Week 53: IKEA, new investigators, and mountains!

Hey everyone!

This week has, again, been incredible! But I feel like every week on a mission has been this way! There is always something great that happens πŸ™‚ Here are my wonderen en grappjes:
Wonderen:
  • This week we found 2 new investigators!!! One was a guy we bike contacted back a month or so. He’s the one we sneakily followed to figure out where he lived πŸ™‚ Haha, we rang his doorbell and he made an appointment with us! The other one is this sweet lady! She is a cute little mother of 3 and is so prepared! She is very spiritual and is looking for the truth. We met her knocking in our scouring area and she made a return appointment!
  • We met a cool guy 2 weeks ago knocking in our scouring area. We tried to stop by the other day to give him a book of mormon, but he wasn’t home. Then, miracle happened! We were biking back from the station and he was biking next to us! Zr. lane pretty much taught him everything about the book of mormon. Haha, I didn’t really know what was going on (I was biking a bit behind), but I bike up and hear Zr. Lane talking about ‘Reformed egyptian’. Haha, I wonder what she’s talking about! Luckily, I had an english book of mormon in my fietstas that we gave to him. He says he’s going to read it!
  • This week our ward had a talent show! 2 of our recent converts sang and played guitar, and another sang with the young women! It was fun to be there to support them. [name withheld] is SUPER GOOD at guitar! This 65 year old man from curaco was up there just jammin’ away! It was way cool!
  • We also met the new senior couple this week! Elder and Zuster Jongejan are our new senior couple up here in Groningen! I’m really excited to work with them!
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Grappjes:
  • Here is a great quote from Zr. Parker this week “My husband is going to be SO HOT after all my trials!” (like knocking doors, etc.)
  • We were in Uithuizermeeden this week visiting Mariella and found this path made of shells! Mixed in with the shells were also little chunks of obsidian! We both started digging through it, picking up all the cool ones. Haha, we ended up having 23, and I walked around the rest of the day with them in my pocket πŸ™‚
  • We had a weird dinner appointment this week. This old lady made us this feast…but she just sat on the couch and watched us eat it the whole time! It was super awkward with her not eating with us. But, the food was really good and she gave us ‘inhuman portions’ of ice cream for dessert πŸ™‚
  • This week Zuster De Jonge asked me to take her place and play in primary this week. Haha, she gave me all the songs we were going to sing, and we ended up singing none of them! They did this thing where they pull random songs out and sing them! It was a little scary for me as the pianist, but I managed to make it through most of the songs okay πŸ™‚ But man, I forgot how crazy primary was! The kids were SO LOUD and the teachers were pretty much screaming the lessons over them! It was pretty hectic and I applaud those primary teachers for surviving this every week! I really did enjoy playing the piano though πŸ™‚
Here is my spiritual thought for this week. This will be a repeat for a couple of you that I’ve already emailed, but I really like it so I’m going to share it again πŸ™‚Β Yesterday me and Zr. Lane came up with this great gospel analogy with Mt. Everest! In one of my last emails I talked about how God asked Nephi to climb a mountain. Really, God has asked all of us to climb a mountain to make it back to him. But, he has given us all the tools we need to succeed (Ex. ropes, climbing shoes, etc.). Some people try to climb their mountain without any gear (the gospel). Some people don’t even know the gear is available! But then other people hike with a guide (Prophet) and a team of sherpas (church, family, friends,etc). It’s so much easier to climb the mountain when you have a team and a guide who knows the way and can lead you to the top on the safest path. When we are baptized into the church (the team), we covenant to ‘bear one another’s burdens that they may be light’. In a climbing team, you help and support one another (sometimes literally) as we all climb the mountain together. But, there is one person who knows perfectly what if feels like for all of us individually to climb the mountain. That is Jesus Christ. He had to climb the mountain all by Himself. Also, every person takes a different path up the mountain. Everyone starts in a different place. Nobody’s path is exactly the same. Some people have harder paths to climb, and they may not understand why. (people with a lot of hardships in life) But Christ has climbed every path and knows exactly how to help us πŸ™‚ Anyway, my thoughts can go on and on about this! It was a fun spiritual tangent me and zr. lane went on this week πŸ™‚
I love you all soooo much! I hope your week is full of miracles!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.We did some gardening service for a couple hours on Saturday! It was super fun and relaxing!
.I found a cheap, rock excavating kit last pday!!!! I have been going to town every night digging them up. It’s strangely stress relieving and theraputic πŸ™‚
.Us looking fantastic in our iKea wigs πŸ™‚ That kids section is really the best part of Ikea.
.We found the most incredible ice cream place! Dark chocolate ice cream!!! It was soooo ‘heerlijk’ πŸ™‚
.Zr. Lane having way to much fun at ikea πŸ™‚

.It’s kind of hard to see in this picture, but this lady is literally walking her cat on a leash!

