Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hallo familie!  Wow I can't believe that I have officially been here in the land 6 weeks!  I still don't speak Dutch haha.  But wow am I just still loving being here!  So I will be staying in Zoetermeer with my wonderful companion Zuster Rigdon which I am so thankful for!  We did move though!  So I have a new address.  It's Laveibos 153, 2715 RJ, Zoetermeer, Netherlands.  I do still have the key to the other apartment though so I can get the mail there.  Ok so I guess I should go into the week.  Wow it has been a CRAZY week seriously but I'll just tell it day by day. 
Tuesday was a day filled with wonders!  Wonders is actually miracles in Dutch.  So we had an AMAZING District meeting with so much spiritual uplifting.  Boy do I love district meetin every week.  I made our famous spaghetti cassarole, wow I don't think that's how you spell it haha, and everyone LOVED IT!  We did service for one of the members in the ward and helped her with some yard work.  I mowed the lawn for the first time ever!  WOAH!  But it was a weird lawn mower and more like a vaccum for grass haha.  Then we had dinner at familie Pannhuyzen which was so great as always, then we went over and met with Bishop and his wife which was super great!  Also I had two ice cream cones mmmmm. LEKKER!!!!  Then we met this really cool guy Jimmy who has just lost his mom and is looking for God.  That night we got home and president Robinson came over to tell Zuster Rigdon that her grandma had passed away and then he also gave her a calling to be the sister training leader!  It was a lot for her to take in, but she is soooo amazing and strong.  Also I found out that I'll be staying with her this day which was a huge relief that I didn't have to wait until Sunday. 
Wednesday we had a really delicious breakfast at another familie Pannhuyzen.  There we met up with Zuster Stout who just finished her mission.  She was Zuster Rigdon's trainer and is like her best friend so it was really good for her to be able to talk to her after the previous night but also hard to say goodbye.  Then we had the most amazing lesson ever!  We went to the cute girl Lila, she is 21 and when I said the prayer afterwards she was like I got the shivers what is that feeling!?  And we were like that's the Holy Ghost.  And then we taught her about the restoration and she was like actually I've been reading the BvM and I already believe that's it's true and I think it's amazing that you believe in prophets now.  So we were like well will you prepare to be baptized on July 13 as you come to know these things are true?  and she was like yes of course!  And we were all like YEAH!  and then we were like will you continue to read in bvm and pray to know if it's true and she was like I promise you I will read in the book.  Anyway it was just amazing.  Oh also this day we were planning on moving into our new apartment monday but Zuster Rigdon decides this evening that we should do it tomorrow!  AHHH!!  So we went crazy trying to pack everything for the next morning. 
Thursday we moved into a beautiful new apartment!  It is so nice because there isn't a ton of junk from all the other old missionaries, just the things we need. We did lots of organizing and stuff but unfortunately we didn't get to do a lot of missionary work this day.  These guys came at 7:50 in the morning to work on our water heater and we had to let them in which is totally against the rules and we weren't even dressed!  Luckily a zuster cam over from the ward which was a huge blessing because she helped us soooo much to pack up all of our junk.  We had a lesson this day with this guy named Jaco.  He had actually met with zusters before but he still just isn't really open and ready.  Someday. We did meet two cute girls though while doing a look up.  One is actually a member from the Phillipiens and they both just seem open and willing to learn!  Oh also something funny, I have sooooo many problems with my bike hahaha.  Everyday something funny happens with my bike.  So as you know the Dutch people here are SOOO good at ridding their bikes and they can like carry stuff and everything.  I was trying to carry a box on my bike and I totally ran into some bushes hahaha it was pretty darn funny.  I guess I'm not quite Dutch yet.
Friday was alright.  All our appointments fell through but we had a great dinner with Zuster Van der Scheer.  Also we went to Harlem and I brought back Zuster Wood for exchanges so that was good.  OH today I had the BEST ice cream flavor I have EVER tasted, hazelnut crunch.  SOOOO LEKKER!!!!  Oh also this day we contacted this one lady that called us bad people for being religious.  It's really hard to see when Heavenly Father's children are so far away from Him.  They have just given up hope.  They are the ones that need the gospel the most.  I pray for them.
Saturday was well a weird day.  It was great because I got to be with Zuster Wood whom I love to death.  We talked to 60 people today with one guy who was interested.  That's hard.  We also had some.....interesting conversations with people longs de deur.  This one old man has cancer and he wants to believe sooo badly but he just has no hope.  Then this couple that kept saying how open minded they were and how they hate the rules of the church and how they believe in the fourth dimension of your mind where all your ancestors live,.....ya it was weird.  But we did eat lunch by the temple which was beautiful and we had ice cream.  Also the weather this week was just beautiful!  It finally felt like summer, but today it's already gone and it's cold, cloudy, and dreary.  Haha I guess that's the Netherlands for you.  Also this day we had two lessons that fell through.  One with Angleo and one with Eevert who was home but had his daughters lie and say he wasn't.  I just wish people would say they aren't interested rather than lead us on and then avoid us.  It's frustrating. 
Yestday was great!  It was a great relaxing day just spent with memebers mostly.  I met with the Tettero family and had dinner.  Savannah is writting their daughter Rosanne.  I saw her letter to her.  It's sooo cute they are writting each other.  We took some pictures at their house that they are going to send in her letter to Savannah.  Well that's about all for this week.  I've got to go but I love you all!!!!!

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