Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The one with many words and not so many pictures ;) 4/17/2018


It's me again! Another week has somehow flown by as well as my motivation to write this week! 

So just enjoy a couple emails with pictures and happy thoughts. ­čĺĽ

"Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Uhlandstra├če 24
79713 Bad S├Ąckingen 


The one where you probably thought I was done (you were wrong) (4/17/2018)

“The Lord will never forsake or abandon anyone. You may abandon him, but he will never abandon you. You never need to feel that you are alone.” ~ Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

The one where the Book of Mormon has die MACHT 4/10/2018

Hi fam!

I don't have much time so I'll be quick, 
This week was great! We had zone conference on Wednesday (and the mission nurse has put me on a strict at home vegan diet [except not so strict that I can't eat meat so it's not really thst vegan I just can't eat any dairy even if it's lactose free] which I have yet to do because the struggle of giving up cheese is real). 

On Saturday we met with Richard and it was so cool! The family Kamm was there and we talked about the Book of Mormon, and how if we pray about it we can know if it's true. Like actually know, not just have a hunch or a wish that it's true, but really truly know. We also talked about how if the Book of Mormon is true then so is anything else. It was so clear to see his desire to really know, he even asked how he should pray, standing, sitting kneeling, when we explained the respect we show God when we kneel he demonstrated to make sure he was kneeling correctly and asked if he was allowed to kneel on a chair or bed or something. The thing is, what matters is where our heart is and our intents, when we really want to know and we plan to do something about our answer- then we will get an answer no matter what position our body is in...standing, sitting, or kneeling. But when we kneel, it shows even more respect to God. When we find out the Book of Mormon is true, our lives change, for the better. The Book of Mormon has the power to make everything better, to help us make better decisions, to be happier, to know what to do, it has so much power we just have to give it the chance to..

Sunday, Deyanira came to church! She is so excited about the gospel and she shared her desire to be baptized in relief society. She expressed how after visiting and investigating 18 different churches she is grateful to have finally found the truth, and to have known after meeting with us just a few times. I have so much love for Deyanira and I am so grateful that I am able to help her discover the truth and find true lasting peace and happiness. ♡

Today we were able to go to the temple for pday! I thought when I went in November that would be the last time, but we went today and I was filled with so much peace and just happiness and wholeness to have the gospel. The fullness of the gospel brings a fullness of joy. It's such a blessing to have the gospel, and it's a blessing to share it and see it help others. 

Elder Robert D Hales : “The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ [Romans 10:17]. … The first step to finding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is to let His word—spoken by the mouth of His servants, the prophets—touch your heart. But it is not enough merely to let those words wash over you, as if they alone could transform you. We must do our part. Or as the Savior Himself said, ‘He that hath ears to hear, let him hear’ [Matthew 11:15]. In other words, hearing requires an active effort. … It means taking seriously what is taught, considering it carefully, studying it out in our minds. As the prophet Enos learned, it means letting others’ testimonies of the gospel ‘[sink] deep into [our] heart[s]’ [Enos 1:3]”
Conference was last week, but now everything is online and available to watch again or for the first time. If you want to find (Or strengthen) your faith, the first step is to let His word into your heart. ♡ (find His words online @ lds.org or in the Book of Mormon)

I love you all, have a wonderful week! 

Liebe Gr├╝├če, 
Sister Lundskog 

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Uhlandstra├če 24
79713 Bad S├Ąckingen 

The one where you just gotta get moving-even when it's hard 4/3/2018

Hi folks! 

Last week we had some crazy fun times and also about 100 member appointments?? They forgot about us for a while and then suddenly remembered us so we didn't have as much time this week to find, but we used what we had and we saw miracles!... 

