Landshut – Week 2

Landshut - Week 2

(week 56)

Hey everybody!!

This week was pretty interesting, and we did a TON!!

Friday we had a fantastic Austellung (street display) in Rosenheim!! Honestly, finding in the Munich zone is kind of the bomb. I’ve had more Bible “bashes” than ever before, but I’ve also never had more legit awesome lessons on the streets. Combined, my companion and I taught 14 lessons on the streets! It was crazy awesome and I had a super fun time speaking German.

Saturday was kind of weird because we were supposed to go to Passau, but it snowed! We didn’t feel super comfy driving in the snow, so we stayed home and did work from our couch instead. We ended up having some really great lessons, including one with a friend from Passau that they hadn’t talked to in almost a month! He had a really big question, about why God lets little children suffer. We weren’t able to answer him how he wanted… but it’s funny because through my personal experiences and the experiences of friends of mine, this is something I don’t actually struggle with! I have always had the perspective that God has a plan and that His plan helps us grow, even if (or especially when) it hurts. It’s designed to turn us towards him. And sometimes, the suffering of little children isn’t meant for the child, but for the parent to learn something. I can’t answer it perfectly, but for me, it’s enough to not worry so much about it right now. Which is good because I’ve got my own questions to worry about!!Β πŸ˜†πŸ˜…

Anyway, Sunday morning was kind of crazy. I was having kind of a rough morning, feeling really low emotionally. But I had been asked by the bishop of my new ward here in Landshut to give my testimony and introduce myself to the ward. Well, with absolutely no clue what the heck I would say, I got up to the podium and opened my mouth. Apparently, I talked long enough and cohesive enough (in GERMAN I might add) that everyone has been complimenting me on the TALK I gave in church!! I spoke for probably about 5 minutes straight, in German, with no notes. It was fantastic.

After church we had lunch with the Klemms!! They are the family of one of my family friends who lived in Michigan for a few years Β (the Mueller’s!!) and then they moved back to Frankfurt. So crazy that I’m in Sister Mueller’s parents ward now!! We had tacos and looked at family scrapbooks. After the Klemms, we went and visited a less active, and he ended up feeding us too… he is from the Republic of the Congo in Africa, and we got to try Fu-fu!! It’s a traditional African dish with a sticky base made from plantains that you dip in stew, normally eaten with your hands. We ate with utensils, but it was super delicious. And quite the adventure!!

Monday we had distriktsrat in Munich and I got a priesthood blessing from one of the elders. It was really good, and I’m glad I wrote it down later. On my mission I’ve gotten a lot of priesthood blessings, but I really appreciated something that the elder who gave me this blessing said afterwards. He talked about how special it is to get to use the priesthood power as a missionary, but also how impressed he always was with someone who was humble enough to ask for a blessing. He said it takes a lot of humility to recognize that you can’t do it alone, and that you need the Lord’s help. It really meant a lot to me that he said that, because I often worry about how I’m doing in becoming a better disciple of Christ and how I’m exercising my faith. It kind of reminded me, yet again, that I am in fact changing and probably doing better than I think I am. #i’maperfectionist

After we got home we had… a very interesting afternoon. Somebody ring the wedding bells…. my comps getting married!! Hahaha just kidding, but she did get proposed to. Here’s the story: so, our friend, we will call him “J” texted us. First off, he is African, from Passau, and we speak English with him. Therefore, we were very surprised when he texted us on our Landshut phone, in German, asking if he could talk to Sister Rollins privately about something “too embarrassing for Sister Miltimore.” Oh course we were like “😬😳” and told him that it’s a shared number, but he can share whatever he’d like to. So, we ended up calling him and the first thing he asks us about is if members of the church can marry outside of the church. Of course, the red flags are already flying 🚩🚩🚩. Sis Rollins tells him while technically yes, they can, most don’t because they want an eternal temple marriage. The conversation carries on, and I’m just going to put some quotes in here –
“When you like someone, you should tell them and they should tell you in return”
“I’m sorry, I know you are a servant of the Lord, and it is forbidden”
“I know you do not see color, but I do, and I am black and you are white and I know that is complicated.”
“It is a commandment of the Lord to replenish the earth. You cannot be alone and multiply.”
We, of course, were dying the whole time, less because of the fact that she was very awkwardly being proposed to, but more because we had just put this guy on date for baptism last week and now we have to give him to the elders. So, it’s a mega schade (too bad).

Man, I could say so much more about this week!! This area is surprisingly busy for being the countryside. I’m starting to settle in more which is nice!! Yesterday for p-day we went to Dachau concentration camp. It was sobering to say the least. They were incredible souls who suffered so much.

Anyway, I love you all and I hope you have a great week!! I get to go to Stuttgart this weekend so Sister Rollins can get her booster shot so I am super excited to be back there, even just for a day!!

Sister Miltimore

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