Week 36: Miracles and a windy week!

Hey everyone!

So many great things happened this week!
.We had exchanges this week! While we were on exchanges, me and Zr. Cluff decided to go look up this recent convert (and sadly less active). She lives all the way out in Delft, so it took about an hour to get there. She hadn’t been answering her phone, so we were worried she wouldn’t be home. But we felt like we should still travel out there. Luckily, she was home!!! She even said it was lucky that we caught her with how busy she’s been! Wow! We were so glad that the Spirit had directed us there that day πŸ™‚
.We were also able to meet with another less active and her children. It was really sweet. Her daughter is autistic and we spent most of the time looking through a book full of church pictures with her. She would point to something in the picture and ask “Wat is dat?” and we’d explain the story behind it. It was so cute! We really love them πŸ™‚
.On FridayΒ we stopped by a neighbor from one of the ward members to invite her to our game night after the baptism. She’s gone to a couple events at the church before, so we thought we’d stop by. She ended up letting us right in and asking us questions about the church! We ended up teaching the last half of the plan of salvation and committing her to church and the game night! She seems super positive and we’re hoping we can set up another appointment!
.We cleaned out all our area books this week! It looks sooo much better now and it’s way easier to work with πŸ™‚ We also found a lot of lost potentials that we’re planning on looking up this week!
.On SaturdayΒ we went to a convert baptism in Den Haag with our investigator, her mom, and her twin sister! It was really good for them to see what herΒ baptism will be like and meet some of the church members. Her sisterΒ also wants to come to Institute!! The Spirit was so strong at the baptism. It was really another testament to me of the importance and sacredness of baptism. We can’t wait for next week!!!
.Yesterday we had an AWESOME miracle! We were wandering in the hallway at church trying to decide if we wanted to go to the Wassenaar Relief Society or the Zoetermeer Sacrament Meeting (the hour overlaps so we switch off every week or so). While we were being indecisive, one of the youth comes around the corner with 2 of her non-member friends. She said they had questions that they wanted to ask us! So, we went into an empty classroom and ended up teaching part of the 1st lesson! They both accepted a book of mormon and we’re in the process of setting up another appointment! They are both dutch, but are attending the english ward because that’s where their friends are. They are so sweet and sincere with their questions! We are excited to help them learn more!
.We also gave the Young Woman lesson in the Zoetermeer ward yesterday. Man, it was a busy day for us! We talked about scripture study and the blessings that come from it. We gave each girl a decorated notebook as a kind of scripture study journal. I think the girls really liked that. Haha, most of them were kind of ‘tuned out’ most of the time on their phones. But, one girl was really into the lesson, which really made it worth it πŸ™‚
.Last Monday we went skating in de Uithof in Den Haag with the district. It was really funny and people were falling all over the place! Haha, our investigatorΒ came with us too, which always adds to the fun!
.For English Conversation Class this week we played Jeopardy! The Elders came up with it and it was super funny! Lots of the questions were tailored to the students (ex. How many stomachs does a cow have? For Wouter, the man who owns the dairy farm we do service on). Most of the questions had them spelling words in english as well. Everyone loved it! Also, if anyone has any ideas for an english class, let me know!
.The wind this last thursday was crazy! It was officially “Code Orange” which is one less “code” than a full blown hurricane here! It was really fun to attempt to ride our bikes. We weren’t even moving a lot of the time! Haha, and Zr. Weber almost got blown into the dijk lol! Luckily, we had a dinner appointment that night, so we weren’t out in the worst of it πŸ™‚
.We had zone p-dayΒ on Saturday! We all went to the Den Haag church and played dodgeball! It was pretty fun, and only one person got hurt πŸ™‚ (Just some broken glasses. Don’t worry, wasn’t me mom πŸ™‚
I love you all so much! I hope you all have a great week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum

.M&M McFlurries!
.Found some cute baby chicks at the Hema

.We went ice skating last Monday with the district. It was so much fun!


Week 35: Baking our way into people’s hearts

Hoi Iedereen!

