Goede dag iedereen!
This week has been crazy! It´s been full of lots of change, but lots of miracles as well (I´ll share the big one at the end 🙂 We now officially have 4 sisters working in Breda! Zr. Parker and Zr. Haynie are our new additions! They are both super sweet and fun to be with! Things were kind of stressful with them moving in, but we’re excited to get to know them better.
So I’m just going to skip to the big miracle we had on Saturday because I’m so excited about it 🙂
On Saturday we had our Zone Fast. We’d been fasting the whole day (as a zone) that we would find some golden investigators. Haha, our zone leader was like “We’re not looking for wishy washy people. We’re looking for God’s elect who are going straight to the Celestial Kingdom!” And after a long day of fasting, I think we found someone 🙂
Okay, lets start at the beginning. We started the day really motivated and excited! But as the day continued on, our energy started to slack. We’d had an appointment fall through, it was really hot outside, and we just weren’t seeing any success with anyone. So, we decided to use our lunch hour to take a nap to try and get our second wind (we couldn’t eat, so we might as well sleep!) Midway through our nap a less active calls us and wanted to meet up for a lesson (She’d canceled earlier that morning). We were still feeling kind of groggy, but we dragged ourselves out of bed and met up with her. She decided last minute that she wanted to have the lesson in the park, which was kind of frustrating because our lesson was watching the Restoration video. Ahhh! We were kind of freaking out because we had no idea what we were going to teach her!!! We were both racking our brains trying to decide what we were going to do. We ended up deciding to go over the Restoration lesson with her because she’s planning on a mini mission, and we had some pamphlets on us 🙂 She’s worried about not knowing enough, so we’ve decided to start going over all the missionary lessons with her again. Anyway, we were sitting at the park and her friend came by and sat down by us. While we were talking to her, the friend casually picked up the book of mormon laying there and started flipping through it. At the end of our lesson I told her friend that she could have the book if she wanted it. She was like “Really?!? Wow, thank you! I started reading a little bit and it’s really interesting!” Then our member said “Hey, you guys should tell her what the book is about,” So basically we ended up teaching her a Restoration lesson right there in the park! It was the coolest, most powerful lesson I’ve ever had. We had her read Joseph Smith’s first vision from the pamphlet, and she couldn’t even get through it before she started crying!!! The Spirit was so strong! We talked to her about the Spirit and how sometimes people get emotional when they feel it. At the end we read Moroni 10:3-5 and before we could even invite her she was like “I think I’m going to pray about it tonight!” What!?! You beat us to the punch line! Who is this girl!?! We were sooooo excited! It was also awesome because our member helped teach part of the lesson, which was super good for her. I think it helped her realize that she knows more than she thinks she does. Wow, all I can say is, fasting works!!! This is the miracle we’d been fasting for. Even though it was a long day, it was totally worth it in the end! It was such a testimony builder for me. God truely is in the details of our lives. He is preparing people all around us to hear His gospel. If we pray in faith and give Him our best efforts, we can be an instrument in His hands to help bless the lives of the people around us!
Wonderen en Grappias:
. So this was crazy. We were at one of our investigator’s houses, and her daughter was running around with some of her friends. We could not believe it! Our two investigator’s 4 year old kids are best friends!!!! What are the chances?!? She was so excited to see us though! It was really fun to make that connection 🙂
. We saw this kid (probably 10 years old) and he rode by us on his bike saying “Fietsen met de helms? Ik heb dat nooit gezien!” (“biking with helmets? I’ve never seen that!”) Haha we are literally the only ones who wear helmets here!
. Our joint teach fell through this week, and we were worried because we can’t really understand our investigator’s dutch. We were praying all day that we’d be able to understand her enough to teach her effectively. When we were at the appointment we could totally understand! Guys, the gift of tongues is real! I swear I couldn’t understand anything this lady said the week before, but this week it was pretty clear. It’s just another testimony to me that God does answer prayers! The lesson went really well too! We finally got her to pray at the end of the lesson, which is something she’s been struggling to do. It’s really amazing to watch the Spirit work in her and to help her progress 🙂
. We were knocking doors this week, when this old man pulls up in his fancy car behind us. (Apparently we were at his door then) He told us to tell him why we were there. Halfway through our speel he held up his hand out the window, reving the engine, and was like “Ik geloof in mijn eigen menier!” (“I’m religious in my own way”) then sped away down the street! Haha, it was actually pretty funny how dramatic he made it!
. Another miracle along with our big miracle this week. We went to Zr. Staff’s house Saturday night (still fasting), and she gave us White Chocolate Magnum Ice Cream Bars!!! She thought it was funny that my name is like the ice cream. I don’t think we could have ended our fast in any better way 🙂
. We were walking through this old Begijnhof (a place where nuns used to live) museum thing this week, and one of the guys who worked there was asking us what the Begijnhoffen in America were like. Haha, he thought we were some sort of nuns from America!!! The ‘Zuster’ nametag is definitely decieving sometimes 🙂
This week has been an amazing week filled with so many miracles and laughs! I’m so grateful for the joy the gospel has brought into my life and I’m excited with the opportunity each day to share that with the people in Nederland!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum