running, the feeling of freedom and the rush of the wind and feeling good
my companion, Zr Amy Fleming
love from the members here in Antwerp
love from my friends out here
love from God
teaching lessons in the freezing, bitter cold
my big winter coat
the sweet stinky smell of Belgium
those epic moments of pure happiness
the Atonement of Jesus Christ
McFlurries from McDonalds (oreo with raspberry syrup)
Zr Mo Young
Zr Aubrey Robbins
Zr Andi Johanson
Zr Louise-Bethe Jaramillo
Zr Jenny Maughan
Zr Eliza Riley (home now)
Zr Becca Huber
Zr Kajsa Bradley (home now)
Zr Nikki Thomas (home now)
President Thomas S Monson
Reeses peanutbutter cups
With everything going on, I am so grateful for the Gospel. It brings hope and peace and love and safety, even with the world around us is the complete opposite. I am praying that the missionaries in the Paris France mission serving in Belgium are safe.
We’re safe down here in Vlaanderen! We’ve been given precautions, but we’re safe.
The Work of the Lord will go forth, even in these situations of trials. I know it can. Somedays, I’m not so motivated. Somedays, I’m not feeling so good. But we keep going and keep praying. Something good will come out of it.
LOVE YOU ALL. I’m doing good. It’s been wonderful. A hard work week, but we’re here and loving it.
Hello everyone! This week has been a wonderful start to what will be a great transfer. Zr Johanson is now in Tilburg! I am with Zr Fleming, who is a treasure. A true friend. I love her and I´m so grateful she´s so patient with me and my crazy mission life. We work together really well.
Our first hour in Antwerpen was spent walking her bike to our apartment from the station, which took about an hour and a half. During this hour, we talked to lots of people. One of them was this man named Heroen. He is from India, we think, and he was very interested in our thoughts on God. He said he would want to come to church sometime and we set up a time and place to meet with him. Then we got his telephone number and went on our way. I turned back to see if he was still there–and he threw our card on the ground!! I was shocked! Usually they wait until you´re out of eyesight to throw it away! Nope, not with this man. He saw that I saw that he threw it down and started running. What was I going to do, chase him? I´m in a skirt and heavy boots! 🙂 Gosh, man, just take the card. Oh well. He stopped running and looked back, and saw Zr Fleming pick up the card that he just threw down! He snapped his fingers and was kind of like, “dang it!” We were so shocked! Then he ran away again. Crazy man.
Well…we called him a couple days later and he claimed to have lost our card and hadn´t looked at the website. We managed to make the appt again, for Sunday at 3:30. Sunday rolls around and we´re waiting at the square where he said to meet. …………… And he came! Whoa! Like, what? I honestly wasn´t expecting him to come and I had no idea what to do when he did show up! But, we asked him his beliefs and he told us that he believes that the souls in people live forever. We compared it to our spirits and how we really will live forever. He was one of those that would tell us how wrong we are and what´s right. BUT, as soon as we said “our souls can have eternal joy” he stopped. He didn´t tell us anything, but started asking questions like, “how do we get that?” and “what can I do?” and “where does the soul go when it dies?” WHOA. It was such a cool first lesson. We asked him “when you realize that you truly can have joy, in this life, and in the next, would you be willing to be baptized and begin your journey to eternal happiness?” and he said, “if my soul can be happy forever, yes, I am interested in knowing more and joining your church.”
Bam! He is prepared. It might be slow and we have an appt with him next week, but man! Cool! Never doubt people. Don´t judge them. Its wonderful teaching and testifying in your native language. Heroen is an interesting man with a sincere desire for happiness and joy in his soul.
My advice for the week: keep looking up. I do that when I have moments of sadness and discouragement, of depression or numbness. I look up and see the clouds and man, they might be moving faster here, but they sure are magnificently beautiful. I love them. I love seeing God´s hand in them, in His creation. They make me happy again. They give me hope again, hope in something higher than me. Hope in moving forward. Hope in living.
Well the new transfer will begin next week and guess what? I am staying in Antwerpen! I am so so so happy. I wanted to stay, and here I am:) My new companion will be Zr Amy Fleming. I know a little about her and am really excited. She´s a sweetheart and I´ve always felt like I could talk to her and now we can! Welcome Transfer #9 (out of 12…weird)!
Zr. Johansen, Ann, Zr. Young and Zr. Faa
Ohhh sweet sweet sweet Ann! She was baptized and confirmed yesterday by the man who 2 years ago in Arizona introduced her to the church. She was so nervous, but then so happy and said she felt so calm after the service. She is a living example of light and truth and humor and happiness. I am amazed at her testimony and that she is as sassy as she is! Haha. This week she leaves for Thailand and Japan, so we won´t see her for a couple weeks, but she will be staying with the senior missionary couple in Japan who became her American grandparents and then she said she´ll go to church in both countries. Oh I love her.
The Lord prepares His children. He prepares them a bit more every day. I love it when these people find us and we just love them and teach them what we know and they listen to the Spirit and can go on themselves. I love watching it. He is preparing me for each of every new day. I am so glad that He has let me be a part of so many adventures. And so many lives! I love watching Him work His love into the hearts of these people. Including me:)
Ann! She will be getting baptized on November 8th!! That’s next week! Zr Voss and I had a great lesson with her about the tiny miracles of life, we watched a couple Mormon messages and then at the end she bore a very sweet, humble prayer that made me cry. She is such a sweet spirit. I love her!
Jasmine! Yep yep yep, you guessed it, that dancing diva from Breda is getting baptized at the end of November!! Oh man, I’m so excited. Hopefully I will have permission to go back and see her:):)
I’ve been out a year. Crazy! Not so much time left.
A year ago today I gave my farewell talk. About a pair of broken shoes and a stubborn owner who needed to realize that it´s ok to change, to get new ones.
Now, a year later, I´m still that stubborn owner. I´m making money, so to say, to buy, to earn, a new pair of shoes. the pair of shoes, as of right now, represent me. I´m earning a new me! I am not perfect. I can´t just sit and admire the new pair; I still have to work the new shoes. I still have to refine them. I need to break them in so that they really do fit me.
I am here because Heavenly Father´s wants me to be here. He wants me to run and to be weary for a bit, to break in these new shoes of mine. To refine and define what they are to me, who I am to Him. Oh man!
It´s ok to be stubborn, but it´s better to be open and willing and honest and ready for what the Lord wants you to do. I´m learning that a lot lately.
Amazing all the things that have happened in one year. I cannot thank the Lord enough for the blessings I´ve seen and haven´t seen from me being here on my mission. I am really exactly where I am supposed to be. My friends do not need to be here because this isn´t what they need to be going through. it´s only for me. Sorry, that seems selfish, but I´m just trying to learn what He wants me to. I´m here to do His will. It´s such a relief to say that and know that it´s true. it´s wonderful!
Exchanges with Zr. Voss
I’ll get back to the world of name tags and Dutch and the Good Word of God
Love you all! Thank you for the prayers and support! They are much needed and much felt.