Small and Simple Moments

Lost in the Oberwald

Transfer calls that time came on New Year's Eve.  I had been serving in Hanau for several months and was reassigned to Karlsruhe as senior companion.  My new junior companion, Schwester M, was already serving there.  In Karlsruhe, the sisters were on bikes when the weather allowed and on Buses and Bahns (streetcars) when necessary.  The bikes assigned to our apartment had been donated by members.  They were classics.  With large baskets.  Schwester M and I decided to name them.  In the German version of the hymn "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel," instead of singing "push along," the Germans...

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Baking Banana Bread

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Baking Banana Bread

The smell of banana bread baking -- oooh!  I love it!  We're getting ready for Christmas, and banana bread mini loaves with chocolate chips is one of my favorite gifts to give neighbors and friends.  The smell always makes me feel nostalgic.  I didn't do a lot of baking on my mission, and I missed it.  One morning while I was serving in Karlsruhe, a member invited us to brunch with her good friend and neighbor.  As she was a particular sweetheart, and member referrals were rather rare for us, we were pretty excited.  We had a wonderful visit with them...

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Serving in Paradise--Papeete, Tahiti

Serving in Paradise--Papeete, Tahiti

The following story is from my sister-in-law: Dear Sister, I was a missionary in the Cook Islands District of the Papeete, Tahiti Mission in 1979-1980.  I felt I was sent to Paradise--sunny, warm days; sunny, warm people.  Just perfect!  Most days were fabulous - but as with the monsoon season, the "monsoon effect" sometimes dampened our spirits.  My companion and I were most always happy and cheerful, but on the hard, challenging days, we could have used a "lift-me-up" to remind us of the positive, happy things.  It would have been nice to have a little pocket journal on hand...

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Little Phillip

Phillip was the 3-year-old son of one of our investigators.  One Sunday, as we were arriving for church, we were so happy to see that they were too.  Phillip ran up and grabbed my hand as we walked in the building.  His sweet gesture melted my heart. By his simple gesture I felt that my Father in Heaven knew me and knew exactly how to help me feel His love and awareness of me.

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Bro and Sis C in Erlensee at 10:15 pm

Bro and Sis C in Erlensee  at 10:15 pm

Sister W and I received a referral from Temple Square - the only one I had received my whole mission - so we were pretty excited. We had a name and address, but no phone number. The referred family lived in a small village outside of town. We had never been out there and didn't know what the travel time would be. We had to take the strassenbahn to the bus station, then transfer to an out of town bus to get there.  Once we arrived in Erlensee, we had to walk several blocks from the bus stop to get to their house. No...

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