"Spanien ist wie Bananien"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

....said the four-year-old on the tram.  Translation: Spain is like banana.  Because "Spanien" almost sounds like "banana." It was funny to me at least..........

While out finding we came across the biggest cat EVER.....  She got her claws stuck in my tights!


6:30 - get up, plan for the day as soon as we can roll out of bed, and get ready to go! "I think people talk about politics too much because I just had the weirdest dream about President Trump last night," Sister Franchino says, rubbing the sleep out of her eyes.  "What??! No way, me too!" I reply. 
7:45 - time to go! We catch a tram to catch the 8:13 train, which takes us out to Aichach. From Aichach we catch the bus.  American 80's rock plays on the radio as we ride through the rolling and empty countrysides to Griesbeckerzell.  We are buddies with the bus driver; since we are the only passengers at this time every week, he has asked us about our church and we have given him pamphlets.  
9:00 - A fellow member meets us at the bus stop and takes us to his apartment where his wife and three young children live.  They are from Nigeria, and we met them because the husband really wants his wife to have the same opportunity to get baptized as he did.   We show the Restoration video, and the husband testifies excited to his wife in Igbo during the First Vision scene.
12:00 - Lunch on the go. Pizza pretzels at the train station! Go Germany!
1:00 - Last night a family whom we frequently visit asked if we could help.  We have no idea what the service project will be, but we knock on the door excitedly and are invited in by the pregnant wife whose one-year-old clings to her leg. She ushers us into a bedroom which is basically filled from top to bottom with laundry.  We spend the next 2.5 hours sorting and folding. It honestly feels pretty good to do a normal-person project!
4:00 - We meet up with the elders to visit an elderly member in our ward.  Usually we visit Schwester Weingart on Saturday morning, but our Saturday is supposed to be booked. When we knock on her door at the old folks home, she isn't there, but instead a nurse ushers us into the game room where Schwester Weingart beams in surprised elation when she sees us.  They invite us to join everyone at the table, where we converse with four elderly women. The young nurse asks us many questions about the church and what we as missionaries do.  It is a blast!
5:30 - We get home, eat dinner, do our studies, and go to bed smiling.

"Kissing" is the name of a town here!
The Very Next Day 
6:30 - wake up way pumped. This day is gonna be awesome!  We have so many appointments with people we love, it will be great. Plan, personal study, workout, get ready, eat breakfast.  
10:00 - by the time companion study starts, EVERYONE has texted us to cancel. We call the elders, whose day is also now completely empty. Activate backup plan.
11:30 - We take a train with the elders to a far-away town we have never before visited.  Since our area is basically the size of some whole missions, we have a lot of responsibility trying to share the good word to people far and wide!
WHOO-HOO FINDING. We split up, ready to knock on lots and lots and lots of doors.
4:45 - We catch the train headed home, noses red, hot chocolate in hand, beat.  "How was it for you guys?" The elders ask.  
"A grumpy old guy threatened us and said not to touch any of the apartments in the vicinity," we chuckle. "Also, even a Jehovah's Witness asked if we were Jehovah's Witnesses. And I spilled my smoothie in my purse."
"Anyone interested?" 
"Not in the slightest.  For you?"
The elders break out some candy bars.  "Nope!  But a lady has Mormon relatives in Chile so she gave us chocolate."

Well tomorrow is Valentines Day!  In honor of this special holiday which I will not be celebrating, I would like to share a little verse:
Deuteronomy 6:5  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

God loves us so much that he gave His Only Begotten Son.  We can return that love by striving to follow Him to the best of our ability... We will not be perfect, but that is the wonderful thing. His infinite love and mercy will make up the difference. 

Sister Lundgreen

You Might Also Like


Popular Posts