well, I usually start out each email with "wow, this week has been crazy" well, this has been another one of those weeks. Last Tuesday, me and Sister Johanson got locked out of our apartment for 24 hours.
Last Monday we had a lesson with one of our investigators, Jeffrey. we taught him the plan of salvation and committed him to reading the Book of Mormon and coming to church the next week. Well, we stopped by Saturday night to remind him about church and to tell him we wanted to see him there and he said he would try..well, he didn't come. We think that when we teach him that he's always on drugs or something...he never blinks (hahah welcome to the Netherlands :) :) ) anyways, Thursday we had a first lesson with a cute lady named Dewi who we found knocking doors one day. We taught her the Restoration and committed her to reading the Book of Mormon. she is so cool! she said she would have to think about getting baptized; but I know she will make the choice. she is looking for the truth! OH ALSO that same day we were biking home from knocking some doors and we decided to contact while biking. So we saw someone just walking on the sidewalk and rolled up right next to them and contacted him and it was pretty positive. then we contacted our next person. it was a couple pushing an elderly person in a wheel chair and we pulled up and said hi we are misisonaries and this is our card and everything and the guy said "wait are you guys christian?''and we said yes and he said "well my girlfriend is muslim (she wasn't dressed like a muslim) and she wants to become part of a Christian church. can you guys help her with that?"and we were so calm on the outside and were like "yeah we can totally help" while on the inside we were totally freaking out hahaha so we got their information and we are going to bring a book of mormon over in Arabic ( doesn't speak dutch) and we are going to teach her! so we called them the next day and they said they were busy that week but to try again the next week. So we are super excited about this! Baptizing a muslim isn't that easy but it's gonna happen here in assen!!!!!! Sometimes it is so hard not to get discouraged; I hear about other friends in other parts of the world on missions who commit like 9 people in a week to get baptized. it's hard not comparing yourself and not feeling like a terrible missionary but I know the Lord sends us where we are supposed to go and that although it is a tough mission, it isn't impossible without the Lord's help. He is guiding His missionaries with His work.
well, you are probably wondering what happened when we got locked out. we went running tuesday morning and came back and I stuck the key back in the door, just hanging there. well, we were in a hurry and rushing to catch a train to our district meeting in zwolle and I totally forgot to pull the key out of the lock so when we came back that night at 9 pm the other key we had would not turn. we had no idea that there was a key on the other side of the door (dutch doors are weird and if there is a key on one side, you can't open the door and there isn't a door knob on the outside, only a key slot) so we called members in assen to see if they had a spare key (we thought it was maybe a problem with our key) and no one did but they are supposed to...so we called our zone leaders who had an extra key and they had to travel a while to get here and they weren't here until like 12:30 am so we chilled at a member's home. oh also, we had our neighbors over trying to help us, one of them is a police woman and she tried some oil stuff but it didn't work. well the Zone leaders finally got here and...their key didn't work. We honestly just thought the lock was broken. so the only logical thing for us was to travel back to their city with them in their car and sleep at the sisters apartment there for the night then come back the next day to have a lock smith let us in. well that morning the thought came to me...you left the key in the door on the other side. So we finally get back into Assen after a 1.5 hour train ride and a lock smith comes and lots of other drama happens but we were finally left in and 15 min later we had to leave to another appointment hahaha we were so hungry and so un-showered...but we have figured out even more that the Lord works in mysterious ways. I was able to talk to a man from Dubai on the train for 40 min about the gospel (my comp was asleep...) and he was really interested...we also met our super cool neighbors who we never see!!!!! we brought them brownies and they will have to return the boxes...we are trying to think of how to start up a better conversation about the gospel with them. I know the Lord uses my weaknesses and blonde moments to do His work...through Him my weaknesses are made strong. Ether 12:27
today we are going to a concentration camp. should be super cool. I can't find my camera cord so I can't send pics again this week... :( sorry!!
I Hope you all have a SPLENDID week and look for small ways that the Lord brings about His work. He loves each and every one of you so much!!! and I do too!!!