|Brugge Belgium about 1 year ago|
Monday, December 8, 2014
The Netherlands and Belgium have become very holy places for me, because this is where I really came to know my Savior.
Well guys, this is it!! I don't have a whole lot to say. This week was a great last week. We had some great lessons with investigators and members. We went to the Corrie Ten Boom House this week as well. That's where the story, "The Hiding Place" happened. It was a really good tour. We had an investiagator come to church yesterday. We knocked on his door the first week of the transfer. He has made a lot of progress since we knocked on his door. He LOVED church and told us he wanted to come more often. I have see the Gospel change a lot of lives this transfer. Not only this transfer but these past two years. I have also seen the Gospel change my life these past two years. It changed my life in a sense that it set my life in order. Not that I was totally lost before my mission, but now I have direction. I know what I need to do when I go home, and that brings a lot of peace during this important time of my life.
I guess I would just like to share with you the biggest lesson I learned these past two years. It's actually pretty simple, but it means a lot to me.
I learned who God is, who His Son, Jesus Christ, is, who I am, and who I need to become.
I know that God really is our loving Heavenly Father. That's the first sentance in the first lesson that we share with people. I believe that's because it's the most important principle to know, and I know it. I know that He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to undergo every pain and affliction and die for us, so that we may live. I know that Christ loves us so much that He was willing to obey His Father and do it for us. I love my Savior. And The Netherlands and Belgium have become very holy places for me, because this is where I really came to know my Savior.
I love my mission so much, and even though I am excited to see you guys again and go home to start the next chapter of my life, I am gonna miss this a lot. This is the greatest work ever! and I won't be able to do it like this again for the rest of my life. I have a lot of mixed feelings right now, and I don't think it has really hit me yet. But I am SO excited to see you guys and show you this beautiful part of the world! You are gonna love it so much!
Well, I guess the last thing I can say is I will see you Thursday!!!
Ik hou van jullie allemaal!
Monday, December 1, 2014
All the departing missionaries bore their testimonies, I got a little emotional bearing mine and it hit me so hard that I am gonna miss my mission SO MUCH!!! I love it out here, and I can't believe I'm almost done.
Hey guys! Thanks for all the birthday wishes!!! I don't feel 21, and I can't believe I was barely 19 when I last saw you guys! I love hearing about Thanksgiving and what you all did. I love the Holiday season, and I am looking forward to spending the rest of it with you. I also had a great week this week and I can't believe how fast it went by.
Last Monday was a great P day. We went to the St Bavo Cathedral in Haarlem. It is MASSIVE and beautiful. It also has a massive Organ. The church was built in the 1500's and the organ in the 1700's. It was the biggest organ in the world at the time. Handel came to Haarlem just to play that organ, and Mozart also played that organ when he was 10 years old. It's a white church and the ground is covered by tombstones. It was really cool, and you guys will have to see it when we come visit here. That night we went to Sister Den B's with the sisters to have family home evening. She is an older member of the church and one of the sweetest ladies I've met. Her husband never joined the church, but she wanted her kids to join and she heard something about the importance of family home evening when she joined 50 years ago, and she promised herself that she would have family home evening every week. Her kids are all members of the church, but her husband never did. He passed away and her kids are all moved out, but she still remembers the promise she made to herself and she still has family home evening every week, even if it's just her. When we heard about it we decided that we would go with her every week. She really appreciates it and it's a lot of fun talking with her and hearing all her stories.
Today has been a great birthday so far. I woke up and made us some real dutch pannenkoeken (Pancakes). we came to the church and I practiced the piano while Elder Silva emailed, and now I am emailing. When I started emailing some alarms went off outside. I remembered that every firstof the month at they check the alarms for the dikes around the countries. Then I remembered that Elder Silva didn't know that yet :) I ran into the other room of the church and yelled at Elder Silva to get his stuff. He got a scared look on his face and I told him the dikes broke and we need to get outta here. Haarlems right on the coast so it was an emergency. haha he ran into the other room to get his coat and bag and we headed for the front door. The alarms are really loud and pretty scary. I couldn't hold back the laughter anymore haha it was SO funny!!! He thought it was pretty funny afterwards too. I then told him how they do that the first M of every month. Anyways, we will probably just explore Haarlem today and take some pictures. We have a dinner appointment tonight and then we will buy some cake for tonight. It will be a great day :).
I can't believe I am in the last full week of my mission!!! We are really busy and I think it will be a really good last week. I miss you guys a ton and I am so excited to see Mom, Dad, Ross and Lainey NEXT WEEK! I love you guys so much. I hope you have a great week!!
PS sorry, my camera converter cord just broke so I can't send any pictures... At least it happened at this point on my mission haha.
