Friday, May 31, 2013

I, Sister Regnier, am saying that my favorite meal last week was weisswürst and mustard (May 27)

Guten Tag!

So, the last couple days, I have been walking around in the constant pouring rain. No, you do not understand the words constant pouring rain. During all of this, I could just picture everyone wakeboarding, skiing, and tubing.... in the heat. I thought I wouldn't have to break out my winter stuff yet. Let me explain what exactly this Sister Missionary wears in the freezing cold: My thermals (both kinds), a sweater, my huge jacket, a scarf, gloves, wool socks, a hat, and the winter boots I thought I wouldn't use till next year. I am quite surprised it wasn't snowing! But the wind probably made most of the cold.
Anyways, enough of the weather, that sounds like small talk.

Funny story. So in Germany to start a conversation you DO NOT ask how they are. But sometimes, I do. (Sometimes I don't really remember, sometimes I don't know how else to start talking to people) Most of the time it goes fine. People just know I am American, or super friendly, but then there are other people. Picture me, all bundled up sitting on a bus. Someone comes, smiles, and sits down next to me. So after building up a bit of courage (my companion is too far away if I need help, and THAT IS TERRIFYING). I say "Wie geht es ihnen heute?" She looks at me (mind you, she looks like a nice lady) and say's "Warum" (why). Oh meine Gute. So awkward, so I just say something like well to start conversation.... haha. 
Well, I am one of those awkward missionaries.  

Anyways. I totally forgot to tell you something last week! I don't know how, I was pretty excited to say: I, Sister Regnier, am saying that my favorite meal last week was weisswürst and mustard. I know, I bet you read that a couple times. Craziness. In my defense, most mustard tastes good here. NOT ALL, but most.

So that guy of interest. Yeah, he is doing good! Our next lesson we asked him if he would prepare to be baptized on July 6. He said yes!!!! So now, in planning when it says prepare for your investigators with a baptism date, we can do something!! Wahoo! It’s so great. He wanted a CTR ring, we gave him one, I am quite curious to see if he wears it.

Another untersucher, IDK if you would call him that, I think he is more just interested in the Mormon beliefs. He is pretty cool. He loves the New Testament. But he has no faith. We have now met with him twice (we had another apt today, but this weather makes teaching outside a no). He wants everything we say backed up with New Testament evidence. He has a really hard time because we no longer have the plates. This morning we were studying for God having a body, before, he was wanting us to back up the restoration with a scripture based off of the vs in Matthew where it says something like chains of hell won’t be able to take the church. He keeps trying to convince us it "failed" because it left the earth for a while. It's really fun to teach him. He is Korihor. But, he doesn't bash, he is just trying to figure it out. We are working with him to figure it out the right way... but some people don't listen.

You ask about Pdays. We really don't have much time. We do our typical studying intermixed with laundry, grocery shopping, emails, cleaning our apartment, and lunch. That takes all the time. On those 2 Pdays we skipped dinner, and booked it for the hiking place because Pday ends at 6. Today we might just hang out. Hopefully go to a bookstore of some kind because I want to get a better English-Deutsch dictionary. haha.

Well this week.
(just so you know, I have to look at my journal because everything mushes together, I have NO sense of time..)
So we had our district meeting on Tuesday, I had to bring a few extra things because right after I had my first Austausch,.... I am not sure how to spell that auf Deutsch, but I don't know what it is called in English.. Anyways we met the Neomarkt sisters at the train station. It wasn't long before I was told plans were changed and the Golden (greenie) was going back to Austria with me. In my head I was freaking out. (How are we going to talk to people, etc.). She has been here a transfer longer than me. Turns out she speaks excellent German and we were totally fine. But I was freaking out for most of the train ride, until we finally talked to someone. Their mission is the only Sister car mission in my mission. They did things quite different. It was weird, but I learned a lot. And Sister Smith was awesome! We had a great time! We got to teach the whole time I was there! And every house we taught gave us tea, I could get used to that! haha. :)

