This week was just a lovely dream.
On Wednesday last week, we had Marjan's baptismal interview and it went really well. Elder Yocom interviewed her and we were sitting in the lobby with Elder Bishesar, his companion who is from Suriname and he was just being really funny and projecting future plans and wishes for her. It was just a really happy day too.
We also finally got to meet with another friend!!! It's been such a long time because she had finals all last month (here they do 2 months of classes and then 1 month of tests) It was a great lesson with her about the big 3 (prayer, scriptures, and sabbath day observance)
That night we went to look up this Easter campaign referral (where people can order the finding faith in christ dvd and we receive their info to look them up and make sure they got it and maybe teach them). She answered the door and was like, "Oh hey sisters! come on in!" We were super surprised, and apparently she and her daughter were meeting with the sisters about a year ago. She was so sweet and we're hopefully going to be teaching her now.
So many miracles and that's only one day!
Friday we were on exchanges, because Zuster Kimmons and Romney went to Belgium. So I was here with Zuster Jones, who's from Oregon. She's super cute and we found out that we lived in the same building during Summer semester 2013 at BYU. Crazy! She was on the 2nd floor and I was on the 1st. We were planning our lesson for a friend the night before, because she likes to meet at 9 am, and as we were going through the commitment, I said, "well, we'll see how we feel about committing her to baptism. Maybe just follow the spirit on that?" And then I remembered that we are supposed to, so then we just decided we were going to ask her how she felt about setting a date. We felt really good about that and I was just super fired up to teach her! We had a really spirit-filled lesson and at the end she committed to be baptized! May 23rd is her baptismal date. It was a wonderful moment and it strengthened my faith. I was humbled and taught a lot. Love her so much!
The rest of the day went really well. We had a lesson with Julius and got him really excited about accepting a calling in the ward and passing the sacrament. (he's a recent convert) And then we just had time to do finding and got let in by this EXTREMELY Gronings lady. Her dialect was THICK. She wasn't too interested but we had a cool conversation about God and about a life after death. She doesn't believe at all that that would be possible, but I always love opportunities to bear my testimony powerfully. Then we had dinner with this cute couple, that are recent converts from Cape Verde. They're some of my favorite people here in Groningen. It was just such a great day! I love exchanges. There are just miracles every time:) And it was super fun to get to know Zr Jones better.
Saturday was a dream! At least, it felt like it :) Dordrecht Zusters slept over the night before, so we had fun catching up with Zr Hopkin and getting to know her super cool greenie, Zuster Duncan. They are awesome!
We biked to the church and just practiced the musical number Marjan requested and filled up the font. As time got closer to the baptism more and more people trickled in and by the time it was time to start, the chapel was full of members and some of the missionaries who live close by! It was incredible! Marjan looked radiant in her white dress and she was just bouncing on the balls of her feet she was so excited. She brought a little gift for us, little books of little children's small notes to God. Super adorable and hilarious and just perfect.
We didn't tell her that Zr Hopkin was coming, because we wanted to surprise her. When she finally saw, her reaction was just adorable! I wish I'd gotten a picture of her cute face. It was a very sweet reunion. Every member was just so good and so supportive too, the whole time they were just shaking her hand and hugging her! Zr Kimmons and I gave the talks... .in Dutch! (that's the first time either of us has given a talk on our missions!) And when she got baptized by broeder Van der Put, it just made me cry. Zr Hopkin and Kimmons and I just lost it. haha it was awesome!
The spirit was just so strong and then on Sunday, Marjan bore her testimony after being confirmed in sacrament meeting. It was such a powerful testimony and she loves the gospel so much! She feels so strongly it is true she's willing to live with that differences. It was just a wonderful weekend!
Very descriptive I know.
But believe me it was wonderful.
Monday was Koningsdag. It's a celebration of the King's birthday! Basically everyone wears orange (but I heard there were a lot less this year wearing orange) and there's a Vrijmarkt (an open market) where people can just come and set up whatever kind of stand they want, mostly selling stuff, some performing on the violin or guitar or whatever. There was music in the centrum and it was super cool. We always do a booth for Koningsdag at the vrijmarkt and just give away the Book of Mormon or church dvds, pass along cards, etc. It was a really fun day! We showed up at the centrum at 7:30 am to set up and were there until around 4 pm. We had so much fun and got so many contacts. There were some people who weren't so nice... but for the most part they were very respectful and curious. It was funny, a lot of people came up asking for a Bible or a Koran, and we had a cool opportunity to explain what we were sharing. The coolest conversations were with the students who were very curious. We gave sooo many away so quickly that we had people sign up to get them. It was such a blast! Marjan and a lot of other members dropped by throughout the day and it was just a big party. Loved it!
We're coming up on Mothers day in a couple weeks! I realized that just the other day and it blew my mind! We'll have to regel things further on Monday. Hopefully we'll find a place to skype :) (vast wel)
This morning we played tennis with Sandra and it was SO FUN. I think it's my first time ever if I'm not forgetting something, but I wasn't tooo bad haha We just laughed a lot and had fun. This warmer weather is just divine. We're enjoying all of the ice cream stands that are popping up... oops! haha
Having pday on a Wednesday feels weird... haha