Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The one with 《positivity》 with a hint of {mourning} 8/29/2017

Hey y'all,

This last week was sooo long but somehow it's a new one already? We had basically zero appointments all week so we just found all day every day. Annnnnnd we finally found some potentials, und wir freuen uns! So I'll talk about 2 of them.. We stopped this cute Ugandan mom and babe by the university and she told us that family is just so important to her, so we told her that our church is centered on families and that we believe families can be eternal, and she wanted to learn more! She'll be in Berlin for holiday for 2 weeks but when she gets back she wants to meet. Then on Thursday we went to this kind of far out dorf because we were going to drop by on some members and share a quick message but since we were traveling so far we wanted to spend a couple hours there... it was a small dorf and so there weren't really people out so we just doored, only one girl actually talked to us and watched our video but then she told us she didn't have interest, so we just kept going. There was an old guy outside doing yard work and I just felt like we needed to talk to him so we scudded over (well, I don't know if I would call it that as we didn't want to scare the poor old man, but we wanted to catch him while he was outside) and I just said "hello" and he just started talking and talking and talking...as old men who don't know you do... then when he noticed our name badges he started asking about it, when we said we were also known as Mormons and he was like "oh. Yeah I know about you Mormons. You're kind of weird people. What's the other name you go by?" After him just thinking and trying different things for a while he was like "oh Amish! You guys are those Amish people aren't you?" He continued to tell s he wasn't interested in that, but when we explained we weren't actually Amish he was like "ok cool, well do you have any materials on you?" Sister McAllister pulled out das Buch Mormon and he was so curious, she started to show him the pictures in the front and explain them but he took the book away and just read the descriptions about the pictures and HE WAS SO EXCITED. He saw the picture of Samuel the Lamanite and was like, "that's a lot like the world today". But he just was so excited and intrigued by the book. We told him he could have it and he just hugged it. Then I have him a card with the address to the church and our phone number, it was an 'ich bin Mormone' card and he read that, smiled and said, "not yet, I have to read this book first." Ahahaha I love old people.

.....And now we wait. 

Today we went to the dachau concentration camp and I am speechless. Emotionally and mentally drained. I am astounded with the evil people are capable of. My heart is broken, and my heart goes out. 
Hah, so anyhow, on that happy note we're going to go get to work and try to save the world. ­č嬠

From todays reading im Buch Mormon, 
Alma 36:21 Es konnte nichts so au├čerordentlich und so bitter sein, wie meine Qualen es waren. Ja, und weiter sage ich dir, mein Sohn, andererseits kann nichts so au├čerordentlich und so s├╝├č sein, wie meine Freude es war.
I have always loved reading the book of Mormon, especially about Alma the younger and his conversion story, but theres something about reading in another language and really having to pay attention so you can understand. We truly can find so much joy and happiness through repentance and through Christ, just as Alma did. But like Alma, we must turn to the Lord, we must practice and use whatever amount of faith we have. Ahhh I love the book of mormon and the gospel and Jesus and our Father in Heaven! 

I love you all, sorry I don't have time to email personally, we were at dachau for a couple hours longer than anticipated, leaving only the train ride for emails... also this email is being written during email time, I just don't know when it will send because of the lack of Wi-Fi.  

Viel Spa├č!

Liebe Gr├╝├če,
Sister Lundskog ­čŹŽ 

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Franc├ęstra├če 6
80997 M├╝nchen

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The one where I don't have much time (as usual) 8/21/2017

Hey hi hello, 

Once again we've been doing a lot of finding this week, but haven't found any potentials. But I absolutely love finding. We get to talk to people from all over the world and learn so much! Last night while we were finding I stopped a man, and he asked if we could speak English instead. Turns out he is from Lebanon, hes been living in Munich for about a year, and he is an athiest. But he stayed and talked with us for about 20 minutes about what we believe and what he believes. It was super interesting. Near the end he asked me how I learned German so well, and then asked how long I've been learning german. When I told him I started learning German almost 6 months ago he was completely shocked and said that was impossible, but then we testified of the help we receive from God when he calls us to a work and he was just stunned. We tried to get an appointment with him but he doesn't want to be converted, lol, but he was super cool. 

We also have done a lot of dooring recently, and I don't know what it is about Europeans but they will answer the door in whatever attire they have in the moment, which, quite often means they have absolutely nothing, they don't even have any embarrassment on their face. We've seen so many things we'd like to un-see...hahaha, but we've had some really interesting conversations with some people. One man talked to us for like 45 minutes in his doorway and just kept telling us stuff about history, science, religion, whatever he could think of because he didn't think we had enough knowledge because we couldn't answer his first question about software engineering.  He invited us back anytime we'd like to learn more about anything.  