I really enjoyed Austria. I felt like most of my time was in the car because the cities were so far apart! But it was cool to teach so many lessons and meet so many people! Here's something really funny that happened. But, it might be a you had to be there kinda thing. So for lunch, Sister Smith made this German food. Turns out it expands in your stomach, I have NEVER been so full in my life. We were both, so, so full. Then we went to go help someone with their German for our service hours (yeah, me teaching German... haha) . She was like oh I have a new recipe you have to try. We nervously said a very, very small amount please. She brought out huge, huge bowls of rice milk. I probably looked like I saw a ghost. ...So we start to eat. I was having the hardest time. I couldn't even manage to drink the water she gave us. Somehow, Sister Smith finished. The lady offered to take her plate somewhere in German/Romanian translation it got confused that she wanted more. She brought out an identically huge bowl. Literally, I could not keep the laughter inside. I pretended I was laughing with the baby playing on the floor. Seriously. I thought I would never eat again. Sister Smith looked so sick, and the lady just thought she was so nice. haha, that does happen in real life. I thought it was a funny story my MTC teachers just told us... haha. Sister Smith and I taught a ton of lessons, it was really fun. We would be a great team.
When I got home, we did a lot of finding. On Saturday night, we went over to a members to have her help us with our talks. She was convinced we both didn't need to give one. So I just ended up giving the opening prayer, and a testimony on Sister Garrett’s topic, which in my opinion is scarier because at least Sister Garrett had hers written down! But I felt more like me that way anyway. So I have a kick butt talk for next week :) Church was good, although the woman I have a hard time understanding gave the lesson during Relief Society (which is more like a discussion lead by one person, kind of, but it is different), so all I know is it was about the temples. The rest of the time I just listened to how they pronounced letters in words I could not understand. haha.

Miracle for the week. I don't know if you remember, but my first Pday here we met a less active on the bus, Sis Garrett said it was different how she was acting towards us. Later, she ran up the hill from us. Big change. She usually ignores our calls. But she let us in this week! It was awesome. We got to talk to her for awhile and I got some great ideas how to serve her. I am REALLY excited. Hopefully more on that next week.

So it seems this week I have been getting a lot of exercise. Yeah frühsport is great. But we have been running a lot lately, in skirts. haha. We have had to SPRINT yeah, sprint to the bus multiple times. It doesn't look very good in my opinion. But it's never been our fault, and it's either sprint or miss our curfew or have to wait an hour for the next one. However, it's hilarious. I would laugh at us, I DO laugh at us.

I don't really have anything else to report on.
It looks like Elders might be joining us in Passau next Transfer.
There was a rock disguised as a raison in my oatmeal yesterday. I feel like they should give me a free bag of raisons, too bad I don't know how to complain auf Deutsch... haha!

The sky the other night was the prettiest thing I have ever seen. I took a picture (the only picture I took this week, sorry) but no justice. It was bright red. It was so sweet. I seriously live in such a pretty place. I would be fine with never leaving Bayern.

Jdubs are very common. Alexander was right. EVERYONE and their mom (A lot of people here live in the same apartment complex as their parents) thinks that's what we are. And it would be weird to have the first thing that comes out our mouth be " Hello, we are not Jehovahs Witness´" But that might be more effective haha.

Oh, I do have another thing. I wanted to tell you. So if you are not giving the missionaries referrals, which you should be! Let the missionaries know when you are open for a joint teach (esp. Sisters), offer our house as a place they can teach, and when you have the missionaries over for dinner, send them home with the leftovers.

Which brings me to another point. I need some recipes, desperately. We barely have time to eat. The grocery store has EXTREMELY little selection (even smaller of what we can afford haha). I need some super simple, little ingredient recipes. Please. For example. HootandNanniePancakes. I am sure you can think of some. Healthier the better, of course, but we have few veggies at the store, So using veggies from a can recipes would be awesome. Oh but I do want a good cookies recipe too! German's don’t do cookies much but we need stuff to bring around. We also don't have Cornbread, Peanut butter, brown sugar, or choc chips (but i figure we can chop up chocolate bars) here. Pretty Please :)  Danke!

Elder Nelson is coming to speak to Germany soon! I think one of our investigators is pretty interested. That should be great.
Well that is all for this week. Love you!

Sister Regnier- I am finally getting good at remembering this is my name!

Monday, May 20, 2013

My little, yet still HUGE miracles (May 20)

Germany is going good. You ask about my language... well. My companion says I sound a lot better. And I am not as slow as I was when I read the BOM out loud. But people often can't understand me. Which makes no sense because I will say something and they will look at me as if I just spoke Polish. Then my companion will say the exact same thing I just said and they understand it... oh brother.

