Week 23: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving this week! I know I did! To keep things brief, here’s some of my wonderen en grappias for this week:
. Our investigator [name withheld]Β came to church yesterday! She is super sweet and we’re so excited to work with her πŸ™‚
. We met with a lot of less actives and recent converts this past week, which is always a wonderen!
. We had a buffett of Thanksgiving dinner with 3 american families from the Wassenaar ward! It was waaay too good and you basically had to roll us out of the house afterwards πŸ™‚
. On Tuesday we had a Zone training in Den Haag. Our plan was to go work in Wassenaar afterwards (because it’s closer), but we had to change our plans because we each got our Christmas packages at the conference! There was no way we were going to go LDD with all of those!
. Zuster Perkinson tried Harring for the first time this week! Haha, I think it’s safe to say that she’s NOT a fan lol! I have some funny pictures below πŸ™‚
.Okay, so another funny thing. We were doing some langs de deur, and I was really confused because Zuster Perkinson kept pointing out all the mailslots in the doors. Each one was exactly the same and said “brieven”, which means ‘letters’. Nothing weird about that right? But she kept exclaiming “There’s another one!” Haha, after some moments of confusion, we finally realized that she thought ‘brieven’ was a last name, and that everyone on the street was related! Oh my tjonge jonge that was funny! I love Zuster Perkinson!
If you haven’t gotten a chance already, I would encourage you all to go to Mormon.org and look at the new Light the World campainge the church is doing! It’s really cool, and it’s something we’ve started sharing with people this last weekend. There will be a new video every day in december about ways we can ‘light the world’ and serve others this christmas season πŸ™‚
I hope you all have an amazing week full of lots of wonderen en grappias!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.Before and after pictures with the Harring lol!
.The first time we met each other in Leiden!
. Me working on the farm with the cows πŸ™‚ I actually really love it! My favorite part is milking the cows and feeding the baby ones πŸ™‚ Sooo cute!Β  And, I had the realization the other day that I’ll get to work there on my birthday! Wahooo!
. There’s this giant rock thing in the middle of the centrum. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to mean, but they’re rocks!

Week 22: I’m a mom!

Hey Everyone!

This week has been one of the craziest, emotion filled, yet BEST weeks of my mission so far! I spent most of Monday and Tuesday stopping by people’s houses and saying goodbye. That was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I LOVE the people in Breda!!! It was pretty hard to say goodbye 😦
But Wednesday the adventure began! I hopped on a train at 7:27am with all my luggage (no bike. We went back down on Thursday and got it ) and began my journey to Leiden! I switched trains in Rotterdam, which was a little stressful. But luckily there were a lot of nice people placed in my path who helped with my luggage. Haha, my luggage weighed A TON! If someone were to ask “What do you have in here? Rocks?”Actually, yes πŸ™‚ #rockhound But anyway, I made it to Leiden without incident where all the trainers had a top secret training πŸ™‚ Haha, they basically told us to love our greenies and do 12 week, which I can do! There were only 4 sisters coming in, so only 4 trainers this transfer. After the training, they lined us all up and dramatically introduced us to our greenies. (drum roll please) My greenie is…Zuster Perkinson!!! She’s this cute girl from Mesa, Arizona who is amazing! I love her! We’ve already had so many laughs and crazy adventures together this week πŸ™‚ Afterwards the trainers wandered around Leiden while the greenies did legal stuff. Then, we were headed off! The ZLs met us in Den Haag to give us the phone and keys to our apartment (very important :), then put us on a train to Zoetermeer. There, we were met by the Zoetermeer Elders (Leishman and Calmes) and Dave (our ward mission leader) who helped us get all our luggage to the apartment. The previous sisters left us a huge whitewashing packet that we’ve spent the last couple of nights trying to work through. The work here in Zoetermeer is EXPLODING! We have so many people to work with that we can’t physically fit them into our schedule! Am I in the same mission? Me and Zr. Perkinson hit the ground running, going like crazy to make appointments and whatnot. It’s a wonderful change and I’m so excited to work here!
Fun facts about Zoetermeer:
. We work with the Zoetermeer (dutch) and Wassenaar (international english) wards, which means 5 hours of church every sunday! (one hour overlaps :). We also get to travel to cities like Leiden, Den Haag, Goude, Wassenaar, etc. because members live there.
. The temple is in our city!
. Every week we get to do service on a farm! This week I learned how to milk a cow!!! I think I’ve found my new calling in life πŸ™‚
. Every week we get dutch lessons from a woman in the ward (thank goodness!) and also teach an english conversation class with the elders!
. The dinner appointments are plentiful #RMbody
I love the work here! I love my new greenie! I love this gospel! I am so excited with all the new and exciting changes here! I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
I’ll send more pictures next week. My camera was being weird, so here are some Dave took of us all πŸ™‚

Week 21: Temple Conference and Transfers!

Hoi iedereen!