 

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Week 52: An incredible family

Hey Everyone!

This week we had an incredible baptism! [names withheld] were baptized, as a family, on Saturday! The Spirit was so incredibly strong there. They are an amazing family and are going to do so many great things πŸ™‚ Their confirmation blessings were incredible as well. We took notes and are planning on writing them up all cute for them this week. Overall, this was probably the biggest ‘wonder’ of our week πŸ™‚
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Grappjes:
. We had the opportunity to make ‘american food’ for [names withheld]. We decided last minute to do grilled, bbq chicken pizzas. It was kind of hectic trying to get the grill on the porch to work, franticly running around chopping toppings while the dough was burning on the grill, all while trying to plan the lesson, etc. We were running around like crazy people for 1.5 hours preparing this! But it was all worth it because they LOVED it! [name withheld] was a HUGE fan of smores! It was a fun way to spend their last lesson before they got baptized!
.Their baptism went super well! What was funny though was how, almost violently, they were baptized! The man doing it pretty much THREW them into the water and brought them back up super fast! It was kind of frightening to watch! I think he was pretty nervous about baptizing them, poor guy. But it all went well and they are super happy to be baptized now!
Scriptures/quotes that I liked from my studies this week:
“Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of Faith, Prayer, Repentance, Forgiveness, Respect, Love, Compassion, Work, and Wholesome Recreational Activities.” -ensign, nov, 1995, 102 Β It really just hit me when I read this how important it is to develop a balance of these attributes in our families. I love the promise that comes with it as well! This is a sort of ‘recipe’ we can follow to have successful families, especially in the world we live in today. I want to start strengthening these things in myself so I can one day apply it to my own family.
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is HIGH TIME to awake out of sleep: for NOW is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the Armor of Light!” -Romans 13:11-12
I really loved the wording of this scripture. We live in the last days. It is ‘high time’ for us to repent and follow Jesus Christ! Today is the day to ‘cast of the works of darkness’ and ‘put on the armor of light.’ Daily repentance and actively setting and striving towards goals to become more like Christ is essential in these last days.
I love you all sooo much! Enjoy the warm weather and summertime! Summer is a great time to be a missionary (behalve dat iedereen op vacantie is πŸ™‚

Liefs, Zuster Mangum

Pictures:
.Achterooping with my comp! It’s always an adventure!
.We found a rose garden on pday last week! It was super pretty!
.Look who surprised me in Groningen this week! Daniela!!!
.Zuster Lane testing out the waters of baptism. According to [name withheld] it was nice and warm!
.4 man unity! May the force be with you
.Last district meeting with everyone
.American dinner with [names withheld]! We made bbq chicken pizza, a salad with ranch dressing, and smores! We rosed the marshmellows over tea lights! We all became pyros afterwards as well πŸ™‚
.Baptism Photo!
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Week 51: I’m staying!!!

Hey everyone!

