Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The one with all the views 10/10/17

Hellllllooo from Switzerland!

This week has been the best week! I love Switzerland. It's absolutely beautiful, and the ward members here are fantastic and so welcoming! The German here is wack but it's so funny. It kind of sounds like Irish people speaking German while making up some words. It's awesome. 

So Reinach is super small, nothing compared to the big cities I've served in and I love it. There's never anyone out so our method of finding is always dooring...which is fun we actually had some [slightly terrifying] experiences getting let in. I've learned on my mission that 9 out of 10 times you get let in the person is actually crazy. One of the ladies who let us in is a practicing witch...it was all normal conversation about what we are doing and why until she asked us if we believed in demons... then she started pointing to different places in the room calling out words in a different language and then told us all sorts of different offensive and crazy things. Then she cast a spell on us. And then when we defended our beliefs she started talking to "someone" else in the room and told them to leave us alone as it was her battle. And then she told us we were damned and then we left. It was probably the craziest thing that's ever happened. It was a nice warm welcome to Switzerland. 
Another day we doored Pfeffingen and when we were almost done with the day we saw we were like a 5 minute walk away from the Pfeffingen ruin, so we walked to that for a little break before we went home for dinner. It was so cool and it had a beautiful view of our area. 
Every time we have gone dooring all of the neighborhood cats have followed us, every time by the end we have at least 3 cats following us, its the greatest. It's just a cute little blessing to have so many cat friends. :)

The ward here is incredible. We have a wonderful bishop, on my second day we had been dooring near his house so we went by for a minute so I could meet him and his wife made us some huge sundaes and we ended up having a really nice time. We went to our GMLs (ward mission leader) and had GMK (missionary correlation meeting) and then we had an investigator (well he wasn't an investigator yet but he is now) come for a lesson. We had an incredible lesson, I love when we have members in the lessons because they always have such a wonderful spirit and it brings a different feeling when they bare testimony compared to when it's just us. Sunday there was a baptism for a little boy in the ward so I was able to get to know the ward a little more. 

Yesterday we had a lesson with Oliver (this was the second meeting making him an official friend of the church). It was awesome. He had so many good questions that were able to just be answered as we taught the restoration. All the pieces fell together so easily for him. We challenged him to read and pray about it, and although it's something new for him he said he would. We see a lot of potential in him. :)

Today we went to the Bern Temple. It was absolutely beautiful and I feel completely recharged. There were the cutest members from Austria there and this cute little old lady just kept trying to kiss me and hug me and show me love. She told me she wanted to take my eyes with her so she could remember me. She was so cute I just died. The session we attended was French, and it was amazing. ♡

In general conference a quote from President Russell M. Nelson was shared, and I really love it.  “The Lord has more in mind for you than you have in mind for yourself! You have been reserved and preserved for this time and place.…The Lord needs you to change the world. As you accept and follow His will for you, you will find yourself accomplishing the impossible!” We are needed, every single one of us has a job to do and we prepared for the work long before we can remember. God knows who we are, and He will help us come to realize and know what work He has for us if we just ask

Have a fantastic week my dears!


Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Lommelstraße 7
81479 München 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The one with the best week ever 10/5/2017


This week has been crazy weird but I am filled with so much gratitude for all of the tender mercies! On Monday we randomly got a call from Mero (a former investigator, in August all of our investigators went MIA and we haven't heard from them). We also finally got contact with Sylvia. Anyway, Mero called and he wanted to meet again. Wednesday, Ihsan texted us. Thursday, Christian called about meeting with Manuela again. !!! What !¡!¡

On Thursday we had an incredible appointment with Anastasia. She's read so much in the Book of Mormon! We taught her the plan of salvation and even though so much of it was completely different from what she was taught her whole life she soaked it in. She wanted to study it out and pray about it by herself. She agreed to come to conference! She came to the sisters session and LOVED IT. When we told her there would be another session starting in 30 minutes she was so happy, and stayed for the Saturday morning session. She LOVED IT. She had to leave a little early since she had brought Justus with her and it was getting kind of late, but she said she was going to go home and watch the other sessions online. WHAT? AHH! She is just so incredibly humble and willing to learn, and this gospel is what she has been searching for, and she can see that. I love seeing people find what they didn't know (or did) that they've been missing. I love progress! I'm so sad that I have to be leaving and pass her along to another sister, but the gospel is true regardless of which missionary is teaching it.