Last week we went to the Arnold's again, and once again I was just filled with such a peace entering their home! It's just so filled with the spirit and with love. I love it. Camille is the sweetest little girl and she's going to be baptized next, month! She told me I'm one of her best pals, which just melted my heart because I love her and I miss all of my little best pals back in America. 

We had transfer calls on Friday, Sister McAllister and I will be staying together for another transfer! Unfortunately Elder Peterson is getting transferred to Wien, so one of our members wanted to get a picture of all of us on Sunday before the squad gets broken up. Turns out, Elder Jensen and I are both 4 years old when it comes to taking pictures. ­čÉ░

The same member mentioned above who took pictures made us pizza, and it was the craziest pizza I've ever eaten in my life. It had corn, mushrooms, salami, shrimp, anchovies, an egg, peppers, and so many other unrecognizable things, and it was so good. Ahh. Jasmin makes the best food, like seriously, I don't know how she does it but everything is so good. 

Moroni 7:33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.

Well that's it folks, I'm out of time. Till next time... 

Sister Carley Lundskog 
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT 
Franc├ęstra├če 6
80997 M├╝nchen

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The one where the week went too fast... 8/15/2017

Haha hello everyone! 

I don't have any desire to write this week, but it's been a wonderful week! Some members fed us raw fish and it was dang good, Ada is a professional chef and she made some of the best food I've ever eaten in my life (pictured), the Augsburg sisters slept over last week before zone conference and so we did face masks and made doughnuts. We did a ton of dooring and had some pretty flipping weird experiences and conversations but that's what keeps missionary work exciting! 

LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT SO LET'S MAKE IT ROCK! Those are some pretty wise words and are true about everything. Your life is what you make it, your mission is what you make it, your education is what you make it, so why not make it rock? Put your all in and you'll get a whole lot more out of your life!

Sister Carley Lundskog
Franc├ęstra├če 6
80997 M├╝nchen

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The One where I had technical difficulties and my mom had to send my email... 8/1/2017

Hello everyone, 

Oh Mensch! What a week! 

To start last week off, we wore coats, tights, and wool socks because it was absolutely freezing. The last two days though, the second we walk outside the door we are drenched with sweat and just melt. I feel like I'm in Utah again. 

We have had appointments every day this week and it's been a little crazy! On Wednesday we had a member appointment with the zone leaders Elder Peterson and Elder Jensen. The member hates cooking, so his plan was for all the missionaries to cook, in the end I made the whole meal. But they pretended for a picture. I made some stellar salmon pasta, and then Michael (the member) dished me up more than every one else and I nearly died from too much food. Good times. 
Thursday we were with the Arnold family again (my goodness I love them, they are such good people and Camille reminds me of my nieces and I just love them.) We heart attacked a less active with the Arnold's and the elders after dinner and that was pretty exciting! 
Friday we had an appointment fall out and we were finally able to have some finding time! We haven't gone finding like the whole time I've been in Munich, so my German got a little rusty but we had a great time and talked to some interesting people!
On Sunday we had an awesome lesson with Yanira. She is from Colombia and is here as a nanny. She doesn't speak very much German so we had some members from Ecuador translate for us. She soaked up the whole restoration and had so many questions. She said she's already prayed to know if our church was true before she even met with us. She's so sweet and although we have a language barrier and she doesn't understand everything, she sees coming to church as her way to find peace. Which, is exactly what the church should do. 
Today we went to Neuscchwanstein with the sisters in our zone. It was way fun, although I wouldn't recommend hiking in proselyting clothes, or when it's a thousand degrees and humid. But it was a way good day, lost all of the weight I've gained on my mission in sweat. Jokes, it's still there. We had a few miracles today, for which I am so so grateful because it's the little things that just make your heart want to explode with gratitude, so buckle up, here comes some stories!

While we were hiking back down and we were all dripping in sweat, a lady hiking up said to the 6 of us,  "hello do you have any materials on you?" As very prepared missionaries we all had pamphlets on us, but only one of the sisters had pamphlets in English. The lady apparently studies religions and her main focus has been Mormonism so she has read all of the standard works. But her main main focus is the Mormon fundamentalists. Anyway, she was way cool and took every pamphlet we had and we had a nice chat. It's not every day that you meet people in Europe who even know who or what Mormons are, or who know that the church of Jesus Christ is also the Mormon church, but yet, there was one.
Next, on the bus ride down this very friendly guy started talking to Sister McAllister and I, and asked if we were Mormon missionaries. He is from Mexico, but met elders while he was in France, and then he met us! He has such a good impression of us and turns out he has done some research and there's an LDS church just down the street from his house! Bam, another miracle. 
Then, the same guy introduced us to all of his friends, and one of them is from Sydney Australia, so naturally I told her I had a friend who was on a mission there, just like us (thanks dixon for serving, it was a great way to get her to talk to us), and she was so interested to find out more! She was so intrigued that we have missionaries all over the world with the same purpose! 

