Made It!

Family!!!!!!!!! How are you all?? I miss you and Im thinking of you all mucho.
Well, I made it!!!! and I AM IN LOVE this place is amazing, literally could not be happier. Not even sure where to start but I will try!

We got to Frankfurt Tuesday morning, and the APs and President and Sister Stoddard met us at the airport, and we drove to the mission office/chapel in Frankfurt where we had lunch, watched videos, filled out paperwork, while groups of us would go pass out Book of Mormons at a street display in downtown Frankfurt. It was SO fun, so beautiful, Mom you wouldve been in heaven. We are coming back to shop there hahaha. Then we came back to the church for dinner and to meet our trainers! Theres just something about everything here that I just love. Its like this mix right between India/the US, everyone rides their bikes, they’re trendy and efficient and just cool. also iits been sunny and gorgeous today. I probably am speaking way too soon here hahaha but for now I cant even put my finger on why, I just love it.

So while we’re on this I CANT ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE HOW PERFECT MY TRAINER IS FOR ME we have literally so much in common it is insane. Every time I think of all the bullets I dodged I want to cry hahaha she is so cute, so funny, clean, patient, eats healthy, watches Friends!!! She went to UVU oone semester and worked at Called to Surf, and……. SHE LOVES DIET MOUNTAIN DEW. you cant even buy it here, but a Senior Couple in the American ward bought her a bunch so I got here and the fridge was stocked :’) And everything i said about sis schellenberg walking slow? Sis Yeck is 6’0 and walks crazy fast hahaha. i absolutely love it. Also: Sister Schellenbergs trainer? Sister Estes. :)))))))

God is good.

Our area… has our work cut out for us. We have one investigator, who we are actually meeting with tonight! His name is Sunny, hes from India and speaks english ๐Ÿ™‚ and we are going to try and set a baptism date. I’ll let you know how it goes. Last night we had a way cool night though. This darling member family from Brazil just had a baby and wanted to go show her to their neighbors, a non-member German couple, so we came along to translate! It was SO awesome, they were so sweet and I actually contributed a tiny bit hahaha. We want to invite them to the baby blessing to get them out to church, we”ll see how it goes!

My first Pday has been so fun, we went grocery shopping this morning which was hilarious bc I cant read anything and all the labels are weird and in the metric system hahaha. We’re right by this awesome shopping center call Arkadden and it is AMAZING. The inside is like City Creek on steroids, and the outside is just streets and streets of old cottage shops with the coolestt stores ever. Weve spent the rest of the day just walking around the shops and stuff today, Holly and Mom, you would be in heaven.

Anyway I’m probably forgetting a ton of stuff here, so much has happened, its crazy haha. So if you have questions, ask away ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I think of anything else Ill send it haha. But I couldnt be happier and I feel so grateful to be here! I cant tell you how happy it made me to talk to you guys this week, in fact I think Im still a little bit on that high hahaha. And I LOVE getting your emails so send them all the time!!!!!!

Anyway, I love you guys and I hope youre all doing good! Have a fantastic week and know that Im thinking of and praying for you all, all the time!
All my love from Germany!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Anderson

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Sisters Yeck and Anderson

Dear Parents,

My wife and I are serving in the mission office here in Frankfurt. I was at the main train station this morning as your daughters were heading out to their assigned area in Erlangen. We are grateful to have them here. Thanks for your support for them.

Mit freundlichen GrรผรŸen

Elder Jeff Kirk

 

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Arrival in Deutschland!!

Anderson Family, (7:10 am)

We are pleased to announce that Sister Anderson arrived safely in the Germany Frankfurt Mission. She is doing great and is excited to begin this new adventure here in Germany. We know that the Lord will protect her in her service and you and your family will be blessed.

Sincerely,
President and Sister Stoddard

 

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Spring Break???

Hallo Familie and Friends!!!

How are you all??? Story time! So tonight for our MTC General Authority devotional (ended up being Elder Costa, a Seventy) I got asked to say the opening prayer! They assign it like a week in advance, make you read a general conf talk about how we use “special words” when we pray, you get there an hour early, its intense. So I finally get up to the mic to say the prayer and I start and THE THING ISN’T ON. I didn’t know whether to start over or what so I just kept going on and it came on a few seconds later. Hahaha so awkward. Hopefully in my panic I didn’t say anything stupid !! BUT it was so neat to sit on the stand and everything, and the devotional was fantastic, as always.

