We had a Baptism this week!

Brooke Smith Today at 6:08 AM
Brooke’s Trainer that she ADORES is going home, her mission is over so this was a bitter-sweet week for her! She loves Sister Harman she has been so amazing in teaching Brooke to be the best missionary she can be!
From Brooke:
This week was truly amazing. It is sad, as it is Sister Harman’s last week, but still amazing. Natalie got baptized! We found her our first week here, she came to church herself, and taught her all the lessons. She is amazing! The Lord really led us through everything I can not take any credit for the incredible progress she made. The baptism itself was super cool. Her family came, even though they were nervous about her decision to be baptised into our church, and they all matched. IT was a cute symbol of how this decision would unite them as a family instead of come between them. YAY
We also had a non-member dad from a part member family who refused to ever come to church bring the whole family to the baptism and all of church the next day. He even loved church and commented with teachers about things and the whole ward was able to help teach him what he wanted to know. He was SUPER excited to learn about eternal families because his family is everything to him.
That was such a miracle. The wife, who is one of the strongest women I know, was so shocked and excited. It was a SUPER sweet moment. Then, he stayed for the potluck afterward and helped us clean up. They are such a cool family.
It was really a testiment to me this week to see how a ward can come together to support one another and to see how the gospel really brings families together!
We also celebrated our ward mission leader’s birthday this week by surprising him (with his wife of course) with 47 doughnuts at 8 am at his house. He was super happy and it was hilarious ordering that many doughnuts. The elders helped us loads this week! they are awesome!
We also got our transfer calls and I am staying with Sister Packer and she is going to die (go home) next transfer. It will be great to do work with her. She’s a lovely girl! We also got to meet with Tina, a wife of a member, and teach her the restoration this week. She is super cool! She loves us and her husband helps her to read and pray daily. She is starting to really feel the spirit and realize that God is there for her. It is incredible to trust in God and see what he can do for those who are in His hands. Sebastian is going through a hard time at home, but we are showing him how the gospel can help him and praying for him every day!
Funny random story:
One night we were coming home and all of the sudden the wind picked up and the rain started pouring and we could see how havy the whirlwind was ahead of us. We knew we had to walk through it and would be SOAKED, but we did what we had to do, trusting that all would be okay and deciding to laugh and make it fun instead of miserable. So, we ran through together and laughed SO hard and were all Soaked through to our skin by the end. Still, we made it home safely and had a great time going through what might have looked like torture.

Life is so. We decide to make the best of the situation ahead, trust in God, and charge through it. We can pray for help when it gets hard and make wise decisions to avoid unnecessary mistakes or trials, but if we forge ahead, always trusting in the path ahead, we will find happiness. Love the life you live and live it in gratitude! No one told me I could see a baptism white washing an area with no investigators in Germany, except the Lord (okay and some great people here in the mission). Beleive in yourself and trust that He will help you. He has showed me that I can help Him work miracles!

Love you all and hope you can make this week a great one!
Sister Smith

Fall is Beautiful here!

Fall is Beautiful here!

Sister Packer and I with Natalie and her mom

Sister Packer and I with Natalie and her mom

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Sister Harman and I with Natalie

Natalie Got Baptized!

Natalie Got Baptized!

Sister Harman and CHOCOLATE!

Sister Harman and CHOCOLATE!

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WE got SOOOO wet coming home tonight!

WE got SOOOO wet coming home tonight!

Wet but happy and loving life!

Wet but happy and loving life!

Beautiful Sister Packer

Beautiful Sister Packer

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Happiness is a choice! (out of order cause mom didn’t post this right last week!)

The Fall is so beautiful here!

The Fall is so beautiful here!

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Here’s something I have learned this week: happiness is a choice. People tell me that it is hard to serve a mission in Germany. False. People tell me that it is si depressing and hard to white wash. False. People say it is SO hard to work in a dritt. False. I am very happy. Everytime I even start to feel sad or anything I am reminded of why I am here and reminded of the great feeling I have that I am exactly where I am meant to be with the people I am meant to be with doing exactly what I am meant to do! I love it and I know that being happy is a choice. We can ask the Lord for help and truly give an effort to be happy and I promise we can then be happy. Living the gospel enables us to have a thick layer of happiness amidst all our trials. Even when times get tough, we have this light that shines through in our lives and enables us to be happy dispite our circumstances. We have truth, we have hope, we have everlasting love and it comes from Christ. He helps us reach our full potentials in life, simply BE happy and love life. I am so fortunate to be a missionary. It is the best life training a person could ask for!

