how heavy that ball must have been, but we were all mega confused and it was very hard not to laugh.

We are teaching yet another interesting person! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned Faris before, but he is a Syrian refugee who speaks only Arabic. I can English. I can Deutsch. I cannot Arabic. Soooo that was a problem for us! But luckily we found someone to help us translate and now we teach him twice a week! He wants the gospel sooooooooo bad, and has already read the whole Book of Mormon! It’s seriously cool. And also very complicated Emoji

Last Friday I went to Munich for the day on exchanges!! It really showed me that I am needed, and that God really gives us experiences so that we can help others. We visited this very, very stressed mom and ended up sitting in the sun with her for a little bit. She shared some of her hardships with us, of loneliness and being overwhelmed by life. I could see and feel her pain, having felt similarly depressed before. I was able to share with her a small part of my experience, which seemed to boost her. The spirit was strong, and I just felt blessed to know her. Please never underestimate yourselves, you never know what impact you make.

On Sunday I had such a miracle!! I hopped on Facebook for a couple minute and I saw a post from someone asking why it takes so long for God to answer prayers. And I was like, I have an answer for that! So I wrote a comment and hoped it would help. About 20 minutes later, the original poster commented back and said that was exactly what they were looking for! They also sent me a message and said that they had been contacted by our church before but wasn’t ready to hear it until now, and wanted to know more. We ended up having an hour long conversation and then we called the next day! They had a ton of questions, but really liked that we believe in pre-mortal life. It was just so cool to see Facebook finding in action!!

Honestly, since it’s been so long there’s some stuff that just won’t make it in here. BUT SOME BIG NEWS: I AM TRAINING!!!! I’m literally so excited, I can’t wait to meet her. We’ve spent days cleaning up the apartment getting it all ready. I’m so excited to give her the best experience here in Landshut and Passau!!

Also, we got our car taken away so please pray that I can figure out the wacky bus system here EmojiEmoji

I love you guys sooooooooo much and I hope you have the best-est week ever!!

Landshut – Week 8

Landshut - Week 8

(week 62)

Hallllloooo everyone! Ready for another great update?

BIG NEWS!! We are having ANOTHER mission conference!!! Elder Uchtdorf is coming to Zürich on April 15th!! Whoop whoop!!

Also, to all of the people who didn’t get a personal email this week, I am sorry!

This week was GREAT as usual 😋. We got like 5 referrals, met with some new people, and just had an awesome time!! Let’s get into it!

So, the week started off with some usual appointments, going to see some of our favorite people. Then on Thursday we had Exchanges! Sister Neundorf came to me here in Landshut, and we went to a little town about an hour away to knock on people’s doors. One of the first people let us in! He’s been inactive for a really long time, and even though he isn’t super interested, he let us in and we shared a scripture with him. We tried to visit a few more people, but they either didn’t live there anymore, or rejected us. Big sad. We had a lot of fun though, driving around the German countryside and talking.

That night we went to the Auras family and they taught us how to make Schnitzel!!! It was soooo awesome, and fun too!! We had a great time, talking and eating, and then we shared the message of the Restoration with them. They are such an awesome family, who always take great care of us!

Friday we exchanged back, and then Sister Slater and I went and saw a new friend of ours, Angela! She found us through Finde Christus, so we were able to go bring her a book of Mormon and teach her about the Restoration. She has a lot of interest, and a ton of potential! She’s super funny, but her Bayrish (bi-rish) accent is SO THICK she literally was sooooo hard to understand. Bayrish is a dialect of Bayern (or Bavaria) which sounds so garbled. I much prefer Swabish (from Baden-Württemberg aka Stuttgart area). Stuttgart Sister at heart ❤️

Everyone please pray for Blessed and her husband Benson. They have so much potential and I LOVE THEM so much, but they have no way of getting to church right now and it’s sad.

Monday was like, the best ever!! We had Zone Conference!! I got to sing and it went sooooo well!! I sang a song called His Hands.  It was so wonderful, and my mission president after said that it was like listening to Broadway and the Tabernacle Choir at the same time (see video below). President Naatjes is literally the best ever, and he talked about the coolest stuff at zone conference. I hope that I can gain as much knowledge as he has some day, he just loves learning! But it makes it so incredible to learn from him. He talked all about the doctrine of Deification, which is the principle that we will also become like God is. This past week I read THE COOLEST talk about it, called “The Pattern of Our Parentage” by Boyd K. Packer. It deepened my knowledge so much!!

 
Another awesome talk I read this week was “Ye Must Be Born Again” by David A. Bednar. So good. Just, so good.

I am soooooooo blessed to be a missionary! Especially here in Europe! I just can’t believe how blessed I am to be here at this time.

Today has been super fun and crazy! Our ward has teamed up with a Ukrainian church to accept donations to help the people fleeing from the war. By 16:30, they had to close the donation because they ran out of room at the church!! And we are supposed to be accepting donations all week long!! We went to help sort things for just a couple hours, and there was just a constant stream of people bringing in bags and bags and boxes of clothes, bed stuff, food, diapers, shampoo, and so much more. It was incredible to see the generosity of so many people, and some of the stuff was brand new!! It was amazing. An ambulance crew even stopped by to donate medical supplies. It was amazing.  People are awesome.

