So many great things are happening here in Groningen! I love this city! Here are some of the great things that happened this week!
. We had an extra hour at the end of the night that we didn’t know what to do with. So, we stood on a street corner and said a little prayer, asking God where he wanted us to go. Afterwards we felt like we should walk through the park. We ended up meeting this man [name withheld] ( I have no idea how you spell it!) who wants to learn more! We have an appointment with him tonight. It was just another testimony to me that God answers our prayers and that He’ll truly lead us to those who are ready if we listen 🙂
. We had 2 amazing lessons with [names withheld] this week! Our lesson last night was in the wildernis as well! They took us on a “hike” out to a place where they feel like they can really feel God. We had a powerful lesson there and they’re so excited to be baptized June 17th! Little [name withheld] had a really cool experience. After we’d extended the date to them ( a couple weeks ago), he decided to pray to recieve his own confirmation. He told God that if this was the day he was supposed to be baptized, please help something else big to happen that day. That next Sunday they announced that June 17th is ward temple night. He took this as his answer from God. This 11 year old boy has incredible faith! He is beyond excited to be baptized!! I feel like I”m learning more from this family than we’re teaching them!
. Last night we had 45 minutes that we didn’t really know what to do with. So, we decided to go to the park. But, we felt like that we were supposed to meet someone on the way. So, we did some really awesome/awkward bike contacting! That’s where you jump off your bike and talk to people walking on the sidewalk. It’s actually pretty fun lol! We ended up meeting this cool guy named [name withheld] who is pretty positive! We both walked away feeling invigorated and excited about sharing our testimonies with people! It was a great end to the night!
. This week we had to say goodbye to [name withheld]. She was only here on vacation, and Sunday she went back to Egypt. It was really hard though, because we had to tell her she couldn’t take her Book of Mormon, pamphlets, etc OR attend church in Egypt. We have been contact with the Branch President in Egypt and it’s literally illegal for her to do anything with the church there. He said it would put not only her but the church in danger if these matierals were found. But, the miracle was that she took it really well! She was hesitant at first, but at the end she promised us she wouldn’t take them with her. It was really sad though because she LOVES the book of mormon and everything we’ve taught her! She would love to be baptized, but unfortunately she can’t with her religious background and where she lives 😦 But we will still be able to keep contact through email 🙂 She also gave us her address and said we’re welcome to visit her whenever we’re in Egypt lol 🙂
. I have been asked to be a part of sooo many musical numbers here in Groningen! I am currently working on 3, and I was asked to do 2 more on Sunday 🙂 It’s fun to be playing the piano again though!!
. Me and Zr. Lechtenberg had a “Throw back Thursday” and were comps for the day for exchanges! We had so much fun! We tried some new contacting methods. We would pick something like “Curly hair” or “Ripped Jeans” or “Men” and contact everyone with that attribute! It was super fun and really helped us get out there an contact people in the centrum!
. The ice cream stores are open again! We found a cute little one by our house and it has the most incredible ice cream I’ve ever had! We went there twice last week! Lol the second time we went the lady working there was like “You are back already?” Yep, we’re going to be regulars this summer 🙂 Our plan is to convert the ice cream lady 🙂
. We had a hilarious dinner appointment this week! After the dinner the couple whipped out their keyboard and tamborine and sang us some songs they’ve written! They are in the process of writing cool, article of faith songs! They are really good too! It was one of the most fun dinner appointments i”ve ever had!
. Last week we went to Leeuwarden for Zone Pday! We did a tour of the city, but it ended up going way longer than expected. So, me and Zr. Lane had to book it across the city, sprinting as fast as we could, dragging our klompen, to catch this train! We made it from the centrum to the station in 5 minutes and barely made the train! I feel like that’s the story of our life, running like crazy people across the city trying to catch buses and trains! We just collapsed on the train and slept the whole 45minutes back to Groningen 🙂
This week has been overall fantastic! I love missionary work and seeing people change their lives! I know that this gospel is true and it truly can change our lives if we let it. It has definitely changed mine 🙂 Ik weet dat God bestaat en dat Hij een grotere plan voor ons allemaal heeft!
Ik wens jullie en fijne week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
. Our last picture with [name withheld]! She went back to Egypt this week 😦
. Shells! This is literally what you find here in Nederland!
. Yes, it’s a pizza vending machine. We’re going to go back for lunch one of these days 🙂
. So here’s a funny picture. We were taking a serious, “cool” picture in this window waiting for a train, but we didn’t realize it was a two sided mirror thing! Lol all the bus drivers were behind the window watching us fix our hair and pose in this mirror! They knocked on the window and we just walked away mortified and laughing haha!
. We bought Klompen last week in Leeuwarden!!!
.I have no idea how you pronouce that bottom word! Welcome to Friesland!
.Ice cream season is back!!!