Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Baptism is off for August...

This week has been pretty
busy for us. Unfortunately our one baptism isn't going to
happen in August. She was in Hungry this past week and came back a few
days later than planned, and now she isn't answering our phone calls
and we have gone by and she wont answer. So since this has happened in
the past before, we made a prayerful decision that she just isn't
ready still and we are not going to take time to go out to her at
this point. She is still welcome in church and other activities, but
the missionaries are going to give her a long break for now. So far we
haven't heard from her in about 2 weeks now. We are really sad about
it, but we feel at peace about it as well. Sometimes you have to do
the hard things. As far as our other two investigators, they are doing
wonderful. We are going to meet this week and teach the last lesson to
one. And then we are just waiting for him to work his job out. He just
needs to make it through August and then he is going to quit. It will
be amazing when they are both standing in white. We can't wait.
This past week we have also found some pretty solid people that we are
excited to start teaching. Hopefully they are as excited as we are. :)
I will keep you posted. The weather has cooled down. And we are
sincerely happy about it. Today it rained and I went out without an
umbrella cuz I was so happy! It is amazing to be cold again. Made my
day. And this week is supposed to be cooler. This has been the hottest
it has been in Austria for a really long time so we have heard. :) I
also did exchanges with Sister Gardner this past week! It was awesome
to be with my old companion again and we had a blast in Vienna. It was
strange for us both to be in Vienna and not Graz, but it was fun. I
have never done exchanges with an old companion before and it was
awesome. We laughed a lot and I managed to lead us around without
getting lost! AMAZING!!
This week we have some great things planned. Some great appointments
and wonderful things to be done. I love Vienna and being a missionary.
There are so many things to do and people to talk to. The Lord is
helping his children through us and I am so grateful for the
opportunity to be here. I love you all and hope you have a fantastic

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The last two weeks

Hey Family!!!
This past week has been busy. We are working hard and there are so
many people to work with here in Vienna. We meet so many people every
day it is crazy. This past week we met with a lot of members and we
weren't able to meet with one of our investigators because she went
back to Hungry for a week. But we will meet with her this week and get
her all set up for baptism. We hope she makes it this time. As far as
the other investigators we are just waiting for them to get work off
on Sundays. They have been working with their boss and it looks like
September it is going to happen. We are really excited about it.
This week will be really busy as week. We have our Zone Conference
this week and then we are doing exchanges with the Graz sisters. I
will stay in Vienna and Sister Gardner will stay with me. Hopefully I
don't get us too lost. But no guarantees. Vienna is huge and I really
don't know where I am a lot of the time. But we will have fun. This is
the first exchange that I will ever do with one of my old companions.
It is going to be great.
We also found a great person this week. We are really excited to start
teaching her. We met her in the park the other day and we are meeting
with her on Wednesday. This week is going to go by so quickly. And
then next week will as well. The time just goes so fast I cant believe
Today we had an awesome P-day. A member from one of the wards here
rented out an old Strassenbahn and we went on a tour around Vienna. It
was really fun and we saw a lot of things. Then we went to lunch
afterwards and it was so great. We went to this nice tennis club and
the food was amazing. All the missionaries in Vienna came so there
were about 12 of us all together.
Keep doing great at home. I love
you all!!

July 13th

This last week our ward was very full,
we were full because we had a baby blessing in the ward. And
since there are 5 wards in Vienna, a lot of them came to ours to
support. So we had a lot of people that I didn't know and also a few
that I did. I got to see my MTC teacher. She now lives in Vienna and
is getting married and staying here. She isn't in my ward, but I get
to see her which is awesome. It was a surprise to see her. Also this
next weekend or so Sister Wunderli is going to come from Hungry to
visit Vienna so I will get to see her again. So crazy. I thought for
sure it would be a long time before I saw her again.
We had a great meeting this last week with MLC in Munich. I love going
to Munich and seeing President and Sister Kohler and everyone. It was
awesome. I am so glad that we had that opportunity. This week will be
really busy. We are meeting with our one investigator this week and going to start
planning out all her baptism things. That will be really interesting.
We hope that she makes it with no problems. It is set for the 5th of
August. We are really excited for her. She is from Hungry and I am
learning a few words of Hungarian. :) But she speaks wonderful German
so we have no problem there. We are just going back through all the
lessons with her. She knows everything. She has been investigating for
about 8 years now I think. But we want to make sure there are no
problems. But we will meet with her this week. It should be really
Also this week we have a baptism of one of the 8 year olds in the
ward. That will be really fun. We hope that a lot of people will come
to that.
Not sure when or if I will be able to write next week. We have a
member in one of the wards here who is taking all the missionaries on
a tour of Vienna and out for lunch. I have no idea when we will be
done with that and stuff. We are really excited. I just had to mention
that before I forgot.
We will also have some other appointments with investigators this
week. We have a new man who we found who we are meeting with on
Thursday. That should be really cool. He met with the sisters once and
then no more and we weren't sure why. We called him up and he set an
appointment with him. We are really excited. We also have a meeting
with another and her husband this week. They are going to get baptized
in September. He will be able to get work off and come to church. He
took a big leap of faith this week and told his boss that he might
quit if he cant have Sundays. So his boss took him seriously and said
he would work with him. So we are shooting for September for baptism.
It will be awesome.
Things are going well here. There are a lot of things to do in Vienna.
We are never bored here which is really nice. So many people from all
over the world and so many wonderful children of God here. As we had
this baby blessing this past week I couldn't help but think of where
we come from and how we are all sent here to our specific families to
be loved and cared for. I am so glad that God has a plan for us and
that he knows us. He gave us our families so that we can learn and
grow and be loved. I am so grateful. I love you all and miss you
loads. But I know I am supposed to be here. I am trying to work hard
and to give my very best here. We are helping Gods children come back
to Him. It is an amazing work. Keep being safe and also hastening the
work there in the ward. I love you all. Have a wonderful week!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

