Monday, December 26, 2016

The past three days have been a glorious German blur of lights, food, singing, and conversation. And what is left to show for these three days? An entire drawer full of chocolate and German sweets.

Starting with Heiligabend (Christmas Eve):
We had mittagessen (lunch) with a woman in our ward Kim. She wasn't quite finished with the food when we arrived so we offered to help. She said she had a bet with a friend to see if she could cook for
a group of 5 (the Elders were dabei – with us) without any help. In the course of 20 minutes she shattered the entire glass bottle of olive oil, had to mop the floor, and the fire alarm went off because some residue in the pan caught on fire. We had a wonderful vegetarian meal (the meat didn't make it) and had Apfel (apple) Marzipan for dessert. After all was had we drove together to the Kirche (church) for a Weihnachtsandacht (Christmas night). (Basically, all the churches have a worship on the 24th)

We heard the story of Jesus, sang songs, and heard some words from the bishop. Later we rode home to the Bishop's home where the REAL fun was had. We had Raclette (look it up it's the best thing ever). Basically you grill your own meat on a mini grill on the table.  Then you have your own tiny pan and you put potato and vegetables and meat in it. Then put a slab of cheese on it and put it under the grill to let it cook/melt together. It's great for when you have guests over because you just talk and eat. After our meal, the Bishop said he had a surprise for Sister López. He brought out a SANTA PIÑATA! I wish I had taken a picture of her face. He had never had a piñata before, but wanted her to feel welcomed and at home so he got one from Amazon. We had a great time hitting it in their entryway while sister López sang the piñata song. They also made faux margaritas for us. We played puzzles and watched a Christmas family film and ate tiramisu.  It was a great night. 

Weihnachtstag 1 (Christmas Day)
We had church where we received bags full of candy and sweets and tiny presents. This ward loooooooves the missionaries. We had mittagessen bei (lunch with) the Familie Lempke. The meal consisted of pork and gravy, potatoes, and rotkohl (red cabbage). Then a huge piece of cake afterwards. They were nice and didn't make us finish our cake when we were full. Afterwards we SKYPED THE FAM! Woooo! And after that the whole district celebrated together and communed after saying goodbye to our families again. We *cough* I made French toast.

Weihnachtstag 2 (Christmas Day 2)
Today we all helped a family move and cleaned their whole house for them. It was fun because the Siebert family was dabei (there) and they have 2 kids our age who just got back from their missions so they were cool to hang out with. We had mittagessen (lunch) with them and hung out with Familie Siebert for our PDAY. They're so cool!

On a more serious note. This season has been amazing! I am so sad that I only get one Christmas season as a missionary in my whole life. The Spirit that is felt specifically around the time of our Savior's birth cannot be compared. We've been sharing our Christmas initiative Light the World, Der Welt ein Licht. My companion(s) and I have studied the word "light" and I'd like to share my favorite observation:

In the Book of Mormon the sign for the savior's birth was a full 24 hours of light. This is perfect because the light of the world was coming into the world.

3 Nephi 1:19 

"And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given."

In Exodus 10:23 there was 3 days of darkness and only the children of Israel had light in their homes. I'd like to observe that because of their faith these people ALREADY had light in their homes and in
themselves which allowed them to have light through their darkest days. "They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings."

Light is a sign of life and warmth. We draw closer to it when we find it. We say "follow the light" when we're in a dark tunnel. Jesus Christ gives us light so that we can have it through our dark times. He gives us light so we can follow him. He gives us light so we can feel the warmth of the Spirit. He is the light and life of the world.

 I'm so grateful to have his name on my nametag every day and I'm so grateful I made a covenant to take upon his name. I'm grateful to celebrate the birth of our Great Redeemer and celebrate what all He means to me and for the world. I know that He is the Son of God and through him we can return to our Heavenly Father.

Ich wünsche euch ein frohe Weihnachten (I wish you a Merry Christmas)!
- Sister Luymes

Mannheim District eating something yummy again.

