Letter Seventy-Three from the Lovely Lady Lena

One of Mama Helzer’s favorite sayings is ‘it’s not a meal without a spill’. This simple phrase became a slogan for any fancy dinner at the Helzer Home. No matter how much we attempt to prevent, at some point during … Continue reading

Letter Seventy from the Lovely Lady Lena

Some weeks I feel so inspired to write the coolest, sickest, radest emails on the face of the planet. Today all of my creative juices are drained….mostly because Mama Helzer just spoiled my birthday surprise and I can’t quite concentrate … Continue reading

Letter Sixty-Nine from the Lovely Lady Lena

There’s a word in the German language that every missionary ought to be acquainted with. The word is Kummerspeck: literally meaning ‘grief-bacon’, this word refers to the extra weight we gain from emotional overeating. This week my Kummerspeck was not … Continue reading

Letter Sixty-Six from the Lovely Lady Lena

You might be asking yourself ‘why is Sister Helzer emailing on Tuesday?’ or you might not have even noticed or even cared about the whole ordeal, but I am going to endeavor to tell the most dramatic turn of events … Continue reading

Letter Sixty-Five from the Lovely Lady Lena

Things I lost this week in Germany: 1. My Letter. I received a letter from Mama Helzer, but didn’t want to rudely read it while I was on exchange, so I just stuck it in my folder and we went out … Continue reading

Letter Sixty-Four from the Lovely Lady Lena

More often that not, my life feels like a movie. Today I came to the realization that I have 10 more weeks left on the mission. 10 more weeks. How in the world am I suppose to loose all the … Continue reading

Letter Sixty-One from the Lovely Lady Lena

Real estate agent. Travel agent. Therapist. Sport professional. Mover. Masseuse. Baker. Translator. And of course, Mormon Missionary. These are all the roles I played this week, one of the most eventful weeks of my mission. There is no way that I could even relay … Continue reading

Letter Sixty from the Lovely Lady Lena

  This morning I opened my mail box to a flood of creative emails comparing missions from everything from swimming to soccer to sandwiches. I just want to talk to you about Straußberg and skirts and other S words.  Straußberg is a … Continue reading

Letter Fifty-Six from the Lovely Lady Lena

Worst. Idea. Ever. So here I am, sitting at the Turkish internet cafe, and I had the brilliant idea to listen to church music on LDS.org while I write emails to distract from all the loud people skyping in foreign … Continue reading

Letter Fifty-Five from the Lovely Lady Lena

  My goodness, is it seriously transfer calls again already? Alright, here’s the low down. I am staying in Berlin with Sister McBride, but my dear roommate/premortal friend Sister Rasmussen is being transferred up to Lübeck! Adios amigo. (Spanish spell check) ‘This … Continue reading