Letter Sixty-Three from the Lovely Lady Lena

   Someone once told me that Chemnitz was voted the city that smiles the least in all of Germany. Sister Miller and I are changing that up pretty quickly. This week we taught thelaw of chastity in german sign language. That experience alone is reason for smiling. 

     We also experienced a miracle. Last Sunday two girls came to church and told us that they went to EFY and had such an amazing experience they want to learn more. On Tuesday we had our first lesson with them and found out that they  were not raised religious but really want to find their path to faith. Our first lesson with them was stellar, but we were hesititant about what their parents would say. We held our 2nd lesson at their home and their mother was present. At first it was awkward (I mean there are 2 strange american girls trying to teaching your youngins while eating the cake you just baked) but then we saw a GIANT spider and it broke the ice. So kudos to giant german spiders. (they don’t kill spiders here, so I’m pretty positive they just continue to grow to unusual sizes here.)  She listened quietly the whole time, but at the end she had tons of questions. She too is not religious, but has been searching. We are now teaching their family and the 2 daughters want to get baptized as soon as possible! The 14 year old wanted to set a date herself right then and there. This alone is a reason to smile. 
     We were able to go to the Temple, which was my 6th time on my mission. That was, as always, an amazing experience with cheesecake on top! Seriously though, the member who brought us surprised us with a cheesecake picnic in the hills of Freiberg. 
       And the cherry on top for this week?…..I got to see the Tenneys! They are my mission parents, the senior couple in Dresden who I love to pieces. 
     So as you can see, there are so many reasons to smile! Chemnitz will curl her lips upwards, even if Sister Miller and I have to force her to do so.
 
Love,
Sister Helzer
posted by Splendidly Sar
Freiberg Temple!
Freiberg Temple!

 

The weather was perfect.
The weather was perfect.

 

just preachin the word, pony by pony
just preachin the word, pony by pony

 

the cheesecake picnic. we (as in sister miller and I) had to finish the whole cheesecake. it was like that scene in Matilda with the chocolate cake 'bruce bruce bruce!'
the cheesecake picnic. we (as in sister miller and I) had to finish the whole cheesecake. it was like that scene in Matilda with the chocolate cake ‘bruce bruce bruce!’

 

sister tenney!!
sister tenney!!

 

Smile Chemnitz! We're coming for ya!
Smile Chemnitz! We’re coming for ya!

 

sister miller taking on the role of ... nurse? (we all wore these bib things for our eating appointment)
sister miller taking on the role of … nurse? (we all wore these bib things for our eating appointment)

 

last photo, I promise
last photo, I promise

alenahelzer

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  • This blog has been so helpful! I have been called to serve in this mission so reading this has been amazing! I was wondering what you did about any appliances,like straightener or curling iron, you brought over? I know that the voltage is way different, do you use a voltage converter or did you just buy new appliances? Thanks so much!

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    1. Amanda 15th August 2014 at 10:53 pm -

      This blog has been so helpful! I have been called to serve in this mission so reading this has been amazing! I was wondering what you did about any appliances,like straightener or curling iron, you brought over? I know that the voltage is way different, do you use a voltage converter or did you just buy new appliances? Thanks so much!

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      • alenahelzer 04th November 2014 at 1:41 pm

        I didn’t bring any with me and just inherited them here. Most sister apartments were stocked!

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