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10 Photos That Describe A LDS Mission | Part One

Hello World!

Can I just throw this out there? There are no coincidences. Feel free to argue with me here, but I’ve got my main squeeze Albert Einstein on my side. “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Today I received a couple of emails from readers and a surprise package from Germany. As much as I’ve been adjusting to reality (mostly by incorporating ‘bae’ into my daily snapchats) I have been missing Germany an awful lot. At least now I can eat german chocolate! (no offense American chocolate, but you are waxy and I can’t eat you. Actually, take offense, maybe then you will want to change.)

I had a great time emailing these readers; it brought me back to my mission. (One girl is investigating the church so I got to answer her questions. If you ever have questions, feel free to shoot me an email.) It got the good old creative juices churning and I thought today I would share with you TEN PHOTOS THAT DESCRIBE A LDS MISSION. (these are pretty back scene type photos. if you are looking for gorgeous photos of Germany, check out some of my other posts.)

But before I get into that, I wanted to talk to you about engagements. Is it just me, or did half the population of people in their early 20s get engaged this past month? Last week I dreamed that a kid I know (and was once fond of) got engaged. I almost texted and told him, but the better half of me decided against it. Later that night, I found out he had proposed that very day! Psychic much? Anyways, I’m excited to attend all these weddings, but I think I might need to get a job to pay for all the gifts alone. So if anyone is hiring….I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE! (are hunger game quotes still a thing?)

1. The Missionary Training Center. This is a magical place where all missionaries go for 2-9 weeks to receive training in the language and the gospel. A lot of people make the MTC out to be some big scary dull box where you sit in a class all day long never to see the sun. F A L S E. I loved the MTC. You do sit around all day studying the scriptures and the language, but it can still be a blast. You get to attend devotionals with amazing speakers (I saw Tad R. Callistar) and you get to meet people from all over the world. One of my MTC besties is from the Christmas Islands. Yea, I hadn’t heard of it either before. There are also fun gym classes in the morning. One time my comp and I went to some aerobic one and we did so many calf raises that we couldn’t walk the next day. Okay, I just read that out loud and it no longer sounds fun, but it was! If anything, it made for a semi-great story. Also, the cafeteria is all you can eat. I think food breaks were the favorite part of my day! Hence why I chose this picture. One time this elder in my district went to the wrap bar and asked for “eveeeeeeeeeerything”. “what tortilla elder?” “everything.” “what sauce?” “everything.” It was the nastiest thing I had ever tried, but it was quite hilarious! Also, please notice Jared and I talking in the background. Goober.

missionary training center, missionary blog, rm, return missionary blog, lady lena2. Planner time. Missions are busy, busy, busy things. I suspect that’s exactly what makes the transition back to reality hard. “So uh…what do I do now?” The planners are for every 6 weeks. You plan for every 6 weeks, every week, and every day. You even make back up plans! If you are bad at setting goals and crossing things off your to-do list, that will change on your mission. I always decorated my planners because they turned into my mini journals. If you want a custom Lady Lena missionary planner, click here. Haha just kidding, I don’t sell those. But if you really want one, I will make you a cover if you offer me a job.Β missionary training center, missionary blog, rm, return missionary blog, lady lena missionary training center, missionary blog, rm, return missionary blog, lady lena3. Morning workout. Wake up at 6:30, work out for 30 minutes, missionary work, sleep, repeat. Simple enough right? I’ve got to admit, working out every morning was hard. I love working out but not that early! I had to always mix up my routine otherwise I would end up spending my 30 minutes in child’s pose under my blanket. I definitely recommend a good morning routine, it sets your whole day in motion. Also if you go to places like Germany, your body is going to want that to counteract all that chocolate. Just follow my simple algorithm: for every one squat, two pieces of chocolate. It worked….kind of. What did you do for morning exercise? Comment below.Β Oh and for those of you who asked, I lost all my mission weight by playing Just Dance. I have She Wolf memorized.

missionary training center, missionary blog, rm, return missionary blog, lady lena 4. Baby it’s cold outside. I’m all about looking fly, but one day you will get to a point when you just don’t care. Let me be more specific, I stopped caring about what I was wearing and cared more about the people I was going to find and teach and baptize. Now that doesn’t mean I stopped trying, but sometimes I went out looking like a grandma so that I could stay warm. And you know what? I loved it fools! You might be going to a hot and humid place or the artic edge of the world; wherever you go just now this could happen to you. Enjoy it. Embrace it. For when you return, you can no longer dress like a grandma in your quest to find an eternal companion.

