Monday, October 26, 2015

Another 6 weeks with sister Bunderson!! and Heidelberg!!!!

So sister Bunderson and I have been stressing all week, because we were going to find out on Saturday wether or not if the two of us are staying together another transfer.... We even tried to get inside info from the assistants, and zone leaders, but to no avail! We have a mission wide conference call for transfers where they announce who is going and staying, and when they got to Heidelberg sisters, he assistants to the president took a ridiculously long pause before announcing that we were staying together!!! :) :) we are so excited! We have already started a bit of our planning and goal setting for
this transfer. We want to work hard and do our absolute best!! It's not every day that you get to stay another six weeks in the beautiful city of Heidelberg doing the Lords work with someone as motivated and excited about missionary work as you. :)
To celebrate sister Bunderson and I have literally not stopped smiling! :) Also we have just had a fantastic week. (other than we were a little bit sick at the beginning of this week) Sister Bunderson and I were on a split in Kaiserslautern- I was with the amazing sister Whicker in Heidelberg- we had a great time together. Sometimes a woman just needs change in her life- so during our lunch break we chopped off like a good 6 inches of her hair! (I don't think people should trust me with scissors... but yeah... haha so that was a party!) We also contacted so way cool people from Kenya as well.
Oh other random moment of the week.
We were walking home one night- through the altstadt.... and of course we wanted to buy some icecream- so we stopped and got ourselves a couple delicious scoops of italien gelato (Can't complain there!) And as we were sitting down this deaf man came up and sold us an GSL alphabet! Plus a picture of a baby kitten and a frog.

We had the wonderful opportunity this week to take part in a musical fireside that one of the sisters in Mannheim organized. It was amazing. The theme was the grace of Jesus Christ. I am always amazed at what talent people have when it comes to singing... (Especially Kandra and Kiana... I got a video of them singing absolutely beautiful
Anyways, this musical fireside was absolutley amazing. One of our investigators was able to come even though it was in a different city- and he loved it. His name is Eric and he is from Nigeria. We have been meeting with him quite a bit- His story is amazing as well. He traveled across the Sahera desert in order to get to Italy. He said that he was able to recognize God in his life because with out God- he would not have survived.
Today I have so much to be grateful for. I am grateful that I can be here in Germany- that I can be here with Sister Bunderson and that I can teach this gospel here in the beautiful city of Heidelberg!

Liebe Grüße

Sister Shurts

Monday, October 19, 2015

"Do you want to do some finding?"

Well this week there are officially two Shurts' out on missions again!
Let the good times roll. Dal is in the Provo MTC starting his own crazy journey. He is going to be an amazing missionary. :) sister Bunderson and I had two back to back zone trainings again this week.
It was so much fun though. In one of our zones sister Bunderson and I sang a song! Like really it was our own little mini musical. haha we took other songs and made them missionary parodies... Haha it was a focus on finding. We got some frozen and les mins in there as well...
It was fantastic.
"Knock knock... Do you want to do some finding? We have a street display! Etc" (to do you want to build a snowman from frozen) I thought it would be super embarrassing, but when has that ever been a problem for me? Haha anyways it was just fun to get everyone pumped for finding. As a missionary in Germany we do a lot of street displays, and also door to door. Which can be really hard for a lot of missionaries. But it is important to keep your spirits up. Zone trainings are really good for that. I love going on splits with all the sisters and being able to work with them all one on one. Because that is where real missionary work takes place. I learn so much from our spirits together. Whether it is somethings small as how to by a cheaper train ticket or how to testify of he Book of Mormon better.

We found out this week that Patrick was transferred to a new refugee camp three hours away. Which was way sad. We contacted the missionaries over there so he can still get to church, but it will be weird not being able to teach him anymore. He sent us a text that just made everything worth it though, "hi sisters, I bear my testimony that the spiritual light and truth will not only bless us and our posterity here in mortality, but throughout all eternity, and worlds without end. I testify that God cares about us. He listens, and answers our prayers in his own way. I know that prophet Thomas S Monson is a true prophet of God, that will lead us back to God true Jesus Christ. Love Patrick. "
I love sharing the gospel
I love being a missionary
There is nothing that brings me more joy.
I know that God loves each of us.
All the best

Sister Shurts

Monday, October 12, 2015

This was our week!

Sister Bunderson and I are sitting on a train writing our emails as we head towards Kaiserslautern. It is a beautiful train ride- I love seeing all the cute little German villages and castles and old buildings as we speed by. :) someday I'm gonna come back here (anyone want to join me?) This week was jam packed with miracles. The week started off a little bit rough, but it got rolling. And didn't stop. I think I realized the importance of planning this week. This is just how sister Bunderson and I are. We love to be outside talking to people. And if we are inside doing anything else we feel unproductive... So last week we opted out of our weekly planning session because we just had so many appointments... And because of that this week we didn't have our best game plan. However once we took the time to plan a little bit our time was so much more effective. No brainier right... Yeah, still working on it! So highlight of the week was probably meeting two cute students from China. They came to church and looooved it. Their names are Vicky and Jenny! And in the first lesson we were able to set baptismal dates with them!!!  :):) they are so cute. Also this week we met with Patrick and he is writing a pop song about the Book of Mormon, there is a shout out in it to Bunderson and Shurts during the rap. So someday when that song is famous you will all know it is us!!
Little moments of missionary work are what make it fun. Like when I get to meet people from all over the world. Yesterday I met someone from Croatia! Or making silly music videos with sister Bunderson, Or when we are running down the old cobblestones streets to catch a train, or pausing for a moment to enjoy some hot chocolate in a cafe.
But I think out of all the little moments that happen, what I enjoy the most is sitting down with a complete stranger and teaching about gods plan for them personally, and then standing up again as friends.
God loves each of his children. I am so proud of my brother Dallin for choosing to serve a mission. Dal I love you- you are going to be an amazing missionary- just serve God before all else, enjoy he MTC!
All the best

Sister Shurts

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cut Hair

You know that moment you are up late talking to your companion and discussing deep life questions and you both just decide to cut your hair? Yeah that was our week. :) we had the pleasure of going on three splits this week. Where we were able to help the sisters make new goals for their areas and learn knew ways of taking to people about the gospel. Although it was a little bit exhausting it was still worth it, because we learned so much from each of the sisters. We ride a train for about 2 hours to get to a lot of the sisters so it does take allot of time, but heavenly father helps us out in our area. Lot. And it seems like he makes the little time that we do have in our area that much more effective!

Small story, :) we had planned on doing a small street display in Heidelberg early this week, but once we got there it started pouring... Logic tells you to pack up camp and go somewhere else, at no one would want to talk to you anyways.... But we decided to stay anyways. We even brought Patrick along and he helped us talk to people. As we talked to people in the pourin rain we stopped many many people who were legitimately interested in learning more. The next few days we had all the appointments that we set up... And one man who we actually thought was pretty flakey ended up showing up with his girlfriend!!! And the lesson was fantastic. He ended up asking us question after question and later in the week as we were meeting with his girlfriend, we committed her to be baptized on the 8th of November!!! Anyways that just showed me not to try and judge myself who is ready for the gospel.

This week we had our zone conference as well, which was fantastic, I was able to lead a discussion about baptism, and it just hit home to me today, why baptism with the correct authority is so important. It is the first step to a host of blessings that Heavenly Father is waiting tongue us!
Anyways, I hope that you all have a great week Love you all Sister Shurts

I got the package....FINALLY!! Thank you!!

Zone Conference
Cutting hair!!??