Monday, July 20, 2015

8th letter from Eindhoven, Netherlands -- Week 56

Elder Schmidty-Pie and I at Zone Conference

Hoi Jongens

What a spectacular week it has been! We had such an amazing first week of the transfer.

To start the week out, on Tuesday, I was on an exchange here in Eindhoven with Elder Harp.  We were knocking doors in the rain and some guy felt bad for us so he invited us in for a cup of coffee.  We went in and just started talking to him about what it is we do.  He said that we need to just “live life” and go do some drugs, smoke and drink.  We told him how being addicted and controlled by drugs and other substances isn’t “living life” at all! We need to have an eternal perspective.  There are so many people here who are just so caught up in the world.  We were able to give him a Book of Mormon and by the end of the lesson he was actually a lot more open.  We just hope and pray that he will actually give it a chance and read in it because we know that it can change his life and bring him true happiness.

We taught an investigator twice this week named Lee.  Lee is so cool! He is from Florida and has been living here for about 8 years.  I have never met anyone more prepared to hear the gospel than Lee.  He used to be a Roman Catholic, so he has a good Christian background.  We have taught him the first 3 lessons and are meeting with him again this week.  Please pray for Lee that he can get a clear answer that this is what he needs to do! He says that it makes a lot of sense and it feels right.  He has a baptismal date for the 15th of August that we are working towards.

Umu came to church this week for the 2nd time! We met with her and taught her the Plan of Salvation. We are going to meet with her this week and hopefully can set a baptismal date.

We had a super cool miracle this week as well.  We went with our ward mission leader to look up a less active member and when we got there, she had a friend visiting named Timothy who had lots of questions.  He said he believed in God, but didn’t know who God really was.  We were able to teach him the restoration lesson and at the end the less active member testified of the things that we taught.

We had a ward blitz where the young men came and we went and looked some less active members up. We looked one member up and her car was broken down.  She had us push her all the way to the mechanic! We were all in our church clothes at an intersection pushing the car and there was a huge line of cars behind us.  Haha.  It was a good experience.

We also had a Zone Conference in Antwerpen, Belgium this week.  I gave a presentation on “making a language study plan."  Yippeeee.... Haha! I tried to make it as funny and interactive as I could.  Overall, I think it went pretty well.  President and Sister Bunnell did a great job as well.  They are amazing! We received terrible news though, we are going to have to start wearing helmets! Nooooooo!!! We have had too many accidents in our mission in the past couple of months, so Church Headquarters is making us buy helmets.

The work here is going super well and we are seeing miracles daily! This is for sure one of the happiest times of my mission.  Elder Schmidt and I are just having a blast.  Thanks for all your prayers! We can truly see them being answered.

 I love you all.  Have a great week errbody!

                                        -Elder Steenblik

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