Monday, January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

Goede Avond Familie!  Well it's been another week can you believe it!  I can haha.  Anyway so the weather update is that it's finally gotten a little bit colder here.  It even snowed up north, but luckily not here.  So the good news is the missionay work is finally starting to pick up around here.  We are back in contact with sweet little Kimberly and she came to church again yesterday!  Man do I love that girl.  Her understanding of the Savior is amazing and I love being around her.  Also it's lots of fun to teach her =)  Then our other investigator Sarah we had a lesson with yesterday and that went actually ok.  She's been reading in the BvM and she has some crazy ideas and questions, but at least she's making some progress.  Then you are probably wondering why the title of this email in Angel Gabriel.  Well you see I was biking along and I stopped to give a card to this couple and then we ended up talking for a long time.  She is muslim and really sick but she wants to become Christian.  He is Christian and has a lot of faith!  He was like "can you heal her!?" and I was like "uh no, but the Priesthood can" and then they were like, we want to come to church and will you come teach us the gospel!?  and I was like ya of course.  And then he was like "your new name is Gabriel, you are like the angel Gabriel, bringing the good message of the gospel!" Anyway so that was super funny haha.  We had a lesson with them on Friday and it went well except she said she had a hard time understanding us because of our accents, so we'll have to bring a member next time.  Anyway other then that we had zone training this week which was really fun and good.  And we have our princess activity with the young women this week along with interviews with President.  It should be a good week.  K well that's all folks! 
Zuster Mizell
January 19
So you're all probably wondering why my email is named the edge of space, well I'll tell you.  It's because we have zone training this wednesday and the zone leaders named it the edge of space and since I couldn't think of anything else to title this email, that's the title haha.  Anyway, things are going along out here in Rotterdame.  It's raining today which is actually quite different than the generally warmish and sunny weather we've been having.  Today we had this deep cleaning thing we do once a year.  It wasn't too bad.  Our apartment sure does look better.  So not too much happened this week.  We got some new potentials and we also lost some potentials.  We met this couple Miranda and Daniel that seem to be pretty positive and we're hoping to have a lesson with them tonight.  Kimberly told her mom that she didn't really like church all that much so we didn't get to have our lesson with her and she didn't come to church yesterday.  I have all the members in the ward praying for her though, so I still have hope that things will be good for her.  I mean she only is 12 and 3 hours in church is a long time for your first time.  She still has this intense and internal love for the Savior though that I don't think will just go away.  So I am planning this SUPER COOL activity for the young women in a couple of weeks.  It's called Princess night and it's going to be AMAZING!  I'm super excited!  Boy do I just love putting together activities haha.  I had exchanges last week with Zuster Nelson and it was super fun!  It was great to catch up with her and to talk about freshman year with her.  The ward is doing well and I just love and adore them as always.  We have zone training this coming week which I am looking forward to.  Well I think that's about it except oh!  We have zone conference on the 12 of February and I get to see Zuster Woodbury!  And Zuster Schwab, and Zuster Wood, and lots of other people that I love and guess where it is!?!  That's right!  ZOETERMEER!!!!  In the new church building!  I finally get to see it!  I'm so excited!!! Well I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!
Zuster Mizell

January 14, 2014
My Dearest family,

Well I don´t have too much to say about this week.  It was definitely a hard one, but I´m still alive so that´s good.  As far as missionary work is going, it´s going.  We met this 12 year-old Kimberly.  Her whole family are inactives, but when we went by she said she wanted to go to church and be baptized!  She came to church this Sunday and really liked it a lot.  We are teaching her for the first time tomorrow.  As far as the rest, we are just finding every day.  We have found a couple of good potentials and hopefully we can find some more people to teach.  

So as for what I really want to say, is that if anything I am really learning to rely on the Savior.  Sometimes I feel like He is the only friend I have to comfort me.  I am learning first hand the power of His atonement and that I really couldn´t go on without out.  I have literally felt Him take the yoke with me and help me carry the burdens I have.  He is real, and His power is real.  When we call upon Him, He comes to us.  

Also I read this in the Liahona "A fifth aspect of the Lord´s ministry is His commitment to endure to the end.  Never did He withdraw from His assignment.  THough He experienced suffering beyond our comprehension, He was not a quitter.  Through deepening trials He endured to the end of His assignment: to atone for the sins of all humankind.  His final words as He hung from the cross were `It is finished.`"  

The Savior never expects of us what He himself did not do.  He endured more than I ever will have to and so I will endure.  I will not be a quitter, and until I am released from this assignment, I will endure.  

I love you all and I´m really thankful for your prayers.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.  I love you

Zuster Mizell

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas and New Years 2014 posts

December 30
Well hey there my dear dear family!!!!  What a blessing it was to see you all on Christmas day.  It was wonderful to see that you were all doing well and healthy.  Christmas was great and now it's time to celebrate the new year.  I'm so thankful for the opportunity that I've had to spend most of 2013 on my mission and to spend half of 2014 on my mission.  What a blessing and what a blessed country.  I'm unfortunately out of time for this week so I'll just leave you with some pictures and then I'll write a better email next week =)  Love you all!!

January 6
Happy 2014 family!!!!  Wow I can't believe it's already a new year.  Since I haven't been super good about writing good emails home since I write so many personal emails, I thought I'd just get this one out of the way first so it would be a little better.  So a new year, wow.  There are lots of things to look forward to this year!  I come home this year can you believe that!?  It's crazy to think about.  Anyway I'm glad to hear things are well at home.  Brenton I'm so happy that you got your Patriarchal blessing.  What an amazing thing.  I heard it was wonderful.  I wish I could have been there.  Thanks for the pictures Dad of the skiing adventure!  It looks like you all had lots of fun!  And you all looked great in your winter gear!  So it's weirdly warm not WARM but not nearly as cold as it should be.  I'm a little scared that it will just be a really really late winter and then in the spring the flowers won't bloom.  Anyway the good news is it isn't too cold and I haven't frozen yet haha.  So New Years Eve was great.  We had district meeting and we all wore mustaches.  Then we had lunch with Aad and Elsje.  We ate chicken soup and ollie bollen (very dutch) and then played their favorite game which is a lot like sorry.  Then we were in by 4 and from there I took a nap, we watched 17 Miracles, and Ephraim's rescue.  Then we ate junk food, I made chocolate fondu, and then at 10:30 we tried to sleep and then woke up at 10 till midnight and brought in the new year with LOTS of fireworks, pretend champaign, and rain, it was great.  The day after was just a regular old missionary day.  So except for that nothing really that exciting  has happened.  We've met a few good potentials, and we are continuing to work with the ward.  This week was transfers and I'm staying here so I'll be here 6 months.  It's crazy to think I've been on my mission for like 10 months and have only been in two cities.  Well I love you guys a LOT.  I hope you have a great week getting back to school and everything!  I love you!
Zuster Mizell