Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"I LOVED the package!" (SP)

Hey all!
     K seriously.  Another full week that feels like a year has gone by.  So cool!  Days feel like weeks and weeks feel like days.  THE weirdest feeling ever.  But I love being a missionary!
       Family, I LOVED the package!  Danielle, THANK YOU for the cookies!!  I loved them :D.  Oh, family, you'll also be "proud" to read that I've had more sugar in the MTC than probably any time of my LIFE.  I'm enjoying my food haha :).  Ok, and anyone reading this, send missionaries packages.  It's better than Christmas as many RM's know :).
     Story for you.  Two days ago (June 24) was busy as usual, but especially hard because I'd felt the prompting to make a change that was seemingly unimportant.  You know that feeling that you get when things and the "flow" of your day/week just doesn't click?  Like you get up, do everything, but you just forget a few things that are SO important etc etc?  Monday was like that.  I was very obedient, but could STILL feel this "off" feeling.
      I thought back to that thing I needed to change and finally decided to take action and shift.  I talked to one of my German teachers about it for like the third time and, NOT kidding, SECONDS after we talked, I hear from our district leader (who picks up the mail) that there's a small package for me.  I go back into our classroom and find a small envelope package from Sister KING from Espania!!  Of all people, your best friend who's also on a mission is one of the best you can hear from.  I knew immediately that it was a sign from the Lord that choosing to follow that ever so slight prompting was another puzzle piece of being exactly obedient.  Father knew that I was testing out and learning exactly WHAT being exactly obedience entails.  I was overcome with joy and peace.  Ok, for the LIFE of me I couldn't find that scripture that says, As soon as you follow the spirit, He doth immediately bless you in D&C.  But THAT one is what came to mind.  I know the Lord wants us to see and understand that being obedient is a HAPPY thing!  It's not to aggravate us.  I knew that, but I'm now seeing it in the woodwork.
     But there's more!  We went and retrieved a package that I'd been waiting to pick up for FOUR days.  If you are ANYONE, that's an eternity.  But me and my two comps seriously could not find the time to go and get it.  That's not an accident.  I know that the work and our lives run with a fluidity that only the Spirit provides when we're doing exactly what WE KNOW we should do.  He teaches us along the way and expects nothing more than that.  There's a quote by Cecil something (used to be a president at BYU) [President Samuelson] that basically says, 'Just as we're not entitled to lower the standard the Lord has set, we're also not entitled to raise it.'  Do what you can, pray, and have HOPE that you never need to put on that face that everything is ok but it's really not.  
     Fetching, if you're trying to do everything yourself, cut yourself some slack and take a chill.  That's what the Atonement's for.  And God's Grace.  I've known that, but I'm seeing it again in finer print.  I'm definitely not pushing myself to do more than I'm able and the work is not overwhelming.  It's like every person has a certain distance in a race that's unique for them and they try to run more or less that what that race entails.  Sometimes we run slower than the race demands and sometimes we're kicking our butts to run a 100M race that is really 400M.  I love the Gospel :).
     So, companionship inventory?  Remember how I said I thought I could get along with pretty much everyone?  MAYBE I just said that to myself.  Um, HOLY backfire.  Hahahahahaha!!  I have two comps like I said earlier, Sister Lewis (from Orem) and Sister Kirvenen (from Finland).  Me and Sister Kirvenen were NOT the best of friends after a week.  Last Thursday was the peak of it and I KNOW it was divine help to have a third companion added before this happened haha.  We had a comp inventory that night and OH mama.  Tears, emotions, frustration, fear, deep depression in fact!  (butchered, but quote for Lydia from Chicken Little)  Haha Mom, I don't know WHAT the English or even Irish had against the Fins back a bazillion years ago, but I think it came up at our comp inventory.  Hahahaha we talked, got out our judgements, moved on, and I'm not kidding, we're all three the BEST friends I've almost ever had.  Hopefully some ancestral past fights were cleared some.  It was bad but we talk and laugh about it now.  It is a witness that you could marry ANYone that has the same standards and make it work.  Oh man.  Heavenly Father has a sense of humor like no one I know.
     Jake!!  Congrats on going through the temple!!  I wish I could have been there.  I'm working hard in the ranks waitin for ya :).  Broadcast on Sunday??  SO good!!  So so so good.  It was a sweet experience for me to see Grandpa Packer speak!  I totally bawled when he spoke.  So much power and exactly what I needed to hear.  I know that the best place I could be is HERE.  I'm not missing out on anything at home.  It's fun to hear about it and yesterday was actually the first bit of homesickness I've felt this whole time.  But I know I've got other experiences for me here.  Oh and Janice Kapp Perry came to speak last night at Devo (devotional).  Bawled my eyes out.
     The church is true and the book is blue.  Viel Glaub!  Til next woche!
            Sister Nicole Packer
Sister Kirvenen, Sister Lewis and Me!  Love these girls!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"LOVE speaking German" (SP)

