Letter Fifty-Six from the Lovely Lady Lena
Worst. Idea. Ever. So here I am, sitting at the Turkish internet cafe, and I had the brilliant idea to listen to church music on LDS.org while I write emails to distract from all the loud people skyping in foreign languages. The song ‘No Regrets’ by Chad Neth came on and I just about broke into tears. (which, as all my companions can agree with, is a rare occurrence. my eyes do not produce water, the mission has broken them.) It is so applicable to my life right now! As I approach the end of my mission, I want to make sure I can look back with no regrets. ‘I wanna look back on this time, and be proud of the person I’ve been. I wanna know the choices I made, won’t leave me wishing I could make them again. I wanna look back on this time, with no regrets. The story that I want to write, is one of strength. Filling each chapter with faith and with laughter, a beautiful life (mission). I won’t forget, I’m a child of the Father. I want to live every day of my life with honor.’ You just have to go listen to this song.
This week’s chapter was filled with tender mercies, starting with Fr.B from Turkeeey. (rhymes!) She has known the church for a while (her husband is a member) but has had little to no interest. A few months ago she called us and told us she never wanted to come in to the church again and had no interest in meeting with us. However, last Monday we stopped by just to see how she was doing. She invited us over again during the week and we really clicked with her child. We thought she for sure was going to attend our musical concert, but was a no-show.
Flash forward to Sunday. I woke up sick as a dog. (we’ll leave it at that, no nasty details, but just know that I was clearly not in shape to go out of the apartment.) I went back to bed and woke up a few hours feeling top-notch! We quickly got ready and made it to church for the last hour, Sacrament meeting. Who was sitting there? None other than Fr.B from Turkeeeey! I translated for her and at the end she leaned over and said ‘I love how the whole message of this church is helping others become better wives and mothers, fathers, and husbands. And I love the Temple sealing idea! When can you come over this week?’ I couldn’t believe my ears! God had sent me such a tender mercy. I am so grateful that I was able to feel better and make it to church. My God is a God of miracles no doubt! He sends us these tender mercies all the time to show us His love. We just need to pay attention to them so that they can ‘fill each chapter of our lives with faith and with laughter.’ #noregrets
On a lighter side of things, as many of you know it is the World Cup. Germany is obsessed with soccer and Berlin is going crazy! The games are played pretty late, but we can hear each time a goal is scored because the neighborhood erupts with shouts and fireworks. Needless to say, it is an exciting time to be in Berlin. I wonder what will happen if Germany wins….hide yo kids, hide yo missionaries.
have a super week! send your prayers this girls way, and I’ll report the miracles next week!
posted by Splendidly Sar