Thursday we were able to work in our GML's garden, cutting down trees and pulling them out of the ground and basically working as men. It was a total blast. On our way back home to change and study we got a call from Biagio asking us if we were still planning on coming that evening. I explained that we didn't have an appointment and he told us that he knew that but that his nonmember wife wanted us to come over. So we did. And she made the best carbonara (they are italian) I have ever had. So so good. We had told Biagio about an Italian couple we had found thst wanted a book of Mormon. He disappeared into the other room and came back out with about 50 Italian pamphlets for all of the lessons. He muttered "I made a mistake, I didn't think think would send so many". We were dying, but now we have a ton of Italian pamphlets. Then he told us he had to go and bailed. We got to talk to Margeritha (his wife) and we had a lovely evening and were able to talk about Christ with her and it was just really nice. Then we booked it to meet with Niaga, and ended up eating with him as well. We thought we were going to die. 

Friday I woke up feeling icky and tired and sick with 0 motivation to do anything but sleep. Buuuuuut, we decided to make a whole day of finding out of it and suck it up! We got let in twice! We had a man tell us that he has met with missionaries before so he knows what we are doing and we can come back this week! It was such a blessing and such a neat thing to see that when we really do sacrifice and do the Will of the Father, we are blessed and we can be instruments in His hands. 

Saturday night, Richard and his kids, and Deyanira watched conference with us and the family Kamm! It was so wonderful and the spirit was so strong! Deyanira kept expressing how much she wants to be in the conference center and see it all in October, so she's going to try to come to Utah in October so we can go to a session together! 

Sunday was full of AMAZING conference sessions, Sister Cook is a champ and we watched them all in German with German kids yanking on our hair and swishing water next to our ears, but we made it through. Now we are slowly listening to them again in English. It was such a powerful conference for those who didn't see it, check it out at conference.lds.org ­čśŐ

Instead of ending with something from conference, I wanted to share something from my personal study in the Bible this week. 
“Many wonderful [Church] members are in camouflage to their neighbors and co-workers. They do not let people know who they are and what they believe. We need much more member involvement in sharing the message of the Restoration. Romans 10, verse 14, puts this into perspective: ‘How then shall they call on him [speaking of the Savior] in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?’ Verse 15 contains the wonderful message referenced in Isaiah:
‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings’ (see also Isaiah 52:7). It has been observed that the members are going to have to move their feet and let their voices be heard if they are to achieve this blessing”
You don't have to be a "full-time missionary" to share the gospel. The people around you will respond better to YOU, than to two strangers showing up on their door, they will be more open to meeting two strangers with black badges that have the name of Christ, when you show them or help them see how wonderful the gospel is and how it can help them. Be involved in sharing the gospel. Recognize who you are and what you have, and don't be afraid to open your mouth. Share it with those you love, or those you meet.

(Pictures [more to come]: gelato! {If you look hard enough you can see the fear in my eyes because gelato contains lactose-which my body has recently decided to be intolerant towards}; Sister Marsha & I this morning {she is the perfect member of our dritt, she is such a cutie}; finding on Saturday- we talked to a man about the gospel, he said he didn't like when people do what we do and that he thinks it's rude and annoying- also that he'd never take anything from anyone, we'll he ended up giving us Lindt chocolate and taking a plan of salvation pamphlet and said he'd read it. He also told us we were very nice and to keep it up. ☺ do the work with love and God will soften people's hearts and give you chocolate)

Sister Carley Lundskog 
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT 
Uhlandstra├če 24
79713 Bad S├Ąckingen  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The one where you would think we were in a South American mission 3/27/2018

Hey fam, 

I have wanted to do a German transfer for a long time, and Sister Cook has been aware of that. Anyway, we decided (sweet, wonderful, patient, brace, and awesome Sister Cook and I) that this transfer we would do a ONLY GERMAN TRANSFER. it's been so fun! She's only been in the mission for 7 weeks but she's now spoken only German for 7 days! (Besides when we speak to English speakers of course.) I am so proud of her, and I'm enjoying myself silly. The secret to learning a language is speaking it and so that's what we've been doing and we've seen the fruits of our labors. It's like we are in South America or something. 

This transfer we also decided to do as much finding as physically possible. We've fast driven ourselves crazy with how much dooring we did last week, but we have found some really nice people, and had some really great experiences. So let me tell you about two of our nice peeps. 