Also, General conferece was amazing. I really learned the importance of looking inward and focusing on righteous priorities. I encourage everyone to check it out and see what our church is all about. There is one address in particular that talks about why we love sharing our message so much, by David A Bednar. Check it out!

This week, we worked with lots of less actives and a lot of them came to church! We baked a load of Brezels (german pretzels) and Weiß Wurst (Bavarian Sausages) for YSAs from BYUI. We are talking like 100 plus pretzels and 70 sausages. It was so much fun and really a miracle that we were able to work with our missionaries and get it all done on time! Also, they were delicious. We met with Sebastian a ton this week and he is making great progress. He is such a cool kid! Natalie will be preparing for baptism and had a great time at all 3 hours of church.

Fall is beauiful, wunderschön, and I am so happy I get to experience it! It is not too cold yet and the leaves are falling in ALL the colors! We also got to play soccer this week with tons of members, missionaries and Sebastian. WE are meeting tons of cool people every day, serving others and of course serving God! I love my companions so much! I challenge you all to be happy. You can do it, no matter what!

Best,
Sister Smith

Great times in Munchen, Germany. I love my mission!

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My two AWESOME companions, Sister Harman and Sister Packer. I LOVE them!

Making pretzels for the Activity!

Making pretzels for the Activity!

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My apartment and beautiful view off our balcony

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The lovely Sister Harman in front of our apartment

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Reunited with my MTC companion Sister Angeloudis. I Was so excited to see her! She’s awesome!

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Our lunch on the go! Always work to be done!


This week was truly beautiful. This week we had a tausch, Sister Motto came to München 3, we went to a funeral, and we met a Polish guy on a U-Bahn who came to church! Last Monday we just hung out and then taught Johanna, a less active, who made us a traditional Equadiorian (no idea how you would say that) dish. It was a ”tortilla” whis is really just an egg mixture with tuna, a special kind of bean and rice, onions and cheese. It sounds strange but it was SO GOOD. This poor woman is so tired. She just had a baby, is desperately searching for another apartment and works ALL the time. We are trying to help her, but she is so independent, that she denies our help. We brought her American chocolate chip cookies and she loved them.
Tuesday, we had district meeting and our weekly burritos. The guy who sells the burritos is called Levi and he is going back to Hawaii in two weeks. He is way cool. He used to be a bike tourguide so he wanted to take us on a tour but we have no time! We also got to meet with a less active member named Heidi whose husband does not allow her to go to church. She is really torn up about it, but is committed to her family, so will not split them up. It is so sad to see restrictions like that. It just makes clear to me how important marriage is and how huge of a decision it is. We will teach her and her children short lessons every once in a while so that they can still learn her religion while not upsetting the father. It is really sad!
Natalie had her baptismal interview this week. President Kohler conducted the interview and was super excited for her. He said she was the most prepared investigator for baptism he’d seen in a long time. It was super cool to have the affirmation that she is ready to make a covenent with God. Natalie is super excited to be baptised. She has told her family about it and emailed the ward. Our ward is making food for her and our bishop is way excited! It will be a wonderful event.

We didn’t get to teach Sebastian this week because his phone was broken! He has been going through a really rough time. He quit his internship, which was paid, because the circumstances were really rough and he was sad because things seemed to not be going so well for him. Still, he showed up for church and we were able to talk to him and set up another time to teach him this week. He is super cool! He sang in our ward choir for practice this week! He is obsessed with Starbucks and has bought us frappuccinos twice from there (double chocolate chip kind!) haha

Then we met a really cool Polish guy on a bahn this week. We asked him what kind of music he was listening to and he responded in Enlgish, so we talked and he asked what kind of church we were in so we told him about it and when it was. He asked if we sang at church and we said yeah. Then he left… and actually came to the whole of church the next day! His name is Roman and he is way cool.

