Well, another week has come and gone. Although this
week was a little slower (presumable due to the mid-transfer blues, low
temperatures, or a combination of the two), it was still full of
So, we have been teaching a man and wife for a few weeks
now. The woman is an American, the man a German. I did not know until
last week, though, that she is from... (you will not believe this)...
Yakima. Of all places for someone to be from! I could not remember
people's last names, though! It was a little embarrassing... I kept
thinking, "There is Aunt Linda (who married two guys named Charles),
Uncle Wink, Uncle Del, Dean and Shelly, but what are their last names?
Then I remembered Uncle Wink's actual first name is not Wink. But that
was a few days later (I may be in Europe, but those blonde moments still
come). Anyway, if you could write me back with the relatives who live
in that area of the country, and include their last names, that would be
Halloween was this week, but we hardly knew it. Sister Stewart's mother
sent her a Halloween package, so we brought Halloween candy to district
meeting on Wednesday. The elders saw the candy and said, "When is Halloween?" "It's today,
Man." "Oh? Well, I dressed up as a missionary then." "Aw, man! You
stole my costume!" Yes, we all dressed up as missionaries, hardy har
har. But, really. We saw an ad in the Strassenbahn about how to carve a
pumpkin (a glorious example for two reasons of the lack of knowledge
concerning Halloween 1) In America, we know how to carve a pumpkin.
There are not ads on television, or anywhere else, explaining how ones
goes about doing that. 2) The day of is far too late to start thinking
about and carving one's pumpkins. But perhaps the ad will help people be
prepared for next year), and we saw one little girl dressed as a
princess (though we think she might have been a tourist). We met with
Danielle that night and made a Halloween Funfetti (instead of
multi-colored dots in the middle, they were black and orange) cake
(Sister Stewart's mother sent a cake mix as we do not have them in
Austria. We also do not have powdered sugar, so it was a good thing her
mother also sent Funfetti frosting (this, unfortunately, was not
Halloween-themed, and we did not feel like picking out all the sprinkles
that weren't orange. But it was still exciting!) for Nachtisch. That
was very exciting and fun:] The next day, All Saints' Day, was
celebrated. There was nobody on the streets. It was crazy!! But I am
glad to hear y'all had a fun time celebrating Halloween :]
We also do not have Thanksgiving
here, which means that as soon as All Saints' Day is over (or if you are
Mueller, as soon as the temperature drops below 20 degrees on a regular
basis), Christmas can be set up! The Christmas
markets are being built, little advent calenders and stuffed Santas are
in the stores, twinkle lights are being strung around the city, and the
feeling of Christmas is here. It will be very fun to be in Vienna at Christmas time! It is so exciting already, and it is only the first week of November!
We taught the little Vietnamese family last night. We just ADORE them! We taught about the apostasy and the restoration last night.
When we explained that the people killed the apostles, the mother's
hands went up to her mouth, her eyes got big, and she gasped. It was so
cute:] We gave them the Joseph Smith pamphlet in Vietnamese on Thursday and asked them to read it before we came last night.
We ordered the Restoration video in Vietnamese (oddly enough, we didn't
have the Asian languages DVD in Vienna. Weird, right?), but they
couldn't figure out how to work their DVD player, so we had to watch it
in English anyway! But they kept get excited when it would quote parts
that Joseph Smith said in the pamphlet - parts they recognized. We left
the DVD with them so they can watch it Vietnamese this week on a laptop,
or something, and hopefully understand the whole thing. But at the end
of movie, we asked if they would pray about if Joseph Smith was a
prophet. The dad said, "I believe it!" The mother nodded up and down in
agreeance. They are just so receptive to the spirit. They always get so
excited when we ask them about reading and praying as a family because,
"We just feel so warm when we do it." We brought stickers to entertain
the children, and the parents just love having us over. They want so
badly to learn as much as they can about Jesus. They have accepted the
soft baptismal commitment twice because they know that is what they need
to do. They are, however, very nervous about church because this is all
so new, and they just do not know what to expect. The first time we
asked them to come to church, they turned us down because, "We will not
know when to stand up and sit down, and we do not know the songs or how
to sing very well." We explained that they don't ever have to stand up,
and not a lot of people can sing very well, but most importantly, we
will be right there with them to show them the ropes. The mother is
going to try it out this next Sunday!
They are just so teachable. We are loving the progress they have
already made and are excited about all of the exciting things that lay
ahead for them!
I hope that all is well at home. Have a great week!
Ich liebe euch!
Sister Stephanie Reid
P.S. You should probably learn how to use Skype. That is how I will be calling home on Christmas.
You can practice on Michelle, or something. But please be in good
practice so I don't have to pay an arm and a leg to call on the phone
home. Please and thank you. :]