Monday, July 6, 2015

6th letter from Eindhoven, Netherlands -- Week 54

It ain't no Picasso, but better than I expected! Elder Van Fleet, Elder Holt, Elder Steenblik and Elder Goates
 4 missionaries and 1 mission leader ROCK it with graffiti!!!!
God Bless the USA!!!!! Harry, Elder Holt and Elder Steenblik
Harry fed us some delicious Dutch raw herring.  It tastes as good as you would imagine raw fish tasting.

Hey Guys!

Well, we will get down to the juicy stuff from the get go! Elder Jesse Holt will be getting transferred on Wednesday, so I will be getting Elder Schmidt here in Eindhoven! I don’t know him very well, but I know that he likes playin’ some B ball which will be fun.  The other Eindhoven Elders (Elder Goates and Elder Van Fleet) are getting temporarily closed.  We are losing 45 missionaries over these next 2 transfers, so we have to temporarily close a lot of cities down.  In October, we will have more missionaries than we had in the beginning, so we are shrinking and then growing even bigger.  We are going to have a super young mission and lots of people training and re-opening cities.  It will keep our hands full!

On Monday we played soccer with the young men in our ward.  The young men here are great! They are always willing to go on joint teaches with us and always willing to help.  I got my license on Monday as well, so I can finally drive! Driving here is the worst! Everything is so small, speed limits are low, millions of bikers everywhere, random bus lanes and one way streets.  They have those cameras everywhere that if you speed even a little, it takes a picture of your license plate for a ticket.  You should see me trying to fit in the car! The main problem is our GPS is always on the fritz.  That thing wants to get us killed!  It is always taking us down one way streets or bus lanes.  Hey, don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful that we have a car, but I sure do miss driving in America!

Tuesday I was on an exchange in Eindhoven with Elder Knudsen.  That kid is hilarious! Our exchange was a little crazy.  First, someone forgot a phone somewhere so we had to drive there and take them their phone.  Then someone needed us to pick something up from the store.  We finally got home and we got a call that one of the sisters in our zone was in a bike accident and was in the hospital for the night, so we had to drive out to Tilburg at 10:30 pm.  It was a crazy day, but we had an awesome time together!

Wednesday was Canada Day, so we celebrated it with some members here in honor of Elder Holt.  Elder Holt made us some Canadian food called poutine.  It was fries covered in cheese, gravy, and bacon! Oh man it was good, but you just felt disgusting after eating it.  We listened to him sing Canadian songs and praise Canada.

On Thursday we were in Arnhem on spits with the Sisters.  Then on Friday, we had a Mission Leader Council in The Hague.  We got to meet President and Sister Bunnell.  They are amazing and just so adorable.  They are super passionate about the work and the most loving people ever.  I am excited to get to know them better over the next year.

Saturday was the 4th of Juuuuuly! God Bless America!! On Wednesday, we took Elder Holt’s crap, so now it was payback time! Elder Goates, Van Fleet and I spent our whole companionship study singing American songs.  It was glorious! We went and did some graffiti with our ward mission leader.  We painted a bunch of planets and wrote the scripture reference to Genesis 1:1 and it was super fun.  That night we had a 4th of July BBQ with Angelique and Renate.  We had so much food and it was just lovely!

Here is a funny Dutch story.  Kracht means strength.  Our ward mission leader got up on Sunday (he is from Ireland) and was trying to say that the Spirit strengthens him.  He said verkrachting instead of kracht.  What he actually said, was that the Spirit rapes him! Haha. The joys of the Dutch language!

Our work load here just got a ton bigger because we will be taking all of the investigators of the other Elders.  We will be super busy trying to balance all of that, but it will be a good time.

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July and are keeping nice and cool in this worldwide heatwave.

See ya

                                              -Elder Steenblik

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