Sunday, 26 July 2015

For Time and Eternity

As most of you might know, I got married to a wonderful young gentleman 2 weeks ago, and because I'm a married woman now, I feel like I can finally share my infinite wisdom about marriages with you

#1 get married
#2 stay married
#3 see #2

The end.

What I'm trying to say is, I don't know anything about being married except for that I love my husband, i have a whole new family of in laws, I  had to change my last name, and i get to sleep in a double bed!

I love it. And it's fantastic. And it's been the scariest yet most joyful decision I've ever made. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

So if any of you lack wisdom and want to know if you should get married, don't ask me.

But if you want to know if it's worth all the trouble. It is.

Sunday, 29 March 2015


Do you know that feeling when you just think everything is fine, you don't have to worry and you tell yourself: 'I am so happy! Life is good. I'm doing great!' And then this feeling becomes pride and slowly you just forget little by little whom to thank for you good life? Well hello me.

But thankfully, God loves us and He knows how to get us back on track.

Just as I was about to realise how little I included my Heavenly Father in my daily life, trials where already on its way. And though I might not understand them, or wholeheartedly welcome them, I do appreciate them. The good thing about trials though is, that we do not have to face them alone. So just as I received bad news about my path of education, I also felt inspired to check out And because it's Easter, there was another video about the Saviors Atonement. Which made me cry. It made me realise, that yes, everything is fine, aslong as I rely on Jesus Christ. I realised, I am happy, because I know who I am, I know my worth. I realised, life is good, because He who took upon Him all of our troubles, sorrows and sins, has given me life.

As one of my favourite characters of the Mortal Instruments Series once said: "Therefore you can never loses hope, because if you keep hope alive, it will keep you alive."

Life is good, #BecauseHeLives !

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Pitfalls of an RM: Consistency

So, not that I think I have a lot of readers out there, but to all those who were wondering where I have been these last weeks, well what can I say. I've been trapped in an "oh, I don't have time for this right now"-attitude. Old Sister Nemec would've said: "If you don't have time to read your scriptures every day you are busier than God ever intended you to be." And as all my investigators know, I would've committed them to get their act together and start studying again.

So here I am, just home for 6 months and I already get really inconsistent with studying the Gospel. You leave one day out, then another one and then all of the sudden you find yourself starting with "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents..".

So I guess what I am going to do is to follow the councel of missionary-me, get my act together and start reading consistantly again.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Apostle Project #D. Todd Christofferson

So last week #TheApostleProject has taken me to learn more about and of Elder D. Todd Christofferson which I was excited about because even though I met him in person, I didn't know a lot about him.

Elder Christofferson was called to be a member of the Quorum of the twelve 2008, only 2 1/2 years after I have been baptized, but I cannot remember witnessing it. Hurray for which archives every recorded talk of General Conference.

In his first talk "Born Again" he shares with us some of the inadequacy he felt that day: 

"Fifteen years ago I stood for the first time at the pulpit in the Tabernacle as a newly sustained Seventy. I was 48 years old. I had thick, dark brown hair. I thought I understood what it meant to feel inadequate. At the end of my five-minute remarks, my shirt was dripping with perspiration. The whole thing was something of an ordeal. However, today, in retrospect, it seems a comparatively pleasant experience."

He then goes on teaching us about the process of being born again. After giving us some scriptural examples he then concludes with these thoughts: 

"You may ask, Why doesn’t this mighty change happen more quickly with me? You should remember that the remarkable examples of King Benjamin’s people, Alma, and some others in scripture are just that—remarkable and not typical. For most of us, the changes are more gradual and occur over time. Being born again, unlike our physical birth, is more a process than an event. And engaging in that process is the central purpose of mortality.

At the same time, let us not justify ourselves in a casual effort. Let us not be content to retain some disposition to do evil. Let us worthily partake of the sacrament each week and continue to draw upon the Holy Spirit to root out the last vestiges of impurity within us. I testify that as you continue in the path of spiritual rebirth, the atoning grace of Jesus Christ will take away your sins and the stain of those sins in you, temptations will lose their appeal, and through Christ you will become holy, as He and our Father are holy."

Having been reborn, we do need to try a little harder to seek to do good continually. I know it seems hard at times, but we have been given the gift of the Holy Ghost. We have Him with us to lead and guide us on our path of righteousness. As we listen to Him continually, we get more sensitive to His promptings and we live in more accordance with the will of our dear God. 

In the talk "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten", Elder Christofferson recounts a story that happened to Elder Brown, former member  of the Quorum of the Twelve. The church has made a Mormon Message about it, which I absolutely love: 

Getting correction, not to mention seeking correction, is super hard for me. Not because I think I am perfect, but just because I sometimes take it too personally. Because I used to think that people correct me because they don't like me.  But this talk has really shown me again, how we should give correction, and also why correction takes place. Our first motive for correction should aways be love. 

