January 11, 2016 – Week 67

A week of miracles. They exist! This has been an amazing week, very interesting, funny, and fun! I will just add in some random fun things and great stories from our week…

We had a “stop smoking” party with one of our investigators; hanging up posters, treats, air fresheners, etc. It was super fun and we have faith that he can hold strong this week! That day the zone leaders worked with us – super inspired leaders – and they helped us a lot setting a baptismal date with one of our dear friends.
We had a blast eating dinner at our stake president’s house! We had a special spiritual thought with them about the Joseph Smith story. He is from Nederland and she is from England and their daughters are all so funny.  They are part of the “boom” family, which most of our branch is part of the boom family in one way or another. “Boom” in Dutch means tree, so sometimes people refer to our branch as “de gele bos” or “the entire forest.” Super funny. But they are all great people and really missionary minded. Our ward mission leader, branch president, relief society president, and the area seventy are also all members of the family, by marriage or children or brothers or what not. You know that aristocrats song “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat”? everybody wants to be a boom. 🙂 We are thankful for their inspired leadership!
We had a cool moment where Sister Johansen in an instant felt inspired to go to a different small town with an extra hour that we had. We saw that we had 5 minutes to catch the train so we biked fast and caught the train and had only 30 minutes to work there. We felt, as Nephi, being led by the spirit not knowing beforehand where we should go. The third door we knocked ended up being a nice young girl from Poland who is very interested. Since then, we have also found other investigators in this small town.
We had a nice experience with a woman named Shelia, a recent convert in our branch. We went to eat dinner with her, and she lives in an apartment with surrounding rooms of young, college boys, who were playing really loud, distracting music. But despite it, we had such a special moment with her, listening to other uplifting music and sharing our feelings about the Savior. She is such a special person whose life has really been cleansed and changed by the Atonement.
So much cold rain this week! But despite that it was still a very happy week with inside jokes! Many more things happened but they cannot be contained here! The gospel is the way, my friends. May we stay true and have our chins lifted up! Love you all and have a great week!

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