THOMAS, he was very open to us and did our survey at the door and we just kept talking. I told him we were American and he was actually shocked. He thought it was a joke to keep him talking. Apparently Americans can't speak German. (Proved that wrong, go German transfer!) Apparently he has a second house in California about 10 minutes away from the San Diego temple and he has always found it beautiful and interesting but never knew very much. We gave him a book of Mormon and He gladly took it. He also told us about how he feels towards health and so we gave him a word of wisdom pamphlet. He emailed us back the other day and told us that he will never drink a hot drink again. He's awesome, but sadly going to California again. 

BASIRU, we left our apartment, walked down the street, said hello to a mailman and BAM. We got to talking, exchanged numbers, and then he came to church on Sunday! He's super nice and interested to know more about us as Mormons since he has always seen missionaries and they've been nice, and he even recognized some members! 

This week my heart has actually just wanted to explode. We hadn't seen Deyanira for a couple weeks and didn't have very good contact. I've been praying like never before because it just crushed me and I have so much love for her. She called last night and I was able to talk to her for about 30 minutes about this and that and then she said "tomorrow you'll come to me and we will talk about baptism. I want to be baptized. I have prayed and I have my answer. I want to be baptized." I straight up almost cried. Today we met with her and it was so good to see her again, she is like family. We talked a lot about baptism and how she can do it. When we told her she didn't have to pay or provide anything she was shocked, she asked if she could at least donate some money! Hahaha. She's so precious. We set a baptismal date for May 26, the day after her birthday, because as she said it she would like to be "reborn" and start a new year of life completely fresh and clean. We are so happy for her! My heart is just exploding and bursting at the seams with love and happiness for the help and guidance and answers she as received from above. The Lord works wonders. 

On the way to Deyaniras we were able to speak to a man on the bus and he was so impressed with what we are doing and why that he wants to know more too! We exchanged numbers and talked about an appointment. About 30 minutes later we received a message from him just thanking us for our conversation and saying he was glad to have met us. 

Missions are special, you get to meet so many people who have such a special place in your heart. It doesn't matter if they are companions, other missionaries, members, friends of the church, or just people you talk to on the street, every single one of them is a child of God and it's so crazy how aware of that you can become. I love every person I have met on my mission,  and for the opportunity and privilege to do this work, and to be a representative of Jesus Christ and His church. I just absolutely love this work. It's the Lord's work. It's perfect. His church is perfect. The members are not perfect...if we were wouldnt need the church. But we do need it, and it can help anyone and everyone. It doesn't matter how smart someone is, how much money they have, their education, family situation, gender, ethnicity, background. The church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints is for everyone. And can change the life of anyone. 

“Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so.
With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift up my voice in testimony as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He it was who died on the cross to atone for our sins. He became the firstfruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again” President Thomas S. Monson, "I know that My Redeemer Lives!" Liahona May 2007. 

I love you all, and wish you a happy week, a lovely Easter, and an uplifting conference weekend!

With all my love, 
Sister Lundskog ♡

(PICTURES! Patricia and Lani!- Lani reminds me so much of Emma it's crazy!; another great thing to the list of a billion others that make missions great is you learn how to do things and you get to develop talents- now I can make cute paper Easter baskets, thanks to a fun FHV service activity- you can call me crafty; doughnuts for breakfast-health am I right?; Eiken, Switzerland; Z├╝rich, Switzerland) 

PS, I forgot to give a S/O to my Mom and also to Ammon for the yummy packages! Cadbury eggs and sour watermelons always hit the spot! Thanks dle being the best you two! ­čśŐ­čśŐ

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Uhlandstra├če 24
79713 Bad S├Ąckingen 

Monday, March 26, 2018

The one where I'll finally be in one place for more than 3 months! 3/20/2018

Hey dear ones, 

This life sure is a fun one, that I certainly do love. We've had so many fun experiences and have just been blown away by the Lord the last two weeks! Here's a few stories... 

So three weeks ago we had planned on getting Deyanira a blessing after church but we don't have any Spanish speakers in our branch so it was going to be in German. But then she hadn't been able to come to church because she was sick. She came the next week and the same day someone who served in Argentina and speaks Spanish was there! She was able to get a blessing in her mother language and the spirit was so strong, wow it was just so cool to see how the Lord works and how His timing works. 

