Better than grumbling about the weather

People not living in north Switzerland might have troubles understanding this situation 😛 The weather in the last couple of weeks is really messed up. Weather forecasts telling you that there is rain all week and a day can be like: raining cats and dogs in the morning, at lunch it is sunny and too warm to wear a jacket, in the evening it rains again…

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Today I decided to find another geocache that is near our living place. Geocaching is the most popular puzzle game in nature, I started with this some years ago (sorry I still wrote in German back then). Looking at the description, I thought that should be a simple one. So I invited my mum to join me.

The location of the cache we found pretty fast and I was able to see him up in the trees. Trying to get TO the cache was another thing. “We ought NOT to climb, but to find a tool”, it said in the description. Out of the blue it started pouring. In a matter of seconds we were drenched with water! We tried hiding in the bushes, but it was kinda late 😀

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Finally I found a stick and was able to get the cache. Unfortunately there was a more clever construction behind it than I expected. You would just need to pull down the cache, log your visit and it goes up again by itself. I took out the whole thing :-/ Next challenge: Getting the cache back into it’s position.

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I ended up climbing up the tree without my shoes… WHATEVER you don’t have not to climb!

The whole thing was so funny because today in the morning I was depressed because of the weather. Not again! We already had enough rain this week! I’m glad I did not stay at home and just grumble about it. Making the best out of a terrible situation was easier than I thought!

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Link to the cache: fjordeWetzikon #2 Chämtnerbach

Home Sweet Home

Hello friends! It’s quite a while I posted something here :-O Well it has been an interesting time the last couple of weeks. It was quite an amazing feeling to see my family after two years!!! 😀 It is an amazing to be with my loved ones. I learned to appreciate more the time I can be with them and help each other out. Family is a great thing <3

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The beauty of the Gospel

Dear family and friends <3 Wow this week was insane! It was super hot the whole time, the peak was 39 degrees! 😛 But ist was so awesome! It was just sweet to go out there anyway and to bring the people the wonderful message we have! We have an investigator whos name is Oleg. That was actually really cool how we got to know us. We just finished a lesson and we talked some other people that were there. Suddenly he walks up to us and akses if we can help him to overcome his addiction to computer games. He explained that he thinks that the Bible and God will help him. We were really excited. Talking to him about the Gospel that Heavenly Father gives us makes him really excited to pray and read the scriptures. One really interesting that I noted while teaching is that you often realize now things that you have never thought of before, but actually have a bigger meaning and beauty. For example lessons, when we teach the big apostasy before have always sounded me so sad and tragic, well yeah, beacause Christs church was completly distroyed... but in this other lesson I had this one simple thought: God was still comunicating to people through prayer. That was really powerful. God has not forgotten His children on this earth, He never had, does and will. He is Our Father. That message made the whole lesson really beautiful and meaningful. Then when the human family was ready God ordained a new prophet, Joseph Smith. That was probably the coolest day in Heaven ever! Can you imagine???!! So long their was no prophet on earth, no church, no leadership inspired by God! Those thoughts make me more to appriaciate the things that we have because of this. We have the fullness of the Gospel. We have more scriptures. We have another Witness of Christ. We have the Pristhood. Heavenly Father gave us that Gospel that we can be happy. That is the final goal. That we are happy here and their. With our families. Forever. This is awesome! P1030065_crop

Let the Lord strengthen you

Dear Family and Friends,
Life here in the mission field is amazing! We enjoy every day, no matter how hard it sometimes seems to be to forget yourself. This week we learned a great lesson about having a balance and taking more care for yourself.

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There is a great scripture in the Book of Mormon that explains a little bit, what I mean:

Mosiah 4:27

“And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.”

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The Savior expects from us to love others, to serve others, to forgive others and to lay everything on the altar (don’t do something for your own gain). Those two years I serve here in Ukraine are for the Lord and Our Heavenly Father. Sometimes I have the tendency of worrying to much about other peoples problem and how to serve them. It is important that we trust the Lord. Of course, we should do everything in our hand and always strive to do the best we can, but we should not go over limits of our own strengths. When we live a righteous life, the Lord will make the difference. He will strengthen us. The problems, afflictions might not become less, but you will become stronger. This is a wonderful promise from a prophet in the Book of Mormon:

Mosiah 24:14, 15

14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.

15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

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Often we intend to pray that the Lord will take our burdens away. But how then would we learn, get stronger and learn from our experiences? This verse shows us, that He makes us strong, that we can overcome our afflictions by ourself. My dear friends! How great is our joy, when we trust in the Lord, the source of the most powerful love, light and energy. I want to add my assurance that I know that He really does visit us in our afflictions in the most wonderful ways, when you think it is dark and no one there to rescue you. I know that He lives and that He truly heals our hearts, when we turn to him (3 Nephi 9:13).
Have an awesome week!