Sunday, November 19, 2017

The one where Sister Gach went home and I went back to Munich... 11/14/2017

Hellllllooooo!

Wow what a week! We had so many appointments! Wednesday we had a lesson with Nicole, a woman found the transfer before I came but that we finally made contact with. She had missionaries come to her over 20 years ago but then they never came back. We showed her the book of Mormon and explained it to her. She asked us about what we believe about the after life and when we said we believe we can live with our families forever she told us that she would not like that and she wouldn't like to a lot of people again nor does she want life to go on... it was really sad honestly. But we talked about how God knows us perfectly and that He will take care of everything and we will have so much joy. She said she'll study the book of Mormon and pray about it. :) We then went and had a lesson with Maria and her daughter, they are from Brazil. We taught the plan of salvation and it went really well. They are such a cute, sweet family, and my Portuguese comprehension is slowly but surely improving:))) Wednesday night we did the Young Women's activity. We talked about missionary work and played some games and answered all of the young women's questions about missions. Our ward has such solid and amazing young women. I think a lot of them will serve missions. It was a super awesome evening. One of the girls asked if we had family pictures..the reactions to my (giant) family picture(s) were hilarious. They were all so shocked at the size of my family, Sister Gach and I were laughing so hard. 

Thursday we went to Schwester Schulers and Bruder Caló was there as a mitbeleherung (a joint teach, aka he taught her with us.) We taught about the spirit world, temple work, and family history work. Bruder Caló was so helpful and has a lot of experience with it. Schw. Schuler made us lunch, and there happened to be meat, so I finally got to eat some meat...and also watch Sister Gach eat meat. Bahahaha poor thing. Then we met with Marilou before her appointment. Marilou is so sweet. She's having a hard time but she is honestly so strong. She's a good example to us of strength, and the gospel will only help make her stronger. We also were invited to the Lucas families home for dinner and we had vegetarian tacos and American brownies! It was awesome. Sister Lucas told us all about her mission and about life after the mission. 

Friday we were able to have a lesson with Beatrice over Skype. It went really really well. She's amazing and I love her. We taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ and she listened and understood it so well. She forgot to take her book of Mormon with her to Spain and she was so sad. She shyly asked if there was anyway to read it online or if there was "an online version" when we told her there was she was so froh! Beatrice is just so funny and sweet, I'm glad we are still able to meet with her and teach her over Skype while she's in Spain. :) 

Saturday we spent the day in Zurich, we had a zone conference and Elder Johnson from the area authority was there. It was such an awesome zone conference. Elder Johnson spoke to us for a while and the opened it up for questions. It gave all of us a chance to ask questions we had and see his thoughts on them. There were some interesting questions asked but he gave such good answers, and you could tell he was led by the spirit with his answers. He's a really awesome authority and I'm grateful for the opportunity we had to hear from him. It was also really good to see Sister Mellor, Sister Hunter, and Sister Hill again. I love those awesome sisters!

Sunday we went to Bruder Prellers and had a quick delicious lunch and then we drove with him and the Lichtblaus to stake conference in Zolikofen. I sat next to Sister Lichtblau and she told me all sorts of stories from her life and all of the miracles she's seen and experienced. I could probably listen to her all day  (and she could definitely talk all day). Sister Lichtblau has such strong faith and truly has seen so many miracles in her life. She is such a strong woman and an example of having faith to see the miracles. She doesn't have any doubts, she just believes. She's wonderful and I love her so much. The stake conference was really good. There was am interesting talk with props and a fairy tale and I felt like I was at the timpanogos story telling festival, but it got the children's attention and she tied the three little pigs into the gospel really well. We spent the evening packing and preparing to go to Munich early the next morning.. 

Yesterday we left our apartment bright and early and spent the day traveling to Munich. We went out to dinner with President and Sister Brown and then spent the evening in the mission home. This morning Sister Gach left and got on a plane headed home, and Sister McAllister and Sister Slack came and picked me up for a day in Munich. It's been so good to be back here, I love Munich! I go back to Switzerland tomorrow afternoon and will be picking up my companion Sister Harwood in Zurich and then we will travel to Reinach tomorrow. It's been a lot of traveling the last few days but it's been good. 

Sister Gach has been such a great companion. I have loved serving with her and I've learned so much from her. I have seen myself grow so much from her example (and her cooking lolol but really...we be growing). I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve with such a great missionary. I've learned something from each of my companions that I wouldn't have learned with anyone else. Ahhh I love all of my companions! I can't believe Sister Gach is going home and that missions aren't forever... I just really love my mission and this opportunity to dedicate my time to serving the Lord. ♡

"Once again may I emphasize the principle that when we truly become converted to Jesus Christ, committed to Him, an interesting thing happens: our attention turns to the welfare of our fellowman, and the way we treat others becomes increasingly filled with patience, kindness, a gentle acceptance, and a desire to play a positive role in their lives. This is the beginning of true conversion. Let us open our arms to each other, accept each other for who we are, assume everyone is doing the best he or she can, and look for ways to help leave quiet messages of love and encouragement instead of being destructive with bashing." -Marvin J Ashton 


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










Sunday, November 12, 2017

The one where I'm just so happy!! 11/7/2017

Heeeelllloooo everyone!!

