1. We went to this family in our ward on Monday to do fhe and they made this delicious 3 course meal for us! The salad was my favorite: arugula with fresh mint, citrus dressing, feta cheese, nectarines, and a salty meat. It was DELICIOUS. The mother and father in this family were super stars!
2. On the train ride to sleep over in Den Haag (at zr Hopkin's place! :D) the night before zone conference, zr Maughan wrote "Dinsday" in her journal because I was teasing and distracting her. It was really funny. :)
3. On the train ride back from zone conference, we were sitting across from a girl who was Asian, reading a book called "Crazy Rich Asians". We died secretly of laughter. It was awesome.
4. Zone Conference was INCREDIBLE. Elder Dyches was visiting our mission and he was just really inspiring. His wife was in the hospital, but he still came and taught us! The stake president to stake Rotterdam spoke to us, and he said something that really touched my heart: "God sent us down here knowing we'd get hurt, but He also sent His Son to make sure that nothing could go wrong. Do your best and God will do the rest." I love that, because I can apply it to my mission, as well as to just life in general.
We talked also about becoming "Master Teachers" and it was just full of inspiring advice. So cool.
5. After getting home from zone conference, we had dinner and then about an hour to do some work, so we went just spontaneously by an investigator, because we hadn't heard from her in a couple weeks. It was really cool because she told us she had needed us right at that moment, and we had a cool talk about the plan of salvation. She's doing well. I love those random little "coincidences" (toeval bestaat niet)
7. MLC was amazing as well. Elder Dyches is a very smart man. He showed us a video clip from a movie where it's this high school football team, and there's a kid on the team who at a practice says that they've got no chance to beat the other team that weekend. The coach calls him up and asks him to do the death crawl to the 50 yard line, with a 160 lb kid on his back. Also, he has to do it blindfolded. Just before this scene, the team was doing it to the 10 yard line, so this seems impossible to him. But he promises the coach he'll do his best and give his all.
As he's crawling, the coach is cheering him on and telling him he can do it. "Keep going brock, you promised me your best!"
At one point Brock asks, "am I at the 20 yet?" and the coach says " never mind that, you keep going. You give me your best!"
A little while later, Brock yells out in pain that he can't make one more step, but coach keeps cheering him on "only 20 more steps, you keep going! you keep giving me your best!
When he finally is told he can stop, the coach takes of the blindfold, and Brock realizes that he's in the endzone,. and the coach says, "You are the most influential player on this team. If you give up, so will they. I need you to give your best."
I. had. chills. It was so cool!
Elder Dyches pointed out that when he thought he couldn't move one more step, he was at the 75 yd line.
I loved that story. Sometimes we put ourselves under limits (in our mission we call them "self-limiting beliefs) and we think we can only make it to the "10 yd line", when really, if we do our best we could make it across the whole field.
Our attitude makes a lot of the difference, but also having people cheering us on. We always have the Holy Ghost to cheer us on.
I feel like I didn't do the story justice, but you should somehow find the movie clip and watch it because it was good. And that means a lot because I really don't like football movies normally haha
8. He also talked to us about positive attitudes, "you're going to find what you look for". love that
9. Friday night we were with the Singing Elders, and we went to visit this member lady, who is a single mother and has lots of health problems. We showed up at her house and she had invited her neighbor, a man from Turkey. It was the coolest evening ever and I totally don't regret getting home late, because he is a GOLDEN investigator! We talked about the restoration and the book of mormon and he was just basically explaining it perfectly back to us after every point of the lesson. I loved it! And then the elders sang "Ik ben een kind van God" (I'm a child of god) and the spirit was so strong. One of ours basically bore his testimony of what he had felt that night and it was just amazing.
I am especially grateful for that experience because it was a reminder of why I'm here on a mission. We don't get those types of investigators a lot here in Nederland, but when we do find them it is such a tender mercy. (sorry mom, your favorite phrase ;)
10. There were just so many experiences this week of small miracles and ways that God showed us that He was there, like our second bus coming late so we could make it to church on time, otherwise we wouldn't have made the overstop, and help with a musical number that a member gave to us last week, and just too many to list. I know that God is involved in the details of our lives. You'll see it in your life if you keep your eyes open for it :)
I'm too lucky to be here on a mission! I can't believe how wonderful it is.
Love you guys!