Hello world! So this week. Goodness. Well, I had a wonderful week, full of adventures, lessons, finding and rain. But I am also really, really sad because transfer calls were yesterday. Sister Greenwell had a feeling that she was going to be leaving the city, especially because since she extended she only has 4 weeks left in her mission. So I had made all the necessary preparations that I was going to get a new companion, or that we would get a new companion, or a greenie, and that I would stay in the city. I never thought I’d leave Capelle after one transfer! Because so many sisters are going home, I am being transfered to Maastricht and Sister Greenwell is being tranfered to Leeuwarden. Capelle is being shut down for 6 weeks! Madness! This will be Sister Greenwell’s 7th city, which is crazy for a sister! I am joining a trio companionship with a sister that was in my district in the MTC! And then since her companion extended after 4 weeks, it will just be the two of that.
I’m not sure if any of that made sense but basically the news is I am heading way down south! Sister Greenwell and my district leader both served in Maastricht and LOVE it. They go on and on about how great it is! Apparently there are a lot of cultures and students there because it is by a university. It is supposed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the mission and I might be taking trips to Germany because some members live there! It is a huge English-speaking ward because there is a military base nearby so that will be a new experience! I am excited for this new opportunity but so sad because I didn’t see my breakup with Capelle coming so quickly ;( ahh…I love the investigators and less actives we are teaching so much! We are arranging how to hand them over to different missionaries now. There is so much that I love about Capelle and the people and the area. I´ve had so many great experiences here! Well, Dad always says that the most consistent thing about misisonary work is change. Amen!
So a couple of other random thoughts for the week. Last P-day we went to Kinderdijk, a really beautiful touristy and county town that is filled with windmills. It was so beautiful and misty and cold! Hopefully I can send some pictures. Also, Sinterklaas was this week! We went over to a less active’s house and drank hot chocolate and they gave us chocolate letters. It was very Dutch. As a joke, Sister Greenwell and I put out our shoes the night before, with carrots for St. Nikolas’ horse, and when I woke up in the morning, there were two wrapped presents in my shoe! So adorable, Sister Greenwell made a new planner for me and gave me a chocolate M.
Another random thought: I love the word “gezellig” in Dutch. There is no good translation for it in English, it basically means warm and cozy and family. It is more of a feeling, but the Dutch use it to describe so many things: a house, or food, or memory, or event. I love it because it is so much of what I feel in the Netherlands, or thinking back of my wonderful year at BYU, or Manning traditions of Christmas being back home. It’s the feeling of reading a good book, or being warm by the fire, or giving someone a hug. It’s the feeling of eating dinner at a member’s house, or riding a bike in the rain while wearing a million layers of clothes. I’m a sentimental doofball, so the word is so descriptive for me.
Last funny thing. My trainer, Sister Greenwell, told me when I arrived that I would have “the missionary dream” which reminds me of the “noodle dream” from Kung Fu Panda haha. Basically it’s a dream wherein you are super confused because you are doing a normal activity but then realize you are wearing a missionary name tag. I have had a couple and it’s so funny! I had a dream I was competing at a forensics tournament but still a missionary. I had a dream that Kiki and I were going swimming and I freaked out because there was a name tag pinned to my suit! hahaha.
Lots of love! Please enjoy the special spirit and peace that comes with this Christmas season. Chirst really is the center and a gift to the world!
Happy December everyone! It was a fantastic week. I guess as always I will just go into my stream-of-consciousness type letter.
First off all, Thanksgiving was quite fun! Our turkey bowl was a good success and we had dinner at a Dutch family’s house. They made us traditional American Thanksgiving food, which was a bit unusual, but delicious!
A cool thing about this week is we went to a dinner appointment at a woman’s house that was our first dinner appointment. She is a really nice woman, but it was funny because the first time we came I couldn’t understand her accent at all! So being able to understand more was so cool.
I got asked out on a date during a street contact. Haha it was awkward but I guess a classic sister missionary situation.
Hello everyone! I hope you all are having great weeks and lives and all of that. 🙂 My time is super limited because we are running late but here are a couple highlights of my traveling week!
I went to Utrecht on an exchange with another greenie that was with me in the MTC! It was so fun and quite interesting as neither of us speak Dutch “real good,” but it all worked out!
I also traveled on Thursday to Belgium! Hoorah! A group of us were getting out legal paperwork done for our residencies there. It was such an amazing day because we were in Brussels and I got to hear and read so much French and Dutch and English all together. A beautiful thing, I tell you. And we saw touristy things and ate a waffle–better than you could ever imagine! Coated in sugar and whipped cream and strawberries and deliciousness!
Sister Greenwell and I had lunch with one of Sister Greenwell’s converts from a different city, a sweet and spunky woman named Ethlan. It is really amazing to see the bonds and friendships that are made on a mission. We also have a couple new investigators now which we are SO excited about!
I’ve learned that having members at lessons is GOLD like money! Not only because they speak the language, but because they add a very powerful and special witness and perspective. There are especially two women in the ward, Sisters Vermeer and Wilkens, that take really good care of the sisters and our investigators. I look forward to working more with the ward, especially because we have a new ward mission leader.
We are eating an American “Thanksgiving”with a family this week and today as a zone we played a turkey bowl! Yay for football, ‘merica:)
Anyways, I hope to catch up more about my exciting adventures next week and send a couple pictures as well as spiritual thoughts next week. Be good, everybody!
Lots and lots of love,
Hello people! Sorry to spam you with pictures/emails but I wanted to try to get some sent. This week a lot of really amazing things and really regular things happened, but missionary work is so great! For this week’s email, I thought I’d do a little session of true/false Netherlands style about myths or things I think are cool about the Netherlands. So, here goes!