Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Well hello my dear family!  Can I just say what a week!  It has truly been a rollarcoaster of a week so I guess I should go ahead and get on with it. 
So Monday after I emailed you all, we went to Delft this cute little town and I got to go inside my first European cathedral.  Wow was that amazing!  I just love the history and the architecture.  I felt like a part of history.  It was really neat.  Also Delft is famous for Delft Blue.  If you don't know what that is look it up and you'll recognize it.  I really wanted to get some but spent my money instead on getting gifts for Dad and Brenton.  So after our fun P-Day activities and some LEKKER choloade, we came back to Zoetermeer for a dinner appt.  She had forgotten us so we ended up going to the store and buying meat, cheese, crackers, fruit, carrots, and aloe vera water which is delicious!  It was like homemade lunchables.  Then we sat in a park and had dinner and then we played on a teeter totter.  I have a great video of it =)  Also we did a lot of contacting and met a family with 5 kids!  WOAH!  We went back another day and gave her the BvM.  She said she's super busy but she will read it and then give us a call and let us know whether she is interested or not.  Also she said she felt good having us there, just very comfortable and peaceful.  WHAM!  She felt the Spirit!  If only she could recognize what it was. 
Ok Tuesday we had District Meeting.  Boy do I LOVE District Meeting.  It always soooo edifying and I learn so much!  Also our District leader Elder Stanley is just legit so that's always great.  I learned something that I really want to share.  So I don't know if you all know or not but it's a possibility that I might train next transfer which is approximately 10 days from now.  I am freaking out but the week before last I was REALLY freaking out!  But one of the sisters in our district (she was in my MTC group) talked about faith.  She said when we read in first Nephi about Nephi building a boat we are always so quick to judge Laman and Lemuel.  They didn't believe he could do it.  But if we were there would we have believed he could do it?  He had NEVER built a boat before in his life.  We so easily believe and have faith that God could help Nephi build a boat but when it comes to the hard and challenging things in our lives do we have the faith?  Are we more like Laman and Lemuel?  I know I certainly am sometimes.  It's the same God and the power so if He can help Nephi build a boat, He can certainly help me train a greenie.  Anyway that was just one thing that really stuck out to me.  We had an appt. this day with a new investigator named Lila a cute muslim girl.  She wasn't there but we were able to reschedule so that was good.  Also on Tuesday was BEAUTIFUL weather!  We road by one of our investigator's apartments and she just happened to come out exactly as we were ridding by.  Coincidence?  I think not!  She has read almost the whole book of first Nephi and she really likes it.  Also she has a lot of problems with her husband but she said she has been praying and things are already getting better with him.  She said she takes that as some kind of answer!  Wow God is sooo good!  She is already starting to notice the miracles and blessings that she can have through this gospel.  Also this day I found and bought a bike for only 85 euro.  That's pretty good and it's a relief to have my own bike.  Also we met this referal from the Den Haag Zusters from forever ago.  Her name is Alexandra and she is cool but crazy.  We spent most of the time talking about the differences between the Netherlands and America.  Also it was the birthday of a lady in the ward so we stopped by and dropped off a birthday card.  Oh FUNNY story.  So we were contacting and looking on in our map book when this guy on his bike starts to ride by and starts ringing his bell and dancing.  HAHAHA IT WAS SO FUNNY!  Zus. Rigdon and I couldn't stop laughing.  It was just really great =)
Wednesday was probably one of the best days on my mission so far. We started with some contacting int the morning and also looked up another family, familie Kook.  We always seems to come over when she has no time but she still seems positive to meet with us which is good.  Oh ALSO I almost forgot!  We got our first member referal!!!  Zus. Rigdon and I literally screamed and danced around after.  It's a family of 4 with kids all old enough to be baptized.  The Dad is an inactive member and he knows that he needs to come back.  The Mom doesn't seem as interested right now but she will be.  They have just been having a really rough time and then seem to know a lot of members here by no coincidence.  I'm so excited to see where this leads.  Ok so also this day we had our Enlgish lesson with Suzan.  She's a really cute muslim girl who is 17 and is just dying to go to America.  We teach her english, which is actually harder than it sounds because I have no idea how to teach english, but she isn't really interested in the gospel.  Jummer.  Anyway this day we had the Harlem zuster coming to us and they ended up being really late!  We were so frustrated but because we had some time to kill we ended up contacting and met this lady named Caroline who said the elders had taught her for 3 years!  Zuster Rigdon told her a little bit about the temple and she was just in awe.  Then we asked if she wanted to maybe start learning again and she said yes.  She also said she would come to church!  She might be a little crazy though....we can't tell haha.  Anyway then we had a FANTASTIC dinner with familie Pannhuysen.  Man are they funny!  We just had a great time and then I sang for them.  Then we had our lesson with our new investigator Angelo.  It was actually the first lesson Zus. Rigdon and I had taught together and it went AMAZING!  We started to comit him to baptism and before we even finished he said yes!  Also he agreed to meet twice a week and come to church.  I was literally dancing around from joy the rest of the night. 