So we've been running everywhere and have been just 110% exhausted but 700% loving it. I'm just so grateful to have such a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord and give back a little! 

Thomas S Monson once said in a devotional, "work will win, when wishy washy wishing won't." Could there be a truer statement? One thing I've definitely learned as a missionary, is that wishing or just dreaming about things gets you absolutely no where. BUT, hard work, dedication, determination, and obedience gets you everywhere! Now I'm not saying I'm 100% those things all or the time, because I'm not perfect, but when I do my best to have all of those qualities there's a difference in the work. I love this work, even though it's really hard and sometimes my brain is on the brink or explosion, it's the best thing I've ever done for my life. The gospel is true folks!

Love you all, hope all is well! 

♡/ Sister Lundskog 

Friday, July 21, 2017

The one where I finally get a visa 7/18/2017

I am in M├╝nchen 1 with Sister McAllister. My new address is:

Kirche Jesu Christi HLT, Alpenl├Ąndische Mission 
Sister Carley Lundskog 
Franc├ęstra├če 6 
D-80997 M├╝nchen 

So my first day here we had a lesson, in English. And then we taught an English class. Hahahahaha what even is German. Thursday we went to a less active families for lunch, and the mom stated that we don't need to keep the commandments since we are already saved. Her son (a nonmember) argued back with her and told her she was wrong. She also said we don't need the book of Mormon because we have the bible. Her son again told her she was wrong. (He's a Catholic and doesn't want to convert but yet he defends our religion like none other lol). It was interesting. She fed us stuffed papers (now I can finally say I've had stuffed peppers with the peppers) but the peppers were in a soup kind of with mashed potatoes. That's one of my favorite things that they do here. I had it a few times in Vienna (similarish... we had chili with mashed potatoes and it's to die for). We had pecan ice cream for dessert. After we visited with them we went to the mission office to fill our my visa papers with Sister Gildner. Then we went and had a picnic with another less active and had sandwiches and peaches and read in the book of Mormon. Friday we got up and went to the visa place. The plan was to wake up at 6 and take the 7:00 bus but Sister McAllister didn't get out of bed until 7...so needless to say we got there around 8:30 maybe, anmelded, and then waited in line for 2 hours to apply for my visa. About 30 minutes left in the line and they stopped taking applications for the day. They close at 3. It was like 11:30. It was a bummer. After that we had a lesson with an investigator. Her name is Katja and she is from Russia. The lesson was a mix of English and German. It was rough. She at one point said "why would God send 2 imperfect people to an imperfect person to teach about an imperfect church?" She wasn't happy. But she still wants to meet. Our other appointment on Friday fell through. Saturday we played soccer. It was the missionaries (we have elders and sisters in this ward, one of the elders is Becky Peterson's brother in law), some members, and some investigators. You know how Germans are known for being good at soccer? It's true, also south Americans are too, and that's what we had at soccer.. a bunch of Germans, a bunch of South Americans, and 4 American missionaries, 2 of which played soccer in high school. It was scary because they were all good at soccer and I hate sports. But it was interesting. We went from there to an appointment with an investigator who has a mental disability.  We read in the book of Mormon with her and answered her questions. She's very scared she's going to go to hell. It's sad. Our last appointment fell out on Saturday as well. Sunday we had church, I spoke. Our investigator/gospel principle class was really interesting because the teacher kept changing languages... He spoke German, Spanish, English, and Italian or something because there were a lot of investigators who didn't speak English or who didn't speak German so he just had to switch between all of the languages. It was kind of crazy. After church we taught a girl from Columbia, it was a Spanish lesson because she doesn't speak too much German yet. So we spoke in English to a member who translated to Spanish. It was a way awesome lesson because he shared his conversion story with her and it was such a cool story, the spirit was SO strong! We had a ward pot luck after that. Sunday night we had a stake sisters conference. It was so empowering. Also it was really neat because I understood the whole thing. In german. I had to translate a few words but I understood what was being said I just had to translate the words so I could learn them better. The young women got up and sang "Gethsemane" in english and I just wanted to sob it was so beautiful. They also gave time for sharing testimonies.. It reminded me of girls camp and now I want to go to girls camp and also be a young women's leader. Monday we left the apartment at 6:20, waited in line for like 2 hours and guess what? I have a visa! They didn't even care that I was over my 90 days. Hip hip I'm legal! We had district meeting and then 2 appointments fell out so we did some finding.