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5. Alright, so you’ve done your morning exercise, studied, planned, and bundled up. Now it’s time to go outside andΒ find some people to teach! I absolutely love finding because it breaks me out of my comfort shell. I enjoy the thrill of not knowing what the person is going to say. You truly never know who will accept your message, so you simple must talk with everyone. This is a picture of me ringing doorbells to talk with people. I preferred talking with people on the streets face to face, but you never know who is waiting at home for a happy message. My very own father and Oma were found at home by two missionaries in Germany, which inspired me to give it my all. Also, you never know what will happen when they buzz you in. I once doored two prostitutes on accident. That was a sight to see!

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Alright children, that’s part one for you! I could go on and on but I figure your eyes are probably begging you for a nap. Or you have to go back to work. Or screaming children. Excuses, excuses. Truth be told, I’m moving back to college this week and I haven’t done anything to prepare. So as much as I would enjoy to sit behind my computer all day applying for reality tv shows and blogging, I think I must get back to my personal to-do list. Can’t get enough of the Lady Lena? Then have I got the solution for you! Like me on FB for more updates.

Love,

Lady Lena

p.s. if you have a mission call, comment below where in the world you are going!

 

 

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  • I love your blog! It help me a lot to prepare myself to my mission. I’m going to serve in Brazil SΓ£o Paulo South in february. I’ve learned a lot with your experience. It’s inspiring and fun. Danke!

  • Hi! I don’t have my call yet (I just started my papers) but I love your blog! Berlin, Germany is probably my dream mission XD I love Germany so much, so I’d love to go there! Thank you for making this wonderful blog. I found it because of the Deseret News article about your video (which I also loved!). I hope you have a great day!

    • Thank you so much Rebekah! You’ll have to let me know when you get your call. Germany is beautiful, but you will fall in love with wherever you serve. Thanks for reading!
      xoxo,
      Lena

  • saw a repost from 2013 on your mission call what caught my attention was your last name. Helzer, I’m a Helzer also, my Dad was a convert , just wondering if there might be a family connection it’s not a commen name my grandparents came from Russia early 1900 , but the family came from Germany with Catherine the Great when she married the Czar would be interested to hear from you

    • Wow that’s cool! I’ve actually never met another Helzer, at least one who isn’t my cousin. I thought I’d meet some Helzers in Germany, but I never did. Surely we are somehow related! I believe my Helzers descend from people in Prussia, who also left for Russia. I could be wrong though. So cool to hear from you Barbara!

  • I’ve been called to serve in the Czech/Slovak mission! I would love some advice on clothing (especially shoes…I have had no luck finding any so far) and anything else as well! πŸ™‚

    • Hey Reilly!

      First off, CONGRATS!!!! My grandparents are there right now and my Finish friend Ville has been there for about a year now. I am so jealous that you get to go there. I visited Prague once and fell head over heels for it. You are going to have an absolute amazing time!!

      Second off, we’ve spoken before right? Aren’t you friends with someone in the Berlin mission? I could be mistaken and there could be a handful of Reilly Manners that read my blog.

      Are you looking for clothes in Provo? I would first hit up the DI because lots of sisters donate their used stuff. I got all my shoes at Ross and TJ Maxx. They have great prices and some solid shoes. I still wear a couple pairs of my missionary shoes. (the ones that survived and weren’t terribly ugly.) Mikarose at University Mall has some cute pieces, but it’s a little more expensive. I do suggest stocking up on some Downeast shade shirts because they are very, very practical. I just had one white one and one black one, but I wished I had more.