Friday we met with Mero for the first time since July. He expresses how he's seen a difference since he's stopped seeing missionaries, and even though he's not fully convinced, he feels strongly that he needs to keep learning and meeting with missionaries until he is. 
We went to the Arnold's for dinner and it's always such a treat to be in their home, they are such an incredible family. I love them, and I'm going to miss them.

Saturday we got transfer calls.... once again, I'll be leaving. I'm not going to lie, I am suuuuuper sad about transfers, I love Munich. I love the people, the ward, and I love our investigators. I don't want to leave. But hey, I'M GOING TO SWITZERLAND! Which means, I get to go to THE TEMPLE! The Bern temple will be the 9th temple I will have gone to this year, which makes me so happy, especially since I haven't been to the temple in 6 months, and also I just love temples! I will be in Reinach, so basically the border of France so maybe I should have taken understanding French at the soup kitchen more seriously. Lol. I'm really hoping the only new language I will have to learn in the next 10 weeks will just be Schweizerdeutsch ...which hopefully won't be as bad as I imagine. 

Sunday we watched the Saturday afternoon broadcast and then between sessions we all went to President and Sister Brown's home for dinner and games, and then ended up staying and watching the Sunday morning session in their home. I cannot express how much I loved that whole experience. After the session we went around and talked about what we got out of conference and it was such a building and uplifting experience. I LOVE THE BROWNS. I LOVE CONFERENCE. I LOVE THE GOSPEL.

Monday we met with Mero again. We also spent about 4 hours trying to Abmeld me from Germany. Suuuuper exciting stuff, so we took some selfies in the corner on the floor, (I just really love how positive and happy my comp is lol). We had a dinner appointment with a member and had raclette! (Suuuuuper good stuff, look it up in your spare time or something). 

Today we finished the raclette leftovers with the Munich 2 sisters. (See the picture, please note the delicious looking mushrooms and meats, ahh sooo gooooooooood). Yummmmmmm. 

So something that really stood out to me from conference was how individual the gospel is. Everything needs to be done through and with God, but we are the ones who allow that to happen, we are the ones who need to invite the spirit, or give our wills to God. We are the ones who need to center our lives on Christ. We are the ones who choose how we will respond to circumstances, whether they are good or bad. We are the ones who have to choose if we are going to read in the Book of Mormon and therefore have our testimonies strengthened, we choose to follow the commandments. We choose, we do, but we are promised so many blessings if we make those decisions or how we choose to live. If we read the book of Mormon we will have a testimony, we will be able to withstand temptations and make better decisions; if we choose to see the positive in things, we will see the Lord's hands in our lives; if we turn to the Lord and place our trust in Him, we can do all things. I am so so grateful for this gospel, and the gift that we have to choose for ourselves, I'm grateful to always be able to learn, and to be given opportunities and tools to do so. I know the church is true, and I know if we incorporate what was spoken about in conference, we will be happier, we will make better decisions, and we will come to know our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, personally. 

I love you all! Have a fantastic weeeeeeek! 💛

(Pictures: raclette party, last GMK, games & conference at the Browns x2, us with one of the members we visit- Clara, waiting for the bus x2, trying to abmeld..)

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Lommelstraße 7
81479 München 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The one with all the happenings 9/26/2017

Hey everyone!

THERE IS SUNSHINE IN MY SOUL TODAY ♡♡♡ I hope everyone has had a FANTASTIC week! 

