Letter Twenty from the Lovely Lady Lena

Transfer 3. Complete. Calls came and Sister Hansen and I are staying in Schwarzenberg to continue to open up the city. No surprises there! I am super happy about that because I have fallen in love. No, not a lock your heart problem. I have fallen in the love with the old people of Schwarzenberg. Let’s talk about a few of them shall we?

     Evelyn. She is an old lady at the the Old Folks home that we volunteer at. This week we were showing her pictures of our family and friends. Apprently, she thought the pictures were for her but didn’t have any pockets to place them in. No problem for Evelyn! She just unzipped her pants and stuck the pictures between her pants and her bloomers and then zipped her pants up again. Sister Hansen was trying to explain that the pictures weren’t for keeps and I was trying not to die of laughter. I now understand the term ROTFL. Or is it just ROFL? Help a sister out.
     Dita. Also at the old folks home. We wanted to sing some hymns with her and started with Nearer My God to Thee. Dita jumped in and started singing with us! At first we thought she was just looking at our hymn books but then we realize she was blind and had all these songs memorized. Wow. For those of you that know me, you know how bad I am with lyrics! I can NEVER remember the right ones. Yet somehow, Dita remembers church songs from years ago. Oh that touched my wee bit heart!
     Sch.L. She is an adorable member who loves to fatten us up with bakery goods. We went over to her house because she wanted to show us her ‘Preach my Gospel’ from the 60s. It was so cool to see how missionary work was done during DDR time. It is simply a miracle that the Lord was able to open up East Germany to missionaries. That is a testimony to me about how important this work is!
     Frau G. She is our investigator that came to conference and was touched by President Uchtdorfs talk. We met with her on Tuesday and she gave me a late birthday gift! Can she be any sweeter? Then she offered to teach us how to cook the world’s best food. My future husband better like potatoes because that is her speciality and soon to be mine as well! The first time we met with her she said she would never join our church. The second time we met with her she said she was deciding between our church and hers. That is the power of General Conference!
     Those are just some of the sweet little old ladies that have touched my heart here in Schwarzenberg! They have also touched my stomach and given me a lot of food. I pray that I don’t get too fat here. Skirts. getting. tighter. Can’t…breath.
     Until next week,
Sister Helzer!
P.s. Want to hear the best German mistake I made this week? I told someone to ‘Resurrect Yourself’ instead of ‘Stand Up.’ Whoopsies.
boba drinks
boba drinks
and fall scenes
and fall scenes
Look what I can do Ma!
Look what I can do Ma!
these cows (kuh) were following us for a sermon on the mount.
these cows (kuh) were following us for a sermon on the mount.
i 'kuh's you!
i ‘kuh’s you!
Wild horses
Wild horses
and wild missionaries
and wild missionaries
The old German Preach My Gospel. back in DDR time.
The old German Preach My Gospel. back in DDR time.
These hooligans took our cameras and snapped some silly photos during our mission class.
These hooligans took our cameras and snapped some silly photos during our mission class.
breathless.
breathless.

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