Another week has come and gone. The mission is flying by so fast! But I’m lovin’ every second of it πŸ™‚ So some good news! I’m staying in Groningen with Zr. Lane!!!!!! My wish was granted this transfer! We are so excited to keep working together and seeing miracles up here! We are also beyond excited for our little family to be baptized next Saturday!!!!!! They are incredible and will defintiely be lifelong friends πŸ™‚ It has been amazing to watch them progress and see the happiness from the gospel flood into their lives πŸ™‚
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Wonderen:
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  • We decided to do some park contacting with some extra time we had before an appointment. We went over to the benches where we originally met [name withheld]. We ended up talking to this guy named [name withheld]. Turns out he was a former investigator!! We talked to him for like 40 minutes about life and the gospel. It was an incredible experience! He said “I see the peace and happiness in your eyes, and that’s what I’m looking for in my life.” Wow, so many miracles have happened in this park on these park benches!
  • We also met a man named [name withheld] in the centrum the other day (Yes, I admit, I was ‘African contacting’ πŸ™‚ But is that necessarily a bad thing if it works?! It has kind of a negative conotation in our mission, but whatever πŸ™‚ He is a refugee here and is looking for a church in Groningen. We had a good little talk with him and he wants to know more. Hopefully we’ll see more progress with him in the coming weeks!
  • We had a lunch appointment yesterday with a cute little old couple. They are non-members, but they love the missionaries! We ended up having to leave early to make it to our next appointment in Baflo (a dorp in the middle of nowhere), and they offered to drive us!!! They even waited until our appointment was over and drove us back! It was such a tender mercy for us. Without them we wouldn’t have made it to all our appointments on time that day. It was definitely a miracle for us! We love these people! They’re like our grandparents and just spoil us rotten whenever we go over πŸ™‚
  • We looked up a potential from a member’s birthday party that we attended. She’s this cute student named [name withheld]. We thought just knocking on her door would be super weird and awkward, but it actually turned out great (miracle!). We had a really good talk with her and she’s willing to meet again!
Grappjes:
  • We met this guy langs de deur named [name withheld] who told us he used to to “Ninja Sport” in Thailand. Wow, you don’t see that everyday! The apartment also smelled super strongly like weed, so some of that might not be true…
  • We spent 10 hours at district meetings and interviews this week! We had to teach at the district meeting in zwolle and the one here. It was a long, but fun day! Plus the Bunnells drove us from Zwolle to Groningen, so that was fun to road trip with them!
  • I played SO MUCH PIANO in church yesterday! I got a text Saturday night asking me to play for sacrament meeting. That was 4 songs. Then I played for the Elder’s musical number (they sang Homeward Bound because Elder Morey is going home. It sounded really good!!!). Then I was asked to play in relief society. Then I was asked to play for the musical number we were practicing (The EFY Medley), so I had to sight read that on the spot. Wow! It was crazy! But I’m so glad I get you use my piano skills here! It’s fun to serve the ward in this way!
Quotes of the week:
Zuster Lane – “Hallo Hans met Zuster Lane. Hoe is het?”‘
Hans – “…It’s Hans!”
(Lol he had switched his brain over to english I guess!)
“If Joseph Smith didn’t restore the church, [name withheld] would have!” – Elder Thornton ([name withheld] is our incredible 11 year old investigator. I could totally see it πŸ™‚
“We’re just a bunch of teenagers, running around a foreign country, who don’t speak the language, trying to share our testimonies with people.” Zuster Lane’s description of missionary work. I totally agree!
Pictures:
. That weekly planning life man….it does weird things to ya πŸ™‚
. We saw a rainbow this week!
. A duck crossing sign
.The beautiful portrait Zuster Conrad drew of me! Haha, she shaded under my chin, but then it looked like a beard, so she just filled it in and called it a scarf! We all drew pictures of our comps and it was super funny!
.Here are some scriptures/quotes that I liked and put on my wall.
.A picture with [name withheld] last week at his baptism! He received the priesthood this week and is getting ready to go to the temple on Saturday!
Here’s another scripture I really liked that I read in the Bijbel this week:
“We are troubled on every side, yet we are not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9,17

When we have this eternal perspective, nothing can bring us down if we hold on to it!
I love you all so much! I hope you have a great summer!!!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
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Week 50: 1 year!!!!

Hoi!

