Week 32: Haarlem, English LDD, and Settlers of Catan

Hoi Iedereen!

Not too much happened this week, but here’s a list of the Wonderen en Grappias:
. I got to go on exchanges to Haarlem this week with Zuster Conrad! It was super fun! We spent most of the day in this dorpia called Zandvoort. The weather was also BEAUTIFUL and we didn’t need our coats for a couple of hours! While we were knocking we also met this 91 year old woman. She was half blind and couldn’t really hear anything, but super nice and let us in! We ended up talking to her for a while and then walking her around the block (she can’t go alone because she can’t see anything). She was super sweet! We tried to talk about religion, but she really couldn’t hear anything we were saying lol πŸ™‚ It was really fun to spend a little time with her and just keep her company πŸ™‚
. We went LDD in Wassenaar this week to a bunch of english speaking houses. It was awesome! English people here are so nice! They all chatted with us a little bit, and one old man even gave us a hug lol! He was like “Just keep doing what you’re doing!” Wow, what a moral booster! Haha, me and Zuster Perkinson were like “Man, we could do a state side mission!” Plus, one house we knocked the babysitter was actually the one interested! She wants to meet sometime, so we’re excited about that!
. One of the recent converts we are helping with her family history is finally able to take her names to the temple this week!!! We’ve been trying to track down her membership number and a bunch of other things, so we’re all really excited that it’s all worked out! She could not be happier!
. We had interviews with the Bunnells this week, which is always great! I love them!
. We went to our investigator’s house this week and made Poffertjes! (google them) They’re like little baby pancakes that you make in this special pan. They were soo good and I definitely ate way to many of them πŸ™‚
. A lot of members have invited us for dinner with our investigator this week, so that’s going to be fun!
. We were at Zuster Van Der Scheer’s house this week for our taal les, and one of her cats just walked over, and threw up right in front of us! It was pretty nasty and smelled like tuna (TMI:) Haha, but I still love going to her house!
. We ended up playing Settlers of Catan with some members and the investigators after church yesterday! It was a lot of fun, and a good opportunity for the investigators to meet some of the members one on one in a less formal situation πŸ™‚
This week was wonderful! I love missionary work and the chance I have every day to serve those around me!
Ik hou van jullie! Fijne week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.I spent a good amount of p-day creating ‘The Cruesli Wall’. It’s pretty much all our cruesli boxes artistically displayed on one of our walls πŸ™‚
. One of my favorite little dutch houses in Zoetermeer!
. Gangsta picture waiting for the tram πŸ™‚

Week 31: Farm service, Savannah Stevenson, and Ice!

Hey everyone!

This week was really great! We had a cool concert this week with Savannah Stevenson! She is an actress from London who played Glinda in Wicked and Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the Bible videos from the church! She came and talked about her career, spiritual experiences from her life, and sang for us! My favorite song she sang was “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. She has an AMAZING voice and it was such a cool opportunity to hear her sing!
Our investigator on baptismal date also came and brought a friend! Her friend is also interested in the church and exchanged numbers with the elders! She’s already doing missionary work!
This week we got to go to the farm again, and this time with one of our other investigators (sorry I can’t name them with the blog and everything 😦 She is from Bulgaria though πŸ™‚ She LOVED the farm! Apparently she saw a picture of Zuster Stewart-Chester on Facebook with a cow last week, and asked us if we still went. She worked on a farm in Finland for 7 months, so she was super pumped! We were really excited too because we haven’t been able to get in contact with her for a while either. Thanks Zuster Stewart-Chester!!!!
This week a little girl in the Wassenaar wijk was baptised! We got to go to that with our investigator, which was really cool. She really enjoyed seeing how a baptismal service worked and is excited to plan her own! πŸ™‚ We also learned how to fill up the baptismal font, so that was cool πŸ™‚
A week or so ago me and Zuster Perkinson tried double salted drop at a member’s house. That stuff is NASTY!!! I’ll have to have the member send the video she took. It’s pretty funny πŸ™‚ For those of you who don’t know drop is really strong black licorice. This stuff was salty too, which makes it extra disgusting!
This week we got to do something awesome! We were asked to come help serve at the temple and clean the CELESTIAL ROOM CHANDELIER!!!!! It was literally the coolest service I’ve ever done!!! They lowered the chandelier and had all the individual crystals laid out on a table. Then, they had us put on these special white gloves and just rub each individual crystal between our fingers to polish it. It was sooooo cool! We were there with a bunch of other missionaries and some YSA kids, which was fun πŸ™‚ Afterwards we got to hang them all back up as well! It was kind of blinding trying to look at the chandelier lol! We only did a small section of it as well. Apparently it took them a couple of days to do it all, and we were only there for a couple of hours! It was an amazing experience that I’m so glad they involved us in πŸ™‚
I hope you all have an amazing week! Ik hou van jullie!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.All the canals really froze over this week, so we’ve been walking all over them!
.Pictures from our apartment. It’s a winter wonderland!!!
.Picture of Zr. Perkinson and our investigator on the farm
.A cute little sheep!
.Our ‘de-stress’ zone is now the kitchen table. Coloring books, hot chocolate, cookies, pretzels, and betty crocker frosting πŸ™‚

