“My peace I give unto you.” I studied peace and how faith and peace coincide for a couple days, and then Sunday in Relief Society, the lesson was on peace! Amazing. It was a tender mercy, because hearing it from someone else, that faith and peace and patience are all connected, and also hearing it in a language that I’ve come to love was a blessing, because I was then hearing 3 languages; English, Dutch, and the Spirit.
We were let in this week by two old women. Different parts of Gouda, and
different personalities, but still amazing old women. One of them is
Ruisje. She yelled at us after we passed her door, “Ladies! come back! come
in for a moment!” that moment turned into an hour of laughing and tears and
the warmth of the Spirit. She told us that we brought some peace into her
life that day. What a sweet lady.
The other woman was not interested in hearing about the gospel, but when I
asked her about her piano that I saw from the window, she asked if I could
play duets and after I said yes, she gladly let us in and we played simple
and some not so simple duets on a lovely lovely piano for almost an hour!
We returned a few days later and gave her a copy of our hymnbook in Dutch.
We sang number 26, Joseph Smith’s First Prayer, and then prayed with her. I
know that music touches lives. We talked about music for a long time, and I
told her about church choir and singing and my choir director and friend,
Norma, and also about school choirs and musical pieces that I love. This
little old woman can *sing*. Man, she sings so good. We were blown away!
Blessings happen when you believe in the Lord and His ability to bless your
weaknesses. I love Him and I will serve Him til the eternities and beyond:)
Love you all! Thank you for your prayers and love!
Love you all. Thank you for your love and support. I am forever ever ever
Zr Jess Faa
Christmas in Antwerpen was amazing! I just love love love love love those people. I feel so at home with them. I’ve decided that that if I were to live in Europe, Antwerp is where I would go. Oh man. I love them. They are a blessing to me and my life.
Thousands of miles away, still best friends:)
Zr. Faa is doing great!
Alrighty, I will be going to Gouda in The Netherlands! Where the cheese comes from, I guess. Haha. My new companion is from Belgium! That means I can keep my Flemmish accent and get better Dutch! Woot! I won´t be going to Gouda right away, so for now, I´m still in Belgium!
Well….. this week. Thanksgiving!!! It was delicious. We were with Sister Sherlock the whole day, cooking, baking, and preparing the meal. The 4 elders came at 6 and then we ate dinner and had homemade pumpkin pie! It was sooooo good. So fun. Lots of work, but it was really fun.
I am so grateful!
- Inspired leaders
- emails and letters
- the Book of Mormon
- Prophets, from the scriptures and today
- music, for piano and listening to music
- running, the feeling of freedom and the rush of the wind and feeling good
- my apartment
- 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
- beautiful clouds
- the sweet stinky smell of Belgium
- the Netherlands!
- modern medicine
- dinner appointments
- 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.