Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 23 November 30th, 2015

Hi friends and fam!

I hope everyone had a wunderbares thanksgiving! It isn't a holiday
here but Christmas is underway and in full force! This week was such a
good one. Actually the best on my mission so far to be honest. I gave
my first blessing!!!

Monday: pday went to a sick German museum then a weinachtsmarkt.
Germans do Christmas very well!⛄️

On Wednesday we had zone conference in Berlin. It was the "ho ho zone
conference" get it? Cause it was Christmas themed.. And Santa.. And ho ho
zo... Conference.. Hahhh. ANYWAYS, way good and way fun. We got all of
the new Christmas pass-along cards and saw the new Christmas video the
church is putting out this year.

THURSDAY was so busy Elder Glissmeyer and I did not have time to eat.
It was my favorite day. I'm going to try and explain what happened as
best as I can! So every week we meet the Mantilla Family with the
Spanish sisters - kind of. We usually mainly teach the daughter but the
mom usually listens and chimes in too. This time we went and only the
mom was there. She let us in and before we knew it she was crying and
crying and opening up to us BIG TIME. In a way she never has even come
close to before. She said she feels like she has a cold heart because
she believes in God she just doesn't feel close to him. She said when
she was younger she had the same excitement and fire about her because
she could feel the spirit. But she can't anymore on her own. And that
makes her so sad and makes her feel like she isn't loved. She
absolutely loves meeting with us because when we are over, she says she
can feel a little bit of that spirit coming back to her. All of us
bore our testimony to her that she IS loved. The Spanish sisters then
wanted to read James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the
elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with
oil in the name of the Lord. I then had the opportunity to give her a
blessing. She said when Elder Glissmeyer and I put our hands on her
head she felt something go throughout her entire body. PRIESTHOOD
POWER LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. In all seriousness, she is one of the
nicest people I've ever met. We've been praying so hard that something
will happen spiritually to her to give her that spirit back and then
she's gonna get dunked!!!

Fast forward to Saturday and we had something called a Musikalischer
Abend. We were at the church in Tiergarten all day practicing. When we
finished we had a couple hours before the show, so we went down to
Potsdamer platz and Christmas Caroled and gave out gummy bears and the
new Christmas cards. It was so cold but so fun. The show itself was a
movie type thing and every so often there would be a musical number
and they were all amazing by members, missionaries and youth! It was a
great turn out and a lot of people came.

I just found out the Spanish sisters are pushing President for me to
be put in the Spanish program here. They are my favorite. They say I
have a good accent and whenever I say Spanish phrases in lessons with
them they freak out. It's way funny! Of course I can't start until I'm
fluent in German so they asked me to study Deutsch extra hard this
next transfer to fluency so I can get started on my Espanõl asap.
Spanish is cake compared to German so hopefully I can pick it up
pretty quick. Crazy stuff.

Bete zu ihm! Sprich denn er hört dich! :)

Oh yeah ps I guess they found two Isis members in Berlin so Germany
has declared legit war on Syria soo.... Hopefully I don't like, die. Jk

on the real tho....
Love y'all
Elder Noah Miller 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 22 November 23, 201

Sorry not a lot of time today so this is gonna be short!

It's officially a winter wonderland here in Deutschland! Snowed all
last night and now this morning. It's fun to look at but not fun to be
in:) Christmas stuff is officially underway and things are decorated.
I will send pictures next week of it because today is the day that the
Weihnachtsmarkts start! Yeeee.

Work is good here! This upcoming week is gonna be a busy one for us
with a lot of stuff going on and we're way excited. I hope everyone
has the best Thanksgiving this week! So much to be grateful for.

I'm grateful for my family, my Mom, Dad, Nick, Sky, all my Cousins, 
Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents, Holly, Alexis,
Kell, Austin, their families, Kev, Jake, Blake, Grant, Tanner
Erickson, Ryan Edwards, Cameron Christensen, John Nelson, Brody Zaugg,
Hayden Nieslon, Rigden, Rhett, Will, Kade, Preston, Taylor and Austin
Edwards, Jay, Lukas, Boeskis, Davis, Morgan Peterson, Kait, Brittany
Brown, Jake Toolson, Sarah Foulger Toolson, Karlee Winters, Sun Valley
2k15 squad, byuh men's soccer, surfing, Fifa, Call of Duty days,
California, Arizona, my house, the holidays, Arsenal 96 Premier, Superstition
Tigers, Highland Hawks, good music, Germany, my companions, my
district, my zone, my mission, the gospel!!! And other things that I
can't think of right now.


Elder Miller

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 21 November 16th, 2015

Alright what a week!!!

I'm sorry i´m going to pretty much skip everything and get right down to the juicy stuff.

Friday morning we had a spontaneous mission wide conference call. The news? Elder M. Russell Ballard of the 12 Apostles was coming to talk to us! In 2 days!! hahaha oh man. So this means the entire mission of Berlin 220 missionaries would be coming to the city together. It was so fun. Saw all my old pals from the MTC, my old district from Neubrandenburg, Elder Hein!! It was great.

Elder Ballard was amazing. He told us a lot from his talk last year in GC. About how now we need the greatest group of missionaries the world has ever seen. We need to be the greatest teachers and that Berlin Germany is a REAL mission. Not that the other missions aren't real but ya know;) And also how it's a little different and a bit harder with all the distractions we have these days that they didn't typically have back then. TV, phones, etc. We need to be FOCUSED. He's such a funny guy, i'm so grateful I had the privilege to hear his wise words.