Saturday our branch had a mission activity with workshops and presentations from the missionaries in our district. It was way cool to see how all of the members share the gospel, to hear their ideas, and give them more ideas. Sharing the gospel is not as hard as we make it up to be in our heads ;)

Yesterday while finding we were talking to this guy who speaks French and it was absolutely chaotic because of the barriers but with all the chaos I had pulled out a lot of our resources-book of mormon, pamphlets, and was just holding them as we were talking to this man on the street. Some other man walked by and came back, tapped on the restoration pamphlet that was in my hand and asked if he could have it. He looked like he was having a rough day and really just needed some hope so I gave him it, and then handed him a book of Mormon with a short and simple testimony and them told sister Cook to take over so I could finish talking to the French man. Sister Cook was a little terrified since we haven't done split contacting yet but she did an awesome job. It helped us see that we were in the right place at the right time with the right message. 

Today we went to a members home and she taught us all about healthy eating and how we can do it. We made some food together and it was AMAZING. We made Alfredo sauce from nuts as the base and cucumbers were the noodles, and jams, other sauces, cinnamon rolls out of bananas and dates. It was a very interesting time but way cool.

I don't have much time to write, much like last week, but I love you all and wish you the best! 

“Though I suffered then, as I look back now, I am grateful that there was not a quick solution to my problem. The fact that I was forced to turn to God for help almost daily over an extended period of years taught me truly how to pray and get answers to prayer and taught me in a very practical way to have faith in God. I came to know my Savior and my Heavenly Father in a way and to a degree that might not have happened otherwise or that might have taken me much longer to achieve. … I learned to trust in the Lord with all my heart. I learned to walk with Him day by day.” -Elder D. Todd Christofferson 

(Pictures... Murg, what happens when the members leave the room and there's cucumber noodles, feast of health, classic train pic...)...more to come...stand by ;)

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Uhlandstra├če 24
79713 Bad S├Ąckingen 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The one in the Schwarzwald 3/6/2018

Hey friends,

Weekly riddle: What was it that Adam and Eve never had and yet they gave to their children? (Earthly parents)

This week flew by, but time tends to do that when you're having fun spreading JOY! There is too much to tell about it all so I'll just hit some highlights and some fun stories. ­čśŐ

Wednesday we were invited to the family Lopez-Yao to share a spiritual thought and eat some cake. We planned a thought on Nephi (because honestly I could probably talk about Nephi for like a day straight he is so neat). We talked about when the bow was broken and how Nephi didn't murmur but he got to work. I asked the son how he behaves when he is hungry and it was too funny. Apparently earlier that day he had been a real pain about being hungry and wanting other people to fix his problems. So it fit great and we all had a good laugh. Hanger is real, but we should be more like Nephi and just get to work.

Thursday we met with Deyanira again! Ahh she is so great. She calls us her Amigas. Sister Cook led the lesson (3 weeks in the field and leading lessons like a pro, that's my girl!) and it was so good! We taught the last half of the plan of salvation and she just loved it, she expressed how much hope it fills her with and how it just makes sense. Ahhh ♡♡♡ she also told us that she randomly got in contact with an old coworker in Venezuela that she wasn't even really friends with but it turns out he is Mormon! He and his wife have been so supportive of her and have answered her questions as well! God works in mysterious ways and it's fun to see how He puts everything together. He certainly has a plan!

We also met with Niaga on Thursday and Sister Cook practiced teaching us the restoration in German (what a boss!). It's so fun to see her German skills improving and it's always fun to meet with Niaga and see his knowledge and testimony in the gospel grow. ♡

Friday we were supposed to have a lesson with Christa but she was worried the bus wouldn't take us back home because she lives in the middle of no where and it was a blizzard. So we went dooring and we talked to this woman, she told us we could come back another time but now was not the time. We started to pin her on the map (in front of her house, we just felt she needed to be pinned asap..) and she came out and started yelling at us!!! But nice yells!! We went back and she asked us where we were from, I said Utah and she got so excited! Her son lived in Utah for a year with a Mormon family and she has so many questions! She also has the address and wants to look at maps with me! She asked us to PLEASE come back! Guys-your member work is so important! 