Another fun surprise: we get 15 new missionaries in our branch today! Everyone thought they were coming next week, but they are here. Not sure how that happened lol. Us and the ZLs get to orient them and everything tonight. And today is also the only day we have time to pack soo that should be fun haha. We leave on Monday at 6:30 AM, then I think we take Trax to the airport. We get to JFK in the evening sometime, then to Frankfurt 8 am Tuesday morning!!! I bought a phone card in case but I’m hoping the phone will work so keep your phones on :)))))

Also my German teacher brother Bretzing (Robyns nephew lol) is bringing me swig on saturday bc I beat the elders in a push up contest HAHA.
Also there is a new elder here from new Zealand that is way cool and has the coolest accent who I will probably give Hollys email.

…. and thats about it.

Miss you all mucho and hope everyone is doing good!!! Im freaking out at how soon I’m leaving- this time next week I’ll be in DEUTSCHLAND- but I’m just excited to get out there. ๐Ÿ™‚ (We’ve all already decided what we’re ordering at Cafe Rio at the airport hahaha)
Email me whenever this week, I hear the Frankfurt pday is on Thursday but we’ll see! Just know that I love you and am thinking of and praying for you guys all the time!!!!! Have a great week<3

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One Month :)))

Hullo everyone!!! How are you??? I miss you and hope you are all doing good and putting your ski passes to use ๐Ÿ˜‰
Things are pretty good here. I have officially been here a month! Wooooooo it feels like less honestly so that’s good. Aaand, the new roomies are here! Sis Crawford (see pics) is darling and so sweet. Sis Fuhrman is awesome. Really smart, veryy dedicated. If anyone can handle learning Georgian, it is her! My German is coming along, slowlyyyyy. We’re learning the gender stuff and how to order verbs and which der/das/die/whatever to use, it is so confusing haha. But we try to speak it a lot through the day and it’s helping, I think !
Last night Elder Nielsen of the seventy came and spoke with his wife, and I absolutely loved it! His wife talked about that scripture in D&C that talks about “cheerfully doing all things that lie in our power”. It was much needed and so powerful. We got an email from the mission that sent us our schedule for our first week in the field! We leave next Monday, I can’t even believe it!
This week had some hard days but all your emails/letters/packages/prayers have seriously made all the difference, so thank you SO much for everyones love ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’re all doing good! Email me anytime, I looove hearing from you and all about what’s going on. Love and miss and pray for you all!!! Have a wonderful week!!!

All my love,,,,
Sister Anderson

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Hullo !!!

Family & Friends!!!!! How are you all??? Thanks for the emails, there is nothing better than hearing from you!!!!
This week fleww by. Last wednesday we did a session right after I talked to you (the lady in the witness couple passed out, they stopped the session, it was nuts). But the spirit was incredible and we had such a good afternoon!! Afterwards a lady stopped us in the parking lot and just starting bawling. I guess her daughter has her call and doesn’t know if she wants to go anymore. It was sad but it made us actually feel kind of lucky to have made it this far! We’re ON missions! We definitely needed that. It was cool.

On Sunday the MTC president came to our sacrament mtg, and after the sacrament I got randomly called on to come bear my testimony on the atonement, in German. so that was fun for everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚ Literally wasnt nervous though because he couldnt understand a word I was saying anyway hahah. (nor could anyone that speaks german :/) oh well. This week weve been going to aerobics classes in the mornings and its been so fun. they start at 6 and literally no one else goes to them most of the time so its just me, Sis Schellenberg and the instructor. Shes like our Gwen hahahahah.
Anyway, for the real news….. the new Sisters get here tonight!!! Theyll be here for 9 weeks learning Armenian and Georgian so we are feeling better about life every minute. these STLs will finally have someone to T/L!!!

Yesterday was my halfway MTC mark which kind of means nothing, but time is going by pretty fast. Really my only complaint is that I can never fall asleep, thats getting old and its sooo hard to focus in class when my whole body is just exhausted :((( And its so hard to teach fake investigators… From teaching a water bottle to teaching our teacher who is pretending to be an investigator, to teaching another missionary who is pretending to be our teacher as the pretend investigator, its so frustrating sometimes. Yesterday we had to do the last one THREE TIMES in a row because it “wasn’t personal enough” hahaha. ( I wonder why???) we both wanted to cry/fall asleep/run away. Not saying i have a better solution, but I’m definitely excited to teach some real Germans!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides that things are good. I miss you all a ton! I love hearing from you and Im sorry if my replies are sometimes short and lame, I’ll have more time in the field, but they seriously help SO much and I love hearing whats going on with everyone. But just know that I LOVE you all and I’m thinking of you and praying for you mucho! Das Evangelium wahr ist!
LOVE, Sister Anderson

1&2: Pday!
3: Sunday temple walk, the elders get pumped when its bad weather so they can wear their “GQ Look”
4. pretty sunset w/sis Schell

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Another One Down

Family!!!