A Snowball Dream -- aka yummy, chocolaty goodness.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Skype on Christmas Day. She sounded so great and happy,
and said she hasn't had a bad thing to eat yet.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Meet Sister Lopez from Mexico City.
The first from Mexico to serve in Germany!!!
After a VERY accidental trip to Bonn (hi Sister Williams!) I finally made it to Frankfurt to drop off Sister Weiler and pick up my trainee.... SISTER LÓPEZ! She is not only from Mexico City but she is the VERY FIRST missionary from Mexico to ever serve in Germany. We're making history in Mannheim! 

Sister López took 2 years of German in university before her mission so she has pretty good German already. Her English is slightly better. We've decided to switch off every day between German and English because she needs to learn both. But hey! Hopefully I'll pick up some Spanish along the way! Con suerte  aprendo Español en el trayecto. Hoffentlich ich kann ein bisschen Spanisch lernen. 

Basically, picking up Sister Lopez, getting back to Mannheim, and getting her settled in seemed to take up the whole week somehow. We hit the streets her first night and got 2 potentials. The next day we had a finding activity and we got 3 potentials. Sister López is a little shy until you get to know her and then she's really loud and fun. This doesn't make it very easy for her to get up the courage for her to talk to people. But she's doing awesome! The Gemeinde (members) love her especially since she's NOT from America. Suddenly we had a bunch of people in our ward who speak Spanish and they all got to practice with her. Hopefully she had a good first impression of them. 

We had zone training this week as well! The Heidelberg zone consists of 8 companionships so it's REALLY small compared to the other zones. It’s fun because we actually get to know each other and can hang out on P-Days. 

God has definitely been merciful on us this week. Between Sister Weiler and I missing our Umstieg (transfer) and going to Bonn and showing up 1 1/2 hours late for the pairing meeting, Sister López and I missing our train back to Mannheim, and taking the wrong Bahn (train) almost every day. We haven't had to buy any extra tickets or gotten in trouble or gotten lost. Seriously I'm not sure how we got away without paying €264. However, I am SO grateful that he watches over us. Sometimes it feels a little overwhelming to be training and taking over an area I'm not super familiar with but I know He's got my back. It's going to be an interesting and adventurous transfer if it continues this way. 

This coming weekend will be amazing! Christmas is a 3-day event in Germany: Heilige Abend (Christmas Eve), 1 Weihnachtstag (Christmas Day), and 2 Weihnachtstag. We have a weekend full of eating appointments, service, and Skyping with the FAM! Wahoo!

Liebe Grüße und frohe Weihnachten (Love, greetings, and Merry Christmas)! 🌲 

- Sister Luymes 

Sister Adrienne Luymes
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Kirche Jesu Christi 
Corneliusstrasse 18

60325 Frankfurt, Germany 

Farewell to Sister Weiler - its been short but sweet

Mannheim District taking advantage of
the Winterfest market and goodies.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Adrienne's new companion fresh from the Missionary Training Center (MTC) -- Sister Lopez.
This picture was sent complimentary of the mission secretary who saw them off on the train to Mannheim. His comments were written in both english and spanish so we assume that Sister Lopez's family speaks spanish. We hope she also speaks english or these two are in big trouble trying to communicate with each other.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The obligatory Companionship Christmas Pic
This probably seems really early to have transfers already, but it was only a 5 week Versetzung (placement) and the next one (that starts today) is a 7 week one. Sister Weiler was transferred to Wetzlar. And the big news is....After a short 5 weeks in Mannheim I have been called to be a TRAINER!

Q: Do I know the area well enough to get around?
 A: Sort of...... good thing we have wifi.
Q: Do I know the investigators, weniger aktiv (less active), and ward well enough?
 A: uhhh I know the important people haha
Q: do I feel confident enough in German and my missionary capabilities?
 A: I'll definitely be relying on the Lord for help, but I feel
prepared and confident in German and how-to-missionary.

It was pretty funny how it all came about. I wasn't even in Mannheim when President Stoddard called me. I was in Heidelberg with Sister Clifford (my STL) on a split. We called him to get permission about something and he took us both completely by surprise! He called me to
be a trainer and released Sister Clifford as the Heidelberg Zone STL. We were both pretty shocked.

As for the rest of the week it was pretty good. Nothing too crazy happened. One of the Elder's investigators got baptized on Saturday! Kevin is so sweet and so cool. He found the church on his own and asked to meet with the missionaries. 2 months later he was baptized!

