Tuesday we had a great lesson. She said she felt the spirit! That is the first time she's said that, so we are very happy for her!
When we got out of the lesson the back wheel of my bike was flat, and we were a 30 minute bike ride from home. So I rode with the flat tire home, but we've been walking everywhere the past week. Poor Zuster Young! ah.. She's so patient with me :)
I'm super tempted to throw my bike in a canal... ooh man so tempted.
Our friend came with us on Wednesday to district meeting and then stayed with us to watch the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast. It was such an incredible meeting. I especially loved Elder Niel L. Anderson's talk about testifying of Jesus Christ. It was a great reminder and very inspiring. He talked about how if we don't know what to say, we testify of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. It was a powerful talk. The rest of the broadcast was really nice, talking about teaching with the spirit. It was so cool to have our friend there with us, taking notes :) She is amazing.
I got a blessing from our zone leaders, just because I was feeling in need of some counsel and guidance, and I am just so grateful for the priesthood and for priesthood blessings and priesthood holders who can give me those blessings. :) It's really amazing, all of the tools that Heavenly Father has given us to help us every day.
Speaking of that, we were able to go to the temple on Thursday (thought of you Dad, happy birthday!) with a member, Zuster Löw. Once we got there, there were 5 other sisters from Lelystad gemeente that also happened to be attending that day! It was so special. I love the temple. It was so nice to be able to be there and just talk to Heavenly Father about my mission and what's on my mind. :) I think the overall answer to all of my questions was "Be patient" haha which was funny, but true.
I also went to the dentist. It was an eventful week. haha I had a couple cavities, but they were small so they just filled them up :)
We did exchanges this week as well, and I got to work with Zuster Ramirez in Amsterdam! It was really special to be there with her. We gave a Book of Mormon away to a guy, and promised to come back to someone else we contacted because we were out of books. :) She is so cool and it was great to work with her.
Sunday was a very surreal day. We had a really powerful sacrament meeting. They surprised me and asked me to bear my testimony in Sacrament Meeting, and then again in Relief Society. :) It was so bittersweet, but it was really nice. I love this gemeente. The people here, especially the women in this branch, have taught me so much and have been such a blessing to me.
I really liked the theme of Sacrament meeting: the mighty change of heart (Alma 5:14-15, 26) It was a really powerful topic. One speaker talked about how that change of heart is based on trust and faith we put in our Heavenly Father. The opposite of trust is fear and uncertainty. Fear drains us of energy, while trust gives us energy. It was a cool thought! As we focus on the future and trust in God, He can help us to bring power into our everyday actions.
I'm so grateful for my mission. I feel like my heart has been changed on my mission. I have a much stronger desire to follow my Savior, to do good and be good toward others, to be patient, to read the scriptures daily, to counsel often with my Heavenly Father, to return to be with Him. I am so grateful for the peace that the Gospel brings into my life and that I've had this chance for the past 18 months to share that peace and joy with others.
It's so amazing to think of this wonderful plan Heavenly Father has for us. It's bigger than we could ever imagine. He is so smart!
My plaque scripture that hangs in my home ward is Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. I am so grateful that as I trust in Him, He will direct me. It takes effort on my part. It takes giving up my pride and my need to do it all myself. It takes love for Him and for others. It's not easy, but in the end it is the easier path. The path that brings more peace and joy. I know that He is there! I know it with all my heart! I know there is more to this life than we can see with our mortal eyes.
I'm grateful for the Netherlands. This land is really a special, holy place for me and it's really stolen my heart!
Love you guys,