Good week but I am short on time to give the full account. It is nice that soon I can just tell these stories without having to email them 🙂
I have learned much this week about forgiveness – it really is a miracle of the atonement, both for other people and yourself! My companion and I took turns being sick this week but it is getting better now! I love looking for God’s “knipoogjes”or winks, the ways that you see that your loving Heavenly Father is mindful of you and loves you. Pray with purpose because there is someone listening!
These wards are on fire with baptisms, every weekend it is investigators or children. After one, the font accidentally got drained so the elders saved the day bringing buckets of water haha. There is power in prayer and fasting and in the Priesthood!
We had zone conference this week and we departing missionaries gave our “dying testimonies.” These next couple weeks are going to be epic! There are so many people who still need this great message!
I love you people, later alligators!
Happy Valentine’s Day! How great is life? Correct answer: pretty great.
In the words of President Eyring, “If we have faith in Jesus Christ, the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing. In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidanceof the Spirit. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. And with prophets revealing to us our place in the plan of salvation, we can live with perfect hope and a feeling of peace. We never need to feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. We can feel the love of God. The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up. And He always keeps His word.”
I know it is true! This week was full of fun adventures, exchanges in Dordrecht with my two awesome sister training leaders, Sisters Goodman and Jones.
I have a story about the power of prayer which I am not sure I have shared. We had an investigator in Tilburg named Reuben who was Hindu and worshiped many gods. But upon learning about Christ, his heart was touched and he was torn between the two ways of life. He had the desire to be baptized but he didn’t know if he could leave behind his old gods. We encouraged him to pray about it in faith. When we called him a week later, he expressed that he had a dream that Christ came to him and asked him to follow him and now he wants to be willing to do all that that entails! So beautiful.
Other fun things about Zoetermeer – we teach an English class every week, something I’ve always wanted to do! Funny, this week we practiced buying and selling things, and we taught the class how to say, “does this dress make me look fat?” haha 🙂 We also work every week on a dairy farm, feeding cows and scooping poop and the likes. It is fun and good life experiences!
One of the elders’ investigators, Milko, was baptized! What a man of faith! This week was a bit stressful – I all the sudden felt weighed down by the future and the city! AHHHHH! But thank goodness for loving friends and most of all a loving Heavenly Father. I felt his support and care for me very strongly during sacrament meeting.
One last quote because it is amazing!:
Harry Emerson Fosdick once wrote: “Some Christians carry their religion on their backs. It is a packet of beliefs and practices which they must bear. At times it grows heavy and they would willingly lay it down, but that would mean a break with old traditions, so they shoulder it again. But real Christians do not carry their religion, their religion carries them. It is not weight; it is wings. It lifts them up, it sees them over hard places, it makes the universe seem friendly, life purposeful, hope real, sacrifice worthwhile. It sets them free from fear, futility, discouragement, and sin—the great enslavers of men’s souls. You can know a real Christian, when you see him, by his buoyancy.”
Lastly, shout out to my beautiful family. I really love you all so much and owe you everything. You guys are the best.
Hello wonderful everyone. Because of random p-day adventures, I do not have sufficient time to write a proper email haha. But I am alive and this city is great!
My companion, Sister Maughan, is from Highland, Utah and she’s a gem. We cover two wards: English and Dutch speaking, and the work is really going right now! We are working with some sincere, amazing people.
Lots of love!
Can you believe it? I am getting transferred again! You know that moment in the movie The Testaments when the prophet papanwa man says, “Take me to the land Bounitful so that I may die by the temple.” Haha that is what my life is right now, because I am moving to Zoetermeer, the city where the temple is! The literal translation of the name is “sweeter lake.” Not to be confused with Salt Lake. Jokes jokes. I am sad to be leaving Tilburg. It is an amazing branch and the members here are among the best I have ever met. I will be forever thankful for them and all they did to help my companion and I out.
That dear, sweet sister moved in with a senior missionary couple to rest and recover for a little bit. I miss her! I have learned so much from her faith! I think she was put into my life at a really important time. I mean not to be dramatic, but kind of. This last transfer has changed my entire life with the depth of how my testimony has been able to grow. And there is still so much more to learn!! I love the gospel so much.
So recap on the week-still some more inside time at the begining. I went on some splits with branch members and our sister training leaders to help get some missionary work done here. One day I went on an exchange with my STL and I went so crazy-like I had the desire to literally talk to every single person I saw. It was fun:) Getting so into the work! I hope to keep that fire on my last transfer.
We had district meeting and interviews with our mission president this week-at our apartment since we couldn’t go out! That was so strange but sweet. Bless our wonderful mission president and his wife and those supportive elders in our district.
Sister Johansen pointed out one day how historic this country is and how beautiful it is that we walk on the same cobblestones that have been here for hundreds of years. The gospel is being spread to the 4 corners of the earth, and we, as missionaries are just as much a part of the history than anything else that happens. We are not perfect but there are angels helping us our here and recording these miracles and stories. I read Elder L. Tom Perry’s dedicatory prayer for the Netherlands and he blessed the missionaries here specifically that they would be able to feel God’s love. I have sure experienced the fulfillment of that blessing, as I know many other people have as well.
I am thankful for the hard times in my mission. From those I have learned the most and been strengthened. I am thankful to a Heavenly Father who cares about me enough to guide my footsteps and let me learn from each day that He gives me.
The past couple of days, I have been staying and working with the Sisters in Dordrecht, Sister Cowles (from my MTC group) and Sister Goodman. We are having a blast. I love being in a tripanionship again.
Well that’s all for now folks! Sending all my love 😀
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…
Ah man, I tried attaching a video of our fireworks display this year, but the file was too big! Just imagine you all are seeing on your screen a giant window, looking out on a square with fireworks being shot off so close to your sight and then an array of surronding fireworks as far as the eye can see! Yep. Happy New Year!
This was a really great week, full of hard work and many miracles! Everything from fasting, praying for a printer to work, helping a drunk man who had fallen off his bike travel home safely (my companion was like the good samaritan in this one), exchanges in Dordrecht with another sister from my MTC group, and going on adventures to deliver Book of Mormons (or copies of the book of mormon or however you prefer to call that). 🙂
I was sick this week with a cold, but it was a really big blessing because once again it made me appreciate how wonderul it is to be healthy; what a grand thing!
On New Year’s Eve we received strict instruction to stay inside after 4 p.m. because people go really crazy with fireworks here. So we were encouraged to stay in and make goals – and lots of them! Three spiritual and three for the following categories: where we want to be in 3, 10, and 25 years. It was a spiritual and focused experience that I am really thankful for.
Things are going well, and the work moves forward! And now, for some pictures! Love you lots, bye!