December 28, 2015 – Week 65

Hello everyone!!

What a blessed a busy week it was. We were able to meet with many investigators and families this week and share the good news of our Savior with them! Even on Christmas day, we watched Joy to the World with an investigator and then our branch president and his family took us to a couple old churches and cathedrals to see the nativity scenes. We are super blessed. 

Sister Johanson and I get along so well and have a blast together. We have also been finding our purpose for being here unfolded a little more. In a blessing my companion received, she was promised miracles as she and I work in unity and I really believe that will be true. 

Tilburg branch has had much success in baptisms the past two years and there are so many recently converted members who really need some support right now. In prayerful planning and working with our ward mission leader, we feel like this is a big contribution that we need to be making the Lord’s vineyeard right now, nuturing those who are recently baptized and helping them stay strong. 

I loved Skyping with my family this week. Shout out to the best family ever! I also feel bad because most of the time was spent just making funny faces in the camera but it happens πŸ™‚

I am so thankful for this Christmas season, for a new year with new chances and for our Savior who can change us, heal our hearts, and make every day new.

https://www.lds.org/topics/christmas/christmas-videos?lang=eng#look-to-the-light

Lots of love,

Sister Manning

December 21, 2015 – Week 65

Hello! This has been a week of sky-rocket amazing moments with a few darker, low ones sprinkled in there. I’ve offically moved to my new cit, and it is great. Working with my MTC companion, Sister Johanson, is really cool-we get each other so pumped up and have seen a lot of miracles! 

We taught a woman this week, Moen, who is so sweet and open and struggling with some despression and confusion that my companion could really relate to in a sensive way. It was amazing to see how we were able to help her turn to the Savior, her countance was completely changed after talking about the plan of salvation and she said she felt so much lighter. That is what the gospel does! 

We also had a cool moment teaching this man who we had made an appointment to teach at the train station. We tried to find a quiet place to sit down and talk but it was still a little busy and at first I felt a bit insecure about the other people listening. But as we started talking, it disappeared and was a quiet and peaceful moment. The members here are really amazing -it is a small(er) branch that just 2 years ago became a branch split off from the Breda ward. But it is really cool. Apparently in these 2 years there has been something like 12 people who joined the church-they are all so welcome and open and really in “pioneer mode” which is amazing. A really cool mix of new converts and life long members. 

I met a super beautiful recent convert this week from Colombia-she is just so sweet and faithful! And so so funny πŸ™‚ That’s how you know the gift of tounges is real because half of what she says is in Spanish.  

Also, Merry Christmas everyone! The new Christmas webpage for the church is really swell. https://www.mormon.org/christmas I love this time of year! It’s a wonderful life anyone? Well I haven’t watched it but I love the sentiment there. Life is super great and I am so dearly thankful that we celebrate the birth of a Savior at this season. I know He lives. Good things come in small packages. They always say that the best gift of all came in the form of a baby that would save the world. What a beautiful story and even better, a true message. I love you and wish you all the best this week! 

Sister Manning

December 14, 2015 – Week 64

Hello family and friends!! This was another great week here in Roosendaal. And also my last 😦 Because of the lack of sisters, the city is being closed and I am being transferred to Tilberg! It breaks my heart to only have been here 5 weeks but at the same time I feel SOOOOO blessed for the time I was able to have here-with an AMAZING companion, and incredible ward! I’ve learned much here about love, unity, and seen many a miracle! 

Speaking of which, I had the privilege this week of going back up to Leeuwarden to witness Katherine’s baptism! She is an investigator I taught there, the ex-wife of Frank. It was a beautiful service and I couldn’t be happier for her! It was also funny because my companion had to go to a meeting, so my MTC companion actually traveled up with me, and guess what, she is my new companion next transfer! Crazy! New adventures await πŸ™‚ I will miss these people a ton! 

We just met a new investigator, Sam, who came to church this week and has such a sincere desire to break free of his old lifestyle and addictions. I know the elders will take good care of these gems. 

Other highlights of the week include Christmas conference, Sister Twiggs cutting my hair, just a trim but a rush nonetheless ;), having really meaningful experiences in my personal prayers, trips to the doctor. 

And we also were invited to visit an African church from a potential investigator. There was a whole lot of shouting, it actually reminded me of my forensics piece for those of you who know that :). It was an uplifting and cultural experience, and I admire their dedication but it made me all the more thankful for the restored gospel. 

So here we go, off to a new adventure! Love you all!

December 7, 2015 – Week 63

What an amazing and blessed week. Our investigator Jasmine was baptized! Her story is so inspirational. She is one of the most faithful people that I have ever met. She is half Dutch and half American and ran into the sisters about a year ago. She has been taught since then and embraced the gospel with her whole heart. You can tell that it really has changed her. She is a hip-hop instructor for kids, she just radiates light, and is so funny!Β Over 11 missionaries who had served in Breda came to the baptism as well as many of her friends and family! She is going to do so much good in the future!

I don’t have much time, I will have to write more about my week another time. I suppose but I am doing well and safe. There is always, always, always a hope to find in the gospel.

Love you all, bye!