So Wednesday we had a supertausch and I was able to work with Sister La Fontaine again! I freaking love her, we work super well together! Anyway, we helped a member carry literally 200 pounds of stuff to Hauptbahnhof and onto her train, it was super exciting and also straining because it was heavy and we had to carry everything for forever. Hahaha so good. So we had to take some selfies while waiting for her train. 

Friday I started to catch the Wiesngrippe (Oktoberfest flu) basically everyone in Munich has been dying of the flu and it's spreading like crazy because of the millions of people here. Super awesome. But we found some potentials while dooring, blessings!

Saturday we went to a soup kitchen to serve [I love the people there, my first time some of the old homeless guys kept asking for my phone number or to take me home but I actually could not understand them till they repeated it 12 times, but since then they've backed off a bit.] Anyway, the soup kitchen is done by the nuns and then we just get to help. I love nuns. They are the best. Anyway there was a lady there who kept telling me what to do and I could not understand her and it was really starting to bum me out because I didn't understand why I couldn't understand her. Turns out she was speaking French. So I stopped feeling bad and got glad because there's no way I was going to understand that. 

Sunday we had an AWESOME lesson with Anastasia. She is a woman from Uganda that I stopped on the street back in August and she got back from Berlin and was finally able to meet. We gave her and her son a tour of the church, and then talked about what we do as missionaries, gave her a Book of Mormon, and she prayed. She said the most sincere prayer I have ever heard in my life. I have never met someone so prepared for the gospel. We are so excited to continue meeting with her, she's amazing! We are just so blessed to have found her ♡.

Monday we went to Schwester Hellmeiers for lunch and read in the Book of Mormon with her. She is such an awesome lady she's sooo funny I just love her. We have the best appointments. I love the members here, they are all the absolute best. 

Today we went to....oktoberfest for district p day, which turned into zone p day for a quick minute as every missionary in Munich was there. It was the first warm day in forever and we just enjoyed the sun and all the crazy wonderful people here! I love lederhosen! Hahaha it kills me. 

This is God’s work. He wants us to participate with Him and His Beloved Son in bringing the gospel into the lives of all of His children. The Lord has promised us that our joy will be great if we bring just one soul unto Him (see D&C 18:15–16). Let us exercise greater faith and work together, members and missionaries, to bring many more souls unto Him. Let every family in the Church include as part of their daily family prayers a plea with the Lord to go before your family members and help them to find someone prepared to receive the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. -Elder M. Russell Ballard 


LIFE IS GREAT, live it up, keep it cool, I LOVE you all! Thank you all for your emails and support and love, I'm sorry if I haven't responded to your emails we don't have a lot of time for emails, but I read and appreciate every email! 

Liebe Grüße, 
Sister Lundskog ♡

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Francéstraße 6
80997 München

The one with Oktoberfest 9/19/2017

Hey y'all 

There's something about missionary work-and being alive really- that really just makes me want to break out into dance. Unfortunately for me, and fortunately for everyone around me, that doesn't usually happen. Usually. Ha ha ha, what a time. 

Tuesday-Thursday afternoon Sister McAllister was sick. So instead of interacting with humans as we normally do, I interacted with myself and the fridge, while Sister McAllister interacted with her bed, and by that I mean she didn't leave her bed...like ever. I was super bored and wanted to talk to people as well as do some sort of missionary work while being locked up so I called a ton of the numbers in our phone and out of like 40 potentials only 4 actually answered. And they all said they would call us back later since they'd be in the area for Oktoberfest and could meet with us before or after hahahahaha. They haven't called back.

Friday Sister McAllister was finally feeling better and so we were able to do some dooring before our dinner appointment with Michael. I love dooring. We were able to talk to so many people, nobody was interested but between the 4 buildings we went in we met people from at least 10 different countries. Germany rocks my socks when it comes to all the people and cultures and ethnicities and languages. I am pretty sure by the time I am done with my mission I will have met someone from every country. WHICH IS SO COOL.