 Keep Smiling!!!

Hey family!!!
This week has been really busy. I learned that I hate staying inside.
I have never been so glad to get out again. I said a prayer this week
and thanked God that none of my companions up until this point have
been ill or anything. And thanked him that we didn't have to stay
inside for too long with Sister Kramer. Now we are back up and going
again and I am excited. I am starting to understand Vienna and I am
enjoying it here. There are so many people from all over the world and
you meet so many new people every day.
This week we had some really awesome experiences. Today we just said
hello to this person on the street, and she stopped us and asked us
why we were so friendly. We said we just like to be happy and say
hello to everyone. She then asked us where we are from, because people
from here don't say hello. (They really don't. No one talks to anyone
here unless you know them already) and we told her about the church
and about what we are doing here. She was intrigued and asked us some
questions. We talked for about 15 minutes about the church and things
with her. She was such a sweet old lady. She told us to keep doing
what we are doing and thanked us for saying hello to her. Made her
day. Unfortunately she didn't want to learn more, but we brightened
the day of one of Gods children, and maybe next time she sees
missionaries she will want to figure out why all Mormons are so happy.
It was really great. Just goes to show how saying hello and giving
someone a smile can make someones day, and also teach them about the
gospel and Gods love for them. Keep smiling. Say hello to people.
Don't get so caught up in your own world that you miss the wonderful
things and people around you.
Something else that was really awesome this week was yesterday we went
tracking with two young members in the ward. We decided to sing when
people opened their door. We were singing there is sunshine in my soul
today. We met this really awesome woman and her daughter and husband.
They let us in and we sang for them. It was really awesome. We gave
her a card that is a "I'm a Mormon" and she was so surprised. She
knows the Mormons from California where she is from. And we ended up
giving her a Book of Mormon and and left her with a card. It was
amazing and all four of us were so excited about it. These two members
( one a returned missionary from my mission and the other never
serving a mission) were so excited. The recently returned missionary
said, "I feel like I am back on the mission again" and the other girl
couldn't stop smiling from the feeling she had. It was awesome. Even
though we got turned down a lot, we found some great people. We had an
amazing time, and now they want to start making it an every Sunday
thing. To come out with us. Which we are more than happy to do. :) it
was an awesome experience and this family was amazing.
This coming week is going to be busy as well. We have an investigator
that we are meeting with who has a baptismal date for the 5th of
August. We hope she will make it. We meet with her twice a week and
she is doing amazing, but in the past she has had a date and not
showed up for her baptism, so we are making sure she is really serious
about it. But she is really sweet. She is from Hungry and we are
really excited for her.
We will also meet with our other investigators from India. They are a
cute married couple who also really want to be baptized. We just need
him to get Sundays off of church, or one Sunday a month so that they
can be baptized. We are just waiting on that. The problem is that if
he loses this job they lose their visa, so we need either him to get
Sundays off or she needs to find a job, which she is looking for.
These two are amazing and so prepared. They are wonderful. Pray that
God blesses them as they are trying to be obedient. They will be
baptized as soon as this happens. We are so excited.
As far as other things this week. We will be going to Munich for a few
days for a meeting there. We are the Sister Training Leaders so we
have to be to this meeting. I am excited about it. It will be really
good. Then we have a great weekend planned. This week is going to fly
by. I don't know where all the time goes.
I love you all and I hope you know how much I love you. Thank you so
much for all your love and support. You have no idea how much it means
to me. Keep being safe and working hard. Remember to also be
missionaries in your lives and show people what happiness the gospel
can bring. Love you!
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