So this week has been quite an interesting one. It started off with a zone training instead of our weekly district meeting so we had to go all the way to München. They have decided to do this new thing where whenever someone gets a baptismal date they text all of us. That's great. It really is. But when we are working so hard and not even getting close, it's hard to get 4 of those messages in a day. But I learned a HUGE lesson this week. I was busy trying to make miracles happen. We called every single inactive and mapped out all our previous potentials and worked our tails off contacting them. Nothing came from this. It is a Holiday weekend, but still... No one was home, no one answered, and the few that did didn't have interest. So we were a bit down because we for sure thought something would come of it. But here's what I learned. While trying to make something big happen I didn't focus on all the little things.

My little, yet still HUGE miracles:
On the way home from München, we saw Marcus on the train! We had found him on a train about a week ago, and he soaked up everything, I am sure I told you about him. We were able to pretty much give a whole lesson. He says we still have to wait for next month to contact him, but that is coming! And both times, he came to us. (another huge lesson I am learning)

There is a lady from the Philippines that Sister Garrett found before I got here. She finally answered our call and invited us over. She was AWESOME! We gave her a BOM and read the intro with her. She had much to say about it. She then said "Great, next time we meet, we can talk about what I read next" haha she's doing our job for us! She not only set up another appointment but said she'd read a couple chapters by then. BAM. She speaks the best danglish I've ever heard. She speaks English better but because she works, she’s learning German. It's completely my style- I understand everything. She also wants to invite her German boyfriend to our next meeting. She also gave us cookies, and that's always nice.

Friday we were on a bus talking to some guy about language. It's always a good conversational opener that leads them to ask what we are doing! Anyway, he had to get off, but said hey, can I get your number and maybe we can talk for a few hours about your church..... Um, I think that would be all right ;) haha it was awesome. Seriously, most of the success we have is people that overhear us or they show interest first. It's great.

Then Sister Miles and President Miles came! They have never been to Passau, so they decided to come talk to our branch and do a joint teach with us Saturday night ( also a reason we were trying SO hard to get another lesson last minute). Well we had 3 appointments on Saturday. However, as we were calling to see if we could just move one back so they could at least teach, even if it was auf English, with us, we found out their house burned down. After remembering they all live together, we called to see if everyone was okay. They all lost a majority of their stuff and a less active broke his leg because he was the first to jump out the window (afterwards they threw a mattress down and no one else got seriously hurt). Everything’s okay now though! They moved to a better place, closer to church too!! Sadly we were thinking we were going to have to find all day. But the last of the 3 said he still wanted to meet for our first appointment. So we did. It was AMAZING. We asked him if he would pray about the BOM. He said, "Why? I already know it's true." I know that he was prepared because he has told us he wants to change and have his life more centered on God. Plus he asked TONS of questions and he was picking up things as we read in 1st Nephi that I had never thought about. So he committed to read more, come to church tomorrow, and another lesson before church.

The Miles' took us out to dinner, where we excitedly told them we had an appointment for them to come to before church tomorrow. They went home with us and planned. It was quite fun having them around, we loved it (esp. his advice on contacting the potentials!). They also made me see how Beautiful Passau is. Like I know it is, but I never really paid attention. They said it might be the prettiest area ;) The next morning we had planned to meet our untersucher at the bus for church. It was one minute until the bus was about to leave. We decided to call Pres Miles, but then there he was, he barely made it! But he did.

For the lesson, we went over his reading, which he did. :) He was astonished that Nephi's older brothers could be so stupid. haha. We had a great lesson. And at the end I gave a soft Baptismal question!!! wahoo! oh, and his answer was yes. :)

So I don't even know how many miracles that makes but there's one big last one! As we were teaching before church a dog comes in the room.... what the heck. Pres Miles goes out to meet a little old woman. Turns out this woman had investigated the church 10 years ago. She wants to come back. She's THE CUTEST. She holds the hymn book 2 centimeters from her face as she sings, and because of my German, she decided to try and speak English... which was worse then my deutsch but it was so cute! So what a miracle yeah?

I had a great week.
But here is a funny story-
On Thursday, we got called to repentance. A lady had walked passed as we were talking to someone on the street about prophets.  Later, we caught up to her and simply asked her if she knew where a street was. No church talk. Then she started speaking auf English saying that the last days are near. (we excitedly were nodding) Then she said that we need to bow down on our knees and repent for following a book written from a man who was possessed by devils. She started yelling, "repent, repent and go read the bible! Repent read the bible!" She started to walk away and then her friend, who obviously had no idea what happened because it was in English, whispered " the bible, the bible" as they walked away. It was quite an interesting experience. It was interesting because when we talk to people, the spirit is there, and we feel good, and others recognize it. But when she was doing her thing, it didn't feel right, or good, or anything. Also, we read the Bible lady, and Joseph Smith didn't write the book... get your facts straight. The BOM brings happiness, no devilish tints, at all.