This week I had ‘griep’ (a cold :), but it was still amazing! Here’s my wonderen en grappias for the week!
. This week I was asked to give a talk in church, in dutch, in the hallway right before the meeting started. Ahhhh! I was stressin’ out, but after a lot of prayers it went okay! Luckily it only had to be 5 minutes though (I’m not up to like 17 minute talks yet πŸ™‚ I was asked to talk about repentance too, which I love! Repentance is amazing and one of my favorite parts of the gospel!
.This week we had to say goodbye to our investigator, Jennifer, and her family 😦 But, the wonder was that we were even able to meet at all! She has been SUPER busy with packing and everything. But, we got to stop by one last time and say goodbye πŸ™‚ Plus she gave me her email, so I’ll still have a way to contact her! Miracle!!
. The weather this week has been AMAZING! It’s starting to turn into Spring here! Hopefully it’s not just a fluke! We’ve had clear skies and light jackets this week. It’s perfect biking weather!
.This week we baked a lot of cookies for investigators and less actives. And, we got 3 appointments from it!!!! I really have a testimony of ‘baking our way into people’s hearts’ πŸ™‚ Nobody can say no to cookies πŸ™‚
. We also had FHE at Zr. Van der Scheer’s house with Daniela and some other ward members! It went really well and Daniela had a great time! We played some wild west board game that everyone was really getting into, which was fun πŸ™‚
. Zr. Weber was going through all our cubbords this week cleaning out food. She found some tea that I’d been drinking almost daily for the last 12 weeks that has black AND green tea in it!!! Ooops! Maybe I should have read the bottom of the box…( I just assumed because it was in the appartment that it was fine!) Haha, we threw that away πŸ™‚ Don’t worry, I have since repented πŸ™‚
.This week we celebrated Zr. Van der Scheer’s birthday! She is a single woman we eat dinner with every week. She is hilarious! And she loves to talk πŸ™‚ Here’s a funny quote from her this week: “How did we get from talking about doctrine and covenants to men with green eyes?” Haha, our spiritual thought took a different direction than we were expecting! We love her!
I love this gospel! I am so grateful for the chance I have to serve the Lord here in Zoetermeer! I hope you all have a great week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum

.Baking cookies!
.Well, this would have been a more convenient MTC to send me too πŸ™‚
.A funny thing to ‘recycle’ your gum!

Week 34: RIP Crueslie

Hey Everyone!
Well, as you might have guessed from the title, I lost someone very dear to my heart this week. Yes, Crueslie, my bike, was stolen 😦 Me and Zr. Perkinson came back from District Meeting, and all that was left was my broken fiets tas (bike bag) lying on the ground. Haha, we were laughing though because I had a container of cookies that I’d forgotten to take to District Meeting in my fiets tas, and those weren’t even touched! I mean, if you’re going to steal the bike, you might as well take the cookies too, right? But oh well! Me and Zr. Perkinson achterooped around the rest of the day πŸ™‚ But the next day I was able to purchase a new bike, which I’ve named Mueslie! Mueslie is like the “Western Family” brand of Crueslie out here. I thought it would be perfect, because this bike is a little more ghetto and a little cheaper than my last one πŸ™‚ But I still love it and it works great!
This week I also said goodbye to Zr. Perkison! It was sad to say goodbye and some tears were shed, but I know she is soooo excited to go to Antwerpen!!! I know she’s doing great things there!!! My new companion is Zr. Weber! She was actually Zr. Perkinson’s MTC companion! She is amazing! I’m very excited to work with her this transfer πŸ™‚
Here are some Wonderen en Grappias for the week:
.We played Bean Boozled at a dinner/FHE with the Tettero family and Daniela. It was SUPER funny! People were gagging and running to the kitchen sink to wash out their mouths! We were all laughing sooo hard! Poor Daniela actually threw up too!
.We had dinner with a non-member this week named Caroline! She is from texas and LOVES relief society! She comes to all the activities, so that’s how we met her! While we were there, she showed us all her miniatures and crystal she collects. Then, she let us pick one to take home! Apparently it was swarovski glass, which Zr. Perkinson was freaking out about! I don’t know anything about glass, but apparently that’s a really fancy kind πŸ™‚ She let me take a little glass cat. I’m not sure how I’m going to transfer with something like this…