This week has been truly amazing and full of many tender mercies. I am so excited to share them with you all! It was also my 1 year mark!!! Ahhhh! I can’t believe I’m so old! This has definitely been the best year of my life!
Wonderen:
. First of all, we had a double baptism on Saturday!!! [name withheld] (from us) and [name withheld] (from the other sisters) entered the waters of baptism! It was so amazing and the Spirit was super strong! He was so happy! When I asked him how he felt, he said “Heerlijk” which means “delicious”. I love how the dutch describe things πŸ™‚ Robert is so excited to go to the temple in a couple weeks as well!
.I”ve really gained a testimony this week of following the first impressions of the Spirit. I was on exchanges here in Groningen with Zr. Fordiani and we had the thought to go and find [name withheld]. He was the guy from last week who didn’t know his address or phone number. All he knew was a street name. So, we decided we would just knock the entire street until we found him. Our appointments for that afternoon had canceled, so we had time. We started biking down this street, looking at the hundreds of bellops before us. The street was huge! So, we decided to bike to the end to see how long it was. But then, low and behold, who comes biking around the corner….[name withheld]!!!! We skidded to a halt and had a great conversation with him! He is studying theology and totally wants to know more! We gave him a book of mormon and invited him to start reading. He is working on his thesis, but when he’s done he wants to meet! We started to bike away, only to realized we still didn’t have any of his contact information. So, we sneakily followed him home on our bikes….so now we know where he lives πŸ™‚ Sometimes I feel more like a secret agent on a mission πŸ™‚ It was definitely a miracle that we met him again!
.That same night we also had the random thought to write up a scripture and drop it by [name withheld]’s house. We attempted to just sneakily put it in his mailbox, but we got caught! We had a good little chat with him though. His mom, Zr. [name withheld], is doing a lot better! Later that week when me and Zr. Lane visited him he talked about what a miracle that scripture and encounter was! He said he was literally just thinking about us when he saw us bike by (to drop off the note). Then later he said the scripture was exactly what he needed to hear that day. He was just blow away at the “two coincidences!” We know God is truly in the details of our lives and the lives of our investigators!
. We had a similar experience yesterday with our investigator and her mom. We wrote down a scripture all cute on a card (D&C 84:88) to give to her, and it turned out to be just what her mom needed! Her mom is going in this week to get tested for cancer 😦 This scripture brought her a lot of comfort and she said she’s going to take it with her to the hospital. Wow, we were blown away. This was just a scripture that had popped into our heads that morning. God truly was leading us to this, at the time, “random” scripture πŸ™‚ I love seeing how the Spirit works through us to bless other people’s lives πŸ™‚ It’s incredible.
.Our little, 8 year old investigator [name withheld] said the sweetest thing the other day. We asked her what she thinks of when she thinks of God. She paused for a moment and then said “Liefdevolle dingen” (loving things) What a sweet way to describe God πŸ™‚ It touched really melted our hearts πŸ™‚
. I also went on an exchange with my old MTC comp Zr. Fordiani!!! It was so fun to get the trio back together here in Groningen! It was fun to work with them again, especially now that we all speak dutch! We’ve all come so far since the MTC!! I love them! It was a miracle that things worked out, right at our year mark, that we could all celebrate together!
Grappjes:
.One girl bore her testimony on Sunday about how she doesn’t drink coffee and cola. Literally, everyone here thinks cola is against the word of wisdom!!! That was the 3rd time someone made a comment about it this week! Tjonge jonge…
.I was trying to find a scripture and spent WAAAAAY too long in the topical guide looking up the word “geboden.” Lol, I was using english scriptures πŸ™‚
.A hairless cat fell asleep on my lap during an appointment with [name withheld] and Zr. [name withheld] this week! These cats are really growing on me! They feel so weird, but they’re so cute! Hildy, you would love them!!!
Zr. Lane had a really cool spiritual insite that she shared with me the other day. In the book of momom Nephi is always being asked to “climb a mountain” to talk with God and recieve instruction. I think God asks us all to “climb a mountain” sometimes. We have to work to receive inspiriation and instruction from God. He wants to help us, but when we ask for that help we also have to be willing to work for it. It’s a good thing I like climbing mountains πŸ˜‰
I love you all so much! I hope you’re having a fun summer! Enjoy the weather wherever you are and go get some ice cream this week! That’s our plan πŸ™‚
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.The MTC comps were back together this week! And a day before our year mark too! I love these girls!
.The struggles of garbage cans here…#compunity
.Biking home from the store! Zr. Lane was super impressive and carried the eggs in her hands! She got some compliments from a couple dutch ladies as well!
.3 hour train ride + dinner to MLC. Oh man, I’ve had so much Albert Heijn to go food this week with exchanges in Zwolle and MLC. I’m done!
.I had too much fun playing with balloons and Zr. Lane’s hair one night πŸ™‚
.Grocery shopping with bikes. I’m sooo glad I have a fietstas! It’s always an adventure trying to fit everything in!
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Week 49: Er gaat niets boven Groningen!

