Hoi Iedereen! (Hey Everyone!)
This week has been fantastic! We started it off great with a 1st lesson last Monday. We met this really cool lady named Maria 2 weeks ago langs de dear (door to door). She’s from West Africa and has three adorable little boys 🙂 She was super positive and she actually made an appointment with us! When we taught her on Monday she was very interested and wants to learn more! Me and Zuster Haynie are so excited get to know her more and share the joy the gospel can bring into her life 🙂
We also had a birthday party for Zr. Staff! She turned 83 this week! For a present Zr. Haynie painted this amazing card, and then we sang her favorite hymn with alto and soprano. She LOVES the split parts and was crying the whole time while we were singing it. She’s such a sweet lady 🙂 Haha, It’s funny how many singing situations I’ve been thrown into here on the mission! I’m really not great, but it’s definitely starting to grow on me 🙂
This sunday we were supposed to give a part of the 5th sunday lesson on missionary work. We showed up to ward counsil yesterday, and bishop was like “Broeder School is sick, but you guys will be fine giving the whole lesson!” Ahhhh! We only had like 10 minutes of stuff prepared, so we spent sundayschool hour trying to throw some more material together! It was stressful, but we figured it out and ended up with a pretty good lesson. It was a little scatterbrained, but we hope that someone was inspiried to do missionary work from it haha!
Wonderen en Grappias (Miracles and Laughs):
. This week we had a surprise cleaning check from the Senior couple. This was a wonder and en grappia haha! We were so not prepared! With 4 girls in a apartment, it’s usually a mini disaster. Luckily they gave us a 1.5 hour warning though! We all went into crazy cleaning mode for comp and taal study! The grappia though is that we passed with flying colors! It was sooo funny to hear them commenting about our apartment! (“These are the cleanest bathrooms we’ve seen yet!” “Wow, sisters really know how to do it!”) We did not deserve any of these praises, because basically everything on the ground was thrown in wardrobes, hidden in laundry baskets, or shoved into the dishwasher lol! It was nice to have our apartment looking so clean though 🙂
. We got to do some fun service this week making Relief Society christmas crafts and listening to christmas music at a member’s house! I know it’s only Halloween, but I’m already in the Christmas spirit!
. We got to help out with the Youth’s haunted house this week! None of their leadership showed up, so the missionaries helped run the show! We had a really fun time setting things up and wearing some fake blood 🙂
. Me and Zr. Haynie gave away 4 books of mormon in 3 different languages in one apartment complex! (dutch, polish, english, (and later that week on in arabic)) I love how diverse the culture is here! We meet so many people from all around the world. I’ve started keeping a running list of people I’ve met and the countries they’re from. So far I’ve got Syria, Morocco, Entriea (somewhere in Africa), Poland, Hungary, Ghana, Finland, Indonesia, Bulgaria, etc.(I won’t list them all here 🙂 It’s so cool to learn about these people and their cultures.
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to serve here in Nederland! I’ve met so many amazing people! I love the gospel and the chance I have to share it with everyone! I know God is preparing people everywhere to hear his word. It’s amazing to see God’s hand in their lives (and mine:) every day.
I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures: Hot coco break, fake blood, the beautiful dutch countryside, and a random picture of me on my bike 🙂