10 Photos That Describe A LDS Mission | Part One
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.
2. 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. 3. 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. Oh and for those of you who asked, I lost all my mission weight by playing Just Dance. I have She Wolf memorized.
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.
5. Alright, so you’ve done your morning exercise, studied, planned, and bundled up. Now it’s time to go outside and 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!
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.
p.s. if you have a mission call, comment below where in the world you are going!