Week 27: Vrolijk Kerstfeest!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! I know I did! It was so great to be able to skype my family and hear from them! It was really the best Christmas present ever! We also had a big Gourmet at Dave’s house that night (ward mission leader). For dinner we cooked our assorted meats on these grills right on the dinner table! You threw in peppers, mushrooms, onions, etc. It was soooo good!
This last Monday for P-day we went to Delft with the district. It was really fun to walk around this older city full of canals. We also went into an old church (literally, it’s called the Oude Kerk) that’s leaning! It sunk awhile back, and so now it kinda looks like the leaning tower of pisa πŸ™‚ It was really beautiful inside, just full of stained glass windows! We also hit some tourist shops while we were in Delft as well and bought some Delft blue pottery that they’re famous for.
We also, as a district, went caroling in Den Haag Central Station! I played the piano while everyone else sang Christmas songs! It was really fun! A couple of people actually stopped and filmed us too, so that was cool! Haha, towards the end of our singing we actually had this drunk guy come and join us too lol. Now THAT was funny, him was just belting out Christmas songs and drinking his alcohol! πŸ™‚
This week me and Zuster Perkinson have just been visiting a lot of less actives, investigators, recent converts, and people in the ward. We’ve made cookies, dropped of notes and candy canes, and even caroled a little bit! It was cool because yesterday we were able to pull off the alto/soprano to ‘Silent Night” at the door. Haha, it wasn’t the greatest, but the harmony sounded good πŸ™‚
I am so grateful for the chance I have to be a missionary, especially during the Christmas season! I love the chance we have to celebrate Christ! I have a testimony that Jesus Christ lives and that through Him, we can find redemption, joy and eternal life!
Ik hoop dat jullie allemaal een prettige feestdagen hebben! Ik hou van jullie!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Β Pictures:
.Assorted pictures of Delft
.A selfie with my favorite Dutch Christmas food! Feeststol!!!!!
.Thanks to everyone who sent me cards!
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Week 26: Haarlem, Phone drama, and Baptism!

VrolΓΏk Kerstfeest!

This week we had a lot of great things happen! We were blessed with lots of miracles and grappias, so here it goes!
Wonderen:
. This was the biggest wonder this week! We invited our investigator to be baptized and….drum roll please….she said YES!!!! Me and Zr. Perkinson are just over the moon about this! She is so prepared and has already been making changes in her life to draw closer to Christ. It’s been so amazing to watch the ward fellowship her, and see her love for the gospel grow. She also came for 5 hours of church agian this week, to the amazement of us and all the members! We know God has been preparing her and touching her life. I feel so blessed for the chance I have to have a front row seat πŸ™‚
. I got to go to Haarlem this week! And yes, this is The Best Two Years city! It was really fun to spend the day with Zuster Majors. She is an amazing missionary and I learned so much from her! She has the best tips about training, setting goals, and just missionary life in general! While we were there we also got to work at this soup kitchen. It took place in a little square outside an appartment complex. There were lights strung up, a live band and children’s christmas choir, and members from so many different churches. It was fun to talk to people and dish out soup πŸ™‚ It really got us in the Christmas spirit!
. One wonder this week was that we got a new phone!!!! We have been pretty much phone-less this last week. Our phone just randomly died and never turned back on. Jammer 😦 But, when Perk went to Belgium she talked to President about it. He went out and bought the cheapest phone he could find and gave us that (only 10 euros :). The office elders were saying it’s a terrible phone, but we don’t even care! We’re just glad we can communicate with our investigators and everybody again! Haha, I will never take any phone for granted ever again πŸ™‚
. We looked up a part member family this week and ended up spending an hour at their house! They were super open to talking and even sent us home with some homemade jam!
. This week I got to help Wouter feed a 3 day old cow! It was soooo schattig! (cute!) Serving on the farm is always a wonder πŸ™‚
Grappias:
. This week I accidentally walked into a pole. Haha, I was just so excited about this new phone and texting that I didn’t watch where I was going πŸ™‚ Perk got a good laugh out of it πŸ™‚
. We went caroling this week with an american family in the ward. It was super funny to see people’s reactions! Haha, it is NOT a Nederland thing to do! Most people said they felt like they were in the movies! And believe it or not, some people even rejected us! Me and Zr. Perkinson thought it was hilarious, but I think the family was a little shocked! It was really fun overal though πŸ™‚
. This week we visited this less active who lives in our building. She is super nice and is always babysitting someone else’s kids while we’re there. This week the kids were watching Harry Potter 4 (in dutch) in the background of our lesson. Haha, it was SUPER hard to concentrate when out of the corner of your eye you see Lord Voldemort being created! Haha, we ended up having a good lesson with her though despite the distractions πŸ™‚
. This week I got roped into playing piano for the choir and a solo next week in sacrament meeting! Ahhh! I’m excited though πŸ™‚ It’s been fun to see how my piano has been utilized throughout the mission! I”m glad that I had the calling as ward choir pianist for a while as well! That’s been super helpful. It was a grappia this week because both of these musical numbers were sprung on me yesterday!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas this next week! Keep lighting the world!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.Haarlem station and Zuster Majors
.I saw the new Rouge One trailer this week in the station #apostate
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Week 25: The miracle of baking cookies :)

Hoi!