AHH I'M JUST SO HAPPY!!! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! 
This last week has been wonderful, we got spoiled by members and met with so many of our friends!

On Wednesday we met with Annette and her daughter. Annette is the woman from California/Armenia that we met a few weeks ago. We taught the restoration and it was amazing. Annette has a heart of GOLD. 💛 I love her. We also saw her yesterday to say goodbye because unfortunately she's going on a trip for about a month or so.. So probably when she gets back there will be two new missionaries, but Sister Gach and I can keep in touch with her over Facebook and help her connect with the new missionaries when she gets back so it'll be okay. It was sad to say goodbye though. :( We also had lunch with the Lichtblaus, a wonderful older couple in our ward. They are seriously awesome and shared their conversion stories with us, and just talked about their life experiences. They then drove us to another family in the ward, the Schaffters, and we had dinner with them and talked about the team Christus initiative. 

Thursday we went to meet a Brazilian woman we met a while back on the way to district meeting. Hahaha Portuguese gives me such a headache. I felt like a golden again. We also met with our friend Elizabeth and talked about the plan of salvation. Every time I study the plan of salvation or teach it, I feel the spirit so strongly and I just love it. The plan is real folks!

Friday was Sister Gachs birthday and we went to the Prellers home for lunch and GMK. It was delicious and such a pleasant time. We were able to celebrate and sing to Sister Gach and they had some presents for her. Then we went dooring and found a very beautifully decorated home...hence the dog poster photos. The classic things we find here. I love it. We visited another member that evening and had such a spiritual uplifting time! After we went home and did weekly planning, ordered a pizza and fries and then did a spa night. 

Saturday we went to a child in our wards birthday party for a quick bit and then went dooring in a cute little dorf. :)

Monday we saw Annette again for a little bit to say goodbye, we had a lesson with another friend Dominic, and then we had dinner with the Hug family. The Hugs are awesome. It's a family of girls and they are so sweet. It made me miss my sisters :). We ate fondue with them and then had family home evening. 

Basically our ward is amazing, the members are wonderful, we have so many opportunities to teach, and I don't want to ever leave Reinach. I LOVE IT. 

Today we had district p ay and decided to enjoy the fall and go for a hike. Hahaha. This has probably been my favorite pday on the mission. It was so fun and absolutely gorgeous. And of course, I loved being back in the mountains hiking around. 😍😍 

"When I think of the Book of Mormon, I think of the word power. The truths of the Book of Mormon have the power to heal, comfort, restore, succor, strengthen, console, and cheer our souls. ...My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day. I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and direction for your own life. I promise that as you daily immerse yourself in the Book of Mormon, you can be immunized against the evils of the day, even the gripping plague of pornography and other mind-numbing addictions." -President Nelson, October General Conference 

I LOVE YOU ALL, have a fantastic week! 

♡// Sister Lundskog 

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










 





Saturday, October 28, 2017

The one with all the missionaries 10/27/2017

Hey hi hello it's me again, 

This week went by waaaaaay too fast! But it was fantastic! So many things happened this week that I can't even think about what to say! But here's a [quick] rundown:

Wednesday we went to the Häners house for lunch and service. Sister Häner is probably the sweetest woman I have ever met and she grew up in what is now my homes backyard, we connected really fast my first Sunday here! She knows a lot of people from my homeward since it was her childhood ward! I love her lots, she's amazing! 

We made about 200 more cat friends, but only took pictures with one of them so enjoy the pictures of our Sunday night pal. 

On Friday all of the missionaries went to Munich for a conference with Elder Ballard and the area authorities, it was incredible! Words cannot even explain. The spirit was so strong and it was so powerful. I'm so grateful for that opportunity. Also Elder Ballard probably has the softest hands on this planet. And he's incredibly nice and funny. 
It was so cool to have all of the missionaries from our mission in one place, and it was so fun to see so many old friends and mission buddies! (I got to ride on the bus from Zurich to Munich and back again Sister Hill and Sister Hunter and it was the absolute best, they are some of my bestfriends and I've missed them so much!)

Thursday night and Friday night we slept over in the Sisters apartment in Bern with 6 other sisters so that we wouldn't have to get up quite so early to go to Munich or get home quite so late.. We still had to get up at 2:30 Friday morning, so even though we were exhausted it was fun to spend time with the Sisters! 

