Another great week here in Nederland that went impossibly fast.
Last week's District meeting was absolutely incredible, and I think was one of the most impactful meetings I've attended. It was really incredible because it was one of those meetings where you feel like your eyes are being opened and Heavenly Father is lovingly, but firmly showing you ways that we need to improve and change. It was cool because I had read a verse this week in Hebrews 12:5-6 "...despise not thou the chastening of the Lord... for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth..." (The surrounding verses are awesome as well) But I've just realized more than ever this week that the correction that God gives us are actually so lovingly given and we just need to receive it well.
I've been thinking a lot about the conference talks on "what lack I yet" and ponderizing. I re-read my notes from conference and was writing down my goals from conference, and I kindof had this epiphany moment of how those two talks work together and would help me to achieve my goals that I've made from conference. As we ask God what we lack, He will tell us. As we select scriptures to ponderize, we can pick ones that help us with those attributes we're trying to better during the week, and because you have a verse that is constantly tumbling through your head, it acts as a reminder that helps you accomplish your goal. I'm really excited about this. I am so grateful for General Conference and for all of the inspiration we can get from it. It's soooo cool!
Apparently there's a ponderizing app, that looks pretty cool. A YSA was showing us on Sunday. People are funny :)
We had an incredible super member present this past week, (where investigators come over to a member's house for dinner and a lesson, super cool) We have some investigators that are so close to baptism. Our branch president invited them over this week and we had an amazing lesson and it was just so cool. They're making great progress. I'm just so grateful to the wonderful members here in Lelystad that are so supportive of missionary work in word AND in deed. They really do a lot for us!.
As we were biking along this week with our helmets, there was a little kid that said, "alles voor de veiligheid, he? (everything for safety, huh?) as he biked past us and it was so funny. :) Dutch people are funny about our helmets. We love it :)
It was cool this week, we had lessons with two separate investigators with goals to be baptized soon. They both have problems with smoking, and we've only taught the first 2 lessons so far (herstelling and heilsplan) but they both asked us what we thought of smoking and drinking, and expressed their desire to stop smoking! It was a blessing to be able to address those things. So cool to see the gospel working in them.
We were one of the first people who got to church yesterday morning, and as we opened the door, we saw glass all over the floor and a big rock. Someone had thrown a big stone through the kitchen window! It was so sad. But luckily there wasn't any damage done to the chapel and there was a side door, so we all went in the side door and started sacrament meeting while some of the Brothers called the police and got things cleaned up. By the end of Sacrament meeting the glass was all cleaned up and we were able to have our normal meetings! It was also a blessing that the weather was nice yesterday, because then it wasn't so bad that the window was open and broken. Blessings :)
I'm out of time, but I love you guys so much! Hope you have a good week!
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