Week 30: Amsterdam, Snow, musical numbers, and a BAPTISMAL DATE!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

This week has been fantastic!!! The highlight of our week was that our investigator is now on baptismal date!!!! She will be getting baptizedΒ March 4th!!! We are sooooo excited for her! She can’t wait! She is so prepared by the Lord and I love watching her progress and find so much happiness in this gospel!
On MondayΒ we got permission to go to Amsterdam for p-day! It was awesome!!! We visited the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum! We saw so many famous paintings, which was really cool! It was fun just to walk around Amsterdam as well! It has so many cool, old, dutch buildings! I would love to serve there someday!
Another fun thing we did this week was bike to Pijnacker (look at google maps). It was cold, but a beautiful 45 minute bike ride past animals, fields, and dutch farm houses. I’m pretty sure I want to buy a farm there πŸ™‚ (Haha, mom, look up some real estate for me!) We visited some less actives and dropped off cookies and invitations to a concert this week. We made contact with most of them, which was great! This week we’ll be back out there with one of our investigators! She wants to come work on the farm with us this week! Wahoo! We’re super pumped πŸ™‚ Pijnacker is such a cute little dorpia!!!
This week I got to go on exchanges here with Zr. Winkel! We were knocking doors most of the night in the rain, but it was actually really fun! We were just laughing about how drenched we were! Haha, we might as well have fallen in the canal we were so wet! It was really fun though! Zr. Winkel is a great missionary! I learned so much from her during exchanges! Plus, she wants to travel the world too, so we really klicked πŸ™‚ We’re already planning our trip to Nepal πŸ™‚ I would love to be companions with her one day!
Okay, so some grappias real fast.Β SaturdayΒ morning we get this text from a lady in the ward asking us to do a musical number with the Elders. The sacrament meeting theme was ‘missionary work’ and she really, REALLY wanted us to sing something. Haha, we spent around 2 hours that night at the church trying to pull something together! We ended up singing I Know That My Redeemer Lives. It sounded okay, which was good because the Bunnells ended up being in our sacrament meeting yesterday! Ahhh! It was really funny πŸ™‚ It’s a miracle that came together though. I’ve never put together a musical number so last second in my entire life!
Two sundays ago I also had to translate last hour for and english visitor in the dutch ward. Man, that was hard!!! I don’t think it helped that it was fastΒ sundayΒ too and that I was on hour #5 of church that day(two wards=5hours of church:) lol. But it was fun to attempt!
Oh, and we also got snow this week!
I love you all! Happy Birthday to Henry and Zr. AbbottΒ on Wednesday! I hope you all have an awesome week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.Zr. Perkinson’s first warm stroopwaffel!
.The Rijksmuseum
.Me trying a purple colored cheese. I think it was lavender flavored. I don’t recommend it πŸ™‚
. Apparently Justin Bieber just bought a flat in this building. The top part with all the windows. Haha, maybe we should go do bellops in that building…. πŸ™‚
.My favorite painting from the Rijksmuseum called “The Gust”
.Lots of Amsterdam pictures!
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Week 29: Best birthday week EVER!

Hoi Iedereen!!!

