This week was super weird and then super amazing!! :) Opposition must always precede Good.
1. We had a dinner appointment in another city on Monday. We went early to the city so that we could go shopping there. The appointment was at 6:15. We thought that the member was coming to pick us up from the train station. We sat and sat until about 6:45. We had tried to call probably 3 times and no answer. We weren't sure what to do. So we called the Elders that serve in that area and they told us a bus we could take. So we ran and hopped on a bus. Right as we sit down, the member calls. We told her we were taking a bus. She gave me all sorts of directions in broken Dutch (She is from Brazil). I wasn't really sure where to go but I knew the bus stop we needed to get off at. Right after the phone call ended, the tv screens that tell you where the bus stops are shut off in the Bus. We had no clue where to get off. I did my best to remember the directions from the member. After riding for about 15 minutes, I realize we are definitely not in the right place. We got off. Turns out we had ridden two cities over. We were so lost and not sure what to do. The member called and had to come find us and pick us up. It was terrible. We were so late.
2. We taught one of our investigators this week. We didn't have a joint teach so we had to teach him outside. He hates being outside. We planned to go to the Library but it was closed. So then we walked for 15min to some place that Frank knew only to find out that it was closed too. We had to sit outside in the wind. Frank was not happy. At the end of our lesson, he begged "Okay. Can I go now?" We felt bad. I hope we can find someone to come this week.
3. I can not speak English anymore. It is quite pathetic. I say things wrong all the time. Sister Mashburn just laughs at me! This week I asked where our grapes had immigrated from rather than where they were imported from. Oh man, we laughed hard about that. :)
4. Random guy on the door told us that he had read that Joseph Smith was an Alien. People hear the craziest things.
5. We ran to catch a Metro this week and Sister Mashburn got caught in a door. No worries, she was fine. But the fellow metro riders were very concerned.
Well this week was interesting. The first 3 days were just odd. Monday, our dinner appointment was strange. Tuesday, our appointments fell through and we met really odd people. Wednesday, we were in a Zone Conference. Thursday, we had no appointments and we just felt off. I just felt like we hadn't done anything and had been wasting our time. It was the strangest feeling. Thursday night, we decided to look up a man we met last Sunday. He was home. His name is Alberto and he is from Spain. We taught him the first lesson and he loved it! He had lots of questions. We answered all his questions. He prayed and it was wonderful. I love hearing people pray for the first time. You see into their heart and see what they desire from God. It is always a very sacred moment. We asked him to be baptized if he knew it was true. He said that would be the logical next step. He is excited to read in the Book of Mormon. We are meeting with him on Tuesday. He is amazing. After the appointment, Sister Mashburn and I looked at each other and realized that what we had been missing was teaching the first lesson. There is an incredible spirit with that lesson. I can't go a week without teaching it. I love feeling the spirit and having the spirit confirm to me that the gospel is true. Friday, we went back to the amazing Dutch mother that I talked about 2 months ago. She was home and let us in. We taught her the first lesson. She is a very strong and active Protestant. You do not see active church goers in the Netherlands very often. It was amazing. She had lots of questions about the differences between us and the protestants. She even asked, If I were to become Mormon, what would that do for me as an active Protestant. It was a hard question. We gave her the best answers we could think of. She promised to read and pray about the Book of Mormon with her husband. She said if she wants more she will call. I don't think she is ready quite yet but we planted a very big seed. It was amazing!! That same day we were trying to look up an inactive and we didn't have the address with us. We knew the tram stop and the neighborhood but not the street or house number. We got pretty lost. We decided to pray and ask where to go. We prayed and within 3 minutes we had found the right house. The Lord led us right there. It was so cool! Saturday, we had about an hour left in our day. We decided to go look up someone Sister Mashburn had found while I was at Mission Leader Council. We showed up and they let us in. We ended up teaching a lesson to the cutest little family from Ghana. The father had lots of questions. He has actually been to church two times in Spain. He remembered that we believe that marriage is for eternity. He really wanted to know how that works. They are amazing. They said they would be baptized if they knew it was true. I am so excited to teach them on Saturday. They were excited to read in the Book of Mormon. 3 days in a row, we taught the 1st lesson! It was amazing! I felt so happy and light. Sunday was a miracle too! This man Vincent came to church. He is a friend of Roos (we are teaching her two friends). He loved the singing fireside last Saturday so he decided to come to church. He loved church and said his first prayer in Sunday school. The Elders met with him last night and set a baptismal date with him for the 28th of June! It was amazing! People are literally falling from the sky! The Lord is blessing us so much! God is Good!! Sister Mashburn and I have decided that we are going to try and set a baptismal date with all our investigators this week. We have 11 investigators, so we are hopeful!! They all are amazing and want to progress somewhere! We are going to give Amsterdam everything we have this coming week. It will probably be my last full week in Amsterdam so we are going to work hard and enjoy every minute! Heavenly Father knows us all personally. He joys in our successes and mourns with us when we mourn. I felt that very strongly this week. He is our Father and he wants the best for us. I only mention the big miracles in my emails but there are some many little miracles every day. The Lord's Tender Mercies are over all those that believe in him!! I love this gospel and love sharing it with others.
Vergeet nooit hoe veel de heer van je houdt!
1. My MTC brothers...probably the last time we will all be together.
2. Baby swans!!