But that's not it:) After hearing him talk I was informed he would be coming to do service with my district and I in Spandau!! And he did. He shook hands and talked with many refugees. It was seriously just crazy to have an apostle arms length distance away from me for 4 hours. I soaked it all in. On the other hand it's really sad to see all the refugees driven from their homes with nothing. These little kids were so stoked when we gave them something just as little as a plastic hair comb. It was so fun to watch them all laugh and smile. We made bags for all the families filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and other things. 

annddd that's all I can remember from the week. It flew. In a week I will be 5 months deep in the mish.. What? 

Love you guys:)

Elder Miller


Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 20 November 9th, 2015

What's good family!

No surprise, just another great week in Spandau! Can't explain how much
I love Berlin.

This week went by super fast so it's a little bit of a blur as I try
to remember what happened. Tuesday had a meeting with a guy named
Paul from Nigeria, super super Into the bible. Ended up being him
talking and teaching us more than us talking and teaching him, haha but
that's okay. After we went to Sabina's, a members house and made
cookies, which was way fun. She's has a bunch of snakes and I held one
for like 10 seconds until it lunged at me then I was done-skis!

Wednesdsday,  had district meeting and we went and visited  Bruder
Keuser. Super cool member. He's an old guy and he told us lots of
stories about when he was younger and life during the division when
the wall was up. At 20:00 (8:00pm) I left for an exchange with Elder Kreutz, our
zone leader to Tiergarten. Tiergarten is the most desired area to serve in the
mission. Literally the heart of Berlin. Their apartment is amazing.
Spoiled. Elder Kreutz is awesome! I was honestly a little surprised we
got along so well. Thursday we had family genealogy class with our
favorite Spandau Sisters and it was a blast. Elder Gallacher came and
the old office crew too. It was a party - we played jeopardy and then
worked on our trees on the computer.

Friday went on a mini exchange with Elder Sterri for a few hours and
did some finding in his area around a university. Talked to some
really, really cool people and exchanged a couple numbers so hopefully we
can set up some meetings:) Saturday we did the usual service, then went
to sport with a bunch of missionaries and their investigators which
was way fun. We played basketball and soccer.

Did some reading in Ether 12 this week and came across something that
I really liked

27: And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I
give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is
sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they
humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make
weak things become strong unto them.

Everyone has weaknesses. And just like it says, God gives us them so
that we may be humble. I know that if we recognize those weaknesses
inside us and do all we can to work at them, God will help us through
them. Those weaknesses will eventually become great strengths. For me,
my mission has opened me up, dissected me, and exposed every great
strength, weakness and insecurity. Some things that I didn't even know
about in myself. It's been hard but I'm grateful. Because of this, it
gives me a chance to work at it these things! Recognize your
weaknesses, work at them and have faith that they can become strengths
because they really can!

 I love you all! Keep on keepin on!

Liebe groß,

Elder Miller

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 19 November 2nd, 2015

What's up family! 

I hope everyone had a faaantastic safe halloween. Such a solid week this week. Elder Glissmeyer and I are honestly killing it over here in Spandau! I love him he's hilarious. We get along really well. OH second thing I forgot last week! SHOUT OUT TO JAKE AND SARAH TOOLSON! I'm ticked you didn't wait for me but ya know it's all gucci. I WANNA BE SKYPED IN AT THE RECEPTION. I love you guys. 

Alright here we go! Monday: Elder Glissmeyer came and picked me up at the office. Well kind of. We just spent P-day there and helped out the sisters that are watching over the office while the usual staff is in Freiburg accommodating the new missionaries. Got back to Spandau later unpacked and all that jazz. I went from literally the biggest apartment in the mission, to the smallest. But I love it, it's cozy ova here.

Tuesday: We went through the area book! Called a bunch of people that past missionaries somehow lost contact with and got lucky saw some miracles and made appointments!! So pumped!! After that we helped the famous Elder Gallacher get from Hannover to Potsdam in Berlin. Dude had like 3 bags and a guitar, no idea how he would have done it without us. But yeah it was great we shared some funny stories and we just had a blast. We're stoked to be in the same zone together.

Wednesday: ahhhh sweet sweet Wednesday. We went to an appointment with the spanish sisters. I was told that they were pretty stingy about the prophets today thing, so the whole morning during personal and comp study I went hard at that topic. We got there and of course, she asked me what I thought about that, I pulled out my study journal and just read some scriptures and stated the reasons I believed what I believed. This entire time the Spanish sisters are translating, some high school Spanish started to come back to me and I could pick out some words. Anyways this is really cool, for the first time, they finally accepted it could definitely be a thing. The sisters were so excited after and they said that was so crazy good, and that does not happen! Felt so good after the lesson!

Thursday: Started off really well! Found 2 people on the street and made appointments! Helped a guy name Florian with some family search stuff. We had an appointment with Reinhard but Elder Glissmeyer and I looked for his house for an hour and a half and we could not find it so we had to call and reschedule because it got too late. 

Friday: Had some really good appointments:) Our last one of the day was with a man named Harper. He is unable to walk and is in a wheelchair because he was in a roller coaster accident. His faith is unreal strong. He has had so much bad to happen him but such a good attitude. We showed him the mountains to climb Mormon message and bore our testimonies and he just cried and thanked us for coming over. 

HALLOWEEN: SO FUN. Service project then Halloween! Usually missionaries have to be in at 18 but we didn't cause the Dessin's had us over and we partied till late danced, and played games then they drove us home. See fun pics n flix below:) 

Sunday: I love love love my new ward. Church and then at night we went to visit Vanessa, Virgina, and Oma!! Two daughters 17 and like 14 who are members, then Oma (the grandma) who is not a member.... yet. Seriously best family ever. Shared a spiritual thought that was SO GOOD from sister Seare she made them all cry. Then we danced Hahah gosh I love it. I think I've danced more on my mission than I have in my life. 

Sorry this is so long. This week was just the best and I wanted to share a lot. I'm so excited to be here in Spandau:)

Bis Später,

Elder Miller