Our tausch was also very cool. We started it off by going to the funeral of an 11-year old boy named Simon Auras. He was a twin and died suddenly of a heart problem they did not know he had. It was absolutely tragic. The family was sad to see him depart from this life, but happy because the sure knowledge they have that they will be reunited again someday. The father and brother gave talks and said the whole time how they knew the whole family would be reunited again. He was the happiest, sportiest, coolest little kid and he has a twin. Now he is in heaven just waiting to see them again. They know he is happy and so they are able to move forward, keeping him in their hearts, in happiness. It is such a testiment to me that familes really can be eternal! Then, we tausched and an S bahn strike started, throughout the whole of Germany, so we were really creative with how we got home ( I was taking over the area and got us home realtively quickly) and we taught a guy named Arfang who was really hard to understand and who may or may not have understood us. He speaks french and spanish and a tiny bit of english. He is african. He is really interseted in reading the Book of Mormon. The next day we taught Angie! She is a new convert who is super smart and asks super deep questions. then we went way out to the middle of nowhere to visit a less active member. It was a super beautiful farm that we visited and the family was super nice. We asked a guy for directions and he spoke a crazy dialect that we did not understand (not even the other girls!) but we found it anyways because we were led by the spirit (no map)

Then we tausched back (tausch means exchange). Sister Harman also had a great time, but we missed her! It is fun to learn and grow from other missionaries! On Sunday, our bishop announced the baptism and we got to talk to all the cool members and sing in the choir! Then we made food and had it with JAEs and a new member! I love our ward.

Anyways, that is everything this week (I went into story mode lol)
Love and miss you all!
SS
p.s. the weather here is actually still great it’s sunny right now
best mission in the worldp.p.s. Also, this week we met with Elena’s family (the part member family whos dad doesnt want the kids to be baptised) and the father had been reading the scriptures and praying every day. Their son was beign a typical teenage boy this Sudnay and did not want to go to church and the father talked him into it. He said you will go to church- either you and I go to an orthodox church with no kid classes and no one you know and no help, or you go with your mom to the church you love. It was simply a miracle! Elena almost cried telling the story. The Lord is working miracles in this beautiful family. I love them so much!!

New Companion Joined us and great things continue to happen!

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My companions Sister Harman and Sister Packer

Going to play soccer with the ward and this is our investigator 'Sebastian'

Going to play soccer with the ward and this is our investigator ‘Sebastian’

This week was a little crazy, but it was also, of course, good. We got a new companion- Sister Packer! She is President Packer’s granddaughter, she’s from Utah and she is a really hard worker. She served here when she first started her mission. We are all adjusting to the three companion lifestyle well and getting loads of work done.

This week, all went really well. We were able to meet with a new less active family. They own an Italian restaurant and after we taught the sweet family, a brand new baby a young boy and the parents, we enjoyed a delicious Italian meal of pasta with shrimp. It was seriously SO GOOD. They were the big shrimps, eyes and all. In addition, we taught Sebastian and Natalie. They are both doing super well and Natalie is planning on getting baptised on the 18th. We are so excited to help her acheive this goal of hers.

Both came to General Conference this weekend. We got to watch the womens conference, then Saturday morning live on Saturday night then Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning live on Sunday night. We have not yet watched the Sunday night sessions. It was seriously amazing. We all received so much wisdom and peace from these talks!

Oktoberfest is finally over, and the city is calming down. It was fun while it was here.. but I am glad it is gone. lol We are doing well here! We also got to have the Passau sisters over for conference so it was 5 sisters for 2 days! FUN but CRAZY! I love those sisters!

Best,
Sister Smith

Oktoberfest continues….so does the marvelous work! I love being a missionary!

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Hallo!

This week has been crazy and great, like every week on a mission! I got to do loads of service yesterday, helping the institute and seminary classes here kick off. We washed dishes for a LONG time and then cooked loads of pasta. The kids really seemed to enjoy it and the people in charge were SUPER grateful. Our mission president saw us at the end of his church service and said great job and then he came back and we were still working, washing more dishes. They were impressed by our work and found it funny that we were in the same position as the last time they saw us- lol- I love to serve!

