Monday, September 1, 2014

4th letter from Leuven, Belgium -- Week 10

(Elder Benjamin Steenblik and Elder Hayden Losee)
I don't think I've ever sent a picture of Elder Losee yet.  Ladies and Gentlemen, Elder Hayden Losee.

Bishop Dixon and I doin' some work at the dinner table.
(Check out Ben's Draper Temple wrist band on his right wrist.  He has worn that since the Draper Temple Celebration..... May 2009.  He had to take it off for his collarbone surgery in February, but put it back on before we left the hospital.)

This is another cool building by our apartment.

What is up America?!

This week has been full of awesome stuff.  On Thursday we had zone conference.  It was sick because all of the missionaries in our zone are awesome and  President and Sister Robinson are both amazing too.  We had a training from them and the AP's and it was actually super entertaining.  I didn't even fall asleep! It was cool to meet all of the missionaries in my zone and this week, we have a mission conference with the WHOLE mission.  All 150 missionaries and ELDER BALLARD is coming.  I'm pumped!!! 

On Saturday, we had a stake BBQ.  It was with all of the members in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium and some of the nearby Netherlands wards too.  It was super fun because I played soccer with the kids and it was pretty bad because I was getting embarrassed by these 9 year old kids.  It reminded me of my good ol' days in the Amazon playing with the villagers of Yanamono.  It was a really fun BBQ until a hurricane decided to come out of no where and then the rain started comin' DOWN.  That ended the party pretty fast, but it was fun while it lasted!

The best part of my week was when I found out that they have the Cheetah Girls in Dutch!!! Now when I get home, I can watch my Cheetah Girls in English AND in Dutch.  Oh happy day.

Once a week, we have a lesson with a less active family in the ward.  They have started coming back to church and now we are teaching their 8 year old son.  If all goes as planned, the older brother can get the priesthood and baptize his younger brother.  How sweet would that be?! They have 3 kids and they are all awesome.  All of them think that America is sick and they all want to go there someday.  They are always singing American gansta rap. 

At the end of the lesson with them, we gave them all a blessing as their school year is about to start.  They don't have a dad at home so we were able to give them blessings for the new school year.  That was the first blessing I have ever been apart of and boy was I feelin' some spirit.  They were so grateful to be able to have priesthood power in their home.  The 2 older brothers are on track to get the priesthood so they can have it all of the time. 

Today was awesome because we had a zone p day.  It had been cold and rainy weather all week and then today it was sunny all day.  We got together as a zone and played some futbal.  It was a blast.  I can't feel the lower half of my body right now, but it was worth it.  It ended when one of the sisters cut her leg on a rusty pipe on the field and had to be taken to the hospital.  I don't know how bad it was, but hopefully she will be able to have a speedy recovery. 

It was really funny because after we got back to the train station, we realized that the train was on the other side of the track and was coming in 4 minutes.  We grabbed all of our stuff and ran down the road, across the bridge, and to the train track just in time.  Then the train pulled up on the side that we just ran from, so we got all of our stuff ran down the road, across the bridge, and to the train.  We were haulin' and It was a full on sprint.  We barley got everyone on the train in time.  We sat down and were all sweaty and out of breath and were ready to go and then one of the missionaries said "Wait this train is going to Germany?" Crap!!! So, we got everyone up, got all of our stuff and were all running off the train.  Then walked down the road, across the bridge, and down to the right side to wait for the train we were supposed to be on. Folks, this is pretty much a typical day of missionary work, but that's what makes it fun and adventurous. 

Hey, so I sent out the wrong address for our apartment.  The paper I read had it wrong so here is the new and improved address. 

Kardinaal Straat 22B
Bus 03-01 3000
Leuven Belgium

It has been a very eventful week here in Leuven.  The mish is going swell.

Love you all, Elder Steenblik

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