February 23, 2015 – Week 22

Hello everyone! Things are going really well here in Maastricht, my heart continues to expand in love for the work and the people! Carnivale was last week and it was seriously so so crazy.  Like what? It’s basically like Halloween and Mardi Gras put together.  A lot of drunk people in costumes partying for three days! Every city celebrates it a little differently (but generally it’s only celebrated in Belgium and down south in Nederland because it is a Catholic holiday).  There are marching bands in the streets and seriously like half of the people on public transportation are dressed up! You don’t have to dress up like a certain “thing,” though you can.  Onzies that have animal print are all the rage.  But also, many many people look like they are about to go to the Capitol in the Hunger Games! The costumes are super well made and elaborate and there are wigs, glitter, and SO much face paint.  Good times 🙂

Also exciting this week is that last P-day members in our ward took the missionaries sight-seeing! We went to the American WWII cemetery, a very reverent and beautiful place. Then we went to the highest point in the Netherlands (which is picture with the statue with the elders on one side and the sisters on the other). This was cool to see because in my last city, I visited the point which marks the lowest point in the Netherlands! Then we walked over to the Three Land Point, which is where Belgium, Germany, and Nederland all touch! Nearby there is a huge tower and that you climb up to overlook all three countries! Then, because they are military, they took us on one of the bases there and we ate hamburgers and went bowling.  So American! It was crazy!

I love studying about the light of Christ and how everyone has an innate ability to know right from wrong.  We love to sing in our tri-companionship, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!”
Lots of love to you all, I hope you have a wonderful week!

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