January 29, 2015 Photos – Week 18

This post comes from an image on the Belgium Netherlands’ mission blog, which talked about a zone training in Eindhoven on January 29, 2015 . Below is a group picture of the zone.

 L to R: Elder Matos, Elder Lundburg, Elder Denny, Elder Davis, Elder Argueta, Elder Jones, Elder Bean, Elder Heinricks, Elder Bishesar, Sister Jensen, Elder Goff, Elder Peterson, Elder Blackhurst, Elder Larson, Elder Danpai, Sister Jaramillo, Sister Lemich, Elder Bean, Elder Enslow, Elder Lee, Sister Robbins, Sister Whittington, Elder Thorniaien, Elder Gross, Elder Nielson, Sister Manning, Elder Warner, Sister Ramirez, President Robinson, Sister Robinson, Sister Butler, Elder Butler.
L to R: Elder Matos, Elder Lundburg, Elder Denny, Elder Davis, Elder Argueta, Elder Jones, Elder Bean, Elder Heinricks, Elder Bishesar, Sister Jensen, Elder Goff, Elder Peterson, Elder Blackhurst, Elder Larson, Elder Danpai, Sister Jaramillo, Sister Lemich, Elder Bean, Elder Enslow, Elder Lee, Sister Robbins, Sister Whittington, Elder Thorniaien, Elder Gross, Elder Nielson, Sister Manning, Elder Warner, Sister Ramirez, President Robinson, Sister Robinson, Sister Butler, Elder Butler.

January 19, 2015 – Week 17

Hello everyone! So I haven’t sent pictures in forever, so this weekly update is just going to be spamming your emails with pictures 🙂 To be brief though, we had a great week! For the next transfer Sister Jensen and I are both staying in Maastricht and we are being joined by a third companion! Wahoo!

Here’s a quick funny story that a member told me:
So recently, a general authority of our church visited the Netherlands. He gave talks in various cities and would have translators from the stake do a translation from English to Dutch. He started off his talk by sharing a joke that didn’t translate into Dutch very well. So in one city, when the general authority told the joke, the translator said, “The Elder has just said a joke and would like us to laugh.” So obviously, the people in the congregation thought that was funny and laughed! Afterward, the Elder, not knowing, told the translator, “You must have given a good translation because the other congregations didn’t get the joke!”

Also this week, Sister Jensen and I went down to Belgium to pick up our residency papers, which was fun and I also went on an exchange in Gouda. Although Europe is so fun and exciting, being on my mission and doing the Lord’s work is better than being on a vacation or sightseeing.

Something I have really learned so far is about selfless service. Through the kind deeds that my companions have done for me, or the kindness that our investigators show to us, or the way I see the ward members serve each other, I am inspired by examples of Christ-like service. It is something I hope to emulate as I continue to work with these wonderful individuals here in Nederland! I send my love and my smiles! Stay warm everyone!

Love,
Sister Manning

January 12, 2015 – Week 16

Hello hello! I’ve spent the most incredible week here in Maastricht! Sister Jensen and I were sad to send off our trainer, Sister Reeder, home to Arizona. She is so spunky and fun and we have learned so much from her. We were pretty worried that since we are both new(ish) missionaries that it would be a bit of a struggle speaking the language, getting around, and teaching by ourselves. But we have seen the Lord’s blessings, not raining or in showers, but storming down upon us! (a bit literally too, haha this week one day I had to change out of my wet clothes three times)! God has provided a way that even with our broken Dutch and all of our weaknesses, we’ve been able to grow really close in unity and we’ve been teaching like crazy!

Here’s a couple of cool things: did I mention last week that I ate raw herring? Like a real Dutchman! Pretty good too. We also taught a man who runs an opera house. When we showed up to the address it was this cathedral type place and he gave us a backstage tour of the costumes, set making. So cool!

During zone conference our leaders had us draw slips of paper out of a hat that had names on them and we were encouraged to have the faith to pray and find that name. The activity made us think about finding people and focusing on the individual! But I found the name, Jasper! It was crazy because a couple weeks ago, we were doing bell ups on apartments, and I saw his name on the name plate, got really excited, and did my regular contact through the intercom. He said he was not interested and we asked if we could put at least a passalong card in his box. A week later we were finishing doing bell ups on the building and he was walking out in as were were walking out, recognized us, and we had a short conversation. But he said he wasn’t interested really in learning more. I asked if I could maybe bring a Book of Mormon by sometime, and he his response was a halfhearted yes. So then last week we come by to drop off the book, he invites us in, and we taught him the restoration with a return appointment! Too many blessings! This is just one of so many stories I wish I could tell.

The gospel is such a blessing for people. I love teaching and seeing the light in people’s eyes when they recognize the truth, especially about the Plan of Salvation. The gospel is one of joy, so live it joyfully! Reach out and help others and keep a smile on your face. It is all worth it in the end.

Sorry for the typos…I love you all and hope that you have a great week!

Don’t be afraid to be a light to others!
Love,
Zuster Manning

January 5, 2015 – Week 15

Dear Everyone, I hope that you all had a wonderful New Year! Things are wonderful here in Maastricht. One of my companions, Sister Reeder, is going home this week, finishing her extension of her mission. I am sad to see her go. I have learned seriosuly so much from her example of kindness and love, but she has a bright future ahead of her! Sister Jensen and I are going to be sufficiently stretched, now both being the greenies to take over the city with a schedule full of new teaching appointments from the students coming home from holiday. We are so excited for the challenge though!

Actual New Year, here they call it “Old Year’s Eve” or “Year Switching,” was very fun! We had to be in the apartment by 4, so we had a restful night just hanging out with each other. But in the night, the fireworks were incredible. We could see so many just out our window! The Dutch go crazy setting fireworks off at midnight; it looked and smelled like a war zone! Hopefully I can send a video and more pictures next week.

One miracle to share from this week, is one of the investigators here, Dudley, a man from Sri Lanka, was having a lot of problems with the Word of Wisdom. When I came to the city, he was hardly ever sober and his health was declining rapidly. He had to be hospitalized andtwo doctors came to his house and took him to the hospital on a day when he didn’t even have an appointment. Thanks to lots of prayers and fasting he is doing so much better now! He used to be a chef so this week when we’ve been teaching him, he’s made us some delicious meals! Another one of our investigators who had been struggling, finally wants to set a baptismal date! There are so many other blessings we see every day here.

I got the oppportunity to have interviews with President and Sister Robinson, which was great. Sister Robinson and I talked about how inspired transfers are and I really do think that it’s true. The Lord works in such amazing ways.

I will have to write later about more miracles that happened this week! I am so greatful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have really seen how it has blessed my life and the lives of others. I love you all and will talk to you later!

Love,

Sister Manning 🙂