​Hey Everyone!

So many great things are happening here in Groningen! I love this city! Here are some of the great things that happened this week!
Wonderen:
. 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]Β ( 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 πŸ™‚
. We had 2 amazing lessons with [names withheld]Β 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]Β had a really cool experience. After we’d extended the date to them ( a couple weeks ago), heΒ 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. HeΒ 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]Β 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 πŸ™‚ She also gave us her address and said we’re welcome to visit her whenever we’re in Egypt lol πŸ™‚
Grappjes:
. 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ Our plan is to convert the ice cream lady πŸ™‚
. 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 πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚ Ik weet dat God bestaat en dat Hij een grotere plan voor ons allemaal heeft!
Ik wens jullie en fijne week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
. 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 πŸ™‚
. 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!!!
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Week 48: God is hastening His work here!

Hey!
This week was a roller coaster of emotions! It had some crazy ups and downs, but I’ll just mention the ups πŸ™‚
Wonderen:
.This week we put this cute little family on baptismal date! It was literally one of the most spiritual experiences of my mission! The spirit was so strong when Zr. Lane extended the date! It was almost tangible! Two of the kids burst into tears and me and Zr. Lane were a little teary eyed πŸ™‚ This family is so prepared by God! What touched me the most was the little 11 year old boy. His greatest wish is to be baptized! He was crying out of pure excitement! This family inspires me and I’m so excited to work with them! If everything goes through, we’ll have 5 people baptized here in June! God is hastening his work here!
.All but two of our investigators showed up to church yesterday! I’ve never had so many people show up to sacrament meeting before! They all had really spiritual experiences as well, which made all our running-around-like-crazy-people-trying-to-keep-track-of-them worth it πŸ™‚ (Lol, sometimes I miss my Sabbath day rest. That doesn’t seem to be a thing for missionaries πŸ™‚
Grappjes:
.One of our investigators leans over to me after the sacrament meeting and asks “So when is the baptism?” Oh no! She thought she was getting baptized today! I guess the language barrier is a bit bigger than we thought it was….(she only speaks arabic and a little english πŸ™‚
I am so grateful for the gospel and the joy it brings into my life! The Spirit comfirmed yet again to me this week that this is truly Christ’s church on the earth today! I know it with every fiber of my being! I love being able to watch the joy it brings not only in my life, but the lives of the people here in the Netherlands.
Liefs! Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.Our church building
.This is why we wear helmets!
.The Kermis! (fair)
.Here is the lake we run around every morning! It’s beautiful!
.Last week we went to Westerbork, a kind of concentration camp here in the Netherlands. It was pretty heavy, but we managed to have fun as well πŸ™‚
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Week 47: Mother’s day, Dorp Dash, Fiets Ongeluk

Hallo!

It was so great to skype my family yesterday! I loved getting to talk to them and catch up on everthing!
This week was pretty great! We visited 7 different dorpias this week, 4 of them being in the same day. We spent a lot of time on trains and buses, but the scenery was beautiful!!! Just green farmland as far as the eye could see! We also found a new investigator, but she lives in Uithuizermeeden lol (you’ll have to look on Google maps). That’s always the worry when you work in dorpias. You want to find investigators, but not necessarily a 45 minute train ride away lol. But we’re excited to go back! We also found some potentials in Uithuizen, so that was cool too. We ended up visiting Eelde (twice), Uithuizen, Uithuizermeeden, Roden, Bedum, Delftzijl, and Appelsha this week. All our referrals and dinner appointments are in dorpias lol πŸ™‚
Me and Zuster Lane also got in a fiets ongeluk this last week. We were riding side by side, in a rush, and our handlebars got stuck together. Then next thing we knew we were on the ground! We’ve both got some pretty impressive bruises, but we’re glad we were wearing helmets!
Good news! Our investigator Robert passed his baptismal interview this week, so he’s all ready to be baptized June 3! We have so many people here who are progressing! Our plan is to put a couple people on date this week, so we’re excited!!!

