Week 65: Dutch Harring, Lokerse Paardworst, and Belgian Waffels!

Hey Everyone!!
Here’s kind of a bullet point highlight of my week this week!
.We made a lot of progress with one of our less actives ! She is finally willing to make a plan to stop smoking so she can get a temple recommend again! Her father passed away a couple years ago and she really wants to do his work for him in the temple. We’re going to start the 12 step addiction recovery program with her, and as part of it, we’re all going to do it together! Lol me and Zr. olsen will probably be using ‘sugar/pastires/Panos/chocolate’ as our ‘addiction’ ๐Ÿ™‚
. We rode up to Antwerpenย on Saturdayย with a member for a stake training for Relief Society, Primary, and YW teachers. Since there were people from the Brussels international ward, they needed us there to translate. Man, that really tested my translating skills! But it was really fun! I got to wear a little headset and look all official ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have a pretty bad cough though, so I was downing the cough drops/muting the headset when I had a coughing fit. I also saw a lot of people from Breda there, which was super fun!!! It was great to actually be able to speak dutch with them now, as opposed to when I’d just come into the land!
.ย Sundayย was incredible!!! We biked with our investigators and her 2 kids to church, which was an adventure! First of all, her kids don’t have bikes, so she had to acheroop her 13 year old son and I took her 9 year old daughter on the back of my bike. She is soooo stinkin’ cute! We biked along the spoorline (railway line) with fields and pastures on either side. Anytime she saw an animal (pig, horse, cow, chicken, you name it!) she would loose it, saying “ooooh schattig!!! (cute!!!)) It was adorable! Also, google maps said it would take 30 minutes to bike to the church, but with the achterooping it took and hour! We ended up running in all super sweaty to the meeting, but it was good ๐Ÿ™‚ Then, a couple minutes later of the inactive ladies we visit came in with her son! She hadn’t been to church in over 10 years!! Zr. Olsen ran over to sit by her. THENย 20 minutes laterย our investigator, Matty, snuck in and sat down! Haha, there weren’t enough of us to sit by everyone!ย Sundayย school was a full house! It was so cool to watch the ward take these people under their wings ย and fellowship them. Everyone left feeling loved and having made a new friend in the ward. We also biked back with Hanane and her family, and they all had a great time! Man, they are such troopers for biking all that way!!
Here are some grappjes as well:
.Hanane’s son just got braces, and when we came over she said “Look! Ludvie just got bracelets!” She was so close!
.Zr. Olsen had this realization this week as we were listening to the dutch audio book of mormon for taal studie (language study). She was like “Wow, you really do speak dutch!” I was like, uhhh, what? She said she thought that my accent was just the ‘missionary accent’ because it doesn’t sound like any native person she’s heard so far. Lol it wasn’t until we listened to the DUTCH audio that she realized that I really do speak with a dutch accent ๐Ÿ™‚ Vlaams (flemish) is waaaay different for sure!
I hope you all have an incredible week! Sorry that my email was shorter this week! I love you all!!!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum

Pictures:

.I ate the famous, Lokerse Paardworst (Lokeren horse sausage) this week! It was actually reallly good! It was kind of weird to look at the horsesย on Sundayย and realize I’d eaten one though…
.Zr. Olsen tried harring (herring) for the first time this week!
.It was really tempting to buy this eye witness gemstones and minerals dvd in dutch I found last week. But I resisted the temptation!
.We had some adventures in Brussels this week! We were there for Zr. Olsen’s visa, but we stopped for some waffels on the way back ๐Ÿ™‚
.This is our darling little investigator named Dora! I achteroped her on my bike all the way to churchย on Sunday. It was so fun to see how excited she was about the horses!!
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Week 64: Quick rundown of my week

Hey everyone!