Normally, church would only have been an hour on Sunday, as is the tradition when Oktoberfest begins, but our new bishop is from North Germany and thought that was silly. So it was a regular Sunday as far as church goes. (Oktoberfest is literally the street over from our church and there is a parade that starts when sacrament ends so normally the members run out after sacrament to watch the parade... not this week though.)

On Sunday Camille got baptized! She wasn't an investigator, but we had taught her and prepared her to be baptized so it was a wonderful day. We had called her Saturday and asked her if there was anything we could bring or do to help, and she told us she wanted chocolate chip cookies. So, after quite a bit of struggling-because it's Europe- I made some very American chocolate chip cookies. The baptism was amazing, so many members stayed for the baptism, and they also had so many non-member friends and work colleagues come! 

Then as I said, it's Oktoberfest. Which is cool, but also...everyone is drunk, which makes it a little tricky for us but we've found some places to go where we can still street contact and not run into people from Oktoberfest. We are practically in Australia, because there are THOUSANDS of AUSTRALIANS here. As well as people from all over the world, but there are a ton of Australians and they have a designated area for Australians because they are crazy and loud. 

The work goes on!

This week I finished the Book of Mormon again, can I just say IT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER. Meine Gute! I love the Book of Mormon more than I can even say. There is no book that is more true, or that can bring you closer to God, and can strengthen your testimony more. That being said, I started the Book of Mormon again, and I just love the introduction. I skipped over everything before 1 Nephi the first 4 times I read it but on my mission I've started with the introduction and it just changes the book. The last two paragraphs go as follows:
"We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)
Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah."
 I would like to extend that invitation as well, READ, PONDER, and ASK. You will receive an answer, and you can know for yourself!

Love y'all, have a good week!

Camilles baptism & group selfie, Cafe Katzentemple-it's a cafe with free roaming cats and free wifi..aka, could we ask for anything better?, face mask and UCAS reppin', Sister McAllister wanted to prove to me that she could make her own quesadilla.., as usual eating from an icetray while we made calls or something.

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Francéstraße 6
80997 München

The one that flew by 9/12/2017

This week has been good! I mean like honestly I'm not sure how it was because it went by sooo fast. I know there were definitely some rough patches but they're over now and time just continues to fly. It's kind of hard because of course we want the bad times to be over quick but unfortunately time works one way, it all goes fast or it all goes slow. Therefore the good times also just fly away. We've had some really interesting conversations with people while street comtacting.. so far we haven't really had anything come from them but people are interesting. It's amazing though because after (almost) every conversation as were walking away I end up saying "ahh I love them" and genuinely mean it. There are the few that we walk away from that I'm like, "that poor soul" and I'm just sad for a bit. I've learned so much though, it's crazy!! 

So Ihsan has been MIA for about a month. He hasn't responded to any calls or texts and we are just so sad about it. He was golden, so of course opposition had to come in. We're still hoping he'll appear again or that maybe he just went on urlaub and hasn't had phone service... Yanira was here as a nanny and the family she was nannying for is extremely against the church and started threatening her, so she was on the hunt for a new family. She found a new family and moved this weekend. So she lives in different area and we have to figure out what ward she's in and pass her over to other missionaries : (. Manuela lives in a psychiatric ward and they told us we can't come back anymore because "our presence is triggering the patients". Whatever that means. So we have to try to find a new place to meet with Manuela, which is hard because she doesn't like being in public or around people, and this is Munich. And it's hard to meet outside because the average temperature is 18 degrees everyday (high 50s low 60s) which doesn't sound super cold but it is. And it's always raining. We have a new investigator from dooring, she's awesome and sweet. She doesn't believe she can receive answers to prayers, but we are going to help her build her faith and see that she can! She's gone to many churches and has just been on a lifelong search for the truth. She's from Germany too, which is quite rare for investigators in the church here. We're excited. 

