Monday, October 19, 2015

3rd letter from Den Haag, Netherlands -- Week 69

At the tippy top of the tower in Delft.  It was a long way up, but totally worth it!
Elder Steenblik
Elder Steenblik
Farmer Steenblik
Farmer Steenblik at work

Hey Peeps,

This week has been absolutely amazing! To start the week out, we had temple conference.  Luckily, Den Haag is really close to the temple, so it was only about a 25 minute drive.  The past 2 temple trips took us like, 5 hours to travel! It is always so great to go through the temple with all of the other missionaries. And it is fun to do the session in Dutch.

I got to be a farmer this week! I went on an exchange to Zoetemeer with Elder Tolman and we did a service project for one of the members on his dairy farm.  We started off by feeding the cows a dump truck load of brussel sprouts, then hay and all this other random stuff.  We did a ton of other chores around the farm as well.  One of the things we did was trimming the cow’s tail hair.  Oh man, it was nasty! The tails were covered in poop and they would try to kick you when you grabbed their tails.  By the end we were all covered in poop, so we got to the point that we didn’t even care anymore.  I saw, smelled, and touched a lot of things that I am not proud of Haha.  It was a great one time experience!

There is also a member in Zoetemeer who is a yoga instructor and she gives yoga classes at the church once a week, so we decided to go.  Yoga was terrible! I thought it was supposed to be relaxing and that I would find my "inner peace." All I felt was pain! And believe me….. I am still feelin’ it.

We got a new investigator this week named Efran from Iran.  She is super cool! She is an author who has like, 15 books that have been translated into tons of different languages.  She has lived in almost every country that you could possibly imagine.  She is super friendly and was really happy to have us over.  We went and helped her paint her house and were able to teach her about the Restoration of the Gospel.

Sister Nyakoh, a sister missionary in Den Haag, is from Ghana and she made us some Ghanaian food this week called Fufu.  It was basically a big ball of yeast in burning hot soup.  The best part was, you had to eat it with your hands!  For sure one of the strangest meals that I have ever had.

We met with some less actives this week and are still doing our best to help all of them.

We were able to find 3 new investigators this week! The work is definitely picking up.  The Lord is blessing us and I can see his hand in our work every single day.  I am so thankful to be a missionary here in Den Haag.  There is nowhere else in the world that I would rather be!


                                                   -Elder Steenblik

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