So this week has been the longest, shortest, craziest week of my mission. No joke. The week started out normal and then Tuesday morning, our phone rings. President Kohler. My heart just dropped when I answered the phone and I knew that something crazy was about to happen. He explained that a golden (a new sister missionary) was headed home due to some stress issues, and that her companion would need to be transferred. He asked me how I felt about going into a drit (a trio). The words, 'What do you think President?' popped out of my mouth before I could stop them and I knew that was the WORST possible answer I could give, if I wanted to stay in a normal companionship. He explained a little more the situation and I told him that we would take her in, if that's what he felt was right. He said he'd call me back in a couple hours but, to plan on receiving a new companion.
SO long story short, we're in a drit! Sister Nicole Packer, from Lindon, UT, 21, likes to dance and actually started out her mission here in München 3.
We had excellent lessons with S and N this week and both were able to come to General Conference with us. N is right on track to be baptized on the 18th of Oktober and she'll be having her interview this Thursday! We're excited for her and all the progress that she is made!
Another miracle, I was able to say hi to Sister Powell really really really quick this week! She was here from MLC and we were at the chruch at the same time doing some studies (we had had some lessons earlier and weren't able to finish all of studies). In addition, Elder Wasden, Elder Mickelson (haven't seen him since Ludwigsburg!), and Sister Pentz (baby girl!), and oh so many more! It was really really fun to say hi really quick. I was a little sad thinking I wouldn't be able to say goodbye before I 'die' aka go home but, now I got to say hi/bye so it'll be good!
Funny story, the Passau sisters spent the night at our house both Saturday and Sunday nights. AKA Sister McEwen and Sister Wunderli! It was like Christmas being able to see them both again and have a sleepover basically. Funny, a sister mixed up the word gestorben, and getötet. aka to die or to murder when talking about Jesus Christ. that one got me laughing pretty good :)
General Conference was absolutely amazing. I haven't seen the Sunday afternoon session yet, but, I really really really loved the talk from President Eyring. I find that he always speaks really from his heart and no matter the theme of his talk - I always seem to gleam what I need from his words. A theme that stuck out to me throughtout all the sessions - remember righteous priorities. As the work gets crazy with our threesome here in Munich, it's great to know how I can have righteous priorities to really reach the people that are ready.
Interesting thought, something else I really learned yesterday. Talk after talk we heard about prophets, priesthood leaders, and just leaders in general. It really helped me reflect on my mission presidents. I loved loved loved President Miles, as anyone who knows me knows. When I love something, I just love it with my whole heart and sometimes - it's a wee bit hard (cough) to change. President Kohler came and while I definitely respected and honored his Priesthood and his calling, I was having a hard time really giving him my heart. Putting that whole trust and love into following his leadership. Now, I am an exactly obedient missionary. I follow the letter of the law to the T. But, still I was having a hard time completely putting my heart into the changes that have been occuring. During the Sunday morning session, I just had the strongest impression that while President Kohler might not know who Krissie Harman is, he prays for her and he cares for her. The important thing is that God knows just who she is and that He will lead him to do what He needs her to do (nice pronoun usage, right?) It brought alot of peace into my heart about the state of our companionship now.
|I get to hug this missionary in 23 days, 23 DAYS!!|
I'm so grateful for the Holy Ghost. He really does speak to our hearts and minds and can give us the revelation that we so desperately need. Thank you so much for your prayers and love and I hope you all learned as much from General Conference, and the Spirit that was felt there, as I did! (AKA report back to me! What'd you learn?!)
Love you all!
PS Mom's note here: Isn't it interesting that Heavenly Father is giving Sister Harman the opportunity to see and talk to some of the missionaries she has served with the last 17 months. Tender Mercies. And the week she probably needed it most. Tender Mercies!