Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 60 ~ sickness part 2 plus miracles, bowling, and cookies

So Zuster Klenk is feeling a lot better!... But I´m sick now. Hahah so that´s been fun. The beginning of the week we were out and about and we saw some cool miracles :) We´ve been doing half days of missionary work as well because I hate staying inside. So it´s been good. 

Tuesday was the coolest. We had an awesome lesson with Jaqcueline with Rocky and Monique as joint teaches. She is so ready to get baptized! It´s really exciting helping her prepare and make the steps towards that day. She loves church and is already so social in the ward. She´s awesome. After our lesson we got a text from our zone leaders with a challenge to find two new investigators THAT day. We were like YES LET`S GOOOOO. I love a good challenge. The faith was strong and God was just waiting for us to turn to him. We looked up a potential we had met a couple weeks ago who had met elders a really long time ago and has a Book of Mormon in Hungarian.. and she was home and let us in! We had a short lesson with her and we just had a good chat with her. She lives alone and I just think she needs someone to talk to. When we were leaving she thanked us and said that she had been having a bad day and now she was feeling a lot better. We made a new appointment too. New investigator numero uno. Then we went to our scouring area and prayed about where we needed to go. We biked through our scouring area, stopped at the end, and consulted with eachother. We both thought of the same two streets that we knew we needed to knock. On the third door a young girl (she was probably in her 20s) came up behind us to come feed her neighbor´s cats haha. She ended up being super interested! When we told her about the Book of Mormon, words started coming out of my mouth that I never use. I started telling her about how I´ve found specific answers to questions through the Book of Mormon and prayer. I know that that was the Spirit speaking through me and that was exactly what she needed to hear. She was shocked that she could have the Book of Mormon for free and she made an appointment with her right there and said a prayer with her. Soooo cool! Investigator numero dos!! And she didn´t even live there, so we would not have met her if we had knocked that street another time. The Lord always guides us where we need to be if we just ask and listen!

Well after finding our two new investigators.. we still had a bit more than an hour left of our day so we prayed again to see where we needed to be. We finished the street we were knocking and then went and looked up a potential. When we got to her house I saw a woman walking towards us with her headphones in. I contacted her and she turned out to be super interested as well! We gave her a Book of Mormon and got her contact info. She lives in Eindhoven, but we were able to pass her over the the Eindhoven sisters and they have already met with her :) That was definitely the reason God lead us over to that side of town at that specific time. I have such a strong testimony about following the Spirit. God is constantly ready to guide us in every aspect of our lives. He always has better plans than we do. We just need to trust Him and listen to His counsel :)

One more quick miracle: Wednesday we prayed again to see where we needed to go and we were lead to the centrum. First off, there was a teeny market in the centrum and I found Anne Frank´s diary in Dutch!! I had a cool conversation with a man and he helped me find it and we talked about what we as missionaries do. I have been trying to find Anne Frank´s diary for a while because the original language she wrote it in was Dutch. So that´ll be super fun to read after the mish. Then we started walking towards the giant church and we saw this young girl and contacted her. Her name is Christina and she´s from Bulgaria but is studying here. She´s super cool and we made a new appointment with her for this Thursday! I´m super excited! Oh we met a woman named Anna Wednesday morning too! She´s from Moldavia? or something and speaks Bulgarian so we´re going to bring her a Book of Mormon as well :) 

Other than that we made freaking millions of cookies for people that we´re thankful for during weekly planning in our microwave oven. So ghetto. The microwave has a setting that turns it to an oven, but it took forever to make all the cookies because it´s so small. Anyway, they turned out good and it was a fun time.

We also went bowling on Monday with some of the other missionaries and our friend Kristen from the ward! I freaking love bowling. My skills I acquired on the bowling club in high school paid off hahaha. I crushed the first game and then the pride cycle came into check and I completely lost the second game. Last place. haha. We had a bet going that the person who got last had to pay for the person´s food who got first so I got pretty stressed and my concentration was gone. I was also tired. Hahah excuses. Elder Christianson had mercy on me and paid for his own doner... ha it was fun.

Random week. Still sick but the Lord is still blessing us every day!! This week we have a zone conference with Elder Gary Sabin of the seventy. I´m super excited.

much love

Zuster Fordiani

1-the first game when I killed it. mwhaha
2-bowling pics
3-super gay bowling shoe photo. (my idea hahah)
4-gewoon :)
5-fields of nederland
6-flower. sorry my captions are gay

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 59 ~ sickness

Zr. Klenk was really sick this week so we stayed inside. 