     HOLY beans.  Um my spirit bum has been worked SO hard.  We work from 6:30-9:00 every day.  Work work work.  But it's more like play play play :).  BreAnne: THANK you for your letter!!  I loved it SO much :).  I was so happy to hear from the fam.  I haven't worried about anyone or felt homesick like at all....sorry.....ha but I love hearing from those that write.
     Um so I knew this work was true before I came out here.  I know the miracles that can happen and that prayer, study, obedience is crucial.  But THIS is unbelievable.  I know SO many already know what I'm talking about, but it's down to such a wire that it blows your mind. 
     I LOVE speaking German.  Remember how I was happy to go anywhere BUT German speaking?  Haha Alpine GERMAN-speaking mission....  No haha but I freaking love this language SO much.  I could pray and bear my testimony in German on day 3 and it only gets better.  I would not be afraid to go out now to the field and just take a whack at it :).  I think about Grandpa Packer's blessing when I was set apart ALL the time.  I have NO fear.  Ever. What an incredible thing to be blessed with.  I guess I must need it with the people of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria!
     I have two companions right now Sister Kirvenen (care-veenen, with a rolled R) and Sister Lewis.  Sister Kirvenen is from Finland and speaks fluent Finnish, English, some Japanese, some Swedish, and is excellent auf Deutch.  She's incredible.  It's been hard working with her because, Lydia, remember your brain book?  She has a really hard time sitting and focusing sometimes, but I'm so happy to have her determined spirit.  It's been a blessing.  I love the practice of looking at strengths no weaknesses.  Cultures are different and it's having companion inventory, figuring out what we mean when we do what and then getting back to work.  I love her and her sarcastic humor which I was offended by at first, but now I just love her for it.
     Sister Lewis is a GEM.  So I mentioned that I was made the Sister Training Leader day 3 right?  All sisters should, but I check girls clothes and will remind them if it's not quite modest.  I told Sister Lewis once and she immediately went and changed.  ZERO drama.  Then today she went through her clothes and said, "Hey what do you think was too short that I should send home?"  Um OH-kay.  Gem.  She's had a harder time with German and tends to spout little Spanish words every now and then haha but she's a hoot and keeps us all laughing.
     Ok and then there's the girls from Scotland.  HOLY freaking hilarious.  Their accents crack me up.  It doesn't matter what they say.  Funny story.  Sister Mcewen (Mick-Q-en, so Scottish right??)  Is in our room and she says things  like, "That's a bloomin ____".  HOLY hilarious.  I can't help but laugh my head off.
    I'm out of time.  But I love it here so much.  The work is incredible and the Lord delivers us.  I'll write a letter with some German in it :).  Love you all!!  Thank you for your prayers!  If you could, pray for a Sister Couper (also from Scotland) and for Sister Maata (from Finalnd as well).  They've had a hard time adjusting.  Foreign students have had a harder time but I love 'em so much.  Good faith!
              Sister Packer

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Nicole's First Day (SP)

Dear Family!
     HOLY beans.  First day.  Check.  When they say your immersed in the work your first day, they're not kidding.  We're led away by a host to our rooms which, first miracle of the day, was Christie Bunnell! I like started tearing up when I saw her, not sure why... I think a tsunami of emotions and one familiar face made my whole world feel peaceful.
     We went straight to our trainers who spoke ZERO English.  But we're speaking our language 100% or at least what we know at ALL times.  It's super fun!  Yes yes there's SO much to take in, but letting myself get overwhelmed isn't the best way to cope.  So I just keep smiling and make it a game :).  I  LOVE the MTC.
     My first companion!!  She's from FINLAND, k and I'm already picking up her accent.  Her name is Sister Kervina (care-veena) and is a GEM.  Seriously.  Instant best friends?  Ya, they happen.  I get her for 6 whole weeks! Yeah!! :D  Laughing and playing the speak the Deutch we DON'T know.
     I'll write more about the sisters in my room, some from Scotland, another from Finland, Utah, Utah... I think ... haha a lot to remember.  All the accents rock :).
     2nd miracle: saw sister Rachel Lieshman form UVCC.  3rd miracle: Brought an extra face scrub totally last minute without thinking too much about it and turns out I left my first one at home.  heavenly Father is watching out for me.  Oh, 4th miracle.  My little closet was LOADED with hangers and no one else's were.  So I gave some extras out, but had enough to hand up some things :).
     I love you all SO much.  They've got good multi-tasking tactics here.  Work so hard that you don't think about home.  Ha ask me in a week... Anyway :).  Talk to ya'll soon!
   Sister Packer

- My shoes are AWESOME.  Zero problems :) :) :).
-There are so many sisters that are foreign it's crazy!  I'm learning a Scottish and Finnish accent ;).

Oh P.S!  I was made Sister Training leader yesterday (June 13)!  I'm so humbled and blessed!  Pray for my sisters!

Entering the MTC (SP)

Entered today ready to go, pink suitcases and all.  The many siblings said goodbye at home and Mom and Dad got to drop her off.

The sister missionaries that came and got her were very sweet.