Food... umm we went to a less active sisters for lunch this week. She's from Hungary so she made goulash for us, which I've heard so many wonderful things about goulash. It's basically spicy beef stew. Which I said, and she was like "ja ja es gibt goulash in Amerika auch" so if you want some Hungarian food just make some spicy beef stew. Haha it was good though. Umm last night we had a dinner appointment and she's originally from Romania so she made some Romanian food. She made a vegetable soup and the only recognizable vegetable was carrots, I have no idea what else was in it but it was real good. And then she had like a rice beef tomato pepper casserole dish And it too was incredible, but again I'm not really sure what was actually in it but I loved it. 

The fall is fun. It came faster and stronger than we expected... I've worn tights and wool socks and a coat everyday this week! It's freeeeeezing! Worries me for Oktoberfest and dirndls though because I don't want to spend at least $250 on a dirndl and then just have to wear a coat over it. What's the fun in that? 

Randy story: 
Okay so Sunday we went street contacting at Sendlinger Tor (our usual finding place, it's right by Marienplatz), anyway we were waiting to cross a street and we heard this guy yelling behind us "sisters!? Missionaries!? Hey are you guys missionaries!?" We turned and we saw this guy just running at us, but and we were slightly stunned so it took us a bit to answer so he was like "sorry do you guys speak english?" Anyway he asked if he could talk to us for a while and if we did he would buy us food. We told him we'd talk but that he didn't need to feed us since we had just eaten and it wasn't a big deal. Turns out, he's a member he just hasn't been active for a little while now, he's from California. He's in Europe because he's trying to write a novel about what "love" is. He was married in the church and he and his wife were perfect, they were active in the church, they were bestfriends, but it came to a point where they started doubting the church a little and started losing their activity in the church...and then his wife had an affair. It crushed him but they tried to work it out for a couple of months and then she finally just gave up and didn't want to try anymore so they got a divorce. It broke him and he really struggled with it, and still does even though it's been a year or so (I think, it could be longer.) Anyway he decided to come on this venture to see what other people think love is, so he was in Ireland and Italy and he'll be going to Switzerland and France still. But he wasn't sold with the answers he was getting and was just sad. Then he saw us, and remembered the church's view on love and the eternity and that was the thing he loved most about the church so he decided to ask us our viewpoints on love and if we believe in eternal love and whatnot, very interesting. As we were talking to him he just kept thinking back to when he was active in the church and following the gospel and he just kept talking about how happy he was and how he knew it. Anyway, we're hoping that experience will get him to start trying to get back to church because he knows it makes him happy. But anyway, that's Randy and his story. It's a sad story but hopefully will turn out better for him, he was a super nice guy. 

Another finding story: on Thursday we were finding outside of englischer garten (not inside because there are always at least 40 butt naked people who just stand around waiting for people to look at them... And there's apparently a part of the river designated for naked people only where they yell at you for being clothed.. so we just stick to the border or stay outside completely). Anyway I stopped this man who ended up speaking English. Because he was an English speaker we asked where he was from and he told us Canada, we were like "oh that's cool!", I guess he didn't think we believed him because he pulled out his passport to show us he's from canada.. once he figured out we were from a church he just went off.. for probably 20 minutes without stopping about why there isn't a God and how we are being brainwashed. Then he apologized for disappointing us but that he was glad we talked to him so that he could save us. I responded kind of sternly with something like "well you believe what you believe, and we still believe what we believe. I've seen God in my life, I know He is there, and I cannot and will not deny it." He seemed a little flabbergasted, but then went off again for another 20 minutes and then told us we were pretty and shouldn't waste our time and do something else with our lives. Then he again said he was glad he could be here to help us find a new direction, and again I was like "we still believe in God. We're sorry you dont, but I know for myself that there is a God." He gave up and stormed off. I've never really had to stand up to anyone yet or truly stand my ground, I've heard stories of such things happening but it's never really happened yet on my mission till him. But it definitely was a situation where if I didn't actually know for myself, I don't know if I could have stood my ground. But I do know for myself! And his flattering words and his attempts to convince us, made no difference, it couldn't shake my faith.