Sunday we had two children baptisms in our ward! It was really fun to see it and reflect on when I got baptised 12 years ago Sunday. It was my 12 year mark of being a member of this wonderful church! I am so grateful I made that decision 12 years ago to be baptized. I am also grateful that I was able to make the decision for myself and it wasn't something that I had to do, or that I was too young to know what was happening. I chose to be baptized, and I am grateful everyday for that decision. 

Monday we went contacting in Freiburg after district meeting. Except, we decided to start on the bus and not just when we got to the city. Sis Cook and I talked to this lady (shown in picture below) and she loved us right away. She wasn't interested in the church but she wanted to take us to a lake, when we said we couldn't she asked if we would at least walk with her to the bank. We said okay, since she was old, alone, and adorable. She gave us a tour of Freiburg!! She was the sweetest lady. At the end of her long tour I asked if we could take a picture with her and she said only if I post it and say that she was the lady who guided us through the beautiful city of Freiburg. I love nice people!

Today we had district pday in the Black forest! We hiked to a waterfall and spent some time touring the cute city of Triburg. Sooo beautiful. It was so fun to spend a day with the Gassers, our lovely district senior couple. 

"I know this for a certainty: it is often in the trial of adversity that we learn those most critical lessons that form our character and shape our destiny." -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

It was just a fantastic week, I love you all and wish you the best!

Liebe Gr├╝├če,
Hermana Lundskog ♡

Sister Carley Lundskog 
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT 
Uhlandstra├če 24
79713 Bad S├Ąckingen  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The one where it may be in the negatives but that still won't stop me from eating ice cream. ❄­čŹŽ­čŹĘ­čśŐ 2/27/2018

Hello friends and family, 

Are you ready for your joke of the week? 
Q: What man in the Bible had no parents? 

Now for the actual email, which is what you all have been waiting for, I know. 
Tuesday after pday we went to a members for dinner, Eivonny. She is so fun and we nerded it out over doterra oils- because turns out she lives for them and I love them. Ah man, doterra connecting people on an interesting level since day 1. Eivonny showed us all her stuff from her mission and I just loved it. I love hearing about people's missions and seeing how much their mission has shaped their lives and decisions. Missions work wonders. I love it! 

Wednesday, Niaga, our recent convert, took us out to dinner for my birthday. We had Sister Cook practice teaching a lesson in German and it was so cool to see her really push herself and find herself able to teach things. Also I broke a cup at the restaurant and it was awful.. this is why we can't have nice things. 

Friday we met with Deyanira (I'm a ninny who can't spell or speak Spanish), and we had such a great lesson. As we were teaching her the power of Jesus Christ's  Atonement and repentance she asked about being baptized. You could just see how the Spirit was working within her, it was beautiful. She came to church on Sunday and was so moved by the spirit and by the idea of eternal families that she just cried. She didn't want to leave church when it was over, she just wanted it to keep going. "Three hours just isn't enough!", I think we all need to develop this attitude towards church, because in reality, 3 hours just isn't enough. 

Yesterday we had zone conference and it was AMAZING. President and Sister Brown are so inspired and I always love hearing from them. I'm so grateful to have them here serving and that I can learn so much from them. 

A: (Joshua, the son of Nun.)

"Don’t waste your time feeling sorry for yourself. Don’t belittle yourself. Never forget that you are a child of God. You have a divine birthright. Something of the very nature of God is within you." -President Gordon B Hinckley. WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD. 

(Pictures: sunset on the train home from Zurich, sunrise on the walk to our train yesterday, selfies, ice cream, we got smartphones and I got angst (anxiety?), sister Cook lost both of her nametags so we made her a new one while we wait for the order to come in..­čśé)

Have a great week, I love you all!

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Uhlandstra├če 24
79713 Bad S├Ąckingen