I don’t have a ton of time sorry! Here’s some pictures and a quick rundown of my week:
Maandag (Monday) we chilled in Antwerpen and walked around the centrum. We discovered speculaas mcflurries (dutch biscuit), which changed my life! That night we also met this man named Moses on the street. He told us he’s a prophet of God, foretold in all the scriptures, called to destroy Satan! It was an interesting/hilarious encounter ๐Ÿ™‚
Dinsdag (Tuesday) I don’t really remember too well. We visited Isabelle and Zr. Vonck, an older woman in the ward who lives in a resting home. We helped feed her lunch and just kept her company for a bit. She is so cute and we love her!
Woensdag (Wednesday) we contacted for a bit in the Lokeren Market. We had the impression to stop and talk to this one african woman. Turns out she was an old investigator! She seemed open to meeting again, so we’re going to stop by this next week! We also knocked a street that a member had been praying over, and found a woman named Jasmine who made an appointment! It was really cool, because we had dinner that night with the same member and got to share the experience with him. He was sooo excited! It was a cool way to help strengthen his testimony of missionary work!
Donderdag (Thursday) we spent the day in Sint-Niklaas looking up less actives. They were all these really cute old ladies that we just fell in love with! We brought our hymn book and sang, which was a fun way to share our testimony. I still have a pretty bad cough, but Zr. Olsen sounded great! We also stopped by a former investigator with cookies, and they made an appointment for today! They are a really cute, young family that we’re excited to start teaching!
Vrijdag (Friday) was Joshua (our ward mission leader)’ s birthday! He brought cake and pastries to correlation, which was awesome! Me and Zr. Olsen are suckers for a good pastry. We also had an incredible dinner appointment with the Bishop and his wife! They invited a non member college from work who was interested in learning more about the church! We were able to give her an arabic book of mormon and teach the restoration! The bishop and his wife had some many great personal experiences to share, which really brought the spirit! I’m so grateful for memebers and their missionary efforts here! The work really is more efficient when members and missionaries work together!!
Zaterdag (Saturday) we spent the morning helping our investigator Hanane renovate her attic. It was hard work, but she really needed it! Afterwards we taught her a lesson and baked a cheesecake with her! It was a fun way to spend our morning ๐Ÿ™‚
Zondag (Sunday) some great members and neighbors of our investigator Isabelle invited us over for lunch after church. This was a tender mercy because our appointments for that afternoon all fell through!
Overal this week has been great. The weather is definitely turning and fall is here! It’s time to break out the tights and scarfs! I’m excited with the work happening here in Lokeren and know that God is behind all of it! I know He is in the details of our lives and that he loves us so much!
I hope you all have an incredible week!!!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures
Speculaas mcflurry
antwerpen centraal. It’s such a beautiful station!
Selfie on the bus ride here because we forgot to take pictures this week!
We got some ‘dang tasty’ pizza this week for lunch lol ๐Ÿ™‚
We are lucky enough to have the ice cream truck in our neighborhood ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a picture from our balcony ๐Ÿ™‚
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Week 63: Elder Sabine and baptisms for the ‘dead’

Hey Everyone!

So many good things happened this week! We traveled a lot back and forth from the Netherlands with Zone conferences and MLC, but it was a blast! I love that country and it’s public transportation ๐Ÿ™‚
Wonderen:
  • This week Elder Sabine came to our zone conference and spoke! It was incredible! One of my favorite quotes from him was about being in the world but not of the world. He said ‘It doesn’t matter how deep the water is. If it doesn’t get in the boat, you won’t sink! But you have to make sure you seal off all the cracks, because the water (or the world) wants to get in.’ It doesn’t matter how bad this world gets. If we seal off the cracks in our ‘ship’, we will be protected from drowning. Also, two great scriptures he shared with us that you should all look up! D&C 90:24 and 1 Corinthians 2:9. There are so many great things waiting for us if we love God, keep his commandments, and remember our covenants!
  • We got a couple of referrals from members at church yesterday! This was a tender mercy, because our week is pretty open this week. But one member had a very strong impression to give us the address for his friend, so we’ll see what happens there!
  • Our cute little less active named Saskia was able to make it to church today! Her health is terrible, but she managed to have enough energy for sacrament meeting. When we talked to her about it later she said that 17 years ago, on that exact day, was the first time she ever went to church. Wow! What an incredible experience for her and a testimony to me that God is so aware of our individual lives!
  • This week Zr. Bunnell gave a presentation on music at the zone conference. She invited us to read the preface in the hymnbook. I did it, and wow! There are so many cool blessings from the hymns! I invite you all to read it! Also, pick your favorite hymn and look up it’s coordinating scriptures. I did this with my favorites (how firm a foundation) and it was a really cool experience ๐Ÿ™‚
Grappjes:
  • We had to explain to Isabelle this week that baptisms for the dead isn’t us actually baptizing dead people! I’ve just grown up with that term and never really thought about it. But yeah, if that’s all you hear, it can seem kind of scary! Haha, the crazy thing was that she’s had this idea in her head for like a month, but she was still cool about taking the lessons and getting baptized! She was very relieved to know that we weren’t baptizing dead bodies though, because that’s kind of creepy ๐Ÿ™‚
Well, I’m out of time but that was mostly my week! Here are a bunch of pictures of me at the Gent castle last week and my adventures in Nederland!
I love you all!!!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Also one of the pictures is of me eating a chocolate crosaint at 6:30 in the morning in antwerpen. We had to wake up at 4:30 to catch a train to antwerpen, to catch a bus from antwerpen to zoetermeer with the rest of the belgian missionaries. It was a blast, but veeery early ๐Ÿ™‚
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Week 62: Ice cream miracle and contacting

Hoi Iedereen!!

