No Good Can Come From Bad

No Good Can Come From Bad

Therefore using this same logic: No Bad can come from Good.

So therefore, every good effort is not wasted because it is putting a little more good into the world that was not there before. Thus increasing the overall fraction of the good inside the world as other forces work hard to bring just as much bad. Basically by adding to this good, I am adding to the confusion because of my clarity. Because the good presents something different than what is the norm and therefore makes people ask themselves why is this random person being nice to me? Why do I feel this good feeling? For the norm of the world would not have you feel that way. Rather a sort of smudgie grey color. But I am really trying to inspire a bit more sunshine a bit more light and color into your life. Putting in good because the bad will get me nowhere nice.

Are you confused yet?

The beginning of this letter acts not only as a true expression of an idea but also a portrayal of what happens when there is not simple teaching with the spirit. In my physical science class, I learned about how a refrigerator works. The air is made cold but actually still produces heat thus adding to the “chaos” in the world. A refrigerator only works if it has the closed off space to create the climate to keep your leftover spaghetti edible. If you leave the door open it does not act as an air conditioner, actually a very ineffective space heater.

This is how I am trying to explain teaching with the spirit. If the door is not closed, meaning if the spirit is not there, I could put all the energy I want into trying to help them understand it, but it will not work, it will not be effective. I have been working on teaching simply, teaching to the needs of the person, and most importantly teaching with the spirit.

SO…..with that image in mind. Think how you can keep your own “refrigerator” effective to the promptings and guidance of the spirit.

Vienna on a Cloudy Day

Vienna on a Cloudy Day

Vienna

Vienna

Hofberg Palace

Hofberg Palace

In other news, let me share a bit of how I have tried to add some good to the world this week.

In Vienna on Wednesday I got talking to a man who wanted to sell me a ticket to an orchestra concert I could not attend. The topic turned to religion and he looked at me with shock when I told him that there was a living prophet today. Then as quickly as he had felt this little twinge of truth, he pushed it away. He looked at me and told me not to lie to myself. I was able to look him in the eyes and say with total confidence that I knew that God has given us a prophet in this day and age to lead and guide us. I could just sense his confusion. I wanted to teach him, but often people are just not quite ready to hear it all. That is when I am glad that I have already been able to find out for myself and raise a warning voice.

St Stephens Cathedral

St Stephens Cathedral

horse statueSo other interesting things: We went out to the little dorf called, Eggendorf and went tried to visit some lost lambs. We left the lambs little papers that will hopefully remind them that their Father in Heaven loves them and that their brother Jesus Christ is always knocking just waiting for us to open the door and let him in…. knock, knock, knocking -open the door and let him in.

We had a great lesson with W. We are just continuing to fast and pray for his progress. He is an amazingly determined man and his wife is a spunky inspiration to me. It is truly a blessing to teach them.

Sister Pratt Gave me all the blue ones because they are my favorite.

Sister Pratt Gave me all the blue ones because they are my favorite.

I was able to meet the J family. The husband will be baptized he just needs to find a job that does not require him to work on Sundays. It is really important to him. He showed up with his wife who is a member and their little baby in full traditional African clothing. They looked like beautiful exotic tropicals in a garden of Austrian wildflowers.

Sister Pratt with Härtigs

Sister Pratt with Härtigs

I was also able to meet with E. E is an Egyptian man who writes poetry to help him cope with what he feels.

We were surprised on Sunday when we had seven investigators at church!! Oh my goodness. 5 of them speak Spanish, so suddenly I am sitting in a Spanish investigator class all in Spanish doing my best to follow along with church vocabulary. I had been trying to learn some Spanish, so if you have any suggestions let me know.

Well, I need to go so that we can catch our train to Vienna because today we are going to tour an OPERA HOUSE. Cue the phantom of the opera overture. I am a little bit….okay, a lot excited..

Opera House backstage tour.  We don't look excited at all.  Ha Ha!

Opera House backstage tour. We don’t look excited at all. Ha Ha!  I almost cried it felt so good to be so near a stage. 

Opera House Backstage

Opera House Backstage Tour in Vienna

Thank you Elder Chilcutt and Call for going with us.

Thank you Elder Chilcutt and Call for going with us.

Sister Gardner on a Sunny day.

Sister Gardner on a Sunny day.

Well. I just want to remind you that gaining a testimony is just an act of remembering what you already knew. It is blessing to know of our heavenly heritage. You are all sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves you…

and guess who else loves you…

Oh, you clever people.

Me.

Love,

Sister Calee Gardner

Going out on a limerick

I would write you a limerick for this weeks post but sadly I see now the qualifications and my time for today’s email makes this task a bit difficult. But I am leaving you with the instructions and I will give you some snappy little number for next week, if you make one for me too? Well, what say ye?

limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.

Have a go my loves.

From the Aquarium last week - " And here we have"

From the Aquarium last week – ” And here we have”

Wiener Neustadt Elders  Elder Call and Elder Chilcutt

Wiener Neustadt Elders Elder Call and Elder Chilcutt

Which Stop to take.

Which Stop to take.

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