Hopefully that helps you feel caught up in my life hahaha. Packing was rough. Mostly because I don't know where all of my crap came from and why it wouldn't fit. I had to leave some stuff in Wien but it's fine cause I didn't use it or it didn't fit anymore anyway. But I was able to bring my stuff and get here with no problems. I traveled with 6 elders. No sisters. It was strange. Also 3 of the elders were dying and so it was interesting to hear their plans or talk about dating again. It was a strange and long train ride. 

As for how I'm feeling.. I'm feeling a bit rough. I miss Wien. I miss the ward, I miss finding there, i miss the people. I loved Wien. It really was a great place to be born and I kind of hope I can go back again on my mission. Munich is great, but it takes a really long time to get anywhere though. Usually 40 minutes to an hour so it's hard to feel productive or effective or whatnot.  

I ate toast with nutella and bananas while reading your email, that was the first thing I ate in the last like...24 hours. Sister McAllister and her comp didn't go shopping last p-day so we have been really low on food. 

So my diet has changed pretty drastically since I was in Wien. Mostly because there was no food here, and partly because food here is different. For breakfast I have toast and nutella, we have eaten out every day For lunch...usually from a bakery, on Saturday though we got Mexican and that was pretty good, dinner we usually make wei├čwurst and pretzels, or once I made pasta.

I have a request! Is there anyway you could get workout videos on a flash drive? Or a DVD (or even pdf through email) but a flash drive would be better cause I could use it on my tablet.  It could be in .mov form or .mp4 and I think it would work. I just want to have more effective fr├╝hsport and I think that could be fun? But we don't have weights or exercise equipment so I just am a pathetic exerciser but I want to be better! Have any ideas!? Is it even possible to get exercise videos on a flash drive? I don't even know. But if it is possible that could be cool. If not, if you just have some fun work out routines or could find some Pinterest stuff I'd love it. 

Sister Peterson (from our stake) and I just chat it up all the time when we see each other. I'm not going to lie I really hoped I was going to be companions with her this transfer.  I still really want to be companions with her before she goes home in December. She's awesome, and we have a good time. It would be way cool to serve with her.

Love yooooou

The one where the hills were alive with the sound of...me 7/4/2017

Hey. Hallo. Bonjour. Ciao. Hola. Servus. Hi. It's, me. 

So this week we made it our goal to go through all of our area books (somehow we had several, and since we used to have elders in this area we have theirs as well). So we have been going through the area books and have started going by former investigators. And....nobody has been home. We've also been trying to get to know less active members! And...nobody has been home. But we've met some cool people in the areas we've gone to. On Sunday night we just went dooring and there was a cool Australian guy who has apparently met Mormons before and absolutely loved them. He took a card and said he'd be in contact.. and then we ran into him like 3 more times that evening in different places and it was strange. But he was nice.

So the night before my first p-day Sister Hill asked me what I wanted to do. I told her I wanted to go hiking or take a nap. She looked at me like I was nuts. Because we are in Vienna and Vienna is known for 100000 things, not hiking. I'm still not sure what those other things are because we've had 10 other pdays and I cant even reremember what we've seen..but today was the best p-day of all the p-days because we went HIKING. Who even knew that there were mountains near us? I certainly didn't because all we see are buildings, but our tourist book said there was a mountain, so we went. And LOVED IT. I feel like my body and mind just kept screaming "thank you I love you this is where I belong" which is probably why I teared up as we entered the forest. I am once again one with my mountains (well not my mountains, my mountains are in Utah..) But I'm just very happy right now. I also got to pet a cat, so I mean, what more could I ask for? 

Wednesday we went on an adventure to talk to a lawyer. Pretty exciting stuff, I had to sign some papers about our apartment. After all was signed he asked me "so are you here on a German visa or an Austrian visa?" I responded, "neither. " I think he nearly had a heart attack, but so did I. So. What can ya do?­čĄĚ‍♀️

On Saturday all of the missionaries in Vienna got together and had a Wien finding day on Mariahilferstra├če. We were able to do exchanges with the other sisters and just bring all of our finding and contacting ideas together. We all had one purpose, one goal, and it was amaaaaazing. I love missionaries.

Sunday, Kelsie and Nate came to my ward! (Sister+husband of my sister in law). Komisch, because the last time I saw Kelsie she was pregnant, and now she has a 9 month old baby! So fun to see them and [attempt] to translate everyone's testimonies for them. There was also a cute couple from Naples Florida visiting, which happens to be the only city in Florida that I actually know something about because that's the only place I've been. Turns out, when Jenni (my sister) lived in Florida, they were in the same ward. The world becomes so small when the church becomes involved. 

