Monday, February 22, 2016

4th letter from Almere, Netherlands -- Week 87

Workin in Mrs. Steenblik's kitchen
Hey Everybody!

It has been a good week and we have found some new super cool people to teach.  This past week the weather has been beautiful.  It was still freezing cold, but the sun came out! It wasn’t as humid so it didn’t feel as cold.

The work in Almere is very different.  Usually the night hours of missionary work just drag on because it is cold and dark and people don’t like you talking to them in the dark.  Almere is an opposite story.  The nights are always boomin! We have had a lesson or a less active visit every single night.  Throughout the day is the tough part.  There is literally nobody home during the day because they are all at work in Amsterdam.  We are still trying to find out how we can best use our morning and afternoon hours most effectively.  It is still a work in progress.

This week we were in a neighborhood and Elder Smith remembered that he had taught someone in the area back when he served in Almere a year ago.  We looked her up and she was super happy to see us. Her name is Rashida and she is from Nigeria and she is super funny.  Rashida lost contact with the Elders when she went back to Nigeria for a couple of months.  We had a lesson with her this week and then she came to church on Sunday as well! We are really excited to work with her.

We had a Zone Conference this week in Amsterdam.  President Bunnell trained on how we can use the spirit more in our missionary work and how to recognize the spirit.  Something we could all do a little better at.

We also met with a man this week named Jentinus.  He also lost contact with the missionaries like, 5 years ago.  He told us that he was a Bible guy and that he wasn’t interested in the Book of Mormon.  We went and studied in the Bible with him and by the end of our little lesson together he was interested in the Book of Mormon.  It was cool to see how his mindset had totally changed as the lesson went on and the Spirit had helped him open up.  He committed to read and pray about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

The Lord truly has been blessing the work in Almere.  We are starting to get a pretty solid teaching pool and are still seeing lots of success with less active members.  Thank you for all of your support and prayers!

Have a baller week.
                                         -Elder Steenblik

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