Random things:
.We’ve been in contact through email with the Middle Eastern branch of the church. One of our investigators is from Egypt and is here on vacation. The rules there are very strict with religion, so we are hoping and praying that she will be allowed to go to church there! She is so enthusiastic and she said she would travel 600miles if she had to to go to church. She is amazing!!!
.We saw the hairless cats this week! They feel pretty weird when you pet them, kinda like a peach lol πŸ™‚
.I saw Daniela and Dave at a volleyball tournament in Roden on Zaturday! One of our investigators went, so we were able to go and watch for a bit!
Quote of the Week:
“We could have ridden on the back of that cat and we would have gotten here faster!”Β -Zuster Mangum πŸ™‚ We were running around dorpias all day, missing buses, missing stops (because we fell asleep πŸ™‚ and by the end just dragging ourselves around. We saw a cat that looked like on we’d seen in a dorpia earlier that day, so we’d wondered if it had walked all the way here (to the dorpia we were at now). That is what inspired this quote πŸ™‚ Lol I was exhausted and done with life πŸ™‚
I absolutely love being here on my mission! I feel so blessed to be where I am! I love serving others and helping them change their lives! It brings me so much joy!!!
I hope you all have an amazing week!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.Transfer day…why do I have so much stuff?
.On our way back from MLC with tulips from Zr. Bunnell!
.Climbing the Martini Tower with Elders Morrey and Young, Zusters Mangum Lane Lechtenberg and Conrad, and our less active Marleen! It was really fun, but man, I was sure winded after those stairs! This picture was really hard to take as well lol!
.A picture of the outside of the Martini Tower

.A super attractive picture of us with our hoods and helmets lol #missionarylife

.We had a dinner appointment with these two cute recent converts Fiyen and Yenny!
.I saw ALPACAS!!!!! It was really a tender mercy after a long day of “Dorp Dash” πŸ™‚
.Zr. Lane cut my hair! She did a pretty good job too!
.Zr. Loorbach took us on a scenic drive through a part of Friesland on our way home (we skyped at their house). It was breath taking!!!
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Week 46: Groningen!

Hallo!

This week was the big move up to Groningen! Transfer day was an adventure, dragging suitcases and bikes across the country πŸ™‚ I ended up going from Den Haag to Zwolle (met up with companions there) then Zwolle to Groningen. It was a long, 3 hr train ride, but sooo beautiful!!! I passed just fields upon fields of tulips and long, green pastures filled with cows and sheep. It is gorgeous up here!
We didn’t stay 24hrs in Groningen before we headed back down to Leiden for MLC, then back to Zwolle the next day for DLC. Lol, we feel like we’ve been on trains longer than we’ve actually been in Groningen! But, we are already seeing miracles here! Here’s some wonderen en grappjes for the week:
Wonderen:
.Daniela and Sabrina’s family is amazing!! I love them so much! It was sad to say goodbye, but the miracle is that I’m not in Belgium and can still call them!!! Their mom and dad also gave me a beautiful rose, which I hauled all the way up here and is now sitting on my desk πŸ™‚
.Β On Thursday we decided to do some park contacting. We rode our bikes through the park and saw this lady in the distance sitting on a bench. We continued to ride further in and parked our bikes. We contacted some people, but weren’t really seeing any success. Then we had the thought to go and see if that lady on the bench was still there. She was! We walked around this lake to the other side to go talk to her. When we introduced ourselves and told her we were from Jesus Christ she said “I need you!” This sweet lady is now investigating the church!!! We’re so grateful that we followed the prompting to go talk to her! She is moving back to Cairo, Egypt on the 28th of May, so we are looking to see if they have a church there.Β 
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Grappjes:
. Zr. Lechtenberg has told us all sorts of great things about the people we’ll be working with. Apparently one lady has 2 hairless cats, and the other one is a hoarder with “pet” pidgeons living in her house! I am super excited to meet these people!!
. We met a guy in the park the other day feeding pidgeons. He has a specific pidgeon that he’s named “Sam”, that he’s been going daily to the park,Β forΒ 10 years, to feed!
. People have told me there are mini earthquakes up here because of the drilling for natural gas and oil!! I wrote a 10 page paper on that once!!! Yay geology!!! I hope I get to experience one πŸ™‚
I love it up here in Groningen! I am so excited for this new adventure!!!!
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Liefs, Zuster MangumΒ 
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Here is my new address by the way:
D D Eisenhowerstraat 38
9728 RW Groningen
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Pictures:
.Lots of my pictures haven’t loaded yet, so here are some pictures from last couple of weeks:
– me and Zr. weber soaked in the rain!
– me and Zr. weber in a tiny dutch car! these can ride on the bike paths they’re so small!
-me and Zr. lane with our hot chocolate in our chocomel mugs!
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Week 45: Koningsdag and heading up north!

