Stuttgart – Week 3

Week 3 - Stuttgart

(week 39)

Halloooo liebe Freunde!!
 
Wie geht es euch? Alles bei mir geht ganz gut!! 
 
Can I get a big 9 MONTHS?!?!?!??! it’s official, guys! I have been a missionary for 9 whole months. 🎶WOOOAAAHHH I’m halfway there, WO-OH livin’ on a prayer!🎶 literally though, I literally live everyday off of prayer. But yeah! Thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far. 9 more to go!
 
This week was looooooong but good. We had some good appointments, I tried some new foods, and we did a really cool service project! 
 
So, last week on Thursday we had exchanges! Sister Smith stayed in our area and welcomed Sister Forbush for the day… the other STL (Sister Training Leader).  Sister Neuendorf went to Ludwigsberg with Sister Rollins, and I joined Sister Lyon in the Stuttgart International Ward! Triple exchanges! We mostly hung out (most of their lessons canceled on us) but we did get to go onto one of the military bases that night for young womens! (church girls youth group).  It was really cool, and everyone was speaking English which was nice to hear. 
 
Friday we had a very short Austellung on Königstrasse, but I did get to go on splits (where you switch companions) with Sister Rollins, who came from the USGM (US Saint George Mission ) with me, so that was way fun. We stopped some girls to ask them “was bedeutet Frieden für euch?” (What does peace mean to you?) And they didn’t really have an answer! When we taught them that peace comes from Jesus Christ , they told us how they are Muslim but this one girl was like hmmmm well yeah but… so we gave them cards with our number on it so hopefully they check it out!
 
Saturday I felt like a pioneer cause we walked, and walked, and walked, and walked, AAAAAAAA NNND WALKED. Did I mention we walked a lot?  ‘Cause we did. First we went on a little hike in the woods in the rain (R.I.P. my suede shoes) with our slightly Hindu friend Siva, but honestly he was a God-send, ’cause things he said corresponded EXACTLY with what I had been studying the day before, and I couldn’t help but just beam at him while he was confirming my faith in Jesus Christ while talking about how our soul has needs and wants to be disconnected from our bodies. Later that day we also walked around Königstrasse with our definitely-not-interested-in-the-gospel Muslim friend Waleed. We stopped for a Five Guys milkshake, a pretzel and piece of pizza, and for Sister Smith to buy the next 2 Harry Potter books auf Deutsch. Which she is reading as I write this. And probably will be when I’m sending it too. She’s a reader. 
 
Sunday was great! I got to take the sacrament, and that was just an absolute highlight. It’s a great time for me to ponder and pray. We sat up on the stand and as I looked out at the congregation as they took part in this sacred ordinance, it was sobering and touching to see almost all of them, even teens, bowing their heads in prayer and thinking about Christ and His sacrifice. I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have every week to renew my baptismal covenants, and try again. 
 
We have 2 friends that are doing so well!! Atha cane to church on Sunday!!! We are hoping to put him on date for baptism soon so keep him in your prayers! We also had a lesson Sunday night with Gabi! This weekend we are going to go over to see Mannheim and help teach her how she can quit smoking. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, she can overcome anything! But please pray for her to have the strength to change! 
 
Monday we had Distriktsrat, and the Elders stayed behind so I could teach them how to crochet! It was SOOOOO funny. I taught them to crochet a heart, and at one point Elder Wandtke was about ready to strangle himself with his yarn. But by the end of it, they were both like “okay mom, what do I do next?” And I would tell them what to do. It was so much fun, and everyone successfully made a heart. Elder Altamirano also got his Koala. 
 
Now, you may be wondering why my email/blog is so late this week. That’s because we moved p-day for our awesome service project yesterday! We were asked by some of the religious services on one of the military bases to come and organize a few of their storage rooms. It was super fun, I swept some rooms while the others threw away tons of old junk. At one point, I was on the opposite side of the building, and no one really knew where I had gone. I’d just been sweeping… and I didn’t really think that anyone had noticed my contributions. It didn’t matter that much, but since I was away from the group, I wasn’t in some pictures or taking part in the group laughter. But as I came back to the group, they all thanked me for my work to make things clean, and made sure to support my efforts. It was small, but it really made me feel better! I realized that the situation was like the Savior – sometimes people feel like they are on the outskirts or margins of the church. Maybe they feel like their contributions don’t matter. But as Elder Holland said in his talk “Songs sung and unsung” – that everyone of us is needed in the choir and that ” the loss of even one voice diminishes every other singer” in the chorus. I’m so grateful for my friends who did not forget my contributions- let’s not forget our own, or our Saviors!
 
Also,  because it is P-day, we went to an art gallery, Ludwigsberg castle, and then I got to do some singing practice at the church. Which was soooo nice.
 
Longest email ever! I love you all and I hope you have a great week! Tchüssi!
 
Sister Miltimore

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