The same day as the baptism we had the ward's Weihnachtsfest (Christmas party). It was so cute! People performed songs and the kids performed a play. Then we ate a bunch of soup. The missionaries sang an "Amerikanischer Lied" (American song) Rudolf the red nose reindeer. Elder Ashton (from England) wasn't to happy to be grouped in with the Americans. It was a hit though! We also sang Weiß Weihnacht (White Christmas) with some women in the ward.

So the next 2 days will be cray cray. I go to Frankfurt tomorrow for a bunch of meetings and get paired with my Golden (brand new missionary). We'll stay in a hotel overnight, then have more meetings on Wednesday and head back to Mannheim.

Wish me good luck!
- Sister Luymes

Farewell to Sis Weiler - she doth protest!
Mannheim District Christmas Photo - trying to be cool and aloof!
Engelchen (little Angels) --we put up +80 of these things
for our service project.

Random cool looking home we found while dooring.

Monday, December 5, 2016

This pizza thing (I forgot the name) was
yummy but gave me garlic and onion
breath to last a lifetime
First off thanks for the birthday wishes and emails they made my day. :)

Between Tuesday and Sunday we prayed and even fasted for Manuela that she would have a good experience on Sunday. We both knew how important her first impression of the Gemeinde would be. It was fast and testimony meeting (basically open-mic night Mormon style). I just sat there as almost half the ward and even visitors bore the sweetest testimonies. All of them bore testimony about the Plan of Salvation, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the truthfulness of the church. Sascha told his conversion story about how he came to Germany not knowing any German. His first apartment he got was completely empty, but somebody had left a Croatian Book of Mormon. He read it 3 times and found the address to the church. He was baptized soon after. It was hands down the best testimony meeting I've ever been to. By the time it was Relief Society Manuela was participating and commenting and had made some friends even! GOD IS GOOD! He is SO good!

I got to serve all day on Wednesday. My only birthday wish was to give back.  So we visited a bunch of people in the Pflegeheim (nursing home) and we helped the ward make decorations for our Weihnachtsfest (Christmas fest). Elder Ashton (he's been out 4 weeks) even made a cheese cake (sort of). It was more like a smoothie on graham crackers.

Thursday was insanely awesome! I won't go into all of it because it would take too much time. However, after a miraculous day Sister Weiler and I were walking home and she said she wished that it didn't have to end. So I said it didn't and talked to a woman looking out on
the bridge. She ended up inviting us into her apartment where we had tea and muffins and taught the first lesson. Go Raja!

WINNER OF THE CHALLENGE: Sister Weiler's dad and my cousin Aaron Toone. The noodle letter language is Tamil. Of course the Book of Mormon is translated in Tamil. And yes there are missionaries that speak Tamil. We're trying to get in contact with them!

Speaking of translations, our Skype lesson with the Bulgarian missionaries went way better than I imagined! Diminitrova even said he'd get baptized when he got an answer! Even though we weren't the ones teaching him and don't speak Bulgarian, it was cool to feel the Spirit and see other missionaries teach. We have another appointment this week so things are looking good.
Skype with the Bulgarian Missionaries - Don't know their names.
I can't describe how cool it is to be serving in Germany right now. There's so many people from all over the world here. It's pretty sad to here about WHY they had to come to Germany, but it's pretty inspiring to see what people sacrifice for their family and beliefs. When I got my call I thought I'd be learning German so I could communicate with the German people. However, I've learned German so that I could speak to people from Germany AND all over the world.

Ich weiß dass Gott unser Himmlischer Vater ist. Er hat ein Plan für uns, selbst wenn unser Laben schwierig ist. Wir können zu ihm beten. Er liebt uns so sehr dass er sein Geliebter Sohn gegeben hat. Durch Jesus Christus und sein Sühnopfer, wir Friede und Freude in unser Leben haben können. Ich bin dankbar für mein Seit im Mannheim zu dienen. Ich bin dankbar für euch.

I know that God is our Heavenly Father. He has a plan for us, even if our burden is difficult. We can pray to him. He loves us so much that he gave his beloved son. Through Jesus Christ and His Atonement, we will make peace and joy in our own lives. I am grateful to serve my time in Mannheim. I am grateful to you.

