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

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