Monday, August 31, 2015

14th letter from Eindhoven, Netherlands -- Week 62

Reunited for the first time after 14 months.  Ben's MTC District.  Zuster Fredrickson, Elder Parr, Elder Steenblik, Elder Shaw and Elder Andrew
Elder Da Silva, Elder Morrell and Elder Steenblik
Now you can see why we call her Shakira! Elder Steenblik, Elder Da Silva, Jeffery and Shakira
We were helping Sister Van Empel move her couch up the stairs, but Dutch houses are ridiculous, so we tried for an hour to fit it up the stairs! I eventually just ended up taking a nice nap.
Just minding our own business and then..... BAM!!!!!!
Hey Errbody,

Well, it has been a super busy week.  We had a lot of awesome stuff happen!

To start the week off, on P-day we were on our way to go shopping and we got in a car accident! We were sitting at a red light and some dude hit us from behind.  He hit pretty dang hard, but there were no injuries and the damage was minimal.  Our necks were a little bit sore the next day, but that was it.  Now we have to take the car to the shop this week, so we will be without a car for a little bit.  I don’t even know how to get around this city without a car! This should be interesting.

On Tuesday’s we have started playing soccer with the boys in our ward.  We invite everyone in the ward and they all invite their friends.  We had about 16 people show up last week.  It is a good opportunity to befriend people which will hopefully lead to us teaching them.

I got to go on a split with Elder Parr.  We taught the Restoration lesson to a girl named Itgirl and she’s from Mongolia.  Yes, just like the Jason Derulo song… Haha.  This was the first time I have taught with Elder Parr since the MTC, over one year ago.  It brought back memories of the good ol days in the MTC.

On Thursday we had a Zone Conference up in Zoetemeer.  Elder Timothy J. Dyches from the European Presidency came and gave the conference.  It was a great conference.  Then on Friday, we had a Mission Leader Council with him as well.

We met with Shakira again this week.  Elder Da Silva speaks Spanish, so she was super happy to meet him.  We had a great appointment and at the end we asked if there was anything we could do for her. She said, “Yeah one thing.  I want to make a lunch appointment with you guys so you can come eat my food!” Haha.  I love Peruvian people.  She came to church on Sunday for the first time in a long while. The ward was great and made her feel welcome.

On Saturday we had a stake BBQ down in Belgium because Eindhoven is part of the Belgian Stake.  There were a couple of members there from Leuven that I got to see which was really fun.  We played soccer and volleyball all day with the members and investigators.  We started a game of football and some of the Belgian and Dutch people came and joined.  They had no idea what was going on! Haha.

We had a great lesson with Theo and Sylvia this week.  We invited a member to come on a joint teach who spoke Spanish.  Elder Da Silva and the member just went off talking Spanish the whole lesson, so I had no idea what was going on.  Every now and then, I would catch an “amigo” or “mucho grande” or something like that.   I felt like a greenie again! But I think it was a good lesson.

We met with Umu twice this week and she is doing great.

Oh, and one more thing.  We found Nemo!! We found a girl on the street named Nemo who said we could come by and teach her and her family.  Speaking of which, is it legit that they are coming out with a “Finding Dory?”

Anyways, that was my week in a nutshell. Have a great week everybody!

                                              -Elder Steenblik

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