Thursday, May 17, 2018

The one where I finally have a Utah companion 5/15/2018

Hi guys! 

The last few weeks have been a little crazy and there's too much to say so we'll see what I can type out in the next few minutes.

I am now in Stuttgart with Sister Udy. She is my first Utah companion and is from the same group as Sister Cook. Speaking of Sister Cook, it sucked to say goodbye to her because I love her to death. I would have gladly served another with her, she's the best. Leaving Bad Säckingen was really hard, I had been there for 20 weeks (the longest I've been in an area my whole mission, winning by 8 weeks lol.) Deyanira called the night before I left and cried, basically it was a very rough night and I wanted even less to go... but I did anyway. 

Sister Udy is awesome. She's spunky and crazy and we have a great time. Here in Stuttgart there is a giant street with more people than I have ever seen and we are able to do so much street contacting. Its sooo crazy but I love it. We don't even have to knock doors anymore! It's the best! 

Last week we went to Munich for MLC. It was awesome. There are so many great leaders in our mission, and President and Sister Brown are on fire with how amazing and inspired they are. We are super pumped for zone conference next week! 

Sunday we were able to Skype home! So good to see the family again (I love you all) but so crazy to see how much everyone has grown and changed!!

There's lots of work here to do and we are excited to git er done! 

“The world is not bashful in offering numerous new answers to every problem we face. People run from one new idea to the next, hoping to find something that will answer the burning questions of their souls. They attend seminars and buy books … and other products. They get caught up in the excitement of looking for something new. But inevitably, the flame of each new theory fades, only to be replaced by another ‘new and improved’ solution that promises to do what the others before could not.
“It’s not that these worldly options don’t contain elements of truth—many of them do. Nevertheless, they all fall short of the lasting change we seek in our lives. After the excitement wears off, the hollowness remains as we look for the next new idea to unlock the secrets of happiness.
“In contrast, the gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of our problems. The gospel is not a secret. It is not complicated or hidden. It can unlock the door to true happiness. It is not someone’s theory or proposition. It does not come from man at all. It springs from the pure and everlasting waters of the Creator of the universe, who knows truths we cannot even begin to comprehend” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

(Pictures: Leon, a member who had been thinking about going back to church and then saw us on the street; MLC; Fruhlingsfest last pday; mother's day flowers, chocolate covered strawberries kebabs;  traveling to Munich with the ZLs-what a bunch of weirdos)

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Lommelstraße 7
81479 München 
Deutschland




The One where Carley didn't have much to say, but sent some pictures... 5/8/2018






The one where transfers happened again 5/1/2018

Hi everyone! 

So many things have happened this week and I definitely can't write everything but I'll do a nice summarization. 

-We did a lot of finding. Quite a lot. 
-We met with lots of less active and active members and strengthened the bonds with missionaries. 
-We ate a lot of asparagus, but the only good thing about it was it tasted good. The asparagus here is white and it doesn't make your per smell funny. Where's the fun in that? 
-We went by on a family we found a while ago and luckily they were home. They fed us cake and about 7 glasses of water. After we had to run to catch our bus that Google maps said was coming.
-Google maps made up the bus and there was no bus. 
-We were in middle of nowhere and there were no bathrooms. 
-My bladder was fuller than it has ever been. 
-There was a former investigator about 2 houses away from the bus stop, who had called us a month before telling us she didn't want to meet any more. 
-Desperate times called for desperate measures.
-She let us use her bathroom and then invited us to stay and talk until the next bus came !!  (We later realized that that was all God's plan and He arranged it all, including having Google maps create a fake bus. All in all it was very exciting and relieving)...
-I had a dream we got transfer calls and I got called to Stuttgart.
- We got transfer calls... 
-I'm going to Stuttgart 
-I said lots of goodbyes and it was not fun. 

"The Gospel which we preach is the Gospel of life and salvation. The Church which we represent is the Church and Kingdom of God, and possesses the only faith by which the children of men can be brought back into the presence of our Father and God." -Brigham Young 

Pictures: Freiburg district; I told Patricia I was leaving and she cried- it broke my heart, then she tried to make a heart with her hands and it was super cute; Schw. Jung, a darling member that invited us over every other week- she's the best!; had to say goodbye to Niaga; FHE with Fam Daum and Fam Miniera! I love these people!! 

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Lommelstraße 7
81479 München 
Deutschland













The one where I'm a grandma! 4/24/2018

Hi hi! 

This week has been pretty exciting and sunny as ever! I love it! 
As you can see in my subject, I am a grandma! Sister Cliett is training now, and is excited as ever! She's going to do a fabulous job because she's a great missionary wirh a big heart! (Transfers this time are a little weird, she already has her new missionary but the rest of us won't experience transfers till next week... so we will see what happens here...)

The weather here has been fabulous and we've loved soaking in the sun! We've done lots of finding along the Rhein (...a giant river....) and it's been absolutely gorgeous and good for the soul. We've also experienced a bajillion miracles, which I have no time to share, but they've happened and we are grateful! 

We've also been doing some studies outside, which have been proven to be more effective than our consecrated finding time. People come to us?? It's been great! 

Deyanira is still progressing and looking forward to being baptized next month! I love meeting with her, she is just the best and her testimony is already so strong! 

This week we will be meeting with lots of people that we met last week and we are looking forward to it! 

I just love serving and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my testimony 100 times per day with strangers! It brings a special joy to life!

"The first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—that’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength. That love is the foundation stone of eternity, and it should be the foundation stone of our daily life.” - Elder Jeffery R. Holland 


(The Rhein & BM, Sprach studies sometimes turn into river preaching- it's a big hit- the ducks absolutely love it, sometimes we wear color-and sometimes it's accidentally the same color. 🌞 zone conference in Zurich a while ago [We sat down first...]...)






Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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

Hiiiiiiiiii, 

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. 💕

"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
Uhlandstraße 24
79713 Bad Säckingen 
Deutschland

PART TWO

The one where you probably thought I was done (you were wrong) (4/17/2018)
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“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 Grüße, 
Sister Lundskog 


Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Uhlandstraße 24
79713 Bad Säckingen 
Deutschland






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 😊

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 
Uhlandstraße 24
79713 Bad Säckingen  
Deutschland