Monday, September 21, 2015

17th letter from Eindhoven, Netherlands -- Week 65

Mission Leader Council on Friday, September 18, 2015
Check out these slippers that I got from Elder Butler.  Pretty sick, right?
Elder Steenblik, Elder Parr, Elder Gleave, Harry, and Elder Da Silva
Elder Steenblik....... Mr. April 2016 in September 2015
Hey, Yo,

It has been a super busy week! But we haven’t really even had that much time to work in Eindhoven.  We were all over this week working at different places in our zone.  That makes it pretty hard to build the work up in our own area when we are gone all the time, but our overall task is the success of our zone.  So, that is what we have been doin!

On Tuesday I was in the beautiful city of Nijmegen with Elder Smith.  We had about an hour to work before dinner, so we decided to go find some new people in a neighborhood.  We were walking to the neighborhood and we saw a guy at the bus stop covered in tattoos, smoking a cigarette, and not very happy looking, but we felt like we should talk to him.  We approached him and before we even said anything, we were both kind of expecting that he would just shew us away.  We started talking to him and he told us that his father had just passed away 3 days ago.  His bus was right around the corner, so we were able to give him a Book of Mormon and we gave him a chapter to read about the Plan of Salvation.  All we had time to do was to just testify of eternal families and of the Book of Mormon and then he had to get on the bus.  He was very touched that we stopped to share a message of peace and comfort with him during this hard time in his life.  That was just a cool little miracle that reminded me that the Lord guides our steps to the people who need to hear the gospel.  If we would have been a minute and a half later, we would have missed him.  It also reminded me to see people through the Lord's eyes.

On Thursday we went up to Arnhem to work with the sisters and it was about a 2 hour train ride.  We got on the bus to go meet them and it took us clear out to the middle of nowhere! The bus lines had changed, so it took us a different direction.  By the time we were able to get a bus back to the station and then find the right bus, it had been a 3 1/2   hour journey.  Then we had the 2 hour train ride home. Public transportation makes me more tired than a full day of work!

Friday we had Mission Leader Council at the mission home.  We learned about goal setting and planning and all that fancy jazz.  We will be training on goals and planning for the next 6 weeks.

I realized something that I really miss this week.  We were out working one evening and we saw a dad playing badminton with his 2 kids.  I realized how much I have missed seeing families play together! In America you see families with each other everywhere (at least in Utah) but here that is almost unheard of.  It was adorable to just see a young family having a good time together.  I have really missed seeing that.

We have an awesome week planned this week! I am super excited for it.  I really appreciate all of the love and support from you guys.  I am having such a great time out here.  It is no doubt the happiest time of my life thus far.  I am so grateful that I get to be a representative of Jesus Christ in the Netherlands.  What more could a kid ask for? Life is good everybody…… Enjoy it!

Have a great week!

                                    -Elder Steenblik

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