Monday, November 24, 2014
I think success as a missionary isn't necessarily measured by what you do, but by who you are and who you have become
Hey everyone! It was good to hear from you and know that everything is going really good! It sounds like you are all getting excited for the Holidays. People are getting really excited here too. Decorations are being put up and it looks really nice. You are gonna love it so much when you see it for yourselves! My week was also really good despite some bad luck. I got sick night and it held us back quite a bit throughout the week. It's never fun being sick, but it's especially not fun while you're on a mission. I also had some bike problems this week. We biked through a forest and my front tire popped! haha dumb I know. But it was still a really nice week.
We woke up the next morning and I was feeling a little bit better. We had a couple of appointments in the morning and mid day. We taught F. He is a recent convert who has made a lot, A LOT, of changes in his life this year. He got in a pretty bad accident earlier in his life and he has some brain damage due to that. He also can't hear very well, but he is a really good man. We taught him about the Priesthood to prepare him for thewhere he would receive the Aaronic Priesthood. After that we did some service for another recent convert, Y. She is also a really sweet lady. Her health prevents her from coming to church every week, but she has been the past two weeks now. Service wasn't very fun while being sick, but you still get that good feeling afterwards, so it was worth it. We took it pretty easy the rest of the day so I could get feeling better. Earlier on in my mission, I tried working through being sick. Until it hit me one day in Brugge. I had been sick for about a week and I wasn't getting better cuz I just kept on trying to work through it. I felt miserable, and that day we were biking in the freezing cold rain getting soaked. We were stopped at a light and I told my companion (it was Elder Goates at the time), "This is the most stupid thing we could possibly be doing right now." haha he agreed. From then on I realized it's better to take it easy and rest up so you can get better faster. And that's what we did afternoon.
Monday, November 17, 2014
|Elder Bishop playing the piano in Amsterdam Centraal|
Hey everybody! Sounds like a busy, and cold week! I can't believe it snowed a few days ago! It has only been raining here the past three days, and it has been really cold and wet here, but still no snow... It was a really good week though with a lot of miracles.
That night we ate with the 't Hoen's. They are one of my favorite families out here. It was fun being there with Elder Pouwer and Elder Cooper. We just needed Elder Strikwerda and it would've been just like last year.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Just to make it fun I told Elder Silva to say any word in English and I would use it in my door approach. He said, "Chocolate"..... "Good evening maam, my companion and I are here in the area to share something. It's even tastier than chocolate, and that's the Book of Mormon" She laughed and so did I but it got her attention and we made an appointment this coming week!
Hey guys! Here we are, anotheremailing. I Always love hearing about things going on back home with everybody, and I am glad everybody is safe, healthy, and happy :) That makes it a lot easier for me out here. This week has been another busy week with a lot of time to work, and a lot of miracles to see. Last Monday was definitely not the highlight of the week though haha.
After we got done emailing, we wanted to bike to the beach and see those cool WW2 bunkers that I saw at the beginning of the year while serving in Alkmaar. It was a lot longer bike ride than I thought and it rained the WHOLE way! We got there soaking wet and saw a few bunkers and then went back home haha right when we got home we had to change and then bike back to the northern part of Haarlem for a dinner appointment and then back for the night. That was our whole Pday we biked for a total of about 5 hours that day. Pdays are supposed to be days to rest, but that was the most tiring day of the week! Oh well, what do you do? haha we just laughed about it later cuz it was so stupid! Poor Elder Silva, that was his first Pday in the land and it was probably the worst one I've had on my mission! At least they will only get better for him.
Thursday was a pretty tough day to be honest haha. Some plans fell through and we had to do a lot of door knocking and didn't see any success. I have had tons of days like that these past two years, so I wasn't too discouraged, but poor Elder Silva haha he was pretty bummed. I talked to him about it and told him that's missionary work, and we need to find the positives every day or else we won't enjoy our mission cuz a mission is filled with days like that. I also told him days like that make the good days even better, and I was just hoping that we would have some good days to finish up the week, cuz it was still pretty hard for him.
It was such a great week, and I love this work. I love my mission, and it scares me how fast it is coming to an end. It's definitely bitter sweet though, because I am so excited to see you guys again. It feels like forever since I last saw you! I love you all so much though and I hope you have a great week!!!
**this is what you get when you move into a sisters apartment...
Monday, November 3, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I realized that joy on a mission comes from building lasting relationships. When you see people change and see that relationship grow between them and God, that's when you feel joy.
Last Saturday we got a new senior couple and we helped them get situated and took them out for pannekoeken. Afterwards, we went with the office elders to go go-karting! It was a lot of fun haha they didn't care if you bumped into people and stuff like that, so it was pretty intense and a lot of fun. It was a good P day spent with the office elders.
I love you all a ton and miss you like crazy! I can't wait to see you and show you around this beautiful part of the world where I have been living the past two years! I hope you have a great week!
|P day trip Go-Karting!|
|McFlurry with Elder Bitters|