One of Mama Helzer’s favorite sayings is ‘it’s not a meal without a spill’. This simple phrase became a slogan for any fancy dinner at the Helzer Home. No matter how much we attempt to prevent, at some point during the dinner something would get knocked over and spill out. Instead of getting upset, Mama Helzer ,in her wisdom, would simply make the aforementioned remark. This saying has morphed into the motto of my mission in some ways. No matter how much planning, preparing, and preventing a do, it simply is not a meal without a spill. (example: do you remember Anja and Kristin’s baptism with the ice-cold water?)
This week we needed to go to Berlin for a leadership training meeting. Because we live so far away, we needed to leave our apartment at 6 in the morning to catch our 6.33 train. The night before I set the alarm clock for 5 am and checked it thrice to be sure. (please note my use of fancy english words. I am trying to integrate myself back into the mother language.) We went to bed and woke up at 6:15! The alarm didn’t go off and our train was scheduled to leave in 18 minutes. We frantically called the elders, a taxi, the neighboring pizza place, we didn’t know what to do! We quickly realized we would miss our train and started getting ready to catch the next one. Not a meal without a spill.
Sometimes we need to realize that a situation is just out of our control. Dwelling in the past with thoughts that begin with ‘oh if we/she/you/I had only done this, then….’ does not fix the situation. The sooner we learn to learn from not live in the past, the sooner we can continue on enjoying our lovely dinner. I’m so grateful for Mama Helzer’s positive outlook on life, because life is simply GRAND.
This week was a miraculous one. On Sunday night a member rang our doorbell with a referral for us. He said it was a family from Slovakia who might be interested in the gospel. We didn’t know any more than that, so imagine our surprise when we showed up to a house filled with people wanting to hear our message. There was at least 15 people sitting on couches listening quietly to our unique message. They were so excited when we brought them the Book of Mormon in Slovakian. One man began reading from 2 Nephi 31 and jumped up to start preaching to us about how he has never understood the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as when reading this book. He said he knew the book was true, and he kept thanking us for it. We are so excited about this opportunity to teach this giant slovakian family. I am not understating it when I say this is one of the most wonderful teaching experiences I have had on my mission.
I am so grateful that I get a bonus week this transfer. That means one more week to teach this family, one more week to snack onrittersports during my studies, one more week to talk with strangers whenever and wherever, and one more week to get lost in the work of the Lord. I’m sure this last week is bound to be amazing, but let us not forget,it’s not a meal without a spill. 🙂
p.s. I listened to David Archuleta’s Glorious on repeat the whole time I wrote emails. #cantwaittoseethismovie #seriouslythissongissogreat #herecomethewaterworks #davidmarryme