We have transfers next week and one of us will be leaving, so that's crazy. 

Ether 12:12 For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.

Love you all, make good choices, remember who you are and more importantly whose you are, and enjoy celebrating the freedom that you've been blessed with!

Liebe Gr├╝├če, 
Sister Lundskog 

The One with all the tender mercies 7/11/2017

Hey, it's me, again! 

This week has been WUNDERBAR. So on Wednesday we met with our neubekehrt (recent convertss ) wife. From what we knew about her before was that she had absolutely no interest in the church, but she finally asked him if she could meet us so we taught her and she is AMAZING. Holy cow she just absorbed everything and said that she has been reading in the book of Mormon and she really loves what we teach and believe. She was the sweetest woman ever! After that we had Austausch (exchanges) and Sister Leonard came to Wien 1 to serve with me and Sister Hill went to Wien 3. Sister Leonard started the tausch by only speaking German to me, which I didn't know I was capable of speaking so much german! It was so awesome. We just spoke German all of time that we were outside, which was all day. We had the BEST DAY finding. I have never had so much fun finding and street contacting. We went to the university and talked to so many people and just had so much fun meeting people. We even set up an appointment with someone right there on the street!! (That like....never happens.. or at least it was the first time for both of us.) It was just way cool. Missionary work really can be fun! And it is fun! Sister Leonard and I just clicked with working together and just got so much done. It was just wonderful. Probably the best day so far on the mission. ♡

When we Tausched back on Thursday, a random number called us. It was one of the former investigators we had gone by on that had actually been home! We set up an appointment to meet. And then within 30 minutes of setting the appointment we received a text with him changing the plans of where to meet because he wanted to go by the Donau and have a picnic and go swimming. We told him we could only meet at the institute and that we would talk about the gospel. He canceled. And then over the next hour we received 47 texts from him (it killed our phone battery and we ran out of space on our phone). Needless to say.. if he does have actual interest the elders will take him. Lol. We were so excited to see our work paying off! Hahahaha. 

Friday we went to Salzburg again and met our new mission president and his wife and son. We are so blessed. President and Sister Brown are awesome and I'm so excited to work with them! We had interviews in companionships so they could get to know everyone. I introduced myself and he said "oh.. so you're the sister that needs to get transferred.." ­čśůI'm off to a great start! They are super nice and they have some great ideas for our mission. Sister Brown shared her testimony and conversion story and I just tried not to cry the whole time because the spirit was so strong!

Saturday we got transfer calls! Except, due to my interview with the president, we weren't too surprised to find out that I'll be leaving and Sister Hill will be staying here in Wien. I am going to Munich tomorrow! It's going to be a nice change, and I'm excited! Our ward had a grill fest (nothing like an American barbeque but it was still nice). We had another little miracle happen there. A few weeks ago when we had been calling former investigators I called some guy from Canada (it was a really awkward phone call because he answered in French and I spoke German and then he spoke English and then I tried French and it was just a train wreck and ended in english..) anyway, he had said that his family was in Switzerland for the week but to let him know if we had any activities coming up, so I invited him to the grill fest and he brought his family and the ward just absorbed them as some of their own! He and his family were awesome. One of the families is going to try and get them to come over for a family home evening sometime and have the sisters come! 

Sunday I had to say goodbye to the ward. It was so hard. I love the ward so much and everyone there. After church we had lunch at a members. They gave us Kn├Âdel and soup und marillenkn├Âdel for dessert. It was an interesting time. They live like 40 minutes out of the city (driving) and so we were able to see some beautiful forests and hills and houses and the Donau on the drive there, and some more lovely scenery on the train ride home. SO PRETTY. I'm going to miss Austria! 

Monday we had 2 out of 3 appointments fall out, but we also had a wicked cool thunderstorm, so it wasn't too shabby of a day. We called lots of former investigators and we now have a potential! 

Today we spent the day packing and cleaning since I'll be leaving for germany tomorrow ­čÖâ­čÖâ

The church is true folks! And it's exciting!! Share it with everyone, the more people you share it with the more will accept it!

1 Nephi 9:6 But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all power unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen.

Love you all! 

Liebe Gr├╝├če, 
Sister Lundskog 

(Pictures: train ride to Salzburg ft, elder Richardson; Elda, my favorite person ever,  GRILL FEST, Baagii♡, Sister Leondard and I, Sister Haynie and I, selfie, district selfie)