This week we did a lot of contacting and had a lot of really good, random encounters with people! One miracle happened yesterday. It was really hot, and all day we’d heard the ice cream truck, just wishing that it wasn’tย Sunday! We were biking home from a member’s house when we saw an investigator and her daughter! We talked to them for a second and they invited us in to teach a lesson. THEN, they gave us ICE CREAM!!!! This is a testimony to me that God answers prayers, even if it’s just a silent pleading for ice cream on a hot, sabbath day ๐Ÿ™‚
We’ve been trying some new contacting methods out this week. One of them is called ‘picture contacting’. We printed off a bunch of pictures of famous people (queen of england, michael jackson, nelson mandelen, etc) and a picture of jesus. Then, we ask random people on the street if they know who these people are and what they think of them. The last picture is always a picture of jesus ๐Ÿ™‚ Kind of sneaky, but it works! We had a lot of great conversations with people and were able to bear our testimony! It was a really fun way to contact people at the market this week!
Yesterday at church we sang my favorite hymn “How Firm a Foundations” (‘O, vast als een rotssteen’ in dutch). When we started singing the 3rd verse the Spirit just hit me and I was kind of getting emotional! (which I never do!) I invite you all to read it! I know that God is always there for us and will never leave us alone! No matter our situation or what we’ve done He loves us! The Spirit really testified that to me yesterday!
I don’t have tons of time! But I love you all! Good luck to everyone who is starting school!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.Boat tour of Gent last week for Zone Pday! We are going back today and touring the castle!
.We saw this angry station of the angel gabriel on the tour. I thought it kind of looked like an angry angel moroni, coming down from the temple ready to destroy the wicked!
.At the stake picnic with Isabelle! They had a cute little farm there as well!
.A video of isabelle feeding the chickens! I read the sign outloud that said “do not feed the animals” and she was like “yeah, but I don’t really understand dutch very well!” Dutch is her second language, so she ‘can’t always understand’ all the time ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, that’s why we’re all laughing ๐Ÿ™‚

. This is the weekly video zr. olsen makes to send to her family! It’s funny because right in the middle talking about ‘unworthy creatures’ we got contacted by this old lady. the movie cuts off right as she asks if we’re mormons lol ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a good contact though!

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Week 61: New Investigators!

Hello everyone!

This week was pretty good! We found a couple of new investigators! One was a lady the other sisters had met on the door. They had given her a Book of Mormon and we went back to follow up. She ended up making an appointment with us, so we’ll go back next week! She has a couple of kids, so we might get to teach a family again! We met another man through the referral system. He requested a missionary visit. We called and made an appointment with him last week. When we showed up to the address, it was a drum shop! We were a little worried, thinking there might have been a misunderstanding and maybe he thought we were there to buy drums? Luckily that wasn’t the case! He ended up being really religious! We shared the restoration with him, in this drum shop, and the Spirit was sooo strong! Especially when we shared the 1st vision. It was an incredible experience!
We met an incredible less active woman this week through our investigator [name withheld]. She’s great! She can’t come to church because of her health, but she’s sooo excited about missionary work! She talks to everyone about the church and today she’s going to invite her friend to meet with the missionaries (us!). We are so excited to work with her more. The members of this ward are so missionary minded and so excited to help with the work!
All in all this week was great! My cold is starting to clear up and me and Zr. Olsen are doing great! We’ve finally started to get a handle on the public transportation, which has been a huge blessing! I am so excited to be a part of this work here! I know that God is so present in our lives, even if we don’t always notice it. I know that it’s only through Christ and His gospel that we can truly find happiness in our lives, even during the hard times!
I love you all! Good luck starting school again this week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum

Pictures:
.Last week for pday we went to Antwerpen and walked around the centrum! We were able to find Zr. Olsen some good, comfortable proselyting shoes that don’t hurt her feet. Success!
. Zr. Abbott biking through Lokeren! We had an incredible exchange together this week! It was so much fun to knock doors again, just like the good old days in Breda! She is a great missionary (and mom:) and I’ll be sad to see her go in a couple of weeks!
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Week 60: Er gaat niets boven Kermis :)

title:ย There is nothing above the fair

Hooi Iedereen!!

