Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead

“Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead. Don’t try to think what move might be the best use the heart that beats within your chest never rest don’t quit while your a head just press your blessed luck instead”.

I think I like this one so much for missionary work. You just keep trying, and working and loving, never giving up or settling for just all right. Because through God’s plan we become the excellent form of ourselves.

Sister Gardner and Sister Pratt in Vienna

Sister Gardner and Sister Pratt in Vienna

This week held the biggest roller coaster of feelings. Suddenly meeting a woman who is so prepared for the gospel that you feel like you are on a hidden camera show to suddenly being faced with a classroom filled with thirty five people waiting for you to teach them how to speak German, to laughing so hard in a pizza shop in Vienna and then feeling so low as Satan tried to drag me down to a discouraged place you have not been in for years. What a week.

Whenever Satan tries to bring you down he also creates a bigger problem for himself because it only creates more motivation for us to hold on. A bigger difference between what is light and the darkness that tries to grasp us from his efforts of distraction and destruction. That is the mindset you have to cling to. I know that I was able to receive direction, guidance and peace from words of scriptures and from my companion’s words of blessings and the feelings I got when I knelt imploring my God for strength to face the trials and feelings at the moment.

Flower Market on the Hauptlatz outside our door.

Flower Market on the Hauptlatz outside our door.

What better way to greet the outside world each morning.

What better way to greet the outside world each morning.

We met with T Thursday of last week and today she has a baptismal date, and her son and her husband will follow them too. I cannot even explain how much faith this woman has. She says that normally she does not listen to people like this she tells them to go away or that she is busy but she explained to us today that she feels like she has known us for years and years. She said that she was able to let go of all of her stress and worry for that brief time during church.

The Wiener Neustadt District Elder Chilcutt, Elder Call, Sister Pratt and Sister GArdner

The Wiener Neustadt District – Elder Chilcutt, Elder Call, Sister Pratt and Sister Gardner in Vienna.

W is praying this week to ask God if the Book of Mormon is true, if the true prophet today is the prophet Thomas S. Monson, and if the church was truly restored. It was interesting to hear that he had never truly asked. He knows it is true because of the examples of people he has seen, because of the feeling he feels and his own faith grown through the faith of his wife. I am so glad we get the opportunity to help him really discover for himself. What joy.

In other news I have been to Vienna everyday this week including Sunday. We had interviews and training and district meeting. It has been very busy. But it is so good to come all together and be supported by all of our work. Also, not bad singing all together really loudly.

Ok, does

Ok, does “Spidey” live here undercover or just a true fan. Either way it is a great gate.

I need to close this up, but I want to do something a bit different, I want to invite you to share with me or at least think about how you deal with times you are feeling the pressure of the world. How do you stay strong? How do you try to stay strong? Then I want you to write it all down so that the next time you find yourself feeling gray or blue or an unhealthy shade of red you can pull this out and try to remember that you are just living this test and that tomorrow can be brighter and that you are a son or daughter of a king.

All my love,
Sister Gardner

(Mom’s Note- They went the the Hous Der Meers” for P-day last week roughly translated to House the Ocean-She said “It is a huge world war watch tower that has been turned into a 10 story aquarium with all kinds of fish and frogs and sharks and jellyfish and sea turtles and leaf cutter ants and sting rays and a pretty koi fish pond. There is also a whole half that has monkeys and bird with rope bridges going through the sanctuary so it is like you are in the jungle. It was beautiful”)

Haus Der Meers- Giant Aquarium in Vienna

Haus Der Meers- Giant Aquarium in Vienna

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Underwater Investigators

Underwater Investigators

Little Fishies

Little Fishies

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