Letter Thirty-Six from the Lovely Lady Lena

To the window, to the wall! Guys, the movie Proposal just popped in my head and now I can’t get that scene out of my mind. Want to know why that movie came to my head? Because I log onto emails and find out that everyone and their dogs are engaged!! Whhhhhhhhhhy world, whhhhhhhhy?! Naja, it’s okay because I am out in Germany serving the Lord and having a blast. This week especially, was quite and adventure.

     We went to Berlin and had a giant mission conference about family history work with missionary work. It was a serious eye opener! I often think of those 2 things separate, but really they go hand in hand. We learned how we can use family history with our investigators and we put that knowledge to the test with Frau G this week. We taught the great Plan of Salvation with family history. She told us that she now believes that she will see her husband again AND that next week she wants help with starting her family history. So precious. I realized that I need to do a better job with my family history. I have wonderful grandparents who have taken care to make sure that my family tree is complete all the way to Caesar’s time (that’s right, I am a descendant of Caesar, and so are you probably!) but I haven’t spent time really using that knowledge to my advantage (other than saying on first dates that I am a descendant of Caesar in hopes that the cute fella will find that some how appealing…) Anyways, this is just turning into a long rant. What I wanted to say is that I learned a lot in Berlin and have a greater appreciation for family history.
      Now here comes the adventure part. On the way home from Berlin, one of our trains decided to just not show up, so we loaded into a unofficial looking bus and took the longest ride ever to some tiny German town where a different train came. I swear we drove through the Area 49 of Germany. It was a sketchy bus ride, smelled like Turkish food and I was running on 2 hours of sleep. By the time we made it to Leipzig (our half way point) we had missed our other connecting trains and wouldn’t get back to Schwarzenberg until 5 in the morning. We decided to overnight in Leipzig (the city where Bach lived and died and ruled the music world!) The next morning we woke up, and went home in the same nasty clothes we wore for 2 days. Needless to say, nobody dared sitting by us and our stench, and we were able to enjoy some shut eye.
     In other news, I rediscovered Silly Bands (mail me some in your letters and I will love you till the 2nd coming!) and Walkie Talkies! I also got stickers for the upcoming Olympics (biggest fan EVER right here) and vowed never again to eat 2 Milka chocolate bars in one day.
     I love y’all so much! (Tennessee influence taking it’s toll!)
-Sister Helzer
It was Mexican Week in the HansenHelzerWorldTour and we actually found a place to eat mexican food! (which is super rare in germany, just throwing that out there so that you realize this was a miracle.)
It was Mexican Week in the Hansen Helzer World Tour and we actually found a place to eat Mexican food! (which is super rare in Germany, just throwing that out there so that you realize this was a miracle.)

 

My brother compared to a kid in the ward. TWINS i tell ya, TWINS!
My brother compared to a kid in the ward. TWINS i tell ya, TWINS!

 

My first night sleeping over I slept on this couch. And by slept I mean paced around the room, wrote a song, and looked at pictures. I could not sleep that night and ran off of 2 hours of sleep the next day. For those of you that don't know me, Sister Helzer needs sleep! 2 hours = one crazy sister missionary
My first night sleeping over I slept on this couch. And by slept I mean paced around the room, wrote a song, and looked at pictures. I could not sleep that night and ran off of 2 hours of sleep the next day. For those of you that don’t know me, Sister Helzer needs sleep! 2 hours = one crazy sister missionary

 

On a lighter note, I got to stay with my dear Sister A from Dresden!!
On a lighter note, I got to stay with my dear Sister A from Dresden!!

 

After a looooong journey home, we finally landed (do you say that with train travel?!) in Leipzig and were able to grab some grub at an Asian place. In my tiredness, I ordered the wrong thing and ended up with this measly amount of food.
After a looooong journey home, we finally landed (do you say that with train travel?!) in Leipzig and were able to grab some grub at an Asian place. In my tiredness, I ordered the wrong thing and ended up with this measly amount of food.

 

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The next night we crashed in Leipzig on the ground of the study room.
The next night we crashed in Leipzig on the ground of the study room.

 

These sisters were so kind to make us pancakes in the morning!
These sisters were so kind to make us pancakes in the morning!

 

And so the story ends with me catching up on sleep on the train, hat style!
And so the story ends with me catching up on sleep on the train, hat style!

 

A photo of us doing emails...eating cake?! Yea, the adorable ladies brought us cake to fatten us up.
A photo of us doing emails…eating cake?! Yea, the adorable ladies brought us cake to fatten us up.

 

At first we use the light to do our daily planning, but then to close the night we have a hand puppet show!
At first we use the light to do our daily planning, but then to close the night we have a hand puppet show!

 

If anyone would like to print off instructions for me to make cool shadow puppets, I would love them forever!
If anyone would like to print off instructions for me to make cool shadow puppets, I would love them forever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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