Liebe Grüße
- Sister Luymes

Christmas Fest booth -- chocolate tools anyone?

Christmas Fest in Himmel
Dampfnudeln! Lecker-- steemed noodles(? or buns), delicious

Out dooring and found Jesus's house again.
He wasn't home.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mannheim District
We have crazy-fun together!
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I enjoyed a lovely bowl of Müsli und Banane as my feast.

First off WE SET A BAPTISMAL DATE WITH MANUELA! Woooo! She's super excited to get baptized on January 7th 😊 She's been reading in the Book of Mormon and praying everyday. We taught her about repentance
and how we have to repent before we are baptized. Sister Weiler and I had felt prompted to teach her about repentance and she had so many questions about HOW we repent. She loved that we believe that repentance requires change on our part and it's not just confessing our sins to a church leader. We used 2 Nephi 31 as our lesson plan. We read the whole thing and asked her what she thought and she said "Glauben an Jesus Christus, Umkehr, sich taufen lassen, die Gabe des Heiligen Geistes empfangen, und bis ans Ende ausharren." She learned and understood the entire doctrine of Christ after reading one chapter in the Book of Mormon! She's so sweet and so prepared to accept the restored gospel.
One of Mannheim's beautiful churches.

We had a lot of time to go finding this week. Of course when you're going door to door all day long it's pretty hard, but there's always
some kind of adventure that ensues. We doored into this woman named Selam. She barely spoke any German (basically ja, nein, und ich spreche kein Deutsch). However she invited us in anyway. We shared a video about Christ and she got excited and she got her bible. The letters look like noodles (picture below)! I asked if we could say a prayer and she caught on and started kneeling. As we kneeled together in her humble apartment I said the prayer in German. I knew she couldn't understand what I was saying. However, the Spirit was so strong and after I ended she looked at us and said "ich verstehe" (Ich understand). Sister Weiler had a scripture come to mind during the prayer and we were able to find it in her bible! John 3:16 "God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten Son." I didn't do a good job describing this experience, but I just don't have the words to describe what I felt praying for that woman. All I can say is that God loves Selam very much and I was able to feel that.

SO. I HAVE A CHALLENGE! If someone can PLEASE find out what language this woman speaks, I will forever be grateful! I want to see if we can find anyone who can translate so we can teach her.

Please tell me what this mystery language is?
Speaking of translators we found a Bulgarian potential and we got permission to skype with the missionaries in Bulgaria to teach him! So cool!

We also had a woman give us a tour of her house because she just finished remodeling her bathroom. Of course we said yes! She ended up giving us 20 things of mini shampoos, conditioners, and soap. She's way cool and took a Book of Mormon and said to come back.

We had Pfahlkonferenz in Kaiserslautern and Heidelberg so we traveled a lot too. However on Thursday we were trying to get to Hüttenfeld and took the wrong bus and ended up in Worms (not in my area). We got stuck there for 40 minutes and got stuck in Lampertheim because our train was verspätet 25 minutes. It was pretty frustrating.

This week had it's ups and downs, but we chose to focus on the positive side! I was reading in Alma 26 and it says:
5 Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.
6 Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
7 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day.

Sometimes it's pretty exhausting and difficult out here. But it makes the good experience (like Selam and Manuela) all the more special and we appreciate them a lot more than if we hadn't worked for them. And even if we don't have a baptism every weekend, who says our reward is in this life?

I love being a missionary so much! The last 6 months have been a blast. There will never be another time in my life that I have the opportunity to talk to so many people and share something so important to me. The biggest thing I've learned in the last 6 months is how much God loves his children. Heavenly Father loves us so much that he gave his Beloved Son.  Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and overcome death so that we can return to live with God.

Liebe Grüße!

Sister Luymes

Mannheim's Winter Festival. Such beautiful boutiques.

Warm - Chocolate - YUM!

Beatiful ornaments carved from wood.

Festive Winter Boutiques.