Things we did: worked on a 1000 piece puzzle, cleaned the apartment, sketched, read sprookjes (fairytales), listened to music, took naps, read the Book of Mormon, painted our nails, watched the Thomas S. Monson movie, did our makeup, and went stir crazy hahah. She´s feeling a lot better now and we are super excited to go hard this week. There was a concert really close to us in the neighborhood that we could listen to from our apartment, so we jammed out to oldies as well. Pretty fun. So ready to do missionary work lol. 

I am really excited to go out and find some people to bring to Christ! Monday evening we did have a lesson with Jaqcueline and two members, and it went really well! She had some concerns about being baptized, but we were able to resolve her concerns and now she is really excited to get baptized on September 30. She knows the church is true and said she feels at home in the church. She even had a confirmation about getting baptized on September 30. We are really excited for her :)

Hope you all have a great week!

Zuster Fordiani


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 58 ~ heeee jullieee

Hi. We literally woke up at 5 am to email because we´re going to EFTELING today baby!! It´s a super fun amusement park based off of the Grimm´s fairytales. I´m super pumped. I´m also really emotional because MY SISTER IS MARRIED! Ahh. Craziness. Gefeliciteerd!!

Couple quick stories:

Monday night we kept getting the weirdest promptings that kept leading to awkward situations, but we decided to follo​​w them anyway. Nothing happened.. but then we felt like we needed to go to our scouring area. We had different plans, but we scrapped them and went. No one had interest on the doors, but as we were unlocking our bikes to go home, a man came out of a house and asked us what we were doing. We ended up having a 40 minute conversation with him on the street which consisted of us testifying about the Book of Mormon, giving him one, and talking about what we do as missionaries. He told us he´s searching right now and when we shared Moroni 10:3-5 with him it really touched him. He told us he will definitely read in the Book of Mormon. He then told us to wait and he ran inside and got his girlfriend and we gave her a book too! We´re so excited to teach them!!
I definitely think that God was testing us to see whether we would follow his promptings or not and then lead us to the treasure! God will lead us if we just let Him take control.

We also met the coolest less-active/totally becoming active member. She is AMAZING. She is so determined to come back to church and become fully active. She is also just super funny and she´s coming to Efteling with us today! Whooo

I also just want to share about the power of priesthood blessings. I wasn´t having a super great week and one of the Roosendaal elders gave me a blessing. I am SO grateful that the priesthood is restored and for worthy holders of the priesthood who are always ready to help!! I know the blessing I got was from God. He said everything I needed to hear. I´m so grateful for the restoration of the church and the priesthood and all the keys.


Zuster Fordiani

2-the usual happenings
3-making quilts for children in the Philippines
4,5-beautiful Ulvenhout
6-lekker ding ;)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 57 ~ BREDAAAA

This week was bittersweet. Saying goodbye to members and investigators is the worst! But the sweet part is meeting the new ward that I get to serve and the new investigators I get to help progress towards baptism!

On Wednesday, July 26 at 12:02pm (ongeveer) I GAVE BIRTH to a tall, black haired, absolutely gorgeous, hilarious baby. Hahah. Zr Klenk is from Nova Scotia, Canada (but grew up in Utah) and we are so pumped to work in Breda! 

Transfer day was insane. There were about 30 missionaries coming in, 30 missionaries training them, and 30 missionaries going home. All in the office on Wednesday. It was crazy. But I gotta see Zr Merz, Zr Cathers, and Zr Winkel!!! I love them. I´m gonna miss them and Zr Wilkinson so much as they abandon me here. Haha it´s fine. I´m not salty at all. Lol but I´m actually super glad I don´t have to go home yet and get to stay in the best place in the world! Okay now picture this... Zr Klenk and I with five suitcases, a backpack, two bags, and a bike with NO CLUE where we are going. We followed some elders for a while, were lead astray (we got off at the wrong stop), got back on track, and hauled tons of crap in and out of trains until we finally made it to Breda. I locked my bike up at the station and then we were able to take a bus and find our apartment! We live across the street from the church and down the road from the grocery store. It´s super netjes. 

Okay flash forward to Friday... Zr Klenk and I went to knock doors for the first time. The first three doors get slammed in our face haha and THEN a man comes out and starts yelling at us and telling us he is going to call the police on us unless we leave NOW. Hahah i felt so freaking bad because it was Zr Klenk´s first time! I promised her that´s not how it always is haha. 

