Tuesday, November 25, 2014

16th letter from Leuven, Belgium -- Week 22

Today marks Elder Benjamin Steenblik's 5 month mark!!!!!

This is a Belgian staircase, or as I like to call it, a ladder.  You can't really tell how steep it is in the photo, but just look at how my feet barely fit halfway on the stair.  (His shoes are size 14!!)

Here is a super famous Belgian statue.  It was a little bit of a let down because it was only about a foot tall.

Mom, you made our photo collection!


I'm still alive!!! P-day was on Tuesday this week because the dang train people were on strike yesterday.

This past week has been a bit crazy! On Thursday, we spent the whole day with the camera crew.  They interviewed us for like 2 hours.  They asked stuff about how Belgians react to us, the differences in cultures, and a few short questions about church doctrine.  It went really well! Of course if in the hands of bad people, they could mess with it and make us look super dumb, but we will see.  After the interview, we went and knocked some doors with them.  The people whose houses we knocked hated it.  They already weren't too happy seeing 2 "Jehovah's Witnesses" standing at their door and then when they saw the camera crew on their front lawn filming them, they would just close the door.  Then we decided to go contact in the centrum.  The camera crew would stand from a ways away and we had mics on and that went a lot better.  All in all, it was pretty good.  I am expecting some of the big wigs to start recruiting me soon!! Maybe NBC or FOX or who knows.  I mean, every star has to start somewhere.

On Sunday, we had Thanksgiving dinner at our Bishops house.  On Thursday, we have a Zone Conference in the Netherlands with a General Authority, so we will be spending our Thanksgiving evening on a train ride home to Belgium.  That's why we did it on Sunday.  It sure made me miss some good ol' American cookin' from my lovely mother and grandmother.  Sadly, they didn't have any stuffing, but it's okay because rumor has it, I'm getting some boxes of stuffing sent to me for Christmas.  Sweet!!!!

A lot of appointments fell through this week, but we did have a couple of good ones.  We taught the restoration to 2 of our new investigators and they are both pretty positive.  We have a follow up lesson with one of them tomorrow.  We also had a good lesson with Bea.  We taught her part of the Plan of Salvation and her 3 teenage daughters sat in on the lesson too and it was really cool.  The daughters committed to come to church next week, but it's hard for Bea to get there because she pretty much works every Sunday.  She is a super solid investigator!

Today, we had the Turkey Bowl with our Zone in Antwerpen where we played AMERICAN football.  Believe it or not, not one single Elder threw a tissy fit over the game.  It's because our Zone is super chill.  Afterwards we went out to eat.

It has officially gotten freeeezing here!!! Utah is cold, but you have cars.  Here, you are always on a bike so it's super cold.  Plus it is humid and cold which can stink!

This upcoming week we will be busy with our Zone Conference and we have some good appointments scheduled, so I am excited.  God is onze hemelse vader en hij houdt van ons!!

                -- Elder Blink van Steen

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