I can't believe it's already the end of my first transfer. It's actually insane. This is such an adventure, and I'm learning so much. I'd have to say that this is the most humbling, spiritual, wonderful experience I've ever had. Being a missionary is so unlike anything else. If you want to know what it's like, go on a mission yourself :)
We had a really busy week. Last Thursday, we did exchanges with Haarlem again, and it was just so fun to be in that city again. I was there with Sister Otteson, who is from Oregon, and she is just adorable. We did some finding (aka centrum contacting, and doors) and it was just a lot of fun. We had some great conversations with several people. Contacting is long, but it is always so interesting and so fun to see the opinions of others, and the ways that god has been working in their lives.
Friday was the rainiest day in the history of ever. Not really, but it was only the second time that it's really rained here, as far as Nederland standards go for rain. That night after we got back from exchanges, Zr F and I had a great discussion with someone. Her questions are wonderful. She is so amazing and so smart and so cute. She wanted to know about the Bible, and we taught her about what is in the Bible and how it came to be. Church was great and we are looking forward to more great lessons.
That night, we took the metro home and somewhere along the way, my wallet got stolen. When we got off at our stop, I just felt sick. It had basically everything inside of it, but luckily not my passport. I was so upset, but then Zr F was just the most positive, uplifting, helpful person and she cheered me up right away. I'm so grateful that we have companions as missionaries, because I don't know what I'd do without her.
Amsterdam is Crazy. :) I love it though. While we were on the metro that night, we saw these two guys rolling up weed. It was hilarious, and I thought,"only in Amsterdam!" It's so crazy how much we smell it every day! There are a ton of coffee shops around the city, but apparently when it's spelled with a C it's a weed cafe and when it's spelled with a K it's a regular coffee shop. Most of them are spelled with a C. haha
Saturday was a day of miracles. We had three appointments one after the other and all in different corners of A'dam, so we weren't sure if we'd make it. Especially because I don't have my public transport pass (it was in the wallet) But somehow we made it to all three appointments and they were all wonderful! We taught our investigator the Plan of Salvation with the ward mission leader again, and it was really good! She had so many questions that had to do with the afterlife, and it felt like we had to keep saying, "don't worry,we'll talk about that in a minute" It was so fun. It's so wonderful when people have questions, because then the lesson feels so much more engaging. She is an extremely cool woman.
We also taught another lady who is from Curaçao and her friend was there as well. Just before we started into the lesson, their friend came too. So we ended up teaching the Doctrine of Christ to these three women who are so sweet and so full of love for Christ. It was so cool. They said they're coming to church next week, so that's exciting.
We've been trying to get ahold of this girl for a while, because her boyfriend is a member in another city and he gave the sisters who were here before us her information to meet, but it just hasn't really worked, or she hasn't been home. But guess what?! She was at church on Sunday with her boyfriend and we're meeting with her next Tuesday! She seems like the cutest dutch girl in the world and we're just so excited to talk to her! What a cool boyfriend that isn't afraid to share what he believes with her. Member missionary work is so so essential.
We had so many referrals this last week and we're meeting with them later in the coming week, so I'm just really excited! Also transfer calls were yesterday, and Zr F and I are staying together! The crazy thing is that they're closing Haarlem to sisters and are white washing it with elders! I'm so glad I got to do exchanges there three times. It's just crazy. I'm excited for this next transfer! We're just having so much fun :)
Yesterday we biked all the way from Diemen (southeast end of a'dam) to Westerpark (northwest end of a'dam) and then back down to RAI (South end of a'dam) without a map and we just felt really proud of ourselves because we know this city pretty well now and that makes us happy.
My favorite scripture this week is Job 23:10. Job testifies,"when he (the Lord) hath tried me, I shall come forth as GOLD." I just love that image. The trials we face in this life are sometimes overwhelming and it's hard to see why we have to go through them, but they're going to be for our good. I love that so much. It reminded me of the verse in the hymn "How Firm a Foundation" where it's like it's the Lord speaking and he says "I only design (intend) thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine." The trials we face can make us better if we allow them to. I'm so grateful for my trials because I know that they're there for a reason. Also the scripture in Matthew where the Lord says that his burden is light and his yoke is easy (Matthew 11:30). I love that so much. Because if we follow the bounds and commandments that Heavenly Father has asked us to follow, our lives will become easier. Christ was the perfect example. He had the perfect perspective and he knew what was worthwhile and what wasn't. As we repent and try our hardest to become like Him, we 'shall come forth as GOLD!"
I love that.
I love you all!