We call this "Church of the Santa" because of the image
hung above the door at this time of year.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Hiking to a cave today with Sis Weiler to go spelunking.
She just might be as goofy as I am.
Sorry this email came so late. This week was absolutely crazy. First off we had a mission tour conference in Offenbach. One of the area 70's came and talked to us. Elder and Sister Adler were absolutely wonderful! I learned so much from them in just the few hours of the conference. They also introduced the Christmas initiative for 2016! Die Welt ein Licht, the Light for the World. We got to watch the video that they're releasing on November 25th and we got fancy new pass along cards. As missionaries our job is to share these cards and introduce the initiative to everyone: investigators, random people on the street, and members alike. The focus of this year is serving others 25 ways in 25 days. I love it because it helps us focus on one of the easiest ways for us to become like the Savior – through service. 

Sorry this email will have to be way short. On Thursday night we got a call that a sister in the mission was super sick and was in the Heidleberg hospital and that we needed to come and stay with her because the Heidleberg STL's had a leadership meeting in Frankfurt. Long story short we were in the hospital all day Friday and I accidentally left my iPad in the sister's apartment. I just got it back today so I've only had about 10 min. 

- Sister Luymes

We hiked to a cave today

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The following is a portion of a personal note home...

Hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We got some Spekuliert  (not sure how to spell it) cookies and we got some garlic bread. That's probably as close as we'll get to a Thanksgiving feast.  I'll definitely be missing you guys a lot. Send a video of you all at thanksgiving dinner!

For Pday we hiked up to a cave and went spelunking! It was super cool! We found this box with a book in it and we got to sign our names in it. 

My District is freaking hilarious! It's super weird to not have another pair of sisters though. It's just Sister Weiler and I urrounded by guys. Thank goodness Sister Weiler and I get along so well. :)

In other news my 6 month mark is on Friday and I'm kind of freaking out because it's gone by so fast! I feel like I've earned these 6 months that for sure. It's weird because Sister Williams hit her 6 months 2-3 weeks into when she was training me and now I'm on the flip side. SO WEIRD! I am wondering though were they fast for you or pretty slow? Or mix? What about for Dixie? 

I got my flu shot through the mission on Wednesday so alles Klar!

Ok but my mailbox is waaaaaaaaaaaaay sketchy and I'm not even sure if I get mail there! So please send mail to the mission office. 


Monday, November 14, 2016

Mannheim & Solar Plexi!!!

Meet Sis. Weiler -- at one with nature.
 My first impression of Mannheim was getting lost for 20 min because the Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) is HUGE! I was alone and afraid.... but after asking three different people I found jemand (kind) charitable enough to let me use their handy to call my old comp to get a hold of my new one. They found me curled up in front of the McDonalds begging for food.....Kidding only kidding! I was lost though and I did call Sister Harris to tell Sister Weiler where I was.

Second impression of Mannheim was THERE ARE STRASSENBAHN! (Basically metros that go on the street) I've heard they are fantastic for contacting and I can now attest. Love 'em!

Our apartment has wifi which is fantastic. The bed is a definite upgrade. We don't have a dryer or a dishwasher. The shower is way better too. So far it's felt pretty homie so that's good.

This week was probably one of the slowest of my mission. I think because everything and everyone is new again, time somehow slowed down because I have so much to learn. But it's been a fantastic week
already full of miracles!

Speaking of new people! Sister Weiler is my new comp! She's from Logan, Utah. She's 20. She did 2 years at Utah State before coming on her mission. She ran on the track and cross country team at Utah State so she's pretty good at Morgan Sport. She just got finished being trained so she's one transfer behind me. She's way fun, obedient, and a hard worker. I am super excited to serve with her!

Alright miracle time:
1) We taught Manuelle on Friday. She's Chilean, but was adopted by Germans and grew up here. She had met Sister Hall and Sister Weiler on the street by a mailbox a week ago. She told us that she had gone to the mailbox and had forgotten her letter. So she went back home and ran into them at the mailbox. They gave her a Book of Mormon and set up an appointment with her. So sister Weiler and I taught her the first lesson! She already has been reading everyday in the BOM before we even had committed her. She had been wondering why there were so many churches in the world and she felt like God had put us on the same path at the mailbox to answer her questions. She's absolutely adorable and we have another appointment this Thursday!