We got to meet an amazing new convert this week, Ada, who used to be a supermodel here in Europe and is now an amazing cook! She has a cookbook and she made us lasagna with a kick of spiciness and it was SO DELICIOUS. She is super funny, smart and cool! We are so lucky that we get to teach the coolest people here in good, old Deutschland 🙂

We got to share a great message this week of how the gospel is here to bring families together and how what we share is meant only to strengthen familes. We taught another new convert and her family about it, and they are a super strong family!

Then, we got to go to our investigator, Natalie, the young woman’s, birthday party and meet her family. They are of another faith and were worried about how she might distance herself from her family when she is baptised. We were able to share with their family that no matter what faith, political view, or even decisions our family chooses, we are still family and family comes first. It is simply that when we are able to connect family and faith that we are strengthened. This does not excuse or encourage poor decisions, but it simply means that the bond of family that is centered on love does not falter as one member of a family strengthens their faith. Families can be forever, they can be strong, they can be eternally happy. This is our message.

We also got to teach Sebastian, the teenager, and he is super great and is making stellar progress in the gospel!

Another part of our work is teaching less actives. We met with one less active this week named Barbara, who works for Conde Nast(the company that Vogue and Glamour belong to and fashion magazines ect.) and is a beautiful woman! She has one adorable daughter and we were able to teach them about general conference and what it offers for us while assembling Frozen puzzles. I swear that film has taken over the world. They came to church and had a great time!! Their family was really able to feel the love from the ward, us and more importantly, from God.

Oktoberfest is still raging on here in the city, we can only tell becuase of the way crowded U-Bahns and the distant music when we are at church, but Munich does a very good job of keeping the city safe.

Being a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints is such a blessing! I LOVE being a missionary and sharing the gospel with the amazing people here in munchen! My companions is awesome, I love her too! I am blessed beyond words!

There is an awesome mormon message out this past week about the good you do, and especially about mothers. We watched this video in releif society this week and it touched everyone. Everyone should watch it! It’s just like a warm hug to put a smile on your face as you all carry on, strong women and men, and do all the good that you do in a typical day, the good that (even if you don’t realize it) has a great effect on the world!

Click here to watch the Video!!

Sister Smith

The Beginning of Oktoberfest 2014 in Munchen, Germany (9/15/14)

This week was just amazing. We got to teach 10 lessons this week. We even taught 5 of those 10 in one day! Life is just crazy. Our investigators are doing super well. They are making progress in their understanding of the gospel and they always know where to turn when they are given something challenging, sad or just hard in their lives. We are counting down days to one baptism and we are so excited for her! She came to us in a time of trouble in her life and she has been turning to God for help. He has worked wonders in her life. She is stronger each day! It is so rewarding to watch her grow.

On another note, we met 2 seperate groups of people from….
YORBA LINDA this week! One woman had gone to Esperanza in the 1980s and knew some of the teachers who were there when I went there! It was madness! The other people watched the parade with us and knew the Dalton family. They said they knew Justin and they took a picture of me lol hopefully they will know who I am.. if not you should tell them lol

Being a missionary is crazy. There are no coincidences, only miracles!

This week has also been crazy in that the worldwide Oktoberfest has begun. There are rides and beer ”tents” they are really more like large buildings and so much food. We get to go eat there after this and are pretty excited about that LOL. There are a lot of drunk people, and that makes it take a while to get from place to place sometimes, but in all actuality it is super safe. It feels good to be a missionary in the middle all of this!

This Sunday we had one hour of church only and it was combined with the first ward. The parade started as the last speaker got up, so he decided to make it quick and then we all ran out to watch the parade together and it was so much fun! You will see in the pictures, but it was super cool!

We also got to work with a lot of less actives this past week and they all have pretty awesome stories, testimonies and families. I just love being a missionary. Helping people is the best.

Speaking of helping, this week we got to do service in a Refugee home. Refugees from all over come here for shelter and asylum. We had the job of giving them their allowed shoes, toiletries and kids got donated toys. We were able to give out a lot of things to these poor people and it was sometimes sad to give a huge family a way smaller amount of body wash or shampoo (one or the other) than I even use in a week, but I am just grateful we are able to help in some way.
Sister Harman is still awesome.

We are really happy to be here!

Love,
Sister Smith

PICTURES FROM THE OKTOBERFEST PARADE:

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