Saturday we had an appointment in the evening so we looked up how to get there and thought we would be okay.... well we ended up having to run to the bus stop which turned out to be not in use right now. Soooo we wandered all the way to the station and were able to find the bus to our appointment. Afterwards, I thought it´d be a good idea to bring my bike home. Well my bike is getting old and my seat got ripped off during transfer day (it was already half ripped off), so I balanced the seat on there and told Zr Klenk to achterop (sit on the back). It was going okay..... until Zr Klenk freaking fell off the back straight onto her butt hahaha I was dying. So funny. Zr Klenk ended up riding my bike and I just jogged along the side. Then we just walked. 

White washing, ya know? It´s an adventure.

AND YESTERDAY WAS THE BEST. Our ward is HUGE!! Two branches, Tilburg and Turnhout, were recently closed so they were combined with the Breda ward and there are so many people! It´s awesome! There are even some Americans in our ward! Really weird. We also have NINE missionaries in our ward. It´s a big change compared to last transfer with just Zr Elggren and I haha. After church we went out proselyting and met the coolest people! We gave a Book of Mormon to a guy in the park and got two other new investigators as we were knocking doors. One lady, Badia, was AMAZING. She is kinda muslim, kinda Christian, and kinda Buddhist. She had been praying that Heavenly Father would send her the answer she needed because she is going blind and just got divorced. She told Him that she´d accept anything He sent her way. She had the feeling that she needed to go home and right when she got home we showed up! We had an awesome conversation with her and she accepted the Book of Mormon. Zr Klenk opened her mouth and testified and said an amazing prayer and we all felt the spirit so strong. We all hugged and Badia took a selfie with us and told us she was going to write about us on her facebook page and told us to make sure our tags were showing and that we are angels. She´s amazing! As Zr Klenk and I walked away, neither of us could remember what we had been said to her and I know that the words we (especially Zr Klenk as she testified and prayed) spoke were given to us by the spirit and were what Badia needed to hear. We´re super excited to go back and teach her and her children next week!

See you people in FOUR MONTHS! ahhh

Zuster Fordiani

1-3 Last days in Kampen/Zwolle
4 I found tennis racquets in our new apartment...
5-7 yeah i don´t know

More pictures:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 56 ~ EDSON


Edson is a member referral from a member in Groningen. We called him and made an appointment for the next day. He's from Angola and his first language is Portuguese, but his Dutch is really good. When we met with him we were blown away. He is the most prepared person I have ever met. He is humble, repentant, kind, and completely ready to change his life. He cried as he told us how he wants the pain from his mistakes to go away and how he wants to follow Jesus before it's too late. He had been checking the doors for the church because he wanted to meet with us so bad. He told us he's ready to serve in the church and pay money to help the church. He wants to give up alchohol and bad friends and drugs. His member friend in Groningen gave him a Book of Mormon and he had already been reading it, watching videos on the interent, and reading about our church. We have already met with him a couple times and when we were talking about the celestial kingdom, Edson said that he read about Joseph's brother Alvin who passed away and asked if that is where he would be. He came to church and wore a nice button up shirt and he looked so good. He also has a sister in Angola who is a member and a member cousin in Portugal. They have been testifying to him about the Book of Mormon hard core! It's so awesome! He remembered the scriptures we had shared with him and marked them in his book. Edson is amazing!!! And he accepted the invitation to be baptized on August 12th!!! We are so so so blessed to have the privilege of helping him prepare for baptism!
Other cool things:

We looked at our map for a new area to knock and prayed about a street and when we got there it was next to a GIANT church hahaha. Normally we aren't supposed to proselyte by other churches too much, but the Holy Ghost led us there sooo we decided to do it anyway. And we've already found three new potentials, taught a lesson, were let in to a couple houses, and have a return appointment! Super cool.

Zr. Leman took Zr. Elggren and I on the spirit animal journey... and I am a cheetah. Zr. Elggren is a tortoise hahah.

TRANSFER NEWS: I am leaving the beautfiul city of Kampen and am white-washing into BREDA, Nederland with a greenie!! I'm super excited!


Zuster Fordiani

1-ik hou van KAMPEN
2-our door was randomly painted haha
3,4-smores on bread?
5-I started a sketch book :)
6-goodbye zwolle


​​​​​​1-ice cream

2-Robert, our investigator from Ghana
3-best day ever--after our first lesson with Edson