2) On Saturday we had a district finding Aktivität (activity). We were going white boarding. So we were walking around the main street with a question on a white board. Some people just shouted funny answers at us and other actually stopped to have a conversation. However, the first guy we talked to we ended up making an appointment with him for today, which was way cool! We gave him our card and we wrote down his number. We called today to remind him of our appointment and to our dismay we realized we had written the number wrong! So we said a prayer and 10 minutes later HE texted US! In my entire time on my mission I've only had someone actually use the number on our cards 1 other time!

As for the solar plexi (plural of solar plexus?), I've already met my new favorite person here. Her name is Monka. She's German, but she spoke English to us with a very heavy Southern accent. She explained the secrets of how to feel your own energy waves.
Step 1. Rub your hands together
Step 2. Pull them apart about 6"
Step 3. Sit down
Step 4. Close your eyes
Step 5. Pay close attention to how your solar plexus feels and the
space between your hands. "You can just feeeeeeeeeeeeel it"

I think I'll like it here very much. The ward is great and I'm already meeting people I love very much.

Take care of your solar plexus!
Bis nächste Montag!
- Sister Luymes

Lovely Fall Colors

Heibe Maroni -- Hot Moroni???

Farewell to Kaiserslautern District.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Contemplating my transfer to Mannheim

This week we set a baptismal date with Frau Stanke! We had an amazing first lesson with her and when I asked her if she would be baptized on Dec 17 she said yes immediately! She already has a testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet called by God. Sister Harris and I couldn't believe it! She's amazing and excited for December 17th. Keep her in your prayers please!

In other news our investigator Toni got attacked last Saturday and was in the hospital for 4 days. We found out later that he had also had a diabetic stroke minutes before he was attacked. He ended up with a dislocated arm, broken jaw, fractured eye socket, and he got stitches in various places. We visited him in the hospital and he was already doing a lot better thank goodness. Toni has a thing for asking God for big signs to answer his questions. Ask and ye shall receive Toni! He told us he thinks God is telling him that he should stop partying and drinking alcohol. I'm not arguing! Anyway, he's been doing great and is VERY humble now.

Poor Toni!

Another miracle this week happened at our street display. I'm a pretty self motivated person, but I don't really set written down goals for myself very often. Every week I hated thinking of goals to make because I felt like I'd just forget about them until call- ins a week later. SO my goal this week was to gain a testimony of setting goals. One of my goals was to get 4 potentials at the street display. Usually we get around 3-4 so I thought it was pretty attainable. We got 4 potentials in 40 minutes. So we decided to double our goal. After another 40 minutes we had 8 potentials. We ended up getting 12 potentials in 3 hours!!!!! We gave out 14 BOM's in 8 different languages. We've already had appointments with some of them and have more planned for next week.

Speaking of next week I won't be in Kaiserslautern anymore. I GOT TRANSFERRED TO MANNHEIM!!!!!!!! My new comp is Sister Weiler she's my first companion who is younger than me on the mission. She just got
finished being trained so I'm "Golden busting".

I'm really sad to be leaving Kaiserslautern. I cried pretty hard about it. I'm just so grateful for my time here. It gives me a lot of comfort to know that the area is better how I'll leave it than when I came. Sometimes that improvement isn't as obvious, but God had mercy on me and I know that my time was WELL spent here. I look forward to a new adventure in a new city with a new companion. I know Sister Harris will take care of K- town for me.

Love you all!
- Sister Luymes
My Buddy Viktor, member in K-town

Last sunrise in Kaiserslautern.