Here is a quick rundown of the wonderen en grappjes from our week:
Wonderen:
.This week we got to bike…a ton! We biked one day from Lokeren to Eksaarde, then Eksaarde to Zele, then Zele to Lokeren to Waasmunster! (you’ll have to look on google maps). It was a crazy adventure through the drizzling rain! But the miracle was that we were miraculously on time for all of our appointments! We really shouldn’t have been, with how much we got lost, but we were! Plus, biking so much is always a miracle for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it!
.We had an incredible appointment with a woman found langs de deur last night. She is a single mom who is searching for the truth!! She LOVES the book of mormon and wants to be baptized!!! She’s wants to take it slow, but she is excited to learn more! She also fed us dinner spontaneously, which was great ๐Ÿ™‚ They are such a cute family!
.Zr. Olsen gave out her first book of mormon this week!!! It was definitely a ‘proud mama moment’ watching her hand over a book of mormon to a lady on the bus ๐Ÿ™‚ The woman was very enthusiastic to read it as well! What a great experience for her ๐Ÿ™‚
.We had interviews with the Bunnells this week, which is always a great part of the transfer!
.I got to play the piano in Primary last second yesterday! I LOOVE doing this! I love being able to serve in this way ๐Ÿ™‚
Grappjes:
.Our investigator, [name withheld], who is on baptismal date, thought she had to throw away all her candles, decorative animal statues, and christmas tree! She thought it was against our religion! We told her that as long as she doesn’t worship it, that it’s fine. I’m glad she asked about it though, otherwise that would have been a sad christmas next year!
. So, funny thing about the old lady from the bus. She sat down by us, read our tags, and was like “Wow! Real Zusters! You just don’t see that in young people these days! Splendid! Splendid!” Haha, I think she thought we were nuns….You wouldn’t believe how many people have asked me that on my mission!
. The zone leaders told us that it was President Bunnell’s birthday yesterday. So we texted him ‘happy birthday’, only to find out that it’s actually December 12๐Ÿ™‚ Veeeery funny zone leaders! President Bunnell got a good laugh out of it though!
.I taught Zr. Olsen how to bike contact this week! Oh man, always awkward… buuut we gave away some ‘i love my family’ stickers doing it! (bike contacting is where you literally jump off/pull up next to someone on your bike and start talking to them. People are always kind of terrified/confused, but it has been known to work! The helmet makes it even better:)
.We have been assigned as visiting teachers in our ward! There aren’t enough abled bodied women to do it in the ward (everyone is like 50 or older), so they asked us! Kind of random, but great!
Overall our week was great! We had some great dinner appointments with members and are really starting to build relationships with them! It is an incredible, missionary minded ward! I am excited to be serving here with Zr. Olsen and working with the people we are ๐Ÿ™‚ There truly are prepared people EVERYWHERE! If we pray for opportunities and follow the Spirit, we will be lead to these missionary opportunites. I have definitely gained a ย testimony of that on my mission!
Ik hou van jullie!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.Kermis! It was crazy and fun while it lasted, but we’re glad to have our quiet little Lokeren back ๐Ÿ™‚
.Check out this ‘Magnum Mangum’ typo! Toeval bestaat niet!!! (Coincidence does not exist)
.The garbage and aftermath of Kermis (shoutout to Wesley!)
.We rode this ride on monday called the ‘body shaker’ Nothin’ like a sketchy kermis ride run by gypsies!
.Fun optical illusion at the mall!

.We’re literally just eating our way through Belgium! Belgian chocolate covered gelatto was just too tempting ๐Ÿ™‚

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Week 59: The Kermis(carnival) is here!