This week we had the awesome opportunity to go to the temple in Zoetermeer. It was really cool to do a session in Dutch and just enjoy the atmosphere πŸ™‚ We were all asked to do a 24 hour fast before the conference, so afterwards they bought us crazy amounts of Domino’s pizza to break our fast! It was great!
It was funny, because as I was walking around Zoetermeer I was casually thinking “this would be a cute city to work in. I wonder what it would be like knocking these doors?” Well, my ‘wish’ came true when we got transfer calls this week. I’m going to Zoetermeer!!! I will be whitewashing (two new missionaries in the same city) AND training a new sister from the MTC too! Ahhhh! I’m really nervous about it all, but excited with the new adventure πŸ™‚ Everyone I’ve talked to has said it’s an amazing city with great wards (english ward and dutch ward = 6 hours of church every Sunday for us!). I’m also excited to serve around the temple as well. Wish me luck with this crazy week ahead!
Wonderen en Grappias:
. This week we had a crazy awesome miracle! We got a referal from the Tilburg Zusters for a lady they met in the train station. She was super positive and told them to send the Breda missionaries over! Me and Zr. Haynie were so excited, but confused because every time we went by her house she would shew us away from the window! Weird right? We decided to try one more time, and luckily, she let us in! She kept apologizing about shewing us away! It was dark outside so she was scared because she didn’t know who we were! She’s this cute, 80 year old Indonesian lady who reminds me a lot of Zr. Staff πŸ™‚ We got to talking with her, and asked how she knew about the missionaries. She said that 45 years ago she housed two Elders who lived here in Breda, and the only one she could remember was an Elder Bunnell. What?!? Me and Zr. Haynie looked at each other and were like “No Way!” Yep, it was President Bunnell, our missionary president! He served here in Breda 45 years ago!!! We texted him about it right afterwards and he was so excited too! We’re going to go back there before we leave and give her all his information so she can contact him. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she said she’d like to come to church with a lady in our ward, so finger’s crossed!! That would be really cool if President Bunnell could come on a joint teach at some point too πŸ™‚
.This week I met up with Glen Small, a member from my home ward who is in the Netherlands on business! It was really fun to talk to him and see a familiar face πŸ™‚ And he bought us dinner, so that was great! He is a really awesome guy. Thanks Glen!
. Haha, so this is a grappia. I found one of my favorite Disney movies ever in dutch, on sale! So I bought it πŸ™‚ I”m going to send it to my family for Christmas, so I won’t spoil it here! But here’s a clue: “Uitstekend. Een paar druppels in zijn drankje, en dan zal ik een toost uitbrengen, en hij zal voor het dessert dood zijn.”
I hope you all have an awesome week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.That moment you find out you’re training AND whitewashing πŸ™‚
.The temple, and ironically, my next city!
.Saying goodbye to our investigator Carola!
.Rocky and the sisters! I’m really going to miss him. He’s really made my time here in Breda amazing!

Week 20: 5 Month mark!

Hey Everyone!

Sorry my weekly is kind of a jumbled mess of wonderen en grappias! Enjoy!

. I played the piano for our ward choir practice this week! It was a wonderen I could sight read it, because I haven’t played the piano in months! Haha, all the ladies were saying that they don’t want any of the sisters to transfer, because we make up like a third of the choir (and the pianist :). If I stay in Breda for Christmas I will officially become the ward choir pianist…again!
. Yesterday we had an amazing miracle! We saw a shooting star!!!! It was so cool, because Zr. Haynie and I decided to take a break to look at the stars right as it passed over! It was so cool! I think it was definitely a tender mercy πŸ™‚
. Yesterday we did service again at a member’s house. We listened to Christmas music and made cute little crafts for the Relief Society! It was cool because after dinner we were able to give a spiritual thought that her husband (a non-member) really connected with. I loved seeing how the Spirit was able to guide the lesson and really have an impact on him. It was really cool πŸ™‚
. This week we went to [name withheld]Β house for her appointment, but she wasn’t there 😦 We were really disappointed, but we decided to walk around the corner and try and visit this less active we’ve been trying to see for my last 3 transfers πŸ™‚ By some miracle, she was actually home! We talked with her at the door for a minute, then came back the next day and had an amazing lesson with her! It was amazing to see how things worked out like that. Sometimes it’s hard, but we just have to trust in the Lord’s timing with everything. Even though things didn’t work out with [name withheld], God had other plans that day πŸ™‚
. This week was me and Zr. Haynie’s 5 month mark!!!! (Nov. 1) I can’t believe we’ve been out that long! It seems like just yesterday I went into the MTC. To celebrate, we went to this cute little cupcake shop in the centrum and got cupcakes and homemade lemonade…then walked around the corner and got ice cream too πŸ™‚ It was a good day πŸ™‚
. For Halloween me and Zr. Haynie dressed up as eachother! We switched tags, coats, clothes, and even hair! (well kinda. I curled mine and she straightened hers πŸ™‚ Haha, it was the only “mission appropriate” costume we could come up with πŸ™‚
. Today for pday me and Zr. Haynie traveled across Nederland to a little city called Overloon, which is home to the biggest WWII museum in Nederland! It was so awesome! It was packed full of tanks, airplanes, and all sorts of dutch and british army stuff! It was also really good taal study because everything was either in Dutch or German. That works for me!
I hope you all have an awesome week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
I found a llama!
Cupcakes and ice cream!
WWII museum
Fresh, warm stroopwafels this week!
Halloween switch!
Yeah, it’s just been one of those weeks. Ya know, when you eat all the nasty chocolate out of your paw patrol advent calendar before it’s even December πŸ™‚ It was a long week okay!
Guys, I pushed the red button!