Hey Everyone!

This week was really great with Koningsdag!! We had a fun stand in the market and gave away more than 20 books of mormon!!!! (2 arabic, 1 spanish, and lots of english and dutch :). We started super early too. We woke up at 5:30 and had the stand up and running by 7. We had to get there early to get a good spot πŸ™‚ It was so much fun to walk around and celebrate the holiday! Koningsdag is the king’s birthday (he turned 50 this year). It’s a day everyone wears orange and has like a giant yard sale. People just lay out tarps with all their stuff on it all over the place! It’s awesome! We switched off with the elders all day working the stand, and the other ones would walk around and talk to people. We also made homemade sugar cookies (239 of them..), but the police shut us down 😦 Apparently we weren’t allowed to give out home baked goods. Haha, but we did manage to give away about 50 before they stopped us πŸ™‚
I’ve started to say goodbye to all the amazing people here in Zoetermeer! This ward has been amazing! I’ve built so many great relationships with the members here! I’m especially going to miss Sabrina and Daniela and their family. I’m putting off saying goodbye to them until Tuesday night πŸ™‚ Wednesday morning I head up north to the wonderful city of Groningen!!! I am beyond excited to serve there! I can’t wait for this new adventure! I’m also whitewashing agian too lol. I guess this is just going to be a thing for me πŸ™‚
I am excited to see what the future brings! I love this gospel and I love being a missionary here in the Netherlands! It brings me so much JOY!!!
Ik hou van jullie!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
. Pictures of the farm, with members, koningsdag, etc. πŸ™‚
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Week 44: Exchanges, Game Night, and lots of Miracles!

Hoi Iedereen!

This week was full of great things! I got to do two exchanges this week, one of which was in Leiden! They were both amazing and full of miracles! Leiden is such a cute, old city with tons of students. I would love to serve there some day. Sadly, we said goodbye to Zr. Wahlquist and Zr. Smith this week. They are now serving in Almere. We miss our 4 man so much!
Here are some wonderen and grapjes for the week! (I’ve just realized I’ve been spelling grapjes wrong for the last 10 months lol)
Wonderen:
.While I was on exchanges with Zr. Smith here in Zoetermeer, our investigator Tonny randomly let us in when we stopped by (She’s usually not home)! We were able to talk to her a bit and set up another appointment for next week! Her only concern seems to be tithing. But I think if we can help her resolve that she’ll be golden!
.We had interviews with the Bunnells this week, which is always fantastic! I always feel great after talking to them!
.In Leiden we saw miracle after miracle after miracle! We talked to so many people on the street who gave us their numbers and wanted to make an appointment! We also met with a family from Ghana that night, who was SUPER POSITIVE! The husband was asking “How can I know what church is true?” That’s our favorite question to answer! Sadly, they didn’t have a lot of time, so the sisters are going back this week to answer that question. I’m so excited for them and can’t wait to hear how it goes! The Spirit was so strong in that first lesson. They are ready!
.We had a fun game night in Den Haag on Saturday! The purpose of these game nights is to get members to invite their non-member friends. It was a success! [Our new member]Β invited her mom and her best friend! She is an amazing missionary!!! Plus, she’s going to go on a mini mission this summer!!!!
.We’ve just had a lot of great, random encounters with people on the street this week!
Grapjes:
. “One of the referals lives on the tram.” Lol, my brain was so fried at the end of the day that I didn’t really know what I was saying anymore πŸ™‚ Zr. Weber got some laughs out of it though πŸ™‚
.Me trying to ride Zr. Wray’s bike on exchanges lol. She is a lot taller than me, so I was on my tippy toes riding that bike!
.We actually had time to knock some doors this week, and it was actually pretty fun! I haven’t done it in a while, so it was a fun change of pace πŸ™‚
I love you all so much! I hope you have an amazing week full of miracles!
Liefs, Zuster Mangum
Pictures:
.Taxi Daniela
.There were rocks at the mummy museum!!!
.Funny picture with the mask πŸ™‚
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