Monday, October 12, 2015

2nd letter from Den Haag, Netherlands -- Week 68

Leiden, Netherlands
Leiden, Netherlands
Leiden, Netherlands
Ben at the Prosman's for dinner earlier today in The Hague.  (Ben is with their youngest son.)
Hey Everybody,

It has been an awesome week here in Den Haag.

Den Haag has a huge ghetto market with all sorts of fruits and veggies and what not.  On P-days we do most of our shopping there and the food is pretty sketchy, but we got like 10 bell peppers for a euro! What a steal.

This week I was on exchanges in Haarlem and Leiden.  They are both beautiful cities! Haarlem is where "The Best 2 Years" was filmed and Leiden has lots of awesome canals and windmills.  This is such a beautiful country!

This week Elder B and I were walking through the city contacting people while on our way to look up an old investigator.  Some guy behind us yelled "Hey, are you the Mormons?!" He is a 19 year old member and just moved here from Portugal.  He’s here to study, but had no idea where the church was.  I told him that I just had a companion from Portugal named Elder Da Silva.  It turns out that he and Elder Da Silva used to be friends back in Portugal! Small world.  We gave Elder Da Silva a call and they chatted in their crazy Portuguese language for a couple of minutes.

We were also in Zoetemeer this week working with the Sisters.  We had a lesson with one of their investigators and also had lunch with them.  They are both vegan, so we had some healthy lunch that consisted of dark wheat bread and hummus.  Needless to say, I grabbed myself a double quarter pounder on the way home.

The ward here is huge! There are about 150 active members and it’s the biggest ward in the Netherlands.  They were all so welcoming and happy to meet the new missionaries in the ward.  I am super excited to get to know them over the next several months.

After church there was a Suriname party in the Zoetemeer ward, so they invited Elder Bishesar because that’s where he’s from.  We went and had a huge feast of Suriname food.  Oh man, I wouldn’t mind eating Suriname food for the rest of my life!

We found a lot of potential investigators this week.  The amount of lessons and actual investigators is really low right now, but we are constantly finding new people.  We are hoping that we will be able to get some more lessons these upcoming weeks.  I don’t know what it is about Den Haag, but people just seem a lot more open and friendly than anywhere else I have served.  There are lots of different cultures in this city, and they all seem to be very friendly with us.  I could get used to that!

We had a great week full of miracles finding new people and saw a lot of success working with less active members.  This next week we will get to go to the temple as a mission, so that is gonna be awesome.

 Have a swell week folks!!

                                                 -Elder Steenblik

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