This week we saw a lot of miracles, both big and small! So here it goes!
Wonderen:
. This one happened just a couple hours ago. We were headed out from the apartment to bike to the church. We had just pulled out our bikes when Zr. Perkinson realized she didn’t have her helmet. It was upstairs…on the 6th floor. Ugg. We didn’t want to go back up, but we decided we should be obedient and go get it. Then the miracle happened! As we were walking by our neighbor’s door she poked her head out and was like “Willen jullie brownies?” (“Do you want brownies?”) Uhhh, JA! She was like “Those cookies you made and left were so delicious! Thank you!” Β She then invited us in where we had a short little chat and ate brownies. We believe this was the blessing of being obedient and going to get the helmet πŸ™‚
. Then last night as we were coming into the apartment building when a lady stopped us. She was like “You are the sisters who dropped off cookies for my daughters right? We always used to have the missionaries over! Could I have your number? We would love to have you for dinner and get to know you a little better!” What?!? No way! Her two daughters were old investigators that we’d been trying to get into contact with. We’d made cookies and dropped them by weeks ago! Haha, another cookie miracle! It’s also cool because her daughters are best friends with our investigator right now too!
. I got to see Zr. Abbott this week at Zone Conference!!!! It was so much fun to catch up with her! She is amazing and I love her so much!!!
. This week we got interviewed by a student from Leiden about the church! It was a really neat experience!
. Our investigator is a champ! We’ve only known her for 2 weeks, but she came to 2 hours of stake conference in haarlem for the saturday night session, 2 hours the next day for the sunday session, then an extra hour that night for the ward christmas music program! She is such an amazing girl and we love her so much! It’s wonderful to see the joy the gospel is starting to bring into her life πŸ™‚
Grappias:
.Zuster Perkinson was one of the few missionaries chosen to be interviewed by the 70 that came and spoke to us at zone conference. She was horrified when she realized on the tram that she’d forgotten her name tag! It was too late to turn back, so we had to come with something! Luckily I had two on me, so we taped the name ‘perkinson’ over ‘mangum’ on one of my tags, and she just wore that lol πŸ™‚ He didn’t mention anything about it, so it all worked out πŸ™‚ We also got to sit across from them at lunch and get to know them a little better!
.On Monday last week we celebrated Sinta Klaas with Dave, our ward mission leader. It was super funny because he dressed like Zwarte Pete! He came dancing out of the car when he came to pick us up, blasting Sinta Klaas music! It was super funny πŸ™‚ We also made funny boxes to give eachother. It’s a dutch tradition. I made a parthenon for Dave because he served his mission in Greece πŸ™‚ (picture below. I’m also wearing a silly zwarte pete hat πŸ™‚
I hope you all have a fantastic week! Keep lighting the world this christmas season!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.Sinta Klaas and my box for dave!
. baby cow selfie!
. us and our new investigator! She’s amazing!
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Week 24: New Investigator, getting lost, and 6 month mark!

Hoi Iedereen!

This week was fantastic! We were super busy and had tons of wonderen en grappias, so here it goes!
Wonderen:
. We had 3 dinner appointments this week with American families #enchiladasandpeachcobler
. We are meeting with this lady who is the mother of 7 kids! She is amazing! We taught a first lesson and she wants to learn more!
. Me and Zr. Haynie got to go on splits this week for the day of service! We went langs de deur in Den Haag collecting food for the food bank. We also got oliebollen to celebrate our 6 month mark together!
. For one of the #LightTheWorld days we got permission to call our ‘mission parents’. I had a great conversation with Zr. Abbott! It was so fun to hear from her! I’m excited because I get to see her this week at Zone Conference as well!
. We got loempias (spring rolls) this week at a stand outside of the Jumbo (a grocerey store here). The guys who runs it accepted an invitation to our ward christmas music concert, and wants to bring his whole family!
. We taught a 1st lesson with the Elders this week…in a George Clooney themed restaurant. But, the spirit was SUPER strong and she wanted to read the BvM and come to church the next day.
. Flash forward to the next day. This girl came to church, and stayed for 5 HOURS!!!! She stayed for both wards because she liked it so much! Who voluntarily stays that long at church?!? She is super positive, and we’re excited to teach her some more πŸ™‚ She’s this super cute 18 year old girl who is so excited to learn more!
. We finally finished teaching the 1st lesson with our other investigator. She’s been pretty distracted the last couple of times we’ve been over there, but we finally got through it with her. She committed to reading and praying about the Book of Mormon!
Grappias:
. We got lost late at night in Den Haag trying to get to a dinner appointment. We got off the tram and looked at our map…and saw this (look at pics below). Yeah, they lived right in the hole lol. We wondered around for a little bit hoping to find it by chance, but didn’t. So, we decided to call them right? Well, that’s when our phone decided to ‘give up the ghost’, so we had to go langs de deur until we found someone who would let us use their phone. In the end, we did make it to the appointment….just 20 minutes late πŸ™‚ It was definitely an adventure though!
. Yeah, so like I said before, our phone has been having issues. It will randomly turn off and refuse to turn on for a couple of hours. It always seems to do it when we actually need it haha! That’s definitely been funny this week πŸ™‚
. There was a tram/bus strike in Den Haag this week, so it took us 4 hours to get from Zoetermeer to the Den Haag church! (usually takes like 35 minutes). We were stranded at the station in Den Haag and had to walk. But we got lost, so President and ZUster Bunnell had to come and find us and pick us up. THEN they got lost trying to get to the church. It was actually really funny! But, we did eventually make it πŸ™‚ We’re not sure what the strike was specifically for, but none of the trams and buses were running. A lot of the trams would drive their routes but refuse to stop at any of the stations and open their doors. Kind of annoying, but whatever.
. We had 2 dinner appointments in one night back to back. That was waaaaay too much! I don’t recommend that! You couldn’t really enjoy that last dinner… πŸ™‚
. Haha, so I also lead the music in sacrament meeting yesterday! That was definitely a grappia because I really had no idea what I was doing!
I hope you all have an amazing week! Don’t forget to #VerlichtDeWereld this week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.water damaged map and working on the farm!
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