Monday, June 15, 2015

3rd letter from Eindhoven, Netherlands -- Week 51

Elder Ben
Last time seeing President and Sister Robinson
Elder Steenblik, Elder Jesse Holt and Zuster Aubrey Watts
Eindhoven is huge when it comes to graffiti and it's everywhere.  This one is pretty sick!
Elder Steenblik with his homie Genzeer
Ben's kitchen
Ben's tiny stove and tiny fridge
Ben's TINY bed under the window (Bless his legs and back!!)
Ben's closet on the right
Ben's bathroom/laundry room
Ben's study area
Ben's front room
Ben's stairs in his apartment

Goede Dag Jongens,

This week we had our zone training! It is nice to have it over because it was a little stressful preparing for it, but it went great.  It was down in Antwerpen Belgium.  Every time I go back to Belgium, it just makes me miss it! Hopefully I will have the chance to serve there again.  For the first 2 hours of our training, we were combined with the Belgian Zone and President and Sister Robinson gave their final presentations.  It was nice to hear from them one last time.  Then we split off with our zone and started our training.  It was crazy because we ended up having way less time than expected, so we were scrambling the whole time to rearrange everything.  It sure kept us on our toes! Elder Holt, Zuster Watts, and I all gave presentations.  After lunch, the district leaders did workshops.  It was an awesome day.  We left at 6 15 in the morning and got home at 8 45 that night.  We were pretty dang pooped!

We eat with a woman named Sister Van Der Riet every week and this week we decided to cook her some food.  Elder Holt and I made 3 huge plates of taco salad with Doritos and French fries in it.  It actually turned out amazing, but I hated cooking it.  When we were walking the pans to the car, Elder Holt tried to set the pan down in the back and dropped it! Now there is taco salad all over the back of our car and on a nice warm day, you can smell some delicious Mexican food in the car.

We met with a less active guy this week named Genzeer.  He is from Sudan and he is just a total Bro.  He was baptized when Elder Alston was here and he is just so nice and happy.  Hopefully we can get him to church soon.

Saturday, we had District Leader Council with all of the district leaders in our zone.  Afterwards, we all went out to eat at an awesome Italian place and the calzones were enormous.  The food took forever to come out and we had to travel out to Maastricht to work with the sisters, so we had to hit the road right after.  We ended up getting stuck in traffic and by the time we got to Maastricht, we only had 30 minutes to work with the sisters, but it was still great.  Maastricht is super a beautiful city!

We also met twice this week with an investigator named Frank.  He is a great big tall Dutch guy.  He loves parables and deep metaphors and what not.  He has a super good knowledge about the gospel, but is a little bit scared to come to church.  We are trying our best to help him take that step and come to church.

Elder Holt is an awesome companion and is a super good worker.  He is 6 years older than me! At first I didn’t really think much of it, but then I realized that when I was in 6th grade, he was a senior! He is even older than my older brother, Jake.  We get along super well.

On Sunday we had a guest service at church, so all of the members invited friends and less active members.  The running count of Peruvians in the ward is up to 11.  There are so many that we had our gospel principles class in Spanish! We get lots of Peruvian food throughout the week which is just lovely.

This next week is going to be super busy with exchanges and splits and all of that good stuff.  I am loving every second out here.  The church is true and God loves you.  Deuces.

                                                  -Elder Steenblik

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