Yesterday, as seen by the picture below, I looked like a drowned rat. The picture does not even come close to giving the situation justice. I have never been so wet. I was more wet then I am when I am swimming. I didn't even know that was possible. I felt pretty stupid knocking doors at that point. But I am a missionary, rain or shine.

Today, sunny again.... But we did the second of the two hikes in Passau, up to Maria's Hilf. Now what will we do on Pdays?

Anyways, I wrote that really fast, hope it all makes sense. I go to Austria tomorrow, but I actually don't want to miss out on the stuff here in Passau.... so I am not too excited... haha.

Alles Gute
Sister Regnier

Drowned Rat :)
With President and Sister Miles

Monday, May 13, 2013

It was a REALLY strange week (May 13)

So I told you a little about my last Pday but seriously it was the best. We woke up and did Pday things: clean, study, grocery shop, emails, and stuff like that. Then we had a little bit more time so we booked it up to a castle. The hike was so great and is SUPER close to our apartment. (For the next 3 days for sport, we ran to the trail head then hiked it as far as we can in our time, best sport time we've done!) They now use the castle for a youth camp of some kind. After getting ready the real excitement started! WE were on a bus and we saw a less active. I witnessed a miracle that day. She talked to us and showed us a place to eat she thought we might like. Seriously, it was AMAZING. Sister Garrett even says I can't comprehend what a turn around was shown. SO COOL! So we decided to take a bus to an area we haven't been around but ended up following a student for a while so we could talk to him. He was the business student I told you about. We then started clingling and the first one we did was Erika! I told you about her, we had a mini lesson right there and set up an appointment. Then we went to the next apartment. There we talked to the repairman who was just so happy and so glad we were sharing what we believe in. While talking to him someone came up and started talking to us. He didn't want to learn any of the lessons, but he wants to help us with our German. haha He was just so nice! The very next door we clingled said he already had talked with the missionaries and could name one of the elders that left this transfer! It was so cool seeing how happy people were to talk to missionaries! The next building had no one home so we walked to the next house. Where a lady opened the door. She was so cool! Her personality reminded me a ton of Jody actually. We talked for a long time, she talked about how she meditates for her religion and she was just so fun and grateful we stopped by. We answered a ton of her questions and she wants us to stop by and have tea sometime. It was so awesome to have SO MANY positive contacts in a row! :) We went to bed so happy that night :)

Tuesday we had my first district meeting. So we headed to Landshut early on the train. We met up for lunch. The Andersons, the elderly companionship in our district, made us lunch. It was fun to get to meet everyone. I learned I really need to memorize some scriptures auf Deutsch, they are coming along :) The district meeting was fun and we did some great brainstorming. We then taught a less-active, a girl that lived in the same home participated in our lesson and is now a potential! She was very excited to read the scriptures. We read Nephi 2. I have never felt the spirit so strong reading that chapter. It was so awesome! It really show the spirit can be there even when you are in unlikely surroundings. On the train ride home we met a man who had called the missionaries before because of a TV commercial he saw when going to college in America. He invited us to sit with him on the train and had many questions. It was a really cool experience! It really shows people are looking for the gospel.

Later that week we had mission tour! It was really cool to hear from Elder Teixeira and his wife! It was a great day of learning. Because Passau is so far away and we had to be there at 8 we got to sleep in the mission home. It was pretty cool! Sister Miles is the best.
We then had our monthly finding day. This month we went to Neuötting. The mission leader there had set us up to go mothers day singing. So we went around to hospitals and sang and really had a fun time. However, it sounded horrible, but the people in the hospital enjoyed the company and the poems. This took a lot more time then expected so we didn't really do much finding. :(

Yesterday after church we went to lunch at the Sagmeisters and got to skype home. It was so fun being with their family. There was a lot of German! Haha
Sister Sagmesiter is so wonderful though! Their whole family is- we pretty much spent all day with them because she had a potential come over ( my first referral!) but they are SO FUNNY and they were just seriously the best. I loved spending the day there. They really understand missionary work.