Hey Everyone!!!
This week was another adventure here in Belgium! We ate lots of good food (waffels, pastries, ice cream) and had some great appointments! Here is a quick run down of the wonderen en grappjes from the week!
Wonderen:
.This week I got to go to MLC! It was so wonderful to see old companions and friends! It was definitely a little tender mercy for me this week ๐Ÿ™‚
.We met with a recent convert (8yrs old) and her mom (investigating) this week. She is sooo cute and is so excited to read her scriptures and learn more about the gospel! It was really fun to teach someone so young! Afterwards she wanted us to jump on her trampoline with her ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad I was wearing my bike shorts! It was a really fun way to end a lesson ๐Ÿ™‚
.Zr. Olsen was AMAZING in our lesson with [an investigator]! She really taught most of the lesson! He was suuuper touched by her testimony and said he feels like she was sent there for him! This was an answer to our prayers! I’m so happy that my greenie had this incredible experience!
.We got to bike for 45 minutes to an appointment, which was amazing! I’ve missed biking…a lot. This was definitely a miracle for our week!
.We’ve had to run for a lot of buses and trains this week, but by some miracle we’ve made EVERY SINGLE ONE! #zegeningen
Grappjes:
.We were on our way to deliver some cookies to investigators when Zr. Olsen got into an epic bike crash! Don’t worry, she was fine. But the cookies were everywhere!!! It was really dramatic watching her lose control of the bike and go crashing into the wall. Oh my mother heart! But, we all had a good laugh about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly, the cookies did not make it out alive ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
I am so excited to be serving the Lord! I know that this is His work and that there are people everywhere who are prepared to hear this gospel! My mission has brought me so much joy and there is literally no place I’d rather be!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum

Pictures:

. I saw all my friends at MLC this week!!!! I love these Zusters sooo much!
. We got Zr. Olsen a bike this week at the Decathalon in Antwerpen! We have both LOOOVED biking this last week!
. The Kermis is here in Lokeren! Can you spot it in this picture? The centrum is insane! We are going to go explore it today for P-day!
.Eating our way through Belgium!

.Selfie at the train station in Sint-Niklaas

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Week 58: Lokeren!

Hey everyone!

The last couple of days have been a huge change! New country, new transportation, new NEW companion, everything! Belgium is crazy! But we are having a good time ๐Ÿ™‚ My new companion is Zr. Olsen from Colubus Ohio! She is super cute! She loves trying all the new chocolates and pastries Belgium has to offer, so we’re having a good time here ๐Ÿ™‚
Wonderen:
  • I had a wonderful last dinner with [new members] before I left! It was really great to be with them. I am really going to miss that family! They also helped us drive all our suitcases the the train station and get them on the platform, which was a HUGE tender mercy for us!
  • We ended up missing our first 2 trains to Leiden that night, but it definitely was meant to be. We met this sweet little 13 year old girl on the train. She had been through a lot with her family and other crazy things in her life. We were able to talk to her about the Plan of Salvation and bear testimony of God’s plan for her. She ended up giving us a hug and exchanging numbers with us! I am excited for Zr. Lane and her new companion to follow up! She was such a sweet girl. It definitely wasn’t toeval (coincidence) that we missed those earlier trains ๐Ÿ™‚
  • We had a great training session earlyย wednesdayย morning at the office, met our companions, then headed out! I was a little worried about all the overstops we’d have to make to get to Belgium (den haag, breda, antwerpen, etc). But, the elders ended up waiting for us and helping with everything! Then we met even MORE missionaries on our way down, so we had lots of hands to help us! When we eventually got to Lokeren a member came and helped us drag the suitcases to the apartment. There were so many wonderful people along the way that helped us!
  • One of the miracles is that we live above a bakery here in Lokeren. Haha, i’m not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse…
  • We get to work with this wonderful woman who is on baptismal date forย aug 27! She is this cute little french lady who is sooo excited about the gospel! She just soaks everything up from our lessons!
Grappjes:
  • On the way down here to belgium with all the missionaries, we had a pretty good system figured out to get all the bags/bikes on and off trains. We formed a sort of assembly line. We actually ended up being TOO good and accidently STOLE another person’s suitcase!!! Ooops! We were all looking at this suitcase like “It’s not mine….” awkward. But, we called the senior couple and Zr. Oliver took care of it ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope that poor person doesn’t have a negative view of the church from this haha!
  • The buses are CRAZY down here! The driver doesn’ announce the stops, so you just have to KNOW what the stop looks like and push the button before he gets there! Ahhhh! That’s like impossible when you whitewash! I have been texting the sisters who were here before A TON trying to figure out all this craziness! But, so far we haven’t gotten too lost or on too many wrong buses ๐Ÿ™‚ I denfinitely miss NS travel in Nederland though….
  • The accents at churchย on sundayย were all over the place! Vlaams (Flemish) sounds like a mix of french, german, and dutch. I’m not sure what to do with it yet! But for the most part we’re figuring it out okay ๐Ÿ™‚ Some people just have very, VERY strong accents and I feel like I’m a greenie again with the language!
It has been so fun to be a ‘mom’ again! Zr. Olsen is doing AMAZING and is such an inspiration to me! We are going to have so much fun and see so many miracles together this transfer! I know this is Christ’s work and I feel so priviledged to be a part of it!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
  • Here are the super old, ghetto trains of Belgium ๐Ÿ™‚
  • My feet in Groningen (sniff, sniff)
  • The delicious, super dutch food [new members] made for us! It’s a mix between bread and cake and had apple and bacon in it…if I remember right!
  • All the bags and the bike. Some of these are Zr. Parker’s suitcases as well! (just in case you thought they were all mine ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually forgot one of my bags in Groningen, which in retrospect was a tender mercy because it weighed a TON! But Zr. Lane will get it to me this week at MLC
  • Zr. Olsen doing taal studie with our pastries! I had her order it in dutch as part of language study ๐Ÿ™‚ win win ๐Ÿ™‚
  • They have bread vending machines here! It’s going on our bucket list ๐Ÿ™‚
  • We found a castle thing in a park in Sint Niklaas!
  • The church building in Sint Niklaas

