Monday, December 28, 2015

13th letter from Den Haag, Netherlands -- Week 79

Erfan and I at the Christmas service
At the refugee camp playing with object from outer space
Christmas Skype with Elder Steenblik.  Ben has ALWAYS picked  his fingernails and for our Christmas present, he grew them out.  He will use nail clippers for the first time at age 20.

Yo Peeps,

I hope that you all had an awesome Christmas! We sure had a great one here.

To start the week out we looked up a less active woman named Stephanie from Peru.  We went to her house and she was home and let us in.  She is super awesome! Her husband is a non-member and she is pregnant and can’t ride a bike, so she can’t come to church.  She invited us back for a Peruvian dinner! I have been getting so much Peruvian food on my mission.  It is great!

On Christmas Eve we ate with the Prosman family.  They are one of the most amazing families that I have ever met! Every night before they eat dinner they read a chapter in the Book of Mormon together.  They are a super sick family and we had an awesome Christmas Eve together.  They have some family traditions that we did with them and they performed some Christmas songs.

On Christmas there was a music service in the church and it was really successful.  A lot of non-members came and we had 4 of our investigators that came and they loved it.  Everyone enjoyed the music and the Christmas spirit.  After that, I got to Skype home! That was nice to see my mama.  We ate dinner at the bishop's house with all 8 missionaries which was a partay.

My favorite thing about this country hands down is that they have a 2nd Christmas on the 26th.  On 2nd Christmas, we went up to a city called Wassenar and went to a refugee camp.  We served them hot chocolate and then played soccer with them.  They just took all of the American missionaries to school! Haha, it was awesome.  A couple of fights almost broke out and they were all yelling at each other in Arabic the whole time.  Only a few of the guys spoke a tiny bit of English.  We brought a football with us and were teaching them how to throw it.  They looked at it like it was an object from outer space! They had never seen a football before.  It was really fun playing with them, even though they just destroyed us.

We didn’t have a white Christmas.  It was 60 degrees!

The members here are just awesome.  On both Christmas and 2nd Christmas, we had a breakfast, lunch and dinner appointment.  They are taking good care of us!

We continue to have investigators drop us because of the stuff they read online.  It is so sad how much anti stuff is online.  Satan is working really hard on misleading people and it is very sad to see.  It is sure nice to know that everyone, whether it be in this life or the next, will have the chance to hear the fullness of the gospel and choose to accept it or not.

This was for sure one of the best Christmases of my life.  It was a privilege to have one last Christmas in the mission field.  The church is true and Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.  No matter what the internet says!

Love you all.  Happy New Year!

                                  -Elder Steenblik

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