Today for p-day we got some ice cream, bought pointless items, and went for a drive out in the countryside. It was great.

I love you all!! You are so amazing, and never forget that you’re doing better than you think you are!!
 
Sister Miltimore

Landshut – Week 7

Week 7 - Landshut, DE

(week 61)

Hiiiiiiiiii everybody!!

I’m sorry it has been a really long time with no updates!! My p-days have been busy, and every other day too! But my parents have been reminding me and telling me about all the people who love me, who are asking how I’ve been. It means the world to me that you all love me so much to actually read my updates! Knowing that people enjoy what I write has been a big confidence boost during some of the hardest times of my mission, so for the rest of my mission I will do better at updating!

So here are some highlights from the last few weeks!!

I am still in Landshut and Passau!! I am LOVING this area, we are just constantly blessed and busy, busy, busy! Literally, my companion and I are thinking “can we put our pajamas on yet?” by like, 8:30 every night. We are out and going from 10am to 9pm every day and as McDonald’s always says 🎵 I’m lovin’ it! 🎵

We did have transfers, and my companion Sister Rollins went off on a new adventure in Switzerland! My new companion is Sister Slater and I LOVE HER with my whole soul and am soooooo excited to serve with her. I literally have been waiting my whole mission to serve with her again (we were in the same zone when I was in Switzerland last year) and now we are comps!! Literally my dream come true, she is the sweetest. This is her LAST TRANSFER so I am very happy to give her a great 6 weeks and then murder her 🗡 (in mission lingo, when someone goes home they “die” and whoever their comp is at the time is “the killer”)

So some random fun, cool, and amazing stuff from the last couple weeks.

We have been getting SO MANY referrals you guys!! Literally, at least 1-2 a week. About 2 weeks ago now, the day that I picked up Sister Slater, we went to drop off a Book of Mormon to a Frau. She wasn’t home, so her husband took it from us. I left thinking we’d probably never hear anything again. But the next day, SHE TEXTED US and then we MET WITH HER and then she CAME TO CHURCH!!!!!!! Oh, and did I forget to mention that she’s actually READING THE BOOK of MORMON?!?!?!?! Literally a miracle, please pray for Gabriele because she’s AWESOME.

Also pray for Roland, because he sort of dropped us… he said he needs a break. I was trying to help him…. and I think I pushed him away. He said he felt too much pressure but I was just trying to love him, and help him transition from the sisters he started learning with to us. He still came to church, but we haven’t met with him in a few weeks and I just hope someday he’ll come back. All I want is for him to keep learning because he’s a great guy and knows it’s true.

Okay, funny thing now. We went over to Sister Schade’s house (for my German speaking friends, yes that is actually her name and yes it is too bad) and we ate the *healthiest* meal I have ever had. 🤢🤢🤢
Beet soup – literally mashed up beets in water
Fish, mashed potatoes and veggies – still had bones in it, the potatoes were soggy
The dessert though, was unforgivable – mashed up grapes in yogurt. With the skins still in there.
She is the sweetest lady, and don’t get me wrong, it was incredibly sweet of her to go to all that trouble for us. I don’t want to sound ungrateful. But it was also definitely the worst food I’ve had at a member’s house on my mission so far, and my companion and I both came out of the appointment laughing our heads off about the whole situation. Painful.

I think giving people Books of Mormon is one of my favorite things about the mission. This past week we met with a guy that I had met with once before. He’s a teenager from Romania. He asked us a bunch of really great questions, and he even asked US if we had a Book of Mormon! We, of course, just happened to have one in Romanian for him. He asked us if it cost anything, and we told him it was free. I gave him Alma 32 to read, and just the quiet look of curiosity on his face was something I won’t soon forget. It’sbeen so interesting the last few weeks to talk to people about their beliefs and get to fill in all the gaps in their knowledge. The world has so many parts of the truth, but they just don’t have everything!! This kid really believed that God was just a spirit, ungendered and formless. I poked a hole in that logic by asking him how Christ could be his son, and how he could be His Father if he wasn’t a man? Which meant also that there is a heavenly Mother. He was flabbergasted by that, and had never even imagined that possibility before. It was a very gratifying experience.

These past few weeks have been really really good for me. My mental health has been on a high, and I have felt my testimony growing day by day. I’ve been studying a lot about the Plan of Salvation, especially what comes after this life as described in D&C 76. My knowledge has been greatly expanded, my studies have been deeper and more fulfilling, and I even cried in gratitude the other day for My Savior, a feeling of the spirit that I had been craving to feel again for months on end. It’s easier now for me to remember my experiences of the past, and my inner demons are quieting down like never before. All I can say is, God answers prayers. It takes time, and effort on our part, but He answers. I just can’t deny that what He says comes to pass so I am trying my best to trust Him and move forward with faith, knowing that His Grace is sufficient for my weaknesses. I know I’m doing better than I think, and I’m so grateful that the Lord sees fit to use me as an instrument in His hands to help bind the wounds of His people, and bring them LIGHT. My burdens have truly been eased, and I feel stronger than I have in a long time.

I love you all sooo much!! My companion goes home at the end of the transfer, which naturally has gotten me thinking about the fact that I won’t be too far behind her!! My mission has been a wild ride, and I finally feel like I’m ready to just put my hands up in the air and enjoy every second of it.

Sister Miltimore