And no ones gonna bring me down
And nobody in all of Aus.
No investigator who is or was....
Is ever gonna bring me down.
Bring me dooooooowwwwnnnnnnn ahah haaaaaaaaa!
Audience bursts into applause
Stadplatz in Wels, Austria
I am looking at the end of week four and the start of number five in
this five week transfer. The sand is trickling down but Dorothy still
seemed to manage.
This week, of Sister Gardner. As a missionary in Salzburg.
That place with the musical guys with powdered wigs, historically incorrect singing
nuns, loooooootsssss of tourists, unsurprisingly no snails for
breakfast, and the fortress on the hill.
There are however two
well used umbrellas, many people with eyes glued to the football
(soccer) game, little girls in tutus, a salt mine, buses, lot of buses, a
Very, very German German, original piano musician from France, a proud
to be an American who misses his organ shoes, two wise grandparents, and
then of course the laughs at stupid puns, and wants to carry your
groceries, or change your life, or at least give you a card, Mormon gal.
Maybe she is singing. Who knows.
Salt Mine tour on P-day with the district
This week, was certainly
partly defined by the tausch (exchange) to Wels that I had with sister
Gilmour, and the amazing miracles we experienced there. We went walking
on the street heading to go see if an investigator in a part member
family was home, we stopped and talked with a man named P and had a
wonderful conversation, as a nice bonus, he has an elderly mother living
in Salzburg and he would love if we would go visit her once a week and
make sure she does not feel alone. And then we get invited into the home
of a family that we stopped on the street. We sat on their elaborate
carpeted floor and drank orange juice while he told their story. He was
seemingly insistent that I come with sister Gilmour on Sunday to eat, so
I hope it worked out without me.
Sister Gilmour in Wels
The next day we go to stop by a few members, and less active in the area
of an appointment. We go in, knock on the door, they open the door we explain
who we are and we get about a two second stare and then.
Then we are going
down the stairs and we see a mom trying to get her kid out of the
stroller and take up all her bags. We carry the things up and put them
in her kitchen then she invites us to sit down,we talk for a bit, she
says she thinks she knows our church. We are not sure if it was really
our church but we have a good discussion, and then show her a video...
"I have seen that video before, that is the one my friend showed me."
......Introduce the Book of Mormon,
" I have that, I just have not unpacked it yet from moving from Vienna."
..... Ok. Ok. Ok. Ok
This lady has a friend in Vienna that had already taken her to church and
introduced her to the gospel.
Later we get rejected hard core on a random less active stop by, we help with
a random woman who happens to live exactly across from the people who
rejected us, and then she turns out to have already investigated the
church, and wants to come see the church. But wants her whole family to
be there so that they can see it together...
Glorious Nachos. That is an amazing story.
that tausch was filled with miracles. Plus it was nice to talk to
people about sister Strihavka, considering it is her old ward.
Said the Spider to the fly…( view from a Castle wall)
Dance classes with hyper little girls and them fighting over the different
colored scarves, but sister Gardner keeping her cool. And knowing they
are cute enough anyway. A great part member family home evening, he
likes it when I sing.
A great member coming along to a new convert
and investigator lesson. And a heart to heart with our little lady still
living with her boyfriend.
field White and ready to harvest
Another highlight was being invited to
go help at a workshop at the motzartteum it is a university for the
performing arts in Salzburg. We got to mingle with students and do some
very creative movement, art, sound, and shadow storytelling activities.
It was one of those times where so thing you don't usually think would
be the stereotypical "door to door" missionary work proves to be a very
effective missionary tool. I love when people finally admit that they
know a Mormon, and I am just like. Ha. You do know us. And I know you
are curious. It was a great service project for a member who called in
from Vienna in hopes that we could help. It was so fun.
Mozarteum – University of Performing Arts
I found a
guy two weeks ago who we invited on the way to fHE, he came, and then
came on Saturday for sports, he also happens to be a coach so we got to
play with his ten other friends and two members that came, In the
pouring rain on a muddy field. It was great.
Sunday had a nice
chance for lots of translating, a special musical number in sacrament
meeting, and a talk about Enos in the primary.
Over all, it was a good week.
My thoughts this week link in a lot with the idea.... Just, Do it.
am not talking sports here, but there is something to be said about
this idea. Sometimes it get used to justify recklessness, but in my case
it solidifies and edifices not only missionary work, but also
obedience. Even though it is always an interesting experience every
time I talk to someone on a bus or the street or train, I have to decide
to do it. I have to take that breath before I open my mouth. I have to
do it, when I need to stop doing something, when I should go to bed, or
It is this process of human life of learning to
have self mastery. To be an object that acts not something letting your
environment or others choices effect you. It is deciding daily between
good and evil, just ok, and great. It is prep for new things to come and
future lessons to be learned.
but the thing is, in all this hard
work and decisions, and questions. It is so that we become stronger.
More like our Father in Heaven.
Alma 57:21, 27
I am working on
that and I am still not perfect, but I am getting Better, and I also
take comfort in knowing that my mission success is based upon my
commitment to do the things which the Lord hath commanded... For he
provideth a way.
And I am the Gardner planting the seeds.
my love, and an invitation to start doing soothing today that you
should. Or stop something you should not, strive to be a bit more exact.
I pray for your progress.
You pray for my investigators to progress.... Ok.?
Love, Sister Gardner