This week has been a really great week for us! We had 2 appointments with investigators, then 2 OTHER investigators showed up to church yesterday! We picked up one investigator and her three little daughters and walked over with them (there are a lot of different churches in the area and they accidentally went to the wrong one last time!). They were really great! Zr. Abbott was really good at keeping the kids entertained during the meeting so that mom could pay more attention. Sadly, she wasn’t able to stay for the 2nd and 3rd hours. Her kids were actually crying when mom said they had to leave! They wanted to go to the ‘kid class’ next! Hopefully they’ll be able to stay longer next week. We’re going to meet with her this week and see what she what she thought of church 🙂 They’re a really sweet family.
For one of our appointments this week we had a joint teach with [member]! She’s the awesome wife of our ward mission leader! We were sooooo grateful she could come, because we cannot understand this lady’s Nederlands! She talks super fast and has a lip ring that bangs against her teeth. I mean, I can’t understand a lot of people anyway, but when my companion can’t either, that’s a problem 🙂 But [member] was so helpful with translating and clarifying things! We’re going to try and take her every week to this investigator’s house!
We also got to travel with the [member family] to Herentals, Belgium for the Antwerpen Stake picnic! It was really fun to meet other church members and missionaries. I met this cute little 6 year! We threw a frisbee back and forth for an hour and just chatted about random things 🙂 She was awesome to practice dutch with too! Little kids are so willing to help you! Honestly, that was one of the highlights of my week, just playing with her! After the picnic the [member family] took us to get Belgian Frites! I got mine with Samouri Sauce, en het was echt lekker!!! Dad, I think you would love this stuff. It’s basically just spicy mayo over fries. It sounds weird, but it’s really good!
We’re going to be seeing some big changes here in Breda in the next 2 weeks. We’re getting 2 more sisters here!!! I can’t decide if I’m excited, or extremly stressed out with the whole idea of this happening…I’ll keep you all posted in the next couple of weeks 🙂
Wonderen en Grappias:
. We asked this older man on the street if he wanted to learn more about Jesus. Haha, he said he was 80 years old and already knew everything, then walked away!
. We had a second lesson with one of our potentials (now an investigator!) this week. Last week she told us the name of her daughter, as well as her pet rabbits (which are adorable!). I was trying really hard to remember her daughter’s name as we were walking to her house, but I could only remember the bunnies’ names!!! I felt like a terrible person for only remembering the rabbits! Luckily, she mentioned her daughter’s name off-hand, so I didn’t have to confront that potentially awkward situation 🙂 Haha, to quote Ron Weasly “She needs to sort out her priorities!” Yeah, I definitely need to work on learning (important) names… 🙂
. This week I got to do achterooping again, except this time I was the person “driving” the bike! It was hard to get started, but once you get going it’s not too bad 🙂 Haha, it is hard to keep the bike straight though! With two people moving around it can be hard to balance too 🙂 We had a really good time though.
I love you all! I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures: Me and Zr. Abbott with our frites and samouri sauce. Three generations picture! Zr. Black was Zr. Abbott’s trainer, so she’s grandma, Abbott is mom, and I’m the baby :). We found this cool book exchange box while we were langs de deur. You can put a book in and take one out. What a fantastic opportunity to get a fun children’s book in dutch AND place a book of mormon! 🙂