Yesterday we went finding in Basel (the elders area) just so we could finally do some street contacting and we met so many cool people! We also went dooring in our area and when we were headed to another area I felt like we needed to do one more house. The woman answered the door, we started our spiel, and she stopped us and said "where have you been? Why did you stop coming to me? We've been waiting." Confused, we were like "wie bitta?" She took that as us not understanding her German so she switched to English and repeated adding that she hasn't seen missionaries in years and that they had just stopped coming without saying anything. They met with missionaries for 50 years.. ahahaha. We told her we had absolutely no idea about that but that we are here now. She had just gotten out of the hospital so she wasn't ready for us to come in right then but we'll be hopefully seeing them again before they move in a few weeks. We went to another apartment in another area and the second door we knocked was this cute mom who let us right in, she had met with missionaries before as well! We talked with her for quite a while and she talked about her conversion to Christ and her life back in the dominican republic before she came to live in switzerland.. She was super cool! 

Elder Ballard gave a challenge to the youth in Europe this week and I would like to extend it to all of you, because missionary work can be done all over the world! The challenge is for every person to find ONE person for the missionaries to teach before Christmas. Got it? Every one of you has until Christmas to find one person for the missionaries to teach! As we all do this we will see miracles and the church will grow, the knowledge of Christ and the restored gospel will be spread, and you will have a missionary experience in your pocket. The greatest miracle and the best gift you can give someone is knowledge of their Savior Jesus Christ, and the knowledge of the restored gospel that can do greatly bless and change their lives! Ready..set... GO!

Have a fantastic week everyone! I love you all ♡ 


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










Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The one where this is the plaaaaaaceeee 10/17/2017



Hey y'all, 

Some quick thing from the last week or so...
-we've been working a lot in this cute dorf called Gempen. In order to get there we get to ride a bus through the mountains and forest and its just the most beautiful journey. And we've met some really incredible people. One of the first houses we doored was this man who received a book of Mormon from one of his friends a few years ago, and then was stopped by some elders in Basel just a few weeks ago. He invited us in and asked us to teach him more, but because of the rule we couldn't. But we'll hopefully get in contact with him again soon.
-we had an awesome lesson with Mihretab, our new friend, and he was so open! He had a lot of questions and we had a lot of language barriers (the lesson was taught in both English and German and neither are his native language) but he said he would study what we had taught him until he understood it. We taught in a restaurant and he had ordered a beer but then stopped, looked at us, and asked "am I allowed to drink beer?" We told him that he was allowed to make decisions for himself, but that we didn't drink, and so he ordered a hit chocolate instead saying he would start trying to live like we do.
-Sister Gach studied the map and thought she had found an "Innenstadt" in our area and she was excited to be able to actually do some street contacting... so we went...and there were about 2 people there. I couldn't stop laughing.
-while we were dooring we looked at the map and saw that we were near a part-member home, so we decided to go by on them and get to know them. And for the first time on my mission someone actually yelled at us and was angry at us for doing what we were doing! Hahahaha the husband is a member and the wife despises missionaries, so it was kind of exciting. Anyway turns out this member man is the same man that had given the man in gempen a book of Mormon! And the man who we found had talked to the member man about meeting us! Basically, it was just a cool experience talking to this member and realizing that he was the friend we had heard about. 
-we worked in a dorf called Seewen on Saturday. We saw a woman struggling with her groceries so I asked her if she needed help, she explained that she couldn't speak German but that she was fine. We started speaking English to her and she started to cry she was so happy to finally hear American English again. She's from California and has been living in Germany and Switzerland for a really long time. She opened up to us and just told us that she needs help and that she's been really stressed. She really wants us to come again and teach her and her daughter. We also met a man who was outside working in his yard, he asked if someone had sent us to him and was very suspicious about our timing. We gave him a book of Mormon and he couldn't stop looking at it and flipping through pages as we talked to him. He was way cool. :)
-Sunday we had a Europe-wide broadcast with Elder Ballard. It was such an incredible meeting and the spirit was so strong. He spoke a lot about how we need to believe in miracles. We also need to take some time to ponder, and pray, and just have some quiet time. 
-yesterday we had a quick zone training to prepare us for getting Facebook today.. yep. Our mission is getting Facebook for online proselyting. It's going to be interesting to see how it works but we are all excited to see the difference in our work.
-Oh and we have seen about 2,000 cats and counting. I've never seen so many cats in my life and I truly feel that God has been blessing us with cats. ♡

[As far as pictures go, just enjoy them, we didn't take any this week so it's just all from the glorious day today:)]

Something that Elder Ballard had said is that the greatest miracle we can bring to people is the miracle of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you love the Lord? How much? The best way to show our love and commitment to the Lord is to share the gospel, and bring others to the truth.  
 
Sister Carley Lundskog 































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!

Adieu

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








Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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

HEY HEY HEY,

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 
Deutschland