      I hope that’s helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions πŸ™‚
      Alena

  • Hey Alena! I love your blog and will probably go looking at more posts after this. I received my mission call about a month ago to California which is totally boring compared to everyone else’s but I am from Canada so at least it with be in a different country and warmer. Thank you for sharing your experiences and advice for the mission. P.S. I report to the Provo MTC on July 15 2015!!!

    • Dear Danielle,

      That is so exciting! What mission in California? I’m thinking about living there for the summer, and that’s on my own free will. California is so amazing and you are going to have a splendid time!

      God speed,
      Lena

  • I LOVE this blog. It’s getting me so excited about my mission, I’m going to Seattle Washington, Spanish speaking. I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited

    • Dear Caitlin,

      Thank you so much! That is super exciting. My brother is in the Washington Kennewick Spanish speaking mission. He absolutely loves it!! You are going to have an amazing time.

      Love,
      Lena

  • this is a great post! I love it. (: I got my call in February and am going to The Peru Lima Central mission. I am sooooooo excited. And I appreciate the grandma dressing inspiration. Haha! Definitely will be something I won’t forget in the next 18 months.

    • Dear Lydia,

      That is so exciting!! This month marks two years since I embarked on my mission and that seems crazy! Time will fly so enjoy it and soak it up! Have fun and thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  • Loved the pictures! Glad to get some ideas on what I’ll want to remember when I get back. I’m headed to the Chile Osorno mission in December! πŸ™‚

  • You. Are. HILARIOUS!!! Thank you so much for this! I have been called to serve to Florida, Fort Lauderdale Spanish Speaking. Sometimes I fear that I won’t be able to be myself on my mission, but you’ve shown me that, that is what Heavenly Father NEEDS us to be. Just ourselves. That’s why He calls us where He does, because who we are is what is needed in that part of the world!!

    • Dear (future) Sister Schmidt,

      Congrats on your call!!! eeeeeep, so exciting!! My best friend just came back from Florida. She talks about it all the time so I feel like I’ve been there.

      YES! Please be yourself. We do not need anymore cookie cutter missionaries. I was stressed about that too, but the moment I let that go was the moment I started to love my mission.

      πŸ™‚

  • COMMENTS (20)

    1. Leanne Schmidt 29th September 2015 at 8:48 pm -

      You. Are. HILARIOUS!!! Thank you so much for this! I have been called to serve to Florida, Fort Lauderdale Spanish Speaking. Sometimes I fear that I won’t be able to be myself on my mission, but you’ve shown me that, that is what Heavenly Father NEEDS us to be. Just ourselves. That’s why He calls us where He does, because who we are is what is needed in that part of the world!!

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 29th September 2015 at 11:01 pm

        Dear (future) Sister Schmidt,

        Congrats on your call!!! eeeeeep, so exciting!! My best friend just came back from Florida. She talks about it all the time so I feel like I’ve been there.

        YES! Please be yourself. We do not need anymore cookie cutter missionaries. I was stressed about that too, but the moment I let that go was the moment I started to love my mission.

        πŸ™‚

        Reply
    2. Christy 15th September 2015 at 12:07 pm -

      Loved the pictures! Glad to get some ideas on what I’ll want to remember when I get back. I’m headed to the Chile Osorno mission in December! πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 22nd September 2015 at 11:35 pm

        Congrats!!!!!! That is so exciting. I have heard wonderful things about that mission πŸ™‚

        Reply
    3. Amelia Johnson 04th June 2015 at 1:31 pm -

      I’m serving in Fukuoka Japan! This blog is so amazing! Thank you for the insight!!

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 09th June 2015 at 7:27 pm

        Thank you! Have fun in Japan, that sounds amazing!!

        Reply
    4. Lydia 02nd May 2015 at 7:00 am -

      this is a great post! I love it. (: I got my call in February and am going to The Peru Lima Central mission. I am sooooooo excited. And I appreciate the grandma dressing inspiration. Haha! Definitely will be something I won’t forget in the next 18 months.