So yeah that's my week. It was a REALLY strange week because we spent so much time not in Passau. The district meetings are weekly but everything else was pretty rare. It was cool to see how much contact and how many lessons we taught on the train though! Probably my favorite part about going to München!

haha, yes, I am getting enough to eat. Thanks for the offer. Although, I miss dried fruit, so whenever you do, that is what I would love, along with some other things, I'll let you know. I forgot what they were right now :)

Okay, so I read your question if the youth meet during the week aloud, my companion and I laughed for a few minutes. She said in her first area her mom asked her if she ran into other missionaries...... haha. I'm cracking up as I write this. It's just so different then in the States. I bet Rachel is just having such a different experience then I am right now. So anyway, I'll try to explain church a little better :)

So church, we have about 18 active members, but we usually see about 12 or so on Sunday. Only one family has children. They make up half of the branch :) The first hour of church is RS/Priesthood. Merium, who is ten, comes to Relief Society with us. The "Young men" are taught by their older brother who is an RM and it's more of a mission prep class. I hope that makes sense. No primary, no nursery, no YM, no YW, and no Sunday School. We then have an hour of Sacrament Meeting. I don't think it will ever take the whole hour except on fast Sundays. It definitely won’t in 2 weeks when I talk.... I am freaking out... haha. People come from a very large area to Passau. I looked at the list for you dad, 7 out of the 28 baptized families in this area live in Passau. Of those 7, 2 are active. I hope that answers all your questions :)

Also, I got my new backpack today! It's already worth it. It's been POURING rain. and it has a cover, where as previously, all my stuff was just soaked. So I love it.
That's all I have for now. Let me know if you have any more questions.
I hope you had an awesome mothers day! I thought of you a ton!

I love you!

Sister Regnier

On a hike to a castle- that's Austria across the river!

German dinner that my companion made for us

That's my district! The elders are in Landshut and Neuötting.

The Sagmeister's  like to tightrope... It was pretty hard.

Monday, May 6, 2013

I couldn't contain my excitement!! (May 6)

