Monday, February 22, 2016

Mission life is fun and spiritual!

This is not the greatest picture, but I wanted to share it because Sister Helsing is so amazing! She is the one in the middle (in case you were wondering... ;)).

Sister Helsing is a 92-year-old widow, who is full of spunk and character despite her age! Sunday evenings at her home never lack adventure! She always has us sing for her, and afterwards she gives us ice cream. She always has to give us ice cream. ;) One of our last visits with her, she was telling us about how she loves to dance and she used to do it a ton when she was younger. But she still does it now! She even gave a brief demonstration, which I wish I had filmed because it was memorable. :) 

We sing her favorite song every time we visit, "Oh I Had Such A Pretty Dream Mama". Look it up--it's a beautiful piece and paints a pleasant image in your head. :)

Sister Helsing is extremely talented. She paints, makes glass dolls (hair, clothing, and everything), and sews. The picture above Sister Stewart is something that she painted of her daughter. She is amazing! I love her!

I have been trying out a lot of new foods lately! Christine W, one of our amazing investigators, took us out to pizza last week. Before we went to eat, we taught her the Plan of Salvation. That went so well! She accepts most of what we teach, and she has been so open to the lessons. The Plan of Salvation has become one of my favorites to teach, because it means so much to me and I love seeing it bless the lives of those we teach.

The pizza was unique... (and tasty). It was called "Maui Waui". Kind of like a Hawaiian pizza, but with lots more toppings: Ham, pineapple, green peppers, cheese, sunflower seeds, and a spicy sauce over it. Yumness! :)

We also had dinner with the Kratz's, and that was fun, too! Sister Kratz is from Germany, so we had a German meal-- Tons of different kinds of sausages, dipped in applesauce (might sound yukkie but it's actually pretty good), plus some veggies and red cabbage. 

I love the Kratz's! They are so fun! They are probably one of the funniest elderly couples I've met. They flirt with each other and tease each other, and the stories they tell about each other are hilarious! It's been so fun to get to know the ward members. :)

Atlanta, GA temple! :)

What a week! I am so thankful for long weeks and hard days, because they help me to appreciate the good days. :) And yes, we had some really amazing days this week, as well as hard times. Mission life is never perfect, because it is full of imperfect people. But we can constantly improve. That is what the Atonement is there for. To help people become better than they were the day before. 

We were blessed with the amazing opportunity to attend the Atlanta, GA temple with M, a recent convert! It was an incredible experience. She is so fantastic, and I have loved getting to know her. 

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