Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24
Well hey there my beloved family and friends!  So I am officially in Belgium and loving it!  It definitely different than the Netherlands but I'm starting to get used to it all =)  So I would love to write a really long and detailed email but you see they use different keyboards here and it's quite a struggle bus to type, and I am quickly running out of time!  So I'll just have to do the highlights.  Well the first two days of the week I was still in Rotterdam.  It was hard to say goodbye to everyone but at the same time I felt really ready to move on.  I sure do miss them all though!!  Wednesday I made the trek here and basically traveled almost all day!  Then I was warmly embraced in Antwerpen by my wonderful new companion zuster Anjezierden.  We lugged my things home and then ended up teaching two lessons that night.  One to Maria, probably the sweetest little old Belgian lady EVER who is also our neighbor and then Jobe.  This rockstar (not literally) from the Gambia!!  I have never met such sincere people!  Thursday we had our first lesson with Roger a referral from the night before from Jobe, had the most awkward lesson of my life with zuster Cocks an inactive, and then had a lesson with Tommy who is also one of the sweetest and most sincere people I have ever met.  Friday we visited Zuster De Jong an inactive that had a stroke not too long ago and then had another lesson with Maria.  Weekly planning and then we had a lesson with Sule a guy we had met on the street the day before.  We showed up and then he was like my uncle is here and he is also a member from your church.  The lesson we had with him was pretty contentious though because his uncle just kept yelling at him and being like, you idiot read the BOM it's good for you haha.  Then ze had correlation with the ward mission leader and he made us dutch food!  YUMMY!   Saturday we had another lesson with Roger and it went pretty well then we went to our other investigator Greet and sang to her son.  She's such a sweety!  Then we ended up finishing weekly planning most of the rest of the day.  Sunday was great!  We had Jobe, Tommy, and Joana and Jose in church.  Then we taught Jobe, Maria, Sule which went amazingly better, Frank and Beatrice, Adizah, and Otman.  It was amazing.  Probably like half of our investigators are African. It's pretty cool!  Well I have to go but I love you all and hope that you all have a wonderful week!!

Veel liefs, 
Zuster Mizell

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 10, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,
So the title of this email is October the 29th.  Why?  Because that is my new release date!  That's right!  I've dedided to extend my mission!  It's official!  WOOHOO!!!  Yay for being a missionary!  But seriously I think it's the right decision.  Ok so you are probably wondering about the rest of my week.  Well I can say it was kind of a slow week as far as the missionary work.  That happens every so once in a while unfortunately.  So the highlights of this week are probably that on Tuesday we went and saw this inactive Diana and she is SUPER sweet!  She is married to a non member but I believe she has the desire to come back one day.  Then on Wednesday I was actually in Gouda with Zuster Frandsen on exchanges.  It was lots of fun!  It's always fun to go on exchanges and meet new people =)  on Thursday we had a lesson with this young man named Jeroen.  He's not really religious but he believes in a higher power.  You actually see that  A LOT here.  It always reminds me of King Limhi.  He knew there was a God he just didn't know who it was.  Anyway we taught him the restoration and it went pretty well.  He's just not quite ready to investigate the gospel yet, but I believe we planted a good seed.  Then that night we went over to Familie Rojas and I cooked the spaghetti casserole for dinner.  Friday we did weekly planning and then we went over to Aad and Esje.  They are so funny haha.  I'm going to miss them.  Afterwards we went and visited a member in the hosptial Zuster Hoppen.  She is SO COOL!!!  I hope that I can be like here when I'm her age.  We talked to her for a long time and just got to know her.  Saturday we did lots of finding and at the VERY end we found this woman named Mariska who took the Book of Mormon and wants to learn more!  Then we had dinner with the Puts.  They are actually moving to Pijnacker, which is in my old area.  Sunday we didn't have any investigators come to church unfortunately, but we did have some inactives come which was great!  Naira came again with her daughter and then Broeder Nijboer came with his wife who isn't a member.  Then we were biking to Krimpen and we met this lady Sandra who basically just started telling us her entire life story.  So we just listened and then we gave her a hug and said a prayer with her and then she said she wanted to hear our message.  Then we went and looked up some potentials in Krimpen and made an apt. with them.  Miranda and Daniel are a young couple.  I'm excited!  Then we had dinner with Familie Thiel.  So I hear some people are confused because I've decided to studay Spanish instead of Frnech.  It's actually something I've been thinking about for a long time.  I have forgotten almost ALL of my french since I've been out here and also as an elementary teacher spanish will come in much more handy than french.  I'll probably never use french again.  Anyway Sister Marble if you're reading this congratulations on your new baby girl!  I love you!  Ok well that's about it for this week.  I am pretty sure I am going to be transferred next week, so hopefully I'll be able to tell you all where I'm going next week!  EXCITING!  Also Happy Valentines Day!
Veel liefs,
Zuster Mizell
P.S. Obama is coming to Den Haag on Wednesday weird haha
P.P.S.  Go AMERICA!  I love the Olympics!!!

February 3, 2014
Well hey there everyone!  So I'm running out of time, surprise surprise, but I want to share the big news of the week.  So first of all we had our first "official" lesson with Kimberly on Tuesday.  We taught her the restoration and asked her to pray about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.  Then the next day she said she prayed and got a warm feeling the her answer that it makes sense!  WOHOO!!!!!!!  It's amazing.  She also came to church again this sunday and we talked a little about baptism.  I invited her to pray about whether this church was God's church and to ask Him if she's ready to be baptized.  We'll see what happens.  =)  She also came to the Young Womens activity that we put on and also got a blessing.  So on Wednesday we had interviews with President and Zuster Robinson which were good as always.  After talking to President I'm seriously now considering extending my mission to October instead of shortening to August.  So for dinner with we went to Familie Lutgens and we had Mexcian food, by a guy who lives in their house who's from Mexico and guess what.... I LOVED IT!!  It was SOOOOOO good.  I couldn't believe it!  I even asked for the recipe.  Also I was told that I have a really good Spanish accent.  Oh also I don't know if I'm going to study French anymore at school, but I'm pretty sure that I'm going to study spanish.  Then Firday was the big activiy with the Young Women.  We started off with a game where there was a clip from a disney princess and they had to guess which yw value it was.  Then they made their own crowns, then we declared them official princesses with a red rob, roses, and a scroll.  Then we ate cake and cookies that I made, and watched a video made by Christy one of the YA who also loves princesses.  It was SUPER GREAT!  Then on Saturday we basically had an inactive day.  We went to Aad and Elsje for lunch with Bishop and Zuster Koppe and that was amazing!  And they came to church yesterday!  I NEVER thought I'd see the day.  Then we went to Krimpen and looked up this less active Sherry Shippy, she's American and I just fell in love with her!   She's SO cool and we just like talked forever!  Then in the evening after dinner we went and visited another inactive Sheree who is just super sweet.  Sunday was great!  The church was jam packed with people!  We had two investiagtors there, Kimberly and Amer.  Amer is a guy we just met but he came to church and we taught him the first lesson yesterday.  He seemed to get it and said he will come to church again next week!  Also we had dinner with Family Vermeer which was great.  A good Dutch meal after fasting but then I had an anxiety attack so that was kind of scary haha.  Today I got a hair trim from Summer another American who lives in Rotterdam Zuid.  She's SO COOL!!  LOVE HER!  Well that's about it.  This week should be pretty normal but good.  I love you all!!!!