Straußberg is a little town on the outskirts of Berlin where that darling inactive member and her family live (see last week’s email. this blog is a series, you gotta get with the flow bro.) We were there this week to meet with her again and as we were waiting for another member, a man came up to us and started talking about our skirts. At first I thought he was saying he liked how long they were (the normal awkward missionary length) but then I realized he was saying how much better we would look if we wore mini skirts. …uh thanks?
Later that week we were on our way to Institute and as we passed Berlin’s version of central park, we were greeted with a view of a butt naked man practicing the classic yoga tree pose in the sun’s shining rays. Our 18 year old American investigator looked at us and said ‘I know that that’s against your religion, being naked. Yea you like to dress modest, AND…I know why.’ (here’s where I held my breath because I had no clue what she was about to spit out next) ‘You don’t walk around naked because you like don’t want to tempt people.’
Yes. that is right. I wish that Straußberg man could’ve been there, and I could’ve explained to him, we don’t wear mini skirts because we don’t want to tempt anyone with these hot bodies of ours. It was a case of ‘should-a, could-a, would-a.’
Another S word comes to mind concerning this week. Sweat. This humid heat has been so brutal this week that yesterday they canceled one hour of church and moved around the Sacrament meeting just so that we wouldn’t all fry up in the non air conditioned Spanish casa style chapel of ours. For my dear Utah readers, enjoy the dry heat. ‘You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.’
The last S word of the week is the real S word. We have a member here who loves saying the s word, so we taught him that ‘mobile home’ was a reallllly bad word in English. Now he says MOBILE HOME every time he wants to swear. One time I said it jokingly on a train, and he looked shocked that a sister would use such vulgar language. My bad.
In a more spiritual note of things…This week I was in Alma 60 and really got in to comparing missionary work with the war chapters. As I read Moroni’s epistle to Pharon, I couldn’t help but add some changes to apply it to my current life.
21 Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us (bless us, give us baptisms, comfort us, show us miracles) , while we sit upon our thrones (at home, in our apartments) and do not make use of the means (talents, scriptures, preach my gospel, area book, old contacts, members, etc.) which the Lord has provided for us?
22 Yea, will ye sit in idleness while ye are surrounded with thousands of those, yea, and tens of thousands, who do also sit in idleness, while there are thousands (yea, even millions in Berlin) round about in the borders of the land (or Marzahn area) who are falling by the sword, yea, wounded and bleeding? (in need of spiritual healing)
23 Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and behold these things? Behold I say unto you, Nay. Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel (us, missionaries, me, personally) shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel (the people we come in contact with) be cleansed also.
I really need to improve on cleansing myself first and foremost. In such a case, it is okay to be selfish. 🙂
p.s. shout-out to my mama! It’s her birthday this week! attached is the last picture I took with her before I embarked on this crazy little journey.
posted by Splendidly Sar