Now, it is common knowledge that everyone at some point on their mission, as well as through life, experiences ups and downs. To be completely honest, I feel like that happens more on a mission, especially here in Vienna, than anywhere else. One is SO aware of weaknesses and shortcomings on a mission, and I think it is because we are always striving to be the most effective and efficent servant of the Lord possible. I know that as I have gone about my mission, really trying to serve with my whole heart, I have recognized my weaknesses practically every day. THat part...is what I'm realizing...is for my good! I shouldn't fear that process of humility and the more humble we become, the happier. When we are happier, we want to work harder and then success DOES come! I promise. And for that is what all missionaries are striving.
|American Pasta Salad I made for the Ward Dinner|
Sister Green and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset stroll on the way back home from a teaching appointment. Our walk took us through the famous Zentral Friedhof (Central Cemetery)! There we were greeted by my musical great-great-grandfather, Franz Schubert, and his famous colleagues and musical geniuses, Bach, Beethoven,Mozart and Strauss. Their gravestones and statues are incredibly beautiful and as dreary as a cemetery could possibly be...this one spoke to me. I owe much to these special composers....who spent a lot of time with me during my formative years. The hours and hours of piano practicing was difficult and tiring...but I got to know these men. Their lyrical compositions are forever cemented in my brain and heart. Now that I live here and preach the Gospel to the special people of Vienna Austria, I have become even more appreciative of classical music. I firmly believe that these brilliant composers hands were guided by the Spirit and were influenced by a loving Heavenly Father. I can't wait to meet them one day.......and say thanks!
|LDS area of the Central Cemetery!|
Yesterday during Sacrament Meeting, I had the impression and thought come to mind how honored I feel to be a missionary serving in the Alpine German Speaking Mission. All of these people have become so dear to me. I really feel very comfortable and at home. There have been many of moments where I recognized exactly WHY I was sent here, whether it was to meet a specific person or to learn a specific attribute, I know why I am here, and I am so very grateful. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and know that I get to teach the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ!!!!
I hope you have a great week!! I love you all so much, and I encourage you to turn to your loving Father in Heaven, and to always and forever seek His guidance. Wherever we may go, He is our Family and our Home, however far away we will be from our earthly home.
I love you!! Until next week!!
Sister Natalie Hannah Motto