Then came Thursday.  We did some contacting in the morning and met this really neat kid named Joshua.  He's only 18 and moving to Den Haag so we gave him to the Elders there.  He was super chill but it was a little weird because he MIGHT have flirted with us.  Of course my face turned BRIGHT RED, thank you Dad haha.  Then we met this woman on the street who already has a BvM and we set up an appt. with her.  Then we were trying to look up a less active member and we went to her house and she wasn't there.  Then on our way somewhere else we saw her on the street!  WOAH!  Then we had a great dinner with family Rahman van Eeden.  It's really neat because the Dad is a muslim convert and we learned the best way to teach muslims the gospel and he just has a really neat conversion stories.  One of the coolest I have ever heard actually.  Then we had an appt. with our eternal investigator Rens.  He has been coming to church for 3 years now but still isn't baptized.  But we have been able to comit him to starting all over again and really working towards a baptismal date.  He agreed to try and read in the BvM everyday.  He is FINALLY progressing!  YAY!
Friday we had weekly planning which is one of my favorite times of the week!  I know funny right!?!  Who would have thought that I would like 3 hour planning sessions!?!  Anyway it was great.  Then we got pasteries at Bakker Ammerlan YUM!  We had a lesson with Zuster Uljee an inactive member.  She is one of my favorite people here I just LOVE HER!!!!  Then we finally had a meeting with the Bishop.  He wasn't very positive though.  I think he feels a little discouraged over the missionary work here in Zoetermeer because there hasn't been very much success in a while.  Hopefully we will bring him some hope.  Then I had delicious keppling which is really good fried fish.  Then we gave away flowers to a random stranger and got really lost haha.  But it's all good.
This is a hard one.  Saturday was a hard day full of a lot of dissapointments.  =(  We went to Pijnacker most of the day.  It's an area fairly far away and the weather was pretty miserable.  We did meet a couple of potentials but not many.  We talked to 60 people this day.  Then we were supposed to have our lesson with Angelo but he has just dissapeared again.  We called and texted him and nothing.  I was soooo dissapointed.  It turns out that one of the biggest dissapointments ever in life is seeing someone give away a chance to learn about the gospel.  We did meet one cute lady with two kids though so that was positive. 
Yesterday was hard too.  No one came to church and Zus. Rigdon and I just got to feeling really discouraged.  But we had a great dinner and FHE with familie Lake and then we went and visited Mingming.  She is this adorable chinese woman we gave the BvM to.  We went into her house and had a lesson with her.  She is buddihst and has a bit of a hard time understanding and believing abou God.  But we gave her a great lesson and she said she reads the BvM and says she feels good and peaceful when she reads it and takes that as a good sign.  We told her that was the Holy Ghost.  She seems interested but really just wants to read it first. 

Zuster Cassie Mizell

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