"All of us can meet God’s high expectations, however great or small our capacity and talent may be. Moroni affirms, “If ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is [God’s] grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ” (Moroni 10:32). It is a diligent, devoted effort on our part that calls forth this empowering and enabling grace, an effort that certainly includes submission to God’s chastening hand and sincere, unqualified repentance. Let us pray for His love-inspired correction."

I feel so blessed to have gotten to know this stalwart Apostle over the last week. It is such a joy to have Apostles. I testify, that they are called of God, that they speak His words, and that we can trust them. 


Study Suggestions:
Born Again
The Moral Force of Women
As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten
The Doctrine of Christ

PS. Get ready with me for this week featuring Elder Russel M. Nelson ! 

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Apostle Project. #Jeffrey R. Holland

So last week I have visited my old ward in Salzburg where I was able to be in the YSA sunday school class with one of my favourite teachers in church. The topic we talked about were the apostles, and we were asked to study the ones that we have now, to learn of them and get to know them. I decided to study one of the Apostles every week. And thus came to pass The Apostle Project.

Starting randomly with Elder Holland, I watched his first talk in Fall General Conference 1994 and was impressed by the humility of this great man. In his talk "Miracles of the Restoration" he said: 

"My beloved brothers and sisters, this is my first opportunity to stand before you since the events of June 23 altered the course of my life and of my service forever. That was exactly one hundred days ago, and every one of those days I have prayed to be worthy of and equal to this sacred responsibility. Perhaps you can understand the immense personal inadequacy I feel and the deep, often painful examination of my soul I have experienced."

When I read this, my heart was warm and I could relate. And I think we all can. With great power comes great responsibility. I guess I am not alone in sometimes thinking the apostles do everything right. They would never, ever make a mistake. They are perfect. But this humble servant of the Lord has told us himself, that he is praying every single day to be worthy of that calling. He has told us about his inadequacy. But yet he has accepted this call and is striving his best to do the Lords work. What a great example.

Another thing that I learned from Elder Holland came from his talk "Lord, I Believe":

I am not asking you to pretend to faith you do not have. I am asking you to be true to the faith you do have. Sometimes we act as if an honest declaration of doubt is a higher manifestation of moral courage than is an honest declaration of faith. It is not! So let us all remember the clear message of this scriptural account: Be as candid about your questions as you need to be; life is full of them on one subject or another. But if you and your family want to be healed, don’t let those questions stand in the way of faith working its miracle.

He then tells a story about a boy who told him he didn't know yet, that the church was true, but he believed it. Elder Holland councelled him and us, that we should never be sorry for 'only believing'. To believe is a strong and powerful thing.

In his talk "The Tongue of Angels" he asks us to be kind and think about the things we say. I know that I talk impulsively, sometimes I say really stupid things, and unfortunately hurt people. So I am going to work a little harder of speaking the tongue of Angels.

In conclusion I'd like to tell you, that I used to be so scared of Elder Holland, because of his boldness. He can be really tough. But if we really listen to him and watch him speak, we can feel that he is called of God to this sacred duty. He didn't choose it. But he magnifies his calling. And that is why I love him so much.


Study Suggestions:
Place No More for the Enemy of my Soul
Lord I Believe
Safety for the Soul
Like a Broken Vessel
Broken Things to Mend
The Tongue of Angels

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Tribute to the faithful members of the EMM

Yesterday at 4:30am my sister and I started our journey to visit my old mission field,the England Manchester Mission. We had everything planned and organised. We were so ready to go.

In preparation for the trip I just thought how inspired he whole thing was. Everything was so perfect and seemed to fall into place.

And then it started to snow in bratislava. And so we waited and waited and waited. The flight got delayed,diverted and eventually cancelled. All other flights to England where full. So there we where,wonderful expectations and excitement replaced with sadness.

Our trip to bratislava turned out well though. A nice Austrian lad took us to the next shopping center where my sister and I continued our journey to England by eating fish and chips (which made me feel sick), going to next (disapointmend) and finally buying some good things at Marks and Spencer like those amazing buttermints that Brother Murray introduced to me (soothing reaction - not sure if sugar or nostalgia).

All in all I got to spend time with someone I really love (in this case my wonderful sister) which was really what this trip was about. So to all the people that I couldn't see,I love you. And you have changed my life. You have made my mission something special and I know that we will see.

I'd also like to express special love to Joanne,Tamsin and Taylor who are entering the waters of baptism today. You are fantastic and I am so happy for you!

And to my biggest fan in Rhyl, Lilia,I absolutely adore you.

So I guess that was my trip to England. Does everything happen for a reason? Maybe. But I'm in charge of my happiness and I choose to be happy by knowing that I have amazing friends. So here's to the stalwart people of the England Manchester Mission!