I love yoooooou.  ♡♡♡♡

Sister Carley Lundskog 
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT 
Francéstraße 6
80997 München

The one where meine Mitarbeiterin ist Nüsse gegangen 9/5/2017

[For the record my subject line is not proper German, I am aware of that. Let me have my fun.]

Hey y'all, 

Last week we had dinner with Melinda, she is a JAE (young single adult) and she's working on her papers. We made Käsespätzle together and just talked about missionary work and answered her questions and it's just so exciting! She's such an awesome girl and will make such an incredible missionary! She's going to come finding with us soon just so she can get practice. :)

On thursday we had interviews with president again. President Brown is just so awesome and I'm glad we are given the opportunity to serve with him. It's always good to get more direction and pointers for missionary work. :)

Friday we went to Michael's again and HE HAD GONE TO UTAH AND BROUGHT BACK SOUR WATERMELONS FOR ME. Basically it was the greatest 2 minutes of my life until he took the bag away because he realized I was going to eat all of them without even thinking about it, but it was fun while it lasted... kind of rude to take a gift away but he said it was for the best. 

So this last week we've been with Elena a lot...Elena is a lady we have been helping the past few weeks with writing some proposals. She's not a member but she lives the standards and basically is a member besides going to church and having been baptised... (but She's so cool and shes done so much for the church!? She helped with translating the book of mormon and the gospel principles book into russian?!) She's originally from Russia so English isn't her first language so she just needs help with a few things, which it's lucky for us that my dream used to be to become an editor so we actually just have a lot of fun doing working together and helping her. Every time we go over she always wants to feed us, anyway, on Saturday night while I was just typing up her proposal and making changes where needed she came over and was talking about people and the reason people are so mean is because we eat meat... if people didn't eat meat we'd all be nice and loving. She talked about it for probably 20 minutes and then told me I should bear my testimony about it at church. Trying to be nice because she was obviously very passionate about it I was just like "oh Elena I don't think I have the vocabulary to do that in german." So she told me to do it when I get home as a testimony from my mission. So if someone somehow convinces me in the next year to become a vegetarian y'all know what the subject of my homecoming talk will be. 

Last night we had FHE with a young couple in our ward who have been married for 2 years. It was so fun! They both served missions so we just talked a lot about missions and life before and after the mission. It was cool. We have the coolest members here, I love it. 

Funny story of the week... We were at Jasmins with the elders for our weekly dinner and she was talking so fast in German that I kind of just tuned out.. But then I realized I actually understood everything she was saying and then I looked at the elders and Sister McAllister (all of whom go home in the next couple months) and realized that they had no idea what she was talking about for once. Finally, Elder Jensen asked about what the heck she was talking about so I explained and Jasmin was like ja ja genau. Guys she was talking about uteruses and periods. I learned the word for uterus in the MTC as a joke and that made all of the difference for that one appointment. Lol eeeeek. 

Well I don't have any time (as usual) and we didn't take any pictures this week.. But I hope you all have a fantastic week! Love you all!

President Harold B Lee once said, "This is the principle in action. If you want the blessing, don’t just kneel down and pray about it. Prepare yourselves in every conceivable way you can in order to make yourselves worthy to receive the blessing you seek” just cause you ask for a blessing doesn't mean you'll get it... just like everything else in life, it takes work. But God wants to bless you, so put the work in and you'll be drowned in blessings! 

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Francéstraße 6
80997 München

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. 💪 

From todays reading im Buch Mormon, 
Alma 36:21 Es konnte nichts so außerordentlich und so bitter sein, wie meine Qualen es waren. Ja, und weiter sage ich dir, mein Sohn, andererseits kann nichts so außerordentlich und so süß 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 Spaß!

Liebe Grüße,
Sister Lundskog 🍦 

Sister Carley Lundskog
Kirche Jesu Christi HLT
Francéstraße 6
80997 München

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. 🐰

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 
Francéstraße 6
80997 München

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
Francéstraße 6
80997 München

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