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 03rd May 2015 at 10:59 am

        Dear Lydia,

        That is so exciting!! This month marks two years since I embarked on my mission and that seems crazy! Time will fly so enjoy it and soak it up! Have fun and thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    5. Caitlin Hargis 19th March 2015 at 9:24 pm -

      I LOVE this blog. It’s getting me so excited about my mission, I’m going to Seattle Washington, Spanish speaking. I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 23rd March 2015 at 9:03 am

        Dear Caitlin,

        Thank you so much! That is super exciting. My brother is in the Washington Kennewick Spanish speaking mission. He absolutely loves it!! You are going to have an amazing time.

        Love,
        Lena

        Reply
    6. Danielle 19th March 2015 at 5:19 pm -

      Hey Alena! I love your blog and will probably go looking at more posts after this. I received my mission call about a month ago to California which is totally boring compared to everyone else’s but I am from Canada so at least it with be in a different country and warmer. Thank you for sharing your experiences and advice for the mission. P.S. I report to the Provo MTC on July 15 2015!!!

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 23rd March 2015 at 9:05 am

        Dear Danielle,

        That is so exciting! What mission in California? I’m thinking about living there for the summer, and that’s on my own free will. California is so amazing and you are going to have a splendid time!

        God speed,
        Lena

        Reply
    7. Reilly 12th March 2015 at 4:56 pm -

      I’ve been called to serve in the Czech/Slovak mission! I would love some advice on clothing (especially shoes…I have had no luck finding any so far) and anything else as well! πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 12th March 2015 at 7:09 pm

        Hey Reilly!

        First off, CONGRATS!!!! My grandparents are there right now and my Finish friend Ville has been there for about a year now. I am so jealous that you get to go there. I visited Prague once and fell head over heels for it. You are going to have an absolute amazing time!!

        Second off, we’ve spoken before right? Aren’t you friends with someone in the Berlin mission? I could be mistaken and there could be a handful of Reilly Manners that read my blog.

        Are you looking for clothes in Provo? I would first hit up the DI because lots of sisters donate their used stuff. I got all my shoes at Ross and TJ Maxx. They have great prices and some solid shoes. I still wear a couple pairs of my missionary shoes. (the ones that survived and weren’t terribly ugly.) Mikarose at University Mall has some cute pieces, but it’s a little more expensive. I do suggest stocking up on some Downeast shade shirts because they are very, very practical. I just had one white one and one black one, but I wished I had more.

        I hope that’s helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions πŸ™‚
        Alena

        Reply
    8. Barbara 06th March 2015 at 6:34 pm -

      saw a repost from 2013 on your mission call what caught my attention was your last name. Helzer, I’m a Helzer also, my Dad was a convert , just wondering if there might be a family connection it’s not a commen name my grandparents came from Russia early 1900 , but the family came from Germany with Catherine the Great when she married the Czar would be interested to hear from you

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 08th March 2015 at 3:38 pm

        Wow that’s cool! I’ve actually never met another Helzer, at least one who isn’t my cousin. I thought I’d meet some Helzers in Germany, but I never did. Surely we are somehow related! I believe my Helzers descend from people in Prussia, who also left for Russia. I could be wrong though. So cool to hear from you Barbara!

        Reply
    9. Rebekah 03rd March 2015 at 11:40 pm -

      Hi! I don’t have my call yet (I just started my papers) but I love your blog! Berlin, Germany is probably my dream mission XD I love Germany so much, so I’d love to go there! Thank you for making this wonderful blog. I found it because of the Deseret News article about your video (which I also loved!). I hope you have a great day!

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 04th March 2015 at 9:36 am

        Thank you so much Rebekah! You’ll have to let me know when you get your call. Germany is beautiful, but you will fall in love with wherever you serve. Thanks for reading!
        xoxo,
        Lena

        Reply
    10. Bruna Lima 30th December 2014 at 5:18 pm -

      I love your blog! It help me a lot to prepare myself to my mission. I’m going to serve in Brazil SΓ£o Paulo South in february. I’ve learned a lot with your experience. It’s inspiring and fun. Danke!

      Reply
      • alena@helzer.eu 31st December 2014 at 10:37 am

        Oh that is so exciting! I just had a friend return from that mission. You are going to have a wonderful time!

        Reply

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