.Today at church 2 teenage dutch girls randomly showed up! They are interested in how our church works and want to know more!!! The youth are doing an amazing job at fellowshipping them! We are going to try and meet with them!
I love missionary work! I am so grateful for the chance I have to serve the people here in Zoetermeer! Ik hou van jullie!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
. Me and Mueslie!
. Me and Zr. Weber braving the snow!
. Selfies with Daniela and Sabrina (her twin sister)
. Just another day at the farm

Week 33: Farm day, 8 month mark and TRANSFERS!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

This week was really fun! On Friday I spent the day in Utrecht with Zr. Wilkinson while our greenies went to Belgium for visa stuff. It was great! We spent most of the day in little dorpias, which are my favorite! We were in Hollandsche Rading looking up less actives, then we WALKED from there to the next dorpia over called Maartensdijk (you can google map it). It was a beautiful walk through green fields full of sheep and the occasional farmhouse. I totally want to live in one of these tiny dorpias πŸ™‚ It was lightly raining as well, so it was perfect!
I also hit my 8 month mark on Wednesday! Ahhh! I can’t believe I’ve been out that long! It seems like I’ve always been on a mission, but at the same time I feel like I just got here!
We got to go to the farm with our investigator and her sister! It was really funny because our investigator is totally a ‘city girl’. But her twin sister really got into it and we had a lot of fun together! Our investigator took lots of pictures and videos, which I’ll have to send next week when she sends them to us πŸ™‚ It was really good to have her sister meet another member of the ward, Wouter, as well!
Drumroll please…..I’m staying here in Zoetermeer!!!! I’m very excited to keep working with the people here and help our investigator keep progressing towards baptism. My new companion will be Zuster Weber! She is in Zr. Perkinson’s group and has been serving in Breda! I’m excited to hear all about her experiences there! Zr. Perkinson, the lucky duck, is going to Antwerpen, Belgium and could not be more excited!!! It was her dream to go to Belgium and she is sooo excited to go! Haha, all the members she told on Sunday were like “The Chocolate!!!” Zuster Van Der Scheer even told her that it’s okay to “eat your emotions” because “chocolate is comfort food and it’s also a vegetable!” She is going to have so much fun down there! I’m just sad I won’t get to call her! ( you can’t call internationally 😦 I have absolutely LOVED working with her! She is the best and will do so many great things down there in Belgium! I’m excited I’ll get to see her again on March 4th for the baptism as well πŸ™‚
We heard something really sweet from one of the members on Sunday. Our english investigator (the mom with 7 kids), was in Paris this weekend, so a lady in the ward was watching her three youngest kids. When we asked her how it was going, she said our investigator was really worried about leaving them. She said that our investigator told her she was worried, but found comfort and peace in the scriptures we’d been reading with her. This member said she was crying when she got this text (and we were a little teary eyed as well as she told us). This really touched me and Zr. Perkinson, because we’ve felt like this investigator hasn’t been progressing or getting anything out of our lessons. I am so grateful for this tender mercy on Sunday! We may not always be able to see the end result, but our actions and efforts do have an effect on people. I am so grateful for the scriptures and the peace and comfort they bring into my life. I know that they are truly the word of God!
I hope you all have a great week!
Liefs, Abby
.The country road we walked to the Maartensdijk! It was super long, but beautiful!
.We went to the Wassenaar (english) Relief Society activity and made Valentine’s day Wreaths! It was awesome because 3 non-members showed up! We’re having dinner with one of them on Tuesday!
.Here’s a fun swing I found in Wassenaar. Haha, I think I broke it though because it didn’t work the second time I tried to ride it…
Also, random funny thing. Remember the Crueslie cereal wall thing from last week? Well, it is no more 😦 Elder Van Der Put came to fix some things in our apartment and did not approve lol πŸ™‚ Haha, for all you missionaries who get President’s weekly, yeah, I think Van der Put’s section was inspired by state he found our apartments in….. πŸ™‚