First of all I can’t say thank you enough for the packages and notes and emails. They seriously help more than you know hahaha. I taped up all your notes around my room and its so much brighter and makes me so happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesterday I got called over the loudspeaker of our building to report to the security office immediately. All the elders were freaking out and I was even a little confused hahah. But then I got there and it was just Bob with the down comforter for me hahahah. He is a life saver and I love seeing him around. So thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday was kinda rough but I was so excited when our devotional turned out to be (President) Kelly Mills!!!!! His talk was fantastic and was just what I needed to hear. Then last night I sang in the choir for our devotional by M. RUSSELL BALLARD!!! It was broadcast to all the other MTCs and honestly the spirit there was incredible. He spoke about having a good attitude and setting goals, it was an amazing talk.

Classes are hard, but the German is coming… slowly. Yesterday I gave the whole Plan of Salvation lesson and it was only like 5 minutes but its a start! We try not to go crazy while we’re in class for 9 hours a day, luckily the elders keep it light. My district at least, the other district makes me want to rip my hair out ๐Ÿ™‚ Our branch president and his wife are SO COOL they’re pretty young, billionaires probably, from alpine. They were mission presidents in Georgia and honestly so cool. I’ll send pics of them next week. And we get two sisters in our branch next wednesday! Sisters!!! Roomates!!!

I miss you guys and some days are hard but I can honestly feel your prayers and support! Two weeks down already!

Love you all soooo much!!!
Schwester Anderson

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FAMILY!!!!!
I can’t believe I’ve already been on a mission for 4 months and its SPRING! crazy! How are you all??? Thank you so much for the letters, emails, pictures, you are all soooo sweet and they made my week. And thank you mom for the COOKIES!!! Ahh, I was soooo excited to get a package and they smell like home :’) Not to mention that the food here is every bit as bad as its hyped up (down?) to be (salads are safe and there’s caffiene free diet coke, but thats about it. if nothing else I’m eating way healthy hahah) but homemade cookies were not a bad way to start the day!!!!!
Where to even begin?? The MTC is another world but I love it. There are sooo many rules, and everything starts and ends with “exact obedience!!” (I chewed gum during a fast sunday devotional and felt so bad hahah) Every day I find out about some new rule that I’ve been breaking w/o knowing it but I’m trying lol. The spirit is so strong here. Last night I got to sing in the MTC choir for our devotional and it was awesome! Brother Egget (I think he was Lauren’s LDC director?) is the choir director and he is the coolest. The opening song was “Armies of Helaman” and I lost it when we sang “and WE ARE NOW the Lord’s missionaries”, it was incredible. My district/zone are both great, and despite being the only sisters we have such a good time. There are two Elders who are seriously Landon/Jordan Erickson and they keep it so real and ultimately keep us from going insane. We spend 6 hours a day in class, and about 3 hours studying, so its a loooooot! But I’m learning a lot and I’m getting a little more confident every day. w/a ton of help from Sister Schellenberg. ๐Ÿ™‚ German is SO HARD hahahah every single word is so long and they talk so fast, it wears me out. Our teachers teach by immersion which is an adventure and we’re not allowed to pray/sing hymns in English, ever. So you can guess how that goes! Luckily we have an hour of gym time every day!! You don’t have to be with your companion the whole time so I just go for it on the track upstairs and its my favorite part of the day. :’)
Funny story- So on Thursday we went to go schedule an audition for a musical number, so we go to the MTC main offices and we ask when to come back and the lady is like, “oh youre just in time theres one left!” and we’re like SWEET when? and it was in 3 minutes, in front of all the MTC presidency’s wives, and my music was back in our room. :/ So Sister Schellenberg and I SPRINTED back to our room, up four flights of stairs and back across to the offices just in time. They loooved it and were so sweet. I played on monday for all the Senior Missionaries that just got here and it went so good!! Now they all stop me in the cafeteria to chat and I absolutely love it, they remind me of grandma and grandpa Shelline and it pretty much always make me want to cry ๐Ÿ™‚
I can talk until like 1:50 and would LOVE To hear from you all!!!!!! Whats going on?? Seriously email me whenever because I can read them anytime and it makes me sooooo happy. even if its just little things, send it all. I literally do not care ๐Ÿ™‚ Also my bedding is nasty so I wouldn’t turn down a quilt/blanket/anything. and oatmeal. and bottled dew.
MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH. fwd this to Libby and Collin. I’ll send pics in a second. But know that I love and miss you all! and even though some days are super tough, there’s no place I would rather be. :))

All my love!!!!!
Sister Anderson