Letter Sixty-One from the Lovely Lady Lena
Real estate agent. Travel agent. Therapist. Sport professional. Mover. Masseuse. Baker. Translator. And of course, Mormon Missionary. These are all the roles I played this week, one of the most eventful weeks of my mission. There is no way that I could even relay to you how coo coo chachoo crazy this week was, but if we ever meet in person just ask ‘Sister Helzer, what happened your last week in Berlin?’ and then we can grab some frozen yogurt and I will tell you the tale of tales.
Last week in Berlin. Did you catch that? That’s right, transfer calls came and I am heading to….drum roll please… CHEMNITZ! (my father is rolling in the grave he made for himself right now. I know how bad he wanted me to make it west, but sorry folks, I love East Germany.) That name may sound familiar to you, and I’ll tell you why. I have practically already served in Chemnitz! Schwarzenberg (the city I opened and enjoyed for 7 months) is right next to it. Dresden (my first city) is also just around the corner. Pretty much, I’m going back home to Saxony and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I will also have the opportunity to go on exchanges with Schwarzenberg!! (and Halle, Leipzig, Zwickau.)
Transfers are so strange because you are absolutely thrilled for a new journey, but it’s also heart wrenching to leave all the wonderful people here. It’s like the love of your life just broke your heart but Ryan Gosling asked you out for next Friday. It’s an indescribable feeling really.
Needless to say, today has been a hectic day. We started off by playing soccer in the pouring rain with all the Berlin missionaries, and then we ran to pick up Sister Hansen and take her to the office, and play babysitter for all the single sisters going home. And now I am sitting in a Turkish internet store writing the fastest email I have ever sent so that we can manage to find time to say bye to people, pack, and well, enjoy Berlin.
I REALLLLLLLLY wish I could give you more details concerning this hectic week, but I can share with you a funny story. During weekly district meeting, we all wrote questions on paper and put them in a bowl and then our District leader read them out loud and we had a little secret council. The questions were supposed to be missionary related things like ‘what are some great scriptures about the family’ or ‘how do I find joy in finding?’ but someone wrote ‘Does anyone have a good enchilada recipe?’ (cough cough…could’ve been me…) and an elder raised his hand shyly and said ‘I do.’ and began to pull out his notebook that just happened to have the recipe. I about died!
I pray that everyone has a enchilada filled week! I ask that everyone sends me their favorite food and how it relates to the gospel. (I made that big because I mean it.) Next week I will tell you how my enchilada question WAS mission related.
Stay tuned. Stay classy.
p.s. dear finisher group, I miss you already!
posted by Splendidly Sar