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Week 57: Er gaat niets boven…Belgie?

‘There’s nothing going on … Belgium?’

Questions of the Soul:

How do I get to our apartment?
Where do I pick up the phone and keys?
Where do I buy food if there’s no Albert Heijn or Jumbo?
How am I going to drag 6 suitcases, a bike, and a greenie to Belgium?!?
These are just a few of the soul searching questions that have been running through my mind since Saturday. As you might have guessed, I’m going to Belgium!!!! I will be whitewashing Lokeren with a greenie and staying sister training leader! Ahhhh! It’s going to be exciting!!! And despite the craziness of it all, I actually feel pretty calm. I really am excited for this crazy new adventure! But man, this is going to be the longest 24 hours of my life! I hope my greenie is prepared!
Wonderen:
.This week one of our investigators that we lost contact with for the last month texted US and wanted to make an appointment!!! We ended up meeting with him twice last week! We taught the 1st and 2nd lessons which he took really well! His work schedule is kind of crazy, so he hasn’t been able to make solid appointments/come to church. But he’s still interested!
.This week we met with this lady who is the neighbor for one of the members here. We met her at this member’s birthday party and last week we had dinner at her house! It went really well and she really opened up to us! She also accepted a book of mormon! We are going back tonight to say goodbye (me), so hopefully we can set up a return appointment then!
.This week we taught the plan of Salvation 3 different times this week! Once in english, one in depth with tons of scriptures in dutch, and one to an 8 year old where we drew fun pictures and had little puppets that moved through the plan! It’s was fun to really teach to these people’s needs and strengthen my own testimony in God’s plan for us!
.We had our last dinner appointment with [our newly baptized family] last week. It was a tender moment. We had a kneeling family prayer together. The Spirit was sooo strong as we each offered a prayer. It was a special moment that I will never forget ๐Ÿ™‚
Grappjes:
.This week for Pday we went to a place called Blotevoeten pad (barefoot path)! You basically hike through puddles and pits of mud! It was suuuuper fun! We did it with other missionaries and [our newly baptized family]. We ended up having a pretty epic war, so we were all drenched in mud on the ride home! It was a really fun last pday with the gang ๐Ÿ™‚
.It rained on and off all this week with giant thunderstorms at night! It just came in like 10 minute bursts most of the time. These bursts seemed to hit every single time we needed to bike somewhere! We ended up showing up to 2 dinner appointments completely drenched! I felt pretty bad because I literally left a puddle where I was sitting!
.Our mission is getting 29 new missionaries, so literally, everyone is training! All 4 sisters we’re over are getting greenies, Zr. Lane is getting a greenie, I’m getting a greenie, both of the elders are getting a greenie, EVERYONE is getting a greenie! it’s going to be a party traveling to Leiden together! I think a third of the mission is training right now.
.It’s vacantie (vacation) season, so everyone is out of town. People are literally gone for like 2 months! We tried calling a potential we had and he’s like “I’m busy….all of August…” Hopefully things will start picking up again in september ๐Ÿ™‚
I love this work and am excited for my new adventure this week! I love you all and hope your summer is going great!!!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Saying goodbye to everyone! ย One of our investigators is getting baptized in a couple of weeks! I won’t be able to make it for her baptism, but she’s amazing!!โ€‹
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