November 30, 2015 – Week 62

Dear lovely people,

This week was super eventful and busy–both in events and also the life lessons/spiritual insights that I have been learning. I have been learning so much about trusting in God and His will. I am a firm believer that our Heavenly Father loves us with more than we can imagine and is just waiting to bless us. I’ve come to realize that He often works on a ‘good, better, best’ system with methods of misisonary work, ways to spend our time, decisions to be made. We are not predetermined to follow a set plan. There are many great options waiting for us. But it is when we rely on God, and give Him our hearts and trust Him that He can lead us to the better and best things potentially waiting. Just take the example of the 3 kingdoms of glory! Good, better, best. πŸ™‚ Take it from one of my favorite Dutch heros, Corrie Ten Boom, ‘never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.’ 

I love this ward and seeing the progress of recent converts who were preparing for baptism when I came here on exchages a year ago. These people are amazing and they worked super hard to make the open house this week a sucess.Our investigator Jasmine is amazing and doing so well. She is excited in making progress in the gospel! We went to the Singing Elders concert together this week and she asked if she could read the Book of Mormon together on the bus. Speaking of which, I finished the Book of Mormon in Dutch! Hoorah! That was amazing. 

The Primary Program was this Sunday and we sang A Child’s Prayer with them. I was so touched when they sang about the armies of helaman. They are so strong and their testimonies radiated. 

Now for two awesome stories! First of all, when members were signing up for dinner appointments this week, we labeled Thursday as Thanksgiving with the hope that an American family would invite us over. πŸ™‚ But a sweet older couple signed their name and while writing they asked, “What is Thanksgiving?” We just laughed and explained but were super happy they were inviting us over so graciously. We were enthusiastic when they told us we would be eating fish. Long story short, we show up with the elders on Thanksiving and somehow they had thought they signed up for Friday, so we all had Chinese takeout instead! But it was a disastrous night turned beautiful because it was so fun and gezellig,(I don’t know how to translate that…maybe google it). We all said what we were thankful for and learned from each other in a spiritual and fun environment. I don’t remember ever feeling so thankful on Thanksgiving! 

Lastly, I had a super humbling and eye-opening moment Tuesday. Sister Twiggs is amazing and so dedicated. Even when she is sick, she still just longs to be working. That day, after district meeting, we had to go home so she could sleep for a couple hours. I tried to do area book work and stay busy, but I was starting to get anxious about not knowing the city and I just wasn’t in the mood to do missionary work. After our dinner appointment we had some time to go door knocking, but I still really wasn’t feeling it. But the good news was, she was health-wise feeling so much better. After the first door we knocked, she briefly spoke to the man and he rather rudely shut the door. Sister Twiggs turned to me and said, “Isn’tthis amazing?!” She was so happy to be out doing the work and that she was healthy enough to feel good! It touched me deep inside and I wanted my motivation to be greater to talk to all those people behind the doors. 

Well that’s all for now folks!

Love,

Sister Manning

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