One of my favorite missionary couples, the Tarbets

Sis Thompson, another favorite member from K-town.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Heidelberg in the Fall
I had my 3rd split with the STL's in Heidelberg this week! So that was fun! Meanwhile Sister Harris and Sister Clifford taught another family. Our goals are a little verrückt (crazy) compared to 2 weeks ago, but that's what happens when you find families. Sister Williams and I found Frau Stanke awhile ago, but her daughter has been in the hospital so we were never able to teach her. Turns out she has a son too! And they all committed to reading in the Book of Mormon! Our Syrian family is also progressing very nicely. We hope to get all 8 (Stanke family and Syrian family) on baptismal date this week so please pray us and them!
Frau Stanke, Sis Krysanski and me
We had a miracle day on Thursday. We actually forgot to plan Thursday (we usually plan in the evenings for the next day) so we were winging it all day. We had another awesome lesson with Toni. We were dooring in Morlautern and asked someone if we could help them rake leaves and they ACTUALLY accepted! So it was cool to serve someone. We felt like we should go by on an old investigator and it ended up that they had moved. Coincidentally, their neighbor was on our active members list, but I hadn't seen her for a really long time. So we klingled and she told us that if we had klingled any sooner we would have missed her. We were able to answer some questions for her and she came to church on Sunday!  Then we had a Besuchs Gemeinderat (town visits) in the evening. So we all make appointments with as many members as we can and we break up as a whole ward council and meet with as many people as we could. We ended up meeting with 3 families in our ward! It was a really awesome missionary opportunity. 

The 3 American military wards had their trunk- or- treat at the church on Friday. So I can't say I missed Halloween too much. 
Fall Leaf big enough to hide behind
As Sister Harris and I were setting our goals for the last week of this transfer we were a little scared to set such high goals. Neither of us had ever planned double digit numbers before. However, on our Frankfurt Mission website ( there are quotes about the missionary work in Europe. And this one in particular came to our minds:
"Maybe we have not stepped forward enough where miracles happen. Move forward to the edge of the cliff. Demand these blessings and call them down from heaven. This work is urgent. The gifts of heaven are here. That we are to receive miracles, revelations, help from the Lord is known to us intellectually, but practiced too little and forgotten too often. We need a sharp turn in our path or a raising of our platform. See things the way God sees them. Lift your eyes. Look at the fields already ready for the harvest."
So our goals seem a bit ridiculous, however we have gone forward with them. We are demanding blessings and I know we will see miracles! Stay tuned!

- Sister Luymes 
More Fall (and blue sky)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Snail Mail letter home.....

Hey FAM!                                                                                                        October 29, 2016
Wow! So I just had my 5 month mark this week and it’s a month until my 20th birthday. I suddenly feel very old because I’m no longer a new missionary and I’ll soon no longer be a teenager either….WEIRD!  Why does time go so fast?!

Anyway, this week was a turning point for my German (because I know you’re all wondering). I had 3 different people compliment my German and looked astonished when I told them I’d only been learning/speaking it for 5 months.  Another turning point was that I’m finally feeling more like myself in German. There seems to be a point where you’re not so focused on what you’re saying is grammatically perfect so it allows your personality to seep through finally.  I reached that point with Sis Krysanski (my STL) while we had a lunch appointment and I felt just like myself as if I was speaking English, but it was all auf Deutsch.  Ich kann eigentlich Deutsch! (I can actually speak German). Wooo!

The thing is I can’t even compare myself to any other missionary learning a language because 80% of my investigators know English better than German or they only know English. So it’s not exactly the full emersion everyone expects. But sis Harris and I do our best to only speak Deutsch to each other and of course wir reden mit leute an die strasse auf Deutsch (We talk to people on the street in German).

Anyway, German is fun and its spelling and grammar rules are far superior to English. Words like “weird”  should be spelled “wierd”; “sea” should be spelled sae, also people don’t “breakup” they “haben ein schlieb gemacht” or “they have made an end”. It’s nicer and it sounds like more feelings were spared.

The funny story of this week was Sister Krysanski and I doored into a man who was wearing a HUGE fur coat – floor length.  It was as if he was wearing a grizzly bear for and he’d’ just cut it and sewed it so it had sleeves and a collar.  He was also wearing a fur hat, AND 2 huge gold bejeweled rings on each finger. He looked absolutely ridiculous and also very into himself.  He gave us a copy of “Mein Glaube” (my beliefs) and explained how he believes on a great white spirit and if you’re a Jew or a Muslim you will be damned.  I had to use my self control to NOT start petting him during his rant.   I secretly wanted to because it might have made him stop talking. But alas, I did not pet the bear and endured his hate rant.

I’ve been super good this week and I’ve betted a dog every day this week. But it doesn’t make up for my time lost with Dixie.

Miss you guys! Hope all is well.

Sis Luymes