Ich bin en PASSAU! "The city where three rivers meet" SEHR SHÖN! So typing on this keyboard will take a while to get used to, so sorry ;) I seriously, live, YES LIVE, in the prettiest place ever. So I think with all your questions I'll just start where I left off, in the airport.
Unfortunately, the seating arrangements were the same in all three planes, I was surrounded by missionaries, we made up half the flight. However, diagonal on my aisle seat, There was a lady who found out what was going on and wanted to speak German with us. I got so excited! Then I found out she served her mission in Frankfurt, taught at the MTC, and now is an active member in the church in northern Germany. Yeah.... hahaha. However, next to Elder Philips there was a lady. She left that trip with a Book of Mormon and very excited we were giving it to her. haha.
My training the first day I believe I explained in the letter I wrote at the mission home, so hopefully you get that soon. It was pretty exciting but I learned fast that, quoting dad, "The language I learned in the MTC is not the same" haha. It's funny because they just talk SO FAST!!! I've had 2 times where I go up to someone and say something and they say, sorry, Ich kann nicht English sprecken.... well that's awkward.... So after all the training and sleeping at the mission home and what not we headed to the train station. Where all us missionaries were just waiting to be told what to do. I felt very kindergarten haha. My trainer/new companion, Sister Garrett, came and got me. (I was actually FREAKING out that I would have to travel to Passau alone and end up in Poland or something, I was relieved.) We got on a train for 2 hours and got to my area. It's SO PRETTY. I feel like I have been here a year, super similar to the MTC but it's been quite a journey. Like dad said, I have found myself almost breaking down because it's not anything like I expected. But I have had so many great experiences! The Lord loves me SO MUCH!
So I think it was on my second or third day I was like wow I am working so hard and kinda sad with our results. So I was reading in the scriptures about the sons of Mosiah in Alma 16&17 I believe. It was so great! So many verses stuck out to me and just made me realize my purpose. The biggest thing, I would have probably missed if I had not highlighted it prior. In on of the verses it uses the word perhaps twice. It just made me realize all the work I am doing is worth it just for the chance that perhaps someone changes and someone has the opportunity to have the gospel in their life. After that, I was MUCH happier :) It's all worth it and I know it.
Saturday and Sunday were quite interesting. So I'll go into detail. So we began our fast after lunch and man this is such a testimony that PRAYER WORKS! I really was wanting some people to teach, and God loves me so much, he sure sent some great things my way. We had our very first appointment, we were meeting this guy off a train. So we waited and waited. During this Sister Garrett saw someone she had talked with last transfer. He only speaks English. So I was pumped. ;) I started talking to him about the Book of Mormon. He said he would like to read it. Serena, Thank you so much! I know you're reading this!I happened to have the English BOM that Serena had asked me to give out. So I gave out my first Book of Mormon! And we have an appointment to go over what he read later this week. It was awesome. The best moment so far! We walked to the park with our appointment sat down on a bench and started talking to him. We were teaching him about the Book of Mormon, he wants one in Cordish because he understands that better than German. But, looks like it isn't translated to that yet. Anyway, while trying my hardest to understand what they were talking about, I was zoning out. But I noticed a guy look over in our direction. And a miracle happened, a real life miracle. I could just picture Sister Garrett and I teaching him right on the bench he was sitting. So I was hoping he wouldn't leave during our appointment. Sure enough, our appointment had to go catch his train. And I was like Sister Garrett we gotta go over there! So we did! We started talking to him and in the best German I could, I asked him if he had heard of the Book of Mormon... HE SAID HE HAS ONE. Ah I hope you are smiling right now, cause I couldn't contain my excitement!! So we talked for a while and he was quite interesting. But he promised to read Moroni 10 and we have a meeting this Thursday at the church. Prayer works, and God sure does prepare people!
After this I was pretty much ecstatic.
The next day was church. WOW. SO DIFFERENT. So I believe there are 18 members in our ward (pretty much half being the only family with kids). 10 were there on Sunday (plus an investigator and her baby). It was so cool having such a small ward. Everyone was so excited to meet me and almost everyone said they were really impressed with my German! (That was nice, because I haven't felt like I've been improving much). So I told myself, oh boy Testimony meeting is going to be so awkward and silent because there are so few people. So I planned to get up there and introduce myself. Well, there were no pauses, one lady actually ran to the microphone to get a turn. It was amazing. I know very little what was said, but I felt the spirit alright. These people are so great, they travel SO FAR just to go for 2 hours of church. Serious dedication. It was just really a fun day at church. And the lesson was on missionary work. But the teachers accent is so hard, Sis G said she couldn't understand much either.
After church we did some more klingeling (by the way, this is the lazy person's dream. You walk to one door, and get to knock about 5 doors, but you do often have to run up a lot of steps) Funny story. We are klingeling (in some of the prettiest area ever created) and Sister Garrett says Hello we are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ, this lady means to hang up, but accidently pressed the door open button.... she yelled the s word.... and we could not stop laughing it was so so funny!!! Later that day, some kid's come to the door. And they let us in the apartment area, it was kind of awkward then their mother comes out and invites us in, I was kinda confused but we went with it. She brought us to their living room where we talked to the husband. He was very into religion and into what we believed in. But he said he was watching his preaching right now on tv and he doesn’t have interest. But ya know, he was so nice, like I really wish we could have taught him more. But it's so nice to have such happy conversations about the gospel. Afterwards, I excitedly told sis g that I understood EVERY WORD. I said he must have been an English speaker because I understood him so well. She then said a couple sentences he said was in English.... haha. So pretty much I can understand English speakers trying to speak Deutsch, which typically means, I understand myself and my companion. haha. It's seriously so fun though because It's an awesome conversation topic. People love talking about German. It's great! I am going to try to go order some stuff online, if it doesn’t work I might end up asking for a scripture case and a German white hand book, but I'll let you know.
Also, no we don't have bikes or cars. I believe there is only one car area in our mission. We use A LOT of busses and trains and A TON of walking. My feet are disgusting. I didn't even know feet could feel this way. I am so so tired, more tired then I have ever been in my life. I fall asleep so fast! And it's harder than ever to wake up in the morning. haha. The food is great. I have eaten at one members house. It was super good. I have also had lots of tea, and that's just so weird to me. I had my first Dönner. Those things are heaven on earth. When my teachers would describe them I was disgusted, but it's so good! It reminds me of a Gyro but there are Dönner stands everywhere, along with bakeries and ice cream shops. But yeah, food's great. No complaints.-... yet. 

Can't wait to skype you soon!
Sister Regnier
   This is a picture of our meeting house.
It's on the second floor of a big building-it's EXTREMELY small! 

View from my apartment window

My apartment-the white one between the two yellow houses
Across from my favorite part of town