I had a fantastic birthday this week! So many good things happened! Here are all the wonderen en grappias for my week:
. Last Monday we spent pday in Den Haag with some of the missionaries there, Dave, and our investigator! It was really fun to play games together and show our investigator where institute is held every week! We all had a really good time together.
. This week we helped our other investigator from Wassenaar clean and pack up her house. She’s moving to Texas! 😦 We’re really bummed, but we’re going to make sure the missionaries there get in contact with her πŸ™‚ After service we shared 3 Nephi 13:31-33, and she was blown away! She was like “It’s like you’re speaking right to me! How do you always do that?” It’s so cool how the Spirit will lead our studies in the morning to find exactly what the investigator needs to hear. It’s so cool to watch the Spirit touch her life.
. This week our investigator invited us over for dinner! Her dad is from Morocco, so we ate traditional Moroccan food! One was called ‘koos koos’, and i’m not sure about the other πŸ™‚ It was like this pie filled with eggs, chicken, and peanuts, with a flaky top and covered in powdered sugar. My taste buds were confused and couldn’t decide if it was breakfast or dessert lol. But it was soooo good! Also, her parents are totally supportive of her being baptized!!!
. On my birthday Zr. Smith, Lechtenberg, and Abbott all called me on the phone! It was so good to hear from them! Zr. Lechtenberg even played me the happy birthday song on the violin! It really made my night πŸ™‚ Zr. Fordiani and De Souza also stayed the night at our apartment because they couldn’t make it to Belgium that night. Slumber party!
. Also on my birthday we had a really good lesson with our less active and her less active boyfriend! We shared another scripture with them (D&C 98:1-3) that she said really applied to her situation right now. Oh man, I love missionary work! It was really wonderful to see the Spirit touch her as well through the scriptures. Her boyfriend also came to churchΒ on Sunday, so that was awesome!
. This week 70 youth from Hamburg, Germany were in Zoetermeer for a temple conference. It was so fun to hear all the German! I could understand a little bit, but speaking was nearly impossible lol! All I could say was Ich spreke ein bisschen deutsch” lol πŸ™‚ But I was suprised how much I understood. It is very similar to dutch πŸ™‚
. Me and Zr. Perkinson bought matching dresses on my birthday!
. For my birthday dinner we went to Zr. Van der Scheer’s house! She made a very delicious vegetarian meal (she is very against meat πŸ™‚ It was also really funny because one of her cats kept trying to jump on the table. Now you have to understand, her cats are her children. So, when the cat wouldn’t obey, she marched over to it, got down on his level and started to scold it! Whenever the cat would turn its head away she would say “Oog contact! Oog contact!” (eye contact! eye contact!) It was hilarious! It definitely made my night πŸ™‚
Sorry I don’t have much more to say this week! We are going to Amsterdam today, so I’ve got to sign off now!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Moroccan food
Me and One of Van der Scheer’s cats (also wearing bday dress πŸ™‚
Game day in Den Haag
A pic of us on New Years with our dominos pizza we had delivered!

Week 28: Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

Gelukkit Nieuwjaar Iedereen!

I hope you all had a fun New Years Eve and made some good goals for the new year! New Years Eve was CRAZY here with all the fireworks! Our investigator was telling us how people go to Germany to get the illegal ones. You definitely knew which ones those were, because they sounded more like bombs (just these deep ‘BOOMS’ ecoing off the apartment buildings)! The fireworks started around 11am on Dec 31 and went well into the night! We didn’t get much sleep, but we had a fun time! President wanted us all inside by 4pm (safety reasons :), so we were in the whole night. We ordered pizza, watched some church movies, made goals, and enjoyed the fireworks πŸ™‚ It was a really fun and relaxing evening!
Not too much happened other than that this week. Our investigator is making so many awesome changes in her life! She’s stopped drinking coffee, stopped swearing, and continues to read the book of mormon! She is amazing and we love her so much! We met some of her family this week, and even they have noticed the positive changes she is making in her life! It is so wonderful to see the happiness that is coming into her life from the gospel! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is really and truly the way to find peace and joy in this life!
Oh, so this week we spent almost an entire day fixing my bike. I’ve been borrowing one from a member, but he needed it back ASAP because his car was totaled and he didn’t have any other way to get around!Β  Haha, it was only a popped tube, but we had to run all over Zoetermeer looking for a specific part, and all the bike shops were closed for vacation! Luckily, we did find one, so that was good πŸ™‚ The Elders were super helpful and helped take apart my bike and patch the tube. I managed to put it all back together later that day. There were a couple of left over pieces so…hopefully those aren’t important! πŸ™‚ So far it’s been working fine πŸ™‚
I also finished the Book of Mormon this week! It was so wonderful to study it again, especially with an emphasis on Christ. The Book of Mormon truly does testify of Him! I’m excited to begin it again for this coming year!
I hope you all have an amazing new year! Good luck with your goals!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
.Selfie with our investigator!
. Fixing my bike!
.The glass windows for our shed where we store our bikes were shattered the next morning from all the fireworks! Crazy!